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Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen, the new alpha mutant

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The befuddling thing about that ITT was how close we expected it to be between the two; how close everyone else were at the first time-check before Pogi already totally demolished them and gave the impression of being on track for another PdBF performance; and then how despite the very fast time by Pogi, Vingegaard just went even faster - as in far faster compared to the rest than we could even imagine beforehand. It was totally cray cray.
And what was more comic was people saying Pogacar rode very slowly in corners (even if he was way faster than the rest) to justify the enormous difference Vingegaard put on Pogacar.
 
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The befuddling thing about that ITT was how close we expected it to be between the two; how close everyone else were at the first time-check before Pogi already totally demolished them and gave the impression of being on track for another PdBF performance; and then how despite the very fast time by Pogi, Vingegaard just went even faster - as in far faster compared to the rest than we could even imagine beforehand. It was totally cray cray.

Yup, my impressions as well. Pogi's first time check gave me hopes but then...at first it seemed Vingo was less fluid on the bike but he just couldn't fully control his power!

 
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Even though I don't like the guy, he deserves credit for significant improvements in mental attributes. You can explain the improvement in physical attributes by 'clinic' factors, but not the mental ones. Otherwise Roglic would have improved at Jumbo.

Vingegaard seems to have been riding almost mistake-free since he became world-beater. I don't think it's a coincidence that Remco, Rog and Ayuso have already hit the asphalt in the Basque race, but he hasn't. He is simply stronger than his opponents in every aspect of the game.

edit: damn, jinxed
 
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Even though I don't like the guy, he deserves credit for significant improvements in mental attributes. You can explain the improvement in physical attributes by 'clinic' factors, but not the mental ones. Otherwise Roglic would have improved at Jumbo.

Vingegaard seems to have been riding almost mistake-free since he became world-beater. I don't think it's a coincidence that Remco, Rog and Ayuso have already hit the asphalt in the Basque race, but he hasn't. He is simply stronger than his opponents in every aspect of the game.

edit: damn, jinxed

Wow, jinx of epic proportions just one day before the big crash!
 
It's obviously not funny (I was 'laughing' there at the irony of it all) but there's definitely a lesson here for fanboys: don't praise someone's bike handling & 'ability' to avoid crashes... because it'll bite you in the butt. No one is immune or safe. Everyone eventually hits the deck. Even Van der Poel (the greatest bike handler!) had a bad crash in the Olympics 3 years ago.

Vingegaard is quite aggressive with positioning in the bunch for what it's worth. He's always on the front at the end of sprint stages & has no real fear on descents. We'll see whether that changes after Itzulia when he eventually comes back.