Mark Padun- Made it Ma, Top of the world

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Padun is also out of contract after this season. Maybe he didn't want to sign a contract extension before the Tour and this is the result...
Still very stupid, even if he walks away to other team. Sponsors should be pissed since he could easily get a stage win, or even perform well in the GC. This is screen time robbery.

The only fact that could be a reasonable factor is if something's wrong with his biological passport.
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Yeah, if he is healthy this makes no sense at all, he is obviously in form, so I believe in the outcry version. Then they might send him to Vuelta even so but i don't think that was the original plan.
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Does anyone here think Mark Padun is a serious threat to win La Vuelta?
He was a climbing God at the Criterium du Dauphine as recently as early June, winning back-to-back mountain stages and leaving the world's elite in his wake.
We know there are amazing things happening within Bahrain-Victorious and big Mark finished third at the recent Vuelta a Burgos (43 seconds behind his team leader and winner Mikel Landa).
Maybe having to look after Landa and stick with him when he inevitably has a dodgy spell at some crucial moment will kill his chances.
Or do you think the team will allow him to spread those climbing wings and give him the freedom to show the world what he can do?
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I wouldn't bet on Padun being consistently good over three weeks of racing. Stranger things have happened, of course, but if there's one thing he always lacked was consistency. He is also a terrible TTer, at least on paper.