The Pro Cycling Thread


#6663

Its touch and go for GC at TA - First time for a while, I’ve seen a rider ride Roglic off his wheel - Would like to see A.Yates have a crack at Fleche Wallone and LBL.

Impressive effort by Haig in P/N - He really should have matched Chaves time in the ITT which would have given him 3rd place.


#6664

Wondering if it’s got the go-juice that the namesake uses?


#6665

Roglic wins TA by less than 1 second.
Dennis’ ITT form seems to be down still. Perhaps is partially the new equipment he’s riding?

On to the MSR this Saturday.


#6666

Yates actually lost by 0.3 seconds - Anyway a good performance by Yates on a parcour more suited to Roglic - Will add that Roglic is the best one week stage racer in the peleton.

MS team for MSR is Impey,Trentin, Mezgec, Affini, Stannard, Hepburn and Juul-Jensen - A top 10 will be a good result.

Dennis and ITT - Durbridge finished 5 seconds down on Dennis in the TA ITT which is in line with my thoughts as Dennis is better than Durbridge in a shorter ITT - Will add that Dennis had the fastest first split and then died in the second half of the ITT.


#6667

Alaphilippe wins MSR from a select group.
Trentin went very early and Sagan seemed not to have any legs in the sprint. Alaphilippe has 7 wins this year, and in the form he’s in, he could win plenty more.


#6668

Trentin is tactically naive in big races - No reason to attack with 2kms to go when you are the second fastest sprinter in the group - A podium or more went begging - Management must be frustrated - Posted earlier in the year that the TDU must have Alaphalippe in their sights if there is no Sagan.


#6669

I couldn’t figure it out either. Sagan is faster than Trentin, but those should duke it out if it’s a pure sprint. Why Trentin went so far out was perplexing.


#6670


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#6671

Expect Mitchelton Scott to go close to winning Catalunya - It’s a matter of which Yates.


#6672

Bing wins stage 2 , Catalunya, from Valverde and Impey,
Serious climbing starts tonight.


#6673

Impey went too early in the sprint, though still would have come second to Matthews - An excellent ride by Smith who has fitted in like a glove.

Busy period of racing with De Panne tonight - team is Mezgec, Durbridge, Edmondson, Bauer, Hepburn, Scotson and Affini - Imagine it will come down to Mezgec unless it’s windy and Durbridge may have a chance.

Coppi Bartali starts today - team is Bookwalter, Schultz, hamilton, Howson, Stannard, Meyer, Bewley - I understand that Hamilton and Schultz have been set for this race - The team will do very well in the TTT later today - Stannard comes 5th in the first stage.


#6674

Adam Yates wins stage 3, a nice ride. Quintana did his usual wheel sucking trick, the guy never works.
Good to see Dan Martin up there, Bernal is going to be dominating GC races very soon, you feel.

De Panne was a crash fest as it usually is. Durbo crashed, Heppy caught up in one too.
Groenewegen is a beast and blew everyone away, despite poor positioning.

E3 this Friday and Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields on Sunday.


#6675

Durbo ruled out for the rest of the cobbled classics.


#6676

MS wins the TTT at Coppi Bartali with Stannard in the leaders jersey. Durbridge crashes too often and is becoming a liability. Edmondson also out of the Classics.


#6677

MA Lopez wins at Catalunya and takes a narrow lead in the GC. It may well be enough though with no more pure climbing stages. Adam Yates stays 2nd.

E3 tonight and Flanders in the Fields on Sunday, cobbled classics season starts in earnest.


#6678

Lopez has been lucky so far this year - He won Columbia because Sky chased Sosa who was in the break, while if Bernal, yates, and Quintana co-operated in stage 3, Lopez would have lost 30 to 40 seconds.


#6679

Stybar wins E3, Wout Van Aert 2nd, GVA 3rd.
Schachmann wins Catalunya stage from the break. Matthews won the sprint to come 2nd.
Hamilton retains the GC at Coppi Bartali


#6680

Trentin just missed the winning move at E3 - keep at it and he can get a podium in one of the big classic races.


#6681

Bing takes the penultimate stage at Catalunya.
He’s a big show to take the last stage too.


#6682

Matthews is definitely a chance to win the final stage - Want to see how Matthews goes in Dwaars De Vlaanderen and Ronde De Vlaanderen - Mitchelton Scott failed to utilise his full range of talent.