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Devenyns was lucky Keukeleire and McCarthy wouldn't work with Impey to pull it back. This is becoming a worrying theme with McCarthy.
McCarthy at least kept rolling through, although you could understand him thinking Impey and Keukeleire are better sprinters. Keukeleire musn't have had anything left though because the leaders were right there when he stopped working. If not that was amateur stuff because if he can't back himself in a flat sprint against Impey what's he doing?
 
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MS rode a beautifully structured race - Yates doesn;t blow up with 5kms to go and Impey wins the race - Ineos with 2 riders were always going to attack the group of six riders.
Yeah it seemed a bit odd, once he couldn't gain a gap he should have committed to Impey rather than try attack again. Schultz, Howson and Smith all rode out of their skins, but Yates should have attacked as soon as the last of them peeled off rather than let Impey ride on the front for 10 seconds.

Hats off to Dries, he always seems to be on good form down under and is an invaluable team member too.
 
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McCarthy at least kept rolling through, although you could understand him thinking Impey and Keukeleire are better sprinters. Keukeleire musn't have had anything left though because the leaders were right there when he stopped working. If not that was amateur stuff because if he can't back himself in a flat sprint against Impey what's he doing?
It's early Feb: he has to be good in April
Yeah it seemed a bit odd, once he couldn't gain a gap he should have committed to Impey rather than try attack again. Schultz, Howson and Smith all rode out of their skins, but Yates should have attacked as soon as the last of them peeled off rather than let Impey ride on the front for 10 seconds.

Hats off to Dries, he always seems to be on good form down under and is an invaluable team member too.
I think Yates did his job - broke open the race on the climb and got rid of Viviani an Ewan. Impey was strong - in hindsight he should have gone with the Sivakov attack.
 
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It's early Feb: he has to be good in April

I think Yates did his job - broke open the race on the climb and got rid of Viviani an Ewan. Impey was strong - in hindsight he should have gone with the Sivakov attack.
Then Van Baarle would have gone over the top playing the numbers game - MS needed Yates to hold on to the end or at least go later on the last climb get a gap and force the others to chase Yates.
 
Hofland was in the mix. I guess he needs a solid season, otherwise his career may be in trouble.

Did you know that every single rider, who could be broadly described as a sprinter, that had joined EF/Cannondale/Garmin after 2012, apart from Breschel, was out of WT after 2 years?

I'm worrying about Halvorsen a bit now, when his start at EF was not stellar as well. :p
 

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