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Old 05-25-12, 17:03
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First time racing for GC very impressive, had a very good chance to make top 6

Already very decent at long TT, how much can he improve on climbing ability? Can we expect a future GT winner from Belgium?

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Old 05-25-12, 17:32
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He's good, but apparently dislikes riding in a peleton. Never learned how to do that succesfully during his junior/espoir days apparently. So, he'll probably crash out of most GTs he'll be riding in his carreer.
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But he never race for GC before, this is the first time he is racing for GC and kinda missed his attacks
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He's good, but apparently dislikes riding in a peleton. Never learned how to do that succesfully during his junior/espoir days apparently. So, he'll probably crash out of most GTs he'll be riding in his carreer.
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Notice he didn't come to race for GC in il Giro he just watned to take it day by day, he prepares for La Vuelta.

I think he's very lucky the climbers don't attack too early, if there are some Andy S. or Alberto C. who attack from way earlier than the others he'll lose more time.

I'm curious for his ITT chances after going deep for GC, his ITT in the TDF at the end but he didn't go as deep before...

hope he hangs on tomorrow

a future GC winner : not really or he must improve BIG in ITT and climbs...
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Old 05-25-12, 19:22
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Prepare for vuelta?? Nobody uses giro to prepare for vuelta that just doesn't make any sense and there are too many climbs in this year vuelta.

Before the Giro starts, in several interviews he said very clearly he is here racing for GC for the first time in grand tour.

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Notice he didn't come to race for GC in il Giro he just watned to take it day by day, he prepares for La Vuelta.

I think he's very lucky the climbers don't attack too early, if there are some Andy S. or Alberto C. who attack from way earlier than the others he'll lose more time.

I'm curious for his ITT chances after going deep for GC, his ITT in the TDF at the end but he didn't go as deep before...

hope he hangs on tomorrow

a future GC winner : not really or he must improve BIG in ITT and climbs...
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Prepare for vuelta?? Nobody uses giro to prepare for vuelta that just doesn't make any sense and there are too many climbs in this year vuelta.

Before the Giro starts, in several interviews he said very clearly he is here racing for GC for the first time in grand tour.
He's not riding the Giro to prepare for the Vuelta, but he's using it to gauge his GC potential. He planned to prepare specificially for the Vuelta GC if the Giro test was satisfactory.
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The Tour should actually be the perfect GT for him (good TT, good on power climbs, not great on steep climbs). So maybe he'll contend for the Tour win

I think he has more natural talent than Jurgen VDB, that's for sure.
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Agree, i think if he really wants to target GC, the rout like this year TOF is good for him, this year vuelta is booked for pure climbers. Maybe he really wants to test and improve his climbing ability.

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The Tour should actually be the perfect GT for him (good TT, good on power climbs, not great on steep climbs). So maybe he'll contend for the Tour win

I think he has more natural talent than Jurgen VDB, that's for sure.
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Old 05-25-12, 19:34
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The main (only) reason he's riding Giro and Vuelta, and not the Tour, is that he's getting married on the day of the prologue in Liege. Not because he wanted to improve his climbing or something.
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thanks for the info, did not know that.
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The main (only) reason he's riding Giro and Vuelta, and not the Tour, is that he's getting married on the day of the prologue in Liege. Not because he wanted to improve his climbing or something.
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