Wiggins was kind of disregarded before the race because of its characteristics being felt to not suit him, whereas Oomen being on Jumbo means he'll be going in with the outright favourite as leader. As a result you're probably looking at somebody like Natarov, as being 10th in the Girobio and winning the Tour of Almaty as his biggest results are as close a facsimile as I can find for somebody on a team with strong contenders but not the outright favourite. Pretty much all of the Jumbo, Ineos, Movistar and even EF team are too established, too well-known or too earmarked as promising to really fit into the niche Froome fit in 2011.Wow. So who could be the Froome in this analogy. Could be Sam Oomen who like Froome with Wiggins is a relatively unheralded rider who crashed out of the Tour whilst heavily favoured a la Roglic.
Still weird that Bahrain chooses to use him before Caruso, Poels, Haig, Mader. He is probably their strongest rider at the moment, but definitely second best. So he should have gotten a different role in my opinion.He hit the front for a long time today on the final climb, so is as expected, totally in the service of Landa.
It seemed as he was effortlessly leading the peloton and started pulling a gap on his leader so deliberately slowed down after looking over his shoulder and seeing Landa being distanced.
Maybe all that time with his face in the wind cost big Mark in the end because he finished 20secs behind the main favourites.
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