Teams & Riders Nairo Quintana discussion thread

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I may be wrong and it sounds like a conclusion made in hindsight, but this tour is a rare example when a peak would better be planned for second rather than third week. although, nairo delivered another monumental ride, some build-up mistakes have been made once again.
 
This year was the first time he came to Tour with Dauphine or TdS as a preparation. It's easier to say that previous years have had non-traditional preparation. The only year I somewhat understand he didn't rode either of them was 2017 as he competed in Giro.
 
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dacooley said:
I may be wrong and it sounds like a conclusion made in hindsight, but this tour is a rare example when a peak would better be planned for second rather than third week. although, nairo delivered another monumental ride, some build-up mistakes have been made once again.
Yeah the form has been badly managed once again. With this form in week 2 and 3, and without the day 1 disaster, he'd have battled for the win.
 
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Red Rick said:
dacooley said:
I may be wrong and it sounds like a conclusion made in hindsight, but this tour is a rare example when a peak would better be planned for second rather than third week. although, nairo delivered another monumental ride, some build-up mistakes have been made once again.
Yeah the form has been badly managed once again. With this form in week 2 and 3, and without the day 1 disaster, he'd have battled for the win.
stages like yesterday's constantly cause an idea of "damn, if only he could spread this kind of effort for all of big mountain stages, then...", but in reality it seems completely impossible.
 
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Koronin said:
SafeBet said:
Lol @ who thinks he was let go. Nobody could beat him yesterday. Check his time and his power estimate, it's probably his best performance ever. If he's got these watts tomorrow he needs to go early, all of the riders ahead of him in GC can crack.
Tomorrow is a flat stage with two small cat 4 climbs.
I don't know where you live, but tomorrow is Friday in France.
 
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Red Rick said:
Anyone notice that Valverde once again did a half assed job for Quintana before settling down and riding for his own GC?
He rode tempo till Quintana just moved pass him. How much more time would Quintana have saved (gained) sitting behind a wheel for just a little longer on a mountain?....
 
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SafeBet said:
Lol @ who thinks he was let go. Nobody could beat him yesterday. Check his time and his power estimate, it's probably his best performance ever. If he's got these watts tomorrow he needs to go early, all of the riders ahead of him in GC can crack.
In the Move, Lance said the Nairo broke the record for the first 8 kilometers which used to be the old climb before the extension. He was flying yesterday.
 
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Escarabajo said:
SafeBet said:
Lol @ who thinks he was let go. Nobody could beat him yesterday. Check his time and his power estimate, it's probably his best performance ever. If he's got these watts tomorrow he needs to go early, all of the riders ahead of him in GC can crack.
In the Move, Lance said the Nairo broke the record for the first 8 kilometers which used to be the old climb before the extension. He was flying yesterday.
No chance in hell for that.
 
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IndianCyclist said:
If weight(~2 kg heavier) was the issue then the team could have easily caught it at the TOS and corrected it by the TDF. Anyway weight is something that would be monitored throughout the season, The team would tell him if something was off with his weight
I think it was more than that at the beginning of the Tour. And this fact has different implications, from diet problems to lack of miles to other issues. But you would think that a professional team like Movistar will get his power files and weight numbers on a weekly basis. And correct as they go. Do more miles or less miles. Eat more of that and less of that.

This morning in a bike ride with my group of Colombian friends, two of them competed, one professionally, we could all agree how heavy he showed up for the Tour. For a mountain goat of his size is a death sentence. Now he could endure and withstand the flat stages and the pave a lot better. But that will never compensate for the loss of recovery and watts in hot days in the mountains. Now when is short and cooler that's not a problem. In short races at the beginning of the year that is not a problem. That is probably what is fooling him.

But hey, speculating here and hoping that he recovers from his crash and be better for the Vuelta. :)
 
I hope he is fit for La Vuelta for the sake of competition. And by fit I mean have lost some weight. Is a short time, I know but I don't lose hope.

There was a Vuelta that started with very hot weather and he suffered so much. He is becoming too dependent on weather conditions. :(
 
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