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14 Sep 2018 15:38

Vroome.exe wrote:Just casually throws away his podium. I don't understand these tactics.

Think he just assumed Valverde was stronger than he actually was and wanted to force him to do most of the work. Its a recurrent problem in the last two decades of Spanish cyclists - too much playing games and trying to out-psych others, and not enough laying it all on the line and seizing the opportunity when it arises.

I thought Mas might escape this by going the Quickstep route, but apparently not.
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14 Sep 2018 16:50

We are sure he just didnt have a mediocre day or something? Maybe he will have a bit more in the tank than Kruijswijk tomorrow, but today was not a good look for the next Contador. But I understand why he rode the way he did, so I cant really blame him.
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14 Sep 2018 17:47

In hindsight he should have gone with Yates, cause he locked pretty at ease behind Valverde/Quintana und could also follow MAL without problems. But he gambled that Movistar would bring it back, which obviously did not happen.
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14 Sep 2018 18:07

I agree with most comments. For a rider in his 2nd gt and his first as a gc rider making mistakes like that is not the end of the world. It's just that I was hoping for a little more aggression. And to be honest if Mas had gone with Yates, in that moment I would have thought that's more likely to cost him the podium that the opposite.
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14 Sep 2018 18:28

Don't think he made a mistake. Today wasn't D-day, tomorrow is. It makes sense to be a bit cautious in his position and not throw everything on the table. The win is gone. Unless he had a super day, which I doubt was the case, then he should have tried to bridge to Yates/Pinot/Kruijswijk. Now he was just defending his podium against López.

Interestingly, Mas and López were solely looking at each other and didn't seem to bother much about Kruijswijk as possible 'third dog' for the podium. Maybe with Oiz in mind where Kruijswijk lost a lot. We'll see how that works out tomorrow.
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14 Sep 2018 18:53

The problem is that tomorrow another Valverde might show up. And looking at the profile, it could be the kind of Valverde that wins the stage and secures his podium place.
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14 Sep 2018 18:53

Mas is only 23. Some are a little harsh on him after today. Yes lets see how he goes tomorrow, a strong ride would confirm he has the needed recovery to be a GT factor in years to come.
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14 Sep 2018 21:36

Cookster15 wrote:Mas is only 23. Some are a little harsh on him after today. Yes lets see how he goes tomorrow, a strong ride would confirm he has the needed recovery to be a GT factor in years to come.


Indeed, he is a youngster and maybe just didn't have the legs he needed when he needed them. But 'the experts' will still dump on him :(.
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14 Sep 2018 22:18

The kid is 23, 4th in GC. Still amazing!
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15 Sep 2018 15:59

LaFlorecita wrote:Only 8 seconds from the podium in the end. Pretty good TT!
A top-10 at the Vuelta seems likely at this point, and even top-5 is possible.

Wow, 2nd overall and a stage win to boot... Better than I could have ever imagined! The future looks bright :)
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15 Sep 2018 16:00

Mas got 2nd in GC

Contador disappoint
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15 Sep 2018 16:01

Red Rick wrote:Mas got 2nd in GC

Contador disappoint

2nd place is not good
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15 Sep 2018 16:02

Damn, someone better watch out!











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15 Sep 2018 16:10

Super impressive but it's kinda crazy to think Lopez is less than a year older. It still feels to me like Mas was a total youngster and Lopez experienced veteran rider somehow
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15 Sep 2018 16:18

Well finally Spain have found the real new gt star
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15 Sep 2018 16:19

What a Vuelta. 2nd place in a grand tour, a stage win and all that with only 23 years. Just incredible
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15 Sep 2018 16:25

Enric Rocks!!! :) :). Boy needs a Team though. QS not the best support in GTs :(
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15 Sep 2018 16:37

Carols wrote:Enric Rocks!!! :) :). Boy needs a Team though. QS not the best support in GTs :(


Well, should Landa fail to deliver soon and Valverde piling on the years, surely Movistar will be out with the bait.
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15 Sep 2018 18:09

Super happy with his performance. At the beginning I thought a top5 would be a reasonable result, but as the days passed it was clear he could aim at the podium. He learnt from yesterday's mistake too.

A champion is born.
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15 Sep 2018 18:26

Would have liked to see when he was going to make his move without Yates triggering/helping him.

But what a race, hats off.
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