He lives 5km from here, supporting for him! (despite taking a couple of KOM's from me)Just took it easy, no reason to take risks as differences didn't count for GC anyways.
Lennert Van Eetvelt on Strava
No energy wasted
No time lost
The Netherland's sprinter production line is incredible. Can't be too long before we see an all Dutch podium at a WT race?
No it's not. This year the profiles are awful before stage 6. Last year there were some stages earlier on which were more prone to see action. In 2019 as well.
And some took the team presentation serious: Alejandro Franco which I thought had some chances on a good GC crashed badly during the TTT.I have never seen a team presentation with such a high potential injury risk, though.
Surprised about the time differences today. Where some of the favorites involved in crashes?
Time differences are the result of one big crash with 45k to go that split the bunch into multiple parts just when a big and strong group (with Gloag and 4 Dutch guys) went up the road. Some of the biggest favorites were behind the crash which ment only Italy rode in the first bunch. They lost time to the front group (up to more than a minute) and then the 2nd bunch (with Van Eetvelt, Martinez, Arrieta and Uijtdebroecks) catched the first bunch and together they were able to come back to 36 seconds in the end. Uijtdebroecks eventually lost extra time due to a flat tire with 8k to go.
Somehow Martinez lost 10 seconds to Van Eetvelt.
I guess people also not being on their usual team but NTs instead also changes the dynamics a bit.Somehow Martinez lost 10 seconds to Van Eetvelt.
Other big casualties; Porter Australia and Hindsgaul Denmark. Both lost 14 minutes, I guess their GC dreams are over.
Somehow these U23 races with nation cup, WC have a lot of crashes. Not sure if this is because of riders from countries with less cycling culture and less experience in bigger pelotons or just because riders are more nervous in these races. A Giro u23 has a lot less crashes....