Olympic Road Race

by drheaton   July 23, 2012  

Only five days to go!

Start lists are up on Cycling Fever but beware, Cadel Evans has already put his participation in doubt so things may change.

I assume that points will be scored in line with one day classics, something like this from Milan San Remo?

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Information on scoring

This stage will be scored on the following criteria:

Finish line - one day race: Points awarded for the first 20 riders over the line in a one-day race.

The following points will be awarded (1st-20th): 50, 40, 30, 25, 20, 18, 16, 14, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Last man home: 10 points awarded for the last man home on a tour stage or one-day race

Breakaway bonus: 10 points to any rider in a lead breakaway group of 10 riders or less that's more than a minute ahead of the peloton at half distance

Team bonus: 5 points to every participating rider in the winning rider's team

Dave, will it work like the Worlds last year with two per nationality and team bonus points awarded for same country rather than trade team?

The Favourites seems to be Cavendish, Sagan (although he's racing on his own, no teammates), Goss (who can't win a thing) and Griepel which suggests everyone expects a sprint finish. Can anyone see a lone or small group breakaway winning? Possibly Boonen/Gilbert? Italy always seem to go well too so I expect them to be there or there abouts with Modolo/Paolini.

I think I'll be loading my team with sprinters but might take a punt on Boonen if he's fit (didn't he break some ribs in the Tour of Poland?).

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I think I will have scored a VERY high massive total of 0 points today.

I have to say, it was a boring as F**K race, everyone just left GB to it, you can't do that with only a few riders in each team. Devil

Then the broadcast dies and i've had to come off the red buttom to that Grey-Thompson woman Thinking

One thing, Canc looks in serious pain, he'll not be at the TT by the looks of it

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posted by Gkam84 [8164 posts]
28th July 2012 - 15:55

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TERatcliffe26 wrote:
anyone know where Kolobnev came? he is my only hope for points

21st Wink Wink

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posted by Gkam84 [8164 posts]
28th July 2012 - 15:56

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Damn Crying

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3506 posts]
28th July 2012 - 15:56

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HAHAHAHA, the gold goes to Vino and then second was COL "who's that" then a Norwegian, Cav was 11th...... Devil

Anyone else hearing this stuff coming through over everything else??

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posted by Gkam84 [8164 posts]
28th July 2012 - 15:59

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saved by kristoff!! my only points for the day!

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posted by adholman [77 posts]
28th July 2012 - 15:59

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TERatcliffe26 wrote:
Damn Crying

I don't know, just winding you up, He might have been 5th Thinking

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posted by Gkam84 [8164 posts]
28th July 2012 - 15:59

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Gkam84 wrote:
Alan Tullett wrote:
1. Alexandr Vinokourov (Kazajstán)
2. Rigoberto Urán (Colombia)
3. Alexander Kristoff (Rusia)

Where's that from, cause Kristoff is not Russian....lol


From Spanish website biciclismo. Their info and updates have been excellent today. I think that's their first mistake, unlike the commentators saying Greipel was 4th!! They've got the rider right in any case. Earlier on when commentator had Henao, they had Uran on their website.

posted by Alan Tullett [1293 posts]
28th July 2012 - 15:59

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Right, I'll have to love you and leave you to work out the top 20. I was supposed to be at an 80th birthday party for a relative and it kicked off at 1pm.......OPPPS Big Grin

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posted by Gkam84 [8164 posts]
28th July 2012 - 16:02

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Juegos Olímpicos línea: ¡Oro para Vinokourov! (Top 20)

Clasificación:
1. Alexandr Vinokourov (Kazajstán) 5:45:57
2. Rigoberto Urán (Colombia) m.t.
3. Alexander Kristoff (Rusia) a 8
4. Taylor Phinney (Estados Unidos) m.t.
5. Sergey Lagutin (Uzbkistán) m.t.
6. Stuart O'Grady (Australia) m.t.
7. Jurgen Roelandts (Bélgica) m.t.
8. Gregory Rast (Suiza) m.t.
9. Luca Paolini (Italia) m.t.
10. Bauer (Nueva Zelanda) m.t.
11. Lars Boom (Holanda) m.t.
12. Jakob Fuglsang (Dinamarca) m.t.
13- Rui Costa (Portugal) m.t.
14. Luis León Sánchez (España) m.t.
15. Roman Kreuziger (República Checa) m.t.
16. Sergio Luis Henao (Colombia) m.t.
17. Andriy Grivko (Ucrania) m.t.
18. Alejandro Valverde (España) m.t.
19. Philippe Gilbert (Bélgica) m.t.
20. Sylvain Chavanel (Francia) m.t.

