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Lesser known races 2024 edition

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I'm not so bullish on Van de Paar at all honestly so this was a surprise for me. Looks like the weather played a big role, almost everyone completely dead even tho the parcours was pretty flat.

Good leadout too.

2nd to last guy from Lotto ws Joshua Giddings, devo rider who also already won Brussel Opwijk last weekend. He's making big steps every year. Interesting prospect.
 
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Turns out Mathys Rondel was disqualified for taking a shortcut in the final 2 km on his way to victory in the final stage of the Istrian Spring Trophy today.

And Visma kid Darren Van Bekkum, who did enough to grab the overall win on the final stage (or so he thought), was given a 20 second time penalty for feeding in the last 20km.

So Noa Isidore of the Decathlon AG2R devo team ended up successfully defending his leader's jersey on the final day after all.
 
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If you like cobbles, then ...Danilith nokere Koerse on Wednsday 13 March - 188 km (1.Pro), start 12.55 CET, TV from 16.00 CET (ladies race on before then). Merlier and Philipsen down on provisional startlist at
https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/nokere-koers/2024/startlist

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Full parcours info and maps at https://www.nokerekoerse.be/men/parcours
 
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So is Milano-Torino sent here, or do people make that race its own thread?

I dunno but it's quite hilarious to see how many sprinters will take the start. They're doing a reverse EF of 2022 when they sent a climbers' team here, not knowing the Superga had been removed.

How amateurish can people be?

Good luck to Cavendish, Démare, Coquard (okay, he might have a chance on a good day), Marit, Vernon, Cortina, Van Uden and Kristoff.

Lol.
 
If you like cobbles, then ...Danilith nokere Koerse on Wednsday 13 March - 188 km (1.Pro), start 12.55 CET, TV from 16.00 CET (ladies race on before then). Merlier and Philipsen down on provisional startlist at
https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/nokere-koers/2024/startlist

2024-01-08-Danilith-Nokere-Koerse-MEN-ELITE-profile_Plan-de-travail-1.png



Full parcours info and maps at https://www.nokerekoerse.be/men/parcours
the finale looks a bit harder than usual, with (half of) Doorn added within the final 10k, and a shortcut to the Nokereberg in the end. It means that Huisepontweg is only 3k away from the finish instead of 5, but I guess some kind of sprint is still the most likely outcome.
 
the finale looks a bit harder than usual, with (half of) Doorn added within the final 10k, and a shortcut to the Nokereberg in the end. It means that Huisepontweg is only 3k away from the finish instead of 5, but I guess some kind of sprint is still the most likely outcome.

The shortcut could make a big difference, no big road after the last cobbles before Nokereberg, hard to control. If it was this final last year, we wouldn't have a sprint. I could definitely see a small group (Kung, Wellens, ...) go clear and hold on. On the other hand, headwind in the final.
 
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Nokere Koerse - Merlier going for 3 wins in a row, and weather should be cloudy and about 13 C.

Milano-Turino - The last 4 km are a false flat to the line, which means a tough sprint, unless the likes of Herschi go for a long one on the last climb.
 

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