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28 Sep 2018 09:41

^ I meant it should be an annual thing that it's held together with the "normal" - for lack of better words - World Championship. And televised, of course.
Using the same routes as much as possible, though I guess getting a hand-bike up a 10+% ramp might be a bit complicated.

(And of course this is the first post on a new page...)
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28 Sep 2018 11:19

It's a noble idea in principle, but the Para cycling is made up of 19 races over 5 days. In the main event, there does not seem to be much spare time of space in terms of events per day (although the mixed relay rather than two team time trials might allow some overlap on the first Sunday), So to combine it you either:
* Somehow manage to fit 31 races rather than 11 into the 7 days
* Extend the disruption to the host city by a further 4/5 days (which will surely reduce willingness of applicants)
* Sideline the para cycling by putting it in a small satellite town or on a motor racing track.

We'll see.
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28 Sep 2018 15:59

I just want to watch it on television... UCI had some reports on their FB page, but it's no fun when you can't watch it live...
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03 Oct 2018 16:50

UCI has published the 2019 calendar, i'm waiting to go in the thread of disappeared races because maybe they are going to update it in the winter but checking with this year one there are some races missing like Sharja Tour, Mallorcan races, Drome Classic, Dwars door West Vlaanderen, Tour des Fjords. Confirmed the new races Tour of Israel, Mount Ventoux race, there are also some minor races upgrading from .12 to .2 like Tour de Mirabelle

Tour of Turkey will return to his usual spot in april, Tour of Belgium will go to mid june (the week of Dauphine), Adriatica-Ionica Race to late july (where there was the Brixia Tour in early 00s), extra stages for Haut Var, Coppi e Bartali, Arctic Race. ZLM Tour returns.
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03 Oct 2018 18:06

Wait, no Challenge Mallorca or Dwars West-Vlaanderen??
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03 Oct 2018 19:23

GuyIncognito wrote:Wait, no Challenge Mallorca or Dwars West-Vlaanderen??

Lack of volunteers for Dwars door West Vlaanderen so they decided to call it a day.
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04 Oct 2018 17:04

53.730 km for Mikkel Bjerg in his hour record attempt. New Danish record - only beaten by Wiggins.
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04 Oct 2018 17:04

tobydawq wrote:53.730 km for Mikkel Bjerg in his hour record attempt. New Danish record - only beaten by Wiggins.

Nice.

Where did he ride?
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04 Oct 2018 17:07

Red Rick wrote:
tobydawq wrote:53.730 km for Mikkel Bjerg in his hour record attempt. New Danish record - only beaten by Wiggins.

Nice.

Where did he ride?


In Odense, Denmark.

For some reason, it wouldn't have counted as the official international hour record even if he had beaten Wiggins (the commentator mentioned it near the end and had probably explained why earlier in the transmission when I didn't watch).
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04 Oct 2018 17:10

Very impressive at sea level. That Wiggins record is destined to fall if Bjerg keeps doing it every year
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04 Oct 2018 17:26

Wiggins record is a useless pr stunt anyway.

The true hour record is either held by Chris Boardman or Ondrej Sosenka! Depending on definition of course.

Everything else is just clownesque IMHO!
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04 Oct 2018 18:05

Fun fact:
The last four of Madsen's ITT wins have been ahead of Bjerg. I especially remember being quite impressed that Bjerg chose to ride the elite Chrono des Nations last year, despite the fact that riding the U23 race would have given him the perfect oportunity to debut his new rainbow jersey.
Though I suspect the other U23 riders were quite happy with that choice...
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05 Oct 2018 20:35

Turgis, the youngest rider since 1962 to finish Paris - Roubaix, has to give up cycling due to heartproblems.

https://sporza.be/nl/2018/10/05/jongste-roubaix-finisher-in-55-jaar-stopt-met-hartproblemen/
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06 Oct 2018 05:02

Logic-is-your-friend wrote:Turgis, the youngest rider since 1962 to finish Paris - Roubaix, has to give up cycling due to heartproblems.

https://sporza.be/nl/2018/10/05/jongste-roubaix-finisher-in-55-jaar-stopt-met-hartproblemen/

That's a real pity. Tanguy had the potential to be the best of the Turgis brothers. Hope he recovers well.
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06 Oct 2018 11:09

Jimmy Duquennoy has suddenly passed away - probably cardiac arrest. He was a 23-year-old pro with WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic.
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06 Oct 2018 11:48

Jagartrott wrote:Jimmy Duquennoy has suddenly passed away - probably cardiac arrest. He was a 23-year-old pro with WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic.


First
Belgian pro cyclist Michael Goolaerts has died in hospital following a cardiac arrest during Paris-Roubaix. The rider was airlifted to hospital in Lille but died this evening surrounded by his loved ones. He was 23 years old.

and now Duquennoy ... what is going on?

Condolences to Duquennoy's family, friends, and teammates - they must be in shock.
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06 Oct 2018 16:14

Robert5091 wrote:
Jagartrott wrote:Jimmy Duquennoy has suddenly passed away - probably cardiac arrest. He was a 23-year-old pro with WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic.


First
Belgian pro cyclist Michael Goolaerts has died in hospital following a cardiac arrest during Paris-Roubaix. The rider was airlifted to hospital in Lille but died this evening surrounded by his loved ones. He was 23 years old.

and now Duquennoy ... what is going on?

Condolences to Duquennoy's family, friends, and teammates - they must be in shock.


See above, Turgis has to stop cycling due to heartproblems. Goolaerts also wasn't the first one IIRC. There have also been some footballers in recent history... Something in the water?
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07 Oct 2018 15:33

Do we have a new definitive route for LBL 2019, or if not, when can we expect it?
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07 Oct 2018 15:53

Red Rick wrote:Do we have a new definitive route for LBL 2019, or if not, when can we expect it?

Second this.

Going to ride the sportive this year and watch the race. Make LBL great again and get out of that shithole that is Ans (altho, as a Valverde-fan, I cant complatain TOO much about it). :D
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08 Oct 2018 19:28

Remember the cyclingnews article on Greipel's move from Soudal and the talk about how de Geyter had supposedly treated riders unfairly and alienated everyone since becoming team manager?

de Geyter's just been fired after less than a year.
https://lottosoudal.be/en/news/lotto-soudal-and-paul-de-geyter-end-their-collaboration
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