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I am interested in how Dennis gets up Corkscrew Hill - He won the stage up Paracombe Hill which has similar gradients to Corkscrew. Yates will need to attack on Corkscrew Hill and in-form he can do damage. Doubt that Matthews will be back for the next Aussie summer as he wanted to win one of the National Championship or the TDU.
 
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The DSQ of Knox was cruel, as he crashed and got concussion tested. Rather idiocy for the organizers there.
in today's comminquee they clarified that Knox was "Sheltering for a very long time at a high speed behind a support team vehicle".

Still harsh of course given the circumstances, but he finished sth like 15 minutes within the time cut, miles ahead of some UniSA riders, so I guess it's fair to say that the team gave him more help than necessary.
 
I am interested in how Dennis gets up Corkscrew Hill - He won the stage up Paracombe Hill which has similar gradients to Corkscrew. Yates will need to attack on Corkscrew Hill and in-form he can do damage. Doubt that Matthews will be back for the next Aussie summer as he wanted to win one of the National Championship or the TDU.
He should go fulllTT mode during the climb, not reacting to Yates and Vine accelarations, then sprinting full gas the last 300 meters or so and try to comeback there or in the descent. In fact he can use the biker Milan Vader to pace him for a while, he was 10th at the top of Nettle Hill today.
 
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Tuned in for the final 50km and noticed a significant number of riders were reported to have dropped their chains near the foot of the final climb, most notably Matthews. One commentator put the figure at 5 or 6 in the span of a few minutes.

I've raised this before but worth reposting: what is it about modern race bikes and racers that is to blame, if anything? We saw the same in last year's racing throughout the season. I imagine it's the continued push toward thinner and thinner chains and more and more gears.

Haven't we reached the point where teams and riders should push back against this trend driven by component makers?

These days I race on the velodrome, so perhaps I am biased against more than one gear! I'd be interested in the forum's take.
 
Yes, a much better than average TDU so far.

Dennis rode very strongly in 2019 TdS - 2nd to Bernal. Surprised he is worried about a short climb like the corkscrew even if its 9%. If he is in good shape he should not lose much if any time.

I'll pick Yates for the stage win with Vine and Dennis not far behind. Vine is my pick for the overall.
 

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