Cyclissimo 2020

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  • Salaman 2 Jan 2020 11:09:39 23,812 posts
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    Soooo another year another cycling season.
    Here's Sir Bradley Wiggins with 3 predictions for 2020 to get us started.

    https://twitter.com/Eurosport_UK/status/1211950390754914312
  • askew 2 Jan 2020 11:24:30 21,339 posts
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    What have we got first: Tour down Under (provided Australia stops burning)?
  • Salaman 2 Jan 2020 14:22:30 23,812 posts
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    Good question. I think I'm going to mark a few of these in my calendar:

    Jan 21-26 Tour down under

    Feb 11-16 Tour of Oman
    Feb 29 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

    Mar 7 Strade Bianche
    Mar 8-15 Paris- Nice
    Mar 11-17 Tirreno-Adriatico
    Mar 21 Milan -San Remo
    Mar 29 Gent_Wevelgem

    Apr 5 Rond van Vlaanderen
    Apr 12 Paris Roubaix
    Apr 19 Amstel Gold race
    Apr 26 Liège-Bastogne-Liège
    Apr 30- May 3 Tour of Yorkshire

    May 9-31 Giro d'Italia

    Jun 27-Jul 19 Tour de France
    Jul 25 Olympic men's road race
    Jul 26 Olympic women's road race
    Jul 29 Olympic time trials

    Aug 3-8 Olympic track events
    Aug 14-Sep 6 Vuelta d'Espana

    Sep 6-13 Tour of GB
    Sep 20 WC time trial
    Sep 27 WC road race
  • grey_matters 2 Jan 2020 18:18:58 5,199 posts
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    And bookmarked. Thanks Salaman!
  • mothercruncher 2 Jan 2020 22:06:15 17,627 posts
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    Found this online, if anything it’s a bit too comprehensive, but:

    http://inrng.com/2020/01/2020-pro-race-calendar/
  • askew 26 Jan 2020 12:51:09 21,339 posts
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    I've been enjoying the TDU coverage on YouTube, via GCN – not just highlights, but [replayable] live streams. Phil, Robbie, and Jens on comms. Been a good race too!

    Edited by askew at 12:51:50 26-01-2020
  • mothercruncher 26 Jan 2020 14:03:35 17,627 posts
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    Yeah, it’s been well done. I think there was a deal with Eurosport and GCN and you can tell there’s a bit more money about. It hilarious how little McEwan and Voigt agree on stuff, though they always keep it amicable.
  • askew 26 Jan 2020 16:52:53 21,339 posts
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    Jens being snippy yesterday when they were chatting about when the break would be caught: "since _your're_ the experts"
  • Salaman 28 Jan 2020 11:21:10 23,812 posts
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    Jens Voigt? I wouldn't mind watching that. Thanks for the tip.
  • grey_matters 31 Jan 2020 01:19:54 5,199 posts
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    Deceuninck-QuickStep continuing as they left off. After a middling Tour Down Under, Sam Bennett has added the Torquay Race and if he can pick up the Cadel Evans race too, it's an excellent start for him. Morkov is a monster and deserve most of the praise for the wins/podiums.

    Evenepoel got a bit lucky with the jury in the 1st stage at the Vuelta a San Juan. Got caught in a crash 3.5km from home caused by a spectator but given the same time as the winner. And then crushed the TT. Overall win in the cards there too.

    Edited by grey_matters at 01:22:15 31-01-2020
  • mothercruncher 31 Jan 2020 07:31:40 17,627 posts
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    San Juan looks like the Wild West of tours, stray dogs causing crashes too.
  • mothercruncher 31 Jan 2020 08:25:41 17,627 posts
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    I wonder if this’ll get buried by the Spanish authorities too...

    https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/spanish-civil-guard-dismantles-massive-epo-trafficking-network/
  • askew 2 Feb 2020 14:05:48 21,339 posts
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    Have we seen pro-triathlete Cam Wurf has joined Ineos as a super-domestique? Did a decent job in the Cadel Evans race!

    Cyclocross world champs are on Red Bull TV (https://www.redbull.com/int-en/events/uci-cyclocross-world-championships-switzerland/live/uci-cyclocross-world-championship-men) and the BBC. Tom Pidcock currently in second; MvdP up front.
  • grey_matters 2 Feb 2020 14:35:54 5,199 posts
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    mothercruncher wrote:
    I wonder if this’ll get buried by the Spanish authorities too...

    https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/spanish-civil-guard-dismantles-massive-epo-trafficking-network/
    The Spanish bits might. They claim they are sending the international stuff to WADA. Hopefully.

