Dyball won, as predicted.Today the Tour of Japan started with a nice hilly stage.
The Aussie CT sputniks Nathan Earle and Benji Dyball from team Ukyo finished 1-2, 31 sec ahead of last years winner Nariyuki Masudas and the French Thomas Lebas. Vincente Toribo finished 6th, 1:18 down, in the same group as his teammate, the immortal Francisco Mancebo, who finished 9th.
The stage top 10
Tomorrow we have the classic Mount Fuji MTF, so I expect Dyball to go thermonuclear.
Rnk Rider Team UCI Pnt Time 1 EARLE Nathan Team UKYO 7 5 3:04:25 2 DYBALL Benjamin Team UKYO 3 2 0:03 3 MASUDA Nariyuki Utsunomiya Blitzen 1 1 0:31 4 LEBAS Thomas Kinan Cycling Team ,, 5 YAMAMOTO Masaki Kinan Cycling Team 1:18 6 TORIBIO José Vicente Matrix Powertag ,, 7 KOISHI Yuma Team UKYO ,, 8 MIYAZAKI Taishi Utsunomiya Blitzen ,, 9 MANCEBO Francisco Matrix Powertag ,, 10 KOBAYASHI Marino Matrix Powertag 1:26
Looking at their Strava files it was also a rather tame performance, 2min slower than the Spanish musketeer Oscar Puyol back in 2017. Yes, back then it was your typical Japanese hillclimb with a mass start, but today's stage was also a short, sub 80km road stage.Dyball won, as predicted.
Surprisingly weak performance by the Spanish prospect Mancebo. Thought he would show some more than just a top ten result.
BEX was never in throuble. They have a few riders that are way to perfect for getting points and they are aware of the situation (going to farm points in Estonia for example). Matthews is going to get a ton of points at the end of the year and Yates can too in all those hilly classics if he needs to. Then you have Groenewegen and Groves who can do flat one day races if they need to. If anyone of the current top 18 drops out eventually, it's going to be EF. They have a bigger problem.I think that's four times Groenewegen has entered that race, and four times he's won it. Good day for BEX in the points battle with Yates as well.
Yes, never really that threatened, but I'd disagree about Yates, whose season effectively ends most years after the Tour, and is in no way, a one-day rider. I think they'll mostly be relieved that Groenewegen looks like re-establishing himself as the best sprinter in the world.BEX was never in throuble. They have a few riders that are way to perfect for getting points and they are aware of the situation (going to farm points in Estonia for example). Matthews is going to get a ton of points at the end of the year and Yates can too in all those hilly classics if he needs to. Then you have Groenewegen and Groves who can do flat one day races if they need to. If anyone of the current top 18 drops out eventually, it's going to be EF. They have a bigger problem.
Total also did the french special today by getting nearly 200 points in one small french race without a single foreign WT team starting. If the system stays the same they will also be WT after 2025 and expect them to have guaranteed WCs every year from now on.
Sure I've seen this race before and thought it was a sprinters race? That could be a cyclo-cross podiumIt was a Vermeersch 1-2 in Antwerp, with Florian getting the longer stick. Thibau Nys was third.
Idar Andersen won in Chateaulin ahead of Jesus Herrada and Stan Dewulf.
Nils Politt won in Köln ahead of Danny Van Poppel and Nikias Arndt.
It was a sprinters race back in the day but now its full of cobbles and dirt roads. Pretty entertaining race 2 years in a row.Sure I've seen this race before and thought it was a sprinters race? That could be a cyclo-cross podium
Bad weekend for FDJ in the French Cup races.
|01||TESSON Jason||St Michel-Auber 93|
|03||BOUDAT Thomas||GO Sport-Roubaix Lille Métropole|
|04||LECROQ Jérémy||B&B Hotels-KTM|
|07||ARANBURU Alex||Movistar Team|
|08||AULAR Orluis||Caja Rural-Seguros RGA|
|10||CAPIOT Amaury||Team Arkéa-Samsic|
|11||FRETIN Milan||Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise|
|12||GARCÍA CORTINA Iván||Movistar Team|