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I noticed that these races are now included in the 'Coming Up' list.

Last year all the races included in the competition were World Tour events, and Kurne-Bruxelles-Kurne was not included.

KBK is currently on this years list despite not being a WT event. Is this correct ?

Will Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne be included? This is WT in 2019

Thanks

 

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Condor Andy [810 posts] 9 months ago
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We've expanded to included some of the more competitive non-WT races and dropping Frankfurt in the process. Driedaagse will be included, here is the full list:

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne
Strade Bianche
Milano-Sanremo
Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne
E3 BinckBank Classic
Gent-Wevelgem In Flanders Fields
Dwars door Vlaanderen - A travers la Flandre
Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres
Schelderprijs
Paris-Roubaix
De Brabantse Pijl - Le Fleche Brabanconne
Amstel Gold Race
La Fleche Wallonne
Liege-Bastogne-Liege

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MinardiM189 [694 posts] 9 months ago
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Thanks Andy

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Condor Andy [810 posts] 9 months ago
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Comp now open!

A reminder that the 2nd race will be Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne, which is the day after Omloop. So 2 races on the opening weekend to get things started.

The rider values were hard to balance because the sprinters and GC riders are always more epxensive. This should give more choice for the cobbled classics and I tried to lower the average value of the sprinters for the flat races and not have too many expensive guys for the Ardennes. Hopefully it works out alright.

Stage profiles will be added when decent ones exist, there are about 7 in so far.

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Dr Winston [839 posts] 9 months ago
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Yeah. Fantastic looking roster. So many great riders....let the lottery begin.

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Ubu [12 posts] 9 months ago
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Do the spring classics count towards the season purist competition?

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Sniffer [701 posts] 9 months ago
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Ubu wrote:

Do the spring classics count towards the season purist competition?

There is no Purist game, so no.

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Ubu [12 posts] 9 months ago
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Thanks

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MinardiM189 [694 posts] 9 months ago
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Safe picks for Omloop -

Van AVERMAET
GILBERT
TRENTIN
STYBAR
NAESEN
VANMARCKE
ROELANDTS
PETIT

Hopefully none of them have picked up the flu bug that is going around.

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Dr Winston [839 posts] 9 months ago
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Damn. Just seen Naesen didn’t start. Having no luck at all lately.

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Dr Winston [839 posts] 9 months ago
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MinardiM189 wrote:

Safe picks for Omloop -

Van AVERMAET
GILBERT
TRENTIN
STYBAR
NAESEN
VANMARCKE
ROELANDTS
PETIT

Hopefully none of them have picked up the flu bug that is going around.

Got those first six...

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MinardiM189 [694 posts] 9 months ago
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Dr Winston wrote:

Damn. Just seen Naesen didn’t start. Having no luck at all lately.

Where did you see that?

I haven't seen that bit of bad news anywhere.  2

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Condor Andy [810 posts] 9 months ago
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I also haven't seen that, it would be all over Twitter is that was true.

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Dr Winston [839 posts] 9 months ago
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Condor Andy wrote:

I also haven't seen that, it would be all over Twitter is that was true.

Picked it up on Zweeler. Are they mistaken?

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Condor Andy [810 posts] 9 months ago
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I've just seen his jersey (Belgian stripes on his sleeves) in a small group off the front of the peloton.

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Dr Winston [839 posts] 9 months ago
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Condor Andy wrote:

I've just seen his jersey (Belgian stripes on his sleeves) in a small group off the front of the peloton.

Good. 

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archieboy [89 posts] 9 months ago
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And so starts my favourite 2 months of the year. Cobbles, bergs and proper racing, love itlaugh

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Dr Winston [839 posts] 9 months ago
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archieboy wrote:

And so starts my favourite 2 months of the year. Cobbles, bergs and proper racing, love itlaugh

Oh aye....a bit of a lottery to pick a winner though...a lot of great riders. 

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archieboy [89 posts] 9 months ago
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Dr Winston wrote:
archieboy wrote:

And so starts my favourite 2 months of the year. Cobbles, bergs and proper racing, love itlaugh

Oh aye....a bit of a lottery to pick a winner though...a lot of great riders. 

 

That's what's so good about these races.

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Dr Winston [839 posts] 9 months ago
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archieboy wrote:
Dr Winston wrote:
archieboy wrote:

And so starts my favourite 2 months of the year. Cobbles, bergs and proper racing, love itlaugh

Oh aye....a bit of a lottery to pick a winner though...a lot of great riders. 

 

That's what's so good about these races.

Oh yes.

Just finished reading Bradley Wiggins "Icons" book....he waxes lyrical about the one day races throughout. Seems to be his favourite races as well.

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archieboy [89 posts] 9 months ago
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Kapelmurr next, that should sort them out a bit

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Condor Andy [810 posts] 9 months ago
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Well done to anyone with Stybar! I went with Gilbert and Lampaert as my QuickStep riders, whoops.

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MinardiM189 [694 posts] 9 months ago
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5 in the top10 isn't bad I suppose.

Roelandts and Petit saving themselves for tomorrow, I hope.

Vanmarcke is now on my don't pick list.

Who to bring in tomorrow?

Quickstep no longer have a pure sprinter, so I expect they will make it a very tough race.

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MinardiM189 [694 posts] 9 months ago
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My team for K-B-K

COLBRELLI
GROENEWEGEN
TRENTIN
STYBAR
NAESEN
PHILIPSEN
ROELANDTS
PETIT

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Condor Andy [810 posts] 9 months ago
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I went for a couple of sprinters too. Colbrelli is not looking good after crashing and Sky/QuickStep are obliterating the race. High winds and a little damp so probably not a sprint.

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Dr Winston [839 posts] 9 months ago
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Went for a split of sprinters and others....already one rider down.

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Dr Winston [839 posts] 9 months ago
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Dr Winston wrote:

Went for a split of sprinters and others....already one rider down.

Make that two down with Colbrelli.

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MinardiM189 [694 posts] 9 months ago
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Long way to go yet.

Last 50km are flat, Bora, Jumbo, Cofidis will all work to bring the front group back.

I find it hard to believe that Quickstep are allowed to get away with being so disruptive to the chasing group. They effectivley blocked the road and slowed down around the final corner. Lampaert even had his arms out stopping people going around his outside.

I imagine that will have been a poor race for most people.

Hopefully the transfers I didn't use will come in useful later.

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Condor Andy [810 posts] 9 months ago
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Wow, what a ride by Jungels! If anyone has more than about 120 points in this race I'll be astounded.

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Dr Winston [839 posts] 9 months ago
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Wow, what a ride by Jungels! If anyone has more than about 120 points in this race I'll be astounded.

So hard to call Andy. Looked for all the world like a sprinters stage but I just knew it would be a mix up somehow. A breakaway, a sprint and a win by a time trialist in the end....all rolled into one.

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Condor Andy [810 posts] 9 months ago
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Lol, as it turns out, ONE person got more than 120. A team of Jungels, Groenewegen, Lampaert, and Terpstra bagged 130, 2nd place had 119.

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