He was their best domestique in last year's Tour. One to look out for in the Spring classics for sureVan Baarle is turning into a Kiryienka-esque rider. A rouleur-climber who can do lead-out as well. There isn't anything he can't do.
Ineos should include him in their Tour line up.
That is often the problem these days with not specialized riders. They can get good results in different scenarios but are often outclassed by the ones who prepare for exactly that (kind of) race. The days are gone were a Sean Kelly could win the Vuelta and still finish 3 different monuments in the top 5 in one year. Take a look at Gilbert. He started out as an outstanding rider in the Ardennes, and later shifted his focus to the cobbles. But he was never able to combine both at the same time.I wonder why Ulissi does not win more often. At times He looks like Valverde and sometimes like Sagan.
Maybe he is an "in-between-er".
I have noted another pattern with Porte's acceleration when I watched him in Romandie 2017. The riders are often able to sit on his wheel for about a minute or even more when he accelerates.Porte races like Alaphilippe at the Tour Down under with this accelerations. Pretty good and crazy. Unfortunately he isn't with the best on long strady climbs anymore.
Yeah, it's annoying. It's just too long from the top of the final ascent to the finish for a climber to stay away. (Short) history says: a sprinter will get back on and win. I think a parcours change is in order.Porte crossed the top of Kerby Hill exactly 40 seconds before Ewan. That's a huge gap on such a short hill.
I might be wrong but Kerby Hill isn't that much harder than Challambra Crescent? Never understood why the climbers haven't been able to cheat the sprinters in that race.
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