The Pro Cycling Thread


#5221

I thought Haig’s ride was enormous…he is going to be a very very good rider!

Felt sorry for the poor guy ran over by the team car in the tour of Britain!


#5222

Haig is getting up 90% of the climbs with the GC riders - He’s been instructed to then switch off and save his legs.


#5223

Haig has re-signed with OS


#5224

Expect Albasini any day now - Some issue with L.Hamilton.::slightly_frowning_face:


#5225

Any detail?


#5226

Assume you are referring toa Hamilton - Like in many cases a Heads of Agreement was signed earlier in the year - Seems Hamilton is wanting more time - There is no reason to think Orica cant develop his talents and anyway neo-pros all get similar contracts - Wait and see.


#5227

Wouldn’t hurt to have another year in U23.


#5228

Hamilton will turn pro in 2018 - In time he could be an Ardennes type rider/ strade bianchi and even the one day races in Canada as well as a one week stage racer - I am unsure if he will be a GC GT rider - He’s a very consistent rider who can hold his peak or close to it for a long time - You don’t want to lose him.


#5229

EBH won stage of the TOB from Viviani and Groenewegen but was rightly disqualified after a zig zag sprint which stopped Viviani and Ewan sprinting and inconvenienced Groenewegen - Ewan probably should have won but was boxed in and stood in his tracks by interference from EBH - Also Mezgec couldnt get into position to deliver Ewan - Finally Viviani is the type of sprinter you need in a GC focused team.


#5230

Haven’t been able to keep up with La Vuelta … but it hasn’t seemed terribly interesting?


#5231

The fact that Froome appears to have it won from the get-go hasn’t helped but still better than the TdF.


#5232

Its been the most interesting of the 3 Grand Tours.

Pity about Dennis. He would have won the ITT by 30 seconds.


#5233

Australian Team for the World RR Championship.

Elite Men

Simon CLARKE (VIC) Cannondale Drapac/Carnegie Caulfield CC
Rohan DENNIS^ (SA) BMC Racing Team/Adelaide CC
Mitchell DOCKER (VIC) Orica-Scott/Brunswick CC
Luke DURBRIDGE (WA) Orica-Scott /Midland CC
Jack HAIG (VIC) Orica-Scott/Bendigo & District CC
Heinrich HAUSSLER (NSW) Bahrain–Merida/Inverell CC
Mathew HAYMAN (ACT) Orica-Scott /Canberra CC
Michael MATTHEWS (ACT) Team Sunweb/Tuggeranong Vikings CC
Jay McCARTHY (QLD) Bora-Hansgrohe/Fraser Coast CC
Rory SUTHERLAND (ACT) Movistar

Elite Women

Gracie ELVIN (ACT) Orica-Scott/Canberra CC
Katrin GARFOOT* (QLD) Orica-Scott/Gold Coast CC
Shara GILLOW (QLD) FDJ/Sunshine Coast CC
Sarah ROY (NSW) Orica-Scott/Sydney Uni Velo Club
Amanda SPRATT (NSW) Orica-Scott/Penrith CC

Under 23 Men

Lucas HAMILTON (VIC) Mitchelton-Scott/Ararat & District CC
Jai HINDLEY (WA) Mitchelton-Scott/Midland CC
Callum SCOTSON* (SA) BMC Racing/Port Adelaide C
Robert STANNARD (NSW) Mitchelton-Scott/Manly Warringah CC
Michael STORER (WA) Mitchelton-Scott/Midland CC

^ Time Trial only * Time Trial & Road Race

Why they have filled only 5 of the 7 women’s spots is very strange.


#5234

Nothing is strange with the selectors or the directors. Porte got a mountain biker as a support rider for the 2016 Olympics. Last two years had 2 leaders for the RR. Hard for a non Orica women’s rider to get a gig at Olympics or Worlds.

I believe that Gerrans is the protected rider for the two Canadian races as a reward for his service at Orica. Of course this could change on the road.


#5235

#5236

No Tiffany Cromwell for the womens?


#5237

Cromwell doesn’t ride for Orica ! In saying that the course is too difficult for Cromwell - But gee they could take women for the World’s - Why no under 23’s women’s team ?


#5238

Froome wins the TT by 29 seconds from Kelderman - Nibali loses 57s, Contador 59s, Lopez around 2 minutes, Aru 3 minutes and Chaves a shocking 4 minutes - The Vuelta has been a struggle for Orica - And Ewan wins stage 3 of the TOB from EBH and Kristoff - Another perfect lead out by Mezgec.


#5239

With Brenton Jones fourth in that TOB finish. One of his best finishes so far.


#5240

Chaves and A.Yates attack on the second last climb after Astana brought the peleton back to within striking distance - A crazy move which never got more than 100 metres and at the same time Chaves couldn’t follow Yates - Then at the top of the second last climb Cort dropped back from the breakaway and guided Haig down the descent away from the peleton - Haig started the final brutal climb 36s behind the breakaway four and nearly a minute in front of the peleton - Then Lopez attacked the peleton and shortly after was joined by Contador - Bertie was on a tear and eventually finished second behind the breakaway rider Denifl from Aqua Blue Sports - Contador took over a minute over Froome while Nibali took around 40s - Froome struggled and was pulled up the climb by Nieve - Froome now leads by 1m and 16s - The GT season has been a disaster for Orica - Nowhere near a podium and one more stage - Orica’s two best riders in this Vuelta have been Trentin and Nieve.