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Race Results 2019 - Men

EventFirstSecondThirdForthFifth
Omloop Het Nieublad EliteStybarvan AvermaetWellensLutsenkoTeuns
Kuurne Brussels KuurneJunglesDoullTerpstraGroenewegenLampaert
Strade BiancheAlaphilippeFuglsangvan AertStybarBenoot
Paris - Nice (8d)BernalQuintanaKwiatkowskiHaigBardet
Tirreno Adriatico (7d)Roglic A YatesFuglsangDumoulinPinot
Milan San RemoAlaphilippeNaesenKwiatkowskiSaganMohoric
Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (7d)LopezYatesBernalQuintanaKruijswijk
E3 HarelbekeStybarvan Aertvan AvermaetBettiolJungels
Gent - WevelgemKristoffDegenkolbNaesenvan der Poelvan Poppel
Tour of FlandersBettiolAsgreenKristoffvan der PoelPolitt
Paris-RoubaixGilbertPollitLampaert VanmarkeSagan
Amstel Gold Race
La Fleche Wallonne
Liege - Bastogne - Liege
Tour de Romandie
Giro d'Italia
Criterium du Dauphine
Tour de Suisse
Le Tour de France
Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian
Vuelta a Espana
Tour of Britain
Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal
UCI Road World Championships
Giro di Lombardia

Race Results 2019 - Women

EventFirstSecondThirdForthFifth
Omloop het NieuwsbladBlaakBastianellivan den Bosvan VleutenRyan
Strade Bianchevan VleutenLangvadNiewiadomaBastianelliLudwig
Ronde van DrentheBastianelliBlaakvan DijkPietersKopecky
Trofeo Alfredo Binda WomenVosSprattLudwigChursinaCecchini
Driedaagse Brugge - de Panne WomenWildWiebersKopeckyLepistoAnderson
Gent-WevelgemWildWiebesPaternosterBastianelliPieters
Tour of FlandersBastianellivan VleutenLudwikBertizzolovan Dijk
Amstel Gold Race
La Fleche Wallonne
Liege-Bastogne-Liege Femmes
OVO Energy Women's Tour
Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile
La Course by Le Tour de France Women
GP de Plouay
UCI Road World Championships

 

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Teocalli
Admin
June 27, 2021 10:13 am

It would appear that the TdF is going to sue that *&^% spectator with the sign, if they can identify them. Not before time IMHO. With all the injuries and broken bikes that could be a very large bill to pay.

How Soler managed to complete the day after the second crash, apparently with 2 broken elbows is quite astonishing.

Teocalli
Admin
June 21, 2021 2:28 pm

Sam Bennett out of The Tour following a knee injury and Mark Cavendish in. Shame for Bennett and a bit of real competition for the Green Jersey goes with him but great to see whether Cavenish can increase his Tour stage win total.

Wiscot
Wiscot
June 21, 2021 11:47 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

Yeah, lots going on in the Bennett situation – injury and (apparently) leaving at year’s end. I think (hope) Cav can surprise us all with a couple of wins. He might not be the fastest in a straight-up drag race, but he’s a smart, wily competitor who knows how to ride in the wheels. After all the injuries/bad luck he’s had, a win would be wonderful.

Rick
Rick
May 1, 2021 9:43 am

I have greatly enjoyed watching Chris Horner’s YouTube channel. Having been in the pro peloton for years, Chris has a unique take on tactics, insights on riders, and general knowledge. His no holds barred, take no prisoners honesty spares no one. Commentators, directors, riders, and even Chris himself have been on the receiving end of his criticisms. On yesterday’s commentary on the Tour of Romandie commentary, Chris offered this gem: Richie Porte can’t descend in the wet. I know this for a fact because he can’t descend in the dry. I have been on his wheel in the Tour de… Read more »

Teocalli
Admin
April 26, 2021 12:20 pm

On Carapaz’s DG from L-B-L for an illegal super tuck. I see the social media comments on it are pretty much against the UCI but I have to wonder (think) that the UCI bans are more to do with amateur riding. The other week (in the car) I passed a rider in a super tuck going downhill on a solo ride on a busy road. Given the level of control a rider has in that position it struck me as pretty stupid.

chuckp
April 27, 2021 5:53 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

Watched him do it during the race coverage and we wondered if he would be DQ’ed. Personally, I would’ve relegated him (like they do for erratic/irregular sprinting). But if you’re going to DQ him, do it right then and there. Easy enough to call/radio the DS in the car and tell the team their rider is DQ’ed. You don’t wait until 24 hours+ after the fact. And since his result didn’t matter so what’s the point of DQ-ing him?

Teocalli
Admin
April 14, 2021 4:26 pm

Great win for Tom Pidcock today in De Brabantse Pijl outsprinting van Aert and Trentin in the finish.

https://fb.watch/4SQInhXe1l/

Whilst in the women’s event Demi Vollering is the latest rider to suffer the “too early celebration” method of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

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Teocalli
Admin
April 13, 2021 11:26 am

Good to see Cavendish get a win again. He seemed in better shape at the start of the season vs previous seasons. Maybe age or the DQS move has given him a different approach to diet/weight.

