Saturday, September 23, 2017

Bergen 2017, Elite Women's Road Race: Celebration

Normally, I go for the victory salute as the winner cross the line, but for Chantal Blaak (Netherlands) I thought I might try something different.  That, and the camera angle didn't make for a very interesting image as she road alone across the line to claim the title of UCI Road World Champion!  As she celebrated first with her coach and then her teammates that helped make it happen, there were photographers there to catch every moment.  The race official (in the orange vest) is keeping an eye out for the sprinting peloton as they vie for the rest of the podium places.  It was a great ending for Blaak who had gone down in the crash that ended Megan Garnier's day and ruined the hopes for many others.

Chapeau!

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Bergen 2017, Elite Women's Road Race: Tearing Up the Final K's

With her teammates covering any moves to try and chase her down, Chantal Blaak (Netherlands) was tearing around the final kilometers of the course in Bergen.  Team Netherlands had set up the finale perfectly, with three of seven in the group off the front, they could use their numbers to set up a win for their country.  Behind Blaak her teammates, Anna Van Der Breggan and Annemiek Van Vleutin had a silver and gold medal between them, so they could help their teammate get a gold medal for themselves.  If they played it just right, the team could sweep the medals down by the harbor.  They didn't but they did put three riders in the top ten.

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Bergen 2017, Elite Women's Road Race: Strength in Numbers

The Dutch were in the final break of the day, and they were there in numbers.  The ladies in orange were three out of the seven off the front of the peloton, now 28 seconds behind.  Included in the break were the top three finishers in the Elite Women's Individual Time Trial.  Leading was the silver medal, Anna Van Der Breggen (Netherlands) on her wheel, the bronze, Katrin Garfoot (Australia) and behind Kataryna Niewiadoma (Poland) followed by the gold, Annemiek Van Vleutin (Netherlands).  Bringing up the rear (that you can see) is the French woman, Audrey Cordon Ragot.  With just eight kilometers left to race, it was a sure bet that the winner would be coming from this group.  Side note, there are two more you can't see.

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Bergen 2017, Elite Women's Road Race: Driving It All Day

While one of Team USA's contenders, Megan Garnier, crashed out about half way through the race, the team was still on the front driving the pace and chasing breaks all day long.  Most of the work was being done by Lauren Stephens in hopes that the American sprinter, Coryn Rivera would be able to outsprint the peloton at the end.  The other active teams in the peloton were Great Britain, the Netherlands, and Australia, all visible just behind Stephens, waiting to chase anything that moves.

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Bergen 2017, Elite Women's Road Race: Forming a New Group

The Dutch women clearly came to Bergen to race (and win).  They were either starting every break away, or chasing one down.  After the first trio of escapees were caught another formed, just to be sure, Jannee Ensing (Netherlands) went with on the attack picking up Hanna Nilsson (Sweden) along the way.  Nilsson had been trying to get to the group ahead for about 10 kilometers and was quite happy to jump onto Ensing's wheel.  Another who had grabbed the Dutch rider's wheel was former World Champion, Pauline Ferrand Prevot (France).  As this group was joing those ahead, it was beginning to look like the peloton might be out of the running today.

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Bergen 2017, Elite Women's Road Race: A Tenacious Trio

With 54 kilometers left to race, it was time for some to start the agression.  This threesome would end up representing the three most aggressive teams out on course today.  Leading the trio was Hannah Barnes (Great Britain), Amy Pieters (Netherlands) who had started this move, and Rachel Neylan (Australia).  They were proving difficult to pull back into the peloton as they headed towards the re-named Salmon Hill.  Just in case there was any doubt who was organizing these World Championships, the UCI had banners all along the road way as a visual reminder.  Whoever wins the race will pull on a white jersey with the same rainbow stripes of blue, red, black, yellow and green.

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Bergen 2017, Elite Women's Road Race: What's the Problem?

Hayley Simmonds (Great Britain) had dropped back to her team car to have a bit of a coversation about how to approach the course.  However, it was her mechanic who just about climbed out of the window to go over the problem she was having.  I never saw him trying to make any adjustments, but I quess the race referee was okay with her getting a bit of a push anyway.

If you know what this was about, I would love to know too.

