Sagan had 0.000 problem to stick with Bala & Ala, he just controlled every hill…..almost without drop of sweat - he was 85% of time in saddle, he looked calm and easy…not wasting energySKSemtex said:He was too good to be dropped by Valverde attack.Valv.Piti said:Was Sagan to good for him?... It was Alaphilippe who closed, not Sagan. Sagan was impressive, but not super on the climbsSKSemtex said:Valverde had to attack as he could win only if he get rid of Sagan. He was the strongest climber from that group. He tried but Sagan was to good for him. These up and down short climbs are Sagan territory.
I had to rewatch but he was not too much time out of the saddle.
He was good in climbs he just killed himself chasing all the attacks on the flat.
....i noticed his technic of pedalling looks very light and smooth this year (almost Landa-smoothish), not so muscle-pushing as in the past - i noticed his improved style in PR - he was just flying over the cobbles.
Today too, he looked like fish in the stream in this race (especially if he is considered to be not suited to Amstel and not to mention that his whole skeleton must still be rattling after the PR).
I guess he did 70% of work in the finale. Valverde (to be fair) did also lot of work, he took his turns in rotation - but I believe, Valverde was not closing the gaps....on the other hand Sagan was on the wind a lot and was also closing gaps - i believe that he was not on his limits and he could go with Kreuziger and Valgren but IMO he had feeling that "enough is enough, I am not closing everything" - he seems to be consistent in this attitude this season - probably better word is "stubborn" I think that today he demonstrate his approach: I have not problem to do 70% - 60% of dirty work, but f*** you must do your 30% part....if you refuse even that bit f*** you you lose.....my exteammates wins ....i think it is some sort of intuitive/irrational sense of justice that simply does not let him anymore