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Lesser known races 2023 edition

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Mont Ventoux startlist is quite weak. IPT are the only team who are bringing a decent team, could end up with 3 or 4 riders in the top positions. Only competition are Rodriguez and maybe Martinez but he look tired at the end of Dauphine.

Just noticed Rubio is riding.
If Sosa has one of his special Sosa days he could win this one. Curious to see if Pira and the Ethiopian Rujano Hailemichael will show something.
 
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Too much climbing before the MTF for Sosa surely?
Comes down to how hard it's ridden before the final climb, back in 2018 he beat Ciccone on this stage:
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If they can climb once, they can climb two..and if is hard for someone...they can leave the race...This is quite stupid.

I can understand they say now...if weather conditions are imposible at the end of the race...and I dont think so....the race will finish at chalet Reinad...but to allow to climb once and dont let the second part is quite stupid,,,and if they are going to climb just one, choose the harder part, the typical climb, not this....
 
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Bad weather so I assume they are afraid the downhill will be dangerous.

Short stage and the "easy" way up, so I expect it to be close.
- Israel have a solid team, Woods should perhaps be the biggest favorite to win.
- Movistar has Sosa and Rubio.
- Arkea has a decent team with Rodriguez, Champoussin.
- FDJ should be considered with Thompson and Martinez.
- Cofidis has Jesus Herrada.
- EF got a bunch of unpredictable guys that sometimes climbs well.
- Total is here with Latour.
- Uno-X has not a strong team, but it will be interesting to see what Johannes Kulset can do. Maybe top 10?
 
Bad weather so I assume they are afraid the downhill will be dangerous.

Short stage and the "easy" way up, so I expect it to be close.
- Israel have a solid team, Woods should perhaps be the biggest favorite to win.
- Movistar has Sosa and Rubio.
- Arkea has a decent team with Rodriguez, Champoussin.
- FDJ should be considered with Thompson and Martinez.
- Cofidis has Jesus Herrada.
- EF got a bunch of unpredictable guys that sometimes climbs well.
- Total is here with Latour.
- Uno-X has not a strong team, but it will be interesting to see what Johannes Kulset can do. Maybe top 10?
Rubio shoud be the main favourite. He come to win a stage and 11th at GG at the Giro---a Giro for ITT riders...this is for climbers.
 
Sponsor woes?

Although they are different race organizations, CIC also gave their name to the Tour des Pyrénées last weekend and had their image glued to that safety fiasco. Maybe they don't want the risk of something happening also in this race regarding safety.
 
And they even use the meh side of the climb instead of the classic one, they should have at least changed that one.
And very easy....Thay can go to Sault as they are going to do, and later come bach to col the la Gabelle...for another way, much shorter..just descent (no problem even with heavy rain) and just climb but the final normal part of Ventoux...very easy to do..and very similar profile to the initial..not the first climb to Ventoux, but similar Km and 700 desnivel less, not 1500 as now...
 
Sponsor woes?

Although they are different race organizations, CIC also gave their name to the Tour des Pyrénées last weekend and had their image glued to that safety fiasco. Maybe they don't want the risk of something happening also in this race regarding safety.
Time to get out of sponsoring bike races then :tearsofjoy:

If weather really is fine this sounds ridiculous, might as well not even bother.
 
Sponsor woes?

Although they are different race organizations, CIC also gave their name to the Tour des Pyrénées last weekend and had their image glued to that safety fiasco. Maybe they don't want the risk of something happening also in this race regarding safety.

Does CIC actually get a say in these things? They can't really withdraw their sponsorship with immediate effect.

Anyway:


Peloton at 2:24
54 Ks to go.
 
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