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All those local town circuits look on the maps more like CX or crit courses. And the most crucial thing is, that the race ends with 2,5 laps (38 km) of one of them.
So actually it's gonna be 5,5 hr of racing with a sub 1 hour CX-like effort at the end.

Needless to say, top 3 of this year's Worlds is already decided :D
 
All those local town circuits look on the maps more like CX or crit courses. And the most crucial thing is, that the race ends with 2,5 laps (38 km) of one of them.
So actually it's gonna be 5,5 hr of racing with a sub 1 hour CX-like effort at the end.

Needless to say, top 3 of this year's Worlds is already decided :D
Hm, Alaphilippe, van Aert, van der Poel, Pidcock, and Asgreen with the long shot?
 
Tokyo Olympics are still in doubt, or maybe moreso than a couple weeks ago.

Actually, if the huge majority of the public is against holding the games for health reasons I think the athletes themselves should pull out. I love the Olympics and I know for some it's their only ever shot at real glory, but how can you go there and say "my dream is more important than your fear for life?"
And the official decision whether it's cancelled or not seems to be an entirely political one as in internal power politics, so I think athletes should not hide behind that.
 
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Hm, Alaphilippe, van Aert, van der Poel, Pidcock, and Asgreen with the long shot?
This, apart from it might be a little bit too interval for Asgreen imo.

Btw, anyone knows if MVDP's planning to do both road and XCO Worlds? That could be a unique oppurtunity for him to hold WC titles in all 3 disciplines simultaneously.
 
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This, apart from it might be a little bit too interval for Asgreen imo.

Btw, anyone knows is MVDP is planning to do both road and XCO Worlds? That could be a unique oppurtunity for him to hold WC titles in all 3 disciplines simultaneously.
Sorry, but this is an open goal, I have to score.

27 September 2014, Ponferrada:


31 January 2015, Tábor:


5 September 2015, Vallnord:
 
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I obviously know and remember very well Pauline's case. ;)

Then in what sense was that an open goal?
As RHD points out, it was about how I parsed your sentence. I read it as though van der Poel would have a unique opportunity to hold all three jerseys simultaneously, whereas she read it - and from your comment you intended it - as though van der Poel would have a unique opportunity to hold all three jerseys. Since the opportunity is not unique to van der Poel, I saw that as a point to correct by raising the PFP example (as she is the only example of this triple ever being done), but if you meant this would be Mathieu's one and potentially only opportunity to do likewise then obviously you are correct in that.

The open goal comment was based on my tendency when such comments are made that omit examples from women's cycling to bring them up, although usually those posts are about Marianne Vos.
 
As RHD points out, it was about how I parsed your sentence. I read it as though van der Poel would have a unique opportunity to hold all three jerseys simultaneously, whereas she read it - and from your comment you intended it - as though van der Poel would have a unique opportunity to hold all three jerseys. Since the opportunity is not unique to van der Poel, I saw that as a point to correct by raising the PFP example (as she is the only example of this triple ever being done), but if you meant this would be Mathieu's one and potentially only opportunity to do likewise then obviously you are correct in that.

The open goal comment was based on my tendency when such comments are made that omit examples from women's cycling to bring them up, although usually those posts are about Marianne Vos.
Actually, I used the term uniqe opportunity in two different contexts:
  • it'll be a unique opportunity for MVDP himself; for three reasons (in descending order of importance): 1) WC road course seems to be just made for his abilities, 2) due to the Olympics, his focus on MTB is particularly strong this season, 1) he's already holding CX WC jersey
  • it'll be a unique opportunity for this to happen for the first time in men's cycling
Either way, thanks for bringing up PFP's example, as her acheivement is surely worth reminding.
 
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Doesn't really change the fact that it would be a unique opportunity for Van Der Poel to have the World Championship titles in Road, MTB, and Cross at the same time.
He'd be the first to win them in the same calendar year; however, I reckon he won't do the XCO Championships; it's a similar situation to 2019. He missed the XCO Worlds in Mont St Anne, when he was almost guaranteed a medal - in favour of the Road Worlds, on a course that suited him, and we know what happened.
 
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He'd be the first to win them in the same calendar year; however, I reckon he won't do the XCO Championships; it's a similar situation to 2019. He missed the XCO Worlds in Mont St Anne, when he was almost guaranteed a medal - in favour of the Road Worlds, on a course that suited him, and we know what happened.
That's why taking all 3 titles in the same calendar year is much more complicated thing. XCO and Road Champs being to close to each other. Ferrand-Prevot found a great way to solve this issue. Road title in 2014, then CX 2015 and XCO 2015. So when she took XCO title, she was still holding the road one from the previous season, because road champs usually take place until after XCO champs. I think that Mathieu needs to implement this tactics. :D
 
So the Tour de Suisse has changed the route of stage 6 and stage 8 because Nufen, Furka and Sustenpass are still not open.
Source: https://www.tourdesuisse.ch/en/news-en/kurzfristige-anpassung-streckenfuehrung-6-etappe-2/

This year it's pretty much a perfect storm, lots of snow in the winter and a cold spring. Last week I hear reports that they had tons of problems clearling the Timmelsjoch road, on some sections you still had 6-7m of snow, just look at this:
 
So the Tour de Suisse has changed the route of stage 6 and stage 8 because Nufen, Furka and Sustenpass are still not open.
Source: https://www.tourdesuisse.ch/en/news-en/kurzfristige-anpassung-streckenfuehrung-6-etappe-2/

This year it's pretty much a perfect storm, lots of snow in the winter and a cold spring. Last week I hear reports that they had tons of problems clearling the Timmelsjoch road, on some sections you still had 6-7m of snow, just look at this:
That picture looks like Steven Kruijswijks worst nightmare.
 
So the Tour de Suisse has changed the route of stage 6 and stage 8 because Nufen, Furka and Sustenpass are still not open.
Source: https://www.tourdesuisse.ch/en/news-en/kurzfristige-anpassung-streckenfuehrung-6-etappe-2/

This year it's pretty much a perfect storm, lots of snow in the winter and a cold spring. Last week I hear reports that they had tons of problems clearling the Timmelsjoch road, on some sections you still had 6-7m of snow, just look at this:
That's about 3-4 Kruijswijks high?
 

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