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Juan Ayuso discussion thread

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7 seconds won for Jumbo on a perfect day. That's nothing if we suggest that Ayuso actually improves during the race while Vingegaard declines and Ayuso takes time on Roglic in the TT. At least based on the Tour de Suisse & Giro d'Italia flat TT's.

The kid still has it in his own hands on Tourmalet & Angliru. If yesterday was his mediocre day like towards Leukerbad, then Jumbo still has a nut to crack. If Ayuso ends up 2nd it's still a fantastic result of course.

I expect every favorite to fluctuate in his performances due to their preparation though. We're up for a tight Vuelta a Espana!
 
He shouldnt be underestimated from his actual position. Not that loudly till now but only 2:25 down on Kuss and 1:16 on Remco. The best stages for his strenghts should still lie in front of him. He remains something like a "dark horse" in this race. Most guys talk about Evenepoel, Roglic and Vingegaard, probably about Kuss too from his leading position. But not much have his eyes on Ayuso who is still in the mix to win it all and would have a great team to back him up too.
 
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Juan said that he's feeling the crash (said yesterday that his back is hurting quite a bit) and he's not at 100%, but he's doing what he can. He's obviously not happy with the situation, they will try to at least win a stage and get on the podium. 2 days after the crash is when the effects are worse, so it's not that bad.
 
Good chances of a podium. Roglic didn't have it on Tourmalet and today, and Angliru is the true judge of your legs. Smart riding by him by marking Roglic as he's the weakest one and therefore the gateway to the podium.
Why mark Roglic and not use the team to attack him then? What's smart in sending FFB of all people on an unrealistic chase instead of having him drill the climb to prepare an Ayuso's attack? Perhaps not his choice but UAE's team today we're beyond ridiculous.
 
Why mark Roglic and not use the team to attack him then? What's smart in sending FFB of all people on an unrealistic chase instead of having him drill the climb to prepare an Ayuso's attack? Perhaps not his choice but UAE's team today we're beyond ridiculous.

Black didn't attack. He started pacing with Ayuso in his wheel and Ayuso just sat up for some reason.
If he had just stayed in Blacks wheel they would have arrived at the foot of the final steep 1.5ks with like 10-15 secs behind Vingegaard.

Ayuso and Almeida are too cautious, spend too much time looking at their head unit.
 
Matxin said that their comms went down and Ayuso wasn't happy at all in the interview.

Even then, they could have taken 20-30 secs on Kuss and maybe be close to Vingegaard. But TJV has 3 of the 5 best climbers of the race, once you've gifted Kuss 3 minutes, you just played into their hands. At least it will be a good learning lesson that they can't just gift Kuss minutes if they want to win a GT. Soler is just not on the level of climbing of Kuss, so that breakaway was not on their advantage.
 
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