Is it just me, or is Sepp Kuss seeming to be stronger further into this Vuelta? (Don't tell Libertine Seguros.)I'd agree and critics of Roglic's "conservative" attacking now suggest it was pure stupidity. It was the exact, perfect opportunity to do what he did and, but for a crash he fortunately overcame; would have been one of the definitive points in the Vuelta. As the current situation stands JV has a new team to work for them all week with Cofidis also in the wings.
Movistar were fortunate but they also gained a good gap on Ineos so they can relax somewhat and look for moments to attach Roglic. All in all it does simplify JV strategy.
Yeah, this is where I am to an extent. I'm not interested in a "who's the best?" debate.I'm here for the pain and the glory. Pogacar offers nothing of the former
Nice of Roglic to let Kuss finally do some useful domestique work by handing him his empty bottle.And to see Roglic smiling after the race with Sepp Kuss made it all worthwhile:
Storer "lost" 10 seconds and knew he had the win in hand with no need to risk much further. What group would have caught Primoz? There were 3 guys chasing, more or less with Superman Lopez doing most of the work and losing time. Who among them could drag him back on the flats? Remember his attack several years ago with Froome, Dumolin and others trying to catch him? How did that turn out?Even attack was stupid with so much straight roads where group is much stronger (look how much Storer lost after descent on flat roads). He would be caught even without crash. He really surprised me with today riding, in negative way. I am really scratching my head what was he thinking.
He is a more reserved version of Mark Wahlberg of the cycling world. Primoz was asked to promote a product with the slogan, "Let's roglstomp the woooorld!" but he couldn't do it. "Just a few mountains will do," he humbly mumbled.Between Roglstomping and crashing...are you not entertained?
Yeah, in my opinion Roglic would have had 30 secs over the Mas group at the finish if he hadn't crashed. He was already extending the lead on the descent (which we can see from the fact that he was able to crash, put his chain back on, get back up to speed and still be slightly ahead of the group). The Mas group was moving at the speed of the slowest descender, which was Mas; and Lopez isn't known as the best descender in the world. Then once the technical part is over, I'd bet on the Olympic ITT champion any day over Lopez with a few half-turns from Mas and Haig.Storer "lost" 10 seconds and knew he had the win in hand with no need to risk much further. What group would have caught Primoz? There were 3 guys chasing, more or less with Superman Lopez doing most of the work and losing time. Who among them could drag him back on the flats? Remember his attack several years ago with Froome, Dumolin and others trying to catch him? How did that turn out?
The crash was a risk of his pace. The move was totally worth it.