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MneahAdam's TT has definitely improved at Ineos, whereas at Bike Exchange their ITT has gone to water, and yet they got the Guru in Pinotti working for the team - Adam's biggest issue at the Vuelta will be the hot weather in which he can be vulnerable.
Its weird that after his 4th in 2016 he never progressed in that regard.Mneah
Consistency over three weeks will always be his biggest downfall.
The guy is always superb in spring and then fades in TdF. In his only participation in the Giro he faded as well. I don't think he's made for Grand Tours.
I thought the same today. At that stage in TA he lost 4:50 minutes on Pogacar and 3 minutes on Bernal but he was the second best climber on Tivo.Yates is always a worry in cold and rainy conditions - Even as recently at TA in similar conditions he struggled in the stage won by MVP.
Yates works in mysterious ways.Never trust a Yates to deliver yet I did it again god damnit. He's the big loser of today. Remco was expected to improve throughout the race. Yates was supposedly the most ready gc contender after dominating the main preparation race, yet on the first important stage he looked like anything but. Also I don't buy into the "it's the weather" narrative. That sounds so much like the kind of excuse we always have for gc contenders early in gt's before we realize they are just bad.
Yates said he felt lost condition in 2019 due to the really flat first half of the race and then in 2020 he got covid, so this is his first GC attempt since 2018 that should truly show how good he really is. Basically, he has not been able to show his true grand tour ability in nearly 3 years.Yeah and last year Nibali losing 15 seconds in Roccaraso wasn't supposed to be a big deal. It's always the same thing. People read 10 seconds, think "that's not a lot" and forget that the issue isn't the time lost, but that you don't just go from losing 10 seconds today to gaining 10 seconds tomorrow.
Also another thing, the whole "Yates is inconsistent in gt's" is really just a myth people started to believe in because of his giro 2018 explosion. Prior to completely blowing up he was extremely consistent in that race, he won the 2018 Vuelta not with any one great climbing performance but by being the only consistent gc rider and outside of those two races the story of the gc rider Yates has just been consistent mediocrity. I might be forgetting something, but outside of 2018 has Yates had any gt climbing performance, even if just on one day, that would make you think of him as someone who should fight for gt wins?