Yeah, he was decent in the Vuelta last year and ok this year but nothing like 2018 or lately. Anyway, he's fun to watch when he's going well.Valgren hit a really good form at the 2020 Vuelta and has been pretty good since. He has been unlucky with crashes but his form has been good all year.
Agreed, my point is that he actually had the best legs for Belgium today...I think Alaphillippe was the class of the field, regardless.Maybe, maybe not. Riding on the front at a hard steady tempo isn't the same as the kind of explosion in the legs Ala has. I don't think he would have been able to go with him. Maybe once or twice but I don't think anyone had the form today to go with him on that last one. But yeah, if somehow he'd been able to go with him every time at least Belgium would have come away with a silver.
Since you put it like that, Quickstep's tactics were superb.Alaphilippe benefitted so much from the fact that this was raced hard from that far. All of the attacks of Remcos, Asgreens etc (of course French as well) paved a path for the French success, making the field exhausted as far as they hit the final Leuven laps.
Thanks to that, those short climbs turned out to be long and steep enough for his trademark moves.
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