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Slovenian national championship road race will be held on 21st of June - so good two weeks from now. It will be a difficult race with a mountain top finish. The organisers knew that it would be hard to get the top guys to race if it was held in August so they are going ahead with an early date. All the top gusy (the ones in the picture Le Quack posted) confirmed their participation. So either a breakaway wins or it will be a Pogačar vs Roglič battle on the last climb.

For Primož it will actually be the first race of the season and he seemed pretty motivated in the interviews.
What type of climb is it? Mohoric stand a chance (late attack)?
 
What type of climb is it? Mohoric stand a chance (late attack)?
It should be a 8km at almost 8% MTF . The question is what does the rest of the route look like. Some rumors say it's completely flat, others say it's with a short but steep hill. We'll know more in a couple of days I guess.

Anyway it won't be easy for Rogla or Pogi. Bahrain McLaren is the best team by far. They have won the last three NCs.

It's a setup for a great race though. The strongest rider (Roglič) is alone, Pogačar has help in Polanc, and the strongest team with no clear favourite but with a strong group of riders (Tratnik, Mohorič, Pibernik, Novak, Bole).

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Sorry, it's two in a row for Team Bahrain not three. Mezgec won in 2017.
 
Not sure this has been posted, it's some power outputs from last year's GT's




This article does show why people shouldn't listen to Thijs Zonneveld for analysis. His conclusion is nothing short of humiliating. The Vuelta is being raced harder than the Tour, as being proven by power numbers in the Vuelta being higher... It's the exact f*cking other way around. The fact that power data is lower in the TDF, is proof that the entire race is being raced harder, and why riders don't reach the same high values on the climbs as in the Vuelta, which also has shorter climbs. This guy is a former pro and a professional journalist. WTF.
 
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Not sure this has been posted, it's some power outputs from last year's GT's




This article does show why people shouldn't listen to Thijs Zonneveld for analysis. His conclusion is nothing short of humiliating. The Vuelta is being raced harder than the Tour, as being proven by power numbers in the Vuelta being higher... It's the exact f*cking other way around. The fact that power data is lower in the TDF, is proof that the entire race is being raced harder, and why riders don't reach the same high values on the climbs as in the Vuelta, which also has shorter climbs. This guy is a former pro and a professional journalist. WTF.
Wow, that's bad, shows you that being a former pro isn't the be all end all. Reminds me of ze Jens saying that he doesn't understand why race organizers use downhill finishes.
 
Not sure this has been posted, it's some power outputs from last year's GT's




This article does show why people shouldn't listen to Thijs Zonneveld for analysis. His conclusion is nothing short of humiliating. The Vuelta is being raced harder than the Tour, as being proven by power numbers in the Vuelta being higher... It's the exact f*cking other way around. The fact that power data is lower in the TDF, is proof that the entire race is being raced harder, and why riders don't reach the same high values on the climbs as in the Vuelta, which also has shorter climbs. This guy is a former pro and a professional journalist. WTF.
Now come on, the Vuelta power numbers are higher because the riders are better overall and the contenders for the win have to fight harder, everybody knows that.
 
Not sure this has been posted, it's some power outputs from last year's GT's




This article does show why people shouldn't listen to Thijs Zonneveld for analysis. His conclusion is nothing short of humiliating. The Vuelta is being raced harder than the Tour, as being proven by power numbers in the Vuelta being higher... It's the exact f*cking other way around. The fact that power data is lower in the TDF, is proof that the entire race is being raced harder, and why riders don't reach the same high values on the climbs as in the Vuelta, which also has shorter climbs. This guy is a former pro and a professional journalist. WTF.
And what happens when Vuelta numbers are lower than Tour? Does that means that Vuelta is raced harder?[/QUOTE]
 
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Organizer did a good job this year, having national championship moved to June. After 140 km the end of the race should be hard enough, for a dramatic finish.

Roglič said he is happy, as he already has weight under control. He basically trains every day and plans to increase the intensity, before the altitude training. A race in June, altitude training in July and spectacular August and September cycling calendar ahead!
 
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It should be a 8km at almost 8% MTF . The question is what does the rest of the route look like. Some rumors say it's completely flat, others say it's with a short but steep hill. We'll know more in a couple of days I guess.

Anyway it won't be easy for Rogla or Pogi. Bahrain McLaren is the best team by far. They have won the last three NCs.

It's a setup for a great race though. The strongest rider (Roglič) is alone, Pogačar has help in Polanc, and the strongest team with no clear favourite but with a strong group of riders (Tratnik, Mohorič, Pibernik, Novak, Bole).

Edit:
Sorry, it's two in a row for Team Bahrain not three. Mezgec won in 2017.
Brajkovic will smash them.
 
Happy for Primož. Tadej probably still has 10 or more tries ahead of him to become Slovenian Champion. His day will come eventually.

I'd like to see the final attack. It wasn't a sprint. You don't gain 10s and celebrate in the last 50m winning in a sprint. It was a puncher attack by Rogla. In this kind of terrain he is probably second only to Alaphilippe in today's peloton. A serious contender for LBL and FW. Remember his super attack on San Luca in Giro dell'Emilia last year.
 
Happy for Primož. Tadej probably still has 10 or more tries ahead of him to become Slovenian Champion. His day will come eventually.

I'd like to see the final attack. It wasn't a sprint. You don't gain 10s and celebrate in the last 50m winning in a sprint. It was a puncher attack by Rogla. In this kind of terrain he is probably second only to Alaphilippe in today's peloton. A serious contender for LBL and FW. Remember his super attack on San Luca in Giro dell'Emilia last year.
I really doubt that Alaphilippe would have a number on him on a climb like San Luca
 
Slovenian TV showed extended highlights of the National Championships.

Strong, strong attack by Rogla in the last 500m. He looked amazing riding in the drops of his Bianchi in the end. He remainded me of Pantani a bit. The difference is Roglič sprinted uphill for 500 meters while Il Pirata sprinted for 10km lol.

All in all a very nice victory against a tough nut to crack in Pogačar. Now onto the ITT on Sunday. It will esentially be an MTT. He is the favourite. It won't be easy because Pogačar and Tratnik are strong, but in the end he should take his second TT title in as many tries.
 
Giro 2019 was a learning experience. A lot of altitude to overcome, weak team, bad nutrition ... TDF 2020 will be brutal from beginning. If you won't be able to cope in the first week, then likely you won't be on the podium at the end of the race. Current shape is i guess just about right. Weight is under control, intensity of training is increasing, some racing is involved, for reassurance.
 
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