On Labor Day it’s time for the 57th Eschborn Frankfurt. It will be the last one day race on World Tour level until August. The race over 187.5 kilometers has 8 climbs. Although some sprinters may have a bit of trouble digesting the uphill kilometers, the last climb is at kilometer 146. This means there are 41.5 flat kilometers left to get back into position for the final laps through Frankfurt.
The 73rd Tour de Romandie starts on April 30, 2019 and is for some Giro GC contenders the dress rehearsal (e.g Primož Roglič, and Ilnur Zakarin). The total length of the six stages is 700 kilometers and this includes two time trials. First there is the the 3.9 kilometers prologue in Neuchâtel, and finally the last stage is a time trial of 20.
The 105th Liège Bastogne Liège (Luik Bastenaken Luik) is the fourth cycling monument of the year and marks the end of the spring classics. The race lasts 256 kilometers and features 11 climbs. The riders start with the last climb after 241 kilometers, after which they set course for the finish in Luik (unlike last year when the finish was in Ans).
Introduction Perhaps long overdue, but here we will review all predictions we published since the beginning of the year up to the Amstel Gold Race. We distinguish two types of races: one day races (ODR) / classics and stage races / multiday races (MDR). The predictions for these two race types are generated with different models, but for each race type the model specification was the same for all predictions up to now.
The 83rd La Flèche Wallonne (De Wijlse Pijl) over 195.5 kilometers finishes at the famous Mur De Huy. This year the last 77 kilometers takes place on a final lap of about 29 kilometers long. In total the 77 kilometers feature 9 climbs - three times the Ereffe - Cherave - Mur de Huy combination. It will definitely be an exiting race featuring last years winner Alaphilippe, five time winner Alejandro Valverde and for Daniel Martin it’s a coin toss between a crash or a spot on the podium.
The 54th Amstel Goldrace is a 265.7 kilometer long race through the south of Limburg. The route features 35 hills in total, including three times the infamous ‘Cauberg’. The last climb is at 7.3 kilometers from the finish. Do not forget out to check out our Amstel Goldrace race page. The predictions for the Amstel Goldrace can be found in Table 1 and are based on Zweeler game points (so you do not see e.
The 58th De Brabantse Pijl is the first of a series of hills classics. The 196.2 kilometers long race starts in Leuven and finishes in Overijse and features in total 31 hills to conquer. The predictions for the De Brabantse Pijl can be found in Table 1 and are based on Zweeler game points (so you do not see e.g. probabilities). In the Zweeler game’s riders score points by ending up in the top 25 of a race.
The 55th Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey starts on April 16, 2019. This six-stage tour over 991 kilometers features five hilly stages and one serious mountain stage with a finish on the Kartepe. More race information and historical statistics are available on our race page Table 1 show the predictions for the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey Zweeler poule. The predictions come with the usual disclaimer:
Paris Roubaix is the third monument of the year. The riders have to cover 257 kilometers from Compiègne to Roubaix, 54.5 of those kilometers are cobbles, divided over 29 sectors. The race organization estimates that the total amount of cobbles involved is 6,076,000. Three of the 29 sectors are of the toughest 5-star category. Important: Don’t forget to check out our Paris Roubaix race statistics page
Personally, the Scheldeprijs kind of feels like the ‘cooling down’ of the Ronde van Vlaanderen. However, that’s perhaps a bit too little credit for a race that is organized for the 107th time. The race starts in Terneuzen (The Netherlands) and is mainly flat. There is one cobbled sector of 1700 meters that is passed two times. For the rest there are no true obstacles except for perhaps the wind.