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Post by Lowlandbrit Sat 23 Jan 2021, 15:59

Racing calendar TBC, but enough news to get us started!

Alejandro Valverde has said this will be his last season, with the Olympics as his main focus.

Jumbo-Visma announced take two for their 'three-headed monster' Tour strategy after Kruijswijk's injury prevented it last year, only for Tom Dumoulin to announce he's taking an unspecified amount of time off the day after.

WorldTour team changes:
- If you thought AG2R La Mondiale had the ultimate marmite kit before, wait until you see what they've come up with now that they're AG2R Citroën
- McLaren are gone, now we have Bahrain Victorious
- Mitchelton-Scott is now Team BikeExchange
- The place of CCC has been taken in by Intermarché–Wanty–Gobert
- NTT are now Team Qhubeka Assos
- Sunweb are now Team DSM

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Post by Azabache Fri 05 Feb 2021, 22:32

I'd love to see Euskaltel-Euskadi get back to the top rank again.

Much missed.

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Post by formerly known as Sam Sun 07 Feb 2021, 20:16

Ineos reveal early team leaders for the Tours.

Giro - Bernal and possibly Carapaz
Tour - Thomas, Carapaz, Geoghan Hart
Vuelta - Yates

Ganna will also go to the Giro, Dennis to the Tour along with Porte.

Nice to see British company Hunt Wheels supplying Qhubeka Assos first time supplying a team at this level.

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Post by Lowlandbrit Mon 05 Apr 2021, 18:37

Rare sign of humanity as MvdP runs out of juice and Asgreen wins De Ronde. Paris-Roubaix postponed until October.

We've also seen the first DQs under the new rules for throwing away things in the wrong place. I get the idea, but it seems silly to ban riders throwing bidons to kids/fans. Descending on the frame is also banned now.

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Post by dummy_half Tue 13 Apr 2021, 16:47

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Agree about the DQ of the rider who gave his bidon to a fan was excessive.

As for MvdP being human, he's mostly been that this Spring with the exception of Strada Bianchi - been very good but quite frequently found someone equal to him. The Ronde was a classic of the sprint being 100 m too far.

And in the ' you wait an hour for a bus then two come along', Cav scored his first win since 2018 yesterday with a good sprint in the Tour of Turkey, and has followed it up with another win today. Amazing what a bit of confidence can do - his position in the sprints has been getting better, with him picking up good placings several times this spring, and now the top end speed seems to be coming back as well. Probably not back to what it was in the early to mid 2010s, but enough that he's now competing rather than hanging in.

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Post by Lowlandbrit Thu 15 Apr 2021, 15:52

Not sure if it's the move or if last year just made him realise how much it really still means to him, but it's great seeing Cav looking happy and winning again.

Androni Giocattoli are replacing Vini Zabu as a Giro wildcard after the latter withdrew because of recent doping issues.

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Post by Lowlandbrit Mon 19 Apr 2021, 07:40

Van Aert beats Pidcock in a (remarkably quickly announced) photo finish in the AGR. Cyclo-cross continuing to look like a good way to spend the winter.

Philippe Gilbert is retiring at the end of next season. Great career, unbeatable at times.

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Post by Lowlandbrit Sat 08 May 2021, 12:09

Giro starts today. Simon Yates the favourite, although it'll be interesting to see what Egan Bernal can do. Hugh Carthy probably in the second tier with the likes of Landa, Vlasov and Martin. UK highlights on Quest apparently.

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