Fk I forgot to make a Safebet Grandma thread.If Hindley wins the Giro he will go down as the rider with the shortest time gap between having his own thread on the CN forum and winning a GT.
Quite an achievement considering even my grandma probably has a dedicated topic on here.
PS: I voted all the options in the poll just for the lulz.
No. Let’s put it this way… if tomorrow was the final stage and with the timegaps atm Almeida would probably gain around 30/35 seconds to Carapaz and 40/45 seconds to Hindley. So I predict that in the itt Carapaz could gain something around 5/10 seconds for Hindley. For Hindley to have a shot of winning this Giro he needs to be ahead of Carapaz at least 5/10 seconds and around 40 seconds ahead of Almeida. The same for Landa because both Hindley and Landa will be around the same time in the iTT
The Mortirola-Aprica stage will be crucial. Judging from today's stage and the Blockhaus climb, Carapaz could put time into Hindley there.I don't think so. I'm not expecting any significant differences between them in the TT but it could be crucial if mountains don't separate them.
This seems to confirm my thoughts that Bora did a big dig today, whilst Ineos is playing the long game:Although, come to think of it, Bora clearly wanted to put Carapez under presure and effectively isolated him, although the Ecuadorian was still the strongest in the final stages of the race (bar Yates, who, however, had the luxury of having nothing to lose and so bided his time as the GC leaders battled it out).
Now this could mean Bora is tired tomorrow and Ineos today was playing the long game, keeping its powder dry for the last brutal week of this Giro. Still, that Carapez was so easily isolated leaves some doubt about the solidness of Ineos.
Like Almeida, I'd say he's better, after having had 2 years to develop train and build with GC expectations. Carapaz and Landa are a different calibre to TGH and KeldermanHindley could yet surprise, his team proved stronger than Ineos today and he's on the same form as when he was 2nd two years back.
It looked like a good day for both Bora and Ineos, in terms of Bora dictating in their terrain and Ineos being spared for theirs.This seems to confirm my thoughts that Bora did a big dig today, whilst Ineos is playing the long game:
“I think on this kind of day it’s much better to be aggressive than to sit in the bunch,” Gasparotto said afterwards. “Today was the kind of day where we had to use the collective. Later on, the stages have more of a Big Tour rhythm. Ineos will probably take control of that and it’s much more difficult to invent something. We had to take this day to do it.”
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