First... third... same-same.blaxland said:congrats to Chaves his first of many grand tour stage wins.also great ride Kruijswijk this giro is now a three way battle.chaves really impressed me today.Orica finally has a GT rider to cheer for.
My bad soz RedheadDane..RedheadDane said:
they probably did. except they forget to time the team car to wiz by to tow nibali..Brullnux said:Are weak atm. His attacks when he is in form are tremendous. Did he and Slongo do the usual acceleration training this year? Looks like he is missing that badly.arvc40 said:Well there better than the people he faced in 2014. Nibali is a good rider, totaly overrated as a GT rider though. Today is another good example of this. His attacks are WEAK.SeriousSam said:You really think that had these versions of Chavez and Crushweak been at the Tour in 2014, they would have dropped Nibali?More Strides than Rides said:A lot of people are saying Nibali looked weak. I think he looked the same as when he won the Tour and Giro. One big attack, and soloing to the top. That's what he did today, but today there were better riders in the field, something he didn't have to deal with in the past.
I read the same post last year but we all know how that tourned out. Nibali must improve to drop others on the mountains , otherwise he will not win the GiroMr.White said:
I think LottoJumbo should do the same to a degree. Kruijswijk isn't benefitted by a selective race. Keep sending men up the road, especially Battaglin and Roglic I think should be able to get over the climbs to a degree that they would be useful.Dekker_Tifosi said:Nibali's plan seems obvious to me. He'll try to send as many teammates up the road as possible. Then try to attack downhill and lose the others there. Catch up his teammates and TTT to the finish.
As of now Nibali is not bad unlike TDF. He lost ~30s. His recovery is proven and his performance will improve. All he needs to drop Kruijswijk and stay in range of Chaves. Kruijswijk is not a great attacker more of a diesel climber as seen last year as well. Chaves is already behindMatteo. said:I read the same post last year but we all know how that tourned out. Nibali must improve to drop others on the mountains , otherwise he will not win the GiroMr.White said:
Wasn't Kruijswijk strongest during the same period of the Giro last year? Mortirolo stage was also end of 2nd week if I recall correcty. And the stage over the Finestre was end of 3rd week and there he no longer was stronger then most.Dekker_Tifosi said:having now finally watched the video of todays stage..
Kruijswijk looked so at ease.. it's incredible. If he really has his 3rd week like he normally does than this Giro is over.
Valverde was very much at the Giro yesterday. Turns out that even Valverde can't hold absolute top form permanently, and when you're at top form in the Ardennes it is hard to hold it all the way to the end of the Giro. See Evans in 2010 as well - one of the other guys capable of being competitive all year round, but running on fumes by the end of that Giro. The Don is better protected than that so may be able to keep in the mix, but it was inevitable that he'd lose out somewhere, it was just whether he'd been able to get far enough forward in the GC before it happened so that he could cover for it that was the question.Tonton said:Nice rant Gigs_98 . Sorry dude. IMO Nibali is the big winner today. And you're right, he has the team. Valverde was in California today; the ersatz of Bala at the Giro was a huge disappointment for me.
I'm not talking about his time loss in the first week...Dekker_Tifosi said:You're looking at numbers too much. Kruijswijk was 7th yes, but only because he lost 8 minutes in the first week. He was one of the strongest climbers in the last week.Looks like a repeat this year, but without losing time in the first week.
No need to apologize, just thought I'd point out your little mistake.blaxland said:My bad soz RedheadDane..RedheadDane said:
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