2021 World Championships in Flanders: Road Races

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Elisa to Elisa, tag team perfection!

Brilliant win for Balsamo, maybe now finally people will start to talk about her to the degree she deserves, she has been racking up a great palmarès the last few years, she has been pushing Wiebes continually and beats her not infrequently. This was actually a lot like 2010, no? A 20-30 strong group sprinting out and an Italian sprinter who'd hidden out coming out and being the best at the end. It was absolutely the kind of win Giorgia Bronzini used to take, and Italy have never really replaced Giorgia... until now.
 
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Took Swedish broadcasting like 15 seconds to figure out that it was actually Balsamo who crossed the finish line first. National broadcaster SVT has the rights to the WC only, anything else is usually on Eurosport with competent commentators.

Vos should have had this. Obviously didn't have the legs, but it was on a silver platter for her.
 
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Damn, I was basically certain of getting a nice point in prediction game when Vos was perfectly placed in Balsamo's wheel coming into the sprint. :p Should have learned to not bet against Italians this year by now.
 
Niewiadoma beating Vas on the line for 3rd!

It's amazing after all she's done before. Strongest rider today by a lot.
Definitely. She'll be kicking herself that she had those legs on a course like this that just wasn't selective enough for her to get the gap. Getting the bronze from the sprint here, however, is pretty remarkable given the names that were still in that group and what Kasia's sprinting has historically been like. Has she Anna van der Breggened her sprinting up to "alrightish"?
 
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Big fail by the Dutch. They should have either gone for serious attacks or not let Brand do all the work earlier...
Agree, every time there was a Dutch rider in the small group at the front with a gap, they were also pushing the tempo in front of the group behind which was ridiculous. Or I'm just not used to watching women's races that much..
 
Dutch women missing gold in big Championships after the Olympics, their team tactics were bad again.

Italy has been incredible in this Championships and Balsamo was a worthy winner today. Great bronze race for Niewiedoma too.
 
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Yikes, so who to make rider of the day is pretty tough.

Balsamo hid herself and lasted out brilliantly to earn the right to sprint for the win and of course she is now the World Champion and the de facto rider of the day for obvious reasons.

Niewiadoma was the strongest rider on the day, forced the moves that thinned the group out, created gaps on the climbs on three occasions in the last two laps and somehow managed to win a medal despite it ending in a sprint.

Vas had a jaw-dropping World Championships, riding solo and being consistently competitive all the way to the end, and featuring in key moves which considering her lack of experience at this level and that I can't trace she's ever done a race this long before is pretty incredible and she will be a star in the coming years for sure.

Would also like to give a shout out to Vollering making the top 10 after all of her earlier disasters and a fair amount of work done, to Anna Henderson for her neverending tank of gas, in coming years if she learns better how to dose those efforts and not expend too much she would probably be deadly in this kind of parcours, and Elisa Longo Borghini for playing the teammate role to perfection at the end despite having made so many efforts previously and covered so many moves and being so good at providing a leadout despite the fact that sprinting is... I like Elisa so I'll be kind and say "not a strength".
 
Definitely. She'll be kicking herself that she had those legs on a course like this that just wasn't selective enough for her to get the gap. Getting the bronze from the sprint here, however, is pretty remarkable given the names that were still in that group and what Kasia's sprinting has historically been like. Has she Anna van der Breggened her sprinting up to "alrightish"?
Also notice that she made a mistake in the final meters, going right and following one of the Dutch wheels instead of choosing the one of Borghini's and as a result she was in the wind way before the finish and had to chase those 3. That'd probably not change the final result, buuut who knows.. she was sprinting 2x times longer than Vos and still got 3rd.
 

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