That is a great result. Herpoel did not fall and managed to win this race at 85% (and even leads now the best riders ranking in 2:2)! Beautiful end of a otherwise rather disappointing week. Hope to have some time to do a preview on the Giro. Good weekend update to all and hope to see VdGG back racing.
Before going to Italy where the real climbing starts, we have a sort-of-flat tour in England, Yorkshire. Starting with a sprint, than we decide the king of the flat and after that the winner of a bit more mixed stage can take the polkadot.
What can we expect?:
MothersoI:Hargraves and Amanar for stage 2 and 3?
Carapaz: Jestin-1, Cristea-2 and Vandenbussche-3, a rider for top 3 for every stage.
Levi: a modest team this time. But certainly with some plans for Flinois. Riding for GC?
TGV: young dogs, there for experience. Maybe Belem for YC?
Dustin: Coleman and Beenen for stage 2 and 3.
PollyJ: with Knol, Leers and Ghysselinckx starring 3 amazing flat-riders. What are the plans? Knol maybe even for sprint?
Joachim: Leao is probably the best flat rider in our division, beating Leers and Christea in Paris-Roubaix. Favorite for stage 2. Eenman one of the top-contenders for the sprint.
ToursCC: Cwynar and Brichau did not impress much but for sure will collect some points and money.
Devils: 5 new riders. Renquin can do podium in the sprint or compete for top 5 in race 2.
PanterasN: starring Batata here. We know his excellent TT skills. Can he also win a flat race?
Naspa: strong line-up. Döring and Van Nes can try for a podium in a stage or in GC. But first Orlandoni will try to win the sprint. Podium for tomorrow (if all manage to survive the hill): Eenman, Orlandoni and Renquin.
- Nostalgic about Zoeters? (saw you changed it again )
- Amanar is not 100% fit
- Orlandoni wins tomorrow, no one gets even close. Eenman problably 2nd. We're not the best division when it comes to sprinters.
- I am still thinking if I would go for YJ or not. It all comes down to predicting what the big stars like Van Nes and Leao (and Renquin who will not go 100% in stage1 I guess) will do. My feeling says going for yellow, especially Van Nes. Döring probably picks stage 2? I only bring my 2nd leader so I will have to make some choices.
Last Edit: Aug 26, 2019 16:55:06 GMT 1 by pollyjean
I hope you are right about Orlandoni. But I really think Eenman made good progress and for me he is not beaten yet. Remember, the last sprint race was one by my other Italian sprinter, Camozzi, who proved himself -certainly now that VdGG's Cappellazzo is on the TL with an expired contract - the strongest totally flat sprinter. But he (Cam) does not look forward to the climbing of tomorrow. So I am not taking any risk here - he (Cam) will sprint next week in California or shortly after in the Giro. So my second best sprinter (Orl) has to do it. He must be able to digest the climbing.
I am myself not even sure yet about Van Nes and Döring -yes, still traumatised about losing Zoeters in such a stupid way. It depends a bit if there are differences already after the sprint. But I think normally I do not want to contest Leao on flat with a rider who almost for sure can win stage 3.
team dustin B. Bocken, did his job (2 flats in 2) V. Beenen, not good enough, expected top 5 last stage (mean, hoped for it) (fall in 1, fall in 3) G. Coleman, well done (flat in 3) A. Galvão, expect a bit better (fall in 2, 2 falls and flat in 3) W. Vriend, did his job (flat and fall in 3)