Lesser Known Race Results 2020

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How exactly did they convince the organizers to allow him to participate in the first place? Guess it was good for them to get a better crowd watching?

3 years in a row for Wellens to win in Mallorca. He must like racing there and maybe we should be penciling in a win for him there every year, esp if one of the days has bad weather. A nice set of races for Buchmann as well. Valverde with a podium and 3 top 10's to start of his season. (Valverde apparently was also awarded most combative rider of the race as well. Here's a podium picture:

 
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RedheadDane said:
Still a bit unusual for a Belgian guy to participate in the Namibian TT championships, no?
Well he's there for a few weeks for training and then entered the competition as a guest rider. Should be a good measure for his form plus he can try a few things under competition.

How exactly did they convince the organizers to allow him to participate in the first place? Guess it was good for them to get a better crowd watching?
I mean the course will be set with road closures, timing etc. in place, it's not that hard to squeeze one more rider in who is a world class athlete and is asking nicely for a little favour. Also it probably helps with your visibility of the event and could encourage the local scene, especially of the youth riders paticipating. It really is a Win-win.
 
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WKA311 said:
RedheadDane said:
Still a bit unusual for a Belgian guy to participate in the Namibian TT championships, no?
Well he's there for a few weeks for training and then entered the competition as a guest rider. Should be a good measure for his form plus he can try a few things under competition.

How exactly did they convince the organizers to allow him to participate in the first place? Guess it was good for them to get a better crowd watching?
I mean the course will be set with road closures, timing etc. in place, it's not that hard to squeeze one more rider in who is a world class athlete and is asking nicely for a little favour. Also it probably helps with your visibility of the event and could encourage the local scene, especially of the youth riders paticipating. It really is a Win-win.

Good point on the good PR for getting locals involved and participating with a bigger name rider asking nicely to be allowed to ride the TT route.
 
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WKA311 said:
RedheadDane said:
Still a bit unusual for a Belgian guy to participate in the Namibian TT championships, no?
Well he's there for a few weeks for training and then entered the competition as a guest rider. Should be a good measure for his form plus he can try a few things under competition.
My silly brain seriously just read entered as ended up in.
He was just riding along training and then… BAM! "Holy ***! I'm in a TT championship!"
 
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Koronin said:
WKA311 said:
RedheadDane said:
Still a bit unusual for a Belgian guy to participate in the Namibian TT championships, no?
Well he's there for a few weeks for training and then entered the competition as a guest rider. Should be a good measure for his form plus he can try a few things under competition.

How exactly did they convince the organizers to allow him to participate in the first place? Guess it was good for them to get a better crowd watching?
I mean the course will be set with road closures, timing etc. in place, it's not that hard to squeeze one more rider in who is a world class athlete and is asking nicely for a little favour. Also it probably helps with your visibility of the event and could encourage the local scene, especially of the youth riders paticipating. It really is a Win-win.

Good point on the good PR for getting locals involved and participating with a bigger name rider asking nicely to be allowed to ride the TT route.
Apparently he won the race.
Picture speaks volumes: https://www.nieuwsblad.be/cnt/dmf20190201_04146868

The best official time was by Coetzee Drikus: 56:28
Campenaerts finished in 54:04.
 
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Logic-is-your-friend said:
Koronin said:
WKA311 said:
RedheadDane said:
Still a bit unusual for a Belgian guy to participate in the Namibian TT championships, no?
Well he's there for a few weeks for training and then entered the competition as a guest rider. Should be a good measure for his form plus he can try a few things under competition.

How exactly did they convince the organizers to allow him to participate in the first place? Guess it was good for them to get a better crowd watching?
I mean the course will be set with road closures, timing etc. in place, it's not that hard to squeeze one more rider in who is a world class athlete and is asking nicely for a little favour. Also it probably helps with your visibility of the event and could encourage the local scene, especially of the youth riders paticipating. It really is a Win-win.

Good point on the good PR for getting locals involved and participating with a bigger name rider asking nicely to be allowed to ride the TT route.
Apparently he won the race.
Picture speaks volumes: https://www.nieuwsblad.be/cnt/dmf20190201_04146868

The best official time was by Coetzee Drikus: 56:28
Campenaerts finished in 54:04.

Sounds like he gets an unofficial win.
 
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RedheadDane said:
DFA123 said:
RedheadDane said:
Kittel wins Trofeo Palma.
A very promising start. There was a bit of a climb towards the end in this year's edition, so for him to survive it suggests he's going to be back to his usual 'last year of contract' mode again this season.
So... Kittel should only be given one-year contracts?
Probably not. The last time he had a sucky season was actually in his contract year (2015 - he changed to Etixx for 2016).
 

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