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WORLDS’23 Males’s Street Race Preview: One other Rainbow for Remco?


World Males’s Street Race: The largest one-day race on the calendar, everybody needs to win a rainbow jersey! This Sunday sees the highest males within the sport battle it out on the streets of Glasgow for that distinctive victory that you may showcase for a 12 months. Right here is the PEZ ‘World Males’s Street Race’ preview:

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Remco Evenepoel has worn the rainbow jersey properly over the past 10 months – Will he get one other 12 months?

The 2023 Worlds Males’s Course
The elite males’s race begins in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital Metropolis and makes its approach to Glasgow for the finale. First it goes northwest to Stirling, the place the time trial championships will likely be held subsequent week, then through Falkirk and Denny to the Campsie Fells and the Fintry Hills for the primary climb of the day: the Crow Street (5.8km at 4%) with the primary three kilometres at nearly 6%. On the summit of Crow Street, the race can have coated almost 100 kilometres, with 23 kilometres to go the native circuit within the centre of Glasgow. The town centre lap is 14.3 kilometres, to be coated ten occasions. The circuit has 193 metres of climbing per lap. The entire climbing of the race is 3,570 metres in a distance of 271.1 kilometres.

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2023 Males’s highway race map

The riders enter the circuit on the north-westerly level within the coronary heart of Glasgow, close to Byres Street. After that there are not less than 48 proper angle corners, plus all of the extra sweeping bends. It is a technical 14 kilometre circuit. The continual braking and accelerating, earlier than and after these bends goes to hit the legs after greater than 200 kilometres. The circuit additionally isn’t flat. Every lap there are seven climbs: St Vincent Avenue/Douglas Avenue, 550 metres at 5% common, adopted by a 4 extra ramps: Gillmorehill (230m at 4.3%), College Avenue (250m at 5.9%), Nice George Avenue (325m at 7.6%) and Kelvingrove Park (400m at 6.2%).

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Metropolis

That is adopted by Scott Avenue, a brief however steep 150 metre ramp at nearly 13%, peaking above 22%. After which the ‘categorised’ climb of Montrose Avenue (160m over 13%), about 4 kilometres after Scott Avenue. From prime of Montrose Avenue it is just 1.4 kilometres to the end, 500 metres of that are down hill with 5 extra sharp corners.

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The peloton within the European championships, Glasgow 2018

The 2023 World Championship route is much like the 2018 European Championship course. There have been additionally a number of circuits 5 years in the past, together with Montrose Avenue. New is the addition of Scott Avenue, which makes the course much more troublesome than it already was. On the time, the start-finish was close to the Individuals’s Palace, southeast of this circuit, however not used this time. The beginning and end is on George Sq.. Being properly positioned will likely be decisive, particularly if the Scottish climate lives as much as its status. All these corners will likely be very sporting and the peloton received’t be capable to see the escapees.

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Sunday 6 August, World Championship highway race elite males:
Edinburgh – Glasgow (271.1 km)
Begin: (GB) 9.30am.
End: (GB) Between 3.40 pm and 4.20pm (approx).

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The climb previous Glasgow College

The Favourites
The World championship highway race is the most important one-day race of the biking season. A world championship on a Basic fashion course additionally encourages all of the completely different sorts of riders. The climbers, attackers and the sturdy sprinters all see an opportunity of success on this World’s course. Geraint Thomas received solo within the rain within the Commonwealth Video games in 2014 on a really related course and the European Championship in Glasgow in 2018 was received by Trentin from a choose group.

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Trentin received on an analogous course in 2018

Belgium has the reigning World champion, Remco Evenepoel. In his ten months as champion, he received 9 races, together with Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the Belgian Championship and the Clásica San Sebastián final Saturday. His kind is nice for a second title in a row. Evenepoel has improved his bounce and dash, as was seen within the Belgian Championship and San Sebastián, however he may additionally repeat his solo win of final 12 months in Wollongong. An assault on this circuit has the benefit that you’re shortly out of sight. On the various corners, the chasers can’t make up a lot time.

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Remco is on kind

Belgium additionally has the Wout van Aert card to play. Within the Tour de France he had nice kind, however left the race early because of the delivery of his second little one. Mentally he needs to be in temper and he has had some further days relaxation and coaching. Van Aert is sure to be in prime kind for Scotland and we all know he can win in some ways: solo, from a gaggle or in a bunch dash.

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Van Aert was strong within the Tour

Belgium additionally has a 3rd card of their hand together with Evenepoel and Van Aert: Jasper Philipsen. He had a formidable Tour, with 4 stage wins and the factors jersey. If the race comes right down to a bunch (massive remaining group) dash, he shouldn’t be crushed. Philipsen may sit again and look forward to a dash, however he likes to become involved within the race and may survive a tricky finale. The Belgian staff may be very sturdy: Tiesj Benoot, Nathan Van Hooydonck, Jasper Stuyven, Yves Lampaert, Frederik Frison and Victor Campenaerts. However this generally works in opposition to a win.

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Van der Poel was ‘pretty’ quiet within the Tour

Is Mathieu van der Poel a prime favorite? The Dutch staff chief was seen just a few occasions in breaks and labored for his teammate, Philipsen, within the Tour, which ought to convey him to prime kind. In 2018 he was second place on the European Championships on this course, however he was unable to beat Matteo Trentin. The technical route suites him properly. Van der Poel would possibly begin the race early to eliminate the quicker sprinters. He has a really sturdy dash after a tricky race, however it’s important to nonetheless be there on the finish, in contrast to in Yorkshire 2019 the place he ran out steam. Van der Poel may additionally take a novel double by successful the World championship on the highway and cyclo-cross in the identical 12 months. He’s additionally driving the mountain bike World championships subsequent week.

