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19 Jun 2016 12:28

Vino attacks everyone wrote:
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PremierAndrew wrote:Think this thread deserves a bump after his performances in Switzerland this week


Definitely! Looking forward to seeing him in the Olympics. Impressive TT yesterday. Hopefully Astana will let him ride the Giro or Vuelta next year as captain

This year he'll probably ride the Vuelta as his first gt.

AS far as I can remember he is to be the protected rider in the Vuelta


Anyone expecting he might already do a Chaves like Vuelta this year?
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19 Jun 2016 12:30

liamito wrote:
Vino attacks everyone wrote:
Mayomaniac wrote:
rune1107 wrote:
PremierAndrew wrote:Think this thread deserves a bump after his performances in Switzerland this week


Definitely! Looking forward to seeing him in the Olympics. Impressive TT yesterday. Hopefully Astana will let him ride the Giro or Vuelta next year as captain

This year he'll probably ride the Vuelta as his first gt.

AS far as I can remember he is to be the protected rider in the Vuelta


Anyone expecting he might already do a Chaves like Vuelta this year?

My guess would be perhpas a top 3 on gc, his recovery seems very good, especially for his age, but I think he might be looked out for a bit more by other gc contenders, so dunno about tooo many stage wins
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19 Jun 2016 15:39

What a rider. 22 years of age, he is a terrific climber, he can tt well apparently and he looks to have a good tactical sense already. Not to mention that his ability to recover well looks good as well (of course he hasn't done a GT yet, som impossible to say).
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19 Jun 2016 15:41

Grande Superman! Well deserved! He could be the next big GT rider, seems like a full package
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19 Jun 2016 15:43

MAL is gonna outdo Quintana when all is said than done. Book it.
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19 Jun 2016 15:43

What a performance! Can't wait to see what he will do in the Vuelta.
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19 Jun 2016 15:44

Pantani Attacks wrote:MAL is gonna outdo Quintana when all is said than done. Book it.

Well, Boyacá can be happy and proud.
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19 Jun 2016 15:46

Just needs to go to the Nibali school of descending before the season is out and he will be amazing.
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19 Jun 2016 15:51

Well, the best way to defend a leader's jersey is by attacking! :cool:

Sure, he was caught, but he could just as well have just stayed with the other favourites.
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19 Jun 2016 15:52

When in doubt, wreck opposition uphill to show dominance. True champion in the making.
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19 Jun 2016 15:59

Fwiw, he does look better than Quintana did at 22.

But let's wait until after the Vuelta before hyping him up as the next GT superstar.
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19 Jun 2016 16:01

I think he will be good in the Vuelta, since it's his main goal, and he is one of the few of them.
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19 Jun 2016 16:05

Laplaz wrote:I think he will be good in the Vuelta, since it's his main goal, and he is one of the few of them.


I'm optimistic for a podium, but depends on who turns up. I imagine Kruijswijk will be one of his main challengers. The olympics should sap away any limited reserves of energy that the big guys from the Tour might have remaining
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19 Jun 2016 16:11

Kruijswijk is 100% not suited to the Vuelta. There is 1 stage that suits him somewhat. He won't top 5 it.
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19 Jun 2016 16:18

liamito wrote:
Dekker_Tifosi wrote:Climbing wise he was not even that special this week. Though very consistent. But his time trial blew any expectation out of the water. Wow! Very special performance.


I think he really hates rainy cold days, which makes a possible GC win even more special (for me).

Well he proved today he was also the strongest climber. So that makes it even more special also

Red Rick wrote:Kruijswijk is 100% not suited to the Vuelta. There is 1 stage that suits him somewhat. He won't top 5 it.

Yep. Kruijswijk needs long steep climbs or gruelling steep climbs like the ones in the Giro. Not the Vuelta climbs which are irregular (flat followed by v steep, followed by flat etc).
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19 Jun 2016 16:32

I think that will see big battles between MAL and Quintana but i think that Nairo will win most races . remember this year vuelta with quintana , froome MAL , he has good chances to be on podium , but Nairo has chances to do the double.
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19 Jun 2016 17:24

nairoman wrote:I think that will see big battles between MAL and Quintana but i think that Nairo will win most races . remember this year vuelta with quintana , froome MAL , he has good chances to be on podium , but Nairo has chances to do the double.
and froome + contador not? lol
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19 Jun 2016 17:37

PremierAndrew wrote:Fwiw, he does look better than Quintana did at 22.

But let's wait until after the Vuelta before hyping him up as the next GT superstar.


Not so sure. Yes, he is more well-rounded than Quintana at the same age and way more explosive as well, but the pure climbing ability and engine that Quintana showed when he was 22 is unparalleled by any climber in the last 5-10 years imo.
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19 Jun 2016 17:54

Expected him to just defend jersey today but he took matters into his own hands and beat everyone on the mountain. Very good performance and I'm looking forward for more.
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19 Jun 2016 17:58

PremierAndrew wrote:
Laplaz wrote:I think he will be good in the Vuelta, since it's his main goal, and he is one of the few of them.


I'm optimistic for a podium, but depends on who turns up. I imagine Kruijswijk will be one of his main challengers. The olympics should sap away any limited reserves of energy that the big guys from the Tour might have remaining

I think we shouldn't expect too much, the first gt is always a learning experience.
Even Quintana who was super strong in his first gt was working as a climbing domestique for Valverde.
I expect to see a bit of his climbing potential on a few stages, but you can't expect him to fight for a podium spot in his first gt, that would be almost scary.
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