Pro Cycling Thread 2023

It’s one of those things, much like the super tuck, it doesn’t “need” to be a UCI regulation, as it should be enough for riders to take some accountability for their own safety, but the problem is that we have young riders or amateurs copying positions without closed roads, radios in their ear, or the skill to warrant it.

If you don’t outlaw it, there will always be riders that push and push and push the boundaries to find the marginal gains.

Someone pointed out that, where he crashed, the barriers, were just starting to diverge from the bright white striping on the road. Almost looks like he followed the white lines right into the barriers. That makes sense to me, and seems like it could be fixed with road markings / warnings more easily than with rules.


Oh! You may be on to something! I would definitely pay for something that would allow me to look down but see the road ahead. These quite don’t do it. I’m assuming the angle of visibility is off and can’t be adjusted. And more aero. Maybe integrated with the helmet.

It can be a similar situation in sprints, too. Sometimes the barriers deviate from the very clear road markings when they’ve been previously parallel.

Perhaps it’s to keep the sprint straight per UCI course rules but if the sprinter has their head down or are surrounded by riders, they end up deviating by following the road markings instead of the barrier path.

We see this from the helicopter replay whereas they’re in the thick of it.

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Could they paint the shortest line on the course if riders want to keep their head down? I think they do this for some running races.

Interesting you mention this, after the World TT Champs in Scotland Geriant T was saying how the first 28 - 30km? (Not sure exactly how far but a long way), was straight and not technical, head down the whole first section using the white lines for direction and info from the car for obstacles, no looking up, which it why it was so fast.

What happened to those prism glasses for time trialists that change your vision 90 degrees - so you can look straight down and still see ahead?

The line you take depends quite a bit on the speed you’re carrying, so this may not be ideal unless there are no technical corners in the TT. Doesn’t seem hard to come up with a system to indicate barriers are going to angle inward or road furniture is coming up though.

Interesting rumor

I thought they were rumoured to join Ineos?

You’d think it’d be two small teams, not two of the biggest budgeted :man_shrugging:.

Not much in it.

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I mean, they named who would have which roles. I’d say that’s pretty significant.

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I meant the budgets / size of teams.

QS from what I understand have always struggled with budget or at least been very business savvy. Ineos or JV both the biggest budgets, ying / yang.

Not looked at the rosters lately but JV / QS makes little sense without contacts being broken. Ineos have only agreed a few contracts, but I’ve not keep myself up to date in the last two weeks.

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Imagine Jumbo sending Remco-Kuss-Vingegaard-Roglic to a GT together next year. :dizzy_face:


If TJV had a leadership problem at the Vuelta with just JV & Rog, let’s just throw Remco into the mix for GC leadership and watch the (^&)&*(&B show. Plus I can’t imagine Patrick Lefevre taking a backseat to anyone on the management front.

If this did happen, it would be the greatest gift to Pog for another tour win

Would it?

I think so given the infighting it would cause within the team.

Maybe he’d have to cover every infighting move, though.

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Great last KM of the European Road Championships road race today if you can catch the highlights.

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I’m not a fan of Lefevre as a person, but he is good for the occasional quip….