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The Grand 2022 Wollongong UCI Road World Championships Thread, September 18th-25th

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Is Remco going to go if he wins the Vuelta?

Or will he be partying in Belgium instead?

i believe he packed for 4-5 weeks. His intention was always to go straight to the worlds after. Could change of course. Wonder if he’ll have anything left. Rog was a shell of himself in the worlds ITT a few years ago after winning the Vuelta. Doubt he will be able to challenge the likes of Pog and VDP and WvA who have trained specially. Love it if he can, but most likely scenario sees him as a decoy.
 
i believe he packed for 4-5 weeks. His intention was always to go straight to the worlds after. Could change of course. Wonder if he’ll have anything left. Rog was a shell of himself in the worlds ITT a few years ago after winning the Vuelta. Doubt he will be able to challenge the likes of Pog and VDP and WvA who have trained specially. Love it if he can, but most likely scenario sees him as a decoy.
Always a chance he’s the Devolder to WVA’s Boonen.
 
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Gilbert, Hushovd and Evans just to name 3 have won the worlds after racing the Vuelta.
Valverde did a Tour-Vuelta combi prior to winning gold in Innsbruck. Pogacar won the Tour 5 days before winning bronze in Tokyo. Super compensation is a weird thing. He might be absolutely flying, he might be disastrous. But, like Shadow said, he has Wout. And Wout + Remco is probably the most lethal combination in cycling today, and maybe ever. Well, if they're on the same page that is. You don't chase Remco? You're cooked. You chase Remco? You're cooked.
 
i believe he packed for 4-5 weeks. His intention was always to go straight to the worlds after. Could change of course. Wonder if he’ll have anything left. Rog was a shell of himself in the worlds ITT a few years ago after winning the Vuelta. Doubt he will be able to challenge the likes of Pog and VDP and WvA who have trained specially. Love it if he can, but most likely scenario sees him as a decoy.

WvA is going so all in that he’s not even doing the ITT which I’d have surely laid money on him to win. Remco is doing it but he’s up against Ganna who’ll have specifically prepped for it.
I think in the past few years Ganna has been kind of fortunate because his team have allowed him to focus on this whereas most of the other big favourites in that discipline have other targets to achieve.
 
Wow - the US selects - gravel star - Keegan Swenson to ride in Worlds!


I wish him well. I suspect they might send him in the break or let him attack at some point. He did have the Everesting world record for a while (done at 6000' ft).

The will be quite the experience, given that riding in the peloton at the top level is different than gravel (or Wednesday Night World's against Quinn Simmons and others.)

Also, Lawson Craddock had his Visa declined?
 
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Wow - the US selects - gravel star - Keegan Swenson to ride in Worlds!


I wish him well. I suspect they might send him in the break or let him attack at some point. He did have the Everesting world record for a while (done at 6000' ft).

The will be quite the experience, given that riding in the peloton at the top level is different than gravel (or Wednesday Night World's against Quinn Simmons and others.)

Also, Lawson Craddock had his Visa declined?
I doubt that it’s a factor in the choice but it feels a bit like the EF marketing of American rider who do “interesting” bike stuff even if they’re not performing well racing. The possible down side to this is that if Powless has the form (which I am not up to snuff on) I would go all in on supporting him, with McNulty the ‘B’ option.
 
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Wow - the US selects - gravel star - Keegan Swenson to ride in Worlds!


I wish him well. I suspect they might send him in the break or let him attack at some point. He did have the Everesting world record for a while (done at 6000' ft).

The will be quite the experience, given that riding in the peloton at the top level is different than gravel (or Wednesday Night World's against Quinn Simmons and others.)

Also, Lawson Craddock had his Visa declined?

Yes, Craddock had his visa declined - People within Bike Exchange with connections to the Aussie Government will ensure this decision is overturned.
 
I doubt that it’s a factor in the choice but it feels a bit like the EF marketing of American rider who do “interesting” bike stuff even if they’re not performing well racing. The possible down side to this is that if Powless has the form (which I am not up to snuff on) I would go all in on supporting him, with McNulty the ‘B’ option.
McNulty has already said he’s not going to the worlds and Powless isn’t a certainty to go either, he said he’ll make his decision on Sunday.
 
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McNulty has already said he’s not going to the worlds and Powless isn’t a certainty to go either, he said he’ll make his decision on Sunday.

It's very sad to see that the race taking place in Australia (together with the search for UCI points) is bringing such a huge amount of great riders to stay away. The start list will be rather underwhelming compared to what could have been.
 
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It's very sad to see that the race taking place in Australia (together with the search for UCI points) is bringing such a huge amount of great riders to stay away. The start list will be rather underwhelming compared to what could have been.

Oh, and, since the UK will have a very good team and Pedersen won't be there... will pancake-Fred become world champion and demand respect from lesser riders next year? :p
 
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The circuit is about as controllable as the Richmond one. More than 13 km of continuous flat roads make it easy to chase and control moves. So I seriously doubt the success of any attacks before the last lap, and I think all primary team leaders will wait until then as well.
 

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