Wiscot
Wiscot
April 13, 2021 5:56 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

Yes indeed! A few placings and then, at last, a win. Then a second win to show that it wasn’t a fluke. Sure, the Tour of Turkey field isn’t the best, but Phillipsen is on form and Greipel knows what he’s doing. I’d imagine Cav rides better/best on a nice dose of confidence and these wins will certainly help. Here’s hoping he can stay fit and healthy for the rest of the year.

Teocalli
Admin
April 1, 2021 2:52 pm

Paris-Roubaix has apparently been postponed to October 2-3 due to the COVID-19 pandemic increase in France.

The first women’s Paris-Roubaix race has been moved to Saturday, October 2 with the men’s race on the Sunday, October 3 creating a Paris-Roubaix weekend.

If I have not got it in the schedule already we’ll pick up the women’s P-R in OTRL.

chuckp
March 24, 2021 12:15 pm

Roubaix cancelled. No official word on possible re-scheduled date. https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/paris-roubaix-called-off-due-to-covid-19-situation-in-northern-france/

chuckp
March 24, 2021 12:16 pm
Reply to  chuckp

Oops! Sorry for the double-tap!

Teocalli
Admin
March 24, 2021 6:17 pm
Reply to  chuckp

E3 and Gent – Wevelgem could be under threat too. Starting to look like we may be in for another Autumn Spring Classics in 2021.

chuckp
March 24, 2021 6:37 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

F*CK!

Teocalli
Admin
March 19, 2021 9:48 am

Unfortunately France and other parts of Europe are heading into further COVID lockdowns and Paris Roubaix plus other events could be under threat. UCI have made some other changes to the race calendar which I will check against the OTRL calendar but on first scan I think they are to events not included in the OTRL calendar.

Teocalli
Admin
November 5, 2020 12:41 pm

Sad to see Ian Stannard has had to call time on his career.

Quasar
October 14, 2020 1:25 pm

So I guess King Sagan wasn’t quite done after all! What an incredible performance that was.

Teocalli
Admin
October 14, 2020 4:31 pm
Reply to  Quasar

It’s a funny old season in terms of folk at peak performance. Maybe suits those who respond well to a short buildup whereas some of the perceived GT favourites are better with a long slow season burn.

Quasar
October 14, 2020 7:31 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

That can actually be seen in more sports than cycling. I have never seen as many goals scored per game of football as in the start of this season in the English Premier League. 5-2, 6-1, 7-2, 4-3, with a bunch of silly looking mistakes. It looks exactly like what you say, these elite sports stars are having to play themselves into shape rather than complete a full preseason and it happens much faster for some than others.

Teocalli
Admin
October 9, 2020 11:15 am

Paris Roubaix cancelled due to worsening Covid situation.

https://www.velonews.com/news/road/paris-roubaix-canceled-due-to-coronavirus/

Quasar
October 9, 2020 3:25 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

Not much else they could have done really. What an unholy mess this entire year has been…

chuckp
March 25, 2021 12:55 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

Apparently, no final decision yet even though they already announced postponing it. Like WTF??? https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/paris-roubaix-not-yet-off-says-french-sports-minister/

chuckp
September 30, 2020 12:10 pm

If anyone wants to know why the pros are pros and were are just dilettantes: https://www.velonews.com/training/power-analysis-uci-elite-mens-world-road-cycling-championships/ Using time differences and VAM-based calculations, we can estimate that the front group was riding at well over 7w/kg on the final climb of the Gallisterna, with Alaphilippe’s attack coming at over 8w/kg. Compared to Kuss’ time of 3:58 (at 7w/kg) on lap 7, Alaphilippe climbed the Gallisterna in a time of 3:30, with a ridiculous VAM of 2177 meters per hour. Julian Alaphilippe – lap 9 on the steep section of Gallisterna: Time: 3:30 (Estimated) Average Power: ~465-500w (~7.5-8w/kg) Keep in mind that… Read more »

Teocalli
Admin
September 30, 2020 4:33 pm
Reply to  chuckp

And if it had been figures posted by Froome the internet would be having a field day!

Quasar
October 8, 2020 1:08 pm
Reply to  chuckp

I think we may have to admit that these guys are just better than we are…

Rick
Rick
August 21, 2020 4:25 pm
Teocalli
Admin
August 21, 2020 9:24 am
Wiscot
Wiscot
August 19, 2020 11:52 pm

Nifty tap dancing by Brailsford. Bernal – Tour; G – Giro; Froome – Vuelta. Covers the bases and avoids seeing G and Froome being embarrassed in the big one..

dancollins
dancollins
August 20, 2020 12:28 am
Reply to  Wiscot

Yea, watching Froome and Thomas at the Dauphine it was clear they didn’t have the form now. I question whether Froome will have it by the time the Vuelta rolls around. Frankly, it didn’t look like Bernal had the form now either but maybe he will as the Tour progresses. Should be a wide open and exciting Tour. Can’t wait!

