Cycling 2021

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  • Salaman 1 Feb 2021 18:02:47 24,107 posts
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    It's February. Most teams were in Spain these past few weeks, getting ready for the 2021 season. Except for people like Van der Poel, Van Aert and Pidcock who spent their weekends in muddy fields.

    As always, new season, new team sponsors, new jerseys and lots of people transferred from one team to another. It'll take some getting used to.

    Here's the jerseys to get you started:
    https://www.procyclinguk.com/mens-cycling-team-jerseys-2021/
  • Salaman 1 Feb 2021 18:09:00 24,107 posts
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    And some transfers


    Top-15 transfers
    # Rider ---------------Goes to
    1 REBELLIN Davide ------Cambodia Cycling Academy
    2 VAN AVERMAET Greg ----AG2R CitroŽn Team
    3 FROOME Chris ---------Israel Start-Up Nation
    4 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald -Team Total Direct Energie
    5 CAVENDISH Mark -------Deceuninck - Quick Step
    6 PORTE Richie ---------INEOS Grenadiers
    7 MATTHEWS Michael to --Team BikeExchange
    8 KREUZIGER Roman ------Gazprom - RusVelo
    9 VISCONTI Giovanni ----Bardiani-CSF-FaizanŤ
    10 BARDET Romain -------Team DSM
    11 MAJKA Rafał ---------UAE-Team Emirates
    12 KELDERMAN Wilco -----BORA - hansgrohe
    13 TRENTIN Matteo ------UAE-Team Emirates
    14 HENAO Sergio --------Team Qhubeka ASSOS
    15 YATES Adam ----------INEOS Grenadiers
  • mothercruncher 1 Feb 2021 18:12:58 19,337 posts
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    Cheers, letís hope for minimal edits to this this year:

    https://inrng.com/calendar/
  • Salaman 1 Feb 2021 18:17:28 24,107 posts
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    Some dates for your calendars: (edit: or that link up there ^^, that's even easier)

    Feb 27: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
    March 6: Strade Bianche
    March 20: Milan-Sanremo
    April 4: Ronde Van Vlaanderen
    April 11: Paris Roubaix
    April 18: Amstel Gold Race
    April 25: Liege-Bastogne-Liege
    May 8-30: Giro d'Italia
    June 26-Jul 18: Tour de France

    Edited by Salaman at 18:18:08 01-02-2021
  • grey_matters 1 Feb 2021 20:27:55 5,461 posts
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    Salaman wrote:
    And some transfers


    Top-15 transfers
    # Rider ---------------Goes to
    1 REBELLIN Davide ------Cambodia Cycling Academy
    2 VAN AVERMAET Greg ----AG2R CitroŽn Team
    3 FROOME Chris ---------Israel Start-Up Nation
    4 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald -Team Total Direct Energie
    5 CAVENDISH Mark -------Deceuninck - Quick Step
    6 PORTE Richie ---------INEOS Grenadiers
    7 MATTHEWS Michael to --Team BikeExchange
    8 KREUZIGER Roman ------Gazprom - RusVelo
    9 VISCONTI Giovanni ----Bardiani-CSF-FaizanŤ
    10 BARDET Romain -------Team DSM
    11 MAJKA Rafał ---------UAE-Team Emirates
    12 KELDERMAN Wilco -----BORA - hansgrohe
    13 TRENTIN Matteo ------UAE-Team Emirates
    14 HENAO Sergio --------Team Qhubeka ASSOS
    15 YATES Adam ----------INEOS Grenadiers
    I'm interested in Pidcock too. He's not going to be an Evenepoel but it looks like he's going to be a something. Maybe not this year admittedly. More of a long burner and see how he develops. It's not great that Evenepoel has had a setback, hopefully he'll be fully back soon.

    With a patriotic hat on, I'm hoping that the incredibly self-critical Sam Bennett has another good year (just a few wins and a solid challenge for Green in TdF will do). And hopefully Dunbar recovers well, this could have been a good year for him but it's a wait-and-see one now.

