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GP Kigali Discussion
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GP Kigali

Kigali – Kigali 183.0 km


Welcome to the 4th edition of GP Kigali, constantly on the calendar since 2015
Though this race is relative young we already have a rider winning it twice Danny Summerhill taking the first two editions, last season it was won by Marcus Burghardt, he will be on the start list again, aiming to also become a double winner.

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We saw a result last season where the race was won by the top cobbler, but 2nd and 4th was 2nd level cobblers with a good punch, indication that a good punch may well compensate for some lag of “technical” ability with this profile. As in most races a good acceleration may play a decisive part.

Stamina, Resistance, and the ability to keep up pace on the flat asphalt road will come into play but might be more or less important. Sprint could also play a part but it is not too likely.

We have a long list of riders with a useful balance between these ability’s, that may all be top contenders on the right day, I will run through them in an order based on my guess of what the right balance might be, but below show a list ordered after cobbles.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_cdb.png Vanspeybrouck seems to be the riders to beat, having a very fine combination of skills useful to win this race.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_itd.png Blythe is a joker for the win, top cobbler, great acceleration, supreme sprint, but a significant lag of punch to get over those many hill’s, if he can make it to the finish with enough energy to sprint he can easily win the race, but he may well struggle to get there.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_kul.png Baugnies, is one of those riders who want to see selection on those hills, amongst the better cobblers he got the best punch, top flat speed and great stamina. What he doesn’t want is a large group, he is a slow finisher.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_gnr.png Theuns is the hilly sprinter with a very good combination of skills, but he is not amongst the very best cobblers, so he needs to make up for energy lost on the stones, on the other sections.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_ssc.png David is one of the very best puncher, also with a good overall skills set, but just as Theuns he is not the very best cobbler.

Now we got five riders all lacking the punch, but also all better cobblers that Theuns and David.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_lpu.png Vanbilsen stands out with a very good stamina and he is also very fast on the flat making him top this group.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_min.png Zepuntke also with a lot of Stamina, and the best cobbler of those four.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_rpn.png Vanmarcke, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_t3a.png Burghardt and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_cdb.png Nolf very similar riders and all very good cobblers. Vanmarcke just a little stronger in some of the support skills.

Beneath those 10 mentioned in detail, there is actually a lot more strong riders able to take a good result in a race like this, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_ino.png Maes, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_t3a.png Thomas, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_yor.png Fenn, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_nbw.png Van Keirsbulck, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_min.png Albert, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_wcc.png Bush, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_rpn.png Taillefour and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_cdb.png Sinkeldam and others.

I would not be surprised to see one of those in top 5.

NameCHSaASpFRNameCHSaASpFR
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_cdb.png Vanspeybrouck82717869677671pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_rpn.png Taillefour78577055547770
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_itd.png Blythe82667673767671pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_cdb.png Sinkeldam77757468687470
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_min.png Zepuntke81697964727272pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_del.png Breen77707272737772
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_kul.png Baugnies80728073657873pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_cfe.png Gaudin77687771577469
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_lpu.png Vanbilsen80698071727874pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_ayu.png Chatarunga77677968707272
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_t3a.png Burghardt80687469657570pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_wcc.png Bolivar77667469647370
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_rpn.png Vanmarcke80667772707672pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_itd.png Kosic77667464597270
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_cdb.png Nolf80667771637472pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_itd.png Insausti77647666577073
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_ino.png Maes79677967628074pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_red.png Gaday76747473716971
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_yor.png Fenn79617569707271pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_phc.png Saber76687479817572
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_t3a.png Thomas79607578747570pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_lpu.png Joseph76667670667470
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_ssc.png David78757673707474pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_yor.png Thwaites76657476787370
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_gnr.png Theuns78747676777273pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_ino.png Okbamariam76657068727373
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_nbw.png Van Keirsbulck78717568707273pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_min.png Flaksis76657562617070
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_min.png Albert78697668637574pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_ssc.png Nepomnyachsniy76647476787466
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_wcc.png Bush78627573717473pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_min.png Lindeman76647276747369

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Ollfardh
Back to the cobbles! Not the best profile for Vanbilsen, but a good result should still be possible.
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Marcovdw
Go Zepuntke!
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tsmoha
Guess it will be Baugnies, but I'm cheering for Vanspeybrouck here. Really didn't perform too well in classics this season and that's surely a race, that should suit him better than many other contenders.
 
jandal7
Who cares about the race at the front - it's Areruya's first ever pro race in his home country <3 Hope for an African winner in Debesay Grin
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AbhishekLFC
Not a profile that suits Saber. So not expecting a lot.
 
