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16 Jul 2017 13:49

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Alexandre B. wrote:According to L’Équipe, Alaphilippe should lead Quick-Step Floors at La Vuelta.


Lead as in real GC ambitions?! Or just the protected guy who will go for (some) stages? Cause we've seen multiple times already that he tends to fade away in the real mountains. He can win in the Ardennes or Mt. Baldy but thats about it.


I assume lead as in "just the protected guy who will go for (some) stages"
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16 Jul 2017 14:06

Jungles will be the leader at the Vuelta.
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17 Jul 2017 11:01

yaco wrote:Jungles will be the leader at the Vuelta.


Not De La Cruz?
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17 Jul 2017 11:21

If they send all three they have a stronger team than Movistar at their home GT :D
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17 Jul 2017 18:34

Jungels rode a good Giro so it makes sense for him to follow up at the Vuelta.
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17 Jul 2017 18:40

Jungels won't do the Vuelta. De La Cruz will lead.
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17 Jul 2017 18:41

yaco wrote:Jungels rode a good Giro so it makes sense for him to follow up at the Vuelta.

He did. But de la Cruz has build his entire season around peaking at the Vuelta, even skipping the Giro, and don't think Vuelta suits Jungles as well as the Giro does.
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17 Jul 2017 18:43

yaco wrote:Jungels rode a good Giro so it makes sense for him to follow up at the Vuelta.

Or it makes sense to keep him fresh so he, Alaphilippe and Martin can have a 3-man effort at the GC in France next year; replace Brambilla and Gilbert/Stybar with Jungels and Alaf in this year's lineup, and QS would look a much stronger GC team, without damaging Kittel's sprint efforts.
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17 Jul 2017 19:07

Belgian newspapers mentioning that he has GC ambitions aswell
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17 Jul 2017 21:21

GenericBoonenFan wrote:Belgian newspapers mentioning that he has GC ambitions aswell


Where?
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17 Jul 2017 21:45

Strawberry_Jams wrote:Jungels won't do the Vuelta. De La Cruz will lead.


Yes he will. Jungels program since the beginning of the year included Giro and Vuelta. Vuelta is good to see how he deals with two GTs in one year and also to prepare for the WCh ITT. And anything can be better than his 2nd part of the year race program of 2016.
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17 Jul 2017 21:57

I suspect Alaphilippe will boss this Vuelta. I can definitely also see him ride top-5, but stage wins should be the main goal IMO (and there are loooooots of chances, god bless Guillén) when they also have decent, but not spectacular top-10 riders like Jungels and Cruz.
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17 Jul 2017 22:03

Valv.Piti wrote:I suspect Alaphilippe will boss this Vuelta. I can definitely also see him ride top-5, but stage wins should be the main goal IMO (and there are loooooots of chances, god bless Guillén) when they also have decent, but not spectacular top-10 riders like Jungels and Cruz.

...ditto. If he's 100%, Balaphilippe can do some damage...he can climb the shorter ones, win muritos, sprint and get time bonuses. If he puts it together, he can be a pest for the marquis names.
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17 Jul 2017 22:08

He showed on Couillole that he won't be a factor in real mountains.
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17 Jul 2017 22:11

Netserk wrote:He showed on Couillole that he won't be a factor in real mountains.

Froome showed in '11 that he couldn't climb and here we are :p .

By the way, what was that picture, dude with sunglasses that you used as your avatar for so long?
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18 Jul 2017 00:07

Badass Rujano before the Giro '12.

Edit: Apparently the photo was from 2009, but given that I saw it here on the forum in '12, I thought it was from that year :o
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18 Jul 2017 00:59

Netserk wrote:Badass Rujano before the Giro '12.

Edit: Apparently the photo was from 2009, but given that I saw it here on the forum in '12, I thought it was from that year :o

Found it! Thanks! Now I can quote you in many different ways besides the Black Album :p . Muhahahaha!!!
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18 Jul 2017 01:05

That thread is pure gold. hrotha's post (viewtopic.php?p=825573#p825573) a bit above is the epitome of the Rujano hype. My favorite thread of this forum.
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18 Jul 2017 19:35

From https://twitter.com/quickstepteam/status/887366153529643008
"Great news! @alafpolak is returning to racing tomorrow, at the Grand Prix Cerami: http://www.quickstepfloorscycling.com/en/news/detail/quick-step-floors-team-to-grand-prix-cerami/3252 … "
"Sidelined in the past three months with a knee injury that kept him out of the Ardennes Classics and the Tour de France, Julian Alaphilippe will make his return to racing at Grand Prix Cerami ...
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18 Jul 2017 19:50

GenericBoonenFan wrote:Belgian newspapers mentioning that he has GC ambitions aswell


Could make sense, he was spotted training in the mountains with Mas and De Plus
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