And here I was thinking that Kuss has largely stagnated, that Bennett hasn't really done anything to write home about other than in three days of a weird August in a weird season, that Gesink still sucks and that who even remembers Tolhoek anymore.
I like Roglic, but he really did look insanely comfortable yesterday on a climb that was torturing other riders. Even Pogacar was grimacing while Roglic looked fresh as a daisy.
Bennett was supposed to ride the Giro initially. Only with the rumour that De Plus was moving to Ineos, did he take Laurens his place. Can't imagine how they screwed that up from then to now with Bennett being on form too soon.Jumbo does look less imposing this Tour than in Dauphine or Tour de l'Ain. But that doesn't really take away the particularly crazy levels of some of their riders, like Bennett in the hilly classics he did, Van Aert, Kuss in Dauphine, and Roglic all year. But this is indeed not like the Skineos dominace we're used to seeing.
It could be they're trying to save some domestiques more for the 3rd week, could be Bennett peaked early or something, could be not all of them respond equally to the program, could be some do their own little extra program.
No, but they have copied Sky in having a team ridiculously stacked with talent. Dumoulin as a domestique FFS. And I gues that WVA is the equivalent of Kwiato. Kuss, like Thomas, could probably podium in his own right. I wonder how their rider budget compares with peak SKY.Even Sky didn't have a sprinter dropping pure climbers and pulling an entire group of them half way up a HC summit finish.
They literally won the Tour with their closest equivalent (Thomas).Even Sky didn't have a sprinter dropping pure climbers and pulling an entire group of them half way up a HC summit finish.
No, looks like a hybrid between the performances that 2016 Sagan and 2017 Kwaitkowski had at the Tour.I really WANT van Aert to be credible, but I just can't get this into my head. Can somebody explain to me the physiology of someone almost beating Ewan in a bunch sprint and climbing like about the 15th best in the Tour?