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Van Baarle – Sturdy and intelligent

The Netherlands additionally has different riders: Dylan van Baarle may go in an early assault. He’s a Classics-man, can deal with his bike properly and has a robust solo in his legs. Van Baarle is aware of which break to go along with and may deal with a technical course. Olav Kooij is the sprinter of the staff, however it would possibly simply be too onerous for him with the repedative climbs.

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Pogačar will likely be there

The World championships comes very near the top of the Tour de France. The yellow jersey winner, Jonas Vingegaard is resting earlier than driving la Vuelta, however his Tour rival, Tadej Pogačar will likely be in Glasgow, each within the highway race and the time trial. As winner of the Tour of Flanders, the Amstel Gold Race, the Flèche Wallonne and two onerous Tour phases, he have to be thought of among the many favourites. If he can’t escape on the technical course, he can depend on his on his dash.

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Mads Pedersen

Denmark has a really sturdy staff, with a number of selections. Mads Pedersen was sturdy within the Tour de France with a stage win in Limoges, beating Philipsen. He additionally labored onerous for teammate Giulio Ciccone, who received the KOM jersey. Pedersen was in a number of breaks within the mountains, to work on his World championships kind. The unhealthy Scottish climate will go well with Pedersen, identical to in 2019. Denmark may additionally assault early to separate the race for Kasper Asgreen. He saved the Tour for Soudal Fast-Step by successful a stage and coming second the following day. Asgreen has the shape and likes a tough race. Additionally they have Mattias Skjelmose, Magnus Cort and Søren Kragh Andersen.

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No.3 for Alaphilippe? In all probability not, however…

France took the rainbow jersey in 2020 and 2021 with Julian Alaphilippe. He hasn’t had a lot luck since then and his preparation for the World championships has not been nice, so he isn’t a prime favorite, however with ‘Loulou’ you by no means know. Christophe Laporte needs to be the person for the French staff. He was sturdy within the Spring Classics and had Tour de France. Final 12 months he was second behind Evenepoel, so the World championships are in his legs.

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Kwiatkowski

Michal Kwiatkowski stunned everybody in Ponferrada 2014 and is in his prime kind for Sunday. Within the Tour de France he received from a break on the Grand Colombier and his for has continued within the Tour of Poland. Kwiatkowski possibly ignored by many, which may play into the skilled professional.

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Bettiol for the Italians

The Outdoors Bets
Alberto Bettiol might be the person for Italian staff. Though his dash may let him down if he finishes with a gaggle. Eire has an opportunity with season revelation Ben Healy is their greatest probability. He should assault like he did within the Giro and end solo, however the climbs are not any downside to him. Sam Bennett is unlikely to be there on the end, however is he’s, would he have the power for the dash?

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Can Powless do it for the USA?

The Individuals even have choices with Neilson Powless, Matteo Jorgenson, Quinn Simmons and Magnus Sheffield. Powless may very well be one of many favourites, however other than his stint within the polka-dot jersey, his Tour didn’t dwell as much as his Spring kind. Australia can at all times depend on Michael Matthews. He has completed within the top-7 of the World championships 5 occasions, with 2nd place in Richmond and two bronze medals, 2017 and 2022. Though his current kind is questionable as he didn’t journey the Tour and didn’t end in Castilla y Léon and San Sebastián.

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Matthews is aware of how you can journey the Worlds

Nice Britain will likely be lacking Geraint Thomas and Tom Pidcock, the Yorkshireman is barely driving the mountain bike race subsequent week. Fred Wright might be their greatest rider, however he should both go in an early break or hold properly out of bother and hope he can stick with the favourites group.

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Fred Wright – The very best ‘residence’ rider

Switzerland has Marc Hirschi and Stefan Küng, each are sturdy and may’t be ignored. Küng completed third in Harrogate after a tricky race, which may very well be an analogous state of affairs in Glasgow. Hirschi was third within the 2020 World championships and lately received the Swiss championship and the Ordiziako Klasika.

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Hirschi could be unpredictable

Do the sprinters have any probability? Aside from Philipsen, Kooij and Bennett, there may even be Caleb Ewan, Kaden Groves, Fernando Gaviria, Alexander Kristoff, Bryan Coquard, Iván García and Corbin Sturdy, however the route appears to be like far to onerous for them to be on the end line with an opportunity of the win. Then there’s three-time World champion Peter Sagan. That is his final 12 months (on the highway), he received’t win, however he’ll need to do extra than simply journey spherical on the bunch.

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Peter Sagan for his fourth World championship? No

So who’re the highest Favourites?

  • Our prime decide: Wout van Aert
  • Very shut: Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel
  • Certain to be up there: Mads Pedersen, Tadej Pogačar, Jasper Philipsen
  • Doable: Kasper Asgreen, Dylan van Baarle, Christophe Laporte, Michal Kwiatkowski

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Wout, Remco, Van der Poel or Pogačar?

# There possibly modifications to the staff line-ups by the beginning of the race on Sunday. Keep PEZ for the ‘Race Report’ and all of the information in EUROTRASH Monday. #


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