Tour of Slovakia UCI 2.1 (18.09-21.09)

We have one of the last races before worlds this year.
After great line up last year we have another interesting one with 5 WT teams participating.



Teams:

Deceuninck - Quick-Step
Belgicko (WT)
Bora - hansgrohe
Nemecko (WT)
CCC Team
Poľsko (WT)
JUNGELS Bob
VIVIANI Elia
LAMPAERT Yves
KEISSE Iljo
MØRKØV Michael
SABATINI Fabio
VAKOČ Petr
BAŠKA Erik
BUCHMANN Emanuel
BODNAR Maciej
GATTO Oscar
PÖSTLBERGER Lukas
SAGAN Juraj
SCHILLINGER Andreas
ANTUNES Amaro
GRADEK Kamil
OWSIAN Łukasz
TEN DAM Laurens
VAN HOECKE Gijs
ZIMMERMANN Georg
ZOIDL Riccardo
Groupama - FDJ
Francúzsko (WT)
UAE Team Emirates
Spojené arabské emiráty (WT)
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
Taliansko (PCT)
PINOT Thibaut
BONNET William
DÉMARE Arnaud
KÜNG Stefan
LADAGNOUS Matthieu
REICHENBACH Sébastien
SINKELDAM Ramon
KRISTOFF Alexander
LAENGEN Vegard Stake
RIABUŠENKO Alexandr
SUTHERLAND Rory
BEERS Matthew
POLANC Jan
BOHLI Tom
BISOLTI Alessandro
FRAPPORTI Marco
FLOREZ Miguel Eduardo
PELUCCHI Matteo
RAVANELLI Simone
RUMAC Josip
SPREAFICO Matteo
Delko Marseille Provence
Francúzsko (PCT)
Gazprom - RusVelo
Rusko (PCT)
Israel Cycling Academy
Izrael (PCT)
DE ROSSI Lucas
DELETTRE Alexandre
EL FARES Julien
GROSU Eduard Michael
GUICHARD Mickaël
NAVARDAUSKAS Ramūnas
ROCHAS Rémy
KURIANOV Stepan
RIKUNOV Petr
KULIKOV Vladislav
KULIKOVSKIJ Alexandr
PORSEV Alexander
VOROBIOV Anton
POPOV Anton
RENARD Alexis
ENGER Sondre Holst
BARBIER Rudy
DUNNE Conor
JENSEN August
SCHREURS Hamish
VAN WINDEN Dennis
Riwal Readynez Cycling Team
Dánsko (PCT)
Roompot - Charles
Holandsko (PCT)
Team Novo Nordisk
USA (PCT)
BRØCHNER Nicolai
AAEN JØRGENSEN Jonas
MAGNUSSON Kim
VEYHE Torkil
WALLIN Rasmus Bøgh
KONGSTAD Tobias
HAGEN Krister
BOOM Lars
LEYSEN Senne
WEENING Pieter
TIMMERMANS Justin
ASSELMAN Jesper
LAMMERTINK Maurits
VAN POPPEL Boy
KAMSTRA Brian
BRAND Sam
POLI Umberto
KUSZTOR Péter
LOZANO David
PERON Andrea
PLANET Charles
Wallonie - Bruxelles
Belgicko (PCT)
Dukla Banská Bystrica
Slovensko (CT)
Adria Mobil
Slovinsko (CT)
JULES Justin
LIEPIŅŠ Emīls
MOLLY Kenny
ROBEET Ludovic
SIX Franklin
CASTRIQUE Jonas
WIRTGEN Luc
TYBOR Patrik
ČANECKÝ Marek
OROS Samuel
CULLY Ján Andrej
MAHĎAR Martin
BELLAN Juraj
HARING Martin
KATRAŠNIK Gašper
RAJOVIĆ Dušan
ROGINA Radoslav
PER Gorazd
OMRZEL Aljaž
JARC Aljaž
KUMP Marko
Development Team Sunweb
Nemecko (CT)
Elkov - Author
Česko (CT)
Pannon Cycling Team
Maďarsko (CT)
GALL Felix
HEINSCHKE Leon
MAAS Edo
MÄRKL Niklas
MAYRHOFER Marius
NABERMAN Tim
VERVLOESEM Xandres
BÁRTA Jan
HNÍK Karel
KAŇKOVSKÝ Alois
KUKRLE Michael
NEUMANN Dominik
OTRUBA Jakub
SCHLEGEL Michal
OROSZ Gergő
PELIKÁN János
MORICZ Daniel
FETTER Erik
FILUTÁS Viktor
DINA Daniel
SZABÓ Miklós
Felbermayr Simplon Wels
Rakúsko (CT)
Voster ATS Team
Poľsko (CT)
UNO-X Norwegian Development
Nórsko (CT)
BAJC Andi
BRKIC Benjamin
KIERNER Florian
KOLLER Jan
KRIZEK Matthias
RABITSCH Stephan
WOLLENBERG Tim
TACIAK Mateusz
PLUCIŃSKI Leszek
STACHOWIAK Adam
JANISZEWSKI Sylwester
PARMA Krzysztof
GRABIS Mateusz
FRANCZAK Paweł
ABRAHAMSEN Jonas
HOELGAARD Markus
TRAEEN Torstein
SKAARSETH Anders
ANDERSEN Idar
HVIDEBERG Jonas Iversby
URIANSTAD Martin
Slovenská reprezentácia
Slovensko (NT)
ŠTOČEK Matúš
FOLTÁN Adam
LAJCHA Juraj
MALÍK Robert
BABIČ Adrián
KAŠKO Dávid
LÍŠKA Andrej




