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Let's start the hype!

Kicks-off on Sunday with the Elite Men TT:

Men Elite individual Time Trial
The start of the time trials is situated on the North Sea beach, near the casino. During the first 1.5 km the riders will ride along the sea, followed by a passage in the centre of Knokke-Heist. After that it goes inland. The scenery of this time trial? Channels and canals with typical trees that, marked by the wind, have grown diagonally. After 5 almost straight kilometres in Dudzele and a passage in the picturesque town of Damme, it heads towards the city of art Bruges and the finish on 't Zand.
Date    Sunday 19 September
Start    Knokke-Heist | 14:30:00
Finish    Bruges | 16:55:00
Elevation    78 m
Distance    43.30 km

 

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TT: Don't care now that Roglic AND Dumoulin are not riding.

RR: Hard to see anyone getting past Remco and Wout. Maybe Magnus Cort.

 

Women's:

TT: Like the mens, I have no interest without Chloe riding

RR: Van Vleuten or Van der Breggen. Although I will be rooting for Coryn Rivera as always.

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8 minutes ago, TNT1 said:

TT: Don't care now that Roglic AND Dumoulin are not riding.

RR: Hard to see anyone getting past Remco and Wout. Maybe Magnus Cort.

 

Women's:

TT: Like the mens, I have no interest without Chloe riding

RR: Van Vleuten or Van der Breggen. Although I will be rooting for Coryn Rivera as always.

a one day race with no race radios? anything can happen.

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1 hour ago, TNT1 said:

 

RR: Hard to see anyone getting past Remco and Wout. Maybe Magnus Cort.

 

Three Amigos(MvdP, WvA, JA) will obviously be favorites. Magnus Cort is right up there with his recent form.

But like Shebeen says, these World's Championships play out to different rules, so anything can happen.

WRT the Road race. I really hope everyone keeps their bearings on straight. This course can be hella confusing, even before you have massive lactate build-up.

I'm calling it now... someone is going to put their hands up in celebration across the finish line in one of these races and then hear the bell for the final lap ringing for them....

Men Elite Road Race
After the start on the Grote Markt in Antwerp, the peloton leaves for Leuven, with a passage in Official Village Keerbergen. Arriving in Leuven, the final unfolds on the local circuit (4 hills) and the Flandrien circuit (6 hills): 1.5 x local circuit Leuven, 1 x Flandrien circuit, 4x local circuit Leuven, 1x Flandrien circuit and 2.5 x local circuit Leuven. The finish line after this tough race is on the sloping Geldenaaksevest. Start presentations at Groenplaats: 8:45

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52 minutes ago, Vetplant said:

WRT the Road race. I really hope everyone keeps their bearings on straight. This course can be hella confusing, even before you have massive lactic build-up.

It’s lactate buildup, not lactic. But that’s for another thread.

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1 hour ago, stringbean said:

On the South African side (besides Ashley) are we sending just a group again to DNF or post some PB?

most of the guys are in europe already, but I assume we won't get six slots like italy?

https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/world-championship/2021/result/startlist

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I don't think we've ever had a rider performing in big one day races. Don't think Hunter or Impey have won or placed well outside of stage races, and Maintjes coming 2nd at junior WC is probably best ever return.  A lot of that is because no one has really been a leader at these.

 

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2 minutes ago, Shebeen said:

most of the guys are in europe already, but I assume we won't get six slots like italy?

https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/world-championship/2021/result/startlist

image.png.38fb135df1aef5a21980d3dd266ecdbf.png

 

I don't think we've ever had a rider performing in big one day races. Don't think Hunter or Impey have won or placed well outside of stage races, and Maintjes coming 2nd at junior WC is probably best ever return.  A lot of that is because no one has really been a leader at these.

 

Gibbons had a stunning ride the other day.

If he can sneak into the early break, who knows, he might just hang on when the Main contenders come past and then surprise them with an attack as they out-mark each other... We can dream.

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1 hour ago, stringbean said:

On the South African side (besides Ashley) are we sending just a group again to DNF or post some PB?

I reckon the national champ is pretty strong but I might be biased. 

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2 minutes ago, NickGM said:

TT route is so flat it may as well be a track ride, should suit Ganna.

Stefan Kung just beat him on a fast and flat Euro champs TT course, so he is also one to watch out for. 

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Just now, Sid the Sloth said:

Stefan Kung just beat him on a fast and flat Euro champs TT course, so he is also one to watch out for. 

Was about to say the same. 

But the course is twice as long. Not sure who that suits, but it's hard to bet against Gana. 

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