Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier crashed hard in Catalunya, is still in the hospital and will be out for a number of months.
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I remember seeing him in the Österreich Rundfahrt 2019, when Vlasov won on the Horn he finished 3rd. He attacked too early on the climb, otherwise he could have been fighting for the stage win. He's a really strong rider.Wow, that must have been on the final lap of the circuit, because I remember he made a small attack at one point and I was thinking that he could become the first black African to win a World Tour race. Then someone else became that instead.
Sad news, he has been riding really well so far this year. Skjelmose said that he had had all sorts of troubles following him in the Tour de La Provence.
There will potentially be a space program in Vietnam as we approach the almighty HTV Cup for 2022, as after two years with quarantine regulations going down, there have been some shifts around the Vietnamese bunch and some new imports, after for the last two seasons Javier Sardá (2019 and 2020 winner) and Loïc Désriac (2021 winner) have been the only overseas riders to contest the race, having been resident in Vietnam already when the pandemic struck.
The Vietnamese Cândido Barbosa, Nguyễn Tấn Hoài, has moved from the multi-coloured DDT team to Lộc Trời, where he will be joined by former Rusvelo man Roman Maikin. Maikin has some experience racing in Asia, riding for Cambodia Cycling Academy in 2020 briefly, and doing the Tour of China races with Minsk Cycling Club in 2019. Nguyễn's spot at DDT will be filled with Loïc Désriac, who moves across from BikeLife.
Iranian climber Ali Khademi, who has been out of action for a while but is returning to the bunch after four years out (hmmm, that's not suspicious at all) and has joined the Àn Giàng team, his most noteworthy results are a 5th in the Tour of Iran-Azerbaijan and a 12th in the Banyuwangi Tour de Ijen, but he was a domestique for Tabriz Petrochemical Team during their most absurdly petrochemical phase from 2013-2016.
Meanwhile, the real space program can begin, as the HCM-Vianam team which already boasts Javier Sardá has announced they have signed COSMONAUT FROLOV.
The promotion tends to be better in the south for the race, owing to the organisers' location, but yes, the stage on the 9th ends in Hanoi and then there is a crit stage in Hanoi on the 10th. Those super short stages in the HTV Cup tend to be crits, these are quite common in the race on recent evidence.I should be able to get to the Hanoi stage on the 10th - this race is so poorly promoted here that I didn't know it was in Hanoi at all last year - and I live 3 blocks from Hoan Kiem Lake.
I see the Hanoi stage is a mammoth 43km, but I can't see start/finish times - I suspect somehow you'll know?
Really gutted by news of Richard's passing. We had corresponded briefly in the past re: In Search of Robert Millar and loved listening to the show - especially the daily grand tour ones which were a real ritual for a while for me.