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Bergen 2017, Elite Women's Road Race: Going First

I was describing the women's race to my wife and said, "They are racing smart.  But then they are women, how else would they race?"  The first lap was raced at a relatively slow pace as the women sized up what it would take to survive the day and finish strong.  As the second lap got to the lumpy part of the course it was Sara Penton (Sweden) who was the first to attack the peloton.  She may have been expecting others to join her, but it would take a huge effort to stay away for all seven laps.

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Bergen 2017, U23 Men's Road Race: The Freshest Legs

It may have just come down to who had the freshest legs of this pair.  Lennard Kamna (Germany) had gone on the first of the bigger lumps on the final lap and had just completed the Veulta a Espana for Team Sunweb.  Benoit Cosnefroy (France) had let his teammate chase on the climbs and then attacked on the final descent of Salmon Hill.  Both had the power to hold off the closing peloton, reaching the line just a few seconds ahead of those behind.  But it was Cosnefroy who let the pair for the final kilometer and Kamna just didn't have enough to jump out a sprint for the win.  Cosnefroy takes the Gold and the Rainbow Jersey with Kamna having to be satisfied with Silver.  Both can be proud of pulling off the upset by winning in a break away.

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Bergen 2017, U23 Men's Road Race: Did I Do It Alone?

The peloton seemed unwilling or unable to go catch the lone figure of Lennard Kamna (Germany) so it was another rider for the French team, Benoit Cosnefroy, who jumped free on the descent of Salmon Hill.  Cosnefroy is looking back over his shoulder to make sure he doesn't have anyone else on his wheel.  He had put in a huge effort to carch the German, and he didn't want anyone taking a free ride in his slipstream.  Speaking of slipstream, the camera moto got in Cosnefroy's way on the descent, not realizing just how fast the Frenchman was gaining of the lone leader.  You can see that while Cosnefroy is looking back, Kamna is peeking under his arm to see who has managed to chase him down.  Now, can they work together to keep the rest of the peloton from catching them?

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Bergen 2017, U23 Men's Road Race: Tough to Catch

With the Italian Edoardo Affini pulled back into the peloton it was Lennard Kamna (Germany) who was the next to put in an attack.  He waited until the final ascent of the Salmon Hill climb to get off of the front.  Kamna had just finished the Veulta a Espana riding for Team Sunweb, so he may have the stronger legs than those chasing behind.  Trying to bridge up to the fleeing German are Valentin Madouas (France), Mauricio Moreira (Uruguay) and Daniel Martinez (Colombia).  Moreira is the only rider in this peloton riding for Uruguay, so he has done very well to be at the business end of the race with just 12 kilometers to the line.

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Bergen 2017, U23 Men's Road Race: Attacking the Bell Lap

With one final trip through the streets of Bergen for these under 23 year old men, it was time to try and make an attack stick.  The Italian, Edoardo Affini, was the first to give it ago.  He managed to catch a couple of city buses cross the same bridge as the course (clearly driving on the other side of the barrier) to use as a bit of a slipstream as he got away.  Behind, the peloton was spending a few precious seconds trying to decided if they should attack as one or go one by one.  Unfortunately for Affini, the buses would continue straight shortly whereas he and his pursuers would be going down the ramp to the right.

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Bergen 2017, U23 Men's Road Race: Time to Pull Them Back

With just four laps left to race, the Spanish team decided it was time to chase down the remnants of the early break.  They wanted to set it up for a bunch sprint for the finale in hopes that their sprinter, Ivan Garcia, would be able to take out the win for Espana.  Garcia had just missed on the stage of this year's Vuelta in to his hope town of Gijon, I am sure he would love to redeem that effort with a win today.

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Bergen 2017, U23 Men's Road Race: Getting Across

The silver medalist American from the U23 ITT used his talents to ride across to the swelling early break away.  The USA Cycling team was using some strong tactics by putting Brandon McNulty into the break.  Either the break would succeed and he would be there for a chance to take the gold. Or the more likely scenario would be that the break would be chased down but his teammates would have the right not to ride on the front to bring the break back.  That way they would have fresher legs to go for the race victory.  Unfortunately, all of the Americans faded towards the end of the race, none coming in with the peloton at the end of the day.

