The 2019 Pro Racing Season Begins + National CX Championships | The Cycling Race News Show


Coming up this week on the GCN Racing News
Show we have the Women’s Tour down Under, a big upset at the Australian National Time
Trial Championships, the People’s Choice Classic criterium, the cyclocross national
championships from across Europe, and a look at the 2019 Paris Nice route which was announced
last week.. First up, the road season kicked off proper
last week with a strong international field lining up for the Women’s Santos Tour down
Under. The 4 day event kicked off with a sprint finish
on day one, a sprint won by Letizia Paternoster, giving the Trek Segafredo women’s team their
first victory in their first professional race. The 19 year old from Italy is a 5 time world
champion on the track, and put her speed to good use in outkicking Sarah Roy to the line. The GC, though, was pretty much sealed already
on day 2. Winner of this race for the past 2 years,
Amanda Spratt, put in a dominant display up Mengler Hill, making it look easy as she took
the stage win by 39 seconds over her Mitchelton Scott teammate Lucy Kennedy, and enjoying
an even greater advantage overall courtesy of the 10 seconds bonus she picked up on the
line. Another tough stage on day three saw another
win for Mitchelton Scott, this time with Grace Brown, who attacked inside the closing kilometre
with nobody was able to follow her. Spratt, in finishing 5th, basically sealed
the deal there and then on her third straight Tour down Under victory, with only a circuit
race remaining the following day in Adelaide. There, Chloe Hosking of Ale Cipollini won
the stage ahead of Paternoster, and it was an all Australian podium overall in the GC,
with Kennedy preserving her 2nd place, and Rachel Neylan in 3rd. The men’s Tour down Under will start tomorrow,
Tuesday, but we’ve already had the traditional warm up race, the People’s Choice Classic. Caleb Ewan getting his season and his time
with Lotto Soudal off the best possible start, outsprinting Peter Sagan to the line. Unfortunately, a late crash took Elia Viviani
out of the running, but no doubt we’ll see the three of them battle it out on a stage
or two of the main race this week. Incidentally, we’ve got live coverage of
the Tour down Under, available to most of Europe, plus worldwide highlights post race,
so keep your eye on our Facebook page for all of that – it’s sure to be an exciting
race, with the likes of Richie Porte, Mike Woods, Wout Poels, Diego Ulissi, Michael Valgren
and George Bennett taking part, plus defending champ Daryl Impey, riding for Mitchelton Scott. Another man to potentially watch out for within
that team is Luke Durbo Durbridge, who managed to get the better of World Time Trial champion
Rohan Dennis at the Australian Time Trial champs early last week. Durbridge started his career as a very accomplished
time triallist but has since developed into a strong all rounder and classics rider. It’s been some time since he got the better
of Dennis in a time trial, in fact it’s been 6 years and 13 time trials to be exact,
according to our favourite cycling statistician, Cillian Kelly. Dennis’ comments after the race were interesting
– he seemed pretty happy with the ‘numbers’ he produced on the day, and basically said
he needed to figure out why he didn’t go faster for those watts, the insinuation being
that it’s something else that’s slowed him down since he’s changed from BMC to
Bahrain Merida. What could that be, exactly? Well, Oli got in touch with friend and aerodynamics
guru Dan Bigham to get his opinion. Dan firstly said that nothing should be taken
away from Durbridge, who pulled out a brilliant ride, but that he suspects the biggest differences
between Dennis’ 2018 and 2019 set up are not his frameset, but instead his helmet,
skinsuit and tyres. It really is amazing how much difference equipment
is making these days, although Bigham was confident that with a few refinements, Dennis
will be going just as fast as he was for the same power last year. Meanwhile, there was a break in international
Cyclocross over the weekend as most of the European nations held their respective national
championships. Business as usual – it’s a phrase I’ve
used far too much this season, somewhat understandably, when it comes to Mathieu Van Der Poel. He took his 5th National Dutch Cyclocross
title on Sunday in Huijbergen, 44 seconds to the good of Lars Van Der Haar. Lucinda Brand came out on top in a fiercely
competitive women’s race, ultimately coming home 10 seconds in front of Marianne Vos. Over in Belgium, it was also business as usual
for Sanne Cant, who took her 10th Elite title, in a row, only one Elite Belgian has ever
done that before her, Roland Liboton who took 10 consecutive titles in the 80’s. Causing an upset, though, was Toon Aerts,
denying world champion Wout Van Aert his 4th title, and by some margin in the end. Aerts had to close an early gap created by
Van Aert in the tricky conditions, but would not only catch his rival, but go on to win
by over a minute. It was also the 10th Elite title for Christine
Majerus in Luxembourg, the 5th for Caroline Mani in France, whilst in the UK, Nikki Brammeier
of Mudiita took her 4th. Ride of the day there, though, arguable, was
from Anna Kay. Just 19 years of age, Kay was giving Brammeier
a run for her money until an untimely mechanical some way from the pits. She would hang on for 2nd after a tussle with
Helen Wyman, but it would have been nice to have seen what she was capable of without
that issue. No such problems for Tom Pidcock of TP Racing,
who led home an all U23 Elite podium in typically flamboyant style. Back on to the road now, and ASO have recently
revealed the route for this year’s Paris Nice. The 77th edition of the race to the sun follows
a familiar format. The first three stages look set for the sprinters,
although you can never count out crosswinds or atrocious weather. Stage 4 is where the climbing starts, but
the first big GC shake up will likely happen on the 25km individual time trial on stage
5. The final two stages are where the major climbs
are found – stage 7 features a summit finish on the Col de Turini, a 15km climb that averages
over 7%. It’s a climb that’s never been used in
Paris Nice before, although it has been used three times at the Tour de France. The final day, as ever, will be a typically
hilly affair starting and finishing in Nice. Last year, this same stage was the decisive
one, Simon Yates ultimately losing out by just a couple of seconds to Movistar’s Marc
Soler. The 8 day race starts on March 10th. OK – that’s all for this week. As a reminder, we have worldwide highlights
of the Tour down Under on our Facebook page this week, as well as live coverage to most
of Europe. Also, make sure you check back in tomorrow
for the GCN Show, which is our hot or not episode. All of the 2019 Worldtour kits rated or berated
by two middle aged men with no sense of fashion. It’s an absolute must watch – I’ll see
you then. Before that though – do you train in your
lunch hour? Or, do you just……..eat your lunch? We put a few different methods to the test
in a video that you can find down here.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. The Down Under Classic was a great race! The finish was pretty much what I expected. Ewan is a pure sprinter and something of a crit specialist who was racing on roads he knows better than most of his competitors. He was just taking care of business. And for a brief moment, it looked as if Daniel Oss was going to steal the show! Props to Sagan. His form looks super promising for yet another season.

