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Just because.

Scanning through the first page I had a LOL at the comparison with Gaviria.
Glad you bumped this because I felt like I shouldn't double post it, but it was another great showing today. Shame we missed him launch but as has been the case since 2019 he went and basically never looked back. A couple more days like this and perhaps be a bit more mindful of Carthy if he looks like sticking around and we could be looking at number 2.
 
Got to love how the guy races. Too bad he joined Ineos, i would have liked to see him duke it out with Bernal. He definitively seems to have more punch, not sure about the longer climbs.

They signed him before last year's Giro. I wonder if at the time they wanted him as a dom or future leader. It will be interesting to see how they manage the GT's next year at Ineos, with Bernal, Hart, Thomas, Carapaz & Sivakov.
 
Yep, another really strong showing today. Thought he was very sensible in his approach setting a manageable pace even with Carthy off the front and when he did pull him back then attacking himself.

Probably one step too far trying to jump Roglic after he caught him the first time and kind of teed up the counter, but can't begrudge a man for actively trying to win races.
 
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Yep, another really strong showing today. Thought he was very sensible in his approach setting a manageable pace even with Carthy off the front and when he did pull him back then attacking himself.

Probably one step too far trying to jump Roglic after he caught him the first time and kind of teed up the counter, but can't begrudge a man for actively trying to win races.
He was in a very bad position with 6-7 km to go. Team evaporated quickly but as you said he paced himself very well. He'll be vulnerable to ambushes if his teammates (especially Sosa) don't improve.
 
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I really like his style and his determination.
He is trying even though his attacks aren't powerfull enough everytime. (A bit like Quintana except Nairo often attacks with no legs at all, and at the wrong time).

I'd like to see him again on the giro next year. TDF doesn't have enough high mountains and too much TT, Gerainth may be Ineos best option there.
 
Yeah he's definitely a legit GT contender. Probably more suited to the Giro with some high altitude long climbs but he's not a bad puncher either.

Ineos depth chart is very crowded at the top so I'm not entirely sure he will get sole leadership in a GT next year.
I wouldn't be that surprised to see him as a co-leader at the Tour, but I guess we'll have to wait and see. He could have won the Vuelta with better tactics and besides Amador (who crashed) he had a really mediocre team.
 
And I also get the feeling he is not the greatest at super steep climbs. In the 2018 Giro he really struggled at Zonc and arrived 2 mins down outside the top 10, in 2019 Giro he wasn't looking that strong on Mortirolo and this Vuelta he struggled on Angliru. Needs more diesel climbing and high altitude imo.
"Struggling" is a big word if we look at how well he performed on the Mortirolo and on the Angliru, but I get what you're saying. He benefits from hard stages and high altitude, a team making the stage really hard for him would also suit him well.
 
Yeah he's definitely a legit GT contender. Probably more suited to the Giro with some high altitude long climbs but he's not a bad puncher either.

Ineos depth chart is very crowded at the top so I'm not entirely sure he will get sole leadership in a GT next year.
Definitely feels a pretty Giro rider to me, but would not be surprised to see Vuelta next year - can't see the tour unless a very favourable route materialises in 22

Tour might come once he moves on from Ineos. I could see him being a good fit at Astana
 
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I wouldn't be that surprised to see him as a co-leader at the Tour, but I guess we'll have to wait and see. He could have won the Vuelta with better tactics and besides Amador (who crashed) he had a really mediocre team.
I would be incredibly surprised if Ineos bring him to the Tour as a co leader. Roglic beat him despite being at a lower level than the Tour and there only being one ITT. He's probably gonna have to share Giro leadership and his absolute best case scenario is if he gets to do Giro/Vuelta and won't have to do the Tour as a helper.

I think Ineos will just go Thomas/Bernal for the Tour.
 
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I would be incredibly surprised if Ineos bring him to the Tour as a co leader. Roglic beat him despite being at a lower level than the Tour and there only being one ITT. He's probably gonna have to share Giro leadership and his absolute best case scenario is if he gets to do Giro/Vuelta and won't have to do the Tour as a helper.

I think Ineos will just go Thomas/Bernal for the Tour.
Bernal, Thomas and Porte for the Tour, and Carapaz and Hart for the Giro? At least hope that Carapaz will head their Giro line-up.
 
I would be incredibly surprised if Ineos bring him to the Tour as a co leader. Roglic beat him despite being at a lower level than the Tour and there only being one ITT. He's probably gonna have to share Giro leadership and his absolute best case scenario is if he gets to do Giro/Vuelta and won't have to do the Tour as a helper.

I think Ineos will just go Thomas/Bernal for the Tour.
I don't know, he has shown that they can count on him, even if they mess with his preparation by changing everything up at the last minute. It wouldn't surprise me to see him as the 2nd option at the Tour, but it will come down to how Bernal bounces back.
Bernal and Sosa are training buddies and their season went pretty much the same, good in the first race after the lockdown, then worse and worse. It is likely that they overtrained/got their prep wrong during the lockdown/race break.
But yes, Carapaz and Tao to the Giro and Bernal/Thomas/Sivakov to the Tour is probably the more realistic option.
 
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Bernal, Thomas and Porte for the Tour, and Carapaz and Hart for the Giro? At least hope that Carapaz will head their Giro line-up.
Porte will be a full on domestique. I think Dennis would be the one to go as a "third" leader which means primarily domestique unless someone crashes out before they hit what roleplays as the Alps.
 

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