If France had been all-in for a defensive race, it would have been up to Belgium to make the race hard. It could have played out quite differently, but this was of course a far better race.Laporte winning that sprint tells you all you need to know about the French tactics.
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Didn't even need to be all in for a defensive race, but you cannot just let your second string ride with Evenepoel and especially not when you have a credible sprint winner behind. They had better learn, because I want to see whether Evenepoel can brute force solo away from the world's best at the biggest race. With Van Aert or Alaphilippe on the same team depending on the race, he won't often simply need to, though.If France had been all-in for a defensive race, it would have been up to Belgium to make the race hard. It could have played out quite differently, but this was of course a far better race.
Pogacar wasn't on a great day it seemed, Mathieu out, Alaf not 100% still etc etc. Ended up a bit anticlimactic, we needed some more quality riders todayMy God what an annoying race. What are the major countries thinking, letting a big group with Evenepoel as the only star rider slip up the road? Pfff...
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