Too Late, Too Furious: Tokyo Drift - The 2020 Olympics Thread

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Higuita and Valverde seem to fit the profile of riders who should go well since they did the TDF, ended in good form and did not go for GC. This is similar to the podium from Rio 2016 and also those who were in a good position before crashing like Nibali and Henao.
And Alaphilippe and Purito, iirc the two strongest from the peloton.

I think after having a discussion whether Slovenia is Eastern Europe we could have one now if France is Southern Europe... I mean, yes, for a Dane of course...
All countries with a Mediterranean coast suffer from the Southern Syndrome ;)
 
I would be amazed if they got cancelled at this stage. The show must go on.

"Normally" the guys coming out of the Tour would have an advantage but with the short turnaround time + jet lag etc I'm not sure it's as clear cut as eg. leaving the Vuelta 10 days before a Worlds in Europe.

There's bound to be a few guys who've come out of the Tour "well" but just don't get it together at the weekend.

The interesting one for me is Rohan Dennis. It looked like he would be doing Tour + Olympics but instead he's just been training since Suisse. Not quite the same gap or reasons as the 2019 Tour (presumably!) but last time he kept his head down and went all-in on one event, he won the Worlds...
 
Van Aert saying Evenepoel needs to make sure he doesn't miss the break on Mikuni, implying Evenepoel has to ride his own race. If Van Aert manages to cling on until the top of Mikuni, a new race starts for him, and "a lot would be possible". But him getting over Mikuni together with the leaders, is the big question.
Seems fair. The onus will be on other teams like Columbia, Slovenia, Spain, GB etc to make attacking moves on Mikuni Pass to definitively drop Van Aert and make it at worst a small group sprint between punchy climbers.
 
I plan on getting up around 6:00 - 6:20 CET. By that time they should not yet have finished the penultimate climb. I have had some busy weeks at work and have not been sleeping well, so 4 or 5 am is not in the cards for me.
I am aiming for the same 7:00 UTC+1 but that might become 8:00.

There was talk of a shortened stage due to heat. Does anyone know if that affects start time or finish time ?
 
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carapaz at 51 odds is just ridiculous, easily the most value out of all the competitors, I wouldnt be surprised if Pogacar and Carapaz will lit up the final climb, and end up together like some stages in the tdf.
Well, the thing is that he has to arrive alone, if he wants to win. If he arrives with Pogacar, Roglic or van Aert he will not win..
 
Seems fair. The onus will be on other teams like Columbia, Slovenia, Spain, GB etc to make attacking moves on Mikuni Pass to definitively drop Van Aert and make it at worst a small group sprint between punchy climbers.
I doubt that everyone will be happy to ride to Mikuni together. For me it is even not impossible that Van Aert can go before Mikuni if there is a right group and the race was selective enough to limit the number of people capable of chasing.
 

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