Can't let her go.
Of course. I never contested any of that. However, all of this further proves my point that he's a brave rider and so made a brave decision. Not necessarily a smart one though, given the odds of sprinting against one of the quickest finishers in the peloton bar top pure sprinters. That's the whole point. I'm not taking anything away from Asgreen, he's 100% the deserving winner, but that's beside the point at hand.You can say that, but riding like Simon Gerrans isnt his nature, actually quite the opposite. Thats obvious to everyone who have seen the guy race. But secondly, riding like this, worst case is 2nd and best case is 1st. Taking the wheel sucking all-or-nothing approach and you can end up umpteenth instead of first off all securing the 2nd. Maybe 4 years down the road in the exact same situation with one more win under his belt (and a sense that he stands absolutely no chance in the sprint), he will do that. That will be the correct thing to do, but surely he thought he would stand a chance playing it this way and if everything went to ***, well, you still get 2nd and you get beat by a phenomenon and beat another.
Sure, that’s a reasonable tactical argument. But a tactical argument to pull is very different to an argument that there’s some kind of moral obligation to pull when it’s sub optimal because it’s “grown up”. The grown up thing to do is to ride the strategy that maximises your chance of winning.I think it would have sucked, the DQSses were embarrasing for a couple of minutes when Alaph was also not working in the second group.
I mean he can decide not to take turns with van der Poel, ok they will slow down and everything comes together and maybe Senechal can win or more likely someone like Stuyven sneaks away. So his team's chances (but it's also a sport for individuals) would probably even be worse if he had refused.
Yeah, it's a tough spot for VDB. Honestly, Vollering may be their best bet at this point. No way VDB gets across without Brown or ELB.Such an awkward gapm it looks like a lot less than the time gap on the graphic. A lot is going to be about the SD Worx work there, as their issue is that Anna VDB would probably want to escape again from here, Demi is more expendable (on paper at least) but is a less good time triallist and a better sprinter which complicates the matter for them.
Edit: it's really time for Brennauer to earn her chance t sprint for the win, if she has enough left. She's one of the best TTers in that group, and the best sprinter in it.
Yep, there are "sprints" and there are "sprints after 6 hours in the saddle."Agree with this entirely. A sprint after 250kms is a whole different ballgame. Although I still feel as if his sprint last year was better than this year. Then again this year's edition was probably harder than last year. So there's that.
She probably is, in the same way as Cavalli is the better shout for FDJ than Cille at this point.Yeah, it's a tough spot for VDB. Honestly, Vollering may be their best bet at this point. No way VDB gets across without Brown or ELB.
Asgreen was the one to open the sprint.Yep, there are "sprints" and there are "sprints after 6 hours in the saddle."
IMO they were clearly the two strongest riders, but I thought Kasper played a better endgame. Mathieu raced really smart for 259.8 kms. He will always beat Asgreen off the line for the first 50-100 meters no matter how tired his legs are, but he got impatient and went from just a little bit too far out.