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TBE needs to ride smart - Keep the powder dry for stage 20 - Hope to gain a bit of a time and in a perfect world Caruso cracks - Hold onto the podium with an outside chance of gaining second - Bernal is too far away.
 
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Hopefully. He is massively dependend on Caruso being willing to go for the big one instead of just defending his podium. If the two teams work together against Bernal they have a chance. That is if today wasn't just a bad day for Bernal but the beginning of a trend.
Caruso won't cooperate, he'll try to defend, as we've seen today. He had a chance to drop Bernal, but he choose to ride tempo to defend from Yates, and he even paced Bernal in the process.
Yates of course will attack, and he'll attack hard, he smells blood...
 
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Lot of what-ifs for him in this Giro. Had there been at least an average Giro weather in the first two weeks instead of 2013-level atrocity he would probably be the favourite going into last two stages, instead of an outside chance he has now. On the other hand, had stage 16 been held in its entirety, the bad day he had there would probably have dropped him out of the GC picture completely.

Hopefully he puts in a good show tomorrow, even if Bernal has a seemingly safe looking gap.
 
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Deserved win. This is Simon Yates we all know, and he will attack again tomorrow, only this time much earlier. My guess is on penultimate climb, while Nieve will drill it all the way up San Bernardino, although much depends on composition of the break, and also depends on Almeida attitude. If he tries to go early to connect to the break that would create chaos.
 
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Deserved win. This is Simon Yates we all know, and he will attack again tomorrow, only this time much earlier. My guess is on penultimate climb, while Nieve will drill it all the way up San Bernardino, although much depends on composition of the break, and also depends on Almeida attitude. If he tries to go early to connect to the break that would create chaos.
Problem is that when Nieve is done Bernal will probably still have Castro, Martinez and one out of Moscon/Navarez. You already mentioned Almeida. Also have to account for Caruso. Yates needs a 2018 Froome/FInestre or Nibali 2016 Agnello/Risoul kind of miracle.
 
I've really enjoyed Simon's efforts and he is solely responsible for keeping the GC battle engaging following the demise of Landa. Unfortunately he stands little chance as Ineos have adapted. In the first stage where Bernal lost time, Yates appeared keen to shift tempo, actually sitting up at one point with Bernal on his wheel and letting Almeida steal a few bike lengths, before attacking again. Bernal responded and blew up.

Yesterday we saw that Bernal has learnt the Ineos/Sky way. Ignore the competition and ride your own tempo up the climb. That way you dont risk blowing up and losing minutes. This has forced Yates to have to consider a kamikaze attack from distance today, as leaving it to the final ascent is no use to him. Ineos dont seem impreginble either so if Simon is feeling good he may try something audacious even if it risks him falling off the podium.

Also, if Simon is suspected to be a 'fair weather' rider then the Giro is not for him. Spring in north Italy can be extremely soggy.
 
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