Stuyven can't win sprints unless it's from a small bunch without real sprinters. He should go in breakaways imho, he started climbing rather well a few years ago too.Trek 9 man longlist, pretty good team. Probably Kirsch will miss out, but I would consider leaving out Theuns, have Stuyven for sprints and Kirsch can do the rolleur domestique work
What do you guys reckon will be the Movi lineup?
Ah, good.I just looked at LaFlammeRouge.
Mayo, yes, the Loze climb seems nuts.
And just look at the stage that comes right after it, the hardest climb that is the right point to attack comes after 3 cols and with 30km to go, looking at the potential action it looks more like a Giro stage than a Tour stage.*** Madeleine and Loze, thats some of the toughest Tour de France can offer. One more climb and it would have been nuts..
The interesting thing on this route is that guys like Quintana, Landa and Lopez won´t be in arreas, when the pack enters the mountains. Normally they already lose time in ITT or TTT before they enter the mountains and so it has always been their turn to attack. Ineos with their strong team could always play it defensive the whole time.If there was a 50k pan-flat itt, Quintana, Landa, Lopez, Buchmann, and even Bernal could hardly ever make up that time against someone like Roglic, Dumoulin or Thomas, whereas Roglic, Dumoulin and Thomas are pretty decent at climbing, so they stand a good chance in the mountains. I think it's quite fair to have short tts nowadays, when gaining 30 seconds on a mountain stage can be considered a huge success. They might have started with a short flat 15k itt... (but why would they, the only French rider who could make up time there is Cavagna )
What I don't like very much is the mtf TT (in general and especially in the last stage), but okay, we will see how that plays out.
Yes, I'm looking forward to a different dynamic this year. That said, I have no doubt Landa will find some way to lose 2-5 minutes somewhere early.The interesting thing on this route is that guys like Quintana, Landa and Lopez won´t be in arreas, when the pack enters the mountains. Normally they already lose time in ITT or TTT before they enter the mountains and so it has always been their turn to attack.
Supposedly Benoot will be the leader for the stage wins.Not as flashy as you would have thought. How is Matthews not there?
It would appear Sunweb once again made a mess out of it. Laat ons zeggen dat dat er anders uitziet dan wat ik verwacht had, ja. Rond de jaarwisseling was er nochtans duidelijk overleg geweest met de ploegleiding. Ik zou focussen op de voorjaarsklassiekers en de Ronde van Frankrijk. Een half jaar later staan noch de Tour, noch de Belgische klassiekers nog op het programma… Ik weet niet precies waarom. Maar ik mag naar de Giro. Als ik dan toch eerlijk moet zijn… De beslissing is best hard aangekomen, ja. Het nieuws is nog pril, dus ik heb het nog niet helemaal verwerkt. Ik moet dit even laten bezinken.Not as flashy as you would have thought. How is Matthews not there?
Oh, make no mistake, they've always been like this. The difference is, this time around there's no Dumoulin taking the attention away. Their way of communication and way of work has always reeked of autism - if I may say so. All these stupid protocols and what not. Their directors even have a protocol how to go onto the podium, and no, I did not just make that up.In other words, Sunweb have gone from being one of the best to one of the worst-run teams in the WorldTour in the space of two or three years. Ridiculous way to treat your best remaining rider.