I think you guys are better spotting this than I am. But I still hope it’s just a hunger bonk. He’s young and I don’t see why he would fade.I honestly just think he is getting third week weaker, it happens a lot especially when you have battered everyone for the first two weeks. The question is: how weak is he?
Now that I think about it that 96, 98, and 03 Tours are the ones that got away from Ullrich. Sure he Riis was strong but I think Ullrich could have matched him. Plus Ullrich said Riis had inspired the team which he could have did with Ullrich leading. But then maybe the 97 domination doesn’t happen. Then 98 even though he totally let himself go he was in prime position to win besides Pantani going crazy on the stage and Ullrich not eating or wearing warm clothes losing 9 minutes. Not one he could have won but in fact 01 it has been said he was in his best shape ever and barely taking outside help (if you believe that) and still got curb stomped leading to his depression. Then 03 if that went a little different could have been the one he took from Lance, especially if he actually rode the final TT instead of watching a video of the route.Imagine an Ullrich 98 hunger bonk with cold weather on top.
Agree, its more of a Froome win in his later years now, finishing the race early and using his team while being 95% in the last week.Some posters here were prematurely calling his ride most dominant Giro.
Anyway, he is well placed for the victory here unless spectacular things happen tomorrow.
Noltalgic times those!!At Giro'06 Basso had a margin of 9 minutes+ over the 2nd guy and 19 minutes+ over the 5th. That's what you call a dominant Giro! Ridiculous form by Basso back then, one of the strongest performances I've ever seen (he was like peak Armstrong). Soon afterwards his connection with Fuentes was revealed though.
Smart riders win GTs more than those that expect to hammer people for 3 weeks. It's also a hopeful sign that riders aren't lining up to the gas pump each night. He responded when he needed to and the others may have not. Very exciting final stages, though.He can afford to ride calculated and lose some more seconds.
It is still risky business when you have started to get dropped though.
At the end of the day, it is just what he has left to give and what the others have and Im sure they will go for it. If they gain a minute or so tomorrow it will be some suspense going into the final time trial.
If he rode smart today he might have more in the tank to manage and have a "safe" distance in the time trial. We will see.
He is definitely in pole position but that could change quickly if he has another bad day.
Beats Contadors 25. Who’s the youngest to do it or was that Contador?Job done, more than strong enough today.
Time to rest up and prepare for the Vuelta while his challengers slog it around France and then Tokyo.
Potential to tick off all 3 GT’s by the age of 24?
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