2020...2021 Olympic Women's Road Race, Tokyo, 137 KM

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not sure but i think it is very normal to celebrate silver, especially with avv's history. i think everyone sees it on the clock too, that there is another winner.

kiesenhofer was amazing, top quality. Breakaway yes, but surviving it in this manner is class.
Wel, she didn't.

to make it VERY CLEAR:

AVV thought she won, and she was VERY disappointed.

So what happened?

The team told the break was on the road, gave time differences etc. They even told AVV live (you could hear it on camera) when she was chasing solo. But they only told her the time gap (5 minutes).
They presumably never told her the number of riders on the road. And they never told the team that one of the break had split and Kiesenhofer was riding still out in the front.
And even with guys in the pitstop, this fact didn't reach the peloton...? What was going on?

But even before, the Dutch tactics were very lousy: they were ordered to attack from way too far out, while it was much better to drill it on the climbs and get the break as close as 2-3 minutes before attacking hard.
 
There are going to be some serious recriminations about the organisation and communication then, because it's not just that the Dutch messed up if other riders also believed they were fighting for gold late on.
Three riders went in the break, they caught two, leaves one still out front even if there are no radios.
Do you really think that in the cars they are not watching the race on TV? So the coaches/trainers were aware of the situation all the time...they f..ked up their communication at the feeding zones and when getting bottles from the cars...simple as that
 
Three riders went in the break, they caught two, leaves one still out front even if there are no radios.
Do you really think that in the cars they are not watching the race on TV? So the coaches/trainers were aware of the situation all the time...they f..ked up their communication at the feeding zones and when getting bottles from the cars...simple as that
It sounds like (again, implying from second-hand reportage of van der Breggen's interview) they were told of the break gaps but not how many riders there were or that the break had split so they didn't realise when they caught the duo at 5 to go that they hadn't actually finished the job.
 

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