Some 3 minutes down on Sosa, half of Movistar: Bala, Mas, Verona and Pedrero.
Mo MSR and Lombardia? Wonder if he is really going all-in for the Worlds
He never has. His personality and mentality won't allow him to. He was supposed to lose time in 2016, 2018, and 2019 to go stage hunting and never could bring himself to do it.I cannot remember a GT where Valverde lost time on purpose to hunt stages. Even when he isn´t good enough to contend he usually just tries to hang on as long as possible. Usually it works out and he sneaks into the top 10 or at least top 15 in the 3rd week.
And now I just imagine him sitting near the back of the favourite group, looking around, knowing that according to the plan he should drop out of the group. But then...He never has. His personality and mentality won't allow him to. He was supposed to lose time in 2016, 2018, and 2019 to go stage hunting and never could bring himself to do it.
I imagine a few of the stages that suit him are actually very hard to predict in if it's gonna go to the break or notYes, at this stage winning a Tour stage seems hard against the favourites, even though lots of finishes seem to favour him this year. He will need to give up the GC to go for glory in stages and this year might just be the year where he realises that the competition is very stiff and he is 40 years old. He will be flying in the Vuelta as usual though, Im pretty sure of that and thats enough for me.
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