The Toughest Race Of 2019? | The Cycling Race News Show

Published on November 5th 2018


Welcome back to the GCN Racing News Show, this week, we take a look at the route of next year’s Giro d’Italia, which already looks like it’s going to be the toughest race of 2019.  We’ve also got the European Cyclocross Championships, the Koppenbergcross, the Saitama exhibition race in Japan and the new kit for Trek Segafredo.

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Last week, the Giro d’Italia route was announced, and it is a brute.  Gaps could already emerge on the very first day of the 102nd edition of the race, in a short time trial which finishes up the steep slopes of the San Luca climb, and in fact, there’s a distinct climbing flavour to all three of the time trials - stage 9 is just under 35km’s, also in Bologna and features a 10km climb at the end, and then the final day’s 15.6km time trial in Verona features an ascent of Torricelle.  Already a lot of climbing, then, in the time trials, but they, of course, pale into insignificance when you look at the mountainous stages of next year’s race.

The European Cyclo-Cross championships were held at the weekend in Rosmalen, with the home nation dominating, Dutch riders taking home all but one of the gold medals. In fact, they had a clean sweep of the medals in the U23 and Elite women’s races, Ceylin Del Carmen Alvarado taking the Gold in the former, whilst 22-year-old Annemarie Worst was best in the Elite, getting the better of Marianne Vos.  Sanne Cant couldn’t and finished just off the podium in 4th place.

Last week was the Koppenbergcross, which is based around the infamous cobbled Koppenberg climb which is on the Tour of Flanders route each year.   There was a major surprise in the men’s event, in that Mathieu Van Der Poel *didn’t* win.  His unexplained subpar performance opened the door for Wout Van Aert, but the World Champion wasn’t able to capitalise.  Instead, it was the winner of the first two World Cup’s, Toon Aerts, who emerged victoriously.

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