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Crossroads – Against the Wind
valverde321
Wow, huge time losses there, after what was turning out to be a pretty good race for the team. Perhaps a stage win could consolidate the race.
 
Tamijo
sutty68 wrote:
Oh dear, a definite day to forget Sad

valverde321 wrote:
Wow, huge time losses there, after what was turning out to be a pretty good race for the team. Perhaps a stage win could consolidate the race.


Ya only good thing is that it add to the realism that Jon Izagirre can't fight against that level of competitors. He exploded completely on that cat.3.
Edited by Tamijo on 10-09-2019 21:54
 
Tamijo
Itzulia Basque Country (WT) 8/4 -13/4 2019


Stage 6: Eibar – Eibar 119.7 km

i.imgur.com/Jnw2oO6.jpg


From Eibar we move northwest over the first climb at the village San Migel, reaching Markina-Xemein we turn right up to the coast at Ondarroa, then southeast passing two more minor climbs before we start the hard cat.1 Alto de Azurki. Downhill we are heading for a sprint in Elgoibar finishing the first and largest circuit and then south almost back to Eibar starting the final circuit including the two last climbs, first the very steep cat.1 Karakate and finally cat.2 Asensio and its 2nd top Karableta before its downhill with less than 7 km to the finish line.

The entire stage is run in the Basque Mountains at west side of Guipúzcoa province.

The now 44 years old Pedro Horrillo was born in Eibar, Horrillo was riding as a pro from 1998 – 2009 claiming 8 professional wins.

On 16 May 2009, during Giro d'Italia he missed a curve in the descent of the Colle San Pietro and fell 60 meters into a ravine, he was alone when the crash happened, found because his bike had clung onto the railing by the roadside. Unbelievable lucky he survived but with serious injuries, this was his last professional race day.

Horrillo with teammates Bauke Mollema , Paul Martens and Mathew Hayman


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Race




15°C and raining at the start area, with almost no wind.

George Bennett (Jumbo) opens the race, Daniel Navarro Garcia and Mikel Landa at his wheel. Landa takes the early KoM, a group of 8 riders including Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang and KoM leader Omar Fraile chasing.

Between the two first climbs Enrico Gasparotto (Dimension Data) bridge the gap to the leading group, Bennett takes the 2nd KoM.

New Zealander George Bennett (29) won Tour of California 2017, the first New Zealander to win a GC at World Tour level. This was Bennett only professional victory

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Fuglsang and Fraile never make it to the leading group and a reeled in by the favourite group at the cat.1, which is already reduced to just 26 riders.

Enrico Gasparotto first over Alto de Azurki (cat.1), soon after the original breakaway was reeled in.

On Karableta (cat.1) Ion Izagirre attacks with Michael Woods at wheel, Izagirre wins the KoM and the duo got 38” after the downhill, but so far Woods have not been willing to work at all.

Ion Izagirre best season result was 2nd behind Nairo Quintana in Tirreno – Adriatico

i.imgur.com/Vdwz3NH.jpg




Michael Woods attack and drops Ion Izagirre, but the Basque grind himself back and now its Izagirre at Woods wheel, the acceleration further increase the gap to almost a minute but the time they start the final climb.

The favourite group speed up on the last climb and they are caught with 1.5 km to the top, Simon Clarke (Education) takes the KoM.
An attack from Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) split the leading group starting the downhill we got: Valverde – Martínez – Izagirre – S. Yates – Pinot – Kelderman in front
At 11”: Martin, Cháves, Thomas, Woods, Quintana.
At 36”: Froome, Soler, Clarke, Wellens

Simon Yates strongest today, he wins the stage in front of Daniel Felipe Martínez and Wilco Kelderman, the trio have opened a 19” gap on the final kilometres, Ion Izagirre wins the sprint in the next group for 4th.

With this Simon Yates has the same time as Geraint Thomas, but Thomas keeps his GC lead with .10’s of seconds and wins Itzulia Basque Country with the smallest margin you could imagine after 6 stages and 737 hard kilometres.

This was Simon Yates first season win and the first win since he won the GC in La Vuelta last season

i.imgur.com/kliw2xR.jpg



Astana Pro Team

On stage level a fine day, but we lost the KoM, we got no stage wins and we finished way down the GC, a result below the level Astana should have in any stage race, not good enough.


Result Stage
1Simon YatesMitchelton-Scott3h18'27
2Daniel Felipe MartínezEF Education First p/b Cannondales.t.
3Wilco KeldermanTeam Sunwebs.t.
4Ion IzagirreAstana Pro Team+ 19
5Thibaut PinotGroupama - FDJs.t.
6Geraint ThomasTeam Skys.t.
7Alejandro ValverdeMovistar Teams.t.
8Esteban ChávesMitchelton-Scotts.t.
9Daniel MartinUAE Team Emiratess.t.
10Michael WoodsEF Education First p/b Cannondales.t.



Spoiler
4Ion Izagirre+ 19
30Jakob Fuglsang+ 8'06
31Pello Bilbao+ 8'06
39Omar Fraile+ 8'23
41Jan Hirt+ 8'31
63Laurens De Vreese+ 11'56


GC
1Geraint ThomasTeam Sky19h11'36
2Simon YatesMitchelton-Scotts.t.
3Thibaut PinotGroupama - FDJ+ 23
4Chris FroomeTeam Sky+ 1'22
5Esteban ChávesMitchelton-Scott+ 2'04
6Wilco KeldermanTeam Sunweb+ 2'38
7Daniel Felipe MartínezEF Education First p/b Cannondale+ 2'42
8Tim WellensLotto Soudal+ 5'01
9Daniel MartinUAE Team Emirates+ 5'31
10Nairo QuintanaMovistar Team+ 6'00



Spoiler
14Ion Izagirre+ 7'55
27Jakob Fuglsang+ 16'11
37Pello Bilbao+ 18'39
39Jan Hirt+ 19'37
44Omar Fraile+ 22'19
71Laurens De Vreese+ 33'31



Points
1Thibaut PinotGroupama - FDJ60
2Geraint ThomasTeam Sky59
3Ion IzagirreAstana Pro Team54


KoM
1George BennettTeam Jumbo-Visma24
2Simon ClarkeEF Education First p/b Cannondale22
3Omar FraileAstana Pro Team18


Team: Mitchelton - Scott

Young: Daniel Felipe Martínez (EF Education First)

Edited by Tamijo on 13-09-2019 23:23
 
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sutty68
Izagirre did well to hang on to fourth place Wink
 
Tamijo
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Rider Status Upgrade


The Story is on hold as we are getting close to 2019 real life season end, an it would be a good time to upgrade the database to reflect the actual skill’s of the riders we have seen over the last season.

From an Astana point, it means that we will get a more competitive squad on the slopes with Jacob now a top Puncher as well as a fairly good stage racer and Lopez now also a slightly stronger GC rider, and as a climber better than Jacob. But at the same time we will see Magnus move down from being a top sprinter to a more realistic semi good sprinter,

But this also means that many other riders will been adjusted so that we will see riders like Bernal, Pogačar and Carapaz amongst best GT contenders. Sagan will be slightly more human and new stars in sprinter heaven will take over like Ackermann and Ewan.

All in all I want to update about 150 riders so might take a little time but I hope it will make a more interesting story.
 
valverde321
Good luck. I do the same in my story from time to time, but mostly only the bigger names. I usually leave the younger riders like Pogacar to develop on their own too, since they'll improve for sure anyway.
 
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