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Who will won the elite men road race?
van Aert van Aert 35%[8 Votes]
van der Poel van der Poel 13%[3 Votes]
Alaphilippe Alaphilippe 4%[1 Vote]
Pidcock Pidcock 0%[0 Votes]
Pogacar Pogacar 0%[0 Votes]
Hirschi Hirschi 0%[0 Votes]
Colbrelli Colbrelli 0%[0 Votes]
Sagan Sagan 0%[0 Votes]
Danish flags all over the place Danish flags all over the place 39%[9 Votes]
Matthews Matthews 0%[0 Votes]
Almeida Almeida 0%[0 Votes]
Someone else Someone else 9%[2 Votes]
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As someone who's frequantly visited the 4 host cities, I feel it is my duty to make this year's preview.

First off, the time trials. You can find the profiles here:

For all categories we ride from Knokke-Heist (which you may know from the Tour of Belgium stage where they have the uphill sprint next to the sea) to Bruges (which you may know because you're not an ignorant moron). A few loops are added to increase the distance for the different categories.

There are no major hills on the route, we're even skipping the Tour of Belgium hill, so the major enemy will be the wind. The first 1,5K are next to the sea, but even after that there are a lot of parts through open land that could be tough on a windy day. Furthermore, the men's elite time trial will have a small cobbled section in Damme.

After all the 6 time trials are done, we get the 5 road races. Here are the profiles:

As you can see, not all races start in Antwerp. The junior races will only do a few laps in Leuven to keep the distance low. The U23 and the elite races will do the full route, starting in Antwerp before going to the local laps.

Antwerp has a history of organising the starts of races (but almost never a finish). The Ronde van Vlaanderen has started there for a few years now and there was the Tour de France start a few years ago. I'll be there on friday for the U23 races!

Leuven is mostly known for the GP Jef Scherens, but this race will be much harder. They're borrowing a few climbs from the Druivenkoers and Brabantse Pijl, so the sprinters will likely be dropped in time.

The first 50K will be just getting from Antwerp to Leuven, giving the early breakaway some time to form on the flat and wide roads. After that, there's a few local laps but they're not all the same. Just look at the profiles cause there's no reasonable way to explain it here. But yeah, 42 climbs in total, that's gonna hurt at some point.
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WVA. Ideally both. Banana

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You forgot Laporte on your poll.

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Lotte Kopecky.
FreitasPCM wrote:
Lotte Kopecky.

Definitely Belgium's best bet for the Women's Road Race.
And i think this could be a year where the Dutch are given a really tough challenge for the first time since 2016.
Van Dijk won the Euros quite easily, but on this course i'm expecting to see good strong competitoin.
Liane Lippert is coming in looking strong for Germany. Coryn Riveira is looking at her best in a few years. Longo Borghini for Italy seems like she's peaking perfectly. Also for Germany Lisa Brennauer should feature, and for Australia Grace Brown could be perfect dark horse.
Although we have to include Van Vleuten, Vollering & Vos for the Dutch.
Painful to not mention Deignan or any of the Brits but i don't see them doing well at this year. Ana Henderson maybe if she gets in a lucky move with 2nd-tier contenders.
And if the race doesn't split too much you also have to add Dideriksen, or d'Hoore to the contenders as fast finishers than can survive a few bergs and stones.

But really i think it's Germany vs Netherlands, with Belgium riding a wave of home support to challenge.

ITT is a very different equation and i really can't see the Dutch being beaten. However watch closely for Marlen Reusser who's having a career year, including the Euro ITT last week. And at the Worlds you always have to keep an eye on the Americans.
trekbmc wrote:
You forgot Laporte on your poll.

Definitely! He's one of the few sprinters that have a shot at surviving the hills. But I still think France will go all in for Alaphilippe.

FreitasPCM wrote:
Lotte Kopecky.

Could be a great combo with D'hoore if the latter can find back her form from a few years ago, but it's all been a bit less this year. But yeah, who's going to beat the Dutch? They lost the Olympic race due to stupidity, they won't let it happen again.
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Unfortunately some very sad news to start off. Chris Anker Sørensen, who was in Bruges to report the race for the Danish TV, was hit by a car and died today.
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What terrible news to start the event. I remember his win up the Terminillo in 2010, but had lost track of him since he retired. Though from what I’ve read, Sorensen seemed to be cherished by the Danish TV cycling viewers. Really sad when the good ones go so young. RIP. :/
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That's so awful and really spoils Worlds right from the start. Sad

He was a vital part of CSC when I started to get into cycling in the late 00's and found Andy and Jensie as THE guys to cheer for initially, so I always had somewhat of a personal connection to his name.
No matter how fulfilling his career and subsequent job might've been, that's way too early and way too cruel.
Holy crap, just tragic and terrible news. Loved watching CAS ride. Always going for it in the mountains whether as a domestique or attacker.
RIP Exxon Duke, David Veilleux, Double Feature, and Monster Energy
Remco lost his bidon with 25k to go Sad
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This is going to be so close between WVA and Ganna. Remco flew on the second part of the course.
Can’t believe Wout was 2nd again.
nice to see that Van Aert keeps his vice-champion run going

edit: also the poll makes me sad now Sad
Ganna simply the best, even had the time to cheer at the finish.
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Well freakin deserved Pippo!
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This is going to be closer than yesterday!
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TheManxMissile wrote:
ITT is a very different equation and i really can't see the Dutch being beaten. However watch closely for Marlen Reusser who's having a career year, including the Euro ITT last week. And at the Worlds you always have to keep an eye on the Americans.

I said the Dutch wouldn't be beaten & Reusser should be watched. And that the Americans must be treated with respect. Nailed it Cool

Sets up beautifully for the Road Race, the Dutch are going to have a massive fight to win that.
Was rooting for Reusser :/ ah well, van Dijk’s an incredible worthy winner too, what a wonderful couple of weeks she has had lately.

Should be a very fun road race on Saturday. Grin
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