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So Ineos and Jumbo will both want to be at the front at the summt, n'est-ce pas? But as Friday's stage will be large in everyone's mind, I suppose a GC truce will be in order.
Thank you!About 30-35 km to go. The Sacra di San Michele is just few hundred meters to the right of the main climb of the day, a couple of km after the short descent that is halfway on the Colle Braida. No idea about heli views, it is probably going to rain (but fortunately not so much, it is going to be much worse from Friday to Sunday because in this area forecast shows about 100 to 200 mm of rainfall, while in my area that is 50 km more south it is going to rain about 300 mm in 3 days).
I'd put both Bouwman and Kuss waay above Oomen. I feel he's mostly with Jumbo to keep spirits up. (which isn't an unimportant role, and often even overlooked imo). But he won't be the one pulling Primoz up all those mountains.He has been Roglic last man for the whole Giro d'Italia so far hasn't he?
Kuss operational area just comes from Friday on though.
Does Roglic want the boniseconds right now? I doubt it tbh.The only way they'll have interest is if bonus seconds and a stage win is in play. If the break wins the stage (which seems likely) they'll roll in without a pedal turned in anger.
Been wondering about Van Wilder. When he was riding for Sunweb/DSM he wanted to stick to riding for GC even if there was little to be gained from it (let's say top 20 in a 2.pro race), even when there could have been opportunities for going in the break. Now he has a choice to make, he's 17th in GC in the Giro, but he's also 12 minutes down, and almost 4 minutes from the guy ahead of him. Also, i've seen him better than the impression i'm getting now. He could try and gain time while going for a stagewin in a break. But often that means losing places in GC the next day(s). My guess is he won't go in the break tomorrow and see how far he can go in stage 13. If that's not a success, then he'll go for stages after that.Gonna be a good first 30k hopefully
Mcnulty, Healy, Albanese, Clarke/De Marchi, VPP/APP maybe Cort/Matthews/Pederson or Van Wilder trying to get in the breakaway
Why wouldn't he? I doubt he'd shy away from wresting the pink jersey off Thomas shoulders at this stage of the race.
It's not about his team not being up to it, it's about taking the weight off of Ineos' shoulders.I agree. I mean after Ineos took those blows yesterday I think Jumbo are the strongest GC team left. So controlling the race shouldn't be as much of an issue now.
Depending on how Rogla feels, they need merely pick & choose where & when they want the jersey.
It's not about his team not being up to it, it's about taking the weight off of Ineos' shoulders.
So youre telling me he is Chris Anker Sørensen in the later stages of his career?I'd put both Bouwman and Kuss waay above Oomen. I feel he's mostly with Jumbo to keep spirits up. (which isn't an unimportant role, and often even overlooked imo). But he won't be the one pulling Primoz up all those mountains.
I really love the dude though: he's funny and completely unfiltered when put in front of a camera.
Did n't help a lot yesterday or for Ineos as Covi from UAE brought everyone down. "Belt and braces" approach for descending GC guys I would guess today. Look forward to entire QS team being in the break today.Jumbo has been sitting at the back of the peleton on most stages. Crashs are inevitable and it looks like Roglic prefers to stay behind the chaos.
So much for the new/reintroduced Covid protocols.
With the first 50 km on the winding roads of Langhe and the descent from Colle Braida, I would not be surprised in case some other GC rider has to abandon due to crash....especially since it is probably going to rain.At this point, I'm more interested in seeing just how bad things can get in regards to active riders, rather than the actual racing itself.