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But in the end Dumoulin choose, he doesn't want to be 1st in Sunweb pecking order. Therefore i can imagine, that is not all that great position to be in, or was for him. And i don't see on how Roglič could target 3 GTs per year, in the next couple of years. Anyway, back to the Tour, they still have to win it.
P.S. After roosters can peck.
You cut off the part where I said “against this JV team,” which was kind of key to the point I was making. I have no doubt he will get leadership chances with Jumbo, but I’m still on the “what if” had he stayed with Sunweb.Yeah.
Highly likely we will still get to see that too.
You cut off the part where I said “against this JV team,” which was kind of key to the point I was making.
Hard to say as JV without Dumoulin is not the same JV. Still, realistically, Dumoulin would likely have had a hard time going against JV, with Sunweb, on the Tour 2020.
In 20/20 hindsight, he’d be Ineos’ uncontested leader right now. I doubt he ever had an offer on the table from them, though?Maybe Sunweb with Dumoulin would have had a hard time beating TJV and Roglic but it sure would have been better to see than a rider of big Tom class pulling the peloton
Dumoulin and Carapaz should not be GT Doms imo
But if you want the big bucks you must do what the paymaster says!!!
Dumoulin left Sunweb for money primarily ...it was either Ineso or TJV and he chose the Dutch team
Dudes like Caruso, Bilbao, Tejada, Soler and Valverde lasted for a while next to their team leaders yesterday, and some of them were still there after Van Aert finished his job. If Dumo attacks, everyone in the top-10 will ride to defend before Pogacar is in trouble.Okay I've thought it over and given Dumoulin's form today there's definitely cheeky tactics they could to to put Pogacar in a rough spot. But I doubt that they will
Preferred tactic is 1 dom in breakaway and Dumo attacking Madeleine. Then Jumbo drops all the domestiques on Madeleine. GC guys all look at each other with surprised pikachu on flat. Dumo wins by 5 minutes.
I'm sure there's a different motivation to do that work when he's trying to hold onto his top 10 place (and isn't really facing competition for it) vs having to protect a jersey or even a podium spot.Honestly he didn't improve as much as I thought he would.
He kept being dropped by at least by 5 riders in every mountain stage even when he wasn't asked to work. He overtook a few riders in GC because they had bad days (as I expected) but he never gave me the impression he could follow the top guys when they went full gas.
I'd like to see him ride another GT this year to assess if he can come back to his former level. As things stand I'm not 100% sure he will.
Yeah, but even with that route, who will be there who can beat him? If he brings 2 or 3 of this TdF team, plus a couple of other TJV doms (presuming Tolhoek will be going to the Giro with Kruiswijk?) Froome, Zakarin, Valverde, Mas?Not really. He really needs to be better to win the Vuelta.
The route doesn't favor him at all.
Yep.Honestly I wouldn't worry about it.
It's a simple case of being "good" but not super. He's not going to go from good to super in 3 weeks. I think the base was just not enough for that. Not enough racing, 400 days without that extreme high effort stuff from races... that was a little too long.
I think this Tour will be a big help in getting back to his old self. I don't worry at all. In fact I think it's quite encouraging that others are getting worse (uran, yates, etc) while he is staying on the same level. Shows good recovery