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The course looked a little too easy for the U23 men. No real decisive moments but just a grinding down of competition. If the course stays the same tomorrow it is likely to be the same story for the Elite men. A gradual spread of the field with MVDP as the likely winner.

Kastelijn looks uncomfortable and quite square on the bike. She obviously has a very good physical capacity but I think the technique isn’t there.

Brands is really a fighter which should be appreciated but I am happy that more skilled riders prevailed.
 
Van der Heijden is defending champion, but it might be the most open category. A Dutch win isn't a given here.

Netherlands: Inge van der Heijden, Manon Bakker
France: Norbert Riberolle
Hungary: Blanka Vas
Great Britain: Anna Kay
USA: Katie Clouse
Canada: Ruby West
Forgot Bakker was still U23.


Looks like there has been alot of equipment breaking, like saddles, seatposts and even one of the belgian riders, Bakaert having a broken frame. This course is demanding not just on the riders because of the bumpyness and everything else, it's also seems to be quite demanding on the machinery as well.
 
Jose Been reports rumours that the elite men's race could be cancelled, due to an anticipated storm. Am not watching TV coverage. Has anything been mentioned there?

If it gets really muddy in the U-23s then Hattie Harnden will likely be up there. Anna Kay, unfortunately, is unlikely to be in contention due to poor form
 
Jose Been reports rumours that the elite men's race could be cancelled, due to an anticipated storm. Am not watching TV coverage. Has anything been mentioned there?
Nothing that I've heard. And how would they do that anyway? Just go "Oh, Mathieu, you're probably gonna win this anyway, so you just keep the jersey."? Postpone it for tomorrow (suppose that would be slightly easier than with road cycling, because they aren't actually blocking roads)?
 
Jose Been reports rumours that the elite men's race could be cancelled, due to an anticipated storm. Am not watching TV coverage. Has anything been mentioned there?

If it gets really muddy in the U-23s then Hattie Harnden will likely be up there. Anna Kay, unfortunately, is unlikely to be in contention due to poor form
Have to agree - on a heavy-ish course Harnden is a real diesel, who just keeps going. Kay has had a long season, and maybe over the top; also, a flat, heavy course won't suit her; she is quite lightweight, and would be more suited to a hillier, technical track.
 
On the Sporza website one hour ago:

"The organizers are taking a cancellation into consideration."

However nothing has been decided and they didn't mention anything on TV. At the moment there's only light rain, so hopefully the program will continue as planned.
 

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