Brothers in (crank) arms - Yates Discussion Thread

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I wonder if this 100% GC-team stuff has come to bite them a bit. Adam doesnt seem like a GC rider at this point, Simon is incredible at times, Chaves is the purest GC in GTs rider but has health problems, Haig is a great teammate/luxurydomestique, but Im afraid not much more than that.

Always thought they were at their best hunting stages and that stuff. Fortunately they were smart enough to give Trentin and Impey a bit freedom on some stages and obviously select Simon who have been amazing.
 
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Valv.Piti said:
I wonder if this 100% GC-team stuff has come to bite them a bit. Adam doesnt seem like a GC rider at this point, Simon is incredible at times, Chaves is the purest GC in GTs rider but has health problems, Haig is a great teammate/luxurydomestique, but Im afraid not much more than that.

Always thought they were at their best hunting stages and that stuff. Fortunately they were smart enough to give Trentin and Impey a bit freedom on some stages and obviously select Simon who have been amazing.
In their last five GTs, they won GC once and their GC ambitions went off the rails to varying degrees four times. However they won stages at four of those five GTs anyway and sometimes multiple stages. That’s a good return for a team specializing in stage hunting, like a Lotto Soudal. Basically having Simon Yates and, perhaps to to a lesser extent, Chaves, means that stages are very likely to come if time has been dropped.
 
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Valv.Piti said:
I wonder if this 100% GC-team stuff has come to bite them a bit. Adam doesnt seem like a GC rider at this point, Simon is incredible at times, Chaves is the purest GC in GTs rider but has health problems, Haig is a great teammate/luxurydomestique, but Im afraid not much more than that.

Always thought they were at their best hunting stages and that stuff. Fortunately they were smart enough to give Trentin and Impey a bit freedom on some stages and obviously select Simon who have been amazing.
Where the GC focus has come back to bite them is they don't have the budget to strengthen their ' Classics Squad ' which is very ordinary and don't have a fast sprinter - For example, Trentin who has been a good signing and is happy with the environment will leave for CCC because he doesn't have enough support in the classics - They do need for some of their young guys to come on, so it's not all doom and gloom on the classics side - The Vuelta will be interesting because their will be no GC focus, so there will be more pressure to hunt stages.
 
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I really do not get Adam Yates he has had a good TDF before, he was dominant in some climbs this year in Catalunya i think. So he can clearly ride a good TDF, he did far better on harder climbs than PDBF so why does he crumble when he gets to the TDF? i feel he raced too much. Should have a lighter schedule.
 

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