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09 Sep 2017 13:25

Broken pelvis (left) for @MatveyMamykin

"The road narrowed in the downhill and I could not escape from a concrete wall", tells @matveymamykin from Cabueñes Hospital in Gijón.

https://twitter.com/katushacycling/status/906231080398843904
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11 Sep 2017 07:20

Happy Retirement Farrar.

These last few years as a dom he's been great. Better than his sprinting anyways! Happy retirement man, I shall never forget that stage after the late Wouter Weylandt passed and you rode over the line with the Leopard boys :cry:
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11 Sep 2017 17:48

Why did farrar stop sprinting? Crashed? Scared?
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11 Sep 2017 21:57

Tour de Suisse really depends on what they do with those finishes. Gansingen should be a nice hilly stage, unless they purposefully ruin it. Arosa isn't a very nice MTF imo and they can't really put anything in front of it. Gstaad has the potential to be selective, if they go Jaunpass > Mittelbergpass > Gstaad, but I'm expecting only Saanenmöser, which would be just a reduced bunchsprint. Gommiswald I saw on the map actually has a 5km @ ~9% thing in its vicinity, but it looks like an obscure climb (can't find profiles anywhere) and if they're not using that, there's no option of making it anything better than a false flat drag to the finish; it will probably be for a break with Furkapass in the beginning and then the break can battle it out on the drag to the finish. As for Leukerbad, well, the climb to Leukerbad isn't much, but at least they have plenty of climbs to put before it. If they go Ovrannaz > Anzère > Crans-Montana > Leukerbad; sure, great stage, but somehow I doubt they'll do that. :(

Switzerland has great climbs everywhere and this route can go either way, but I fear it will be a pretty easy route.
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11 Sep 2017 22:53

Frankschleck wrote:Why did farrar stop sprinting? Crashed? Scared?


His best friend died in a crash
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12 Sep 2017 08:49

https://www.bt.no/nyheter/lokalt/i/P18gp/Asfaltering-for-sykkel-VM-forsinket-stemmetelling--Det-er-skandale

Yesterday's general election vote counting in Bergen was delayed due to the local roads being closed for new asphalt for the Worlds. Politicians, "not amused". :D
"Nuestra Pasión!" telenovela on Sept 21 - 09:00-13:00 Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Bergen.
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12 Sep 2017 13:54

GuyIncognito wrote:
Frankschleck wrote:Why did farrar stop sprinting? Crashed? Scared?


His best friend died in a crash


yeah i know, but wouter weylandts died in 2011, farrar was still winning sprints in 2014
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12 Sep 2017 14:18

dunno, Farrar had a rather early decline, already in his sprinting. He probably stopped bothering to do them and became a domestique / lead-out man
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12 Sep 2017 18:22

Dekker_Tifosi wrote:dunno, Farrar had a rather early decline, already in his sprinting. He probably stopped bothering to do them and became a domestique / lead-out man


yeah, that might be it. thanks :)
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14 Sep 2017 06:50

So Paris 2024 and LA 2028.

Paris 2024 road race will finish on the Champs-Elysées. They'll probably use the Vallée de Chevreuse before that.
As for LA 2028, I wonder if they'll use the 1984 parcours (I don't know what it looked like). There's more potential for this one.
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14 Sep 2017 17:18

Alexandre B. wrote:As for LA 2028, I wonder if they'll use the 1984 parcours (I don't know what it looked like)


https://ridewithgps.com/routes/1360455
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14 Sep 2017 21:30

Alexandre B. wrote:So Paris 2024 and LA 2028.

Paris 2024 road race will finish on the Champs-Elysées. They'll probably use the Vallée de Chevreuse before that.


Gaviria and Ewan will both be 30 in 2024: when do the bookies start taking bets?
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14 Sep 2017 21:58

GuyIncognito wrote:
Alexandre B. wrote:As for LA 2028, I wonder if they'll use the 1984 parcours (I don't know what it looked like)


https://ridewithgps.com/routes/1360455

They sshould use Fargo Street, just for th sake of havingg an ungodly steep hill. :D
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16 Sep 2017 06:37

Free place at Worlds Opening Ceremony! contact politician Terje Kollbotn :lol:
https://www.bt.no/100Sport/sykkel/Sykkel-VM-inviterte-feil-mann-pa-kanapeer-242120b.html
«The acting County Mayor of Hordaland Pål Kårbø requests the pleasure of your company at a drinks and canapés reception. Guests will be escorted to the VIP area at Torgallmenningen for the official opening ceremony following the reception.»


He's been against public money being used for Worlds in Bergen - 20 million Norwegian Crowns (about 2.5 million US $) is an estimate. He will not be attending.
Nå begynner det å nærme seg galskapen. Det er et proffsirkus og en pengemaskin. Og så må det offentlige inn og ta regningen.


"Now it's madness. A professional circus and money machine, and so must the state go in and pay the bill."

https://www.bt.no/nyheter/lokalt/i/3v09q/VM-asfalten-har-odelagt-gulv-i-bar-og-restauranter
Local watering holes not glad about guests tramping around with new asphalt under their shoes. Damages being sought from Transport Authority.

Edit - update according to https://www.bt.no/btmeninger/kommentar/i/3vd29/Sykling-er-sivilisasjon
It's more like 70 million Norwegian Crowns (about 8 million US $) that the local political authority ("kommune") is using of tax payers money.
"Nuestra Pasión!" telenovela on Sept 21 - 09:00-13:00 Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Bergen.
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