Big win for him. Will take a lot of pressure off. These are his races to target rather than the cobbles.
Me too, but Strade Bianche, MSR and the Ardennes suit him better, IMO.I disagree that he can't win on the stones.
His bike handling skills could be an asset in the cobbles, especially if it's muddy.Big win for him. Will take a lot of pressure off. These are his races to target rather than the cobbles.
Impressive indeed, but I honestly think Pog's attack and solo, considering the time gap gained, was the bigger performance. Chapeau to the Briton, nonetheless.He started this season with a bang! First climbing superb in Algarve, then this majestic win to equal Pogacar's last year. What else can he win this season in this form?
His decision to skip the cross WC was the right one. This guy knows how to peak. He already proved that in the younger categories, in cross and in mountainbike. When he sets a goal he's to be reckoned with. Strade was always a race that suited him like a glove. I didn't expect him to attack so early. He probably didn't expect that himself. Impressive win!
I've only ever come off the bike because of a pedal strike at low speed (cornering on a brompton where the road I was tunring into had a traffic calming bump). High speed ones, even on the fixed gear, are scarier but, in my experience, less likely to throw you.I get that this is dangerous. That pedal strike at 1:14 is a split second from a Froome-esque career defining disaster - or worse. But if you think too much about the possible consequences you won't be a great descender.
I can't help but be impressed by the skill. The reflexes and judgement is difficult to comprehend. But for an analogy, the best sprinters are also quite nuts, so where do we draw the line? Personally, I find this video even more impressive than Tom's Galibier descent in the TdF, although TBH I only saw snippets of that on YouTube.
ps - That guy who filmed from behind with his GoPro was equally nuts.
Well he was only a non-factor in that a team-mate was in the break so didn't have to do anything. In the melee of the sprint for second, it's possible he sat up which he does have a tendency to do.
You're probably right that he won't be on top form, but the enforced break might also be beneficial.
Interesting that he reported he's had two serious concussions before as well. Not great for his long-term health!Riding on cobbles after a concussion sounds horrible. I hope he's got no lingering effects.