  2. Hi gcn. I’m hoping that you guys can help me, and feel that maybe you guys are my best bet. I’m looking to buy a canyon Endurace, I want to know if the sizing on the website is accurate enough?. I currently ride a trek Emonda size 52, and the sizing on the Endurace calculation suggests a XS bike. Do you guys know if this is accurate?. I assume somebody at gcn will be using a 52 trek and you guys always ride canyon bikes. Please please help if possible 🙏🏼

  3. Hi guys. Any chance you can stream the TDU over YouTube as well as Facebook? I’ve not got a FB account and I don’t want to create one to be honest

  4. Big congrats to Tom for winning the cyclocross but the uneasy pose at the finish line would not have helped British cycling look good if he had crashed. 😉 Another great show to Dan and the GCN Team behind the camera. 😎

  5. Anyone got any opinions on a Ribble Endurance sl for a sub £2000 road bike? I ride mtb but fancy a road bike for some ‘clean’ UK winter training. 2 grand budget but would prefer to buy new despite what I might pick up on eBay. Any roadies watching this have any recommendations? Cheers

  6. I personally think that the size of the UCI World Tour should be reduced to decrease costs, because if teams are interested in races outside of it they will do it even if it isn't in the World Tour.

  7. Glad Dan’s hair stylist is back from holidays. Hair was becoming decidedly spoddy, like when GCN started. Just kidding, Cool programme guys. Best for 2019!

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