Maybe not follow, but certainly contain the gap "if" he had Vingegaard & Wout van Aert drill it behind for as long a possible. Yesterday was a bit of a joke for JV, with Vingegaard racing his own race with the GC group & Wout van Aert around a minute or so behind in the wind fighting for yellow. Both climbed well, but neither were fighting for the same goal.I had a feeling Pogačar will go for a kill ASAP. Could have had healthy Roglič done something about it on stage 8?
We will never know.
At the danger of sounding too pessimistic; seems like now the focus is on even getting him to Tokyo.Really hope that he can leave Tokyo with at least a medal.
Bit late for that, don't you think?I suspect that Jumbo will have Roglic target the Giro in 2021 - Doubt they'll go the well again.
Yup, definitely a battle against the clock.At the danger of sounding too pessimistic; seems like now the focus is on even getting him to Tokyo.
I doubt Rogla performance wise yesterday but i‘d argue the whole race would have turned out differently if he was in it.I had a feeling Pogačar will go for a kill ASAP. Could have had healthy Roglič done something about it on stage 8?
We will never know.
No word on social media of abandoning hence i guess lets get through tomorrow and then take a well deserved day off.
I am a wee bit late, but I just wanted to say you called it mate!I've had this thread in my mind for awhile now. I've just been waiting for his first successful race/stage. 3rd place in a stage in Algarve isn't exactly what you'd call a big success, but with a bad shoulder (he dislocated it at TDU) it's a very nice result and a sign of good things to come.
This is a learning year for this young man. He is 26 but has the experience of a neo pro. Believe it or not, he bought his first bicycle in 2012. He is extremely talented and there's no doubt in my mind he can achieve some important results in the future. In a year or two I can see him fighting for a Giro podium. This year he is going to be a climbing domestic for Kruijswijk in the GIro.
I compared him to Landa because he can be this year's climbing sensation although in my opinion he won't reach the climbing level of Landa but he can become a better allrounder.
I can't wait to follow his improvement and his racing over the years. Discuss...