    Edited by grey_matters at 20:28:11 01-02-2021
  • Salaman 3 Feb 2021 09:37:54 24,107 posts
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    I've never seen the 'star of bessŤges' race but it's being broadcast live every day from today until it finishes on Sunday.

    Looks like a lot of the early preparation races on the calendar have been cancelled and everyone is flocking to this one.

    It is a UCI Tier 1 race, not WorldTour, so they can only allow 50% (11 out of 22) WorldTour teams to participate.

    AG2R, Ineos, Trek, Groupama, EF Education, Lotto-Soudal, Bora-Hansgrohe, Israel Start-Up Nation, Cofidis, Intermarchť-Wanty-Gobert and Qhubeka made the cut.

    Astana, Deceuninck-Quick Step, Movistar and UAE will have to sit this one out.

    It's an impressive peloton for a race I didn't know existed a few hours ago:
    Van Avermaet
    Bernal
    Kwiatkowski
    Geraint Thomas
    Nibali
    Pedersen
    Bettiol
    Uran
    Degenkolb
    Gilbert
    Vanmarcke
    Taaramše
    Clarke
    Nizzolo
    Boasson Hagen
    Terpstra
    Bouhanni
  • askew 3 Feb 2021 09:45:06 23,594 posts
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    No Eurosport coverage :(
  • askew 3 Feb 2021 09:45:31 23,594 posts
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    I can watch Ireland's road champs though
  • Salaman 3 Feb 2021 13:02:10 24,107 posts
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    Definitely a worthy alternative.

    Belgian cycling news mentions Tao Geoghegan is opting for a first Tour over defending his Giro win in 2021? I think their source was Daily Telegraph?
  • askew 4 Feb 2021 21:24:08 23,594 posts
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    End of that stage was dumb AF. And what are the photogs doing?
  • Psychotext 4 Feb 2021 23:10:00 70,170 posts
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    For those of us not watching?
  • askew 4 Feb 2021 23:22:46 23,594 posts
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q92C6pTBG0c
  • Psychotext 4 Feb 2021 23:47:41 70,170 posts
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    Cheers. As someone that's gone through major surgery / rehab following a crash, seeing them like that makes my blood run cold.
  • Salaman 5 Feb 2021 14:25:58 24,107 posts
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    A roundabout in the last 300m isn't exactly clever either.
    Jeezus.

    Don't worry though, the UCI is committed to rider safety:
    https://www.uci.org/inside-uci/press-releases/the-uci-reinforces-rider-safety-and-its-commitment-to-sustainable-development

    They'll stop them from sitting on the top tube or throwing away bottles, t the risk of exclusion from the race.

    The UCI Management Committee also decided to reinforce the regulation concerning potentially dangerous conduct of riders, including throwing a bottle onto the road2 or within the peloton (which may pose a danger for following riders), and taking up dangerous positions on the bike (especially sitting on the top tube)2. The regulation concerning the throwing of waste and bottles outside dedicated zones has also been reviewed.2