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Bergen 2017, U23 Men's Road Race: In Search of the Others

This trio lead by Joseph Areruya (Rowanda) and included Vitaliy Novakovskyi (Ukraine) and Saymon Musie Mehari (Eritrea) were off the front of the peloton search for the two groups up the road.  They were building a lead and trying to tell the two just up in front to wait for them.  Ultimately these three, the pair just ahead and the leading quintet all joined into a strong break that would be frustrating the chasing peloton for quite a few kilometers to come.

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Bergen 2017, U23 Road Race, Wet & Hydrated

Today marked the end of the time trials and the first day of road racing.  It also marked the end of summer and the start of the cold, wet, dreary days of autumn.  While there as been some intermittant showers this week, today was the first day of sustained rain combined with temperatures in the mid 50's.  Awet Hastom Tekle (Eritrea) was making sure he had enough fluids in him, and with his rain coat he was also trying to keep the fluids off of himself as well.  Tekle was in the early break of the day along with Atsushi Oka (Japan), Gustav Hoog (Sweden) and Vasili Strokau (Belarus).  The quintet build up about a two minute lead on the peloton in the early going, but the fireworks were about to start behind, even though there was still another 168 kilometers to race.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Bergen 2017, Elite Men's ITT: Almost

Almost to the top.  Almost finished the day.  Almost finished with today's racing.  Almost finished with the season.  Almost missing the podium.  Chris Froome (Great Britain) was chasing the rainbow jersey all aroung Bergen today.  He was not posting the best times at any of the check points (and with Tom Dumoulin behind him, they would have stood for long anyway), and he didn't at the summit of Mount Floyen either.  Froome just edged out his trade teammate, Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) to take the Bronze Medal.  Not what the was hoping for, but I think that having won both the Tour de France (for the 4th time) and the Vuelta a Espana (for the 1st) already this season, I think he can call it a successful season.  He does have one more race on Sunday, the Elite Men's Road Race.  That should be quite the show.

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Bergen 2017, Elite Men's ITT: With Some Time in Hand

The Slovenian, Primoz Roglic, had done a flawless bike change and hit the climb of Mount Floyen with some speed.  As he neared the summit through the tunnel of noise provided by the Norwegian fans, he had time to spare in his quest for the gold medal (and the rainbow jersey).  He set a definitive new best time, that in the end was enough for the silver medal.  Not a bad result for someone who had not enter the converstation prior to this day of racing.  But it is in the legs on the day where the race is one, or lost.

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Bergen 2017, Elite Men's ITT: Looking Solid

The winner of this year's Giro d'Italia, Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) went into today as the pre race favorite.  Dumoulin is both excellent against the clock and a strong climber, so today's course should suit him very well.  On what can only be described as the flatter section of the course he was posting new best times, more important, he had started after his main competitor, Chris Froome (Great Britian).  Dumoulin was able to carry his advantage up the Mount Floyen climb, taking the win by almost a minute.  He will be wearing the rainbow jersey every time he races an individual time trial for the next year.  When asked if he would have a big celebration tonight, he said, "I have to focus on the road race now."  Apparently, he wants to only wear the rainbow stripes whenever he races.

For those of you counting, that means that the Dutch have won both the Elite Men's and the Elite Women's ITT.

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Bergen 2017, Elite Men's ITT: 300 Meters

Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) was looking like he was going to repeat his rainbow jersey from Richmond 2015 as he neared the top of the climb.  The normally stoic face of the strong man from Team Sky was twisted in pain as he crossed the line, just a fraction of a second off of the gold medal.  I am sure his ride gave his trade teammate, Chris Froome, a little more information on how to ride this very particular time trial (assuming he had access to the details of the ride).

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Bergen 2017, Elite Men's ITT: Gaining an Advantage

Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands) was another of riders who opted to swap bikes at the base of the climb.  Initially, it put him further behind the current best time at the summit, but as he climbed, he gained time on the race leader.  By the time he reached the line in front of the hill top cafe, he was the new man in the hot seat.  The question remains, will it be enough for Kelderman with some of the biggest names in the sport yet to face Mount Floyen?

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Bergen 2017, Elite Men's ITT: On to Mount Floyen

Not all of my paintings are winners, then neither or all of the men that started the time trial either.  Andrey Grivko (Ukraine) was another who decided against changing bikes.  He is just hiting the first of the cobbled switchbacks at the base of Mount Floyen on what is proving to be a very difficult ascent to the top.  Many used the funicular to get to the top, and then tumble back down the road way, in hopes of seeing their favorite riders on the way up.  Grivko was another who posted great times on the "flat" section, stayed on his TT bike, and who faded on the climb.

