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24 Apr 2017 18:48

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24 Apr 2017 22:49

http://www.bbc.com/sport/cycling/39700361
French cyclist Yoann Offredo says he suffered a broken nose in an assault by attackers who used a box cutter and baseball bat while on a training ride.
Offredo, who said he was on a training ride with two friends, did not specify where the alleged assault took place and gave no other details about the attackers.

(Odd story - :confused: )
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25 Apr 2017 10:28

The queenstage of the Österreich-Rundfahrt has been announced almost 2 weeks ago.
It's stage 5, Kitzbühel - Sankt Johann/Alpendorf, almost 213km and a ton of climbs.
Pass Thurn, Felbertauern, Iselsberg Pass, Hochtor + Fuscher Törl (this climb minus the final 2km) and and uphill finish in Alpendorf after 40km of flat, it's around 2.5km at 6.4%.
The stage should look like this:
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Source: http://www.oesterreich-rundfahrt.at/index.php/news/tour-news-2016/343-koenigsetappe-mit-grossglockner-pass-thurn-und-felbertauern-1
With the stage starting in Kitzbühel we should have the traditional hard Kitzbüheler Horn MTF on stage 4, with such a hard MTF right before it stage 5 could be nasty.
Stage 6 will be Alpendorf-Wels, the say it's the last real gc stage, so probably a hilly/medium mountain stage (at least that's what I'm hoping for), but I've got no Idea how hard it's gonna be.
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Re: General News Thread

25 Apr 2017 12:25

Could be interesting, but always a shame with those long flats after the Großglockner. Also, I don't see many hills/mountains around Wells, so I expect the last 20-30 km to be quite flat. There will be some medium mountains early on, but I think the part about deciding the GC was because it is the final stage of the tour, not because of the terrain.

The tour starts on July 2nd in Graz with a short prologue. Cobbled for the first half with steep ramps. Should hurt pretty good.

http://www.schlossbergman.at/images/media/Karte_17_1.jpg
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25 Apr 2017 12:57

live again on orf ?
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25 Apr 2017 17:27

jens_attacks wrote:live again on orf ?

I doubt it :(

@Mayomaniac
Pretty sure, the Großglockner stage is the penultimate stage and the stage to Wels will be the last one and one for sprinters. One can get confused because the race is 7 days long, but the first "stage" is a prologue so there are only 6 real stages which is why the Großglockner stage is stage 5. Other confirmed stages are Graz-Wien on stage one and Wien-Pöggstall on stage 2. Stage one will therefore be a sprint stage, while stage two might give attackers a chance. I think I read something about an up to 20% steep ramp close to the finish. Stage 4 will most likely end on the Kitzbüheler Horn, so there is basically only one stage finish we don't know yet.

About the stage to St. Johann Alpendorf, I like the stage and it could cause carnage in a race with relatively weak teams. However I miss the old Hochtor-Dientner Sattel-Alpendorf combo. The Großglockner was even further away but because of the other climb between there was another good place for attacks. And it makes me nostalgic to think about Fuglsangs 100 km solo which was one of the last times an Österreich Rundfahrt stage was shown live on TV.
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25 Apr 2017 17:31

Tour of Britain route just got presented. Looks very flat, which is lame.

Seems a strange decision as they've had good fields in recent years catering to Worlds contenders. I guess the length is good for preparation but hard to imagine the field will be that great.

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25 Apr 2017 17:59

Gigs_98 wrote:
jens_attacks wrote:live again on orf ?

I doubt it :(

@Mayomaniac
Pretty sure, the Großglockner stage is the penultimate stage and the stage to Wels will be the last one and one for sprinters. One can get confused because the race is 7 days long, but the first "stage" is a prologue so there are only 6 real stages which is why the Großglockner stage is stage 5. Other confirmed stages are Graz-Wien on stage one and Wien-Pöggstall on stage 2. Stage one will therefore be a sprint stage, while stage two might give attackers a chance. I think I read something about an up to 20% steep ramp close to the finish. Stage 4 will most likely end on the Kitzbüheler Horn, so there is basically only one stage finish we don't know yet.

About the stage to St. Johann Alpendorf, I like the stage and it could cause carnage in a race with relatively weak teams. However I miss the old Hochtor-Dientner Sattel-Alpendorf combo. The Großglockner was even further away but because of the other climb between there was another good place for attacks. And it makes me nostalgic to think about Fuglsangs 100 km solo which was one of the last times an Österreich Rundfahrt stage was shown live on TV.

