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  • World Champs road…. Odds of a British winner ?
  • weeksy
    Full Member

    Looking fairly tricky, but Brits like Hayter, Wright, Turner all have a chance at making a break and kicking it….

    But with VdP, WvA, Girmay and Evenepoel also playing, you’d think it would be a tough ask for the Brits….

    crossed
    Free Member

    I’d say there’s no chance of being a British winner when there’s VdP and WvA racing.

    My money would be on van Aert for the win.

    mrhoppy
    Full Member

    Fred Wright for 2nd based on his recent performances. 😂. Poor dude can’t buy a win despite always putting himself in the right place.

    DickBarton
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    I think there will be a few close to it, but more odds of a British Winter (you know – we are hoping for thick snow in December and a proper cold, dry weather (that will help reduce the number of midges next year!) – but what we actually get is wet, damp and cold with everyone complaining that their low profile summer tyres can’t get them to work due to the treacherous conditions that 0.5cm of snow creates).

    I do hope there will be many challenges and high placed finishers though as we have many great talents just now so all it might take is a wee fail by someone else and they can capitalise and get through.

    stevious
    Full Member

    High odds.

    Zoe Backstedt.

    beej
    Full Member

    Two already – as Stevious said, Zoe Backstedt and also Joshua Tarling.

    Might see something in the Junior or U23 RRs.

    Women’s elite RR, unlikely.

    Men’s elite RR… we’ve got a few cards to play but will depend on someone being in the break or a late attack and all the favourites looking at each other.

    crosshair
    Free Member

    As a gravel fan boi, I secretly want Keegan Swenson to win 🇺🇸 🤣🤣

    Will be fascinating to see him thrown into the deep end- the lad has got an insane engine, especially for longer events.

    crazy-legs
    Full Member

    Two already – as Stevious said, Zoe Backstedt and also Joshua Tarling.

    JT crashed out of the Junior Men’s RR today. 🙁
    Really hope AvV can start the Women’s RR, her crash at the start of the Mixed TT Relay was horrific.

    I had a ride around the Mt Keira circuit on Tuesday – LOADS of pros out on recce rides, all looking ridiculously smooth and fit as they cruised up the climb effortlessly faster than we were going; saw Remco Evanpoel, WvA, Emma Langley (USA), some of the NZ team and then saw AvV and Ellen van Dijk at the coffee shop a bit later on.

    beej
    Full Member

    I’d really recommend going to a Worlds if you can… Glasgow next year for example. A friend and I went to Ponferrada (2015?) and the atmosphere was amazing. So many friendly fans from all over the world. In a stroke of luck we ended up staying in the hotel being used by the Australian and US teams as well as the BBC. I think we were the only people not connected to the event and got a few strange looks.

    crazy-legs
    Full Member

    I’d really recommend going to a Worlds if you can…

    I was working on the 2019 event in Harrogate.
    The weather was absolutely atrocious which killed some of the atmosphere a bit but there were some cool areas such as the section where all the camper vans had parked up – dozens and dozens of them, it became a bit of a Eurozone.

    Was cool to see so many of the riders though. Chatting to one of the UAE women, she was amazed to see such rain, had the time of her life riding in it cos she’d never seen anything like it before!

    Heading back to Wollongong for the weekend and hoping the weather improves a bit!

    nbt
    Full Member

    oh good call, had been meaning to look into the Glasgow worlds next year, will have to check out our options.

    I see Haute Savoie has been announced for the “super worlds” in 2027, that’s a definite maybe

    steve_b77
    Free Member

    IN the senior / elite races, pretty slim.

    I also don’t think WvA will win as the Belgians will fall out with each other (too much talent) and he and Evenepoel don’t get on so they’ll invariably compete with each other like last year.

    I get the feeling it might be someone a bit leftfield in the mens RR

    stevious
    Full Member

    Junior Womens RR on now and Zoe Backstedt has over a minute on the chasers with 45k to go.

    Not even sure she needs to do that tactically, and she already has her pro contract sorted so I think she’s just doing it cos she likes to ride bikes fast. Fair play.

    crazy-legs
    Full Member

    She made it look easy.

    Just gearing up for the Elite Women now. I rode in along the start route from Helensburgh along with several thousand other cyclists. It’s absolutely heaving here!

    Saw loads of the male pros riding out to various spectator points.
    Quite breezy, could easily shred the peloton if there are any gaps. Other than that, nice weather, the early rain has blown through, roads are dry.

    theotherjonv
    Full Member

    bit grim in the rain, setting up nicely with a selection just getting made

    weeksy
    Full Member

    Lol you could see that coming! Epic pull back from G2 to get the 5 leaders back.

    Then boom!

