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rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,376 Lives Here
edited June 2020 in Pro race
Terpstra had a nasty accident - he'll be in hospital for a while but at least it's not life threatening. Very unlucky

https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/terpstra-helicoptered-to-hospital-after-training-crash/

The monuments are shortened, to account for a tough work load in the compressed season:

https://www.velonews.com/news/specialists-wrangle-over-shortened-classics/

And Sagan won't be doing the classics as he wants to honour his commitment to riding the Giro

https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/peter-sagan-confirmed-to-miss-classics-for-october-giro-ditalia/
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,376 Lives Here
    So in short. The one dayers lost out...
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 14,069
    None of that sounds good. Far rather see Sagan in the classics than the Giro
  • carbonclemcarbonclem Posts: 1,000
    It'll be interesting to see how teams split riders out and whether they throw weight to the one dayers or they have to be the cannon fodder in GT's. Could be a good year to bag a monument for some?
    2020 Metric Century Challenge Winner
  • gsk82gsk82 Posts: 3,055

    It'll be interesting to see how teams split riders out and whether they throw weight to the one dayers or they have to be the cannon fodder in GT's. Could be a good year to bag a monument for some?

    Or for quick step to get 8 of the top 10 in a monument. 7 QS riders in the 9 man break and no one will chase because some nobody in a QS Jersey is sitting on.
    "Unfortunately these days a lot of people don’t understand the real quality of a bike" Ernesto Colnago
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 23,211
    I think there's going to be a lot of,

    MAKE RACING MORE UNPREDICTABLE...no, not like that...

    type posts/articles/podcasts this autumn.

    I'm looking forward to it personally. No one is going to know how to play this.
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,215

    So in short. The one dayers lost out...

    Not sure a shortened monument can qualify as a monument.
    Still, the prospect of racing is a lot better than no prospect at all. ;)

    Cunego's condition doesn't sound good either: in hospital with a brain infection.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • takethehighroadtakethehighroad Posts: 5,989
    [tongue in cheek] I think the precedent being set with all these e-races is that races will be shorter. Next it will be laps of the velodrome for Paris Roubaix and Milan San Remo will just be a Poggio hill climb [tongue removed from cheek]
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 17,783

    [tongue in cheek] I think the precedent being set with all these e-races is that races will be shorter. Next it will be laps of the velodrome for Paris Roubaix and Milan San Remo will just be a Poggio hill climb [tongue removed from cheek]

    And they'll finally officially allow the use of motors for short periods (but only if you rolled the correct number when going under a banner).
  • ocdupalaisocdupalais Posts: 3,947
    Just out of interest - is it possible to trace back to the post that actually broke the forum?
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 17,783
    Think it just generally overheated.
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 25,496
    Something I saw that was a little interesting was the Spanish sports newspaper Marca picking their top 100 sportsmen (and it's just men) of the 21st century.

    A lot of cyclists, probably too many. And it was interesting how a foreign paper ranks British sportsmen, of which there are ten (including Northern Ireland).

    https://especiales.marca.com/100-deportistas-siglo/
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,376 Lives Here
    I forgot to mention Mitchelton’s new sponsor, which all seems a bit murky to me but I haven’t paid close attention.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,376 Lives Here
    RichN95. said:

    Something I saw that was a little interesting was the Spanish sports newspaper Marca picking their top 100 sportsmen (and it's just men) of the 21st century.

    A lot of cyclists, probably too many. And it was interesting how a foreign paper ranks British sportsmen, of which there are ten (including Northern Ireland).

    https://especiales.marca.com/100-deportistas-siglo/

    Kobe ahead of Lebron this list is obviously nonsense...!
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,376 Lives Here
    edited June 2020
    Friere ahead of Boonen! Christ alive!


    Edit: Cavendish behind both holy moly.
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 14,069

    Friere ahead of Boonen! Christ alive!


    Edit: Cavendish behind both holy moly.

    Did you see Wiggins?
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,215

    Friere ahead of Boonen! Christ alive!


    Edit: Cavendish behind both holy moly.