    A few years back, I was shitting up the cycling thread with drug stuff so a thread was created to keep some hopes and dreams alive in the racing threads. Dunno if that's still how people would like it.
    Here's the link anyway:
    Drugs in Sport
  • mothercruncher 2 Feb 2020 14:51:24 17,627 posts
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    That is an incredible result for Pidcock, basically a win given MvdP was always going to be in full hulk smash mode. Bright future there *

    *if we can just assassinate vdP.
  • gamecat 2 Feb 2020 14:59:31 965 posts
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    80 secs down on MvdP today is pretty damn good, and I'd forgotten he's only 20.
  • mothercruncher 2 Feb 2020 22:08:01 17,627 posts
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    Just needs to ditch that earring.

    /bloodykids.
  • mothercruncher 19 Feb 2020 08:55:08 17,627 posts
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    VdP’s early season schedule.

    Volta ao Algarve (February 19-23)
    Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (February 29)
    Strade Bianche (March 7)
    Milano-Sanremo (March 21)
    Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (March 23-29)
    Dwars door Vlaanderen (April 1)
    Ronde van Vlaanderen (April 5)
    Paris-Roubaix (April 12)
    Brabantse Pijl (April 15)
    Amstel Gold Race (April 19)
    Flèche Wallonne (April 22)

    He doesn’t have the best team behind him and is going to get the shit marked out of him, isn't he? Might grab a win or two still.
  • grey_matters 20 Feb 2020 19:10:59 5,199 posts
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    Evenepoel again.

    Wins hilltop finish on stage 2 of Volta ao Algarve

    Some good scalps including Thomas, Nibali, Mollema, Dan Martin, and VdP. Steeper hilltop on Saturday with an ITT Sunday.
  • mothercruncher 20 Feb 2020 23:13:23 17,627 posts
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    That was great. Bloody 20. It’s crazy he’s got the endurance to dig in at the end there after so few years cycling. He interviews like he’s 10 years older too.

    Maybe I’m just hankering after the road season starting, but I’m really enjoying the Tour of the Algarve, it seems the teams and riders have taken it more seriously than Eurosport were expecting- it’s just highlights at odd hours so far rather than the full coverage it’s turning out it deserves.
  • Salaman 22 Feb 2020 01:57:01 23,812 posts
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    mothercruncher wrote:
    VdP’s early season schedule.

    Volta ao Algarve (February 19-23)
    Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (February 29)
    Strade Bianche (March 7)
    Milano-Sanremo (March 21)
    Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (March 23-29)
    Dwars door Vlaanderen (April 1)
    Ronde van Vlaanderen (April 5)
    Paris-Roubaix (April 12)
    Brabantse Pijl (April 15)
    Amstel Gold Race (April 19)
    Flèche Wallonne (April 22)

    He doesn’t have the best team behind him and is going to get the shit marked out of him, isn't he? Might grab a win or two still.
    Here's Van Aert's schedule:

    07/03 Strade Bianche
    21/03 Milaan-Sanremo
    27/03 E3 BinckBank Classic
    29/03 Gent-Wevelgem
    01/04 Dwars door Vlaanderen
    05/04 Ronde van Vlaanderen
    12/04 Parijs-Roubaix
    Head to head in the Strade Bianche, Milan- San Remo, Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.
  • mothercruncher 23 Feb 2020 21:14:02 17,627 posts
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    Reckon we can probably wave goodbye to Strada Bianche and the Giro this year, more than 150 cases of Corona Virus in Italy apparently.
  • Salaman 24 Feb 2020 11:08:55 23,812 posts
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    My colleague was just mentioning they're likely to cancel Milan-San Remo, so I assume that's Strade Bianche out as well. We'll have to wait and see how it goes by the time the Giro comes around. It's still a few months away.
  • askew 25 Feb 2020 14:56:12 21,339 posts
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    Froome's been finding it hard going at the UAE Tour :(

    I've put a sad face, but he's doing incredibly well considering the circumstances!

    Edited by askew at 14:58:01 25-02-2020
  • askew 27 Feb 2020 21:17:52 21,339 posts
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    UAE tour has been abandoned :/

    No MvdP this weekend as he has ‘flu (the good one)
  • mothercruncher 27 Feb 2020 21:53:48 17,627 posts
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    The whole thing? Wow. They’re all staying in one huge hotel I think, half the peloton quarantined for the monuments, I might enter a couple myself now.
  • gamecat 27 Feb 2020 23:59:54 965 posts
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    I can't see Milan San Remo going ahead, in what, 3 weeks?
  • mothercruncher 28 Feb 2020 07:04:30 17,627 posts
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    Probably not. Interesting year- there are going to be some big holes blown in various pro training programs.
  • askew 28 Feb 2020 07:52:08 21,339 posts
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    mothercruncher wrote:
    The whole thing? Wow. They’re all staying in one huge hotel I think, half the peloton quarantined for the monuments, I might enter a couple myself now.
    Heh. Perhaps they will televise the gran fondo version.
  • askew 29 Feb 2020 16:50:22 21,339 posts
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    Anybody spotted any Eurosport player deals? Mine's set to renew Monday, and pretty sure I missed out on getting it for less than £39.99 last year…
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