Lesser known races thread 2021

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Allegaert, Bissegger, Kwiatkowski, Van der Sande, Pedersen, Vanmarcke, Hofstetter, Van Poppel, Meeus and Bouhanni are the biggest names in the 29-man front group. The gap has come down a bit to 40 seconds, we're into the penultimate lap.
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The first (potential) GC day tomorrow in both Croatia and Sicily. In the CRO Race, we reach the foot of Sveti Jure without climbing it, instead replicating the 2019 finale, which was won by Yevgeniy Gidich in a sprint of 20-odd riders after a stage that had to be shortened to the loop around Makarska after the conditions imposed by the wind were deemed unsafe shortly after the original start. That edition featured an MTF, though, so you'd expect the racing to be a little more selective this time given that bonus seconds look a lot more important now.

Here's the climb:

From here, it's mostly downhill to the finish in the marina of Makarska. The finish should be just before 5pm.

In Sicily, we have the only uphill finish of the race. It's not a hard one, but there's a lot more climbing beforehand.

I have no profiles of the early climbs, as per LFR the one through Cerda is 9.1k at 3.8% and the one to Monte Piombino is 13.4k at 4.4%. The climb to Pollina looks to be the hardest of the day, at over 40 kilometres from the line, it should be too far out for attacks, but the peloton should at least be whittled down.

After the descent, there's 30 kilometres of flat along the coast until the uphill finish into Carbonia starts. Bonification seconds and small gaps should set up Friday's queen stage quite nicely.