    A Spanish paper rating Froome higher than Contador.
    Yet more fuel for his whiny fans to whine about.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • gsk82gsk82 Posts: 3,055

    Friere ahead of Boonen! Christ alive!


    Edit: Cavendish behind both holy moly.

    A Spanish paper rating Froome higher than Contador.
    Yet more fuel for his whiny fans to whine about.
    To rub salt in to the wounds, their predictive text spelt his name incorrectly too "Alberto Accountant"







    *I know it was my Google translate that did it
    "Unfortunately these days a lot of people don’t understand the real quality of a bike" Ernesto Colnago
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,376 Lives Here

    Friere ahead of Boonen! Christ alive!


    Edit: Cavendish behind both holy moly.

    Did you see Wiggins?
    Yeah that's fair if you are interested in track stuff and that list seems to be quality of the sport agnostic.
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 17,783
    Why no Armstrong if Barry Bonds gets in there?
  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 5,254

    I forgot to mention Mitchelton’s new sponsor, which all seems a bit murky to me but I haven’t paid close attention.

    Yeah... this is turning into a sh*t show! Not looking positive
  • 50x1150x11 Posts: 325
    dish_dash said:

    I forgot to mention Mitchelton’s new sponsor, which all seems a bit murky to me but I haven’t paid close attention.

    Yeah... this is turning into a sh*t show! Not looking positive
    Looks like they'll stay MS and have some form of commitment going forward.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,215
    edited June 2020
    The MS deal is off.

    https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/racing/mitchelton-scotts-deal-with-new-sponsor-is-off-after-week-of-confusion-458170

    Moving this:

    "After careful consideration, GreenEDGE Cycling has today advised Mr. Francisco Huertas, owner of Manuela Fundación, that it will not proceed with the Head of Terms established on June 5, 2020.

    “We felt a strong initial connection with Mr Francisco Huertas, the Manuela Fundación and their noble aims,” team founder and principal Gerry Ryan explained.

    “However, as the negotiations have evolved after the initial announcement on Friday, we have concluded that the relationship will not proceed. We wish Mr. Francisco Huertas and the Manuela Fundación all of the best for the future."

    Moving forward, the GreenEDGE Cycling men’s and women’s teams will return to racing next month under the existing Mitchelton-SCOTT banner, with a fully supported financial and technical structure provided by Ryan.

    “The COVID-19 global crisis has thrown up many new challenges, but our primary focus remains on our world-class athletes and support staff,” Mr Ryan assured.

    “This will include a return to full wages for all riders and staff once WorldTour racing commences in August, and a commitment to the year 2021 as we search for a suitable sponsorship.

    “We believe in this team, and the people and culture that have made it so successful these past eight years. Our riders have been inspiring in their commitment and motivation in what has been an uncertain season, and our staff loyal and determined to provide the best service possible in what will be a busy and challenging end to the year. We can’t wait to get back on the road and start winning more races.”
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 11,192
    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

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  • gweedsgweeds Posts: 2,375
    What a shitshow for MS
    Napoleon, don't be jealous that I've been chatting online with babes all day. Besides, we both know that I'm training to be a cage fighter.
  • jam1ejam1e Posts: 1,060
    edited June 2020

    [tongue in cheek] I think the precedent being set with all these e-races is that races will be shorter. Next it will be laps of the velodrome for Paris Roubaix and Milan San Remo will just be a Poggio hill climb [tongue removed from cheek]

    MSR pretty much is just the Poggio hill climb tbf.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,376 Lives Here
    Might as well chuck it on this thread: Jumbo are moving to Cervelo bikes next year.

    RIP Groenewegen's 2021 Palmares
  • m.r.m.m.r.m. Posts: 2,421
    But didn't Cav have his best recent season on the Cervelo S5 (the season he won 4 stages of the TdF against Kittel and Greipel)?
    PTP Champion 2019
  • m.r.m.m.r.m. Posts: 2,421

    PTP Champion 2019
  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 5,254

    Might as well chuck it on this thread: Jumbo are moving to Cervelo bikes next year.

    RIP Groenewegen's 2021 Palmares

    Ja... I'm a bit grumpy about this.
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