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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.
 
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Yes, the timing of the comment was very unfortunate. But even so, I still think he improved a lot mentally. Two years ago he even crashed on ascent in Itzulia. Since then I can't remember him making any mistakes until now.
The crash was unfortunate and difficult for the best bike handlers to avoid. Most of the guys in the ditch got taken out by others panic-braking and sliding through the field. Wrong place, wrong time and a shame.
 
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.
Won't exactly be the first time in history, where daredevils transform into scarecrows, whereafter things go completely wrong for them on especially technical descents where confidence and a relaxed body are crucial essentials, while a stiff body and nervous handling result in a negative spiral as a consequence.

It takes a very special mindset to pretend like nothing happened and just keep flying down, right on the edge, like Jonas has done on several occasions up to Itzulia crash.

Regarding the Massacre in Combloux, maybe I'm not so much into an Apology of Socrates, however comparisons to justifications have been made.

In addition, I studied Pogi's riding style on the two previous alpine stages, despite him challenging Jonas on several occasions, my impression was that signs of fatigue were beginning to appear heading into the 3rd week (completely logical with Pogi's far from optimal preparations).
This conpared to a much Le Tour prepared Jonas who ½ year in advance mentioned that stages 16+17 would be the ones deciding the Tour, added by a final reconnaissance of the route on the rest day with close reading, while a pool boy just enjoyed life.

It takes quite a bit to discard it all...
(maybe with the aim of putting on the comfortable easy hat of no)

That said, I think - even with marginal gains diet and training optimizations - that the improvements we have witnessed over recent years are really startling, so I maintain my healthy skepticism, quite generally.

Just my 2 cents.
 
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