2014 51st GP du canton d'Argovie (1.HC) | 12 June

Anybody know anything about this race? It's been around for half a century and apparently Rui Costa, Fabian Cancellara, and Alexander Kristoff are all going to be there, so it's got that going for it anyway.

15 circuits of a 12.1 km circuit (totalling 181.5 km), through town, out over the hill, through town, out over the hill, repeat...



 
Never followed the race before.
But from the race site ( http://www.gippingen.ch/web/ ), it would appear this is a 4 day combination event.

Agenda:

Donnerstag, 12. Juni 2014

ab 12.00 Uhr Festzelt offen

12.00 Uhr Offizielle Begr?ssung

12.15 Uhr
Fahrerpr?sentation

Im Start-/Zielgel?nde

13.30 Uhr 51. Grosser Preis des Kantons Aargau
f?r Elite UCI 1.HC
Spitzenradsport live
Patronat: Vaudoise, az Aargauer Zeitung, G?nner+ Club

ca. 17.40 Uhr Zielankunft des 51. Grossen Preises
des Kantons Aargau f?r Elite UCI 1.HC
Freitag, 13. Juni 2014

ab 19.00 Uhr T?r?ffnung Abendunterhaltung

20.30 Uhr Partynight mit den Blaumeisen
Eintritt frei

23.00 - 02.00 Uhr
Gratis-Heimfahrtdienst im Umkreis von 10 km

Patronat: Andi Forster, Taxi-Dienst, Klingnau. Abfahrt
bei Bushaltestelle, General-Guisan-Strasse in Gippingen
Samstag, 14. Juni 2014

ab 8.00 Uhr Festzelt offen

8.00 Uhr 44. Milit?rradrennen SVMLT Gippingen
Patronat: SVMLT

11.45 Uhr
Prominentenrennen

Patronat: Holcim

7. Axpo Aare Rhein Classics
12.45 Uhr Axpo Heavy-Etappe, 80,5 km
12.50 Uhr Axpo Medium-Etappe, 60,3 km
12.55 Uhr Axpo Light-Etappe, 40,1 km
Patronat: Axpo

14.00 Uhr Gratis: Ponyreiten f?r Kinder, Festgel?nde

16.00 Uhr Prolog Frauen GP Gippingen

ab 19.00 Uhr T?r?ffnung Abendunterhaltung

20.00 Uhr Konzert Solvay-Musikanten
Eintritt frei

anschliessend Party mit Stimmungsmacher Benny

23.00 - 02.00 Uhr Gratis-Heimfahrtdienst im Umkreis von 10 km
Patronat: Andi Forster, Taxi-Dienst, Klingnau. Abfahrt
bei Bushaltestelle, General-Guisan-Strasse in Gippingen
Sonntag, 15. Juni 2014

ab 8.00 Uhr Festzelt offen

8.00 Uhr Anf?nger U17 und Frauen FB
Patronat: Maxton AG, Kleind?ttingen

10.00 - 16.00 Uhr
Grosser Familientag mit vielen Attraktionen

Pr?sentiert von der az Aargauer Zeitung und Axpo

10.15 Uhr
Frauen Grand Prix Gippingen WE UCI 1.2
Patronat: Kleofas AG, Ehrendingen

2. KKL Grandfondo Zurzibiet
9.30 Uhr 110 km Velo-Tour
10.30 Uhr 70 km Velo-Tour
12.00 Uhr 45 km Velo-Tour
Patronat: KKL

12.00 Uhr 2. Holcim-SEM Granfondo Zurzibiet f?r Sehbehinderte
40-45 km Velo-Tour
Patronat: Holcim

14.00 Uhr Gratis: Ponyreiten f?r Kinder, Festgel?nde

14.25 Uhr Piccolorennen
Patronat: Gemeinde Leuggern

15.15 Uhr Sch?ler-Cup Gippingen
Patronat: Gemeinde Leuggern

16.10 Uhr 4. Lauf zur Schweizer Sch?lermeisterschaft
Patronat: Heinz Baumgartner AG

17.00 Uhr Verlosung Preise "Familientag" und Nietenverlosung
im Festzelt

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I personally think this is a good model for "classics".
 
Interestingly, today's article about Tom Boonen's possible Tour de France participation includes a quote from him at the end which seems to indicate that he's going to be in this race. But nothing I've seen--not even the official race website--lists Omega Pharma-Quick-step as being scheduled to send a team.
 
Startlist just about ready I think.

Some key riders:
1. Orica GreenEDGE (Albasini, Clarke)
2. Trek Factory Racing (Cancellara, van Poppel)
3. Lampre-Merida (Costa, Modolo)
4. AG2R La Mondiale (Appollonio, Mondory)
5. Astana Pro Team (Iglinskiy, Tleubayev)
6. Team Katusha (Kristoff, Chernetckii)
7. BMC Racing Team (Gilbert, Evans)
8. Garmin Sharp (Slagter, Dennis)
9. Team Giant-Shimano (Mezgec, Geschke)
10. IAM Cycling (Elmiger, Fumeaux)
11. Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela (Zilioli, Parrinello)
12. Team NetApp – Endura (Bennett, Dempster)
13. MTN - Qhubeka (Ciolek, Meintjes)
14. Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise (Jacobs, Van Hecke)
15. Wanty - Groupe Gobert (Baugnies, Seeldraeyers)
16. Team Colombia (Duarte, Romero)
17. Switzerland (Zahner, Saggiorato)

Complete list here: http://www.procyclingstats.com/race/GP_du_canton_d_Argovie_2014-Startlist
 
This is an interesting field. Those poor Team Switzerland kids are going to get eaten alive I guess, but they're probably just happy to be there.

I suppose it would be foolish to bet against Albasini given his history here, but you have to figure who else, Kristoff and Gilbert maybe, will figure in the finish?

That said, my tip for the winner is Tom-Jelte Slagter. He hasn't raced since his impressive performances in the Ardennes Classics, though, is there some critical news item about him I've overlooked?
 
Dazed and Confused said:
Going with Chernetckii.
Inspired by Trofimov.
I wonder about the spelling of that guy's name. Procyclingstats.com gives it as you have (and spell his first name Sergei), whereas cqranking.com and Wikipedia have him as Sergey Chernetskiy. I guess the different sources use different methods of anglicizing Russian names.
 
christopherrowe said:
I wonder about the spelling of that guy's name. Procyclingstats.com gives it as you have (and spell his first name Sergei), whereas cqranking.com and Wikipedia have him as Sergey Chernetskiy. I guess the different sources use different methods of anglicizing Russian names.
Dunno myself, but there are solid lingo guys on this forum who might know.
 

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