You could already see though that he is very strong now also. He just played it nice for Majka - riding 75% of the pulls in the flatter parts. Not dropping him unless he had to (like on Friday when the group almost caught up).After sandbagging around Slovenia, I'm expecting ridiculous in a matter of weeks.
Yup! I anticipate some folks and cycling publications are getting into circle jerk frenzy over the prospect of him and dominating another Tour. Velonews has already called him cycling's Superman.You could already see though that he is very strong now also. He just played it nice for Majka - riding 75% of the pulls in the flatter parts. Not dropping him unless he had to (like on Friday when the group almost caught up).
I don't think it really matters if you are liked or not. As long as you don't win a 6th tour, the french will probably give you some slack. (was the same with Lance Armstrong, Still the only one that has gotten his tour victories ripped despite those before and after him also provably on the same stuff).First, we took a look at Tadej’s 2017 season. In pro stage races, he placed 4th in the Istrian Spring Trophy, 3rd in the Tour de Hongarie and 5th in the Tour of Slovenia, won by two-time Tour de France KOM Rafal Majka. He also bossed the U23 scene, with 10th in Giro del Belvedere, 11th in Palio del Recioto, 7th in Piccolo Lombardia, 20th in the Worlds U23 RR, 9th in GP Capodarco and 5th overall in the Carpathian Couriers U23 race and the best young rider jersey. He did all of this as an 18-year-old (except for the Worlds and Lombardia, he had turned 19 by those races).
Dr Ferrari called it salto di qualita - a strong improvement in performance of young cyclists at some stage. Obviously we all know what Ferrari was doing but if you analyse performances of the best cyclists in history most of them had a breakthrough season (usually at a young age) when they became much better than earlier. Clinic aside, it's mostly down to physical development and change of training regime, I guess. I would say breakthrough seasons at an older age are more suspicious.Well nobody could have foreseen Pogacar evolved in less than a year from a good U23 Promise to going to the pro's by probably increasing his power output by 0.5-0.8W/kg. (going from riding top places in U23 to winning big races... is not a minor evolution in one year).
Didn't he and Ganna depart close to the same time?I don't know.
I think that ITT was pretty useless due to the changeable conditions. The fact Pog was much faster in the second half (with all the tight corners & cobbles) does say the conditions were getting a bit better. Just my opinion but I consider that stage to be a total... washout. All that should be noted is the fact the usual specialists are all condensed in the same time or thereabouts.
Pog is such a "special" rider I'll reserve the nuclear definition for when he really drops the bomb. Until then, patience.
I wasn't posting specifically regarding Pog's time versus Ganna.Didn't he and Ganna depart close to the same time?
We should probably keep in mind that Pog was slower than Yves Lampaert today. Thought I heard or read that Ganna had a tire losing air, also.I wasn't posting specifically regarding Pog's time versus Ganna.
Ganna looks like he flunked it. I mean he's usually a bit faster than WvA? Right? Well it just didn't click for him today.
I mean I'm probably one of the first to jump in here & go "wow wtf!", but I saw Roglic (for example) take the corners in the second half really, really carefully & 'only' lose 9 seconds versus Pog. Vingegaard pushed a little harder meanwhile.
It's not breaking news to have Pog so high (pardon the pun). But in this instance, nah, we're nowhere near 2020 Planche levels (which is real nuclear radioactive stuff).
None of that comes close to the dispelling the ridiculousness of pog's performance. MvdP, WvA and Yves don't surprise me at all.We should probably keep in mind that Pog was slower than Yves Lampaert today. Thought I heard or read that Ganna had a tire losing air, also.