If Remco rides the Giro as a stage hunter and he can't drop Schmid in a hilly stage, you can bet your ass i will be saying he is not 100%
If Remco rides the Giro as a stage hunter and he can't drop Schmid in a hilly race, you can bet your ass i will be saying he is not 100%
As i said already back in April, and now Daddy, Daddy Poel comes to the same conclusion: it went wrong in the winter because he didn't get enough time to build up a solid base. That's what went wrong. Both in the Giro (where he could have dominated but didn't) and the Tour (where he imploded). For an athlete like him it is possible to do both GT's, just not under these conditions. Under these conditions it was indeed stupid to have him ride the TDF on top of the Giro.As for this Tour edition. In my opinion he was hit by a Giro-Tour double. Mistake he likely wont' repeat in the future.
Where did i say he was bad? I literally said he was good. But not monstrous, like he can be.@Logic-is-your-friend
In my opinion the fact is van der Poel is not a GT rider in the first place. There is no amount of preparation he can do to fix that. That is to shine in Giro-Tour double.
As for the picture. If he would really be that bad at Giro as you say. Such picture would never have happened. I remember somewhere in the middle of the Giro thinking to myself. This van der Poel guy. He is exceeding my expectation on this Giro edition. Hence i will just go with that.
exactlyHe rushed his training in February and March to be strong for Flanders. It worked, but he tried to keep it going and burned out. Too ambitious, its normal.
I know he said he wouldn't do MTB this year. But if I was him I would rest and then do some MTB stuff in August. Away from big road races, relax and enjoy the bike. Maybe come back for WC.
Maybe Tour of Germany or Plouay? Or Vattenfall classic? No clue, but he needs to get back soon, Id also assume he goes to Canada.
If u win the Tour of Britain, u flop at the wolrd championships. Its happened the last 3 timesHis team isn't going to the Canada classics, neither to Plouay.
Given past schedules I would say:
I would like the team to go to Tour of Britain, as it was a nice build-up race in 2019, but they aren't on the startlist either.
- Schaal Sels
- Deutschland Tour (since he might need some stage race rhythm and it's the only option apart from the Danmark Rundt, which I think it's too soon)
- GP Wallonie
- Primus Classic