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rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 55,917 Lives Here
edited October 2017 in Pro race
Since we're actually watching build up races to the Worlds, it probably makes sense to look at the worlds route to work out who we ought to be looking at.

Men's circuit.

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Women's

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TT - this is bizarre

Men's

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Women's

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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 55,917 Lives Here
    So I read the hill in the men's road course as like a Surrey Hill; not unusually steep, certainly not long; around a 4-6 minute effort.

    Am I talking bollocks?
  • i was thinking how strong the climbing Colomian team is right now - Quintana, Uran, Chaves, Lopez , Henoa, Atapuma, Pantano, Bernal ....

    Looks like they will be working for Gaviria!
  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 5,194
    So the men's TT has a nice old climb at the end? Geez... and the women don't get the climb?

    Your assessment of the RR circuit climb (Salmon Hill) sounds about right...
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 55,917 Lives Here
    11 laps is quite a lot, but the top of the climb is 10km before the finish...
  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 5,194
    i was thinking how strong the climbing Colomian team is right now - Quintana, Uran, Chaves, Lopez , Henoa, Atapuma, Pantano, Bernal ....

    Looks like they will be working for Gaviria!

    May as well take a leaf out of Simon Jones' book and not bother taking up their allocation...
  • So I read the hill in the men's road course as like a Surrey Hill; not unusually steep, certainly not long; around a 4-6 minute effort.

    Am I talking ****?


    It's hardly the complete opposite to last year's course.
    Most of the sprinters will survive that.
    A good gale could sort them out though.
    The ITT course is a different matter.
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 55,917 Lives Here
    So I read the hill in the men's road course as like a Surrey Hill; not unusually steep, certainly not long; around a 4-6 minute effort.

    Am I talking ****?


    It's hardly the complete opposite to last year's course.
    Most of the sprinters will survive that.
    A good gale could sort them out though.
    The ITT course is a different matter.

    I'm not so sure.

    11 times up what is essentially Box Hill, if not a shade harder, will shake out most of the sprinters; as it did in the Olympics, which was what 9 times?
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 10,009
    Bergen is f*cking hilly so they've done well to keep it to that I think! I walked up Mount Floyen, can't imagine riding a TT bike up it.

    The coastal stuff could be very windy. I agree with Rick that 11 times up that hill will be a lot for most true sprinters, especially if some of the classics guys force it.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 55,917 Lives Here
    On the TT.

    Will we see bike changes???
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 10,009
    On the TT.

    Will we see bike changes???
    I expect so. It is not only steep but also very windy and technical. I also think there are some steeper pitches than marked on that profile, it is not a very regular climb.
  • ProssPross Posts: 28,252
    The TT course seems a bit crazy, I can't recall anything similar at a World Champs. It's like riding a normal TT circuit and then sticking something like the Tumble on the end! It might suit someone like Froome or Thomas (not sure what the GB selection will be like) over an out-and-out TT rider like Martin or Kung. Possibly even one for Kiryenka, he's got plenty of practice at riding a hard and steady pace on climbs like that!

    The road race is a hard one to predict, Sagan must be favourite to defend his jersey with Matthews maybe as second favourite. Gavaria is a possible though doesn't seem in the best of sprint form at the moment, Greipel and Kristoff could potentially survive the lumps. Kristoff and EBH offer a double threat on home turf but do they have a strong enough team? If raced hard enough it could get rid of the proper sprinters and see the punchy all rounders like Kwiatowski and Allaphillipe fighting it out (with Sagan and Matthews). It seems a good route as it offers chances to a wide range of riders.
  • sherersherer Posts: 2,446
    so will this be three in a row for Sagan ?
  • andypandyp Posts: 8,575
    Obviously depends on the weather, but I think it'll be a bunch sprint of around 30-40 riders based on the course profile.

    Of course, we have this every year in that we can only go on a profile so once the road races start we'll have a better view on the severity, or not, of the circuit.
  • Sagan obviously, Matthews, Kristoff and/or EBH, Cobrelli/Trentin, Gaviria, Greipel/Bauhuas/Degenkolb?, Demare (if there's a car handy) Bouhanni? should all make it over that, if the race isn't made hard earlier than usual.
    It looks a bit Milan-San Remoish to me.
    So obviously Kwiatkowski, Alaphillipe, GVA etc will look to stir things up.

