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71st Tour de Romandie - April 25th-30th

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portugal11 said:
Froome is weaker than last year at this moment
That still doesn't really mean anything. Last year he was weaker than in 2015, and in 2015 he was weaker than in 2014. If the Tour de Romandie was an indicator for his general shape, he would be decling since 2014 but after a one month long pause he shows up in the Dauphine with the same shape every year.
 
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deValtos said:
Baldinger said:
Saving a bit for the Tour-Vuelta double perhaps. Froome, that is.

While this is true I feel like a normal off-form Froome should've been able to stay with that big group. It is a little concerning.


Very, very similar thing happened at last years TDR, he had a mechanical but couldn't make it back, latched onto peloton, then was dropped at upping of pace. If he doesn't crash or get injured or sick, come July he will be firing.

Porte was excellent there though.
 
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DFA123 said:
Very impressive strength from Porte. But I guess we know he is well capable of that in one day races. Yates looked really good as well; would be interesting to know if he could have stayed with Porte had they started the final climb together.
Don't you mean week-long-races? :)

Doubt Yates could have stayed with Porte if he'd not anticipated the attack by getting away before the last climb. Smart racing, as is always the case with Yates, when he takes his victories.

The GC-battle is looking very exciting for the time trial. Felline and Roglic are still very much in good positions to take the win, since neither Porte nor Yates have been particularly impressive in the time trials.
 
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Cance > TheRest said:
DFA123 said:
Very impressive strength from Porte. But I guess we know he is well capable of that in one day races. Yates looked really good as well; would be interesting to know if he could have stayed with Porte had they started the final climb together.
Don't you mean week-long-races? :)

Doubt Yates could have stayed with Porte if he'd not anticipated the attack by getting away before the last climb. Smart racing, as is always the case with Yates, when he takes his victories.

The GC-battle is looking very exciting for the time trial. Felline and Roglic are still very much in good positions to take the win, since neither Porte nor Yates have been particularly impressive in the time trials.
Yes, definitely one-week races, not one-day races! :eek:

Yeah, I think Yates would have had difficulty as well, but he's probably the third best climber on the startlist. So, with Froome on such poor form, he'd probably be the one most able to stay with Porte. I guess it's difficult to know exactly how good Porte's attack was, given that TJVG was the closest to him from the peloton. He certainly put a weakish field to the sword, but it's kind of a shame there isn't someone very consistent like Quintana or Valverde to properly measure him against.

I think Porte will take the GC as well. It's hilly enough to make 30 seconds a big gap to Roglic and Izagirre.
 
Guess what... I've just caught riders crossing the line.
Nothing of the preceding action.

Congrats to Yates, Porte... BMC showing at "home".

Froome might've caught a cold previous days.
Or just the weather change was enough to underperform.
I'm sure he'll be honest.
 

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