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Welcome back again to the GCN Racing Information Show – this 7 days we have got the Giro dell’Emilia and the GP Beghelli, the sprinters have their showdown in the Munsterland Giro, but never have it their possess way in a revised Paris Tours.

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Paris Tours – a single of the oldest classics in biking. It started in 1896, and all through its record, it has persistently re-invented alone. This yr, that was in the type of gravel streets, nine sectors of the rough things by vineyards – organisers ASO plainly leaping on the bandwagon, hoping to emulate the level of popularity of Strade Bianche, a race which has turn out to be a single of the season’s key points of interest, irrespective of remaining just twelve editions younger.

It undoubtedly changed the race – Paris Tours has, in the last several a long time, been a race where sprinters have experienced their chance, where the question of breakaway or bunch typically hung in the stability until finally the ultimate metres of the race. This yr, the sprinters experienced no chance, the peloton was decimated with groups littering the road with even now 50km’s remaining. Creating the most of the ailments was Soren Kragh Andersen – the Dane soloing to victory. A consummate screen of talent and toughness, but he experienced also taken edge of a spat amongst Niki Terpstra and Benoit Cosnefroy.

One particular race that has remained true to its roots, albeit a much youthful celebration, is the Munsterland Giro. This year’s celebration concluded with a vastly lowered sprint just after crosswinds observed some key splits in the peloton. Upsetting the favourites was Max Walscheid of Crew Sunweb – a Large earn in much more means than a single – he got the greater of John Degenkolb and Nils Politt on an all-German podium.

Down in Italy, racing resumed on Saturday with the Giro dell’Emilia – a climbers basic which finishes the fifth time up the brutal San Luca climb, 2km’s extensive with an regular gradient of about 10%. Alessandro De Marchi invested a good volume of those ultimate laps out front on his possess, a move which appeared futile but which ultimately compensated off – the Italian held of Rigoberto Uran and teammate Dylan Teuns to consider the initially a single day earn of his career.

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  1. Everyone seems to be forgetting that when Paris Tours started in the 1890's there was NO tarseal – it was either gravel or cobbles, on steel bikes with no gears and solid tires. You could say it is returning to its roots and the Prima Donnas on Quickstep should Harden the F**k Up!

  2. At 1:18 in that's some professional bike handling skills there… Bring the right equipment and gravel can done easily. Winners in dirty kanza are getting no flats, over significantly worse conditions. 100 psi tubular tires aren't going to hack it you knew it but pressed your luck and got burned. Don't blame the course on an inability to adapt at all. Quickstep floors is being drama queens.

  3. I like it! However, at this point in the season we have a lot mentally fatigued riders. Racing on gravel requires much concentration. At this point in the year, team directors are beginning to focus on next season. Nobody wants to see riders seriously injured, and especially so at the end of an all too long year.

  4. strade bianche was a favourite with many people earlier this year. Calling for many fans asking why isn’t it a monument. Paris tours was just as entertaining, minus a few big names. I for one liked it. Just needed it to rain

  5. A lot of fun for the public, less for the riders. Whatever, riders have become showmen and with the generalization of the levels, I prefer to see some incertitude than a massive sprint where we all know the winner. A bit chance is better for the others.
    In my opinion, a BIT of gravel is the future of cycling like it was his past. Road cycling should not become a course of sprinters, even if that is what we see on mountainous stage, otherwise i go see a crit

  6. Road bikes are designed and built for tarred roads. Aren't the competitors profession road races? Why stop at gravel sections, why not go full offroad. The only reason for the high viewership is people wanting to see the carnage.

  7. Should we start comparing the death rates for professional cyclists with other elite athletes. Given the evidence that the stress on the heart is a risk factor for elite athletes surly the recent deaths must be a concern.

  8. It was far more entertaining than waiting for a bunch finish, which was the whole point, and if the teams had prepared, possibly tubeless tyres rather than tubs, then less punctures. Not as harsh as Paris Roubaix in terms of the parcours but enough of a challenge to require bike handling skills, line choice as well as the strength to win.

  9. Gravel racing is growing rapidly. If you want to grow your fan base, having pro events featuring gravel sections is a good way to attract viewers, which in turn attracts sponsors.
    Some will like it, others will not, but keeping up with industry trends, especially trends being driven by consumers is key. Disc brakes on road, Di2, 1x drive trains, hydraulic braking and shifting etc.

  10. As a Sydney-sider, I can't believe the World Championships have gone to the most backwards state by far, when it comes to cycling. Here in NSW, you cope a $150 fine for not having a bell on your bike!

  11. How many Kim’s of gravel/dirt did they race in the original days of the TDF and other races? This years edition of Paris Tours much more interesting than 200 km of HO hum just to finish in a bunch sprint! Kudos to ASO for changing it up!

  12. The thought that gravel roads are new to bicycle races is laughable. They may have been absent from road races for a good while, but perhaps that's what pro cycling has been missing. The key to solving le Tour puzzle was discovered well over 30 years ago. Be someone who can time-trial and climb. I loved watching those type of riders struggle at the Roubaix stage of this year's TdF. If the grand tours had more of this type of riding, it would invite a load more of possible overall winners, making the sport more competitive and therefore more interesting. Besides that, if Paris-Tours is a "classic" it ought to have the feel of a classic à la de Ronde or Roubaix.

  13. Paris-Tours was fun to watch. If they really want extreme, they need to lay down a fresh load of new, deep, loose gravel on those roads they way they do in Iowa. Now that would be extreme!.

  14. I may sound like a grumpy old man, but please do not mess with road racing ! First they add disc brakes, then they add gravel…next thing you know there will be sections of single track as the bikes, riders and routes morph into mountain biking. Leave the bikes, the riders and courses alone !

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