Pro Cycling 2019

Discussion in 'general sports' started by beesonthewhatnow, Dec 3, 2018.

  1. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Might as well get this started, not long to go till it all starts again...


    UCI World Tour Dates 2019

    15-20 January: Santos Tour Down Under (Australia)
    27 January: Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (Australia)
    25 February-2 March: UAE Tour (United Arab Emirates)
    2 March: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Elite (Belgium)
    9 March: Strade Bianche (Italy)
    10-17 March: Paris-Nice (France)
    13-19 March: Tirreno-Adriatico (Italy)
    23 March: Milano-Sanremo (Italy)
    25-31 March: Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (Spain)
    29 March: E3 Harelbeke (Belgium)
    31 March: Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields (Belgium)
    3 April: Dwars door Vlaanderen – A travers la Flandre (Belgium)
    7 April: Ronde van Vlaanderen – Tour des Flandres (Belgium)
    8-13 April: Itzulia Basque Country (Spain)
    14 April: Paris-Roubaix (France)
    21 April: Amstel Gold Race (the Netherlands)
    24 April: La Flèche Wallonne (Belgium)
    28 April: Liège-Bastogne-Liège (Belgium)
    30 April-5 May: Tour de Romandie (Switzerland)
    1 May: Eschborn-Frankfurt (Germany)
    11 May-2 June: Giro d’Italia (Italy)
    12-18 May: Amgen Tour of California (United States)
    9-16 June: Critérium du Dauphiné (France)
    15-23 June: Tour de Suisse (Switzerland)
    6-28 July: Tour de France (France)
    3 August: Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian (Spain)
    3-9 August: Tour de Pologne (Poland)
    4 August: Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic (Great Britain)
    12-18 August: BinckBank Tour
    24 August-15 September: La Vuelta Ciclista a España (Spain)
    25 August: EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg (Germany)
    1 September: Bretagne Classic – Ouest-France (France)
    13 September: Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec (Canada)
    15 September: Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal (Canada)
    12 October: Il Lombardia (Italy)
    15-20 October: Gree – Tour of Guangxi (China)
    22-27 October: Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey (Turkey)


    :)
     
  2. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Looks like Sky are pulling their sponsorship at the end of 2019. That’s gonna cause a few ripples :eek:
     
  3. rubbershoes

    rubbershoes not the only raver in the village


    Maybe they could become the Urban75 team. I'm sure there's £15million a year spare in the server fund.
     
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  4. The Boy

    The Boy danny la rouge is probably wrong.

    There really is some dross in the world tour, isn't there.
     
  5. hash tag

    hash tag member

  6. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    I dunno, Quickstep - on the back of an incredible season - struggled.
     
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  7. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Riding a Brompton with a power meter.

    The stench around Sky is going to put off a few potential sponsors.

    They'll end up as Team Bet365 or similar with a 75% cut in the salary bill.
     
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  8. hash tag

    hash tag member

    I don't think the stench will put people off, especially the dodgier people to the East of Europe who want to by Western credibility through sport.
     
  9. twistedAM

    twistedAM Left Of The Dial

    Team Trump

    Team Royal Saudi Arabia
     
  10. twistedAM

    twistedAM Left Of The Dial

    That wouldn't get you much more than Froome, Thomas, Kwiato, Bernal, a mechanic and a transit van that Brailsford would have to drive himself.
     
  11. hash tag

    hash tag member

  12. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Probably not so far fetched tbh :D
     
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  13. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    I could see Red Bull stepping in. They have a presence around cycling of various types anyway, they’re a global brand, plus they clearly have the money available.
     
  14. sleaterkinney

    sleaterkinney Well-Known Member

    The doctor is due in front of the GMC in Feb to explain the delivery of testosterone patches to the velodrome.

    Maybe the team will fold and everyone will just ride off into the sunset.
     
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  15. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Talking of sponsors...

    McLaren have just announced that they are going to be a 50% owner of Bahrain Merida, with title sponsorship likely in 2020. They are also going to be working with Merida on bike development.

    Seems an obvious partnership really, access to the cutting edge carbon tech they have, wind tunnels etc
     
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  16. hash tag

    hash tag member

    Not to mention cash to splash
     
  17. twistedAM

    twistedAM Left Of The Dial

    So has that kid Ivan Sosa who reneged on his contract with Trek actually signed with Sky? Formal announcements were expected weeks ago but I don;t think Sky have made it official yet. Would be funny if he had to ride pro-conti again next season.
     
  18. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Riding a Brompton with a power meter.

    Sir "Dave" Brailsford will probably wash ashore at of one the Middle East owned teams who will be keen for him to repeat his alchemy.
     
  19. hash tag

    hash tag member

    Everyone going to vote for Gee tonight when nominations announced and voting opens?
     
  20. twistedAM

    twistedAM Left Of The Dial

    No.
     
  21. hash tag

    hash tag member

    I couldn't as I'm at work. Congrats to him. Nice bloke.
     
  22. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

  23. twistedAM

    twistedAM Left Of The Dial

    Just got Eurosport Player for 1p a month for the nest six months through Amazon Prime. £6.99 a month after but I'll be stopping it after the Classics. Just thought it was a good deal to share for those who have Prime.
     
  24. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Riding a Brompton with a power meter.

    Best 2019 bike AG2R:

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    Worst 2019 bike EF Pro Cycling:

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  25. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    You’ve literally got that the wrong way round.
     
  26. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    That Merckx bike looks awful. The front and rear wheels don’t match, the top tube looks like a banana, someone has sat in the seat stays, and it has rim brakes. Rubbish :p
     
  27. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Riding a Brompton with a power meter.

    Every team is on electronic groupsets this year. That must be a first.
     
  28. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Viviani wins stage 1 of the tour down under in some fashion, that was an incredible sprint.

     
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  29. garen123

    garen123 New Member

    oh God, I can't wait
     
  30. The Boy

    The Boy danny la rouge is probably wrong.

    Lefebvre doing a good job of showing why the winningest team in the peloton were apparently having trouble convincing sponsors to come in board.
     
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