Rasmussen is just the one guy that wouldn't have been affected much by the current points system as he actually could win stages or at least score mountain points from the favorites group as well. See 2005 & 2007! No GC and cherry picking stages like in 2006 wouldn't have been a disadvantage either.In their defense, Pogacar is the best climber of the race. Same happened last year and in 2013 when Quintana won.
If someone like Rasmussen wants to win it they have to score points at the end of stages as well. So at the end of the day it is OK. We just don't like one guy taking everything.
Yes, ASO should finally forget about Ala / Pinot winning TdF.
Next time the route should be designated for pure climbers.
The official LeTour site is just shameless in their cheerleading for Alaphilippe. This was in the earlier feed. Laughable especially when he ends the day 85 points behind. Along with constantly mentioning him in stage previews like "look out for" or "this sets up for"...blah blah blah. I know he's the most popular rider in France but this is pathetically blatant homerism.
Nothing to explain.
They are ridiculous weak.
Agree. It was like five years of watching Road Runner cartoons, hoping the coyete(climber) would win, but knowing that such a thing was impossible.I agree with luckyboy. However nothing will change the outcome of Pogacar winning. What I don't want to see are the Indurain's tours. Those were probably the worst. Killing everyone in the Time Trials and then defending in the mountains.
Bissegger, Küng, Ganna etc. can limit their losses in the mountains more easily than Carapaz, Landa, Bernal etc. can limit their losses in the TTs???Yeah when the best climber is also the best time trialist you can't do anything.
But in modern cycling we've seen it's much easier for top time trialists to limit losses in mountains vs top climbers learning to be world class in TT.
So the reality is that there are a handful of top clas time trialists but a lot of top climbers. And I think GTs should be designed to have as much competition as possible instead of just sticking to a formula that means only 2-3 people can because of tradition. Even the Vuelta this year has too many TT kms for me lol.