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10 May 2018 23:06

DNP-Old wrote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJXcmsRc8AE

This warms my heart.


They’ve done a real good job on the media side of things. It’s cool watching Esteban behind the scenes. That’s one of the reasons why I’ve grown to like him so much.
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11 May 2018 02:29

Great win for Chaves. Very happy for him. Hope that he continues to improve.
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11 May 2018 02:55

Escarabajo wrote:Great win for Chaves. Very happy for him. Hope that he continues to improve.

That win clearly meant a lot to Chaves, hopefully it gives him the confidence to ride the way we know that he can.
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11 May 2018 13:20

Apparently his training numbers have been good all season but he hadn't always brought that to the races - Suspect it's mental for Chaves.
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13 May 2018 15:17

In it to win it. It's likely his best days are yet to come
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13 May 2018 15:43

I really think he's got a good chance at winning this thing. He tends to get stronger in the 3rd week and I think he came into the Giro a little undercooked. Dumo will likely hemorrhage time on most of the remaining mtfs and I'm not sure Yates will hold this kind of form for the entire Giro.
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13 May 2018 16:12

Zoncolan and the ITT will determine the leader - Chaves has been in good shape all year but hasn't shown it in races for a variety of reasons
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14 May 2018 00:38

jaylew wrote:I really think he's got a good chance at winning this thing. He tends to get stronger in the 3rd week and I think he came into the Giro a little undercooked. Dumo will likely hemorrhage time on most of the remaining mtfs and I'm not sure Yates will hold this kind of form for the entire Giro.

If Yates can draw the spotlight until Finestre and Zoncolan and Chaves has a reasonable TT, look out.
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14 May 2018 07:54

He's going to win this race. Yates will fade, Zoncolan and Finestre will murder Dumoulin, and Pinot will be his biggest challenger.
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14 May 2018 09:12

Blanco wrote:He's going to win this race. Yates will fade, Zoncolan and Finestre will murder Dumoulin, and Pinot will be his biggest challenger.


I was thinking along those lines, with Pozzo in the mix maybe.
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14 May 2018 09:19

What is Chaves's TT like compared to Yates?
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14 May 2018 09:29

ruamruam wrote:What is Chaves's TT like compared to Yates?

Yates is stronger. As per stage 1.
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14 May 2018 10:29

ruamruam wrote:What is Chaves's TT like compared to Yates?

Slightly better than Purito.
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14 May 2018 12:36

Chaves has done some decent TTs when in shape.
He was even better than Yates in the Vuelta 2016 TT and they both were riding for GC.
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14 May 2018 15:20

SafeBet wrote:Chaves has done some decent TTs when in shape.
He was even better than Yates in the Vuelta 2016 TT and they both were riding for GC.


The tricky part here is that Yates is likely to be better positioned after the ITT in comparison the Chavito, But Chavito has proved to be a much better 3-week rider than Simon, so if the Team goes all in for Yates while sacrificing Chavito's chances, it could go either way....

I don't know if the team will play the "dual leader" card, which is always risky if both are too close to the GC - just remember the 2015 Giro with Astana forcing Landa to back off in order to allow Aru to get second, well knowing Landa was the better rider to Challenge Contador in all his right.....
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14 May 2018 15:37

Expect S.Yates to be a touch better than Chaves in the ITT - MS have to keep both riders up there because if one has a bad day ( which can happen to anyone ) then you have a back up - Reckon Chaves could have won stage 9 but he sat on and followed and would only intervene if Yates couldn't win the stage - Will add MS is wisely using their climbers - Haig hs taken on the brunt of the work with one or two appearances from Kreuziger and Nieve has followed - Expect the latter two to be used more in week three.
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15 May 2018 16:50

I am really sad!
The important thing now is that he recovers so that he can help SY. Additionally he needs to prove himself that he can recover from these such calamities. In the past he has had issues with recovering well after being really good. Hope is not the case here. The 2016 Giro stage after the rest day was more a distraction than anything else. This seems to be more health related.
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15 May 2018 16:57

He already had a really puffy face for the whole Giro, I've never seen him with such a bloated face before.
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Re: Esteban Chaves Discussion Thread

15 May 2018 17:07

I wasn't expecting to see Chavito getting out of contention in that fashion :( I never foresaw that today's stage would represent a risk for the top 10 considering the length of the stage, but it was that what made him lose that time because apparently Chavito was feeling bad within the first 50K already, so either he was ill prior to the stage's star, felt ill during the race, or his body just reacted extremely bad to the rest day....

Stage hunting perhaps if given the chance, or commit 100% to help Simon keeping the maglia Rosa all the way to Rome seem to be Chavito's choices left....
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15 May 2018 17:31

We are all reminded this is a grand tour, a bad day can happen to anyone and no one is safe. This also goes for Yates and Dumoulin and Pinot. Anything can happen.

Nobody expected Froome to be so bad after his fall. Nobody expected Yates to be so good. Nobody expected Chaves to suddenly have an off day.
It's a GT guys.
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