Stage profiles are even more disappointing with mostly flat finishes, there is one uphill sprint,probably cobbled in Hlohovec(Sta.ge 3).
See profiles below:

Stage 1A



Stage 1B


Stage 2


Stage 3


Stage 4




Most stages will probably feature fight between Kristoff and Viviani, perhaps stage 2 can provide a strong breakaway that could stay clear. Considering we are a hilly country these profiles are very disappointing.
 
I like how "Slovakia" in Slovakian is "Slovensko". Like people were not confusing Slovakia with Slovenia anyway.
Yes I know, its like Slovensko=Slovinsko, and flags are nearly identical to make thinks "easier" I would say there is about 50% failure rate when international media mix up athletes from our two countries. Armstrong mentioned Sagan as being Slovenian back in 2010 Tour Down Under for example. I remember we got played Slovenian anthem once on a sporting event etc.
 
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Most stages will probably feature fight between Kristoff and Viviani, perhaps stage 2 can provide a strong breakaway that could stay clear. Considering we are a hilly country these profiles are very disappointing.
I don't think Viviani will be there, after the European Championship he said that Hamburg and Plouay would have been his last races on the road because he has to ride on the track from october and needs a break.
 
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I don't think Viviani will be there, after the European Championship he said that Hamburg and Plouay would have been his last races on the road because he has to ride on the track from october and needs a break.
He will be there, organizers have it confirmed.
 
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Why can't they get Sagan to ride this, his homeland Tour? Instead of the two lower-rank Belgian races he will do at the same time.

And what about Roglic, Pogacar and Spilak?

;)
He prefers not to be in Slovakia, he's there only for nationals and couple of days to promote one of the countless products/services he's the face of. Slovakian market isn't the priority for Bora it seems.
 
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Why can't they get Sagan to ride this, his homeland Tour? Instead of the two lower-rank Belgian races he will do at the same time.

And what about Roglic, Pogacar and Spilak?

;)
Sagan is focusing on Yorkshire. It is rumored that next year he will skip the worlds and will come to Slovakia.
 
very poor/lazy stage design considering the topology of Slovak Rep. shame.
I keep saying this is wasted opportunity, somewhere I heard that organizers didn't want to make the course too hard as it is only few days before Worlds, but then last year was supposed to be hard as a prep for Innsbruck worlds and it wasn't. Profiles from this race before it went big were much better and evenly spread, now everything is concentrated around rich cities of western Slovakia which is flat, only skirting through Tatra mountains midway through stage. There is another problem and that is we have some cracking hills around like 9km @ 8% average, but surface is dire and its used mainly for carrying wood on lorries, council has no money to fix surface and hence no money to attract organizers for stage finish in this growing event. As with everything in Slovakia all is focused on western part and north with south-east,south-central and east is totally forgotten ever since the fall of Austro Hungarian emire before 1st world war,rant over.
 
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Most stages will be contested between Kristoff,Demare and Viviani. The 7.4km time trial might suit Lars Boom as the weather is going to become a problem, quite windy and cold for first days. I reckon the second stage will even see snow in Strbske Pleso (1257m). forecast for Thursday only indicating max temps of +4C there. Might make the race a bit harder at least
 

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