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17 Apr 2019 12:39

So easy for Bennett. It appears he was exaggerating yesterday when he said he had no shape.

Very disappointed that Poestlberger got caught. Also a bit sorry for Ewan who just has nothing going right for him at the moment.
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17 Apr 2019 13:17

Super strong team performance from Bora there. Grosschartner looking good.
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17 Apr 2019 13:25

BTW, loved all the men in yellow at the entrance to the finale climb; wouldn't risk riders getting confused about the route.
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17 Apr 2019 14:11

Yes, Evenepoel, what an idiot. Testing to see what's possible and what's not. Moron. Because obviously nobody told him he isn't riding in the juniors anymore. He should learn from the other GC riders. Wait for the final 100 meters to attack. And if possible don't attack at all.
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Re: Presidential Tour Of Turkey 16 - 21 April 2019

17 Apr 2019 16:08

Großschartner looks good for the GC.
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17 Apr 2019 17:22

Logic-is-your-friend wrote:Yes, Evenepoel, what an idiot. Testing to see what's possible and what's not. Moron. Because obviously nobody told him he isn't riding in the juniors anymore. He should learn from the other GC riders. Wait for the final 100 meters to attack. And if possible don't attack at all.


That's fair enough, etc, etc. But why did he end up on the front chasing Pöstlberger?
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17 Apr 2019 18:30

roundabout wrote:
Logic-is-your-friend wrote:Yes, Evenepoel, what an idiot. Testing to see what's possible and what's not. Moron. Because obviously nobody told him he isn't riding in the juniors anymore. He should learn from the other GC riders. Wait for the final 100 meters to attack. And if possible don't attack at all.

That's fair enough, etc, etc. But why did he end up on the front chasing Pöstlberger?

Because he's a 19 year old kid that is testing his limits. I'd rather see him try and fail, than assume whatever he's being told is automatically true for him. He's 19, it's only the Tour of Turkey. Let him try, even if it means crash and burn.

Anyway, for GC:

Grossschartner
Polanc 6"
Conti 6"
Kudus 10"
Evenepoel 15"
O'Connor 19"
Alarcon 22"

Who Else?
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17 Apr 2019 20:00

Imagine if Bora wins every stage (5x Bennett + 1x Großschartner) + the final GC. Not even so unlikely to happen.
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17 Apr 2019 20:10

Thursday's stage 3 - Çanakkale to Edremit 122.6km starts 11.30 Turkish time (10.30 CET)
TV from 12.00 CET

Again, a stage with two halves. First little lumpy, then a descent and the final 35 km to the finish flat. Only 122 km though so ... either Bennett wins again or we get some echelons along the coast.

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17 Apr 2019 21:12

Bennett is obviously the favourite but there are two other properly fast sprinters in the race. Ewan took a bit of a knock today, but Jakobsen didn’t and he has most of the DCQ first choice train working for him. I think he’ll take at least one from Bennett, so why not tomorrow? DCQ have quite a lot of experience in combating Bennett’s preference for taking a ride on their train.
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Yesterday 06:08

https://twitter.com/Lotto_Soudal/status/1118502326430515204
The pain in the wrist of @CalebEwan seems to have lessened, so he won't need to go to the hospital.


Hope he's fit for a sprint!

Weather forecast says breezy and from NE so a possibility of crosswinds on the run-in.
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Yesterday 07:38

Regarding Evenepoel's attempt yesterday. Since there was no opportunity to do an actual recon, he had only the roadbook to go by. On paper it seemed tougher than in reality. The attempt was planned.
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Yesterday 08:58

Stage 3 under way - 6 guys out front in the break - Langelotti (Burgos), Berrade (Euskadi), Marengo (Neri), De Vylder (Vlaanderen-Baloise), Örken and Samli (Turkey) - 2 mins lead after 8km.
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Yesterday 09:32

And then there were 5 -
https://twitter.com/tourofturkeyTUR/status/1118807161256185856
Ahmet Örken sits up and awaits the peloton after having helped Feritcan Samli in the Beauties of Turkey sprint.
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Yesterday 10:45

Logic-is-your-friend wrote:
roundabout wrote:
Logic-is-your-friend wrote:Yes, Evenepoel, what an idiot. Testing to see what's possible and what's not. Moron. Because obviously nobody told him he isn't riding in the juniors anymore. He should learn from the other GC riders. Wait for the final 100 meters to attack. And if possible don't attack at all.

That's fair enough, etc, etc. But why did he end up on the front chasing Pöstlberger?

Because he's a 19 year old kid that is testing his limits. I'd rather see him try and fail, than assume whatever he's being told is automatically true for him. He's 19, it's only the Tour of Turkey. Let him try, even if it means crash and burn.

Anyway, for GC:

Grossschartner
Polanc 6"
Conti 6"
Kudus 10"
Evenepoel 15"
O'Connor 19"
Alarcon 22"

Who Else?


I found Remco's comment on losing 9 seconds rather stupid, he said no one who took 9 seconds on him will still be there on after the loing climb later one this week... otherwise let him test he'll learn a lot
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Yesterday 10:58

the 4 just got on the top of the cat 3 climb ...
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Yesterday 11:03

Beautiful country, Turkey - would love to visit someday (and by saying that, the race has fulfilled its purpose: Attracting tourists :D )
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Yesterday 11:04

No excueses today for sprinters - flat, straight, little wind. Let the fastest man win!
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Yesterday 11:14

Lexman wrote:
I found Remco's comment on losing 9 seconds rather stupid, he said no one who took 9 seconds on him will still be there on after the loing climb later one this week... otherwise let him test he'll learn a lot


I haven't read that. He probably still doesn't know who is who in the peloton, lol.
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