Teams & Riders Guillaume is The New(est) Martin

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This guy gets no love here. He pulls off a jump to second place and nobody blinks an eye?

We could go as far as saying that this Tour he has been the best Martin (French Martin > Irish Martin > German Martin, sorry Tony better being as invisible as Dan than getting screen time only for crashes).
That was a nice ride today, but is he really a threat for the podium? and if not, was it really a better ride than any of the 10 guys that finished ahead of him today?
 
This guy gets no love here. He pulls off a jump to second place and nobody blinks an eye?

We could go as far as saying that this Tour he has been the best Martin (French Martin > Irish Martin > German Martin, sorry Tony better being as invisible as Dan than getting screen time only for crashes).
I'd love to see him on the podium, but I don't believe it. Except if tactical situations arise which enable him to do so. He's a really attacking rider despite his diesel physics, so I enjoy watching him, but
  • he's slightly below the climbers like Uran, Mas, etc. I think, so he will normally lose a bit of time on the mountain stages on them - not much, maybe 15 seconds here, 30 seconds there, but that's too much, because
  • his time trialing is really bad. Vingegaard, Lutsenko, Uran, Mas all should do significantly better, even Carapaz is a better time trialer. I think he will lose 2-3 minutes on them in the last tt.
Really nice day today nonetheless!

Ah, and didn't he say himself he's not at his best?
 
He will earn a Top10 placing, which he has been aiming for the last few years.

He lacks the ability to reallistically target a podium or a Top5 (barring a 10 minute gift), but tries to get the maximum off his capabilities. IMHO he is much more interesting than the Uran & Keldermann types.
 
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He will earn a Top10 placing, which he has been aiming for the last few years.

He lacks the ability to reallistically target a podium or a Top5 (barring a 10 minute gift), but tries to get the maximum off his capabilities. IMHO he is much more interesting than the Uran & Keldermann types.
Living in France, I've followed him pretty closely. It's strange to think, given what seems to be a limited skill set, that he's just about one of the top 10 GT riders in the world but his results at Wanty and Cofidis don't lie. Last year at the Tour he was really strong before crashing in a flat stage and still finished 11th. He's also improved every year in races against non-French competition, although he wasn't great this year until he beat up on a local field at the Mercantour tour.

And he's probably one of the most interesting guys in the peloton, too.
 
Solid ride by him today. He was 10th among the riders in the current top 10, and Gaudu was the only threat who took time on him. An advantage of less than four minutes on Gaudu is not a lot though, if DG has the same level tomorrow and also takes time back in the ITT. Unless GM jumps the shark tomorrow, 11th should be secured, but I would be very happy for him if he finally cracks the top 10. I do hope both him and Gaudu make it though.
 
What do we make of GMart's Vuelta so far? Can he hang on for a podium? I'd argue that it's possible, but of course he'd need 2 minutes advantage on P4 and below before the TT.

He's (again) cleverly gained time in a break, but with Wanty doing the hard yards to support Eiking recently, and JV riding for Roglic, Ineos's favorites being a bit subpar (and also using energy) he's had a bit of a breather.

On his day, he can climb with nearly the best, although his penchant for unzipping his jersey all the way acts as a sail on the descents...
 
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I think he can get 5th if some things works out in his favour. Roglic, Mas, Bernal will gain a lot of time on him next week and will be 1-2-3 in my book. On Lopez, Haig and Yates he has over 2 Minutes. Lopez could lose some time due to helping MAS by attacking early and breaking down. Same for Yates, also Yates known for being weak in third week. So could stay in front of these two.

But i would think 7th is the most probable with someone from even farther behind also getting him, but someone favoured surprisingle chrashing or busting.
 
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Last year he seemed to peak a little too early, cause his form in the Dauphiné and in the first week of the Tour was truely his best level yet. Especially seen on the Orcières-Merlette stage, where he attacked from the group of favourites and still finished third.

He has looked alright the last couple of days, but the pace hasn't been that high either, so I'm still not sure, whether he'll fade in the last week because he has the Tour in his legs or not. Luckily for him the field ins't stacked with great time trialists, so unless he has a bad day, his chances of getting a good result are promising.
 
Last year he seemed to peak a little too early, cause his form in the Dauphiné and in the first week of the Tour was truely his best level yet. Especially seen on the Orcières-Merlette stage, where he attacked from the group of favourites and still finished third.

He has looked alright the last couple of days, but the pace hasn't been that high either, so I'm still not sure, whether he'll fade in the last week because he has the Tour in his legs or not. Luckily for him the field ins't stacked with great time trialists, so unless he has a bad day, his chances of getting a good result are promising.
That's my take, too. I'm somewhat fascinated by his ability to just hang around the Top 10 no matter what, while others sort of fall away, he's still tortoising along. He's been really under the radar, although it's a strategic luxury for Roglic to keep the red jersey in Eiking's hands, which also benefits GMart.
 
That's my take, too. I'm somewhat fascinated by his ability to just hang around the Top 10 no matter what, while others sort of fall away, he's still tortoising along. He's been really under the radar, although it's a strategic luxury for Roglic to keep the red jersey in Eiking's hands, which also benefits GMart.
Guillaume has been going under the radar indeed. He hasn't finished inside the top-10 on any of stages this Vuelta. Quite an achievement for the number 2 in GC.
 

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