One week stage races aren't his speciality, and there are 2 TT's which doesn't play in his cards either, so I'm not certain he is a clear favourite. If you just look at Ineos, it might suit Dennis a lot more.Dominated or not, but still Carapaz is a clear favourite.
I know Roglic only lost Paris-Nice because of crashes but the word "dominated" doesn't feel quite right if it was someone else that actually won the race.With first Pidcock dropping out after his crash and now A. Yates removed from the startlist, this may be first WT stage race this year not being dominated by Ineos or the Slovenians.
And how does that change anything?But you just said it yourself that it was because of crashes?
Alright that's fine. I would argue that it was the most dominant performance in a one week stage race this year, but it's fair if you don't see it that way as he didn't win in the end.And how does that change anything?
He was the strongest rider by a margin until he crashed but the word "dominate" doesn't feel right to me when a rider doesn't even win the race, whatever the reason for it is.
I don't think Carapaz would mind an ITT up and over the Oberalppass with about 4 flat kms out of 23.One week stage races aren't his speciality, and there are 2 TT's which doesn't play in his cards either, so I'm not certain he is a clear favourite. If you just look at Ineos, it might suit Dennis a lot more.
Question is who of the general classification contenders is going to put significant time into Carapaz in the mtt.I don't think Carapaz would mind an ITT up and over the Oberalppass with about 4 flat kms out of 23.
But I do agree that historically he is stronger in GTs and even though it's a pretty ok 34.2 ITT km for a climber, the mountain stages may not be selective enough to win in the end
Question is who of the general classification contenders is going to put significant time into Carapaz in the mtt.
Both Alaphilippe and Jungels might and both have shown in the past that they can hang-on in the mountains. But will they even line-up in that climbing shape? Nothing suggests they will, so far.
Fuglsang could do a stronger tt than usual if we suggest that it's mainly uphill where he's good at and then downhill where he excells.
But in that scenario Carapaz might be just as good in the uphill part, while he probably doesn't lose to much time in the downhill either.
I don't see the likes of Benoot or Chaves pulling out much time on Carapaz in that tt.
Dennis would be a dark horse, yes. So would Uran. But the Colombian always has been an enigma.
Yeah, I asked myself the same question. He has won Paris-Nice twice. Tour of Switzerland offers some true mountains though, where he usually cracks. The percentages of the cols aren't super steep anymore due to the changes made. You might be right.Schachmann?
Chaves is ahead of Uran now by probably some miles!I think Bahrain come with a decent team again. Poels, if he's in form, and Bahrain seem to be in pretty good form these weeks, could be a GC threat. Will also be interesting to see UAE with Hirschi and how well Vansevenant will do. Then there's also Hamilton.
In the absence of cheese emojis I'm picking Swiss chocolate for my rating:
Schachmann, Urán, Soler
Fabbro, Alaphilippe, Sivakov
Hirschi, Fuglsang, Arensman, Latour
Where are you? It's on my eurosport player program - they call it Tour of Switzerland for the first stage, then Tour de Suisse... Can't see a reason why they wouldn't have any player coverage in your country at all then?The sad part about this tour is that apparently Eurosport(at least for my country and Player) isn't gonna cover it. How are you guys watching it?