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    Quote Originally Posted by j44ke View Post
    Will he finish in the top ten? He’s been going backwards a bit this year. I hesitate to say “showing his age” - maybe holding back something for the Giro? ;-)
    Showing his age or holding something back (or both). Or, it could be that now he’s achieved the long stated goal of being world champion that he’s lost a tiny bit of desire.
     

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    Alaphilippe and Fuglsang reminded me a bit of Roche and Criquielion at Liege in '87...M VdP playing the Argentin part.
    Yes! An amazing finish though and no one was able to come around M VdP, despite the fact that he was driving the chase and led the sprint out.
     

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    Anna....5 in a row! Amazing.
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    At this point, the only way Fuglsang is going to stop Alaphillipe from winning is by DNS'ing the next race. I am surprised Alaphillipe even wears his own bibshorts. He should just share with Fuglsang.
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    Is Alaphilippe going to take 2 Monuments this year? Could he take a third at Il Lombardia? In WC stripes (assuming Van der Poel doesn't race worlds)?

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    Annemiek van Vleuten wins Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes
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    Fuglsang finally wears out Alaphillipe and wins LBL. Chapeau.
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    So, we switch from the classics to the stage races.

    Primoz Roglic easily wins at Romandie and must go into the Giro as number one favourite, while Bernal breaks a collar bone and likely books himself a spot at the TdF as a result and adds to the 'how will be team leader' issue for Sky (the 34 year old four time winner, the defending champion - who finished 3rd at Romandie, or the new kid on the block).
     

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    GT in the Giro?
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by rabo View Post
    GT in the Giro?
    Nope. Eddie Dunbar has been named as Bernal's replacement.
     

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    Opening stage of the Giro tomorrow morning in Bologna. Uphill finish on an 8km time trial. Climb goes up alongside a beautiful colonnade to a church at the top. Nice visuals in the making. Wish I was there!
     

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    Looks like a pretty nice top ten after the first stage!


    1 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma 12:54:00
    2 Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 0:19:00
    3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:23:00
    4 Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:28:00
    5 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb
    6 Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:33:00
    7 Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Ineos 0:35:00
    8 Laurens De Plus (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma
    9 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:39:00
    10 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:40:00
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    While everyone had been wondering about Peter Sagan’s performances this year, Bora-Hansgrohe has become a much more well-rounded team. Not sure they have a true GC threat in the grand tours, but for stage hunting and other jerseys, they are well outfitted.

    Nice win today by Ackermann. And solid day for Trek Segafredo’s Ciccone in the break. Hopefully something shakes loose for Trek. Interesting comments from both Bradley Wiggins and Sean Kelly about head scratcher decisions by Trek director sportifs.
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    Are there more than the average number of dead Di2 systems showing up in the Giro this year? Seems like the camera catches riders with a hand up and a derailleur in the small-small cross chain combo not infrequently. Perhaps it is just because most of the peloton is using electronic shifting? Batteries wearing out?
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    Peloton too nervous, lots of unexpected emergency brakes. I would have said rear cable catched by a front wheel, the rider put the chain in the small ring to keep a bit of cadence while waiting for the car. But what do I know. Sram has been bashed for their single ring experience but lots of shimano rider's races have been hampered by di2 issues. I have seen less of this from campy or sram sponsored riders (except for Wout in Cross 2 years ago) but it may just come down to the shimano/others ratio.
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    Tom Dumoulin lost four minutes today. Huge deficit and I'm bummed because I was pulling for him for the win. If someone is dropped and loses four minutes it's bad enough but to lose it in such a fashion as a crash leaves one empty. It's part of the sport but cycling is better when the big riders get to do battle on the bike and not have to deal with stupid accidents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saab2000 View Post
    Tom Dumoulin lost four minutes today. Huge deficit and I'm bummed because I was pulling for him for the win. If someone is dropped and loses four minutes it's bad enough but to lose it in such a fashion as a crash leaves one empty. It's part of the sport but cycling is better when the big riders get to do battle on the bike and not have to deal with stupid accidents.
    Modern racing seems to fixate on both GC and sprint contending teams fighting for the front with 20k to go.......European roads are only so wide.....

    Maybe GTs should start in the mountains... just a thought
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    GC leaders all want to be at the front so no time gaps. Sprinters all want to be at the front to win the stage. Not everyone can be at the front.

    If the race really needs all the GC contenders to make it through the first week to be entertaining, then designate sprinter’s stages and neutralize the time at 5km unless there is a breakaway intact at 10km. Race reaches 5km and the GC’s fall back and let the sprint teams annihilate themselves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j44ke View Post
    GC leaders all want to be at the front so no time gaps. Sprinters all want to be at the front to win the stage. Not everyone can be at the front.

    If the race really needs all the GC contenders to make it through the first week to be entertaining, then designate sprinter’s stages and neutralize the time at 5km unless there is a breakaway intact at 10km. Race reaches 5km and the GC’s fall back and let the sprint teams annihilate themselves.
    That would be unnatural.

    Just start the GT with 3 mountain stages with hard climbs such as Colle Delle Finestre, the mortirolo or Stelvio and put stringent time cut so half of the peloton is disqualified in the first 3 days. Then pursue with flatter stage. With half of the peloton out crash shouldn't be that much an issue.
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