Caruso will be the leader, you should complain to him not to Porte.WheelofGear said:Of course he has to show up in the in Itzulia and ruin the chances of a potentia Teuns podium.
Now Dylan is forced to ride for the great manlet.
Since when has País Vasco become a meaningless event? The highlight of the year in the cycling-mad region of the Basque Country and one of the biggest one-week races on the calender.Jancouver said:
Only light trainingmovingtarget said:
It seems he's there for the scenery.............Blanco said:Only light trainingmovingtarget said:
In the recent history of cobbled stages in GTs, teams that had both cobble specialists and GC hopes have always used the former to babysit the latter (e.g. Cancellara for Schleck in 2010 or Thomas for Froome in 2015). I can't think of any exceptions off the top of my head.portugal11 said:but GVA won't babysitting porte in the cobbled stage. he will fight for the winValv.Piti said:There's simply too much risk to put all your eggs in ONE basket when we are talking about Richie Porte - he has proven that over and over again. You don't necessarily have to support Greg, either, and he can be an amazing asset on the cobbled stage. You also have to consider the whole contract negotiation - snubbing your best rider over the last 6 years like that won't make him happy. Gotta show some respect.movingtarget said:Valverde might stay upright in the ITT of course.Valv.Piti said:Yeah, lets send 7 domestiques to help Richie Porte crash out on the cobbles. Lmao.
Of course Greg should be on the team, there can't seriously be any doubt about that (as long he wants to go himself). There are a few very good stages for him and the guy has won 2 stages in the last 3 years.
It will be a battle the likes of which we have not seen since they were fighting it out for 4th place in the 2008 Herald Sun Tour.silvergrenade said:
I think Porte is officially out of hibernation. A bit of a statement today. Good for him it confirms he is in good form after his long road back from his massive crash.silvergrenade said:
It has the potential to be a great, field-slaying duel, but I don't think it will happen. If it gets too close in the final week, BMC will wake up one morning unable to locate LRP for the race start. Too late -- he will have been fed to Froome's pet python.silvergrenade said:
Totally agree with you mate..JosephK said:It has the potential to be a great, field-slaying duel, but I don't think it will happen. If it gets too close in the final week, BMC will wake up one morning unable to locate LRP for the race start. Too late -- he will have been fed to Froome's pet python.silvergrenade said:
Porte's accelerations are more Pantani-esque, gradually increasing the pace and just straight up dropping people from his wheel. Bernal's attacks were obviously much more fierceDekker_Tifosi said:Still has nothing on Bernals accelerations in Romandie and California though
Accelerations that dropped Tejay van Garderen but didn't drop Primoz Roglic?Dekker_Tifosi said:Still has nothing on Bernals accelerations in Romandie and California though
Nightmare scenario for Sky but exactly what Bardet wants. Last year Bardet couldn't get much help from others and Uran wasn't going to risk a podium but Landa is another matter. if Froome can't react it could get interesting on some of the climbs which was what I was hoping for last year............intermediate stages with long range attacks can also be harder to control than climbing stages. Don't see Porte and BMC trying it but others will especially if Froome like last year is a little bit off his usual form. Dan Martin and Nibali will also take some risks, if anything Martin is sometimes too aggressive. I get the feeling that Sky are going to have to work much harder for this potential win. The bonus for them of course is the TTT but if they hold the yellow for a long time that can also difficult.yaco said:Like to see an inform Landa go head-to-head with Porte at the TDF in a 10km finish at 8% - It could be a battle royale.