Entirely possible that he wins in that manner. Not likely, but a realistic chance. And it would be very funny.If G stays on the bike, he'll finish somewhere on the podium at this TDF. Bardet would need two minutes on him for the ITT. Not happening (so far). If bad luck happens to Pogi and Vinegar, G could even win this TDF. That should be enough to seize up the CN forum for a day at least.
A very solid performance. A third podium should confirm his status as one of the consistent GC riders of this era and put to bed the idea that 2018 was just a fluke. Obviously he was nowhere near the level of the top 2 (other than in the final TT) but they did both hit the deck at points, and with covid hanging around he stayed close enough that a higher placing wasn't impossible.Not only posters on this forum, but it sounds like even Ineos didn’t believe in his ability ahead of the Tour…but he once again added to his incredible and versatile palmeres. He couldn’t match Pogacar & Vingegaard - they were a step above - but he was 5 minutes clear of 4th place, almost 10 minutes clear of 5th!
He’s now stood on each step of the TdF podium, as well as winning/podiuming most of the big one-week races.
Personally I’d like to see him pivot back to the classics in the last years of his career, like Wiggins did, but I expect he’ll keep aiming at GC.
Geraint goes off last at 14.29 BST. Fred Wright leading after the first wave was only a minute off Thomas in the stage 20 ITT, and Rohan Dennis probably the only other potential winner.Commonwealth Games next week. Timetrial looks decent for him; probably depends on the level of competition that turns up and how much he has to drink over the next few days
Looks like Rohan sat up a bit, wins easily in the end. Nicely paced ride by Fred Wright with fast final splits for silver. Geraint gets the silver without the crash but Dennis had enough to get a bit more time if it had been looking close for gold.1min 36. Something up with his bike now as well. Dennis has this.
I can only think of one that it is waiting on.Time waits for no man, as they say, but the ever-positive Thomas is rather sanguine about his new role in the team:
I have no doubt that he will get a strong team given his status and the depth of team Ineos. I expect people like Turner, Tullett and Swift there and maybe even Hart and Arensman as a co-leader given the apparently TT-heavy nature of the route. Join a Ganna and a Plapp and they should have plenty of firepower.He'll be a year older, but I do think he could have been closer (not close) to pog and ving if it had been worth it. Him V Remco v Roglic would be a nice race assuming he gets a decent team.
wouldn’t be surprised if Arensman is earmarked for the Tour. Still could have decent support-I have no doubt that he will get a strong team given his status and the depth of team Ineos. I expect people like Turner, Tullett and Swift there and maybe even Hart and Arensman as a co-leader given the apparently TT-heavy nature of the route. Join a Ganna and a Plapp and they should have plenty of firepower.