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Tour of Slovenia 2023, June 14 - June 18

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Pena's stage win when taken in context is the biggest shock so far in 2023 - He's ridden on the front of the peleton for the first three stages - He crashed on the first descent and had to chase back to the peleton - Split the group on the final climb then marked moves from after Zana attacked and then counter-attacked to be 10 seconds behind Zana who then crashed - Finally, he's barely raced in 18 months and had shown nothing.
 
Pena showed a lot of climbing talent in the U23, nice to see him having a great result after some dark years.
Zana crash had me shocked for a bit, thankfully he is ok, and even the GC leader, however it may be difficult to defend the jersey tommorrow if he is badly bruised.

Tomorrow is a day which is a quasi-sprint - It will suit a Mezgec/Scelling type in the final - Riders usually suffer two days after a crash.
 
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Jayco DS (or whatever role he has) looking far from happy, seems to be giving out to Pena. No idea what helphe thinks he could have given on a bike that could not be ridden properly, or how he could have given Zana any advantage over Ulissi and Fortunato.

Peter Weening can be a hothead at times - Anyway, he instructed De Pena to go for the win after Zana crashed.
 
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Zana crash had me shocked for a bit, thankfully he is ok, and even the GC leader, however it may be difficult to defend the jersey tommorrow if he is badly bruised.
Not what anyone wanted to see, today of all days.

Tiny margins can have enormous consequences. A slightly different angle at which he departed his bike, and his sommersault could have brought him down onto that group of rocks, and much more serious injuries. And presumably a slight difference in trajectory as they left the road is the difference between the situations of Sheffield and Mader today.