Had 14th. Kolobnev got nothing but he was attacking before. GB should have had someone in the break, Millar maybe.

posted by Alan Tullett [1293 posts]
28th July 2012 - 16:02

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At least the TT is more predictable.

posted by Alan Tullett [1293 posts]
28th July 2012 - 16:05

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Bollocks. Seemed like too many just thinking GB would do all the work.

Spartacus not looking good.

Dodging the saccadic masking

posted by notfastenough [2607 posts]
28th July 2012 - 16:05

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Jack Bauer in 10th has given me some points Big Grin

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posted by Gkam84 [8164 posts]
28th July 2012 - 16:06

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Good race ruined by poor commentary, worse than itv4! Uran might still get gold after drugs test.

posted by yann le coz [7 posts]
28th July 2012 - 16:06

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I hope the BBC live race coverage improves for tomorrows women's road race - even the commentators had no information about who was in the breakaway or the time splits. Griepel's team take the booby prize for lazy racing.

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28th July 2012 - 16:10

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Official top 20

1 87 VINOKUROV Alexandr 4:25:50 4:47:27 5:45:57 +
2 52 URAN URAN Rigoberto 4:25:50 4:47:27 5:45:57 +
3 122 KRISTOFF Alexander 4:25:20 4:47:06 5:46:05 +
4 29 PHINNEY Taylor 4:25:20 4:47:27 5:46:05 +
5 120 LAGUTIN Sergey 4:25:50 4:47:27 5:46:05 +
6 24 O'GRADY Stuart 4:24:57 4:47:06 5:46:05 +
7 18 ROELANDTS Jurgen 4:24:57 4:47:06 5:46:05 +
8 40 RAST Gregory 4:24:57 4:47:06 5:46:05 +
9 8 PAOLINI Luca 4:24:57 4:47:06 5:46:05 +
10 82 BAUER Jack 4:24:57 4:47:06 5:46:05 +
11 31 BOOM Lars 4:24:57 4:47:06 5:46:05 +
12 96 FUGLSANG Jakob 4:24:57 4:47:06 5:46:05 +
13 43 COSTA Rui Alberto Faria 4:25:34 4:47:06 5:46:05 +
14 3 SANCHEZ GIL Luis Leon 4:25:50 4:47:27 5:46:05 +
15 85 KREUZIGER Roman 4:24:57 4:47:06 5:46:05 +
16 51 HENAO MONTOYA Sergio Luis 4:25:50 4:47:27 5:46:05 +
17 88 GRIVKO Andriy 4:24:57 4:47:06 5:46:05 +
18 4 VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro 4:25:50 4:47:27 5:46:05 +
19 17 GILBERT Philippe 4:24:57 4:46:23 5:46:05 +
20 54 CHAVANEL Sylvain 4:24:57 4:47:06 5:46:05

posted by Alan Tullett [1293 posts]
28th July 2012 - 16:11

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Gutted for Rigoberto - he learn a tactical lesson today Sad

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28th July 2012 - 16:12

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10th and 18th ! Never saw that coming..... #neverjumponthebandwagon again

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posted by Strathlubnaig [113 posts]
28th July 2012 - 16:13

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A whopping 0 points...ironic that my TT team would have scored 42!

posted by montejon [1 posts]
28th July 2012 - 16:23

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yann le coz wrote:
Good race ruined by poor commentary, worse than itv4! Uran might still get gold after drugs test.

lol agree. shame that Phinney gets no medal because of this cheater Vino. Sick

posted by arsene [185 posts]
28th July 2012 - 16:25

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Could have watched the race on Eurosport with the Harmon and Kelly......

posted by carlgrz [51 posts]
28th July 2012 - 16:32

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Strathlubnaig wrote:
10th and 18th ! Never saw that coming..... #neverjumponthebandwagon again

Oh. I saw it coming but always difficult to predict who's going to be in a split and the famous names like Gilbert and Chavanal hardly scored anything. If I'd gone all out for the split I might have got 1 or 2 more if I was lucky. If it had come down to a bunch sprint I would have lost out big time. Pity Kolobnev wasted too much energy earleir on though!

