From Siena to Il Lombardia: 4 Italian race *Spoilers*

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  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,407
    Is today what Giro di Lombardia is now called..?
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
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  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 26,035
    edited August 2020
    ddraver said:

    Is today what Giro di Lombardia is now called..?

    Nope. That's the 15th August.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trittico_Lombardo
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  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,407
    Oh....so what did I just (try to) watch then???
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
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  • 50x11
    50x11 Posts: 408
    ddraver said:

    Oh....so what did I just (try to) watch then???

    Milan Torino?
  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,407
    Ah ok...
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • ddraver said:

    Oh....so what did I just (try to) watch then???

    The Gran Trittico Lombardo is hopefully a one off race, as it replaced the usual Triptych, which consists of the Coppi Agostoni and Bernocchi, plus the Tre valli Varesene.

    What you were watching today were the usual laps of the Tre Valli Varesene.
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  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,407
    Ah ok...

    At least I'm not the only one confused by it.
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,936
    edited August 2020
    101st Milano-Torino (1.Pro) » Mesero › Stupinigi (198k)

    Next up is one of the oldest races on the calendar and for the past few years, it has looked like this:



    Unfortunately, due to the dreaded disease forcing a certain March race to take place in August, it now looks like this:



    The riders begin their journey in Mesero, east of Milan, to traverse the Po Valley. Apart from an undulating section halfway the route is as flat as can be.

    The finish is located in Stupinigi, just south of Torino. The village hosted the Gran Piemonte in 2018 and Sonny Colbrelli sprinted to victory. The finish is located in front of the former royal hunting lodge of the Savoy family, the enormous Palazzina di caccia di Stupinigi.






    Favourites Milano – Torino 2020
    *** Caleb Ewan, Sam Bennett, Fernando Gaviria
    ** Arnaud Démare, Nacer Bouhanni, Alexander Kristoff
    * Mathieu van der Poel, Peter Sagan, Wout Van Aert, Matteo Moschetti, Danny Van Poppel

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  • orraloon
    orraloon Posts: 12,801

    Fastest last 25km times from Strava. Note who is 3rd.


    I didn't know the result of the women's Strade Bianchi until I found a short YouTube summary last night. AvV was 5+ mins behind the leader with 25km to go, and not even in the first chase group. She is some rider.
  • DeadCalm
    DeadCalm Posts: 4,104
    edited August 2020
    Watched this (Milano-Torino) on GCN and was oblivious to events in Poland until I came on here. Clearly puts things into perspective and I obviously hope everyone will be okay.
    Here, Arnaud Demare looked reasonably impressive in what was a fairly 'meh' sprinters race.
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  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,187
    edited August 2020
    I watched the last 30km of Milano-Torino thinking it was the Tour of Poland
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  • TheBigBean
    TheBigBean Posts: 20,810
    All these changes certainly help Gilbert.
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 73,199

    All these changes certainly help Gilbert.

    What changes? MSR?
  • TheBigBean
    TheBigBean Posts: 20,810

    All these changes certainly help Gilbert.

    What changes? MSR?
    6 riders per team. Different route. MSR, yes.
  • gsk82
    gsk82 Posts: 3,479
    I don't think the route will make much difference. I hope the sheer number of puncheurs means something will happen earlier, which would help him
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  • Been rummaging around various websites but few have caught up with the route change, so this is what we've got.

    Milan - San Remo 2020

    The 111th edition of Milan-San Remo is set to take place on Saturday 8 August. The race amounts to 299 kilometres and includes the renowned Cipressa-Poggio in the finale, although the run-in to the last 40 kilometres is different from previous editions.



    The race now heads southwest into Piemonte and moves through Alessandria and Nizza Monferrato before arriving at the foot of the climb to Niella Belbo. The Niella Belbo climb is 20 kilometres long and slopes at 2 to 3%.
    Milan-San Remo serves two Passo Turchino’s, as the Colle di Nava is similar, although longer and even less steep with gradients hovering around 1 to 2%. The summit lies at an elevation of 936 metres and leads all the way down to Imperia on the Mediterranean Coast.



    Imperia lies just after the Capo Mele, Capo Cervo and Capo Berta, so this combo won’t be incorporated into Milan-San Remo 2020.
    The 40km section Imperia-San Remo is the only part of the original route that remains intact.

    The route continues along the coast to the foot of the Cipressa. This ascent is 5.5 kilometres long and the average gradient sits at 4.1%.



    With 20 kilometres remaining the peloton heads for the Poggio. The 3.7 kilometres climb averages 3.7% and peaks out at 8%.



    The last 2.35 kilometres of Milan-San Remo are flat.



    Milan-San Remo starts at 11.10 and the race is expected to finish around 18.30 – both local times.



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  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,187
    Another route change due to storm damage in Alessandria (about 90km in). The race is now a whopping 305km. Mark Beaumont for the win.



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  • m.r.m.
    m.r.m. Posts: 3,359
    MvdP vs. WVA was rather done and dusted. Now it seems right back on. If Wout wins tomorrow is his road palmares better than MvdP?
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  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 73,199
    Very discombobulating seeing riders looking hot at the start of MSR.

    Does not feel much like MSR tbh. 😕
  • TheBigBean
    TheBigBean Posts: 20,810
    Is anyone watching? I have the cricket on and need to know when to turn over.
  • twotoebenny
    twotoebenny Posts: 1,461
    They've only got 60 miles to go... pretty sure the bike racing is better than the cricket tho 😜
  • Is anyone watching? I have the cricket on and need to know when to turn over.

    A combination of Kirby and nothing likely to happen for almost another 2 hours?
    Plus it's high Summer outside.....
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  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 73,199
    Who the f@ck put Carlton on MSR can this pandemic get any worse
  • orraloon
    orraloon Posts: 12,801
    100km to go, breakaway 7 been out front all day, peloton at 3mins.
  • Who the f@ck put Carlton on MSR can this pandemic get any worse

    What's he going to be like on the Cipressa and Poggio?
    My guess his mouth will end up with friction burns.
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  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 73,199
    Trentin crash with another CCC and 2 Mitch riders
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 73,199
    He’s out
  • Matteo Trentin quite badly cut up after falling asleep at the handlebars.
    Looks as if he's quitting.
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  • TheBigBean
    TheBigBean Posts: 20,810
    What's Cavendish up to? I see he's not riding although perhaps Colbrelli is a better bet in any case.
  • What's Cavendish up to? I see he's not riding although perhaps Colbrelli is a better bet in any case.

    He's busy not sprinting in the Tour of Poland, isn't he?