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There was a bunch sprint up the Cauberg in 2005 or whatever the year there was fog and zero coverage as the resultWhen was the last time that Amstel ended in a sprint of 15-20 riders? Zabel in 2000?
Conditions will be dry, it's really a semi classic here, way too short...so yes...a small group sprint.
Yes, apparently it's easier to keep crowds away this way.Wait why is this race now a criterium? Is it just because of covid or something?
How exactly would you only do the second half of the Geulhemmerberg?Pretty much.
Cauberg is literally only hard for 200m, Bemeler is easy as all hell, and I think they only do the 2nd half of the Geulhemmerberg.
I think it's probably easier than than Brabantse Pijl this year.
It really depends on the way it's gonna be ridden.
But it's always technical, and the hardest hills aren't there. Maybe a reduced bunch sprint is overstating it looking at Brabantse Pijl, but that at least had steeper hills even if shorter.
My reason is alcohol being a better choice as it's likely the vast majority of us fans will be drinking some form of it.5 times more people think my choices are ridiculous than that Pidcock or Kwiat will win.
Is this just because I forgot Trentin or is there something else behind it?
i really don't see any remote chance of it ending a group sprint unless they race it as in the cauberg finish years.But it's always technical, and the hardest hills aren't there. Maybe a reduced bunch sprint is overstating it looking at Brabantse Pijl, but that at least had steeper hills even if shorter.
I think Cauberg is the sort of hill that doesn't create much seperation between larger groups at all, just between individuals short range.
I do think GP Montreal is perhaps the best comparison, and that's seen a lot of larger group sprints.
Every big circuit race with a simlar profile in the last few years wasn't all that selective. I think Bergen 2017 is another example.i really don't see any remote chance of it ending a group sprint unless they race it as in the cauberg finish years.
I mean it's sad theres no VDP to guarantee racing at 50km+ but if anyone else is aggresive early, it's gonna be a very small selection.