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His sprint looked much better than I anticipated though. And much better than some of his other sprints in this race when he was the biggest favorite.
Maybe this is the right tactic for the future when he'll be on better form . Hold something back on the Poggio and come in 15-20th position over the top. Make people believe he is weak, and then wait for the sprint and give everything there. I'm sure if he had chosen this tactic for every M-S in his career, he'd have a couple of wins by now. But he almost everytime chooses the attacking way, which is of course more admirable for fans, but at the same time probably the harder way.

I remember looking at betting odds before the races for the classics and I think from 2012 to 2019 he always had the shortest odds for Milano - Sanremo. Last year was the first time after quite a long period when he wasn't the clear No.1 favourite for the bookies. And this season was the first time he flew completely under the radar.
 
Better than feared, absolutely. He looked horrible at Tirreno, but I still don't think he will contend any Classics.

I'm just really disappointed with another wasted spring. Before he got covid, I really thought he'd be in good (not amazing) shape now.
I'm still hoping. He was among the first 15 over Poggio, not far from GVA, whos form seems pretty good.

I'm sure a weeks racing in Spain will bring him at a competitive level, although it's hard to see him or anyone else compete with the CX superstars.
 
He is entering the later stage of his career.

Picking his targets and day in a race to really go for it might yield more wins, than trying to contest every sprint in a race or consistently trying to be up there in every race he takes part in. Ride more races as preparation.

I mean for the most part of his career when he hasnt had the best day, he has still been there fighting and making a decent result and still been able to go at it the next day or race. Instead of fighting for "just" a decent result, maybe better to not see it through that day or race. Go at it the next day or race.

Less top 10s and podiums... but maybe more wins.

Like what him seeing so far here. 4th MSR. Win here in Catalunya. Thats a good start, after a delayed start to the season. :)
 
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He is entering the later stage of his career.

Picking his targets and day in a race to really go for it might yield more wins, than trying to contest every sprint in a race or consistently trying to be up there in every race he takes part in. Ride more races as preparation.

I mean for the most part of his career when he hasnt had the best day, he has still been there fighting and making a decent result and still been able to go at it the next day or race. Instead of fighting for "just" a decent result, maybe better to not see it through that day or race. Go at it the next day or race.

Less top 10s and podiums... but maybe more wins.

Like what him seeing so far here. 4th MSR. Win here in Catalunya. Thats a good start, after a delayed start to the season. :)
I really hope he won't go down that road.

And it's not like he has done that here in Catalunya, the other stages have simply been too tough for him.
 
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He has to adapt to the times.

For a few years he was just that much better, than everyone else.

There were only a couple of guys that could beat him. Had he been better tactically, he might have won more during those years.

Now there is a probably a dozen of guys that are on the same level that could win the big races if they have their day. More unpredictable.

Picking his moment and saving energy for big efforts just becomes more important. With better judgement for tactics.
 
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