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26 May 2012 12:09

Logic-is-your-friend wrote:The thing is he didn't really prepare for a GC in the Giro. He is pushing 60 race days, did not do an altitude training before the Giro, did not focus on climbing etc. The Vuelta was his goal, the Giro was to test the waters and go for stage wins. Things turned out differently and now he is looking at a possible top 10 or better. Like the Youngest said, the only reason he wasn't doing the TDF was because he's getting married.

I agree he has more talent than JVDB. He has also more talent than a lot of other so called GT contenders. I'm sure you can all think of a few. He is 25, never focused on GT GC or climbing, did not adequately prepare for this and yet here he is. And the ITT has yet to come. Can he improve? Sure, a lot even. Just getting his weight down would be good for starters, but apparently he feels he deserves fries and icecreams whenever he wins a race or delivered a good performance. :o

Will he ever win a GT? Who knows, the same could be asked about a lot of other talented riders. Some will, some won't. I don't think he really needs to improve in his ITT, if he improves his climbing accordingly. Many (much) lesser TT'ers have won GT's. But he is willing to invest in a carreer as GC rider. If the Giro/Vuelta are a succes, he would get a place in spain to train on his climbing.

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What a great interview :) really rooting for this guy.
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26 May 2012 12:17

He was born in my hometown.

Anyway never thought he would do it so good in the giro. He never talked about the GC before the Giro. He rides the Giro to see how far he can go in a Grand Tour and well he's preparing for the Vuelta. If he can ride top 10 in the Giro i'm pretty sure he can do the same in the Vuelta.

As a Belgian it's nice to see we finally have some riders for a Grand Tour.
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26 May 2012 14:01

I open this thread for today!!!!:D
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26 May 2012 14:13

There is a thread like this already. Don't forget he did some amazing things in the past too!
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26 May 2012 14:29

maxmartin wrote:I open this thread for today!!!!:D
While he has already done some awesome stuff in Paris-Nice, Tour de Suisse and the Tour last year.
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26 May 2012 14:39

But not as GC contender, after watching last year TOF and two weeks in this year Giro, i feel he has great GC potential, deserve a GC contender thread:D
Buffalo Soldier wrote:There is a thread like this already. Don't forget he did some amazing things in the past too!
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26 May 2012 14:54

Giro podium or win is awesome gift for his marriage
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26 May 2012 15:12

OOPS didn't realize future can be so soon!!!!!!

maxmartin wrote:First time racing for GC very impressive, had a very good chance to make top 6:D

Already very decent at long TT, how much can he improve on climbing ability? Can we expect a future GT winner from Belgium?
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26 May 2012 15:32

I think Thomas is able to pass MS and Jrod for tomorrow, but not sure he is able to get enough time into Ryder
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26 May 2012 15:35

Respect to him, wished that he didnt cracked in final km
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26 May 2012 15:38

it is not really crack, when you are in long break, you always have to suffer in the end, AS also lost min to Evans in the final kilo
burning wrote:Respect to him, wished that he didnt cracked in final km
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26 May 2012 15:38

1-2 in the TT tomorrow for Vacansoleil with TDG and Larsson?
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26 May 2012 15:40

taylor can be a factor
jsem94 wrote:1-2 in the TT tomorrow for Vacansoleil with TDG and Larsson?
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26 May 2012 15:42

chapeau Thomas
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26 May 2012 15:44

Can we at least change the titel?
Let us remember what happened on March 16th, 2014

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26 May 2012 15:47

Red Rick wrote:Can we at least change the titel?


No because he isn't a legend.
"The second place is not good."
The great Alberto Contador :p
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26 May 2012 15:47

CasperVg wrote:He's good, but apparently dislikes riding in a peleton.

Problem solved.
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26 May 2012 15:56

Balls and ability. Really made the stage worth viewing. Great job.
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26 May 2012 15:56

Superb, amazing performance today.

He clocked the fastest time in Mortirolo, anyone knows the time?
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26 May 2012 16:21

phanatic wrote:Problem solved.

Good one.

But that was something. More impressive than Andy at the Tour, IMO. And he just went on to have a safe descent. On the Morti-bleeding-rolo of all places :D
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