I faintly remembered the cries in this forum for Skill-Shimano got "too much love" from GT organizer giving them wild card. Few years later you still could find Degenkolb climbing with their newly-found GC pretender.
You're looking at procyclingstats? It doesn't seem to list ITTs where he didn't get points for whatever points system it has. It doesn't have the stage 1 ITT of this year for example. 30th place is simply the cutoff points for getting points in PCS.
The problem comes when the best TT rider has the best climbing train and kills all opportunities of attack.
Kelderman and Almeida are the best TTers of the GC contenders and have the best groups of climbers in the race, but not so strong that they’ll be able to negate every attack that comes from all the others. Hopefully.
You’d be surprised. It was his 1st mtn stage in a GT and he may have been hesitant to go deep. Now that he’s in a real position to finish in the Top 5, he may find that extra gear. The kid was supposed to be a real prodigy coming up under Roy Knickman’s development, and had some insane test results. He has super talent, no doubt. At one point, his coaches stated that he was more physiologically gifted than LeMond. It hasn’t really translates to success on the road yet though. I always thought Costa was more gifted personally.
Yeah, i just remembered why i though PCS was a crap site. In their overview they only list the races where the riders score points according to their point system. Meaning, everything outside top 30 isn't even listed
Considering that the hardest days are still to come, I wouldn't call it too late yet. There are both stages and a possible KoM to go for.
But it all depends on tomorrow's outcome. He's only two minutes off the podium, so isn't over yet. But as you rightly mention, a comeback like that, would be a first for him.
Largely forgotten thing about that 2017 Piancavallo stage was that the race was actually all over the place with 100k to go as the peloton split on a descent and Dumoulin was caught behind. There was a long chase between the groups and Dumoulin himself had to start working to catch them on a 2nd category climb with 90 k to go but was lucky the front group had run out of domestiques and Quintana, Nibali, Pinot and most other gc guys weren't daring to go on a 90 km break without any teammates.
Then Dumoulin dropped pretty much at the beginning of Piancavallo but Quintana and Nibali were so bad they got dropped by Pinot, Zakkarin and Pozzovivo while barely gaining a minute on Dumoulin.
IIRC, that's the stage when Pinot attacked, Pozzo and Zak went away when Nibali and Quintana did nothing, hoping that Dumourain would do the job. Dumo put a few digs to show them that he had strength, stopped his effort, later unleashed in the media, hoping that they would lose the podium, calling Nairo and Vinnie wussies. And for the second day, Il Grandissimo Tibopino took time back, which he needed after a terrible stage 16, a.k.a. the poop stage.
And people on here used to ridicule Richie Porte's supporters when they neverlost the faith ...Richie a man though who could always climb and time trial with the best but this believe in Fuglsang is sheer madness
If he cant beat this field he needs to never utter the words 'riding for GC' again