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A much more reasonable comparison than with Majka is with Simon Yates. Sometimes superb going uphill, very obviously fragile, very inconsistent. Exactly the kind of rider people would say he will never hold it together for three weeks about. Except that he did once. Majka is a very different type of rider, one who needs more top level ability rather than more consistency to contend.
 
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Pinot will be so hungry in 2021. Some unfair people may be questioning his leader status after Gaudu's heroics in La Vuelta, even though the latter was virtually never able to follow the best guys "à la pédale"... but this will just make the revenge even sweeter.
 
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A much more reasonable comparison than with Majka is with Simon Yates. Sometimes superb going uphill, very obviously fragile, very inconsistent. Exactly the kind of rider people would say he will never hold it together for three weeks about. Except that he did once. Majka is a very different type of rider, one who needs more top level ability rather than more consistency to contend.
Yup. This is it exactly.
 
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Pinot will be so hungry in 2021. Some unfair people may be questioning his leader status after Gaudu's heroics in La Vuelta, even though the latter was virtually never able to follow the best guys "à la pédale"... but this will just make the revenge even sweeter.
I'm glad for Gaudu, but you are right: he wasn't in the mix. Now Kirby questioning Tibo has the leader, he seemed to have forgotten the Nice crash, he's clueless, but there's progress: at least he didn't mistake Pinot and Reichenbach.

It's a lost year, but revenge there will be. I'm curious to see the Giro route, because Demare will be given a shot in the Tour...many flat stages.
 
I'm glad for Gaudu, but you are right: he wasn't in the mix. Now Kirby questioning Tibo has the leader, he seemed to have forgotten the Nice crash, he's clueless, but there's progress: at least he didn't mistake Pinot and Reichenbach.

It's a lost year, but revenge there will be. I'm curious to see the Giro route, because Demare will be given a shot in the Tour...many flat stages.
May the force be with him.
 
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A much more reasonable comparison than with Majka is with Simon Yates. Sometimes superb going uphill, very obviously fragile, very inconsistent. Exactly the kind of rider people would say he will never hold it together for three weeks about. Except that he did once. Majka is a very different type of rider, one who needs more top level ability rather than more consistency to contend.
Its quite scary to think if Majka had another 5-10% climbing ability he could win multiple GTs because he is really consistent.
 
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I would like to see Pinot do a schedule something like this (assuming FDJ get the needed invitations):

GP Marseillaise
Besseges
Tour de Provence
Haut-Var
Ardeche Classic
Drome Classic
Strade Bianche
Tirreno-Adriatico
Milano-Sanremo

Basque Country
Amstel
Fleche
LBL

Dauphine
Tour de France

Montreal
Quebec
Worlds
Giro dell'Emilia
Tre Valli Varesine
Milano-Torino
Lombardia

Focusing mainly on one day races (I can't believe he's never done the Ardennes) and just go stage hunting in the Tour. I'm not totaly sure what the best approach for Worlds is, but the Canadian races might be good.
 
I would like to see Pinot do a schedule something like this (assuming FDJ get the needed invitations):

GP Marseillaise
Besseges
Tour de Provence
Haut-Var
Ardeche Classic
Drome Classic
Strade Bianche
Tirreno-Adriatico
Milano-Sanremo

Basque Country
Amstel
Fleche
LBL

Dauphine
Tour de France

Montreal
Quebec
Worlds
Giro dell'Emilia
Tre Valli Varesine
Milano-Torino
Lombardia

Focusing mainly on one day races (I can't believe he's never done the Ardennes) and just go stage hunting in the Tour. I'm not totaly sure what the best approach for Worlds is, but the Canadian races might be good.
That's a full schedule...
 
Throw some early races away like Provence, Haut-Var and San Remo and put Olympics after the Tour and that's a really fine schedule.
Still, I think he will go to the Giro because FDF will be all-in for Demare at TdF.
 
Throw some early races away like Provence, Haut-Var and San Remo and put Olympics after the Tour and that's a really fine schedule.
Still, I think he will go to the Giro because FDF will be all-in for Demare at TdF.
I thought this year there was room in that FDJ team to bring Demarre to the Tour this year as a fall-back if things went pear-shaped for Tibo, and so in keeping with that I have to say I think there's a case for bringing Pinot +1 (probably Gaudu) to the Tour next year to do something on the days when Nono will be in the grupetto. The good news is, there can be some overlap between the roles of riders like Kung, Armirail and Madouas to support both efforts.
 
I'm glad for Gaudu, but you are right: he wasn't in the mix. Now Kirby questioning Tibo has the leader, he seemed to have forgotten the Nice crash, he's clueless, but there's progress: at least he didn't mistake Pinot and Reichenbach.

It's a lost year, but revenge there will be. I'm curious to see the Giro route, because Demare will be given a shot in the Tour...many flat stages.
Demare was very good last season and if he continues showing that type of form, then he should definitely be giving the greenlight and some riders for his sprint train. Tour starts where Gaudu is from, so it would makes sense that he goes too. For GC, stages and so on.

I hope Pinot will do Giro + Vuelta, and gets into great form in the fall.
 
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