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by Blazing Saddles
Sat Oct 19, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Pro Race
Topic: Giro route - who decides where it goes?
Replies: 8
Views: 464

Re: Giro route - who decides where it goes?

From today's reports, Porto S.Elpidio seems to be the missing start town and it's Brindisi for the stage 8 finish. Only 5 MTFs in the race and one is risking going up the Stelvio, a week earlier than usual. After Etna on stage 5, it will be an incredible ten stages until the next. Probably the Olymp...
by Blazing Saddles
Sat Oct 19, 2019 06:35 am
Forum: Pro Race
Topic: Men's Rider of the Year
Replies: 12
Views: 461

Re: Men's Rider of the Year

Primoz Roglic: But for it being a Vuelta win instead of a Tour, his results look like one of Froome's stellar seasons. First win February 24th, last October 8th. Won everything he entered up until finishing 3rd in the Giro, but the best was yet to come. Alaphilippe's results: One monument, a couple ...
by Blazing Saddles
Fri Oct 18, 2019 09:45 am
Forum: Pro Race
Topic: Giro route - who decides where it goes?
Replies: 8
Views: 464

Re: Giro route - who decides where it goes?

If the Italian rumour mill over on CN is correct, the only thing now left unknown is that Abruzzo/Le Marche border start town. 1 Budapest - Budapest ITT 2 Budapest - Gyor 3 Szekesfehervar - Nagykanisza 4 Palermo - Agrigento 5 Caltanissetta - Etna 6 Catania - Villafranca Tirrena 7 Mileto - Camigliate...
by Blazing Saddles
Thu Oct 17, 2019 19:35 pm
Forum: Pro Race
Topic: Tour route 2020
Replies: 64
Views: 2192

Re: Tour route 2020

so its the hardest tour route ever...but no mention of La Course ? tucked away in the presentation, again :roll: and missed by most of the assembled press it seems, the ASO in their infinite munificence have taken the 2020 La Course back to Paris...on July 10th when the men will be riding around th...
by Blazing Saddles
Wed Oct 16, 2019 15:53 pm
Forum: Pro Race
Topic: Giro route - who decides where it goes?
Replies: 8
Views: 464

Re: Giro route - who decides where it goes?

I have seen something translated from Italian that said that, although it seemed to suggest a couple of 20-22% climbs as well. I also saw a separate piece about a TT at Ortona. Given the stunning scenery Abruzzo has to offer, a long pan flat stage seems a waste. I meant the stage from the Abruzzo b...
by Blazing Saddles
Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Pro Race
Topic: Giro route - who decides where it goes?
Replies: 8
Views: 464

Re: Giro route - who decides where it goes?

The Abruzzo stage will be the tenth and should be San Salvo - Tortoreto Lido. Seeing it is mid race and stage 11 finishes in Rimini, I would also expect that stage to start close to the Abruzzo/Le Marche border. Maybe San Benedetto del Tronto. The RCS do love a long, pan flat pointless stage, mid-ra...
by Blazing Saddles
Tue Oct 15, 2019 20:17 pm
Forum: Pro Race
Topic: Tour route 2020
Replies: 64
Views: 2192

Re: Tour route 2020

Anyone familiar with the Montee de la Selle de Fromentel on the Grand Colombier stage? Trying to work out the route of the stage so I can book some accommodation, but can't find where it is. Seems I was reading the Tour site wrong, or rather their description is wrong. Here is the profile with the ...
by Blazing Saddles
Tue Oct 15, 2019 19:30 pm
Forum: Pro Race
Topic: Tour route 2020
Replies: 64
Views: 2192

Re: Tour route 2020

Would like to see at least one big set piece climb. How big is big? What about the Grand Colombier? https://profils.cols-cyclisme.com/158.gif Or then there is this finish on stage 6: https://ce.rowery.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/tdfrance2020b-06.jpg?x52306 Heck, they are climbing the Col de la M...
by Blazing Saddles
Tue Oct 15, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Pro Race
Topic: Tour route 2020
Replies: 64
Views: 2192

Re: Tour route 2020

thegreatdivide wrote:Stage 18 looks good – Roseland from Meribel, Saisies, Aravis, Glieres

https://www.letour.fr/en/stage-18


Stage 17 finish going to make it even more selective. It's a killer.

