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Juan Ayuso discussion thread

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Shame that Ayuso couldn't win in Ordizia due to the crash, but was super impressed with Lazkano there. Juan attacked like 4 or 5 times (and Healy and Hirschi dropped easily) and he only dropped the last 500 metres. It was a 2.8km at 7.7% climb but still. One thing that Ayuso still lacks is that top end acceleration when attacking.

Let's see what he can do tomorrow.
 
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Shame that Ayuso couldn't win in Ordizia due to the crash, but was super impressed with Lazkano there. Juan attacked like 4 or 5 times (and Healy and Hirschi dropped easily) and he only dropped the last 500 metres. It was a 2.8km at 7.7% climb but still. One thing that Ayuso still lacks is that top end acceleration when attacking.

Let's see what he can do tomorrow.
He never had the top end acceleration, he was always more of a diesel who just grinded people down with his tempo after the initial short acceleration.
 
Makes no sense to race all these spanish 1 days instead of Burgos if you're not expecting a result tbh.
Pretty much the same program as last season. It went okay then... and he is arguably better now considering he finished 2nd in Tour du Suisse, where he won two stages.

3rd and 11th are not exactly bad results, either. Better results than last year so far in the first two of these races. Third still to go, where he won last year.

I trust they know what they are doing.
 
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Certainly no good bodement for the upcoming Vuelta a Espana. At least not if Ayuso wants to be a factor for the overall victory. He needs the race rhythm that was missing in Switzerland & Romandie to be less fluctuating in his performances. Instead he crashed twice and had a bad day in San Sebastian.

I never expected Ayuso to be fully stable during the Vuelta a Espana. But the stage up towards Tourmalet actually favors him. No good bodement if the Pyrenees turn into anticipated time loss instead.

There's still the Vuelta a Burgos for the race rhythm of course. But Ayuso is also very young and fluctuates naturally in his performances. Jean-Claudes Leclercq always says "With the shape from spring you win every race in fall!". Ayuso's late season start and his full focus on the Vuelta a Espana, slowly building up towards the Spanish grand tour, looked like a good path to victory. Even with his injury earlier this year. That path currently narrows. He still arrives a bit fresher in Spain than his competitors, but potentially also a bit undercooked.

Evenepoel is prone to have a bad day on Angliru as well of course. Roglic has the Giro d'Italia in his legs and might end up the most gradual of the 3 contenders. While Ayuso & especially Evenepoel excel more.

Another podium spot, especially 2nd place at the 2023 Vuelta a Espana and/or a stage win up towards Tourmalet or Angliru still would be a huge success of course.


Expectations are a bit big for the kid. Since he's been so good, so early on and now even without much racing. Maybe everyone including himself needs to calm down a bit.
 
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That should help Ayuso become a leader in the Tour next year like he was talking about

I don't think that makes much sense. UAE should try to send their two best GT riders to the Tour in order to beat Vingegård and if Ayuso is stronger than Almeida he should be co-leader with Pogačar.

I don't think what happened in these Spanish one-day races gives us a good predictor of what is going to happen in the Vuelta though. If Ayuso gets third again this year it would already be an improvement when compared to 2022 given the stronger line-up.
 
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Certainly no good bodement for the upcoming Vuelta a Espana. At least not if Ayuso wants to be a factor for the overall victory. He needs the race rhythm that was missing in Switzerland & Romandie to be less fluctuating in his performances. Instead he crashed twice and had a bad day in San Sebastian.

I never expected Ayuso to be fully stable during the Vuelta a Espana. But the stage up towards Tourmalet actually favors him. No good bodement if the Pyrenees turn into anticipated time loss instead.

There's still the Vuelta a Burgos for the race rhythm of course. But Ayuso is also very young and fluctuates naturally in his performances. Jean-Claudes Leclercq always says "With the shape from spring you win every race in fall!". Ayuso's late season start and his full focus on the Vuelta a Espana, slowly building up towards the Spanish grand tour, looked like a good path to victory. Even with his injury earlier this year. That path currently narrows. He still arrives a bit fresher in Spain than his competitors, but potentially also a bit undercooked.

Evenepoel is prone to have a bad day on Angliru as well of course. Roglic has the Giro d'Italia in his legs and might end up the most gradual of the 3 contenders. While Ayuso & especially Evenepoel excel more.

Another podium spot, especially 2nd place at the 2023 Vuelta a Espana and/or a stage win up towards Tourmalet or Angliru still would be a huge success of course.


Expectations are a bit big for the kid. Since he's been so good, so early on and now even without much racing. Maybe everyone including himself needs to calm down a bit.
His overall shape doesn't appear to be much worse, if any, than this time last year, when he DNF San Sebastian because the pace was too high IIRC. He just could have done without the crashes of course.
 
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I don't think that makes much sense. UAE should try to send their two best GT riders to the Tour in order to beat Vingegård and if Ayuso is stronger than Almeida he should be co-leader with Pogačar.

I don't think what happened in these Spanish one-day races gives us a good predictor of what is going to happen in the Vuelta though. If Ayuso gets third again this year it would already be an improvement when compared to 2022 given the stronger line-up.
I think Yates could have beaten both Almeida and Ayuso this year, unless those riders could pull off finishing less than 3 min from Pogacar after domestique duties. But maybe he goes to Giro instead.
 
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