- Mar 14, 2016
Seriously, root for Poels, he's your best bet.
I'm really sorry for Bauke and Dutch cycling in general. With Yates not doing so well today I think he would have defended his podium place in normal circumstances.DBotero said:Ok maybe he would have lost the podium but still the Dutch really have no luck.Kruijswijk,Dumoulin,Mollema and i thought only Gesink is jinxed.
Hard to miss a rider that falls directly in front of you! He had no chance to avoid itDekker_Tifosi said:Has nothing to do with steering training. Even excellent bike handler like Nibali fell today
It's all just very coincidental. Apart from Kelderman these riders do not even fall often or more than the regular rider. It just happens always at the WORST possible time. That's the issue.
Is it pressure? Is it stress? Is it just bad luck?
Or is it Ryo Hazuki doing blood magic and chants so he can laugh at Dutch riders? Who knows.
He was feeling good up until the fall. He says the chase cost a lot of energy. And he basically blew himself up on the steep beginning of the climb trying to come back. Because of that he was 'bad' on the remainder of the climb. Even on a good day you can blow yourself upValv.Piti said:Is it fair to assume he would have lost, say, at least one minute today? He didn't seem to be on a great day at all, but its obviously hard to tell after he crashed. But it didn't really seem severe.
Anyways, without the crash, he still would have been in it for a podium. Now he needs to fight a pretty uneven fight to stay in top-10 with Rodriguez, pretty bad odds at this point.
He said he was trying to get back to the group as fast as possible, but that seems like a bad idea in any situation - and especially with a 10 km, 8% climb on the menu. Of course he should have had team mates up there to help him, but Trek is poor. WTF is Schleck doing there still anyway? Porte even still had GVA on that last descent. And Trek also put no-one in the break I think - really clueless, these guys.Dekker_Tifosi said:He was feeling good up until the fall. He says the chase cost a lot of energy. And he basically blew himself up on the steep beginning of the climb trying to come back. Because of that he was 'bad' on the remainder of the climb. Even on a good day you can blow yourself up
That bump being the white line.damian13ster said:With crashes today I feel like it was more about luck than bike handling skills. Rolland fell even though he had a decent line and the bike was almost upright. The wheel just slipped on a bit of mud on the road. Not sure what happened with Froome and Nibali, but it seemed like they both hit a bump in the road. The descent was really tricky, with lots of mud and some uneven surfaces. Good thing that noone got seriously hurt