Teocalli
Admin
August 19, 2020 5:25 pm
Reply to  Rick

Froome is clearly not on the numbers and G is not currently hitting the front with any conviction so I don’t think they had much choice. I suspected at the end of last season that they would target winning all 3 GTs – though I was not guessing they’d do it the way they have announced.

Teocalli
Admin
August 17, 2020 8:17 pm

An interesting analysis for those that know far more than me about power stats. At least it’s go FB conspiracy theorists going about someone other than INEOS for a change!

https://www.velonews.com/training/power-analysis-sepp-kuss-on-stage-5-of-the-criterium-du-dauphine/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=velonews&utm_campaign=bfcb4623-6a77-4c29-a4fc-9b3db3ca1e7f

Rick
Rick
July 4, 2020 1:33 pm

Interesting that Quintana is struck by a car while training only days after he was critical of Colombian agent’s dealings with young cyclists.

Teocalli
Admin
June 17, 2020 11:58 am

Happy Birthday to Eddy Merckx. 75 years young today.

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Rick
Rick
June 17, 2020 3:39 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

Bon anniversaire au cannibale!

Rick
Rick
May 25, 2020 1:40 pm

In spite of myself I watched the he new ESPN 30 for 30. It was the story of some cyclist, whose name escapes me, from Texas.

Did anyone else feel the need to watch this “documentary?” If so, I would love to know the impressions of anyone who, like me, couldn’t look away from this train wreck.

I hope everyone is safe, well, and able to ride outdoors, albeit with appropriate social distancing.

Teocalli
Admin
May 26, 2020 9:26 am
Reply to  Rick

I found it surprisingly easy to find something better to do!

Teocalli
Admin
May 26, 2020 9:53 am
Reply to  Rick

Oh and yes we’ve been able to ride outdoors all through this, so far. Interestingly though, I have been limiting my mileage per ride but now we are able to take unlimited exercise so stepped back up a bit. I seem to have discovered a couple of things 1) I’m now optimised for 50Km, 80Km seems a long way 2) 80Km with no cafe stop (they are all still shut) makes it even further!

Rick
Rick
May 26, 2020 11:55 am
Reply to  Teocalli

I am glad that you found something better to do on Sunday. I planned on avoiding the show but my morbid curiosity got the better of me. I know what you mean about riding. My last real weekend of riding included a total of 219.8 KM with 2,715 vertical meters of climbing. For me at least that is pretty good form for mid-March. This past weekend I did my longest ride since that weekend. The 65.4 KM and 553 meters of climbing seemed like the Bataan Death March. My goodness where did that early season form go? We in NYC… Read more »

MangoDave
May 29, 2020 6:03 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

I’ve been able to get out frequently the last few months. Like you, I seem to be trapped in a 50-70km vortex. It seems to fit into the time I have available. As my fitness gets better, I’m ready to do longer rides, but the weather conspires against me. Today it’s supposed to be 112 degrees (44* C). Water stops are few and far between.

MangoDave
May 29, 2020 6:00 pm
Reply to  Rick

A couple of months ago I watched Stop at Nothing. From commentary of the ESPN story, it sounds like an almost identical narrative. Because of that, I doubt I’ll watch this 30 for 30 of some random Texan cyclist. Also, I heard a podcast interview a while ago, the voice of the person was suspiciously similar to the cyclist in Stop at Nothing. There was a lot of refection, perhaps some wisdom and humbleness creeping in as he aged. But then it ended with – knowing what he knows now, would he do it all over again? He said yes,… Read more »

chuckp
June 4, 2020 6:15 pm
Reply to  Rick

I watched because … why not? I even added the Sling TV Orange package to get ESPN so I could watch. Nothing new or real revelations. Like him or hate him, Lance is Lance. And he (and his era) are part of the history of our sport.

dancollins
dancollins
May 11, 2020 2:58 am

So what are the chances of pro racing coming back by limiting or entirely excluding spectators at the start and finish? Do you think fans would generally stay distanced on the rest of the course? Personally, I prefer watching the races on TV so I can see the whole race, rather than momentary glimpses of the peloton as it roars by. It would be fun to hang out at the start or finish, but if that was eliminated, do you think most people would just stay home and watch on TV?

Teocalli
Admin
May 11, 2020 8:58 am
Reply to  dancollins

Well, I can see how it would be feasible lockdown the start/finish areas (towns/resorts) but the issue would be the classic parts of any event. ie the cobbled climbs on The Classics, the mountain stages on the GTs. So many people would still try to travel that the roads would be gridlocked if they tried to lock them down and then the event probably would not be able to get through. Not sure I can see it happening.

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