Of course he will, unless he wants to move from SloveniaTwo questions for Saturday:
Who's the leader, or the most likely medalist, of the Italian team?
If Roglic and Pogacar are both in the leading group after the climb, and Van Aert is in the chasing group, is Roglic going to work?
Yeah, Moscon is the most solid pick, when Cassani has taken him to a WC he was always up there. Bettiol would need to have one of his magic days.I don't think they're going in with a leader. Flexible approach, try to be in every meaningful move and let the road decide.
The most likely medalist to me is Moscon.
I think Carapaz is not very obvious. His results in one-day-races are far from being named a favourite in Tokyo. His best (recent) result in a one-day-race is a 2nd place in GP Industria 2017 and a 9th in Flèche Wallonne this year.It will be 32°C in Tokyo, ideal weather for watermelons.
Pogacar, Van Aert
S. Yates, Valverde, Mollema
Bettiol, Vlasov, Lutsenko, Hirschi, Schachmann
Nibali, Moscon, Fuglsang, Woods, Almeida, Evenepoel, A. Yates, Porte, Majka, Gaudu
The first four are rather obvious, but after that there are lots of names who might do well - or not play any role at all.
Tbh the most similar race profile to Tokyo is stage 18 of the last TdF where he came back to beat the GC guys for 3rd.Scenario's in which i see van Aert win are few. I can see him take a medal from a chasing group. Hopefully the length of the race plays to his favor, but if a true climber is having his day, then that 'll be that.
I would expect the odds for the Olympic road race to be skewed by non-cycling fans betting on big name riders without fully understanding the sport.That’s what I was thinking yet the bookies are offering 50/1 or 12/1 for a medal.
Also, he doesn’t have to deal with Trek tactics.
Easy: He sticks with the selection on Mikuni and wins the sprint.Scenario's in which i see van Aert win are few. I can see him take a medal from a chasing group. Hopefully the length of the race plays to his favor, but if a true climber is having his day, then that 'll be that.
Uh, isn't the descent like 4% average?I would expect the odds for the Olympic road race to be skewed by non-cycling fans betting on big name riders without fully understanding the sport.
I don't think Pogacar and Roglic will be a big factor. This isn't LBL and Mikuni pass isn't the Ventoux. And I also don't think Evenepoel will win a medal unless he trained hard at descending (which I doubt).
For me, Van Aert is the lone top favourite, but many others have a chance too, whether it's Mollema, Fuglsang, Kwiatkowsi, Yates-s, etc.
Easy: He sticks with the selection on Mikuni and wins the sprint.
Exactly, just like in Rio - Fuglsang working with (for) GvA.The one thing van Aert has going for him is that in contrary to other 1 day races the 3 first places count so riders will have more incentive to work with him in a chase.
To be fair to Fuglsang, he would probably have done the same in other races back then, too, considering how his career was going at the time.Exactly, just like in Rio - Fuglsang working with (for) GvA.
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