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07 Jan 2019 12:08

It's an opportunity for your quasi-Gerrans types (Impey/McCarthy) to win the GC based off the bonus seconds from that stage. Not really anything a Porte can do about it, has to try and drop them and stay away anyway as Sagan isn't hanging on.
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07 Jan 2019 14:38

Ferminal wrote:It's an opportunity for your quasi-Gerrans types (Impey/McCarthy) to win the GC based off the bonus seconds from that stage. Not really anything a Porte can do about it, has to try and drop them and stay away anyway as Sagan isn't hanging on.


This stage end on a fast and twisting 6km descent - This is where Porte could lose the TDU.
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07 Jan 2019 14:47

Corkscrew is a shorter, more explosive climb than Willinga.

Evans was able to drop Porte there. So were Woods and Henao but the got caught on the downhill by a bigger group.
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07 Jan 2019 20:38

Yes Evans lost most of his advantage on the descent. Not sure if there was any headwind as usually he is an excellent descender. As seen before in the TDU, time bonuses are important and Porte really only can grab them on two possible stages which keeps the sprinters in contention.
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08 Jan 2019 04:35

In a shock result Durbridge defeats Dennis and Meyer to win the men's elite RR - And newcomer to the women's team Grace Brown wins the women's ITT.
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10 Jan 2019 08:32

Does anyone know if Prades is getting a free role in this race? I'd expect him to do very well here but I don't know his form right now
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10 Jan 2019 09:16

Paternoster won stage 1 of the Women's TDU.
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10 Jan 2019 10:14

BalearicBeats wrote:Does anyone know if Prades is getting a free role in this race? I'd expect him to do very well here but I don't know his form right now

no idea about his shape, but seeing the Movistar team for the race, he should be the clear captain. Sure, Valls and Fernandez have done well in the past, but they are coming back form a horrendous season
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10 Jan 2019 12:14

So Valgren seems like having quite a good condition. Think he could do well in GC.
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10 Jan 2019 13:23

RedheadDane wrote:Paternoster won stage 1 of the Women's TDU.


Congrats to Trek & Paternoster - 37C /99F forecast for the finish tomorrow. Sweaty!
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10 Jan 2019 22:01

WKA311 wrote:So Valgren seems like having quite a good condition. Think he could do well in GC.

He'll get destroyed on Willunga Hill. And he isn't fast enough to get bonus seconds.

Only chance for him a a late attack in of the hilly stages. Ideally, the Uraidla stage. And then limit his loses on stage 4 and 6. He could survive stage 4 but will lose at least 20 seconds to Porte on the last stage.
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12 Jan 2019 19:35

WheelofGear wrote:
WKA311 wrote:So Valgren seems like having quite a good condition. Think he could do well in GC.

He'll get destroyed on Willunga Hill. And he isn't fast enough to get bonus seconds.


I'm surprised by this comment after seeing how strong Valgren was in the worlds.
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12 Jan 2019 20:06

Cookster15 wrote:
WheelofGear wrote:
WKA311 wrote:So Valgren seems like having quite a good condition. Think he could do well in GC.

He'll get destroyed on Willunga Hill. And he isn't fast enough to get bonus seconds.


I'm surprised by this comment after seeing how strong Valgren was in the worlds.

Being great in long, hard one-day races is different from being good at stage races. And these stages are quite short and explosive.

His only chance is an ambush attack. He should be dropped on Corkscrew and Willunga.
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12 Jan 2019 20:51

Aren't Dimension Data going to be riding for Slagter in the GC anyway?
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12 Jan 2019 21:50

RedheadDane wrote:Aren't Dimension Data going to be riding for Slagter in the GC anyway?


Øh, no? They have a much, much better option in Valgren...
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12 Jan 2019 22:44

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RedheadDane wrote:Aren't Dimension Data going to be riding for Slagter in the GC anyway?


Øh, no? They have a much, much better option in Valgren...

There's a strong possibility that Valgren might not be in particularly good shape here. Unless he has stated otherwise, I think he's here mostly for training miles. Slagter tends to do well in Australia, so he's a more likely option for Dimension Data. And O'Connor will probably test how well he can hang on.
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12 Jan 2019 22:56

I'm not denying that Valgren is a really good rider but I think that he is made for the more unpredictable and draining one-day races. Even the best classics climbers like GVA are not able to win a one-week race with too many hard climbs. Tirreno-Adriatico was an exception because they removed the mountain stage.

I can't see him hanging on to the climbers on Corkscrew and Willunga.
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12 Jan 2019 23:21

Think Poels will do well if he's in any kind of shape, Corkscrew could see something similar to his Tirreno stage win and he should do well on Willunga Hill.
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12 Jan 2019 23:42

some Strava times on Old Willunga Hill : Dries Devenyns did a serious climbing test on Old Willunga Hill. List of fastest ascending times this week.https://twitter.com/ammattipyoraily/status/1083691126362697729
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13 Jan 2019 01:11

search wrote:
BalearicBeats wrote:Does anyone know if Prades is getting a free role in this race? I'd expect him to do very well here but I don't know his form right now

no idea about his shape, but seeing the Movistar team for the race, he should be the clear captain. Sure, Valls and Fernandez have done well in the past, but they are coming back form a horrendous season



In Fernandez's case it was an season plagued by injuries. I'm hoping he can put together an injury free season this year. Prades could be the race leader for Movistar.
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