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What race was that one in 2009?Quintana beating Contadors thermonuclear Montagne de Lures performance by a significant margin. Keep in mind Contador won in 2009 by a minute over Fränk Schleck lol
I hate to say it, but it feels a bit like the Cera days...It looks like all the lower WT teams (or wannabe WT next season) came out with guns blazing. Intermarché, Cofidis, Lotto, TotalEnergies and even Arkéa and Uno-X look like they massively improved over the winter.
Quintana beating Contadors thermonuclear Montagne de Lures performance by a significant margin. Keep in mind Contador won in 2009 by a minute over Fränk Schleck lol
Yeah, that was absurd. There was a shot with under 1k to go with the larger group...and Ganna looked to be taking up the space of any 2 of the other riders there. A giant among men...climbing with Pog...and that wasn't the only thing about that finish that rang the alarm bells.Well, I really like Ganna, but this is looking a bit ridiculous.
Just because Ganna is big doesn't mean he can't climb. How about you actually look at the data?
Jebel Jais is about 5% average, power to weight has less of an effect on a shallow climb like this, meaning Ganna's raw large watts can help overcome his weight disadvantage.
Then, if you look at the power data of Neilson powless they 'only' did 5.5 watts per kg for 45 mins after about 4 hours of 160 watts. Heck, when I'm in peak form I could nearly have hung on the climb, and I can assure you I'm not doping.
So with Ganna's raw power requiring him to use less power to weight, if he was at 5.3 watts per kg @82kg he would have done like 434 watts. We see him make efforts like this all the time, and in much harder races, he posts a lot on Strava. So yeah, he may be on some stuff, but this ride in and of itself is no crazier than anything else he's done.
Bissegger must be extremely aero, because his incredible TT performances have seldom translated to road races, especially when they involved some climbing (the lone exception being his win from the break in Tour de Suisse).Bissegger, who seems to be in good form, wasn't able to hang on at all, he got distanced in the beginning, despite certainly trying, so it was not a day for time trialers per se.
Yeah, his climbing in the Tour de la Provence was probably more impressive.Bissegger must be extremely aero, because his incredible TT performances have seldom translated to road races, especially when they involved some climbing (the lone exception being his win from the break in Tour de Suisse).
All the other riders you mention must have had a bad day or are far from their peak, because the power output required to be in the leading group up to the final 500 metres of the stage is nothing to write home about for a WT rider. I'd even argue this wasn't Ganna's best climbing performance of the last couple of weeks if you ask me.