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Bergen 2017, Elite Men's ITT: Cheering Their Man

It looked like the entire country of Norway had spilled onto the slopes of Mount Floyen to give their full throttle support to the elite men of the pro peloton.  To be fair, they were very enthusiatic to every single person struggling up the hill, but they really let lose when Andreas Vangstad (Norway) one of their own rode past.  Vangstad was not one of those to figure in the medals (although he did post some great times on the flatter sections of the course), but that did nothing to dampen the patriotic ferver on the roadside.

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Bergen 2017, Elite Men's ITT: No Change

So one of the big debates of the men's time trial was whether or not to change bikes before hitting the Mount Floyen climb.  On one hand, it is easier and arguably quicker to ride up the sharp switchbacks and steep roads on a convention road bike, or the other hand, it seems to cost the riders about ten seconds to make the switch.  And a bit longer to get back up to speed.  Lasse Norman Hansen (Denmark) was one of those who opted not to change.  The first rider to stay on his TT bike was one of the early leaders on the day.  Hansen was not that rider.

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Bergen 2017, Elite Men's ITT: Quick Change

Alexey Lutsenko (Kazakhstan) was the first out on the most unusual of UCI Road World time trial courses.  Like the women's race, it feature techincal sections, cobble stones and climbs, but what differ for the men was the last three kilometers were up the steeps climb yet, the Mount Floyen.  The course took them over much of the same roads we have seen thus far before a turn onto the big climb.  The riders were given the choice of swapping out the TT bikes for a climbing road bike, if they did it on a specific area of a red carpet.  Lutsenko was the first to face the decision, and the first to take it.  It must be said that his was not the smoothest bike swap I saw today.

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Bergen 2017, Elite Women's ITT: Looking for the Podium

Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) has had a very strong track record over the years in this event.  She won in Richmond, Virginia (my home town) in 2015.  She has also had three bronzes and two silvers as well.  Today as she drove into the final bends by the harbor, she was looking to get onto the podium once again.  Her times already showed that she would not repeat her ride in Richmond, but this time she wasn't going to find the podium at the end of her ride.

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

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Bergen 2017, Elite Women's ITT: Riding in the Rain

As Katrin Garfoot (Australia) made her way along the opening kilometers of the Elite Women's ITT, she had the pleasure of getting to do it in the rain.  Time Trial bikes can be tricky to handle in the best of conditions, but rain just brings a whole new dimension to what can go wrong.  Fortunately, Garfoot was able to not only stay upright, but to go fast enough to finish her day winning the bronze medal.

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

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Bergen 2017, Elite Women's ITT: A Very Fast Ride

Another of the Dutch riders, Annemiek Van Vleuten, was putting in very fast times around the course, she wasn't besting her teammate Anna Van Der Breggan, but she was very close.  Van Vleuten was the rider who had the horrific crash 13 months ago in the Rio Summer Olympics.  That she ever road again is amazing, but to day I can use the word awesome correctly to describe her efforts today.  Not only was she able to ride at a professional level again, she was able to win the Elite Women's Individual Time Trial today.  So for the next year she will be wearing the Rainbow Jersey everytime she lines up to race an ITT.  Yes, it was a very fast ride, indeed!

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

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Bergen 2017, Elite Women's ITT: Climbing Well

Vita Heine (Norway) was being carried by the support of her home country fans as she reached the top of the now dreaded Birkelundbakken climb.  Heine was hoping to put on a medal winning performance for her countrymen who haven't had much to celebrate thus far in Bergen - patrioticly at least.  Riding behind her in the team car was her coach giving her encouragement, time splits and perhaps a kick in the cycling shorts as well.

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

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Bergen, Elite Women's ITT, The First Corner

The start of the individual time trial is truly a trial, the riders come down the ramp onto cobbles, then get up to speed only to hit a hard left turn into a tunnel.  Coming back out into the sunlight they then climb on to a spiraled approach to a bridge... and that is the easy part.  The Colombian Ana Cristina Sanabria slows as she turns into that first corner on her way around Bergen.  While Colombian cyclists are known for their climbing abilities, she was able to turn that in to a podium finish today.

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

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