Honestly I think it's about surviving until after the first Kwaremont/Pater combo and then attacking on the Kruisberg/Hotond.
Hype and high expectations are unreasonable, a pleasant surprise is not.Gigs_98 said:As strange as it sounds, after reading the cyclingnews article I'm happy he doesn't consider himself a favorite. If he had hyped himself up as much as many other people do it would be a little embarrassing if he finishes outside the top 50.
Thought it was that Bahraini prince's team...Nirvana said:
He attacked on numerous occasions on the Poggio before, once finishing on the podium. He also attacked once on the Cipressa so the only thing Slongo had to do was to convince him he had a good enough condition to challenge the win. As for Flanders, Verbrugghe gave him support in what seemed a crazy idea. Tomorrow we'll find out if he can do something good.Red Rick said:
The prince put the money (well, also Merida) but the team is run by his former agent, the management and employees are largely from old Liquigas or were with Nibali at Astana, he choose the riders he wanted between old team mates like Pellizotti and friends like Pozzovivo. And was him that convinced the prince to do the team after a meeting in the offseason before 2016 knowing that he would have left Astana at the end of the season.RedheadDane said:Thought it was that Bahraini prince's team...Nirvana said:
But, anyway, so the last one should have been
"Well, **** this! I'm doing Vlaanderen this year, and you can't stop me!" or something like that?
First and foremost he convinced him to ride because he doesn't want to. This winter in an interview (probably I also posted here the link when it was released) they asked to him about Sanremo and he answered that he didn't want to ride anymore on this route because he thought was too easy without Manie.Rollthedice said:He attacked on numerous occasions on the Poggio before, once finishing on the podium. He also attacked once on the Cipressa so the only thing Slongo had to do was to convince him he had a good enough condition to challenge the win. As for Flanders, Verbrugghe gave him support in what seemed a crazy idea. Tomorrow we'll find out if he can do something good.Red Rick said:
Good race, he can be proud of what he achieved against ultra specialized 10 kilos heavier guys. Nobody could hold Terpstra's wheel today and it was obvious that Nibali was not at 100%. I'm not sure Ronde is for him, time is running out.Ivan_Basso_77 said:To sum up, a really good display today. Too bad he couldn't hold with Terpstra for just a couple of hundred meters longer - then he may have even had a chance for the podium. However, Nibbles should be convinced to ride Ronde again.
If he wins Liege then I can see him giving up GTs and adding a few kg and power to give this and roubaix a shot. Maybe even Yorkshire 2019.Gigs_98 said:Man, it sucks that nibali couldn't hold terpstra's wheel. He probably would have finished together with pedersen on the podium. Anyway, this race probably convinced him to give the cobbles another shot in the coming years
He'll ride for the home brothers. He could use some help in the summer in France.Red Rick said:
I can see him attacking on a descent though. Maybe even with one of the Izaguirres as they are pretty good descenders iirc.Rollthedice said:He'll ride for the home brothers. He could use some help in the summer in France.Red Rick said:
Very good result. Not only because he got 24th, but also because he wasn't just sitting in the peloton the whole day doing nothing but sucking wheels. He didn't ride to gain experience but to win.Rollthedice said:24th place finish.
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