And as you can see from the altimeters below, it certainly doesn’t look like a sprinter’s race…
The riders (from Europe) have to travel far not only to take part in the World Cyclocross Championships at the end of January in the US; The same applies to the World Road Championships in Australia at the end of September.
The organization previously conducted the tour (or rather the two) that will take place in Wollongong, which is located 82 kilometers south of Sydney.
French sports newspaper L’Equipe says it knows how many times they have to complete the tour. This will be a long trip after the long trip to Australia. For the women, this will be the longest World Cup ever: 174 kilometers.
For comparison: last year in Leuven it was still 158 kilometers and the previous year at Imola 143 kilometers. In the 175 kilometres, the women face quite a few 2,660 vertical metres.
Men also have to travel a greater distance than they have traveled for a long time: no less than 275 kilometers. Since 1987 in Villach they have had such a mileage under the wheels again. And the number of altimeters is certainly not small: 4666. It can be compared, for example, to Liège-Bastogne-Liège (there are also mountain stages in the tour with lower altimeters, but the distance is shorter there..)
When Julien Alfelipe became world champion in Leuven last season, he did so at a distance of 268 kilometers and had to overcome more than 2,300 altimeters.
The time trials in Australia will be relatively short. Both women and men must travel 35.8 kilometers and be provided with 330 altimeters. The latter seems to be good news for Tom Dumoulin, because at a short distance, it means that the track cannot be classified as flat.
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