Don't mean to be a jerk or a party pooper, but... remain realistic.Comparisations...Zabriskie, van Garderen or Leipheimer? I will go with Bobby Julich. Good enough climber to get some GT results onTT heavy routes early in his career. Not a future GC winner. Will probably be among the 3-5 best TT specialists for at least 5-10 years. Will be interesting to see if he can make the Dumoulin/Wiggins transformation and improve his climbing or if he will go the Julich/Martin route and focus on TTs.
Results would suggest it is the length of the climb which is exacerbated by hard mountain stages - Though he should be OK in stage 6 of Basque Country - Bigger tests await at the Giro.Are we sure that it's mainly the length of the effort (yesterday was a sub 11min effort) or is it the really steep stuff and really hard mountain stages?
Well, it's still possible that he'll simply surprise us all. He's surprised me so far this week, and considering his age it's not out of the realm of possibility that he will still surprise us more. With some luck, in a few months he'll make sure when i read one of my previous posts i think to myself "hah, what idiot wrote that!".Are we sure that it's mainly the length of the effort (yesterday was a sub 11min effort) or is it the really steep stuff and really hard mountain stages?
After all is said and done, i think he'd have liked taking that ITT, rather than "be in the mix for the overall" and go home empty handed. If only he hadn't screwed up that corner, he would have beaten Roglic in the TT.It didn't pan out regarding GC, on Itzulia Basque Country 2021, still that was a strong TT performance on stage 1.
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