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ddraverddraver Posts: 22,059
edited 6 March in Pro race
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  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 10,363
    Weather reports inconclusive. Some predict showers, some don't. Anyone got something reliable?
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  • jam1ejam1e Posts: 1,053
    The best of the three monuments, looking forward to seeing how Pidders gets on - if he gets to the end with the bigger boys I reckon he could be the Kwiatkowski to their Sagan.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 17,318
    edited 6 March
    Live coverage is due in about 10 minutes.


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  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 9,725

    Weather reports inconclusive. Some predict showers, some don't. Anyone got something reliable?

    Came on to ask just this!

    Certainly for Siena the BBC and Google etc. are saying v low chance of rain.
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 9,725
    Are we expecting the finish around 3? Seems to be my guess from the TV schedules?
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 22,059
    edited 6 March
    Women's live coverage has just started... Looks a bit grey but not rainy so far, quite a lot of blue sky in fact. Hard to tell how much breeze there is, trees do seem to be moving a little but that might be the camera bike's gimble on the fritz...

    GCN has sound issues again

    Mathieu van der Poel switches bikes for Strade Bianche after Le Samyn cockpit malfunction
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  • ddraverddraver Posts: 22,059
    edited 6 March
    Ellen van Dijk, Madie Garcia, Chantal Blaak and 5 others have a good gap over the rest.

    The 2 big dutchies are missing for once

    18 to go and they re all pulling back now. Gaps are smaller than the commentators made it sound. Vos and Koepcky make it across but groups are separated by just 10s of metres at the moment
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  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 16,256
    Camera work covering the women's race isn't great and I can't quite put my finger on why.

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  • Lanterne_RogueLanterne_Rogue Posts: 2,716
    re coverage - groups all over the place and only one (I think) helicopter means lots of relying on motos, who are struggling to get stable shots on the rougher sections where the actions coming.

    Felt like the first group decided to stop trying to hold off the chasers and rest up for a few seconds before it kicks off again.
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 22,059
    edited 6 March
    13 to go,

    Group of 15-20 containing most of the big hitters. AvV, MV, EvD, Maddie Garcia, Kopecky, Ashleigh MP, Audrey CR, Demi Vollering, ELB...

    Cecilie is there

    (I'm not good at this)
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  • ddraverddraver Posts: 22,059
    edited 6 March
    12 to go

    MV and AvV get a gap over the others on the super steep (?final) gravel climb

    Looks like Kopecky has a puncture rather than a blow up unfortunately.

    Nobody with team mates I think

    11 to go,
    (yep, no more gravel now)
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  • Lanterne_RogueLanterne_Rogue Posts: 2,716
    edited 6 March
    That 18% section that Vos and AVV went on is utterly brutal. Lots of damage done shortly beforehand, too - there was a sharp right hander followed by a nasty little climb, and at least a couple of riders didn't anticipate the gear shift.
  • Lanterne_RogueLanterne_Rogue Posts: 2,716
    edited 6 March
    Seeing Vos and AvV side by side really shows the difference in style, doesn't it?
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 22,059
    Lots of elbow flicking from AvV, Vos ain't falling for that

    10 to go - looks like it will regroup
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  • ddraverddraver Posts: 22,059
    9 to go

    Group of 5 then a short gap to 6 including AvdB who I hadn't seen till now

    all joins up and spreads across the road with 8.5 to go
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  • Lanterne_RogueLanterne_Rogue Posts: 2,716
    Comes back together - Vos doesn't want to work, AvV can't shake her.
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 22,059
    edited 6 March
    Cecilie has team mates* - FdJ send out an attack countered by AMP

    (*hard to tell with all the national, euro, world etc jerseys. No one is wearing the same jersey)
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  • Lanterne_RogueLanterne_Rogue Posts: 2,716
    The biggest hitters seem to be content to mark each other for now as smaller attacks go and come back. If anyone has decent legs they might catch them napping between here and the last km or so.
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 22,059
    6 to go

    Some stretching and shrinking.

    AvdB will inevitably go on the attack at some point

    Chantal Blaak goes ELB covers

    Has there been a bunch sprint up the Via Santa Caterina before?
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  • Lanterne_RogueLanterne_Rogue Posts: 2,716
    Vandenbroek-Blaak goes off now, followed by Longo-Borghini. Nobody seems to want to take the chase up behind...
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 22,059
    edited 6 March
    5 to go

    Group behind has stopped...

    ELB and Blaak ahead

    FdJ with team mates. Not the best tactics from, them - Ok now they wake up
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  • ddraverddraver Posts: 22,059
    4 to go @14s

    Blaak vs ELB - ELB the clear favourite. So much so Blaak's team mates start to chase

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  • Lanterne_RogueLanterne_Rogue Posts: 2,716
    ELB being forced to do all the work. Not happy about it...
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 54,704 Lives Here
    ddraver said:

    Women's live coverage has just started... Looks a bit grey but not rainy so far, quite a lot of blue sky in fact. Hard to tell how much breeze there is, trees do seem to be moving a little but that might be the camera bike's gimble on the fritz...

    GCN has sound issues again

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  • ddraverddraver Posts: 22,059
    edited 6 March
    Lots of attacks from the chase but gap holding steady

    1.5 to go

    Martha Cavalli appears to get something behind...?
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  • Lanterne_RogueLanterne_Rogue Posts: 2,716
    Ellen van Dijk spoiling the chase behind on behalf of ELB...
  • Lanterne_RogueLanterne_Rogue Posts: 2,716
    1km - ELB/Blaak have 19 seconds....
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 22,059
    1 to go

    17 to the chase group but Cavalli is in between at ~10s (timed by me)
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  • Lanterne_RogueLanterne_Rogue Posts: 2,716
    Cavalli out of the group, trying to chase them down. Her legs have looked good today
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 22,059
    AvdB and AvV not far behind

    Chantal Blaak goes with 500 to go
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