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The women have the same route since Bastogne as the men.

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Lots of races are economical with the truth in the route description implicit in their names (primarily any that begin with Paris-), But the Women's race is surely just Bastogne-Liege.
 
Zwift Academy finalists have been anounced and the audience is going crazy with Gaffuri on the comments.

I know that he is somehow connected to previous winner Il Bandito, can any of you here share some insight on Gaffuri's ability and outlook for the future?
He was second in the Grimpeur EC last year behind Großschartner.
Not an explosive rider, good uphill, very similar power curve to Vergallito according to what they often say in their podcast.
Limited experience in a peloton (only a few u23 races) and with a reputation of crashing a lot since he was a late starter.

Hard to say whether it's enough to win the Academy (training partners winning it back to back would pretty cool) and even harder to predict if he can be successful among the pros. But it's a nice story and these guys are trying to change the traditional Italian approach to cycling, which has proven outdated lately.
I've made a couple of posts about him in 2023, you should be able to find them easily with the search function.
 
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He was second in the Grimpeur EC last year behind Großschartner.
Not an explosive rider, good uphill, very similar power curve to Vergallito according to what they often say in their podcast.
Limited experience in a peloton (only a few u23 races) and with a reputation of crashing a lot since he was a late starter.

Hard to say whether it's enough to win the Academy (training partners winning it back to back would pretty cool) and even harder to predict if he can be successful among the pros. But it's a nice story and these guys are trying to change the traditional Italian approach to cycling, which has proven outdated lately.
I've made a couple of posts about him in 2023, you should be able to find them easily with the search function.
With all the respect to him and the participants, the overall level at that MTT EC was really low. I could probably beat the 15th placed guy on a good day (he finishes last).
 
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Ok, the start might be just before the border, so let's say almost entirely in France.
It is indeed fully in France, I've just mapped that stage:

It's disappointing that they don't do Col de Pinodieta (a second time) like in the 2018 Tour ITT. Instead, they stick to the main roads throughout the stage.
 
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Damn! I had not realized how how much cycling is broadcast on Europsport these days. It seems like they are showing almost every single pro mens race on the calender or close to it at least. Next week they are showing both AlUla Tour, Etoile Besseges and Tour of Valencia all in the same week.

Is it like this all year long? When I last followed cycling more closely you'd be happy to even get 1/3rd of that coverage.
 
Damn! I had not realized how how much cycling is broadcast on Europsport these days. It seems like they are showing almost every single pro mens race on the calender or close to it at least. Next week they are showing both AlUla Tour, Etoile Besseges and Tour of Valencia all in the same week.

Is it like this all year long? When I last followed cycling more closely you'd be happy to even get 1/3rd of that coverage.
I don’t know which country’s Eurosport you’re using but that’s been the case on French Eurosport for years.
 
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The distance of Strade Bianche will be above 200 kilometer mark for the first time. Also four more white road sectors, which means a total of over 70k of sterrato.

 
The distance of Strade Bianche will be above 200 kilometer mark for the first time. Also four more white road sectors, which means a total of over 70k of sterrato.

Not sure how I feel about this change.

On the one hand, I’m a fan of the increase in distance, which I’ve been hoping they’d do for a while. On the other, this now means the longest, hardest gravel sectors (Pieve a Salti to Monte Sante Marie) end over 70km from the finish - almost too far for any big moves to set up the finale.

I’d have much preferred they added more distance to the first half of the race and kept the finale as-is. This feels like it might take some of the importance of the gravel away from the race, but fingers crossed I’m wrong about that.
 
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