And another one on Friday.And I'm a little confused about the schedule; there's a rest-day today?
UCI can't be bothered to even pretend to apply their own rules when someone shakes a chequebook in their general direction.2.6.012 In events with more than 10 days of competition, at least one rest day must be allowed for and fall after at least 5 days of racing.
In the major tours two rest days are obligatory and must be distributed evenly.
Unless the UCI makes a derogation to that effect, a transfer cannot be considered as a rest day.
But Tour of China 1 itself has 2 rest days in a 6 stage race.They have rest day/s in Tour of China part 2 because Part one runs directly on to part 2 - It's in effect one long race split into two parts.
Bettiol is a strange rider. He was cramping during Strade Bianche too and then was extremely good in TA a week later. I'm not saying Cassani should take him to Harrogate no matter what but I'd wait until Saturday to make a final decision.Bad performance by Bettiol, cramping with 17km to go in a 196km race. I doubt Cassani needs him in this form in the WCRR.
It was indeed a great attack. He dangled off the front for the last what, 20 kms, with a short, steep cobbled finish? The field dithered a bit figuring they had plenty of space/time to pull him back and he just dieseled on. He was at 9 seconds for the last 2 kms...Neilands wins Wallonie, after a pretty cool attack.
Close sprint for second between Jasper and Jasper. (Stuyven and de Buyst)