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Netserk said:
Really? I find it hard to fathom that W52 are subject to the bio-passport. That has got to be a joke?!
According to the portuguese Institute for Sport and Youth, the portuguese anti-doping agency has the passport in place for Athletics, Canoeing, Cycling and Triathlon, so I think all the portuguese continental teams are subjected to bio passport tests.
 
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Mayomaniac said:
Veloso on the podium, s. t. as the winner. Is he really going to pull another monster performance our of his hat, at his age?
Hey, not only did Rui Sousa continue to do it well past César's, but he was actually popular for it. And at least César had some continuity, Sousa had an entire decade between his initial spell as a GC guy in the Volta and his second. Nowadays César is at around about the perfect age to contest the win in the Volta. I expect we'll see Paulinho up there too, and don't discount Nocentini...
 
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Libertine Seguros said:
Mayomaniac said:
Veloso on the podium, s. t. as the winner. Is he really going to pull another monster performance our of his hat, at his age?
Hey, not only did Rui Sousa continue to do it well past César's, but he was actually popular for it. And at least César had some continuity, Sousa had an entire decade between his initial spell as a GC guy in the Volta and his second. Nowadays César is at around about the perfect age to contest the win in the Volta. I expect we'll see Paulinho up there too, and don't discount Nocentini...
He hasn't been on the same level for 2 years, so a sudden return to his old Volta peak shape at his age would be a surprise, to say the least.
 
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PhiLiz said:
Libertine Seguros said:
2017 he still won the TT, so I guess the real tester will be how he does in the climbs, where he's been regressing.
But now he's back... :lol:
Still not a proper mountain stage, but he beat Brandao and de Mateos on a punchy uphill finish, so it looks like he's at least on his 2017 level. I still expect João Rodrigues or Edgar Pinto to take over as the team leader after the Torre MTF, but he's looking rather impressive atm.
 
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Ok, after this performance I have a hard time seeing Veloso loose the race. Only Rodrigues could probably beat him, but he has a decent advantage over his teammate and I wouldn't put my money on Rodrigues beating him in the TT, the punchy uphill finishes should also suit Veloso more.
Today it looked a lot more controlled than the usual Volta mountain stage, I guess it was a rather slow ascent, at least by Volta standarts.
 
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Mayomaniac said:
Ok, after this performance I have a hard time seeing Veloso loose the race. Only Rodrigues could probably beat him, but he has a decent advantage over his teammate and I wouldn't put my money on Rodrigues beating him in the TT, the punchy uphill finishes should also suit Veloso more.
Today it looked a lot more controlled than the usual Volta mountain stage, I guess it was a rather slow ascent, at least by Volta standarts.
The big question is going to be if anybody chances it on the penultimate climb on the Senhora da Graça stage, if so then W52 may mark it with João, which would give him a chance, like when Nuno Ribeiro and João Cabreira escaped in 2009.
 
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Ok, so Rodrigues climbed 34 seconds slower than Balarcon last year.
View: https://mobile.twitter.com/ammattipyoraily/status/1160233074430533638?p=v

Ok, it was a hard stage and the long range attack from his teammate changed the dynamic of the race a bit, but the final 90km of the stage were the same as last year and it was the slowest ascent since 2014.
No idea if it's the fact that W52 now have to deal with the passport at pct level. They are still the dominant team and able to beat the ct teams.
Rodrigues did ~6.3W/kg for over 21min after a hard stage near the end of a longer stage race,still pretty impressive. He was able to climb with the best in Algarve, so he is able to perform outside of the Volta.
Celano no longer has to deal with the passport and is once again a great climber, what a surprise...
 
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What a surprise that it is the Volta where Celano is back to being occasionally competitive

And shouldn't a rider able to climb with the best in Algarve and perform outside of the Volta at least crack the top-20 in Avenir or Isard?
 

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