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Tour d'Andorra Discussion
Kentaurus
The small country of Andorra continues its legacy in the Man-Game season with one of the most difficult tours a cyclist can face. 5 days of Pyrenees climbing in late spring, as the skiing has finally ended.

There won't be any days off, climbing won't begin in earnest until about 100 kilometers into stage one, but after that the riders will be going either up or down the entire rest of the race. After the opening flat-ish start to stage one, two climbs await, a category one for everyone to shake off any remaining rust in the legs, followed by the HC climb to the finish.

Stage two will be the easiest day for the riders, but no means fun, an early category one will quickly remove those who don't want to climb, the penultimate climb also a category one will surely trim down the bunch to only those with the best legs, and then a short but exciting category two should provide maybe the most attacking action in this race before a quick descent to the finish.

The climb out of Andorra la Vella on stage 3 will immediately ruin some plans as the HC climb is one of the biggest beasts a rider can face. A pair of fairly easy category one climbs should reduce the numbers going into the climb to Vallter 2000 and a finish in Spain.

We return to Andorra for the time-trial event, which is still a climb, just without the help of your team. Coll d'Ordino will provide the test as cyclists must make the 15.3 km ride up the mountain.

Finally we reach stage five, and a reprieve again for the riders as there are no HC climbs on the day, just four brutal category one climbs, with a very steep finishing climb that will certainly see riders cross one by one and look to see the rewards of their suffering over the past days.

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Climbing will be the focus of every rider in the peloton, some resistance to handle the sustained amount of climbing will help as well and functional ability to downhill could prove decisive.
RiderMORSDHRiderMORSDH
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.png Uran828162pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/ubs.png Schelling807672
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cad.png Martin817762pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kul.png Penasa807264
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/isa.png Berhane817471pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eur.png Suaza797563
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/phi.png Marquez807864pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/esc.png Medvedev787775
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Seboka807084pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Machado816958
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bgc.png Roglic807671pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/isa.png Ji806969
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kul.png Abal807672pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/eur.png De la Cruz787673
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/zal.png Intxausti817763pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/emo.png Carapaz807661


pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/min.png Rigoberto Uran should be the top favorite for this race, he should be considered the best climber of the group and has exceptional resistance which may make enough difference for him to separate a nice lead over the rest of the field during these five days.

Behind him we see a pair riders pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/cad.png Dan Martin and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/isa.png Natnael Berhane as the two I have most likely to join Uran on the podium, both carry top notch climbing skills, but then vary a little with Martin favoring resistance and acceleration while Berhane may be able to make up some ground in descents.

Just turning 32 on the eve of the race, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/phi.png Florentino Marquez will be another name to watch, I didn't highlight acceleration as a key component but he leads the field by a good margin and may be able to pair that with his good climbing and resistance into a very solid performance.

Another unique name to watch will be pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/and.png Matala Seboka, the Lesotho product riding for the local Andorran team is easily the best descender in the group and possibly can cause real damage on some of the downhill terrain while not giving away anything going uphill.

The last of my top favorites, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/bgc.png Primoz Roglic and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2019/Micros/kul.png David Abal both come with elite climbing, good resistance and a solid ability to downhill. If needed Roglic does pack some punchy attributes as well which may be something to watch for on stage two and perhaps even stage five.

The list doesn't end there as several other riders are certainly capable of finding their way into the top 10, perhaps even top 5 of this race. And while time-trial is a component to the race, riding against the clock on a climb is vastly different to riding on flat roads and is likely to have a negligible effect on the outcome of the race.

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Edited by Kentaurus on 28-03-2020 18:45
 
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Tamijo
Thanks for the preview. Martin, don’t let me down we want to score in this race.
 
quadsas
Will be a fun race for everyone except Benat cause he has to perform or its Gulag time
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Marcovdw
Surprised by the lack of top climbers, but all the better for us. Go Uran!
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Yellow Jersey
Here we go, Andorra! Team FULL of pure climbers, Machado (not in the preview) here to net some more good points, Pantano and Seboka in their perfect terrain, breakaways and KOM are a possible goal but we aim high here
 
Bjartne
Looking forward to an exiting race. Breakaway win is our top goal here Smile
 
AbhishekLFC
Really really really need Marquez to live up to that 4th place in the favourites' list.

Also, this is a C1 race, so how are PT riders in the favourites' list table? The picture looks fine though.
 
Tamijo
Look like a copy paste error in the 2nd row.
 
fintas
Win Goal in this race. The goal had been chosen according to Gesink, but with his departure Roglic will have that responsibility. It will be unlikely to happen but it is possible.
Still, less than a top5 will be a real disaster.
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Kentaurus
Tamijo wrote:
Look like a copy paste error in the 2nd row.


Oops got that fixed now, the attribute were correct, just didn't move the names/teams overs.
 
DaveTwoBob
Thanks for the preview Kent, didn't feature my man Nerz rightly as he has been a bit disappointing so far but thats about to change isn't it Dominik!

Or we could be hoping for KOM & Breakaways Smile
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Kentaurus
DaveTwoBob wrote:
Thanks for the preview Kent, didn't feature my man Nerz rightly as he has been a bit disappointing so far but thats about to change isn't it Dominik!

Or we could be hoping for KOM & Breakaways Smile


Nerz was either the first or second rider just off the list, a top 10 is certainly not out of reach for him. There were another 5-10 riders who aren't much different from the 2nd column of riders who easily could jump them.
 
DaveTwoBob
Kentaurus wrote:
DaveTwoBob wrote:
Thanks for the preview Kent, didn't feature my man Nerz rightly as he has been a bit disappointing so far but thats about to change isn't it Dominik!

Or we could be hoping for KOM & Breakaways Smile


Nerz was either the first or second rider just off the list, a top 10 is certainly not out of reach for him. There were another 5-10 riders who aren't much different from the 2nd column of riders who easily could jump them.

Fingers crossed, a top 10 would be fantastic Smile
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valverde321
Hope Costagli can surprise here and pick up a decent result. Hasn't been great so far this year, but maybe this is his turn around.
 
cunego59
DaveTwoBob wrote:
Thanks for the preview Kent, didn't feature my man Nerz rightly as he has been a bit disappointing so far but thats about to change isn't it Dominik!

Or we could be hoping for KOM & Breakaways Smile

Hell yeah, let's go Dominik Grin
 
Bjartne
De La Cruz 9th is decent. Not too far from the top either. Just hang on there buddy!
 
Tamijo
Everything as we would like it to be.
Not to much fireworks at day one, but that is ok.

Thanks for a great report.
 
Marcovdw
Uran in yellow, let's keep it until the end!
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AbhishekLFC
Bardet and Marquez finally doing what i hoped they'd be doing more of. 5th place is a good result for Marquez and with Bardet up there as well.

Thanks for the report. Congrats Marco Smile
 
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