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Lesser Known Road Racing for Women Thread

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Yup. Jayco do seem to have a problem getting their riders in a good position for the final sprint. Manley for example has a rocket sprint but she always has to start from around 40th. Ruby probably needs a uphill drag if she's to win from a bunch.

On a different subject, Kerbaol had to give up a top 10 at Avenir for this race. :confused:
 
Yup. Jayco do seem to have a problem getting their riders in a good position for the final sprint. Manley for example has a rocket sprint but she always has to start from around 40th. Ruby probably needs a uphill drag if she's to win from a bunch.

On a different subject, Kerbaol had to give up a top 10 at Avenir for this race. :confused:
Manly's form has not been as good as expected and she was in the second group today - If she's in the first group she probably wins that sprint.
 
So it's time for the Simac Ladies Tour tomorrow, which will mark the final stop on Annemiek van Vleuten's farewell tour. She had her stage race debut there 16 years ago, but let's hope she doesn't crash out on the first stage like she did on that occasion.

The race starts off with the usual prologue, which will be followed by a flat stage. Stage 2 is a time trial in Leuven across the border, but in contrast to recent editions it only has a length of 7 km. Stage 3 is another flat stage, although this profile from FC makes it look rather difficult at first glance.

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Stage 4 is the queen stage, which will see the riders tackle 2.5 half laps on the Amstel Gold race circuit, with a finish at the top of Cauberg. The last stage to Arnhem usually ends in some kind of sprint.

Van Vleuten has won the race twice in her career, but with SD Worx bringing a team with Vollering, Kopecky, Wiebes and Bredewold, they'll probably win all the stages this time around.

Start list: https://firstcycling.com/race.php?r=9066&y=2023&k=start
 
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How can you justify a Prologue and an ITT in a four stage race - No certainties that SD Worx will win all four stages can throw up funny results.
It was on my demand so I can watch them all in the Leuven TT.
Was about to go for a ride, Leuven is only 10km for me and practically my 2nd home (went to school there).
They are doing a hill from the WC, that’s my place to watch. It’s in the shadow and we have 31° the next days.

I’m gonna go early and try to ride some laps, if they let us.
 
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