    Failure to comply with these provisions will lead to warnings from the Commissaires, as part of an initial education and awareness phase, then systematic sanctions (which could go as far as exclusion from competition) from 1st April 20212. The UCI wishes to spend several months making riders aware of the changes. A campaign to inform of and promote the measures will be introduced not only for the riders but also for teams and Commissaires, to ensure everyone knows and understands the new provisions and their consequences.
  • Psychotext 5 Feb 2021 15:01:12 70,170 posts
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    Will be interesting to see what their barrier design team comes up with. Lots of good work done in F1 / Indycar / Moto GP, but obviously this is a significantly different problem (though with some overlap).
  • gamecat 5 Feb 2021 17:45:43 1,182 posts
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    Is that stupid downhill finish in the Tour of Poland staying for 2021?
  • JoelStinty 5 Feb 2021 18:43:01 9,472 posts
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    I was listening to an interview with Brian Holm and he called the UCI, along the lines of fucking stupid and not caring for rider safety. I guess thats the difference between big sports and others that happen in the shadows really. If cycling was on a bigger stage they'd be under more pressure to not be so monumentally stupid. Holm felt that modern cycling was more dangerous now than it was in his time. Less stage furniture, less finishing in towns, lower speeds. And certainly no downhill finishes.
  • askew 6 Feb 2021 08:54:01 23,594 posts
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    gamecat wrote:
    Is that stupid downhill finish in the Tour of Poland staying for 2021?
    I imagine so: itís their USP!
  • mothercruncher 6 Feb 2021 09:41:41 19,337 posts
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    Unique Surgeries Potential?
  • JoelStinty 6 Feb 2021 09:45:26 9,472 posts
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    Unique surgical possibilities
  • Salaman 6 Feb 2021 21:41:49 24,107 posts
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    tadejpogacar wrote:
    Sagan has the 'vid.
    I thought he put out a video.
    Went to look, turns out he has corona.
  • grey_matters 6 Feb 2021 23:01:54 5,461 posts
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    Salaman wrote:
    tadejpogacar wrote:
    Sagan has the 'vid.
    I thought he put out a video.
    Went to look, turns out he has corona.
    I thought he had some beer.
    Went to look, turns out he's sick.
  • askew 7 Feb 2021 13:19:10 23,594 posts
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    CX in the snooooow
  • Salaman 8 Feb 2021 13:09:42 24,107 posts
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    JoelStinty wrote:
    I was listening to an interview with Brian Holm and he called the UCI, along the lines of fucking stupid and not caring for rider safety. I guess thats the difference between big sports and others that happen in the shadows really. If cycling was on a bigger stage they'd be under more pressure to not be so monumentally stupid. Holm felt that modern cycling was more dangerous now than it was in his time. Less stage furniture, less finishing in towns, lower speeds. And certainly no downhill finishes.
    Turns out it's not only sitting on the top tube that's being prohibited.
    This will also get you in trouble from April onwards.



    Using the forearms as a point of support on the handelbars is prohibited except in time trials.
    https://twitter.com/laflammerouge16/status/1358759721382076417

    I'm all for the uniform barriers for finish sections but I can't feel some proper attention to the safety in the final 5k would be of greater benefit to the riders.

    Obstacles, street furniture, roundabouts and the barriers regularly cause massive crashes thanks to the hectic of the last 5k and sprint preparations.

    Riders usually rest their forearms on the handlebars when they are in a solo breakaway. It's just silly.
  • mothercruncher 8 Feb 2021 13:30:39 19,337 posts
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    The Froome-like tuck I actually think looks a bit ridiculous and I wonít personally be mourning its loss, the forearm thing though, itís so fucking minor. I even do it myself in club events on the straights, takes a nano-second to get your hands back onto the tops, ridiculous.
  • Vortex808 8 Feb 2021 18:32:00 15,265 posts
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    No forearms on handlebars is daft. Nobody is doing that when shit is serious bsnss.

    As mentioned, it's usually someone bowling along on a break, with minimal danger.
  • gamecat 8 Feb 2021 19:31:08 1,182 posts
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    https://www.speeco.tech/abb-aero-break-away-handlebars/

    These things went illegal quickly then.
  • Salaman 9 Feb 2021 09:38:14 24,107 posts
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    I'm not surprised that was developed with Jan Willem Van schip.
    He has been using goofy looking handlebars for a while.

    I remember it coming up in post-race analysis because it looked so odd.
    Narrow on top and wider below and when riding along, he twists his wrist outward by gripping the inside.



    edit:

    Better picture of how he rides. I can't imagine that's comfortable over long periods of time but hey ...


    Edited by Salaman at 09:39:51 09-02-2021
  • gamecat 9 Feb 2021 20:39:57 1,182 posts
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    Going to get a few more people using the narrow bars and pointed in shifters this year I bet, Campenaerts does it already
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