In Stage 11 he paid a price that was related to - racing like a tool for 10 stages (sprinting for chump change like it would not impact his overall reserves), chasing Roglic as well as vingo (and there was no need to put the full chase on Roglic ... that's been discussed), and not taking in proper nutrition. His team and his freakin' gf have said he is the same or stronger than last year. Yes, people can BS, but there's not much point in even talking about that if you were weaker. Stage 17 was pretty decent and likely would have been better as well if he had not tried attacking literally everywhere else. Finally, he was nuclear the first 10 stages and it was beginning to look like he would obliterate everyone ... which, other than vingo who one-upped him, he did! You could say he peppered his race with tactical nukesI can't agree with the notion that he was stronger this year because:
Sure, JV made him work hard on Galibier but I think peak Pog should have handled the stage better. Look, last year during Le Grand Bornand stage he climbed at a superb rate of 1750-1800 m/h for almost an hour. On PDBF stage he had like 6.3 w/kg for almost an hour. We are talking about monstrous efforts and he withstood them.
- he cracked too hard on Granon
- didn't have a thermonuclear performance