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15 May 2017 18:12

He said he would go for the stage win, but he is aware that he is quite unlikely to beat Dumoulin. But he prefers to be ambitious, he says that if he has monstrous legs why not...
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15 May 2017 18:15

manolo57 wrote:He said he would go for the stage win, but he is aware that he is quite unlikely to beat Dumoulin. But he prefers to be ambitious, he says that if he has monstrous legs why not...

Of course he's not saying he will win, but he's not excluding this opportunity. He says he's just behind Dumoulin, Thomas and Jungels.
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16 May 2017 00:27

My biggest takeaway from his interview is body language: Thibaut smiled on more than one occasion, exuded confidence, projected a great aura. He's having fun.

Whatever happens, barring an incident, Tibopino will be a poison for his opponents. After Quintana, he's the best of the rest IMO. He's a strong rider on week-3. If Pinot is less than a minute from pink at this time next week, watch out...
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16 May 2017 05:38

Do we already know starting times?
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16 May 2017 15:16

And here's the most frustrating rider. Bloody hell.
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16 May 2017 15:16

Well, that was disappointing. :(
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16 May 2017 15:21

Not a good day, for sure. I was expecting Thibaut to be a minute faster. If that's his bad day, I'll take it. He's still in the mix for a podium spot.
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16 May 2017 15:23

Tonton wrote:Not a good day, for sure. I was expecting Thibaut to be a minute faster. If that's his bad day, I'll take it. He's still in the mix for a podium spot.

A bad day on a GC day is not good, period :o
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16 May 2017 15:27

Hope he can bounce back, but I'm happy that he got a reality check regarding his TT skills.
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16 May 2017 15:31

Alexandre B. wrote:
Tonton wrote:Not a good day, for sure. I was expecting Thibaut to be a minute faster. If that's his bad day, I'll take it. He's still in the mix for a podium spot.

A bad day on a GC day is not good, period :o


Of course this wasn't ideal, and you don't want to have a bad day, but....Some say Pinot is bound to have a bad day - if this was that, than he'll be okay. If he continues to be one of the top climbers of this Giro, then things could still go his way.
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16 May 2017 15:32

I thought he'd be on Nibali's level, perhaps even better. And it seemed to be the case for most of the TT, but he faded badly in the end.
Disappointing, but he's in the mix.

My only concern is that he might take a mental hit after believing he could do so well in the TT. If you guys hear any interview from him I'd be interested to know how he sounds.
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16 May 2017 15:34

Karma is a bitch. He has to be more humble in interviews
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16 May 2017 15:36

portugal11 wrote:Karma is a bitch. He has to be more humble in interviews

He said he would have at least one bad day in the same interview.
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16 May 2017 15:41

portugal11 wrote:Karma is a bitch. He has to be more humble in interviews

...be back to his old self? ;)

In his interview yesterday, Tibopino said that he has not had a long ITT since last year. @lenric, you may have a point there: Thibaut worked hard for the ITT title, but he may not have practiced much since. Not good in Tirreno, not good today.

He'll bounce back as early as tomorrow :cool: . No worries.
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16 May 2017 15:41

Tonton wrote:Not a good day, for sure. I was expecting Thibaut to be a minute faster. If that's his bad day, I'll take it. He's still in the mix for a podium spot.


My thoughts exactly. Rather see him having his bad day today, somewhat early in the race, than throwing away a podium spot in the final days :o
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16 May 2017 16:04

Disappointing ride maybe rest day syndrome got him.
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16 May 2017 16:59

movingtarget wrote:Disappointing ride maybe rest day syndrome got him.

According to the comments on l'Equipe quoting Pinot, rest day syndrome it is. And the posters piling up on him. The same who were silent on Sunday. The same who will soon be silenced again. Tibopino will be back with vengeance. It's a five horse race for three spots.
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16 May 2017 17:03

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movingtarget wrote:Disappointing ride maybe rest day syndrome got him.

According to the comments on l'Equipe quoting Pinot, rest day syndrome it is. And the posters piling up on him. The same who were silent on Sunday. The same who will soon be silenced again. Tibopino will be back with vengeance. It's a five horse race for three spots.

He needs to sort that syndrome out then, one thing is a very mediocre TT, another thing is double Stelvio and Mortirolo after the rest day...
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16 May 2017 17:07

Tonton wrote:
movingtarget wrote:Disappointing ride maybe rest day syndrome got him.

According to the comments on l'Equipe quoting Pinot, rest day syndrome it is. And the posters piling up on him. The same who were silent on Sunday. The same who will soon be silenced again. Tibopino will be back with vengeance. It's a five horse race for three spots.


The vengeance thing is very beautiful, but very useless, since the reality is that he won't win **** (GT-wise) if he keeps having bad days.
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16 May 2017 17:12

Disappointing ride. I expected much better from Pinot. The thing is if his form was good enough to threaten for a podium he would have performed better today. Only 11 seconds faster than Quintana suggests he won't have the strength in the remaining mountains, let alone the final TT even if he has good recovery.
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