I think the fact that we even talk about how he can/could win a race like Ronde is nothing short of amazing. He didn't blew up when Terpstra accelerated, he just couldn't follow the sustained intensity of a classics rider who was at his absolute peak and dropped back. Kwiatkowski blew up, Nibali was distanced with a small group after the last Pater onslaught by the very best riders in the world in these races. He came to Flanders with no knowledge, no proper physique for this, no specific prep and not at his peak, nevermind the cobbles. He had enough stamina to put in an attack after 240 km which eventually decided the race. I think he did a mighty fine job.Brullnux said:I think it's the fact the intensity for this race is so different. Nibali doesn't really have the power for numerous mini-sprints before every hill or cobbled section. He was good on everything but the paterberg (on the second kwaremont he was only dropped slightly, he was with kristoff), which is impressive. But the lack of race prep and raw power hurt him by the end. A race like last year's would have suited him more, as long as he's got into the front group.Nirvana said:When i saw him in the first positions of the group after the second Oude Kwaremont i really though "he'll drop everyone in the next passage after 250 kms" but in the end he cracked, probably is the first time that he slow down instead of becoming stronger after the 200 kms mark. Anyway yesterday didn't seem too fatigued, maybe he eased up a bit after the attack or he's better suited to flat cobbles considering that the Oude Kwaremont is the one with the lower gradients.