What does he need to do at the tour to justify EF signing him? Podium? Top 5?
Considering the fact that:What does he need to do at the tour to justify EF signing him? Podium? Top 5?
I wouldn't be surprised if Carapaz loses minutes in the first week and then shifts to stage hunter/KOM mode like he successfully did at the Vuelta last year.
I agree on the bolded. Not only that, he is being paid solely to perform good at the Tour. Going stage hunting is not on his main objective. I think he will be good come the mountains.If that happens, he's done as a GC rider. I mean there's no excuse here considering the lack of flat ITT km's. Sure the field is strong but come on, it shouldn't be too hard for Richard Carapaz to stay in contention for a little while, even if it's just for a top 5 finish.
Or, he'll lose some time, Vinge & Pog will stare at each other for reasons, Carapaz will go up the road & he'll win the Tour. That's another scenario.
I agree on the bolded. Not only that, he is being paid solely to perform good at the Tour. Going stage hunting is not on his main objective. I think he will be good come the mountains.
You are right and I totally misunderstood the sentence. I meant if he is done with GC, He is not being paid to hunt for stages. He can continue hunting for top tens for all I care, really. Having said that, I think I think he will be good when crunch time comes.One bad GC attempt would not suddenly mean he is finished as a GC rider after the success he has had. Look at riders like Bardet and Quintana who have had multiple years with struggle to make the Top 10 and then at TDF 2022 they were fighting for Top 5 and their teams were still backing them.
I know he has been bad in the Dauphiné, but he has won Classic Alpes-Maritimes one month ago (and just one week before the Dauphiné) against riders like Gall and Cristian Rodríguez who had strong performances in the Tour de Suisse and the Route d'Occitanie afterwards. So I wouldn't read too much into his Dauphiné performance.Carapaz always hinted at some shape at the Vuelta a Asturias or Tour de Suisse prior to his main season goal though.
One always underestimates him, probably because he doesn’t look like an athlete, but Carapaz is a phenomenon. Broke his knee cap in the Tour, even finished the stage. Now he already shows big results, this autumn.
We got robbed of Quintana and MAL for nothing, but we still have Carapaz to cheer for.
I became a fan over the years. He might look like an average guy, maybe a snooker or darts player. But he is good as gold…