    Klunk
    Free Member

    mugged 😀

    theotherjonv
    Full Member

    well done – but frankly that’s pretty amateur by the rest of the group. “She took the whole of the group by surprise….” bollocks, anyone with a hint of knowledge knew that was going to happen so to let her just breeze past and gain 50m just like that was just daft.

    sparksmcguff
    Full Member

    You’re looking in the wrong place. Zoe Backstedt. And it’s her birthday.

    crazy-legs
    Full Member

    but frankly that’s pretty amateur by the rest of the group. “She took the whole of the group by surprise….” bollocks, anyone with a hint of knowledge knew that was going to happen so to let her just breeze past and gain 50m just like that was just daft.

    I think most people had written her off. Elbow injury, clearly suffering on the climbs so when the group came back together, no-one was really thinking of her, everyone was watching Kopecky (probably the best sprinter within the group), Vos had been on and off the group so probably wasn’t a threat, you could almost see them all working out who was a threat, who’s wheel to go for and besides which they were all wrecked anyway, you lose a lot of mental faculty after 100 miles like that.

    And AvV just took the chance.

    Place went absolutely wild when she launched and then went up another notch when she won. Popular win, definitely.

    Also Pfeiffer Georgi got a silver in the U23 so Team GB salvaged something from the race after the great early break from Elynor Backstedt.

    stevious
    Full Member

    Interesting fact: there are severe supply chain issues in the Netherlands at the moment due to the sheer volume of storage required for the jerseys that AvV has won this year.

    crazy-legs
    Full Member

    Annemiek van Vleuten has been fined for her sock height

    What a naughty winner… 😉

    Garry_Lager
    Full Member

    How long is the race forecast to be @crazy-legs?  Deciding what time to get up and watch.

    crazy-legs
    Full Member

    How long is the race forecast to be

    Men’s race starts 10.15, finishes 16.50 local time which is 9hrs ahead of the UK so it’ll be about 01.15 – 08.50 in the UK.

    The first bit is more about the scenery (and it is stunning) but there won’t be a lot of race defining moves happening until mid way through the city centre circuits.

    Garry_Lager
    Full Member

    Cheers 👍

    stevious
    Full Member

    Just thinking about the line-up for the race, and it’s just so good. So many riders in with a shout of winning and most of them will have to do it in an exciting way. I really hope my janky wifi can cope in the morning.

    crazy-legs
    Full Member

    MvdP has pulled out.

    Up on Mt Pleasant, it’s heaving already. Kids out drawing on the road, all the residents have opened up their front lawns, brought out benches and gazebos, fired up the barbie…

    Any naysayers have just gone away for the weekend so the atmosphere is really laid back. People sharing food, clustering around TVs, playing in the road. Amazing. 🙂

    dirtyrider
    Free Member

    the MVDP news is bonkers, i thought i’d clicked on a parody news site on Twitter

    wtaf 😂

    leffeboy
    Full Member

    Yep, arrested for pushing a couple of teenagers who kept knocking on his hotel room door :(.

    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/sep/25/cycling-road-world-championships-favourite-mathieu-van-der-poel-charged-with-assault-in-sydney

    crazy-legs
    Full Member

    All beginning to blow to bits now, can see how some of the riders are suffering. It’s hot as well.

    crazy-legs
    Full Member

    Two of the Aussie riders dropped from the peloton were riding up the hill side by side just milking all the applause, high fiving, pulling wheelies and the crowd went wild cheering them on.

    The pressure in the main group is really on now, it’s shedding riders out the back and splitting the bunch all over the place.

    theotherjonv
    Full Member

    Remco’s other worldly isn’t he. End of a Vuelta winning season you’d have though a group working together couldn’t lose that much time against one man.

    13thfloormonk
    Full Member

    What a finish! A fairly stellar top ten in the end with a Brit sneaking in as well.

    Edit: good interview with Evenepoel as well, found him a lot more likeable for that

    theotherjonv
    Full Member

    I know she’s worn them before but are Orla’s socks a political statement today, will she be fined by the UCI?

    13thfloormonk
    Full Member

    Trying to avoid too many spoilers, but 4th place thought he was sprinting for 3rd, hadn’t realised how far up the road the winner was! 😖

    stevious
    Full Member

    Overall medal table:

    Zoe Backstedt would be 4th in that table

    dovebiker
    Full Member

    The TV coverage was a bit rubbish on the final lap – the motos effectively drafted the chasers up to Lutsenko and we had no TV coverage of the pelton chasing who eventually caught the chasers on the line – I’m suspecting that Wout did some monsters turns when they knew they were sprinting for second.

    Remco was imperious though – the hype about him being the next Merckx might just be true as he also won his first WC at 22.

    13thfloormonk
    Full Member

    I’m suspecting that Wout did some monsters turns when they knew they were sprinting for second.

    He didn’t know Evenepoel was so far up the road, he thought sprint was for win! Think that’s why he sort of sat up thinking he’d at least got bronze

    markgraylish
    Free Member

    @crazy-legs

    Are you over there is some sort of official capacity or just a regular punter?

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