Total is the worst of all, they even turned Terpstra from classics dominant force to retired rider from a year to another.One of these days a French team hiring ageing declining stars (AG2R Van Avermaet, Cofidis Viviani, Arkea Quintana, TotalEnergies Sagan) will work out...
I dont know how are bonus in the race.Consisting of well-known names, such as Sagan, Froome, Lutsenko, Hodeg, Hindley, Pozzovivo or Bol, the stage race Tour of Slovakia has been starting with today´s prologue. The full starlist and all stages can be found on this link.
After a long time, Sagan has a realistic chance to be an overall leader after the final stage. Since the race profile is quite flat, with smaller and short hills, it should suits him well. Let´s see if he can keep up the momentum from the Benelux Tour, where he was showing flashes of his older form, but could not capitalize it in the final metres of stages. I believe the race like this is optimal to taste victory, and eventually, to gain some confidence towards the Worlds and P-R.
Time bonuses for the best three in the finish should be 10, 6 and 4 seconds. The top three riders who pass through intermediate sprint sections will be awarded with 3, 2 and one second.I dont know how are bonus in the race.
They did a route for him, so he has a good oportunity.
But Quick has strong sprinters, so he has a do hard the climbs and control thee race with his team, if he wants to get overall.
I have to say I'm getting quite hot on the idea of Sagan becoming World Champion for the fourth time.
I know he hasn't shown much to grant such expectations but if the Belgians really do keep the race quite closed to set-up a small bunch sprint for Van Aert, Sagan should be the second-fastest man there. And then stranger things would have happened before in the history of cycling.
I know he doesn't have a team (and yes, RhD, I know he is not the only participant from Slovakia) but if he just keeps himself in the shadows like in Richmond and Bergen, that shouldn't be too much of an issue here, when the strongest team want to keep things together for a sprint.
I have been a bit (a lot) worried about his climbing the past couple of years, but today he was the best in Slovakia on the hills, and in the Benelux Tour he wasn't too bad on the cobbled hills, either, and his shape should only be going one way at the moment. So unless it becomes a really, really tough race, he will feature in the final selection, I think.
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