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Post by Lowlandbrit on Sun 15 Jan 2017, 10:11 pm

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Big changes for the WorldTour this season, with 10 races added to the calendar (although teams won't be required to enter all of them yet). No Italian teams this year, with Lampre becoming UAE Abu Dhabi.


AG2R La Mondiale (ALM - FRA)

Astana (AST - KAZ)

Bahrain-Merida (TBM - BRN)

BMC (BMC - USA)

BORA-hansgrohe (BOH - GER)

Cannondale Drapac (CDT - USA)

Dimension Data (DDD - RSA)

FDJ (FDJ - FRA)

Katusha-Alpecin (KAT - SUI)

LottoNL-Jumbo (TLJ - NED)

Lotto Soudal (LTS - BEL)

Movistar (MOV - ESP)

Orica-Scott (ORS - AUS)

Quick-Step Floors (QST - BEL)

Sky (SKY - GBR)

Sunweb (SUN - GER)

Trek-Segafredo (TFS - USA)

UAE Abu Dhabi (UAD - UAE)
World Tour races:
RaceWinner
Santos Tour Down Under (17/1-22/1)Richie Porte (BMC)
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (29/1)Nikias Arndt (SUN)
Abu Dhabi Tour (23/2-26/2)Rui Costa (UAD)
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Elite (25/2)Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)
Strade Bianche (4/3)Michał Kwiatkowski (SKY)
Paris-Nice (5/3-12/3)Sergio Henao (SKY)
Tirreno-Adriatico (8/3-14/3)Nairo Quintana (MOV)
Milano-San Remo (18/3)Michał Kwiatkowski (SKY)
Volta a Catalunya (20/3-26/3)Alejandro Valverde (MOV)
Dwars Door Vlaanderen (22/3)Yves Lampaert (QST)
Record Bank E3 Harelbeke (24/3)Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)
Gent-Wevelgem In Flanders Fields (26/3)Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)
Ronde van Vlaanderen (2/4)Philippe Gilbert (QST)
Vuelta al Pais Vasco (3/4-8/4)Alejandro Valverde (MOV)
Paris-Roubaix (9/4)Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)
Amstel Gold Race (16/4)Philippe Gilbert (QST)
La Flèche Wallonne (19/4)Alejandro Valverde (MOV)
Liège-Bastogne-Liège (23/4)Alejandro Valverde (MOV)
Tour de Romandie (25/4-30/4)Richie Porte (BMC)
Eschborn-Frankfurt - Rund um den Finanzplatz (1/5)Alexander Kristoff (KAT)
Giro d'Italia (5/5-28/5)Tom Dumoulin (SUN)
Amgen Tour of California (14/5-20/5)George Bennett (TLJ)
Critérium du Dauphiné (4/6-11/6)-------------------- (---)
Tour de Suisse (10/6-18/6)-------------------- (---)
Tour de France (1/7-23/7)-------------------- (---)
Clásica de San Sebastián (29/7)-------------------- (---)
Tour de Pologne (29/7-4/8)-------------------- (---)
Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic (30/7)-------------------- (---)
Eneco Tour (7/8-13/8)-------------------- (---)
La Vuelta a España (19/8-10/9)-------------------- (---)
Cyclassics Hamburg (20/8)-------------------- (---)
Bretagne Classic Ouest-France (27/8)-------------------- (---)
GP de Québec (8/9)-------------------- (---)
GP de Montréal (10/9)-------------------- (---)
Il Lombardia (7/10)-------------------- (---)
Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey (10/10-15/10)-------------------- (---)
Gree Tour of Guangxi (19/10-24/10)-------------------- (---)


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Re: 2017 season thread

Post by whocares on Sun 16 Jul 2017, 4:25 pm

Difference between having no team (Aru yesterday) and luxury ´servants' (Froome today) quite obvious. Quintana having yet another bad day.

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Re: 2017 season thread

Post by whocares on Sun 16 Jul 2017, 4:56 pm

Great effort by Mollema to win the stage after 20 or so Kms cycling solo.
Dan Martin wins a few seconds in the last 3 kms otherwise no change in the top 5.

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Re: 2017 season thread

Post by No name Bertie on Sun 16 Jul 2017, 5:38 pm

In other news - political correctness taken seriously by the government could end the British Cycling Success Story:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/40624170

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Re: 2017 season thread

Post by whocares on Sun 16 Jul 2017, 5:59 pm

Bit of a shame considering how big amateur cycling is big in UK. For instance one quarter of the amateurs competing in this year "étape du tour" are Brits (off a total of 15000 riders!)

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Re: 2017 season thread

Post by Mad for Chelsea on Sun 16 Jul 2017, 7:23 pm

Plenty of excitement on what looked on paper to be a fairly routine stage, mostly due to the aggressive move by AG2R. Nice stuff. Good recovery from Froome after getting caught out a bit initially and then suffering a puncture at a terrible time, with great help from his team. As whocares says, the strength of the team could end up being the difference, though I still think Aru made a bad mistake yesterday, should have been tightly marking Froome.

A fine win for Mollema today. Not for the first time we see a small chase pack which really should catch the lone rider up front fail to do so because they spend too much time calculating just how much effort to put in.

Overall it's been a pretty exciting tour so far IMO, and plenty of riders still very much in the GC mix.

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Post by whocares on Sun 16 Jul 2017, 7:52 pm

Yep it goes to show that maybe limiting the number of riders per team could level the playing field a bit. Anyway roll on the Alps. Last chance for Bardet and Aru to try something. Dan Martin would also be in contention if it wasn't for his fall. Great character.

