Why peak for MSR? Not that his odds of winning are that poor, because it’s a crapshoot, but having to out-punch MVDP, Van Aert, Pogacar at the top of the Poggio and then hang with them on the descent doesn’t work in his favor. Maybe a few years back when folks were still calculating “no way he’ll survive doing a 50 km solo” he might have used that strategy, but I doubt riders will be dumb enough to allow him to go up the road like that now.Indeed, everyone competing for TDF should look at that programme. A small peak in april, but all focus on june-july. Roglic will have a similar approach. Evenepoel and Pogacar will probably go for a bigger peak from MSR-LBL.
Fine to ride it, but doesn’t it make more sense to not taper training until close to RVV?