Enric Mas Rising Star

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Mas today really won a pro one-day road race. He doesn‘t have much punch, so these races don‘t suit him very much.

He obviously still is in great shape. I however think Pogacar is favourite for Il Lombardia.

Mas now will at least try to win Lombardia. On the other hand, Unzue will want him (Mas) to help Valverde to crown his (Valverde’s) career, by winning Lombardia, which will be Valverde‘s last race ever.
Punch is a weird word anyway, as it either means acceleration or bad at short climbnig efforts. Mas has had some really good results in climbs as short as 2-3 minutes at the Vuelta.
 
Let’s appreciate just how strong and aggressive Mas has looked. It seems like hitting rock bottom and rebounding has finally given him real confidence in his abilities. One of the frustrations for fans of Mas is that he has all the physical capabilities to be an elite rider, but had yet to put it all together. It always seemed mental and he was timid. Really since about halfway through the Vuelta it seems he’s finally comfortable with who he is as a rider.
 
Great finish of 2022 season. I was expecting some of that that at queen stage at Vuelta. Nonetheless a superb season finish. And i guess now that Valverde has finished his career. Mas will try to take the spotlight in 2023 season.
Reading today that he suffered from fear of descending makes it that much more explainable why he didn't enjoy the Tour. That's a hard fear to overcome, particularly in the GTs where it's almost always balls out.
 
The below excellent quote applies equally to descending mountains as cobbles:



I think this is where Mas needs to work on?
He sounds like he's adjusted. There wasn't much elaboration and my response on "visioning" your path is applicable to so many sports that operate on variable courses. Car racing, motoX, skiing.
Cobbles is a great example. You'd better be seeing the pave' you're going to ride on in 10 meters and guess at what the guy in front of you will do. You can't always guess right but the great guys seem to know where to see the course and how to respond. The fan debate about GT riders maybe winning Roubaix is a good example of an unknown until our heroes attempt it.
 
He sounds like he's adjusted. There wasn't much elaboration and my response on "visioning" your path is applicable to so many sports that operate on variable courses. Car racing, motoX, skiing.
Cobbles is a great example. You'd better be seeing the pave' you're going to ride on in 10 meters and guess at what the guy in front of you will do. You can't always guess right but the great guys seem to know where to see the course and how to respond. The fan debate about GT riders maybe winning Roubaix is a good example of an unknown until our heroes attempt it.
Yours was a great post and I have experienced this myself. When you are riding confidently you see through rather than react. As you said, when you react it’s already too late - you lost time. You are also right that this is the key skill in being a fast driver.
 
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