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Re: 2017 season thread

Post by Good Golly I'm Olly on Sun 16 Jul 2017, 10:26 pm

Good to see Simon Yates riding well also - after Adam's good showing in the Giro earlier this year, would be good to see Simon secure a top 10 finish too.
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Re: 2017 season thread

Post by No name Bertie on Mon 17 Jul 2017, 4:54 am

Some debate who is next strongest after Froome 32 in team Sky for GC - Mikel Landa 27 - seems to be making a strong shout.  I thought Geraint Thomas 31 was the next in line after Froome - but it seems maybe it is now Landa.

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Re: 2017 season thread

Post by Just John on Tue 18 Jul 2017, 12:57 pm

Alberto Contador announces this is his last Tdf

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Re: 2017 season thread

Post by dummy_half on Tue 18 Jul 2017, 2:10 pm

From the sounds of it, its a windy day today and there have already been echelons forming - biggest loser so far is George Bennett, the NZ climber who has done brilliantly to be 12th on GC, as he is currently about 3 minutes off the back of the bunch (reports that he is ill as well).

Kittel also in a split about 1:30 behind, which means Sunweb are hammering to give Matthews a chance to make up good ground in the green jersey competition.

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Post by Good Golly I'm Olly on Tue 18 Jul 2017, 2:21 pm

Bennett over six minutes down now
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Re: 2017 season thread

Post by Good Golly I'm Olly on Tue 18 Jul 2017, 2:22 pm

Good Golly I'm Olly wrote:Bennett over six minutes down now

Literally as I post he abandons - what a shame
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Re: 2017 season thread

Post by Mad for Chelsea on Tue 18 Jul 2017, 4:26 pm

Sunweb played a blinder today, and credit to Matthews for finishing it off, makes the green jersey battle a bit more interesting. Martin caught out in the crosswinds, not helped by Quick Step not having as much presence as they'd have liked.

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Post by No name Bertie on Wed 19 Jul 2017, 12:45 pm

Other news. It seems that blood storage and later testing is going to remove most of the doubts many outsiders are going to have regarding doping. This is todays news in the athletics world - Jessica Ennis becomes a three times world champion
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/40650500

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Post by Mad for Chelsea on Wed 19 Jul 2017, 1:07 pm

No name Bertie wrote:Other news.  It seems that blood storage and later testing is going to remove most of the doubts many outsiders are going to have regarding doping.  This is todays news in the athletics world - Jessica Ennis becomes a three times world champion
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/40650500

Good. IIRC it was considered an open secret that the two heptathletes Chernova and Dobrynska were doping, and late justice is still way better than no justice.

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Re: 2017 season thread

Post by Just John on Wed 19 Jul 2017, 1:58 pm

Kittel abandons

Even though the GC is close, it's been pretty dull in all honesty.

Froome
Uran + 27
Bardet + 27
Aru + 53

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Post by whocares on Wed 19 Jul 2017, 4:31 pm

Agree Sky is making it very tough for the competition.
Bardet tried a couple of times but it only resulted in Aru and Martin losing time.

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Post by Mad for Chelsea on Wed 19 Jul 2017, 4:32 pm

Tough day for Aru, who drops 30+ seconds to the Froome, Uran and Bardet (+ time bonuses). Even tougher for Yates, who drops two minutes to those guys, and a minute and a half to Meintjes. White jersey battle back on.

Uran wins the sprint for second ahead of Froome, Bardet loses a few precious bonus seconds to those two, and finds himself "tied" for second with Uran, 27 seconds behind Froome. A slightly disappointing lack of real GC action TBH today, thought Uran/Bardet could have tried to push on a bit more up the Galibier when it became clear Aru was struggling.

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Re: 2017 season thread

Post by Just John Yesterday at 4:37 pm

Great win for Barguil, has been magnificent

As for the GC, totally predictable & no fireworks whatsoever. Highly forgettable GC fight in all honesty, which Froome & Sky have controlled with ease. Uran & Bardet just seem happy to be on the podium.

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Re: 2017 season thread

Post by Mad for Chelsea Yesterday at 4:39 pm

Nothing much happens re GC, shame. Great win from Barguil, thoroughly deserved, and a brilliant ride today.

Uran goes through three weeks of riding, gets to within 30 seconds, and tries nothing... Bardet grabs a handful of bonus seconds in third, which moves him ahead of Uran into second. Uran actually dropped a couple of seconds in that final sprint.

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Post by whocares Yesterday at 4:57 pm

Uran hasn't tried anything in the whole 3 weeks and at least recognise this... to his credit he is a bit late in his career and his target was a top10...
Bardet did try at times but you have to be willing to lose everything in order to have a go at Sky. AG2R is not strong enough anyway at least compared to Sky.
Pretty sure Uran will get back his second place in Marseilles...
Barguil celebrating his polka jersey in style. Impressed he still has energy in this race.

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Post by No name Bertie Yesterday at 5:39 pm

Quintana has been under par this tour - but is still only 27 years old.  There is a group of riders aged 24 - 27 from which it looks like the next tour de france winner is going to emerge.  Froome is now favorite to win his fourth title - but how many years does he have left.  However four Tour de France wins is not too shabby.  I am surprised he didn't even make the extended short list for last years Sporting Personality of the Year.  I suppose it is partly associated with the poor reception cycling has in mainstream media especially the BBC nowadays - as they seem to have spent the last few years hammering British Cycling.

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