2020 National Championships

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All the main participants were in a good mood at the press conference today. Some main points: Both Roglič and Pogačar will also participate in the TT next Sunday, which will be a mountain TT. Women's race will start after the men have done 4 circles and they will then ride together with the men to the finish line. Roglič said that due to his current form he is happy that the finsih is not completelly at the top of the climb. He also confirmed that his partner Lora is writing a book "Kilometer 0", mostly about last years Vuelta (she used to write a lot of very interesting articles in the past years, especially around 2017 when she described how Primož trained specifically for the Galibier stage he later won in the Tour). As mentioned above, some local TV took the opportunity to organise a broadcast. And since it is a local and small staton, do not expect some ultra epic broadcast (but at this point, everything is better than notning).

Meanwhile, The criterium of Tadej Pogačar is on today in his birth town of Komenda. With plenty of Slovenian pros but also some international participants (Valerio Conti, Marco Marcato and Alessandro de Marchi will all be there).
 
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Women's race will start after the men have done 4 circles and they will then ride together with the men to the finish line.
What? Is this a thing that is done? I'm guessing that they are doing it because the women's field is small and wouldn't have a big enough peloton to provide much aerodynamic coverage to the principles otherwise. But how long will they be able to tag onto the men's group? If there are teams that have both men's and women's sections, will they be allowed to assist each other? The idea that they will ride together to the line seems to deny the fundamental principle of a race.
 
https://siol.net/sportal/kolesarstvo/spektakel-na-slovenskih-cestah-528212

They are streaming the Tadej Pogačar criterium, if anyone is interested. Men's race starts in about 15 to 20 minutes.
Competing cyclists are (WT level):
Tadej Pogacar, Jan Polanc, Marco Marcato, Oliviero Troia, Valerio Conti - UAE Team Emirates
Matej Mohoric, Luka Pibernik, Domen Novak, Grega Bole, Jan Tratnik, Marco Haller - Bahrain McLaren
Luka Mezgec - Michelton Scott
Ziga Jerman - Equipe continentale Groupama-FDJ
Niccolò Bonifazio - Team Total Direct Energie
Alessandro De Marchi - CCC Team
 
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There is some mention of Tržič TV broadcasting the race. I never heard of it and i had to rescan for channels. Now i have Tržič TV!

P.S. I wasn't able to find any schedule to confirm the broadcast.
 
Competing cyclists are (WT level):
Tadej Pogacar, Jan Polanc, Marco Marcato, Oliviero Troia, Valerio Conti - UAE Team Emirates
Matej Mohoric, Luka Pibernik, Domen Novak, Grega Bole, Jan Tratnik, Marco Haller - Bahrain McLaren
Luka Mezgec - Michelton Scott
Ziga Jerman - Equipe continentale Groupama-FDJ
Niccolò Bonifazio - Team Total Direct Energie
Alessandro De Marchi - CCC Team
Bonifazio must be wearing an invisibility cape.
 
I don't mind paying that, I just consider it supporting the sport etc. But I am always annoyed that I have to put in my personal data everytime I pay for things liek these. Like, can't you just take my money and let me be, why do you need my name, address and all the other stuff jeez.
 
Slovenia is relatively small country, but lately competition for broadcasting sport events is getting fierce. More or less private networks broadcast sport today. National TV does broadcast TDF and the commentary is great.

As for tomorrow, maybe Roglič and Pogačar will join forces, at least until the final climb. Roglič has Grischa Niermann for some support, but riding more or less alone. Pogačar has some help in Jan Polanc. Bahrain McLaren has a strong team, 5 riders. All in all it will be interesting to see, on how two favorites will be able to cope against a strong team.
 

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