A bit like Movistar in their heyday.After yesterday headless chicken tactics, today was another masterclass in everyman for himself tactics by the UAE team. Soler dropped out of top 10. Almeida dropping Ayuso by 45 s to rise to 8th in GC. Ayuso close to losing his 4th GC spot.
UAE generally lack leadership, tactics, strategy ... a bunch of things.I had never thought about it much but Simon Gerrans does a lot of the commentary for Australian TV and he said on stage 1 that UAE without Pog always lack something in the way of leadership that he brings and I guess he was correct.
I suspect that Soler also will only work for people he deems as worthy of him which is apparently a small list.
It'd be youthful, not younger.
To be the devils advocate;There was only Almeida left as valid gc option once Vine crashed wasn't it? McNulty always is too inconsistent and he's obviously not overly selfish.
It seemed to me Soler actually attacked as a rabbit for Ayuso though. So Kelderman & Valter are worn out earlier and Vingegaard, Roglic & Kuss need to figure out who works for who. I already felt like UAE not working the day before was to create controversy between the 3 Jumbo riders. Which was probably the only option to beat them for a podium spot.
So IMHO it wasn't as tactical inept as it seems. It actually worked out partially. At least the creation of controversy within Jumbo.
It only got contradicted completely with Ayuso being sick, being on 40/34 for the Angliru and Almeida being horse crap as a teammate like always. Frankly I don't know what Almeida's problem is. If I was his boss he might get a written warning after Wednesday!
I just realised; I was right! The BYR competition is younger than the GC competition.
Tour: Competition added in 1975
Giro: Competition added in 1976
Vuelta: Competition added in 2017! With a special jersey only being awarded from 2019.