Finish at different place?
I don't think so. In last year's PN, he was good as well.I guess it's more like a coin toss. 2015 Tour vs 2019 Vuelta.
Still. Tour to come in only a few weeks and the contenders probably on similar preperation levesl (unlike in other seasons), only the results count. I fear he is in for just another dissappointing Tour. Also Bernal/Sivakov > Vlasov.He was hit by a car whilst training in Colombia - about a month ago. No doubt that hindered some of his preparation
I am skeptical of him now, I agree. But this time he could actually have a good excuse with his accident and being off the bike so long. Plus the hot weather. We'll have better conclusions after L'Ain. But, yes worrisome nevertheless.Quintana's only hope now is for an unpredictable and open Tour. Hard to see him being the strongest but with a bit of luck maybe he can challenge
Actually you are right about Yorkshire - Had good form that day and it was a missed opportunity.I thought he - quite unnecessarily - was trying to bridge back up to the favourites' group because it would be cool for a guy like him to sit in a 25 man group with all the GC contenders after two tough climbs and in the bottom of the final one on a day where everybody was scared of the time limit.
But I agree that his level has been lacking since. Then again, better decision making and he would have a fourth world title in Yorkshire so it's not all bad.
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How long was he off the bike?I am skeptical of him now, I agree. But this time he could actually have a good excuse with his accident and being off the bike so long. Plus the hot weather. We'll have better conclusions after L'Ain. But, yes worrisome nevertheless.
Contador or Valverde collaborating is such a rare sightI was rewatching the Vuelta 2017 a bit this week, Contador did that a few times himself to Nibali. At least twice it was
"Hey Berto, wann go destroy the Sky train"
"Sí, always any day"
Nibs does a big turn. He looks at Contador, and then you can just see Contador going like "sorry man I'm so dead"
Yes, but the tour will start already in three weeks. If he comes in later then Fernando Barelo who worked quite a lot then I wouldn´t say that he is on a good way for the tour...He is improving slowly. We saw that today. Plus I know that he disappeared for 6 months. He tried to do rollers but he said that he had a very hard time with that. So naturally I think he is out of shape.
Maybe not, but I am not worried about him. He can lose more time on his lack of tactical sense than being out of shape.Yes, but the tour will start already in three weeks. If he comes in later then Fernando Barelo who worked quite a lot then I wouldn´t say that he is on a good way for the tour...
The only true Valverde/Contador brocoperation was trolling Cadel Evans in the 2009 Dauphine
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