I'd like so see the same Glockner stage with an uphill finish in Schmittenhöhe above Zell am See, that would mean only 15km of flat after the Großglockner descent. Of course the Dientner Sattel stage would be great, but I'd love to see a stage with Glockner from north, then the Pustertaler Höhenstraße with a finish in Sillian, or even on the Kartitscher Satte, that would be pure awesomeness.
The Glockner always reminds me of my father's stories about climbing Glockner and Tre Cime with 42x23 back in the late 70ies/early 80ies, I don't think that I could climb with that kind of gearing.
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25 Apr 2017 19:26

Dunno if this has been mentioned anywhere, from the Tour of the Gila:

http://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/racing/axeon-hagens-berman-take-bittersweet-gila-victory-chad-young-badly-hurt-high-speed-crash-326798

And now this:

Update on Chad Young (@chadwyoung): He is currently in critical condition. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.


Oh no... please no! :(
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Chad Young

28 Apr 2017 05:54

Not looking good!

http://www.axeoncycling.com/news/2017_YoungUPDATE

It's just... terrible. :cry:







Sorry for just posting about it here. I just don't have the heart for making a special thread...
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Re: Chad Young

28 Apr 2017 09:30

RedheadDane wrote:Not looking good!

http://www.axeoncycling.com/news/2017_YoungUPDATE

It's just... terrible. :cry:







Sorry for just posting about it here. I just don't have the heart for making a special thread...


That's awful. I hadn't realised that his injuries were so serious.
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28 Apr 2017 12:14

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28 Apr 2017 18:48

Stig has shown signs of recovery tho.
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28 Apr 2017 19:08

Yes. And that is why I will. Not. Stop. Hoping!
Sometimes, miracles do happen!

But not this time...

http://www.axeoncycling.com/news/2017_YoungMourned

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Re:

30 Apr 2017 08:18

RedheadDane wrote:Yes. And that is why I will. Not. Stop. Hoping!
Sometimes, miracles do happen!

But not this time...

http://www.axeoncycling.com/news/2017_YoungMourned

:cry:


Heart breaking. My thoughts with all those close to him. What a terrible few weeks this has been.
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01 May 2017 14:29

Gotta say overall the Dana Point Gran Prix is great. The organization is outstanding. I got a chance to chat with Landis and got a Floyd's of Leadville T-shirt..got a small so it will go to the lady of the house. Zabriskie was also there, both guys did some announcing. Postcard perfect, the race is located on the small cliffs above Dana Point Harbor and the race course is @100 ft from a beautiful view of the Pacific.
Sea Otter done and Redlands, next week..and then the Tour of California and that will conclude my race viewing unless I can stomach the bloodbath of Manhattan Beach..
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more bad news

01 May 2017 14:33

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/triathlete-lauren-parker-given-1-per-cent-chance-of-walking-after-freak-accident-20170430-gvw026.html
original post http://www.theherald.com.au/story/4629095/newcastle-triathlete-in-fight-of-life-after-freak-training-accident/
More sad news -
Triathlete Lauren Parker given 1 per cent chance of walking after freak accident

"We were about 40 kilometres into the ride apparently, because I don't remember this and I was told by my training partner that we were just riding along as normal and my front and rear tyre both burst at the same time," Parker said.

"This does not happen. It's a freak accident. It never happens."

Parker said police at the scene could find no reason as to why her tyres both blew.

"The police arrived before the ambulance and the police and my two training partners were all just looking at the ground, trying to figure out what had punctured my tyres, but there was absolutely nothing on the ground," she said.

"They even looked at my tyres and there was nothing in them, they had just burst. It was a brand new bike with brand new tyres, so it's such a terrible, freak accident."
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02 May 2017 23:15

Linas Rumsas, son of Raimundas, was found dead in his home. He was racing for an Italian amateur squad. He was 21 years old.
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04 May 2017 16:40

luckyboy wrote:Tour of Britain route just got presented. Looks very flat, which is lame.

Seems a strange decision as they've had good fields in recent years catering to Worlds contenders. I guess the length is good for preparation but hard to imagine the field will be that great.

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Pathetic, missing the best parts of Scotland out again.
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04 May 2017 16:59

rick james wrote:
luckyboy wrote:Tour of Britain route just got presented. Looks very flat, which is lame.

Seems a strange decision as they've had good fields in recent years catering to Worlds contenders. I guess the length is good for preparation but hard to imagine the field will be that great.

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Pathetic, missing the best parts of Scotland out again.

In fairness, this year missing out the best parts wasn't a problem exclusive to Scotland
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