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Itzulia Basque Country 2024, April 1-6

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why F1?
why not pick other sports where if u hurt yourself the game stops and we wait
Because it's cycling. Should the race stop after every crash? Ridiculous. It has never been so. Racing is racing and crashes are part of it, you race on. Now, if the peloton deems it just to not go full gas after a crash to let the race leader back in the bunch, then it's only because of a contemporary sense of "fair play," but it's not been historically the case.
 
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In 2022 he won the gc in Poland and was 15th in the Dauphine. So it's not that much of a stretch to have him target easier, small stage races.

But yeah, you are't wrong when it comes to his positioning...
I actually forgot he won two GC's. Not sure if he would be able to repeat that in today's peloton. But as a TT'er i rate him higher overall than for instance Bissegger.
 
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Kirby gets a bee in his bonnet about certain riders and that is all we hear all day every day

Don't get me started on his Manny Buckman quips...He talks like he is best mates with 'Manny' and knows all his thoughts and brings him up everytime he can
Carlton hearts betting and has a bit of a habit of a 'cheeky flutter' on some wildcarder or outside chance that leads him to suddenly become obsessed with them. At this race in the past we've had him screaming about Julián Arredondo thinking he was somehow leading out a sprint (it was Fabio Felline) and slating him when he didn't match Contador on the climbs, we've had him endlessly talking up Tosh van der Sande's chances for a finish when he'd crashed and abandoned before the stage made it to air.

I suspect with the Hayter this Hayter that stuff that this is similar and he has some money on him winning a stage - but amplified with his usual excitement for a Briton.
 
Ugh, he is already on the ground at the start of the video. Did whoever recorded the video really only start recording at that moment, or couldn't he/she be bothered to uploud 5 more seconds?
Can't really tell much, but it doesn't look like a lot was going on. Maybe someone clipped his rear wheel, but in that case it would make sense for that rider to crash first/harder. Or he just went down by his own doing or clipped someone himself with his frontwheel.
 
It is. Obviously he's down at the start of the clip. Don't see anyone else going down at that point but it's hard to see. Maybe he just crossed wheels with someone in front of him?

Rider in blue (looks like Movistar?) who ends up crashed in front of him seems like he went down afterwards, oddly just riding into the curb. Seems separate.
 
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Carlton hearts betting and has a bit of a habit of a 'cheeky flutter' on some wildcarder or outside chance that leads him to suddenly become obsessed with them. At this race in the past we've had him screaming about Julián Arredondo thinking he was somehow leading out a sprint (it was Fabio Felline) and slating him when he didn't match Contador on the climbs, we've had him endlessly talking up Tosh van der Sande's chances for a finish when he'd crashed and abandoned before the stage made it to air.

I suspect with the Hayter this Hayter that stuff that this is similar and he has some money on him winning a stage - but amplified with his usual excitement for a Briton.
Hyping a rider would not actually help them win, but it might skew the odds if enough people believed the hype, making betting on them less profitable.
 
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Hope that we finally get a GC stage tomorrow.
let's hope so, but going by the current forecast, there'll be a headwind on the climb tomorrow, and consequently also on the first half of the run-in to the finish.

About Hayter, there's of course reason to criticize him, but he is always very modest in the interviews himself, and just yesterday for example said that he didn't train sprinting for a while. And it's fairly obvious that he is never going to be good in big, hectic bunch sprints, so I'm not sure he is really the one to blame here. He is strong and versatile enough to aim for a different kind of career.
 
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