I can understand that Quebec ended up in a sprint, which didn't favour EF, but no rider inside top20 in Montreal is really disappointing. On paper, EF might have had the strongest squad for this race of all teams, or at least 2nd strongest after UAE.I thought EF would get a top 5 in both races.
Well, but there was a bit of bad luck involved. In GTsNot even a top20 overall in any of the 3 GTs this year, pretty poor for a climbing oriented team. Powless and Healy saved the season in the classics, because the performance in major stage races has been rather poor.
My guess is after Carapaz crashed out, dashing all their plans for riding for a high GC, so they they sought other ways to make a mark. I think it was the DS’s telling Powless he needed to try for dots,Powless went after the TdF KOM, and I hate the KOM. So in my mind he doesn't get any credit for making that effort
And i bet he would have got it if his shape was anywhere near decent. It's remarkable how long he was in contention despite getting dropped from breakaways so early on every stage.My guess is after Carapaz crashed out, dashing all their plans for riding for a high GC, so they they sought other ways to make a mark. I think it was the DS’s telling Powless he needed to try for dots,
Pinot was in great form during the Giro- he ended up 5th overall after all. Powless' form during TdF was so bad that he shouldn't even be a contender but he somehow kept going through sheer determination.
Let’s hope EF agrees with you and makes that a priority for him. Would love to see more North Americans make a mark in some of the Spring classics.Powless has a history of riding like a drunken sailor in GT's and even in shorter stage races - His strength is one day racing.