Exactly, I find it quite entertaining seeing 10 or more guys going for it at the same time - that's the right ending of a sprint stage to me.A mess because more sprinters have the chance to win and it isn't the leadout that decides everything? Hard to follow that line of thpught.
I'm impressed by Nakane, who finished 6th on this kind of route. He seems to be by far the best Japanese rider on the Nippo VF team, but they still selected other japanese riders for the Giro...I am - or at least was at first - actually quite surprised by the time differences in that race. Though, having thought about it I realise there are multiple factors playing in.
1: It's not exactly flat. Guess that's necessary for a not-exactly-sprinter like Mollema to win.
2: It's late in the season, so some riders are obviously more tired than others.
3: The rather large differences in levels. Look! Nothing against Peerapol Chawchiangkwang, but I don't think he's quite Mollema's level.
And Otto, the Belgian, spoiled the French pairings.Meanwhile I'm just secretly - or I guess not so secretly anymore - being rather surprised by the shenanigans of the Danes. Also, those are four really annoying placings...
The Dutch, otoh, are spread out nice and evenly.
doesn't look like, on his Instagram he said the ride "went as expected" ("Ik ben 27ste geworden vandaag met een tijd van 1 uur 4 minuten en 15 seconden. Het was een rit die verliep zoals verwacht. Nu ga ik lekker genieten van mijn vakantie!")Did Reus have a mechanical?
Why do you need a proof? It's a decade since ASO has bought Unipublic and so the Vuelta has become one of his races.Right, I know Saitama Criterium is a very lesser known race (not even UCI), but I just saw a good "proof" - for lack of a better word - that ASO also has a finger in the game when it comes to the Vuelta; not only are Bernal and Bardet wearing their Tour jerseys, Roglic is wearing the red jersey from the Vuelta. (He obviously missed the memo that only riders with a surname starting with 'B' are allowed to wear GT jerseys.)
But you still don't need any sort of confirmation, when ASO bought Unipublic back in 2008 the deal was publicly announced and since then the Vuelta was listed on the organized events list on ASO websites, it's not something secret that has to be debunked through some covered clues.That's why I inserted the lack of better word bit. I know "proof" isn't exactly the right word to use, but I don't know what other word to use.