Well, in his defense, no one was able to gap Pogacar today. Uran's best strategy is to stay close to his nearest rivals and save energy for the TT. Of course if he's strong, he can try an opportunistic go, or follow others.Expecting attack from Uran is like a miracle. Today he had a 100 m attack. LOL. 5 minutes to Uran looks more like 10 minutes.
Porte struggled with the rain and maybe a crash, he was flying at the early one week races. Froome is not comparable to Uran at all and a rider who is in the podium places heading into the final week is podium material even if he is an outsider.Rigo is also already 34 and this tour was raced fast. Maybe this year is like the swan song if that generation: Rigo is no longer podium material, Porte fell totally off and even as a domestique was a big disappointment, Froome has been reduced to being the world's best paid TdF tourist by injuries, Nibali can no longer hang with the best and even though he is not that old, Quintana has dropped from being arguably the best climber in the world to a shell of his former self.
It is a bit sad, but it has to happen at some point.
Well Uran and Froome can be compared as they are from the same generation of cyclists. Obviously the circumstances surrounding their career path at this point are not comparable.Porte struggled with the rain and maybe a crash, he was flying at the early one week races. Froome is not comparable to Uran at all and a rider who is in the podium places heading into the final week is podium material even if he is an outsider.
Fuglsang was blaming his covid vaxx, said the sude affects were quite bad but Fuglsang hasn't even been a regular top 10 rider in grand tours. Two top 10s in 14 attempts ? Thomas like Porte just can't seem to stop hitting the deck and many times its his own fault especially when he goes down on descents when no one else does. but Porte seemed to lose interest in the race after the first week when he lost big time. Even his regular habit of putting the hurt on people as a mountain domestique didn't happen this year. Really the first TT was his only really good performance in the race and on the Ventoux he was less impressive than Kwia. Thomas seemed to be banged up more than Porte but TGH and Porte never really seemed to come to grips with their support of Carapaz not like they used to for Froome anyway. Consistency has always been an issue for Uran which is why he doesn't have many podiums. I always saw him as more of a possible top five rider than a regular podium rider. But he did have some illness and a light build up this year and he faded badly in the third week.Well Uran and Froome can be compared as they are from the same generation of cyclists. Obviously the circumstances surrounding their career path at this point are not comparable.
As for Porte: Well, we cannot look into the body of minds of the athletes and can only go by what we have heard and what we know. Maybe Porte was ill or injured but as far as I am aware of nothing of the likes was communicated by his team. He did not give the impression of discomfort. I think everyone can agree that his tour was a colossal disappointment.
I think we can add Thomas and Fugelsang to the list of older cyclists who will have a hard time to find a way back to the top.
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