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Looks like a new treatment is available on the market since day by day improvement is possible during the race.

Ineos were caught off guard during the Tour but now their domestics are winning almost everything during this Giro. The long term planning doesn't apply to what happened after the Tour. You can prepare the team in less than a month now. I understand that the leader is under special treatment but now even the likes of Navarez or Puccio are able to get a GT stage podium places simultaneously.
 
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Looks like a new treatment is available on the market since day by day improvement is possible during the race.

Ineos were caught off guard during the Tour but now their domestics are winning almost everything during this Giro. The long term planning doesn't apply to what happened after the Tour. You can prepare the team in less than a month now. I understand that the leader is under special treatment but now even the likes of Navarez or Puccio are able to get a GT stage podium places simultaneously.
Ben Swift getting 18th is pretty eye opening.
 
WHAT?
look, there's noone, at least here in Italy, happier than me about Tao and Ineos winning. but your take on Sunweb is totally nuts. they rode an amazing race and they deserve the podium.
But Skyneos are fine to keep pumping out the GT wins huh...
Nothing is fine in this sport, not in the last 30 years, apart maybe a couple odd years around 2008 or 2010.
This year though, looked particularly strange, but Ineos did catch up very quickly.
 
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Ben Swift getting 18th is pretty eye opening.
This was purely a product of getting in the right breaks, some of which were allowed ridiculous amounts of time. Once you get outside the top 10 (especially with such a weak field) on a GT, the positions are much more random than you might think. Occasionally someone even sneaks into the top ten by just being in the right breakaways.
 
this Giro comeback win after the Tour debacle, with Tao, a British kid riding with the team at the launch at The Mall ten years ago, all during the Freeman trial is priceless for Skineos. it´s a strike back, BANG! take this.
and I like that very much
 
This was purely a product of getting in the right breaks, some of which were allowed ridiculous amounts of time. Once you get outside the top 10 (especially with such a weak field) on a GT, the positions are much more random than you might think. Occasionally someone even sneaks into the top ten by just being in the right breakaways.
This isn't a breakaway specialist who can hang on for a top 20 that climbs okay (Chavanel, Voeckler) , a super strong domestique that still hangs on to that top 20 (G. Thomas pre win) , or a fringe 10-25 GC rider that makes a breakthrough top 10 (Navarro, LuLu, Karpets, Monfort). This is a semi hardy C sprinter that has none of those qualities, that finished 18th. Thor Hushovd, the God of Thunder, was not only a better climber and engine than Swift but won 2 stages from a break, team won the TTT, and lead GC finished 68th. A sprinter who finished second best on his team and the riders in 19-22 are way better GC riders. Now at 32 he is 18th, next year what, 10th or higher?
 
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This isn't a breakaway specialist who can hang on for a top 20 that climbs okay (Chavanel, Voeckler) , a super strong domestique that still hangs on to that top 20 (G. Thomas pre win) , or a fringe 10-25 GC rider that makes a breakthrough top 10 (Navarro, LuLu, Karpets, Monfort). This is a semi hardy C sprinter that has none of those qualities, that finished 18th. Thor Hushovd, the God of Thunder, was not only a better climber and engine than Swift but won 2 stages from a break, team won the TTT, and lead GC finished 68th. A sprinter who finished second best on his team and the riders in 19-22 are way better GC riders. Now at 32 he is 18th, next year what, 10th or higher?

He hasn't really been a full time sprinter for a long while. He did come second on Alpe d'Huez in the Dauphine three years ago though so he can obviously climb a bit when he needs to. And that was from a 16 strong break which included Herrada, Vuillermoz, Vanendert, Ulissi, Sicard, Clarke and Kennaugh who won
 
He hasn't really been a full time sprinter for a long while. He did come second on Alpe d'Huez in the Dauphine three years ago though so he can obviously climb a bit when he needs to. And that was from a 16 strong break which included Herrada, Vuillermoz, Vanendert, Ulissi, Sicard, Clarke and Kennaugh who won
He's still been competing in sprints since 2017, he's just a C or maybe even D sprinter. Yes he finished second on probably his best day but hasn't really shown anything close to that or being able to come close over 3 weeks.
 
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He's still been competing in sprints since 2017, he's just a C or maybe even D sprinter. Yes he finished second on probably his best day but hasn't really shown anything close to that or being able to come close over 3 weeks.
Looking back over his stage results, you're right actually. He was finishing top 30 on most of the high summit finishes. Guess this takes us back to the age-old question of whether someone can change what type of rider they are and be decent at it. (For those of you about to try and answer this, I'll save you the effort: some people say no, some people say yes, you'll argue about it for a bit, and no conclusions will be reached other than us all getting a little bit more annoyed)
 
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