It was, you can usually tell which races had the worst conditions by the presence of Ian Stannard in the results, as he always came to the fore when it was truly brutal. Torrential downpour and freezing conditions.I didn’t see that race but wasn’t it epic brutal conditions with only 25 finishers. Easy to understand why even the leaders there would be completely empty at the end
... The race has also become a little more cosmopolitan lately too, after a very insular period; Caicedo even becoming only the fourth overseas winner of the race, after José Gómez del Moral in 1957, José Rujano in 2009 and Óscar Sevilla from 2013 to 2015. Sevilla was racing on a Colombian team and now holds dual nationality, although he still races under a Spanish licence, however, whereas Gómez del Moral and Rujano had been racing for overseas teams in their homelands of Spain and Venezuela respectively....
|2||TESFATSION Natnael||Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli||5||12||0:25|
|3||DOUBLE Paul||Mg.K Vis-Color for Peace-VPM||3||7||,,|
|5||PRONSKIY Vadim||Astana Qazaqstan Team||4||0:28|
|8||CEPEDA Jefferson Alexander||Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli||1||0:38|
So is the ZLM Toer which starts today in the run for most pointless race ever? Five flat stages, three WT teams among which are Jumbo and Ineos (DSM the third) and then just really nothing besides that.
Just a horrible spot on the calendar tbh. Back when the Belgium Tour was the end of May the ZLM tour was an ideal way for sprinters to prepare the Tour. Now it's in the same week as the Dauphiné, Argau + Suisse and Hageland+Elfstedenronde (often being done in combo with Belgium Tour). Impossible for teams to go to those 3 and the ZLM Tour.
It's kinda funny tho that some of the relegation teams didn't go to the ZLM Tour as it's probably free points. ZLM Tour is probably the weakest .Pro race out there. Even worse than Turkey.