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I doubt this. Willunga is more Porte's than the Cauberg is Gilbert's.Impey is making Porte work hard for his title. riding they way he is, Impey might be hard for Porte to shake on Willunga. That climb levels out towards the end and Impey might be able to chase back on. Is there a headwind forecast?
Impey could get bonus seconds in the intermediate sprints and last year he was same time as Porte on Willunga.I doubt this. Willunga is more Porte's than the Cauberg is Gilbert's.
He'll get time on Impey for sure. Plus time bonus = Porte's GC to lose.
However, this is Porte we're dealing with; something often goes wrong.....
Simon Yates at 11 seconds to Porte is probably a bigger danger.
that's the only question imo. last year Porte could not gap Impey on Willunga, bc he came back in the last 300 meters. So if Impey can collect some bonus seconds along the way, Porte needs a gap to ImpeyBonus sprints occur after 64 and 106 kms, so doubtful that MS can keep the peleton together with the hard finish at Willunga Hill.
The week long stage races seem to be his strength. If he avoids illness and doesn't miss racing like last year he should be looking at a top 10 in the Tour. He finished 11th last year with an interrupted preparation. He always seems to get in good training when he returns to Australia in the summer and enjoys the early season races so he probably never even thought about a later start to the season which is odd but for Porte maybe not.............the fact that he rode his best TT for a while in last year's Tour which was early in the race but crumbled on the climbs in the second half suggest he just didn't have the condition for a really good three week performance even with some shortened stages.The biggest problem is that he tries to keep this kind of shape for Paris-Nice and other spring races.
If one would sacrifice some of his spring goals resetting and having a proper peak for the Tour would be possible, but the guy seems to be unwilling to make changes.
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