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Urán had lots of trouble yesterday in the big climb, where he was dropped. His injury is too recent, although he seems to be improving quickly. He has a few easy days ahead now so maybe by the time the mountains come he'll be closer to 100%, but regardless I fully expect him to be better in the third week and quite possibly to win a stage.Escarabajo said:Don't forget Uran is riding in the Vuelta also. I am expecting him to be higher in the GC also. Just saying.
Libertine Seguros said:Nicolas Roche is older than Vincenzo Nibali, so if we're talking "which young rider will survive the Vuelta", then Nibali would go above both of them.
Hugo Koblet said:Van Garderen has a good shot at finishing in the top 10. He looked pretty good today. I'll say that he will finish 10th-12th.
boardhanger said:I believe there's too much emphasis put on a top 10 or 20 results to the detrement of taking a shot and going for a stage win. With young riders these days. Look at Deignan he got his stage and I think top 15 or 20 overall last years vuelta because of risking his chance. Sometimes its better to ride with the gloves down.
ingsve said:Deignan was 9th last year so he managed both.
I would say that stage win vs GC depends a lot on what type of rider you are. If you don't have any type of sprint or kick then a stage win is very hard to get so dieseling to a decent GC might be better suited for some riders.
Not if your talent is to be a GC rider than a stage hunter, that requires a different profile. I think Tejay (with one "e", BTW) is more of the former.Oldman said:Several young guys finished well on a demanding final K. They should all be looking for a break opportunity and a stage win at this point in their career.
kurtinsc said:I think if he's able to hang within 2 minutes of the heads of state in the more mountainous stages, then he'll be there. He was able to do that on the Alpe d'Huez during the Dauphine Libere... so it's possible.
Yeah, I don't follow the logic of the people who think that these young guys should freewheel their way through a GT, as a way of avoiding pressure. They'll have to learn to deal with it someday, so why not rightaway.hrotha said:There's nothing wrong with clinging to the group for as long as you can and go for a top 10 or whatever when a) you've never done it before, and b) you're still trying to find out your limits and your place in the peloton. Van Garderen should keep doing just that for now. It's a different matter when you're 37 and you've been top 10 a gazillion times, and yet you still ride defensively.
theyoungest said:Yeah, I don't follow the logic of the people who think that these young guys should freewheel their way through a GT, as a way of avoiding pressure. They'll have to learn to deal with it someday, so why not rightaway.