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Old 05-26-12, 12:09
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The thing is he didn't really prepare for a GC in the Giro. He is pushing 60 race days, did not do an altitude training before the Giro, did not focus on climbing etc. The Vuelta was his goal, the Giro was to test the waters and go for stage wins. Things turned out differently and now he is looking at a possible top 10 or better. Like the Youngest said, the only reason he wasn't doing the TDF was because he's getting married.

I agree he has more talent than JVDB. He has also more talent than a lot of other so called GT contenders. I'm sure you can all think of a few. He is 25, never focused on GT GC or climbing, did not adequately prepare for this and yet here he is. And the ITT has yet to come. Can he improve? Sure, a lot even. Just getting his weight down would be good for starters, but apparently he feels he deserves fries and icecreams whenever he wins a race or delivered a good performance.

Will he ever win a GT? Who knows, the same could be asked about a lot of other talented riders. Some will, some won't. I don't think he really needs to improve in his ITT, if he improves his climbing accordingly. Many (much) lesser TT'ers have won GT's. But he is willing to invest in a carreer as GC rider. If the Giro/Vuelta are a succes, he would get a place in spain to train on his climbing.

http://translate.google.com/translat...homas-de-gendt
What a great interview really rooting for this guy.
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Old 05-26-12, 12:17
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He was born in my hometown.

Anyway never thought he would do it so good in the giro. He never talked about the GC before the Giro. He rides the Giro to see how far he can go in a Grand Tour and well he's preparing for the Vuelta. If he can ride top 10 in the Giro i'm pretty sure he can do the same in the Vuelta.

As a Belgian it's nice to see we finally have some riders for a Grand Tour.
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I open this thread for today!!!!
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There is a thread like this already. Don't forget he did some amazing things in the past too!
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I open this thread for today!!!!
While he has already done some awesome stuff in Paris-Nice, Tour de Suisse and the Tour last year.
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But not as GC contender, after watching last year TOF and two weeks in this year Giro, i feel he has great GC potential, deserve a GC contender thread
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Old 05-26-12, 14:54
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Giro podium or win is awesome gift for his marriage
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Old 05-26-12, 15:12
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OOPS didn't realize future can be so soon!!!!!!

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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 05-26-12, 15:32
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I think Thomas is able to pass MS and Jrod for tomorrow, but not sure he is able to get enough time into Ryder
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Respect to him, wished that he didnt cracked in final km
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