Giro d'Italia 2020, stage 10: Lanciano – Tortoreto 177 km

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The other GC riders were lucky Pozzo had bad luck and had to spend energy chasing back. He would have ripped them apart otherwise. How strong that guy is. Wow.

Also cool to see McNulty up there and Hindley is riding amazing.
 
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Great stage altogether. It was nice to see some gc action as well.

Really unfortunate for Fuglsang but I do have the feeling this won't matter in the longrun anyway. He looked like he was one of the weakest gc riders today on a stage that was supposed to suit him best. If he doesn't look strong here I simply have my doubts he will look any better in the high mountains. The one week stage racing specialist is running out of first week.
We'll see in the following stages, but I don't think any of the guys was good enough to really get a gap today, or they would've gone for it today.
 
Yeah but the chance of a Giro podium is in reach and that may never come again


I am a big fan becasue he has one arm and is riding out of his skin
The way he came back today

He is an unbelievable fighter
I'm pretty sure he's got two arms. Or I can't count. :p

Not riding his bike is one thing, but casually passing the finish line tells something about the guy mentality.
Who?
 
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We'll see in the following stages, but I don't think any of the guys was good enough to really get a gap today, or they would've gone for it today.
Kelderman and Almeida tried once and actually got a gap over Fuglsang and Nibali, who closed it by riding tempo. Don't think Kelderman was much stronger today but he did look a bit better than the other two, which is more worrying for Fuglsang than it is for Nibs.
 
Damn. I had the thought earlier today, when the commentators mentioned he was bopping on his bike to check if he had a puncture, that that would fit his GT history if it happened in the finale. Then when you guys said he probably didn't have it today, just before he punctured, I was thinking, hmm, what if he feels like something is wrong with his bike?
 
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Damn. I had the thought earlier today, when the commentators mentioned he was bopping on his bike to check if he had a puncture, that that would fit his GT history if it happened in the finale. Then when you guys said he probably didn't have it today, just before he punctured, I was thinking, hmm, what if he feels like something is wrong with his bike?
Jakob's luck was terrible. First he gets a flat--probably a slow flat that's tiring his legs. Then he has to wait about 30 seconds for a teammate who can give him a bike. Then he's not in a working group, and finally has to ride in with domestiques from all the other GC guys' teams just trailing him like anchors.
 
The experts are counting Fuglsang out now, both because of the puncture and because of today's slight signs of weakness. More than two minutes to Almeida, and two time trials remaining. I could add: his team is one of the weakest in the race. :(
 
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The experts are counting Fuglsang out now, both because of the puncture and because of today's slight signs of weakness. More than two minutes to Almeida, and two time trials remaining. I could add: his team is one of the weakest in the race. :(
The two minutes to Almeida are not the issue. They might become the issue if Almeida suddenly starts climbing like a gc contender, but as long as he performs like we expect it a top shape Fuglsang should gain minutes on him on every single mountain stage. The gap to Kelderman, Pozzo and Nibali is the issue.
 
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The two minutes to Almeida are not the issue. They might become the issue if Almeida suddenly starts climbing like a gc contender, but as long as he performs like we expect it a top shape Fuglsang should gain minutes on him on every single mountain stage. The gap to Kelderman, Pozzo and Nibali is the issue.
Almeida got dropped in both Etna and Roccaraso, so his chances mostly depend on week 3 being cancelled, and even with that Piancavallo can be enough for him to lose the lead.
 
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The two minutes to Almeida are not the issue. They might become the issue if Almeida suddenly starts climbing like a gc contender, but as long as he performs like we expect it a top shape Fuglsang should gain minutes on him on every single mountain stage. The gap to Kelderman, Pozzo and Nibali is the issue.
It's the same thing goddammit
 
The experts are counting Fuglsang out now, both because of the puncture and because of today's slight signs of weakness. More than two minutes to Almeida, and two time trials remaining. I could add: his team is one of the weakest in the race. :(
if he’s the strongest climber and he races with consistent aggression in the mountain stages he can still win the Giro. If he Isn’t or he doesn’t, he can’t.
 
The two minutes to Almeida are not the issue. They might become the issue if Almeida suddenly starts climbing like a gc contender, but as long as he performs like we expect it a top shape Fuglsang should gain minutes on him on every single mountain stage. The gap to Kelderman, Pozzo and Nibali is the issue.
He will have to lose time in Saturday time trial first. Almeida is more than a decent time trialist, who has won 20s in 20 km course ahead of Mikkel Bjerg in the mini Giro.
 

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