Fight for Jersey – Stage 9 preview

Last stage. The final fight for all three jersey contenders. Register here right now.

We are back in London. Only this time this stage isn’t just about flats and sprinting. It’s a mixed stage with sprint-climb-sprint-climb-sprint-climb dynamics. A lot of points are available, both in Green and Black jersey competition and in some categories standing can still be reverted at the very last prime banner.

First, look at the profile. It’s a fairly long stage for Zwift standards. 62km means somewhere between 1h15-1h25 of racing for the A & B category. Within three laps of London 8 loop there are three intermediate sprints at sprint banner and three Box hill climbs between them. This means sprinters will have to suffer and go all out during climbs. Their only hope for survival is, if climbers won’t attack the climbs like crazy, but rather watching each other instead. If this happens there are mighty 32 points available for them and that’s enough to conquer the green jersey competition at the end of the league.

The climbers have 15 points available to grab on three Box hill climbs. Box hill is a very well known climb. It’s a 6-7 min long effort with moderate 5-6% gradients which means, that uphill speeds can be high enough to already feel the draft effect. That’s usually a receipt for killing any attacking initiative, but if climbers want to get rid of sprinters, they have to go really hard. Anyhow, there are enough points available for the A and B categories to change the final standing in the prestigious Black jersey competition.

Looking at the Yellow jersey leaderboard, we can spot very close results in A and C categories. In both categories, a yellow jersey can change their owner and the stage is properly hard to try to eliminate the other contender and try to conquer the jersey at the end.

Since it’s the last stage during this winter season and our indoor preparation is slowly coming to an end, we should attack it properly hard. Let’s go all out into the spring!

Categories & will do 3 laps with a total distance of 63km and 714m of altitude gain.
Categories & will do 2 laps with a total distance of 42km and 476m of altitude gain.

The race happens on Sunday 15.3.2020 at 10.30 CET. Register here right now.

See you all there!

Have you ridden the course “London 8” before? The easiest way is to check the segment in your Strava account.

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