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11 Feb 2019 11:30

My favourite race last year, great atmosphere. Hoping for the same this year with even stronger field.
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11 Feb 2019 11:49

Logic-is-your-friend wrote:Curious for Vacek. I would assume him to have a bit more difficulties adapting to the volume of a pro stage race, more so than his nemesis, but on the other hand, i trust him to ride a smarter race as well.

Also interested to see Sosa & Narvaez.
Yeah, or more than a bit. It's not like Vacek was the 2nd best stage racer in his category, either. He was pretty inconsistent in short stage races with soft courses. This is something else entirely.

He will probably be allowed to ride a smarter race, though, depending on Almeida's level.

I have high hopes for Rubio in this race. A breakout performance is not impossible, given his age (20).
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11 Feb 2019 13:29

hfer07 wrote:not quite happy with the parcours, but logistics and the presence of high profile riders the likes of Froome might have played a factor. I hope & pray the Organizers get to display some of the real mountains (i.e Letras, la Linea, etc) in future editions.


It's about attracting World Tour riders to come to Colombia and start the season there. It's mostly about the show, as we could see yesterday at the presentation, which was great. No stars from Europe or Colombia will be there with Letras. It's just way too hard.
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11 Feb 2019 17:21

I don't like the circuits.
While I fully understand they don't climb all the hard climbs around Medellín (Escobero, Limonar, Santa Elena, Minas, Boquerón, La China, Matasanos) or a bit further, like 1 or 2 hours away (Concordia, Jericó, Marsella, etc..), there was terrain to do things more interesting, and not necessarily to destroy the legs of foreigners.
I mean they could have visited SantaFe de Antioquia, leaving From the south of Medellín via Bolombolo (around 140 Kms, with a little climb to start and probably a punchy finish on cobble roads in a colonial town).
They could have visited the San Pedro, Entrerrios and returning via Don Matias area from Medellín (another ~140Kms but this time it does start with a climb of 18Km climb@5.3%, which they would have tried to neutralize just to give the real start a little higher).
They can also have tried to go to Guatapé, which is also a beautiful area.

Just not do stupid circuits in just the same 2 areas
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11 Feb 2019 17:30

Mick Jagger FTW folks!
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11 Feb 2019 18:35

memyselfandI wrote:Mick Jagger FTW folks!

Haha! :lol:
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11 Feb 2019 18:45

I was amazed by the packed stadium during the team presentation, as well as enjoying the everlasting sly Uran facial expressions while talking to the crowds with a mic. Now we know Colombia has had its history in cycling but the globalisation of the sport is going rapidly. Have you seen the crowds in Rwanda for instance? It's nuts, i like it. Talked to some Canadian friends, they say since a year or 5 cycling has become incredibly popular. I wonder if men like Briek Schotte would have ever thought this to happen back in the days. I also wonder about the impact; will the monuments and all euro-nostalgia-romance you can think of in a long leap of time retain its significance?
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11 Feb 2019 19:15

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hayneplane wrote:Probably too deep a field of pure climbers for Alaphillipe to podium even with the boost of a ttt. The Movistar riders all have solid racing this year already which could count for a lot but no reason not to believe that Bernal backed by such a strong climbing squad that can also turn in a solid ttt won't have every chance of repeating last years win.


Wouldnt they ride for Jungels? And he has something to prove with Mas on the rise. Who is THE guy when it comes to GC at Deceuninck going forward? Jungels has 2 very solid rides in Italy wile Mas even got a podium in Spain last year...



I like Jungels as a rider but figured that he would find it tough here as he has not ridden in a while and is a tter who can climb rather than a truly gifted climber.

Interestingly I looked him up on procycling stats and his schedule has him down to be riding most of the cobbled classics including Ronde van Vlaanderen.
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11 Feb 2019 22:44

Sky versus Movistar plus Uran & Superman, I would guess. Some local talent getting some limelight would good too.
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11 Feb 2019 23:19

EF are saying that Martinez will be their leader, not Uran. A smokescreen or not?
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11 Feb 2019 23:22

Anderis wrote:EF are saying that Martinez will be their leader, not Uran. A smokescreen or not?

No. Uran isn't fully fit after suffering an ankle injury while playing a game of football. He had to miss the national championships due to the same injury.
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12 Feb 2019 02:26

Anderis wrote:EF are saying that Martinez will be their leader, not Uran. A smokescreen or not?

They said that last week. What DNP is true. However in an interview with his coach they stated that they will try to take it easier with him this year. Like slow build up. I think that was from "Mundo Ciclistico" web site.

http://www.revistamundociclistico.com/ruta/26875-el-ef-education-first-de-rigoberto-uran-y-daniel-martinez-define-su-seis-para-un-tour-colombia-donde-apuntaran-muy-alto.html
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12 Feb 2019 14:53

They mentioned the slower build up on their official website and social media as well. But I've seen instances like these where the leader on the road didn't allign with what the team had announced before the race. I'm pretty sure Martinez will be free to chase his own result unless the race dictates otherwise but I have no idea with Uran. I've heard about his injury but I guess it was a minor injury and if he is ready to race, he may well be ready to race competitively. In 2017 he was supposed to focus more on one-day races but he failed completely in Ardennes and then rode a very competitive Tour de France. That's why I don't trust this type of information all that much.
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12 Feb 2019 15:19

70 minutes from now.

While i like watching TTT, i always find it dumb in a stage race.
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12 Feb 2019 15:55

Is the race going to have live broadcasting & if so could be possible to get some links to watch it. Thanks
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12 Feb 2019 16:24

hfer07 wrote:Is the race going to have live broadcasting & if so could be possible to get some links to watch it. Thanks



http://cyclingentertainment.stream/cycling-live-stream/
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12 Feb 2019 16:31

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12 Feb 2019 16:49

Team Medellín 15:46
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12 Feb 2019 16:59

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