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SPR
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I think the finish was fine. There's no reason why the men couldn't finish there (and they've ridden it before) other than they have a 'ceremonial' last stage.

The penultimate stage TT finished there in 2020.
jda
31 Jul
9:18pm, 31 Jul 2022
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jda
I thought it was only very recently that the men used the final gravel section at the top. I'm pretty sure that TT ended on tarmac, I remember watching it (on TV).
SPR
31 Jul
9:36pm, 31 Jul 2022
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SPR
You're right, I wonder if I confusing it with the gravel climb that's been used in the Giro a few times.
31 Jul
9:53pm, 31 Jul 2022
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MudMeanderer
This year was the first time it's used the gravel finish, I'm pretty sure (I'll check the Road book tomorrow).

I don't recall any other UCI road races with gravel finishes but I don't think it particularly detracts from the event to do so. If it was flatter it may be less safe, but the speeds are so slow at that point, it just creates a good spectacle.
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Meglet
I think the men have used the gravel finish twice? But also the tarmac finish once or twice as well as the TT.

24% is incredibly steep, those riders could barely push the pedals over the line, and the moto lost grip while going slowly and just toppled over!
SPR
31 Jul
10:09pm, 31 Jul 2022
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SPR
Probably Colle delle Finestre I was remembering but that hasn't been at the end of a stage from what I can see and not sure whether the gravel goes all the way up.
SPR
31 Jul
10:11pm, 31 Jul 2022
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SPR
Good memory Meg. This suggests 2019 was the first time it was used.

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MudMeanderer
I stand corrected. Thanks Meg.
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Dave W
Lot better race yesterday, and a fitting winner again. She's just the best at climbing.
Glad that Demi Vollering hung on for second, and Kasia for third. Well done to them, and well done to everyone who finished, or participated along the way.
I think that one of two things might need a tweak along the way. The bonus seconds on the climbing ended up being rather superfluous, and they may want to chuck in a TT at one point, but otherwise I think it was a great start.
Well done to Zwift for their continued sponsorship.

I think this will be a springboard for even more professionals in the sport, and then the gaps in performance will come down, and make the racing even more exciting.

Great race, and not before time.
Well done ladies. Chapeau..

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