Lesser known races thread 2021

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Stage 4 in Croatia is another repeat of a finale used in 2019. In spite of the hill in the finale, half the peloton survived to contest a sprint won by Dušan Rajović. The run-in is also identical, following the Adriatic coastline all day into Crikvenica.



Here's the final climb:



We then have the usual ridiculous finish with three 90-degree turns in the final 400 metres. The stage finishes at 5pm again.

In Sicily, it's the final day, and also the queen stage. They're currently just starting Portella Mandrazzi, and we've already had Nibali and Bardet trying an attack on the little descent from Tindari. Also, Froome is on the attack.



This is the side of Portella Mandrazzi they climb, the harder one, descended in the Giro stage last year (the first of Arnaud Démare's victories).



We then have 5.2k at 5.6% to Castiglione di Sicilia. The decisive climb is of course the Sciara di Scorciavacca, at the bottom of the Etna.



This should be hard enough to force real gaps, and then there's the descent as well. The final 6k are more or less flat. Can anyone dislodge Valverde?

Finally, we have the Route Adélie de Vitré in Brittany. This race always goes back and forth between reduced bunch sprints and attackers winning. There will be a livestream on their Facebook page. Here's a profile:



Here are profiles of the long and short laps:





Côte de la Chesnelière is 1k at 4.7%, Côte de Pérouse is 0.7k at 6.1%, and the little ramp to the finish line is 440 metres at 4.1%. Finish should be at about 4:30-4:45pm.
 

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