    Dumoulin would also fancy this ITT course.
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 55,917 Lives Here
    Sagan obviously, Matthews, Kristoff and/or EBH, Cobrelli/Trentin, Gaviria, Greipel/Bauhuas/Degenkolb?, Demare (if there's a car handy) Bouhanni? should all make it over that, if the race isn't made hard earlier than usual.
    It looks a bit Milan-San Remoish to me.
    So obviously Kwiatkowski, Alaphillipe, GVA etc will look to stir things up.

    Dumoulin would also fancy this ITT course.

    Fancy a bet that Bouhanni won't make it over in contention?

    I'll throw in another bet for Greipel too.
  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 5,194
    Kristoff just saying that he and EBH will not be working together...
  • Sagan obviously, Matthews, Kristoff and/or EBH, Cobrelli/Trentin, Gaviria, Greipel/Bauhuas/Degenkolb?, Demare (if there's a car handy) Bouhanni? should all make it over that, if the race isn't made hard earlier than usual.
    It looks a bit Milan-San Remoish to me.
    So obviously Kwiatkowski, Alaphillipe, GVA etc will look to stir things up.

    Dumoulin would also fancy this ITT course.

    Fancy a bet that Bouhanni won't make it over in contention?

    I'll throw in another bet for Greipel too.

    I'm not even sure he's in for selection. Hence the ?
    How many sprinters does it take for it to constitute a sprint?
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 55,917 Lives Here
    Sagan obviously, Matthews, Kristoff and/or EBH, Cobrelli/Trentin, Gaviria, Greipel/Bauhuas/Degenkolb?, Demare (if there's a car handy) Bouhanni? should all make it over that, if the race isn't made hard earlier than usual.
    It looks a bit Milan-San Remoish to me.
    So obviously Kwiatkowski, Alaphillipe, GVA etc will look to stir things up.

    Dumoulin would also fancy this ITT course.

    Fancy a bet that Bouhanni won't make it over in contention?

    I'll throw in another bet for Greipel too.

    I'm not even sure he's in for selection. Hence the ?
    How many sprinters does it take for it to constitute a sprint?

    Why don't we let the collective forum decide? ;).

    Nah but seriously, 11 times over that hill ought to shed most of the genuine sprinters and blunt the rest who do make it.

    Fairly sure Kittel isn't riding, for example.
  • andypandyp Posts: 8,575
    Bouhanni hasn't been selected by the French Federation.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 55,917 Lives Here
    Didn't make the first big selection!
  • andypandyp Posts: 8,575
    Strangely, neither has Demare.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 55,917 Lives Here
    andyp wrote:
    Strangely, neither has Demare.

    Too hilly, non?
  • andypandyp Posts: 8,575
    If we're touting MSR type riders as potential winners, then no.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 55,917 Lives Here
    I'm not..!
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 25,272
    British teams:

    MRR: Owain Doull, Pete Kennaugh, Adam Blythe, Mark Christian, Jon Dibben, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Ian Stannard, Ben Swift and Scott Thwaites.
    MTT: Chris Froome and Steve Cummings

    WRR: Lizzie Deignan, Alice and Hannah Barnes, Elinor Barker, Dani King, Mel Lowther and Hayley Simmonds.
    WTT: Barker and H.Barnes
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  • RichN95 wrote:
    British teams:

    MRR: Owain Doull, Pete Kennaugh, Adam Blythe, Mark Christian, Jon Dibben, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Ian Stannard, Ben Swift and Scott Thwaites.

    No hope

    MTT: Chris Froome

    In with a shout
    MTT: Steve Cummings

    Odd selection?
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  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 25,272
    MTT: Steve Cummings

    Odd selection?
    With Thomas not fit enough, surely he's the next best TTer. He's done as much as Dowsett lately and there's a big climb at the end of the course.
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 55,917 Lives Here
    So Gilbert's reccied the course, and he says the worlds will be "technical, hard and a long day".

    So he's up for it.
  • RichN95 wrote:
    British teams:

    MRR: Owain Doull, Pete Kennaugh, Adam Blythe, Mark Christian, Jon Dibben, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Ian Stannard, Ben Swift and Scott Thwaites.

    No hope

    MTT: Chris Froome

    In with a shout
    MTT: Steve Cummings

    Odd selection?



    National Champ innit
  • I struggle seeing beyond Belgies, a Slovak or a Pole for the RR
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