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by Blazing Saddles
Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Pro Race
Topic: Tour route 2020
Replies: 64
Views: 2192

Re: Tour route 2020

With a massive 36km of ITT-ing and uphill, it will be interesting to see what Dumoulin decides; Tour or Giro/Vuelta double - and leave the Tour for Roglic? As is the recent norm, a pretty poor amount of TT kilometres - the ASO are petrified certain teams/riders will dominate; so put as least in as ...
by Blazing Saddles
Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Pro Race
Topic: Tour route 2020
Replies: 64
Views: 2192

Re: Tour route 2020

The sprinters are all stampeding.......................................for the door!

https://mobile.twitter.com/laflammeroug ... 76/photo/1
by Blazing Saddles
Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Pro Race
Topic: Tour route 2020
Replies: 64
Views: 2192

Re: Tour route 2020

Loved the way that the ASO had Froome limp onto the stage in the middle of a bunch of French "C" grade riders.
Still, Kirby got one back for the Anglos by calling Bardet, Barguil.
by Blazing Saddles
Tue Oct 15, 2019 06:55 am
Forum: Pro Race
Topic: Tour route 2020
Replies: 64
Views: 2192

Re: Tour route 2020

The race presentation is live on Eurosport at 10-30am, this morning. https://www.ouest-france.fr/tour-de-france/tour-de-france-2020-ne-va-quasiment-pas-quitter-la-montagne-annonce-thierry-gouvenou-6564062 One year after a high-altitude edition on the alpine peaks, the 2020 Tour is announced once aga...
by Blazing Saddles
Mon Oct 14, 2019 15:41 pm
Forum: Pro Race
Topic: Drugs in other sports and the media.
Replies: 5595
Views: 277650

Re: Drugs in other sports and the media.

The weekend's athletics records were just too tasty a bone for dogged Dan to put his football boot into, once again.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/50043518
by Blazing Saddles
Mon Oct 14, 2019 06:48 am
Forum: Pro Race
Topic: Re: S*** small race thread 2019
Replies: 520
Views: 30300

Re: S*** small race thread 2019

In commentary, Hatch said that folks (in most European countries, watching the International feed) needed to switch over channels. Didn't effect the UK coverage, other than the fact that the race ran 30 minutes over schedule. The latter would have effected Sky recordings, the former, the player etc....
by Blazing Saddles
Sun Oct 13, 2019 06:57 am
Forum: Pro Race
Topic: Tour of Lombardy 2019 -243kms *Spoilers*
Replies: 41
Views: 1193

Re: Tour of Lombardy 2019 -243kms *Spoilers*

I haven't seen the race due to cycling around Nice commitments. From what I've read it looks like a repeat of just about every classic/ monument this year. Rider attacks, no one chases, rider wins. This has been the worst year i can remember for one day races. In your selective reading, you must ha...
by Blazing Saddles
Sat Oct 12, 2019 14:34 pm
Forum: Pro Race
Topic: Tour of Lombardy 2019 -243kms *Spoilers*
Replies: 41
Views: 1193

Re: Tour of Lombardy 2019 -243kms *Spoilers*

Mollema mugs the muppets. :P
by Blazing Saddles
Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Pro Race
Topic: Tour of Lombardy 2019 -243kms *Spoilers*
Replies: 41
Views: 1193

Re: Tour of Lombardy 2019 -243kms *Spoilers*

Masnada drops the rest of the break on the early slopes of the Ghisallo.
by Blazing Saddles
Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Pro Race
Topic: Tour of Lombardy 2019 -243kms *Spoilers*
Replies: 41
Views: 1193

Re: Tour of Lombardy 2019 -243kms *Spoilers*

The BOTD is quite tasty: Masnada, Ballerini, Barbin, Benedetti, Cavagna, Rikunov, Skuijns and Marcato.

Eurosport coverage has started and the great news is that it's Hatch not Kirby.
by Blazing Saddles
Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Pro Race
Topic: Tour of Lombardy 2019 -243kms *Spoilers*
Replies: 41
Views: 1193

Tour of Lombardy 2019 -243kms *Spoilers*

113th Tour of Lombardy, Saturday 12 October, 2019 -243kms The Tour of Lombardy runs from Bergamo to Como. The last Monument on the cycling-calendar amounts to 243 kilometres. Iconic climbs up Madonna del Ghisallo and Muro di Sormano are featured, while the punchy San Fermo della Battaglia leads to ...

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