He has been in great form this season. Almost perfect race by Hoelgaard, until he gambled on staying with MvdP and van Aert rather than going with Valgren and that was the only mistake he made. It makes me sad that Uno-X isn't invited to Paris-Roubaix, but next year he'll be on the WT where he deserves to be.Hoelgaard is going to be a huge addition to the Trek classics team. 3 headed mini-monster?
Bergen had fewer climbs, though, and not as steep. It was probably just as “hard” a course to ride around, but didn’t have as many tactical points.Imola was raced super closed. Innsbruck too (but it's a special case). Likewise for Bergen, really. If the teams had approached today like Bergen, I'm certain it would have been a reduced sprint.
The Richmond race was actually ridden much more aggressively than what people tend to remember but the lap started with ten flat kilometers and every single time, there was a total regroup before they hit the climbs again.Bergen had fewer climbs, though, and not as steep. It was probably just as “hard” a course to ride around, but didn’t have as many tactical points.
Richmond would have been a more exciting course if raced like today.
I thought a small group sprint was likely because it’s what we’ve seen for most of the big 1-day races this year; Flanders, Liege, Amstel, San Sebastian all came down to 2-5 riders in the finale, and MSR had a solo attack from 3km that held off the sprinters.
We saw so many GT stages this year fall to a solo attacker in front of a disfunctional chase group, that if you told me before that the Worlds would end that way too, I would’ve been disappointed, but Alaf did it so well, and the whole rest of the race was so good, that I really enjoyed it.
Also it seems so long ago now but there was a time when it seemed impossible to imagine Sagan could lose a big race like thisThe Richmond race was actually ridden much more aggressively than what people tend to remember but the lap started with ten flat kilometers and every single time, there was a total regroup before they hit the climbs again.
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