Lol at the 180kmHe could have probably attacked with 180 km to go and win the race nonetheless. He's so obviously juiced it's painful but he's also so incredibly entertaining I have to cheer for him, I can't help it.
I've wondered about this as a noob; the constant changing of routes and stages in races. When did that start? Like did they ever have a certain route with certain stages that would always be there?Lol at the 180km
A thing about races like today is honestly that they're much harder to compare than say climbing times on major HC climbs, where you have a lot of comparisons between years.
Lol, I can understand the sentiment.As someone who lives in France I do sincerely thank Alaphilippe for what he did yesterday.
Not because I'm a fan (I'm not), not because I even enjoyed it much (ironically, I would have preferred a small group sprint because it was pretty anticlimactic for one rider to go solo after the race we had), no, because for 23 years now (since Virenque's Festina had their party pooped on by the sports minister of the time in 1998), absolutely every top performance from a foreign rider has been met with "they're doping, they're dopers, they're clearly on something".
The French who were getting beaten repeatedly meanwhile were painted as holier than thou puritans of the sport whilst the winners were getting labelled all sorts of stuff (just check the Stade 2 France TV documentary from 2016 for example, i.e. when they labelled Roglic & Contador as motor dopers based on nothing).
But since yesterday & Alaphilippe's ultimate nuclear ride to glory... nothing. No insinuations, no suspicion, no talks of doping. Just move along, nothing to see except the greatest French bike champion since the 1980's.
Now whenever I see Pogacar or Roglic or MvdP or WvA getting mud thrown at them for "mutant" performances, I can turn round & say "remember Alaphlippe in Flanders 2021!".
Imo, Ala is the most entertaining rider. MvdP and Remco are great to watch too. I don't care much for the boring, calculating robots. I'm still coming to terms with the nuclear bomb MvdP dropped in Strade.He could have probably attacked with 180 km to go and win the race nonetheless. He's so obviously juiced it's painful but he's also so incredibly entertaining I have to cheer for him, I can't help it.