There is only one guy in front of him at DQT and he's not going to ride 3 GT's. He's already profiting from that right now. The team is going to invest in a support system anyway. You think he'll get picked over Mas at Mobistar?Don't want to see him becoming a domestique if he's able to be a leader himself.
it’s a riding style that shows a lot of maturity and strength of character to understand that it will be better overall not to go deep in the red to cling on and that others will push too deep and ultimately drop back while his steady tempo overhauls them.He feels like a Kruijswijk or Dumoulin kind of climber - he paces himself rather than trying to stick with the group until he cracks. I like riders like that, even when they're dropped they still have a chance.
I still think this year he'll struggle with the steeper climbs and I'll be very surprised if he's still in contention week 3. But definitely has a bright future ahead.
That's pretty much it. . . Also nobody trully believes he can hold on in the mountains.
Looking at the differences between the current top 10, 6th to 8th sounds about right and that would be amazing result!He's looking better & better, in a very unpredictable Giro. Even a Jungels-type 6th-8th overall @ 10 minutes would be impressive but I'm excited it might be more than that. Here's hoping we have a 3rd week.
Importance of team strength here isn't that big and it's all gonna come down to the high mountain legs.Its been a stunning ride so far but unlike Alaphilippe in the 2019 Tour he has not been expending vastly more energy than the others making attacks from distance. He has the advantage that everything is a bonus so can ride without fear or crushing expectation. Should be further ahead after the TT then who knows as certainly his team has been much stronger than expected even in the context that the GC leaders team nearly always finds more powers than they knew they had before due to the motivation to go super deep.
Like i said on the first page, he's a fighter. They will not easily "drop" him and be able to call it a day. If Algarve, Burgos, Tour de l'Ain etc have taught us anything, it is that he can sustain his pace and doesn't really crack. I think he will gradually lose time in the real mountain stages. A minute in one stage, 40 seconds in another etc. I agree it's unlikely he will win, but he could still finish top5, which would still be a huge result for him.Can't see that he has any chance to win here. Every GC guy has been together on the hilly & medium stages so far, so he is really impressive but not crazy that he's sticking with them.
He lost quite a bit of time on Etna (33s to Wilco, 12s to main GC group) and Roccaraso (18s) already and they are nothing compared to Piancavallo and the final week...