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Isaac Del Toro thread

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I want to talk about how he is in the peloton. He’s all over it, back front etc. even today he’s like somewhere in the back when the race is up the road. Yet he keeps picking off and dropping groups in a demoralizing fashion. It’s not really almeidaesque. Or maybe sastreesque.
 
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I want to talk about how he is in the peloton. He’s all over it, back front etc. even today he’s like somewhere in the back when the race is up the road. Yet he keeps picking off and dropping groups in a demoralizing fashion. It’s not really almeidaesque. Or maybe sastreesque.
Yeah, I dont understand the Almeida comparisons at all.

This is completely different to what Del Toro seems to be doing or being coached to do atm.
 
It’s a very good sign for his future as a 3 week GC contender that he is this good in the longer climbs so early in his career and shows such maturity in his pacing not to blow up.

It will help with energy preservation if he can avoid being so far back as it creates extra problems having to slalom through what are still quite large groups.
Makes it fun for us to watch though :)
 
I think it's by choice, not a lack of ability. Both climbs (if the numbers confirm what it looked like on the screen today) were paced harder when he dropped than optimal. And as he could join the chase group without having to pull it, it didn't really have any downside.
Numbers confirm that it was a sensible choice to get dropped in the beginning of Petrano:

View: https://twitter.com/ammattipyoraily/status/1766746727174823966
 
As Ayuso was the captain and he had Majka with him for as long as the latter lasted, I think Del Toro may have been told to ride like that. But no doubt that you have to know yourself and have a cool head to actually execute it well. It's his first stage race at this level, and while the stages weren't very hard before the final climb, it's still new terrain for him.
 
I think he was feeling the previous stage much more than Ayuso was, and the headwind didn't help. Maybe he went for a more steady pace after he got 30", but he didn't look like he could take a minute tbh.
It's not like Hindley and Ayuso had much incentive to go full bore to limit it to 20s either. No reason for Ayuso to risk running into a counter either.

It does make the benefit of relaying a little bit bigger though.
 
I want to talk about how he is in the peloton. He’s all over it, back front etc. even today he’s like somewhere in the back when the race is up the road. Yet he keeps picking off and dropping groups in a demoralizing fashion. It’s not really almeidaesque. Or maybe sastreesque.
He currently has a habit of being in the wrong place wrong time, and despite that is getting good results. You hear from lots of pros that the first few years they spend lots of time learning to race their bike.
Del Toro having an Australian wrestling match with himself for multiple days trying to take nature breaks and this week he is going full WWF with his rain jacket and still walks w 4th..things are only going to get better, now maybe he knows where not to be in Strada Bianchi!!
I really hope he keeps impressing the team and gets a big opportunity, if not this year, next. And he is getting to see what it's supposed to look like, all cast members are great and hopefully he will get through osmosis some take aways from Pogocar ..he is surrounded by stallions and it's got to be the university of pro bike racing!!
 
Listening to Bruyneels assessment of him now. Attributed his loss to a basic lack of experience and possibly some team tactics (moving around the peloton too much). Wasn't worried at all about not winning and was quite 'bullish' on DT. Says even before this race was talking to someone he described as the top three cyclists ever (who? he wouldnt' say as they were going to interview him during their upcoming podcast) who was pointing at del toro as a talent to watch.
And the answer is……. Hinault
 
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