Offical Wout Van Aert isn't a new Zdenek Stybar

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Honestly, a few kilos shed, and this guy can compete in a Grand Tour. Those dreaming that Cancellara would be able to do it were just dreaming but this guy is something else. My God. And he just gets stronger and stronger throughout.
If I had a $5 ribble voucher for every time somebody said that about Sagan, I could pre-buy my 2025 Wout van Aert commemorative Vuelta a Espana gold doubloon now.
 
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If I had a $5 ribble voucher for every time somebody said that about Sagan, I could pre-buy my 2025 Wout van Aert commemorative Vuelta a Espana gold doubloon now.
Yes, and when did Sagan ride up mountains with the top 10 on GC in the final week of a GT after consecutive days riding a long time on the front, and being a favourite for the upcoming ITT?

Right, didn't think so.
 
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Regardless of having drafted or not its incredible what he did today. The most versatile rider in many years.
I hope he goes all out for the TT and in Paris, tomorrow he can 'rest' if there is a bunch sprint.

He is also looking more as a contender for the road race although there are a few others with an higher chance of winning.
 
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3rd on the stage leading the yellow jersey group even after dropping the likes of Uran, Valverde and Adam Yates when doing his turn on the front as domestique deluxe.

He should clearly be the number one option for Belgium in the worlds road race.

There are not many top tier time trialists still in the race so a top 3 ride on Stage 20 is very possible if he is given the green light to go full gas and wants to take a shot at it.
 
3rd on the stage leading the yellow jersey group even after dropping the likes of Uran, Valverde and Adam Yates when doing his turn on the front as domestique deluxe.

He should clearly be the number one option for Belgium in the worlds road race.

There are not many top tier time trialists still in the race so a top 3 ride on Stage 20 is very possible if he is given the green light to go full gas and wants to take a shot at it.
Why wouldn’t he be given the green light?
 
Surely he'll be given green light. Only reasons for him not to go all out are to save his legs for Champs-Elysees or Worlds. I would assume he'll decide that his odds of winning the TT are better than on Champs-Elysees and he has enough time to recover for Worlds, meaning he will go for it.

The other reason to hold him back might be to allow for Roglic to stamp his authority on the race or Dumoulin to salvage something and boost his confidence. Too many ways that can go wrong, though, so if I'm TJV I tell them all to go full gas and may the best man win.
 
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Yes, and when did Sagan ride up mountains with the top 10 on GC in the final week of a GT after consecutive days riding a long time on the front, and being a favourite for the upcoming ITT?

Right, didn't think so.
For the upcoming ITT and one of the favorites for the final sprint on the Champs-Élysées (if he is going all out) or potential sprint today (stage 19).
Then next week he'll be favorite for the WC TT and the WC Road Race.
And then in the second half of October two major (biggest?) targets with RvV and P-R..
Pretty insane to know that he already had a 'peak' with MSR and Strade.
He is actually quite dominant at the moment.
This could be a truly special year (which it already is offcourse) if he manages to win one or more big races this year.

He will surely not be riding any CX in the winter will he? Or to a very limited extend I assume (and maybe hope)?
 
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For the upcoming ITT and one of the favorites for the final sprint on the Champs-Élysées (if he is going all out) or potential sprint today (stage 19).
Then next week he'll be favorite for the WC TT and the WC Road Race.
And then in the second half of October two major (biggest?) targets with RvV and P-R..
Pretty insane to know that he already had a 'peak' with MSR and Strade.
He is actually quite dominant at the moment.
This could be a truly special year (which it already is offcourse) if he manages to win one or more big races this year.

He will surely not be riding any CX in the winter will he? Or to a very limited extend I assume (and maybe hope)?
I think he will be riding cross but I don't know for certain.
 
For the upcoming ITT and one of the favorites for the final sprint on the Champs-Élysées (if he is going all out) or potential sprint today (stage 19).
Then next week he'll be favorite for the WC TT and the WC Road Race.
And then in the second half of October two major (biggest?) targets with RvV and P-R..
Pretty insane to know that he already had a 'peak' with MSR and Strade.
He is actually quite dominant at the moment.
This could be a truly special year (which it already is offcourse) if he manages to win one or more big races this year.

He will surely not be riding any CX in the winter will he? Or to a very limited extend I assume (and maybe hope)?
Last i heard is that he would ride CX. How much is anyone's guess.
 

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