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2018 Route d'Occitanie (2.1), June 14-17

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16 Jun 2018 17:50

Valvrde is usually weakest in the main Tour prep race. I wouldn't read anything into it
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16 Jun 2018 20:02

I highly doubt Valverde is very close to a peak. Remember the Tour is not actually one of his goals and he's trying to not peak for it and save that 2nd peak for the end of the year Vuelta/Worlds/Lombardia run. Truthfully I'm not entirely sure he had any intention on actually trying to drop Navarro or the Sky Dom who was there. This looked like one of those "I'm perfectly happy to go to the line and sprint for the win. They can't outsprint me, why waste any unnecessary energy to win this one."
Granted even his team has made a comment somewhere along the line that they really can't tell a difference in Valverde at 75% of peak and Valverde at peak because his level is close unlike most other riders. They also explained that's why he's so consistent. Another thing to remember, he's the one big GC rider that is always very happy to rely on his sprint to win and not worry about time gaps unless he has to.
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17 Jun 2018 08:13

I watched last 5 kilometres and i must say, Valverde was barely breathing. Really impressive ride, he wasn´t even close to his limit, it was like a training ride for him.
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17 Jun 2018 09:08

Interesting tweets from Cofidis yesterday showing Nacer Bouhanni burying himself for Dani Navarro.

https://twitter.com/TeamCOFIDIS?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

The situation at Cofidis may be slightly more complicated than the anti-Nacer brigade think.
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17 Jun 2018 09:12

hazaran wrote:Going well for the Sky Tour defence, Valverde can't drop the Sky dom :lol:

You really think he went all out in some meaningless race? He was on a nice stroll and won quite comfortably lol.
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17 Jun 2018 12:43

Valverde apparently didn't get enough training yesterday.

Together with Luis León, he is on the attack with 70km to go.
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17 Jun 2018 12:44

hazaran wrote:Going well for the Sky Tour defence, Valverde can't drop the Sky dom :lol:


He kind of dropped him today :p
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17 Jun 2018 12:59

tobydawq wrote:Valverde apparently didn't get enough training yesterday.

Together with Luis León, he is on the attack with 70km to go.

Joy! when is this live?
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17 Jun 2018 13:22

TourOfSardinia wrote:
tobydawq wrote:Valverde apparently didn't get enough training yesterday.

Together with Luis León, he is on the attack with 70km to go.

Joy! when is this live?


Eurosport. 12km to go 1'16" advantage.
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17 Jun 2018 13:27

This is great. Where did they go clear?
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17 Jun 2018 13:29

They'll get caught apparently
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17 Jun 2018 13:33

Blanco wrote:
hazaran wrote:Going well for the Sky Tour defence, Valverde can't drop the Sky dom :lol:


He kind of dropped him today :p


Are you sure? :)
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17 Jun 2018 13:36

Yes!
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17 Jun 2018 13:36

what a super dom LLS
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17 Jun 2018 13:37

What a spectacular finish. Valverde beaten on the line
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17 Jun 2018 13:40

Damn it!

Sky-bot? Why yell yes in this situation? That's just pure spite.
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17 Jun 2018 13:40

johnymax wrote:What a spectacular finish. Valverde beaten on the line

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17 Jun 2018 13:42

tobydawq wrote:Damn it!

Sky-bot? Why yell yes in this situation? That's just pure spite.


You still haven't noticed? He's a troll who never writes anything rational.
You're giving him the reaction he wants, just do like most of the forum is doing and ignore him.
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17 Jun 2018 13:42

tobydawq wrote:Damn it!

Sky-bot? Why yell yes in this situation? That's just pure spite.

I don't like him, that's all. But no hate.
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17 Jun 2018 13:43

GuyIncognito wrote:
tobydawq wrote:Damn it!

Sky-bot? Why yell yes in this situation? That's just pure spite.


You still haven't noticed? He's a troll who never writes anything rational.
You're giving him the reaction he wants, just do like most of the forum is doing and ignore him.


You're right, it was a heat-of-the-moment reaction from me.
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