Lesser known races thread 2022

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Seems like both Piccolo and Leemreize rode on their TT bikes. Considering where they finished, I don't think it was the best strategy.
It´s always a big and common mistake in a uphill TT with no crazy gradients, maybe ir you are Dumoulin and you have the reputation of climbing like a a beast in your TT bike, well ok (still a mistake despite some goods results with it). Pretty sure that Leemreize perfomance was not worse than his teammate Harper...
 
It´s always a big and common mistake in a uphill TT with no crazy gradients, maybe ir you are Dumoulin and you have the reputation of climbing like a a beast in your TT bike, well ok (still a mistake despite some goods results with it). Pretty sure that Leemreize perfomance was not worse than his teammate Harper...
Road bike with TT bars for the final false flat would have been a good option for the big engines.
I can't imagine that Piccolo spend that much time training on his TT bike over the last few months, so his choice is even more suprising.
 
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It´s always a big and common mistake in a uphill TT with no crazy gradients, maybe ir you are Dumoulin and you have the reputation of climbing like a a beast in your TT bike, well ok (still a mistake despite some goods results with it). Pretty sure that Leemreize perfomance was not worse than his teammate Harper...
in 2020 Mühlberger won it on a time trial bike, and with a quicker time. But Bora came fairly early that year, did a recon in advance and so on - don't think anyone was that well prepared this time. Not sure were Piccolo even got a ITT bike from, in the prologue Grosu still complained that he had to do it on a road bike.
 
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Vuelta a Venezuela going on this week, the course is the absolute drizzling excreta, not one serious hill or an ITT and they never go above 600m altitude, which is pretty ridiculous when you look at a topographical map of the country or consider the type of riders that have been most successful when coming from Venezuela in to the péloton of the rest of South America or Europe. We will probably be reliant on the slightly hilly circuits of stages 6 and 7 for action, but the small team sizes and lack of control early on might help - as there are already some time gaps after the break stayed away on stage 1 thanks to no leader's team or particularly strong sprinter's team to control things. As a result Stefano Gandin of Team Corratec won after outsprinting Anderson Paredes, who was outnumbered in the group of 3 as Veljko Stojnić, the third member of the trio, was Gandin's teammate. There are large numbers of riders coming in late after those who were delayed, but getting the same time as the bunch, so it seems there was a significant crash. Another group came in at 14" ahead of the péloton at 26".

Most of the teams are Venezuelan other than Corratec (who are a step down on the usual Italian contingent, as they usually persuade a ProTeam or two to come along), though there are a couple of Colombian and Ecuadorian teams. There's also a couple of Spaniards moonlighting over here, including José Manuel Díaz, formerly of Delko and one of the Rusvelo exiles.
 
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Yates victory is all that is wrong with the UCI points system - He gets 125 points for winning a 1.1 with 6 WT teams, while a stage win in the TDF gets 120 points with 18 WT teams - It's a farce of a system.
It's still winning a whole race with WT teams VS winning at most 1/21 of a race with WT team. A whole peloton may intentionally let you win a stage, but never a whole race.

I doubt you can really get the point weighing perfectly right with a multitiered system, especially ones with multiple winning objectives like cycling.
 
It's still winning a whole race with WT teams VS winning at most 1/21 of a race with WT team. A whole peloton may intentionally let you win a stage, but never a whole race.

I doubt you can really get the point weighing perfectly right with a multitiered system, especially ones with multiple winning objectives like cycling.
There is no way to justify a 1.1 race win attracting more points than a GT stage win - GT stage wins should get 300 points as they are the pinnacle of the sport alongside monuments.
 
It's still winning a whole race with WT teams VS winning at most 1/21 of a race with WT team. A whole peloton may intentionally let you win a stage, but never a whole race.

I doubt you can really get the point weighing perfectly right with a multitiered system, especially ones with multiple winning objectives like cycling.
I see your point but let's be honest: no rider would rather win Ordiziako Klasika than a Tour de France stage. Not even the proudest Basque out there.
The system should at least try to award points according to how prestigious a race is considered.
 

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