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Critérium du Dauphiné May 30-June 6 2021

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- and again, I have to give it to Feltet.dk, and their expert Emil Axelgaard, who just calls it right in most every race preview, some team should hire that guy as a strategist :)
He usually names half the peloton as possible winner though.

So, McNulty has a kick.
Edit: still curious about how he could lose time on day 1.
From what i read, he had a mechanical before the climb, had to work hard to get back, but was dropped (or didn't quite get back) as soon as the road went up.
 
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Vingegaard in his exit interview, saying he has been suffering from an inflamed achilles tendon (inflammation is gone now), which has delayed his preparation a bit, but he feels confident he will be ready for the Tour.

Asgreen in his exit interview saying, that he thinks the TT will create quite big differences, because the route is lumpy and technical. Also saying Pöstlberger is a fairly good TT rider, so 23 seconds will be on the limit, but he will go for it.
 
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How was your holiday? how did you fill your days? Riding a bike? :D
 
Completely agree.

- and again, I have to give it to Feltet.dk, and their expert Emil Axelgaard, who just calls it right in most every race preview, some team should hire that guy as a strategist :)

I changed my mind too, after hearing Holm earlier today, but clearly he has misjudged the finish.
Except for the Giro, where he made a pick for the clicks ;)
 
I don't know what to make of Froome's poor performances. I have heard some podcast about being respectful with him. Same thing I hear here. The defense to the point of not questioning the contract value. Are you kidding me? these are public figures and they should know that contracts come with pressure. So is Sagan's contract. People and media will always question the amount and rightly so. Especially if they are underperforming. Because the are public figures. They depend on advertising and results. Otherwise they never should have entered the business.

Having said that, by just looking at him, you can tell that he is overweight for a guy that should be contending, or at least be at the front of races. Unless he is a *** he knows this. So him saying that he is trying hard, he is a good path, he is in a training camp, he is in an altitude camp is somehow a smoke screen. I think he knows it and he has to play the theater because of the contract value. But at the end of the day he knows that he is far from being anywhere close to his best fitness. He is not being truthful with fans because he cant!!!!. So if I was his fan I would not a single minute of sleep because he is not performing. He is not. He is taking more time creating his smoke screen than his build up to the Tour. My 2 cents.
 
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I suspect the Dauphine organisers got the route order wrong - The ITT should have been in stage 6 - There should have been a high mountain stage in stage 4 to entice the climbers to attack and get time before the ITT - You now have a situation where if Ineos dominate the ITT then the last four stages could be a procession.
 
Asgreen in his exit interview saying, that he thinks the TT will create quite big differences, because the route is lumpy and technical. Also saying Pöstlberger is a fairly good TT rider, so 23 seconds will be on the limit, but he will go for it.
I don't think it's only an affair between Pöstlberger and Asgreen. Thomas, Porte, Colbrelli, Kruijswijk, Van Wilder, Valverde, Kelderman, Aranburu and more... all of them have a chance IMO, depends on a daily form.
 
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I suspect the Dauphine organisers got the route order wrong - The ITT should have been in stage 6 - There should have been a high mountain stage in stage 4 to entice the climbers to attack and get time before the ITT - You now have a situation where if Ineos dominate the ITT then the last four stages could be a procession.

I think the TT time differences we will see for the GC riders, will be in the 30-45 seconds area, from best to worst.

On the 2 big mountain stages it will be minutes.

I don't see the TT being that significant for the end result, unless two riders are quite evenly matched in the mountains.

That being said, Ineos has brought an awesome team, so they will probably dominate anyway, unless one of the youngsters in tier 2 has a stellar weekend.
 
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I don't think it's only an affair between Pöstlberger and Asgreen. Thomas, Porte, Colbrelli, Kruijswijk, Van Wilder, Valverde, Kelderman, Aranburu and more... all of them have a chance IMO, depends on a daily form.

Absolutely, but he was asked specifically about his own chances at taking the jersey from Pöstlberger - you know, Danish interviewer with a Danish rider ;)
 
Skjelmose saying in his exit interview, that Mads Pedersen was pulled, because after his crash he was dazed and confused, had memory issues, and was complaining about neck pain :confused_old:

Also saying he is going for the youth jersey, and names VAN WILDER as his biggest competition..... it's ON Logic :p
Then he can start praying Van Wilder has 2 punctures tomorrow, or he'll be looking at a 1+ minute deficit before they start climbing.

Also, there are some grandpas still eligible for the youth jersey, like Gaudu, Madouas & Paret-Peintre. McNulty might get some leeway from the GC guys and should not be discounted just yet.

How was your holiday? how did you fill your days? Riding a bike? :D
Pressing F5.
 
Then he can start praying Van Wilder has 2 punctures tomorrow, or he'll be looking at a 1+ minute deficit before they start climbing.

Also, there are some grandpas still eligible for the youth jersey, like Gaudu, Madouas & Paret-Peintre. McNulty might get some leeway from the GC guys and should not be discounted just yet.

Ouch, I forgot Gaudu - I think he takes it.

1 minute sounds about right on the TT (it was 58 seconds in Romandie), but I dunno how good Wilder is on a technical route, with a lot of stop and start, up and down - it may suit the lighter riders better, which may cut down the deficit.
 
Ouch, I forgot Gaudu - I think he takes it.

1 minute sounds about right on the TT (it was 58 seconds in Romandie), but I dunno how good Wilder is on a technical route, with a lot of stop and start, up and down - it may suit the lighter riders better, which may cut down the deficit.
Exactly how fat do you think Van Wilder is? He's not superskinny like many climbers, but he's only 1m71, and weighs 63kg.
Maybe you could try to find out some facts about a rider next time before making a thread for him, and not just because you wanted to make a joke about his name (which has been made a thousand times before). Just a thought :cool:
 
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