TheManxMissile
Not mentioning Grashev in the preview, someone's never seen him ride cobbles in Africa before. Been a great stomping ground for the Bulgarian in the past, either here or in Faso, and don't be shocked to see him doing well again.
Burghardt our best bet ahead of Thomas, but G's having a top year (again) so don't count out the welshman. Plus Matthews i always think can go well in these types of races. Basically we're looking at getting around the Top5 with another one or two in the scoring positions. Like most cobbles races Pfft
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baseballlover312
OH MY FRICKING GOD HE ACTUALLY DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BananaBananaBananaBananaBanana

So this is what VSB is capable of. Destroying a group and just powering his way over the cobbles to a victory. Where has this guy been all year? When he wants to be, he's just a monster.

When he started pulling early, I thought he was crazy, but what a freaking performance. Thought for sure we were in for another Baugnies special, but luckily we he wasn't having any of that. Exactly what we wanted from him.

Funny part is that because our depth scoring is still low, this won't even help us that much, but for once, I don't care. WE WON!!! God I'm just so happy.

Thank you so much for the awesome report Tamijo!
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Not the greatest of results for Vanmarcke, specially as his great performances early in the season have dissapeared in the HC-rated races, but 9th isn't terrible either.

Really happy that Vanspeybrouck finally got that win. Probably too late for Carlsberg, but surely better than just mediocrity all around. Congrats bbl!
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Croatia14
Finally Vanspeybrouck delivers big time, dominant performance. Baugnies this time one short of being the star of the show, ,which has for a long time been Ngamoki-Cameron. A little bit sad that Debesay couldn't make significant impact on the race, that would have been lovely. Great performance also by Lahcen Saber, while riders like Vanbilsen need to step up their game soon. Awesome report!!
 
Ollfardh
Congrats on a long overdue win there! Vanbilsen once again napping at a crucial point, then wasted all his energy chasing and got overtaken in the sprint by that bunch of wheelsuckers. Not what I was hoping for.


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while riders like Vanbilsen need to step up their game soon.


Not sure if there are any cobbles left at this point Grin
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Marcovdw
Congrats Carlsberg! Thanks tamijo for the report!

Not a bad race, seventh and eight is a good result though a bit more depth would've been nice.
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AbhishekLFC
Another brilliant over-performance from Saber. Looks like him, and us, have made 5th place finishes our own this season! Not the best day for Per, but I can't really complain about this result.

Congrats on the much awaited win bbl Smile Thanks for the report!
 
jandal7
Pretty much as Croatia said - a damn shame Debesay was a no-show in such a well-suiting race for him Sad But also as he said: Ngamoiki-Cameron! Wow what a show and easily a career-best ride, gritty to get into the break and hang on to get a top 20, and along with Rowe in the top 15 giving us 3 points scorers and not an absolute blank here.
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Sykkel_Freak
Bit weaker from Breen this time, but can't really complain after his nice string of results lately and the tough opposition here. Great racing from De Bondt once again, really love what he has been doing this season.

Big congrats BBL! Smile
 
Scorchio
A mystifying no-show from WCC. Bush was no pre-race favourite, so thought a damn good chance of being in the BotD here. Instead we contributed to the early chase, only to subsequently have all our riders dropped well before the sharp-end of the race Sad.

On a more positive note, thanks to Tamijo for the reporting, and congrats to BBL on VSB's victory.
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Aquarius97
Ollfardh wrote:
Congrats on a long overdue win there! Vanbilsen once again napping at a crucial point, then wasted all his energy chasing and got overtaken in the sprint by that bunch of wheelsuckers. Not what I was hoping for.


Croatia14 wrote:
while riders like Vanbilsen need to step up their game soon.


Not sure if there are any cobbles left at this point Grin


I'm quite sure Vanmarcke has 3 cobbled races left on his season. But surely some are PTHC races, so that depend on your bands
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tsmoha
Vanspeybrouck! He actually can win a one day race Smile

Gratz, bbl and thanks for the report!
 
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