Pidcock seemingly not living up to his potential all spring makes sense because he clearly has refocused himself as a GC rider rather than a Classics rider. Huge potential.
You can't just say "non EPO". It ain't that cut and dried. It's a really fast time, that's for sure. Particularly given the day's parcours and that it was ridden defensively in large part.
Quite a few attacks, actually, they just didn't stick. Though I'm not sure what you mean "(Before the stage)".
I enjoyed watching Pidcock take that. Froome surprised me quite a bit. First even getting in a break, but making it stick that long? I'd have figured gone by top of the Croix de Fer.
You mean JV to strong for everybody
He would attack if he knew he can do some damage today.
He won the Giro dell'Appennino a couple of months ago though?Best lifetime result at the stage of anything for Louis Meintjes. At TdF Alpe D'huez. That's f...g something
Pogicar rode a smart race today. Didn't lose time...didn't watch the stage but hopefully was eating a lot in order to get glycogen stores back up. Needs to recover from depletion like yesterday. Probably didn't have time to eat properly yesterday with all of the action by JV. And paid for it. Probably got a little overconfident trying to shut everything down...but if anyone thinks this is over they'd better think again. That guy is on another level, albeit with a weaker team but i still think he will win. I'm a Roglic fan, but I don't dislike any of these guys. I think Pogicar needs to wait for opportunities when it maybe isn't as hot and not as high altitude. Vingo didn't twist the knife today because he couldn't...plain and simple. Planets aligned yesterday, but Pogicar is still the strongest over this 3 wk race imho. Its a bike race though, not politics, so if wrong then so be it. i dont post much, but have been watching and following these races for many many years.
Yes, that's what makes me think this tour is still not over yet. If Vingegaard felt confidently stronger than Pog I think he would have counter attacked him in the last 3-4 km to try and take more time. Or maybe he is just so confident in his ability to defend his way to Paris. But JV thought they had it wrapped up 2 years ago and anything can happen in bike racing. You take the time whenever you can.
If you only look at climbing times you're just looking at overall population tendencies in climbing times.The numbers say otherwise. This Thomas appears to be stronger than Tour winner Thomas and this Thomas only finished with the gruesome twosome because they kept stopping every time they dropped him because neither of them care about whether he’s there or not.
Pogi has to get inside half of minute to stand a chance in ITT. And the way TJV is riding right now and no UAE support this is mission impossible in my books. Vigo is in top form and will be tested only when necessary (other attacks will be covered by his team).