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Who will conquer the Mur?

  • Joaquim Rodriguez

    Votes: 1 1.0%
  • Dan Martin

    Votes: 14 14.4%
  • Alejandro Valverde

    Votes: 45 46.4%
  • Daniel Moreno

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Philippe Gilbert

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Sergio Henao

    Votes: 20 20.6%
  • Michael Albasini

    Votes: 3 3.1%
  • Julian Alaphilippe

    Votes: 11 11.3%
  • Enrico Gasparotto

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Other (say below)

    Votes: 3 3.1%

  • Total voters
    97
  • Poll closed .
Yes!!!! Bala gets the record and 3 in a row! That was close - got a messed up popup at 900m and had to open another browser. Great work from Etixx, though perhaps one of them should have gone earlier, ala Betancur to put more pressure on Bala. Still I don't know if it would have made much difference as he was just too strong. Etixx as a team has to be the favorite for LBL. Nice performance from Samu and Ulissi finally gets an Ardennes top 10.
 
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pink_jersey said:
Also, Valverde can't be beaten if you attack with 300m to go. You need to anticipate like Betancur and Kloden tried.
As long as he is in the top 15-20 going into the foot of the climb, I don't think any tactics would really work against him in this kind of form.

He's the best climber in the field (certainly best 3 min power/weight) so you can't try to attack early, he'll just reel you in. And you can't go late and try to out kick him, because he's also so explosive.
 
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Laplaz said:
Alaphilippe should have anticipated Valverde...
And done what? Valverde was in control throughout. He led the climb from the front, immediately got on Purito's wheel when he attack, then immediately jumped on Martin's when he attacked.

Alaphilippe's best chance was to stay on Valverde's wheel and try to come round him in the last 100m, but he just didn't have the power to do it - he lost the wheel when Valverde jumped. If he would have gone first, then Valverde would have just had a slightly easier ride for 200m before sprinting around him to take the victory.
 
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Laplaz said:
Alaphilippe should have anticipated Valverde...
He had his hands full just following him. Atm Valverde is just the best Ardennes-rider bar none. After a HUGE gap maybe there is Alaphilippe. But as soon as Valverde calls it quits he will take over the reigns. :)
 
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Laplaz said:
Alaphilippe knew Valverde would attack at 150 to go... maybe if he would have anticipated him he would have had better chances. But Valverde was the strongest and he would have won anyway.
But if he's already totally maxed out he can anticipate all he wants. Its not a chess game.
 
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rainman said:
Laplaz said:
Alaphilippe knew Valverde would attack at 150 to go... maybe if he would have anticipated him he would have had better chances. But Valverde was the strongest and he would have won anyway.
But if he's already totally maxed out he can anticipate all he wants. Its not a chess game.
Thank you for taking the words out of my mouth.

You cannot anticipate if you already going max to follow. It's so easy for some sitting behind a screen. Valverde is probably the only rider in the top 10 who was something 'extra' in the final 200m and can follow with still 1% to spare. The rest is already going max.
 
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Laplaz said:
Alaphilippe knew Valverde would attack at 150 to go... maybe if he would have anticipated him he would have had better chances. But Valverde was the strongest and he would have won anyway.
Apart from asking Dan Martin to perform his customary swan dive in front of Valverde there was nothing he could have done.
 

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