• The Cycling News forum is looking to add some volunteer moderators with Red Rick's recent retirement. If you're interested in helping keep our discussions on track, send a direct message to @SHaines here on the forum, or use the Contact Us form to message the Community Team.

    In the meanwhile, please use the Report option if you see a post that doesn't fit within the forum rules.

    Thanks!

Murcia - Almeria - Jaen (February 10th, 11th & 12th)

Page 4 - Get up to date with the latest news, scores & standings from the Cycling News Community.
I agree, Van Aert maintains his line as compared to the white line on the road, but the barriers funnel slightly squeezing those over his right shoulder. Not WVAs fault. We really need to look at the placement of barriers at sprint finishes.
The problem was not that he moved, but that he coasted where riders behind him were sprinting, and his placement meant that they could only pass him on one side, but I think the rider who crashed saw him too late to get on the other side of him.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Sneekes
The problem was not that he moved, but that he coasted where riders behind him were sprinting, and his placement meant that they could only pass him on one side, but I think the rider who crashed saw him too late to get on the other side of him.
They crashed because once again the race organisers couldn't be bothered to put the barriers in a straight *** line.
Honestly m8, we all learn in kindergarten how to draw a *** straight line. The fact that the UCI still hasn't implemented a rule about this means they just don't give a bloody testicle about rider's safety.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Wyndbrook
The problem was not that he moved, but that he coasted where riders behind him were sprinting, and his placement meant that they could only pass him on one side, but I think the rider who crashed saw him too late to get on the other side of him.
But doesn’t the lead out guy do that at every sprint finish, meaning upcoming riders need to be aware there is going to one guy going slower than the rest in the final 50-100 meters?
 
  • Like
Reactions: Sandisfan
They crashed because once again the race organisers couldn't be bothered to put the barriers in a straight *** line.
Honestly m8, we all learn in kindergarten how to draw a *** straight line. The fact that the UCI still hasn't implemented a rule about this means they just don't give a bloody testicle about rider's safety.
Yeah I said it here before that they all better have these big yellow barriers like in Flandres. I've tried to move them in Leuven at the Worlds, in the Scheldeprijs and at the Primus classic. Rock solid. What I can see here in Murcia with a lot of people at these finishes, maybe they lean forward with some rows to see better and they move in some places. Not so good for staying in 1 line, I assume they put it like that before the race, like we all expect.
Safety first in my opinion.
 
clasica-jaen-paraiso-interior-2024-result-profile-35da58e388.jpg

So this is the parcours for tomorrow now. It's still hard with the given rain and the small dirt roads, still a possibility there will carnage.

Start list looks really good with Van Aert, Ayuso, Kuss, Oconnor, Kwiatkowski, Rodriguez, Wellens, Lazkano, Soler, ...

And I've heard yesterday that a wild De Lie might replace Florian Vermeersch on the start list. No official confirmation from Lotto on their Twitter tho. And I think it's still too hard for him if the superteams make it super hard.

Edit: confirmed, De Lie at the start.
 
Last edited: