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UAE-Team Emirates thread

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Please stop posting links to this absolutely awful website. It's pure clickbait, and they just run articles through Google translate. It contains literally translated Dutch expressions like "there is no way to tie a rope to it". So bad.
Lettuce be real, quoting Jan Hermsen like he is some sort of authority when he knows of tooting nor blowing is the real problem here.
 
Majka's reaction to del toro tells me all i need to know about the pending issues between him and ayuso
Majka seem to be in the "mother hen" phase of his career, after Pogacar, he adopted "Torito" as well. But yeah, I've got the impression that UAE domestiques stenght depends on how much they care about the captain. We saw Majka, Bjerg and even Soler give it all for Pogi, but Ayuso just doesn't seem to inspire the same type of loyality.
I have to agee with the many opinions about the very strage dynamics in this team, it doesn't look like there is real tension or hostility between the riders, but they also are unable to cooperate in a race unless the stars align just right.
 
They dropped Pogacar off on the final hill on the first 5 wheels.

UAE did their job. Pogacar didnt
Not sure, I think the finish was sort of comparable to Milan's win on Stage 7 of Tirreno-Adriatico (with the difference that one was flat, the other at 5%). In both, the lead out man 'escaped' and got a nice advantage. Milan won because Consonni was there to drag it back, Pogacar didn't have that rider and it probably would've been too much, even for him, to chase Schultz down solo.

He should've gone earlier, but I don't think there is too much to read into it either for UAE or Pogacar – it's an unusual type of finish, somewhere between a false flat and hill, and they don't come about too often with a sizeable peloton. Neither UAE nor Pogacar played it particularly well but it happens, probably lacked a bit of touch/racecraft but, like I said, unusual finish that isn't replicated much in major races. Learning experience, really.
 
I would say from the outside Jumbo seem such a more organised and focused team

UAE have alot of talent but it seems like everyone is doing their own thing

This is not the riders fault. Its the management and DSs job to get the discipline in
Also Pog wants to be everyone's friend...that is fine but if you are the leader sometimes you need to kick ass
 
Not sure, I think the finish was sort of comparable to Milan's win on Stage 7 of Tirreno-Adriatico (with the difference that one was flat, the other at 5%). In both, the lead out man 'escaped' and got a nice advantage. Milan won because Consonni was there to drag it back, Pogacar didn't have that rider and it probably would've been too much, even for him, to chase Schultz down solo.

He should've gone earlier, but I don't think there is too much to read into it either for UAE or Pogacar – it's an unusual type of finish, somewhere between a false flat and hill, and they don't come about too often with a sizeable peloton. Neither UAE nor Pogacar played it particularly well but it happens, probably lacked a bit of touch/racecraft but, like I said, unusual finish that isn't replicated much in major races. Learning experience, really.
Its an unusual finish, but it is a known finish. Pogacar used common cycling wisdom when he should have ignored tjat because hes the best rider inn the world and the puncheur field here is very weak
 
So Almeida can be a difference maker as a domestique after all.
Great effort yesterday: nobody left on Pog's wheel when he was finished working. His pacing is perfect for a mountain train.
With Almeida there's seems to be a pattern that if people criticise him on something he'll work on it! When people said he was not a good enough climber what did he do? He focused on climbing. When people said it made him lose his sprint and TT he focused back at those. When mocked for being a bad descender he fixed that. When mocked for being allergic to rain or being a bad domestique he fixed that to.

Mock him and he's gonna prove you wrong again and again. His tenacity is insane!
 
With Almeida there's seems to be a pattern that if people criticise him on something he'll work on it! When people said he was not a good enough climber what did he do? He focused on climbing. When people said it made him lose his sprint and TT he focused back at those. When mocked for being a bad descender he fixed that. When mocked for being allergic to rain or being a bad domestique he fixed that to.

Mock him and he's gonna prove you wrong again and again. His tenacity is insane!
Please mock him for being unable to challenge Vingegaard and Pogacar. Maybe there's hope that someone starts beating them, after all.
 
UAE looks a lot stronger as a team than VLAB so far this year.

Only Vingo and Jorgie are looking particularly strong for VLAB, and no doubt WVA will excel as far as doms go, but McNulty, Fisher-Black, Yates, Ayuso, Almeida, Del Toro, Politt and Wellens have turned in superb performances already this year. Albeit not all of those will be at the tour, but the performance coaches seem to be on point this year, and hopefully the balance will tilt towards UAE this July since Ving has had a bit of an advantage team wise (and mano a mano?) the last couple years.
 
UAE looks a lot stronger as a team than VLAB so far this year.

Only Vingo and Jorgie are looking particularly strong for VLAB, and no doubt WVA will excel as far as doms go, but McNulty, Fisher-Black, Yates, Ayuso, Almeida, Del Toro, Politt and Wellens have turned in superb performances already this year. Albeit not all of those will be at the tour, but the performance coaches seem to be on point this year, and hopefully the balance will tilt towards UAE this July since Ving has had a bit of an advantage team wise (and mano a mano?) the last couple years.
I think it is premature to say that.

Tratnik, Vinge and Jorgenson been great.

They also had riders who has been sick or crashed. Guys like Laporte, Hagenes, Kelderman and Van Baarle.

Van Aert has two wins this year and not missed the podium in the last three races, despite him receiving criticism on here. It says more about this forum than anything else.

Kooij won races.

Kuss back to normal. Uijtebroeks struggling. Guys like Tulett, Valte, Staune-Mittet... not making much noise.

Of course they miss a rider like Roglic, who has been a winning machine for them in races but other than that... things seem pretty normal.
 
hopefully the balance will tilt towards UAE this July since Ving has had a bit of an advantage team wise (and mano a mano?) the last couple years.
Last year UAE was just as good or better as a team at the Tour. They did want they wanted to knocking Jumbo’s domestiques off and overtaking the Jumbo train. Vingegaard was just superior the final week. Only time Jumbo looked better was stage 5.