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If he hadn't gotten COVID in the Giro he wouldn’t be racing the Vuelta. The original autumn schedule was supposed to be the WC, then some other races in Belgium (+ the Canadian races?) and Lombardia.If he hadn't gotten COVID, he might have won two GTs this year instead of TJV winning all 3.
The battle didn't happen because Remco didn't even manage to show up. There's no debate either.[Vuelta review]
While it was disappointing the expected top-form Evenepoel vs. top-form Roglic-Vingegaard battle didn't happen (which would finally have settled the debate... or not), Remco nevertheless delivered overall an astonishing GT with 3 wins and 3 second places despite in some stages showing questionable form.
Anyone who is in denial that Remco is capable of being a GT/TDF winner is simply out of their mind. (At least in theory, he has been pushing the watts per kg for years required to compete against Pog-Vinge-Rog and already has 1 GT win, which is more than most.) If he hadn't gotten COVID, he might have won two GTs this year instead of TJV winning all 3.
When Remco himself thinks that this isn't possible anymore? According to him there were good enough reasons why he failed this Vuelta, so he can still win multiple GT's.All these excuses are really becoming annoying. When are (some) Remco fans start facing reality? Mourn your "GT rider" and move on.
He didn't take up the GC battle where he left it, but I can see why he did so.The battle didn't happen because Remco didn't even manage to show up.
If he started stage hunting from day one (or better: day two) he would be much closer to Pogacar now. I believe it was in the TdF Netflix series where they said: "Give WVA a team just for him an he wins 6-7 stages." If there is one guy I would bet on doing this then its Evenepoel.fun fact: Remco squeezed more PCS points out of his 'disaster GC' Vuelta than any of the GC candidates or any other rider (675 just counting from the top of my head vs. e.g. Kuss around 605 and Vingegaard around 611).
With 2728 points he is 2nd in the ranking with Vingegaard (2715 PCS points) just trailing behind as 3rd, and only 26 points short of his stellar 2022 season.
The difference with Pogacar (2904 PCS points, ranked 1st) is still substantial (176 points), but also bridgeable if only Remco (or Vingegaard) shine at Lombardia (275 points for the winner) while Pogacar doesn't score too many points (all not very likely, but still).
That’s a great way to look at him—he helps turn races on their head to make things we never expect to happen—such as a breakaway staying away on the final day of a GT ceremonial/sprint stage. He was doing pulls 2-3 times longer than most of the others. The result may be that it’s not always going to get him wins, but will provide us with action.How can you not like this guy, always makes the race ;-)
He knows at least he won’t have to try follow Nibali on the descents!Hope Remco will be at his best on October 7. It shall be a good test should he be able to contest the victory. LBL is a tough one but generally Il Lombardia is considered even more for the climbers...
An old article on the "sweep of all five Monuments"
Funny—now I will always associate that jersey with “blue balls”— the condition not the kitHe didn't take up the GC battle where he left it, but I can see why he did so.
It was much easier (low hanging fruit) to win stages from the breakaway, than it was for him to win stages from the group of favourites.
Winning stages from the group of favourites would require
a team holding it together (although that was more or less guaranteed thanks to JV) and;
Remco beating those favourites. That's a lot harder than beating e.g. Bardet or Caruso in a one-on-one battle from further out.
I agree though that it's a bit sad / frustrating we didn't see him fighting it out at least on one stage, and both the mountain top finishes to Bejes and Angliru would have been perfect for this (with JV controlling, so no work for SQS), without compromising his much-desired blue balls shirt.