No blog posts this year, unfortunately.Birdsong is going well; about time this thread was bumped.
Hopefully I don't jinx him!
P.S. Is he writing blog posts still?
The other day he tried to go on Col de Montségur, but faded early on. Judging by his own statements, it has to do with his present physical condition, not with a priority concerning the Olympics. If he doesn't show any improvement in the last week of the Tour, he is no longer in my Top 20 of the favourites for Tokyo.The weird thing is that he looked pretty good at the Tour de Suisse. But then he has sometimes looked good in the preparation to the Tour and couldn't quite transfer it... still, he hasn't even shown himself in one break so far.
Alaphilippe isn't doing the Olympics, though.Yeah, the performances of some of these classics- type riders makes me wonder if the Tour is purely training for the Olympic road race. Although just riding around in the main peloton doesn’t seem like a very high level of training. At least Ala is out doing some hill/sprint/solo training in just about every stage!
I believe Fuglsang found that the Tour was exactly the right preparation for him regarding the Olympics. The silver medal in Rio came after riding the Tour de France, and this is why he still sees a little hope, although there is much less time between the Tour and the Olympics this time.Stupidity not to either properly time his 2nd shot or skip the Tour de France and head to Tokyo & Spain instead! That must be said as well to give a complete picture.
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