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75th Tour de Romandie (2.UWT) // 27th of April - 2nd of May 2021

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Geraint alone will be obliterated by the Slovenians, literally. He needs Porte, Yates and Carapaz to be good all at the same time.
In their last 2 races where they were both racing for GC Carapaz has beat Roglic in one and lost on time bonuses in the other. He is not that special in grand tours. If (big if) G is in same form as 2018 as specified, he can hang with them, he was great that year.
 
30,3 km/h in average for Richie Porte on a climb. Insane, we could see from the helicopter that he was flying, but 30,3 is just crazy. Holding for 1min 37seconds it is really much. Bravo Ineos, that was really entertaining to watch. Hopefully Ganna gets better. But he needs a bit more steady terrain it seems. Last week he did on track 55 km/h in average for 30 minutes, so the shape is. He just needs some suitable terrain.
 
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In their last 2 races where they were both racing for GC Carapaz has beat Roglic in one and lost on time bonuses in the other. He is not that special in grand tours. If (big if) G is in same form as 2018 as specified, he can hang with them, he was great that year.
Things have changed for Roglic and Thomas in the last 2 years. And I have more faith in Carapaz than I have in Thomas if you want to go that road of comparison.
 
Ineos are super rich & super strong... they just they missed out on the two exceptional GC riders of the current era.

No, Geraint Thomas doesn't stand a chance against either Pogacar or Roglic. In the first two puncheur stages of the Tour, he'll lose time against both. In the time trial on stage 5, he'll lose some more time, then at Tignes in the Alpes he'll get unceremoniously dropped by the Jumbo & UAE trains. Then in the Pyrenees he'll attack, but neither top two guys will care & they'll eat him up without a fuss.

Carapaz is the Ineos best bet, but his Vuelta last year is deceiving with regards to the Tour this year: Roglic was on his last legs in the Vuelta after a season riding full gas in the Tour already & that won't be the case in the Tour de France 2021.

With regards to the Tour de Romandie, I was happy to see superman Lopez put in a decent time. He should be a factor tomorrow & the rest of the week (& Sepp Kuss also did great).
 
Ineos are super rich & super strong... they just they missed out on the two exceptional GC riders of the current era.

No, Geraint Thomas doesn't stand a chance against either Pogacar or Roglic. In the first two puncheur stages of the Tour, he'll lose time against both. In the time trial on stage 5, he'll lose some more time, then at Tignes in the Alpes he'll get unceremoniously dropped by the Jumbo & UAE trains. Then in the Pyrenees he'll attack, but neither top two guys will care & they'll eat him up without a fuss.

Carapaz is the Ineos best bet, but his Vuelta last year is deceiving with regards to the Tour this year: Roglic was on his last legs in the Vuelta after a season riding full gas in the Tour already & that won't be the case in the Tour de France 2021.

With regards to the Tour de Romandie, I was happy to see superman Lopez put in a decent time. He should be a factor tomorrow & the rest of the week (& Sepp Kuss also did great).

Geraint Thomas is capable in beating the Slovenians in an ITT and he will not lose time on those first two puncheur stages as they are way too easy and Thomas has a good enough acceleration to keep up.
 
30,3 km/h in average for Richie Porte on a climb. Insane, we could see from the helicopter that he was flying, but 30,3 is just crazy. Holding for 1min 37seconds it is really much. Bravo Ineos, that was really entertaining to watch. Hopefully Ganna gets better. But he needs a bit more steady terrain it seems. Last week he did on track 55 km/h in average for 30 minutes, so the shape is. He just needs some suitable terrain.

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It kind of depends on a lot of things, you can't just say that 30 kilometres per hour on any climb is amazing...
 

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