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Which rider will surprise the most?

  • Sepp Kuss

    Votes: 3 4.7%
  • Enric Mas

    Votes: 8 12.5%
  • Chris Froome

    Votes: 12 18.8%
  • Sergio Higuita

    Votes: 13 20.3%
  • Adam Yates

    Votes: 3 4.7%
  • Dylan Teuns

    Votes: 2 3.1%
  • Benoît Cosnefroy

    Votes: 3 4.7%
  • Guillaume Martin

    Votes: 10 15.6%
  • other, French

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • other, non-French

    Votes: 11 17.2%

  • Total voters
    64
  • Poll closed .
5 would be enough for me but more likely 10 needed to persuade all teams not to chase hard.

Could easily let go on the opening two days and lose enough time but I am aware he has always been loath to deliberately leak time.

5 minutes won't do it. He's been 5 minutes down and teams have literally said if they let him go in a break down that little he'll end up winning the whole thing if they let him in a break. My guess is he likely needs to be at least 15 minutes down before they'd let him go in a break. It's not in his mentality to lose time intentionally. He also said after today's said that his sensations are better after this stage than they were at any point during Burgos.

So.. Soler, likes being a domestique, i take it?


Well he isn't going to the Tour and his goals are in Italy after the Tour so he does have time to get some form. However, this isn't exactly helping his cause.
 
5 minutes won't do it. He's been 5 minutes down and teams have literally said if they let him go in a break down that little he'll end up winning the whole thing if they let him in a break. My guess is he likely needs to be at least 15 minutes down before they'd let him go in a break. It's not in his mentality to lose time intentionally. He also said after today's said that his sensations are better after this stage than they were at any point during Burgos.




Well he isn't going to the Tour and his goals are in Italy after the Tour so he does have time to get some form. However, this isn't exactly helping his cause.
he looked heavy to me.
 
It'll never happen. Bala isn't wired that way. He could certainly win a stage but it won't be like that.
I totally agree with you. He can't intentionally lose time even if that is supposed to be the plan. He just can't allow it of himself. He said after today's stage that the sensations are better than at any time during Burgos. It sounds like he's racing himself into race shape and once he's actually in race shape he could definitely win a stage.
 
As was mentioned earlier, I too was thinking that van Aert might be a real contender for the green jersey in the TDF if he were not conscripted to GC support. Not sure if Sagan can do it yet again . . . but he will probably twist himself into form in the next couple weeks. Eight green jerseys is a pretty crazy thought.
 
As was mentioned earlier, I too was thinking that van Aert might be a real contender for the green jersey in the TDF if he were not conscripted to GC support. Not sure if Sagan can do it yet again . . . but he will probably twist himself into form in the next couple weeks. Eight green jerseys is a pretty crazy thought.
The team will probably let him go for a stage win but I think it's all about the overall for them at least this year.
 
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As was mentioned earlier, I too was thinking that van Aert might be a real contender for the green jersey in the TDF if he were not conscripted to GC support. Not sure if Sagan can do it yet again . . . but he will probably twist himself into form in the next couple weeks. Eight green jerseys is a pretty crazy thought.
Yes, Green Jersey could be Van Aert's target.
This year especially since there's no string of sprint stages at the beginning where he could find himself too far behind in the competition (Sagan always manages to mix with the pure specialists).
GC duties, though, might prevent him from going for it.

Green Jersey classification needs more committed contenders.
 
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