Return to Racing 2021

We have heard a lot about races NOT going off, Tour down under, San Juan, Tour of Colombia…so which ones can we expect to mark the start of the 2021 road season? I outline what you can expect for the first two months of 2021 racing. We also review rider news coming from camps and a quick preview of the cyclocross world championships AKA the Wout Van Aert and Mathieu Van Der Poel showdown.

Return to Racing 2021

We have heard a lot about races NOT going off, Tour down under, San Juan, Tour of Colombia…so which ones can we expect to mark the start of the 2021 road season? I outline what you can expect for the first two months of 2021 racing. We also review rider news coming from camps and a quick preview of the cyclocross world championships AKA the Wout Van Aert and Mathieu Van Der Poel showdown.

Colombia – Comeback country of 2021

I analyze the a few countries that underperformed in 2020 including Colombia, Spain and the Netherlands. I explain why Colombia will be the comeback country of the year in 2021 and why Spain shouldn’t have the same optimism.

Also, will Marc Hirschi see even more success in 2021 with UAE than he did in 2020? 74% say yes he will, but team Sunwebs history has precedence for why that may not be the final outcome.

Riders to watch for in 2021

In 2020 we saw riders fly beyond what we thought possible, fall flat, and break onto the scene. In this episode I breakdown the following riders and why we should keep an eye on them and what we can expect: Marc Hirschi, David Gaudu, Miguel Angel Lopez, Tom Dumoulin, Remco Evenopoel, Mark Cavendish, Arnaud Demare, Romain Bardet, Jai Hindley, Filippo Ganna, Michael Woods, Chris Froome, Elia Viviani, Egan Bernal, Tom Pidcock, Joao Almeida

Roglic retakes Red and how the Vuelta will play out, riders protest, Wout wants green

Look ahead to stage 12 and the rest of the Vuelta.

Looking back, stage 8 reminded us that we don’t need to be worried about Roglic, it was just a bad day and what it proved was that teams need a jacket tutorial, jacket training camp, like for Jai Hindely in the giro, jackets have been a disaster. Stage  8 had everyone on the limit, a true battle and we loved it, Roglic showed he is the man. Brought it to 13 seconds.  Odd tactics from Movistar made an early attack but lost it all, bit of a head scratcher.

Stage 9 we get our sprint stage and it went as planned, slow day in the peloton and the strongest sprinter Sam Bennett got the win. But then it was taken away and given to Pascal Ackermann, that’s his first vuelta win so now he just needs one in the TDF to complete the trifecta. Bennett regulated.

Stage 10 was another day for the sprinters, until it wasn’t. categorized as a flat stage just 1 cat 3 climb in the middle, but a real brutish finish for the heavy sprinters, which are who we have here, 100m vertical up the last 2km and they just couldn’t hang, neither Ackerman nor Bennet could turn in a result and Roglic took the win.

Now today stage 11 massive stage and it was a bust in terms of tactics for Jumbo Visma. They will need to make the most out of stage 12 and the TT Tuesday if they want to lock in a win for Roglic.