Zwift Tour for All - pro races - spoilers

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  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,196
    Yeah. The group need to get someone big like Campanaerts on the front and bring him back, they're all looking at each other though. Someone's going to need to do some work.
  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,196
    Onto the climb and it's dropped to 30s already
  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,196
    Jasper Hansen from Cofidis putting some big watts in from the group and has a handful of seconds, Pernsteiner closed him down (supporting Bilbao you would think, but now he's just riding on?? Wot?)
  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,196
    Campanaerts dropped, somewhat unsurprisingly
  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,196
    Adam Yates at 16s back now, putting in more power, I think they'll close.
  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,196
    edited May 2020
    Bilbao almost caught, it is going to come down to the last little 1km kicker as there is a short descent now.

    This is well good.
  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,196
    Vervaeke goes straight over the top as it comes back together for Alpecin, he;s not got anything though.

    Pozzo looks good. Yates too.
  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,196
    This is going to be an uphill sprint
  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,196
    Pozzo goes with 1km making use of the undraftable powerup (activated by his wife/girlfriend, not sure that's allowed!).

    Piccoli hammering it at 600-700 watts!!
  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 26,247
    Nicely judged - didn't see much of him until the finish
  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,196

  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,196

    Nicely judged - didn't see much of him until the finish

    Yeah and he used a lightweight power up at just the right time.

    Israel Start-up Nation have been very active on Zwift the last few weeks so potentially he has had some good practice.
  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,196
    Moolman Pasio has a proper setup with a big fan and a big TV - much better than some of these guys you see using a laptop. Making it much harder for yourself if all your competitors are able to see the power numbers etc. while you're squinting at a tiny laptop screen six feet away.
  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 26,247

    Moolman Pasio has a proper setup with a big fan and a big TV - much better than some of these guys you see using a laptop. Making it much harder for yourself if all your competitors are able to see the power numbers etc. while you're squinting at a tiny laptop screen six feet away.

    Craddock looked like he had a pretty good fan
  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,196
    https://www.strava.com/segments/20655505

    Both the KOM and QOM have on the route have gone to riders from today's stage - Piccoli with a new men's KOM (1:41:26) and Leah Dixon with the QOM (1:55:56). Took 3 mins 24s off the previous men's KOM.

    So just like when the ToB goes past your house and all your local segments get taken by pros :lol:
  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,196
    I'm going to be in meetings for today's stage so no spoilers from me.

    Sprint stage anyway, most likely.
  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 26,247
    Looks likely - but there will surely be splits. Be interesting to see how a pro race pans out on a flat course.
  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,196
    Well the Titan's Grove KOM is not that severe, but it would probably be enough for someone to get a small gap, so yeah. Especially as there are points available for being first over the KOM, so it will probably get strung out going over it. NTT seem to be very keen on going for points.

    It's just the flat bit afterwards would be hard for one or two guys to stay away.
  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 26,247
    edited May 2020

    Well the Titan's Grove KOM is not that severe, but it would probably be enough for someone to get a small gap, so yeah. Especially as there are points available for being first over the KOM, so it will probably get strung out going over it. NTT seem to be very keen on going for points.

    It's just the flat bit afterwards would be hard for one or two guys to stay away.

    Yes, don't expect small groups to stay away, but it might be more like an echelon stage with splits in the pack. (Obviously not actually echelons.)
  • poptart242
    poptart242 Posts: 531
    Well, that was attritional. Nice to see a proper big sprint, albeit with the marquee sprinters dropped earlier in the stage.

    Gregor Bole (Bahrain)
    Pier Cote (Rally)
    Nick Schultz (Mitchelton)

    Looking forward to the Alpe tomorrow now
  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,196
    Aww man. Will have to watch it back later. Just finished with calls so now I can pretend to work while watching the women's...
  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,196
    Moolman Pasio is relentless. Very impressive
  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,196
    Zakarin seems to be riding, where has he come from? I thought he had retired or something?!?
  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,196
    Israel Startup Nation working together really well
  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,196
    edited May 2020
    Some great pain faces going on.

    Great to see Uran giving it a proper go.

    Big attack from Lucas Hamilton (MTS) with 2.5 to go

    Meintjes on the case 5s back.
  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,196
    The really interesting thing about this is compared to watching them on a real Alpine climb you can see all their watts and HR figures in real time - so you can see when they are properly on the rivet.

    Meintjes catch Hamilton, 7 riders within 4 seconds with 1.5 to go.
  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,196
    Ovett has just pulled up - don't know if technical issues or if his job was just to keep Piccoli up there.

    Meintjes attack
  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,196
    Nuts power coming out here, 7.5-8.5 w/kg in the last km
  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,196
    Hamilton has managed to pull back to Meintjes but he does not look very happy on the video.

    Meintjes pulls out another attack, sprinting to the line at 10w/kg for the win. Big ride from Meintjes.

    Uran made it in just behind in 4th, he must have put in a big dig behind. Impressive as he is living at altitude, which obviously has a big effect.
  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,196
    NTT with a rider in 1st and 3rd run away with the points on the day, 109 points to Mitchelton Scotts's 54. Convincing in the overall too with 397 points overall to 241 for Mitchelton Scott.