I was aware of his fast sprint, but still, if you asked me before the race, who wins in a sprint after a race like today between him and van Aert, I'd say van Aert at least 8 out of 10 times. Maybe today it was one of the two Pidcock wins in my imaginary world. But I've changed my perception of him a bit after today, that's for sure. Time will tell.also have a feeling many people are completely underrating Pidcock's explosiveness in races up till 200km.
In CX this season he was, at points, even more explosive than VDP. (But then lost that time again in technical parts)
I was not surprised at all seeing him outsprint Van Aert. Not 1 bit
This is all one huge Jumbo longterm masterplan that continues from Itzulia! Maybe they even lost on purpose the Tour last year to achieve a higher goalI think Wout is losing on purpose. Now other riders will work with him and think they even have chance winning in sprint
Same thing happened with Cancellara. He was almost always the strongest. Better tactically than those guys but also made some big mistakes that cost him chances at winning.And although I find it actually a good thing not all races are completely dominated by a few guys it's just incredible how high our expectations are regarding these guys. Van der Poel still won Strade and got second in de Ronde, plus several more wins and good placings... van Aert won G-W, and was close to the top in almost every race he was in... I just can't call that disappointing. When you are (believed to be) that strong it becomes a tactical problem, and in our times there are other strong riders who are always very close. So it's no wonder they can't just dominate the one-day-races. (And like I said, that's a good thing.)
Tbf, at the point Trentin launched I think it was just to protect a podium spot. He could see Cosnefrey closing quickly behind and probably knew he didn't have enough left to beat WVA and Pidcock, having burnt matches earlier in his time out front alone.Wow Pidcock...he is fast! Stupid decision by Trentin there to leadout the sprint. Van Aert very strong. He wins a lot but he also loses a lot. Shades of prime Sagan. Although the two riders with him surprisingly did a lot of work today.
Pidcock looked completely on the limit a couple of times on the climbs. He was on the verge of being dropped. Amazing how he found the strength to go on the attack with van Aert and then win the sprint. Chapeau!
I've seen a few comments from other rides about how quick he is in a sprint. One of those was Froome so maybe that one doesn't count, but If I remember correctly another was MvdP...and now WVA.I was aware of his fast sprint, but still, if you asked me before the race, who wins in a sprint after a race like today between him and van Aert, I'd say van Aert at least 8 out of 10 times. Maybe today it was one of the two Pidcock wins in my imaginary world. But I've changed my perception of him a bit after today, that's for sure. Time will tell.
i’m usually wrong, but from what I have seen every time he has lost ground in races it has been on the steep climbs. Think dropping back in Strade Bianchi, Tour of Flanders and a couple of times in the Brabantse Pijl. Admittedly he also attacked on the steep climbs so what do I know
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