The Pro Cycling Thread


#5602

Seems like Haig is coming into form so will be a good ally for Chaves and S.Yates at the Giro - There is every chance that S.Yates will surprise at the Giro - Power is improving but apparently his biggest issue is backing up day to day in stage races - He’s performing well in one day races - Reckon the Giro is wide open.


#5603

Andy Rihs, owner of BMC, died last night.
He was 75.

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#5604

Whoa. Wasn’t he the single reason they still existed at all?


#5605

Pretty much. It’s his money.
Can’t see BMC being around next season.


#5606

We should be thankful for generous people like Rihs who allow us to view cycling - They bring enjoyment for money.


#5607

I believe MS may have a new sponsor.


#5608

MS team for LBL is Albasini, Kreuziger, Haig, Verona, Juul-Jensen, Impey and Nieve - Kreuziger to be the leader and Haig the back up - Think its too hard for Impey - Great to see Nieve pin on the jersey for his first race day.

PCS has put up an indicative start list for the Giro

  • S.Yates
  • Chaves
  • Juul-Jensen
  • Haig
  • Bewley
  • Tuft
  • Hepburn
  • Nieve

MS doesn’t need all of Tuft/Hepburn/Bewley, so I expect one will drop out and doubt Nieve has the race days to ride the Giro - So add Verona - The last position is a mystery.


#5609

MS team for Romandie is Albasini,Power, Nieve, Tuft, Verona, Howson and L.Hamilton - It’s a poorly designed race this with a 4.3km prologue and a 9km ITT which is uphill - Stage victories will be the orfer of the day.


#5610

And Jungels beats Woods and Bardet in LBL with Kreuziger 8th - A strange race in that Jungels attacked on the second last climb, was brought back at the top, but then he was allowed to go on the descent - Jungels had 53 seconds on the last climb being St Nicholas - Vanendert attacked on the last climb and got to within 25 seconds at the top with another 15 seconds to the favourites group - Jungels was too strong in the last 6 kms, while Bardet and Woods clipped away with 3kms to go, overtaking Vanendert who collapsed on the final climb - Kreuziger struggled in the final, even though Haig paced him up the last climb and in the final 1.5km - Seen enough to think Haig can win LBL in the future.

Interesting that Kreuziger, Nieve and Haig will be supporting S.Yates and Chaves at the Giro - They wil be one of the strongest teams - Believe that one of Kreuziger or Nieve should be supporting A.Yates at the TDF.


#5611

Matthews wins the prologue at Romandie


#5612

And surprisingly dropped on the last climb today in a stage which should have suited - Freire surprisingly outsprints Colbrelli to take stage 1.


#5613

Oscar Freire? That bought back memories… Omar Fraile won overnight.


#5614

Should be Fraile.


#5615

MS name a loaded team for the Giro - Chaves, Haig, Juul-Jensen, S.Yates, Nieve, Kreuziger, Bewley and Tuft - This will be one of the three strongest teams so hoping Yates and Chaves are on form - Personally think the Vuelta will be the race for MS in 2018 - Apparently S.Yates is flying and I think he will beat Chaves in the Giro - Think the team is a bit top heavy - I would have left Kreuziger to give A.Yates support at the TDF and started Verona in his place - They could have started Kluge who could have won a sprint in place of Bewley or Tuft.


#5616

And Roglic just holds off the exciting Bernal to win Romandie with Porte a pleasing third - MS come in with low expectations and got mixed results - Nieve was very good, Howson disappointing and i expect he won’t be at MS in 2019, Power was disappointing and is unable to back up in stage races and his future must be in doubt, Tuft did a training ride for the Giro, Disappointed in Hamilton’s ride in the ITT in which he finished a minute behind Storer, though he was decent in stage 4, Verona was good again, while Albasini continues to struggle for form - I can already see at least 6 or 7 changes in the roster for 2019 - Hayman and Tuft will retire, Albasini no certainty to ride on, Kluge is out of favour - Power and Howson no certainty to get contracts, Verona has offers while always a chance one of the Yates may leave and Bewley is on a one year contract.


#5617

The MS sprint train is two weeks of altitude training in snowy Lake Tahoe before the Tour of California - Seems like Hayman, Ewan, Hepburn, Mezgec and A.Yates - Expect four of this five to be at the TDF.


#5618

Giro kicks off tonight with a short itt (really a prologue). Dennis is hot favorite for this stage.

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#5619

Froome crashed during the recon this morning. Wonder if that will impact his ride any.


#5620

Also Kanstantsin Siutsou has broken his collarbone during the recon and is out.


#5621

Froome seen limping after that.