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2020 World Championships Aigle (Switzerland)

KZD

Feb 21, 2019
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I have mixed feeling about this route. On paper I like hard World Championships routes, however considering that the Olympics next year will already have a climbers route I think that there wasn't necessity to have such a hard course particularly one that resembles Innsbruck. At least the time trial is flat to balance the super hard Tokyo route.
I am curious to see how will GT riders balance their season. Perhaps many GC riders including the favourites Valverde and Nibali will only do one GT.
 
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Looking at it today to what looks like Civiglio seven times and a total length just a tad shorter than the distance from his home to the start line, it's Nibali territory with a good measure of Pino thrown in. Next year, who knows? Bernal, Pogacar and a whole plethora of climbers eager to show themselves. It will be crucial to reach the proper shape at the right time and to have a very good team to keep things in check as long as possible.
 
About two months between the Olympics and Worlds, and pretty complementary routes.
Wonder if anybody will take that double into consideration... Along with the Tour.
Worth thinking about. Theoretically, a chance like this occurs once every four years. Practically - far less.

And such a schedule widely opens Vuelta field.
 
I like that route. Could be another one for Bala. I could it as a battle between Bala and Nibali. I suspect Spain will put together another team fully behind Valverde. I suspect we see Valverde do Olympics, Vuelta, Worlds. The question will be does he skip both the Giro and Tour?
 
I like that route. Could be another one for Bala. I could it as a battle between Bala and Nibali. I suspect Spain will put together another team fully behind Valverde. I suspect we see Valverde do Olympics, Vuelta, Worlds. The question will be does he skip both the Giro and Tour?
I question whether contenders for the world championships will do the Vuelta next year, except maybe solely as preparation for worlds.

I think Roglic proved the other day, that you cannot do the Vuelta full gas, and still be at your peak at worlds (we'll know more Sunday ;) ).

Add to that, that next year a lot of these riders, will already have hit the 2nd (Ardennes being 1st) form peak mid season, because of the Olympics.

Though you may be right in the specific case of Valverde..... he's won worlds, and because of the mentioned dynamics, next year may be his best chance ever, to win a Vuelta, so he may prioritise differently.
 
I question whether contenders for the world championships will do the Vuelta next year, except maybe solely as preparation for worlds.

I think Roglic proved the other day, that you cannot do the Vuelta full gas, and still be at your peak at worlds (we'll know more Sunday ;) ).

Add to that, that next year a lot of these riders, will already have hit the 2nd (Ardennes being 1st) form peak mid season, because of the Olympics.

Though you may be right in the specific case of Valverde..... he's won worlds, and because of the mentioned dynamics, next year may be his best chance ever, to win a Vuelta, so he may prioritise differently.

With Valverde, you are also forgetting that la Vuelta is his favorite race (he's said this several times). He's also said the only way he won't race la Vuelta in a season is due to injury that won't allow him on the start line. Plus remember last year he raced la Vuelta for GC and won the Worlds.
 

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