I said this in March in a discussion about Millar on cyclechat. Some of the names aren't relevant now of course.

If there is any kind of split on one of the earlier or middle ascents of Box Hill and Cav and a few of the other 'pure' sprinters are the wrong side of it we can expect quite a few teams to work hard to keep it that way. Belgium will I'm sure, they've got loads of options - maybe too many; Spain, if Freire is in the right place; Australia, with Goss and Gerrans and probably some others as well. Not sure we're going to have many allies in bringing back a split and with Wiggins concentrating on the TT, Millar, who knows, and only a couple of other riders a bunch sprint is far from assured. Hunt and Stannard couldn't bring back a split at GW nor could a 5-man Sky team at MSR. The Olympic course is nowhere near as tough as either of those two races and that is our ace in the hole, but there will be a lot of effort put in by some big countries to get rid of Cav; 'blocking' tactics, which I think may have been employed at the descent during GW or high-tempo riding to get rid of Cav rather than to stop attacks and then there's always the possibility of crashes, badly timed punctures etc. It's going to be an interesting tactical race with a lot more difficulties for Brailsford than Copenhagen. I'd probably say 70% bunch sprint; 25% split in the peloton and 5% mediumish break succeeds.
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posted by Alan Tullett [1293 posts]
28th July 2012 - 16:34

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Coverage was crap . Shame Cav didn't get a chance to sprint .
We were well a truly hung out to dry

Andy

posted by Bikenut63 [3 posts]
28th July 2012 - 16:35

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A Moroccan guy was last man home

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3506 posts]
28th July 2012 - 18:01

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0 points but still 1177th on stage, says a lot, as does the fact that the top stage score was 88!

In the end I'll take back what I said about having no race radios not affecting the race. If GB had had radio they'd have known who was in the break (Cancellara, Vino, Chavanel, Gilbert, Sanchez and Valverde) and would have been told by Sutton/Brailsford to bring it back together straight away rather than giving them a minute. Likewise Millar could have been ordered over the radio to get in the break.

Did it benefit the race? No, not in my opinion, it robbed us of the spectacle of a sprint finish down the Mall and I feel pretty disappointed with how the race turned out.

posted by drheaton [3350 posts]
28th July 2012 - 18:14

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4 and 10 (36 points) for me. Was beginining to thing nil point but scrapped some there. Who was the last man home by the way

Oops, bump that to 48 - didn't see polini at 9 there

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posted by giff77 [963 posts]
28th July 2012 - 18:28

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Disapointed Cav didnt win but glad as well that Vino won. Makes a nice change rather than the usual suspects.

Now for the tt.

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posted by stumps [2437 posts]
28th July 2012 - 19:09

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Vino was an odd winner, he's an ex-(probably)-doper who divides opinion. It's similar to if Millar had won, or Valverde. He was a deserving winner though (assuming he's clean) given how well he read the race not only to get into the right break at the right time but to make the winning move alongside Uran.

posted by drheaton [3350 posts]
28th July 2012 - 19:34

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1 point? Really? never saw that coming! thought I was being clever with my team, then again I thought that during the Tour too, Voeckler started winning stages as soon as I transferred him out!

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posted by andybnk [86 posts]
28th July 2012 - 20:12

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Yay, 0 points.

posted by Aapje [147 posts]
28th July 2012 - 21:00

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Go Lizzie go LizzieGo Lizzie go Lizzie Go Lizzie go LizzieGo Lizzie go Lizzie Big Grin

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29th July 2012 - 15:05

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