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If QS riders know this, why do they leave knowing that they will do worse? If other teams know this, why do they sign riders knowing that they will do worse?
I gotta say Landa emerging from obscurity at the 2015 giro is maybe a forgotten alien moment. 25 with not much in the way of results and out of contract and he became the best climber in the world.
Ah, so new to Quebec?
In the case of Enric Mas, he left Quickstep to go to a GC team and his "home" team. He also hasn't really done any worse at Movistar than what he was at Quickstep.
Money for the riders, yes, but surely the other teams have a big disincentive to sign a rider who has "inflated" results that, in more cases than not, he cannot back up at a new team.
Froome clinched away with Aru on a day Contador was kinda playing with Valverde & Purito or their rivalry respectively. Got back in touch with the red jersey in progress.Seriously, I don't even know the details in that week between those two. Wasn't Contador following Froome's wheel all the time? I really don't know what was wrong with those moments.
That one should be emphasized. A guy who, at most, could hang on around top10 in a few hard climbs (not exaclty Stelvio tier, but let's be charitable) turns himself into a world class climber destroying everyone on the Stelvio. Within 1km (around 9km until the end of the Stelvio) of him hitting the front, everyone but TGH, Hindley and Kelderman are dropped. Kelderman doesn't manage to hold on for even 2km. Breaks the Stelvio record climb in the process. Then, after a descent when the difference stays more or less steady, proceeds to put another minute into everyone in a few flat kms until the beginning of the last climb.A lot that I was thinking of have already been mentioned. But I haven't seen this one:
Rohan Dennis at the Stelvio & Sestriere in 2020
Sagan was desperate for results at that point. I was shocked at his climbing performances.Sagan in the 2015 Tour of Cali was whacky, 2 stage wins (one of them in the ITT) and on the podium on every stage but the MTF, where he finished 6th, outclimbing the likes of Gesink on Mount Baldy.