Cookster15 wrote:Several riders had problems on the same corners that stage - Thomas was not alone but yes maybe a brake set up not suited to the conditions. I think the corners were damper than expected, it was foggy and some corners had tightening radius so late braking caused some issues. Anyhow he's had no such problems on the cobbles.
Iirc in an interview he said that the second crash was because the wheels were still slippery from the dew off the grass in the first crash.
Does the amount of track work these guys do mean that their (outdoor) bike skills are not quite as good as the betters riders? In, say, the team pursuit you have to be pretty precise in your handling. However, it is just one skill that is repeated to perfection. On the road it may not be as second nature as it is to some of the better bike handlers.
Someone like Sagan of course is just freakily good and I doubt you can ever teach that.
I was awarded 'Most Aggressive Rider of the Day', generally given to the most spectacular loser of the day.
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