In fairness if he was in last years shape he would still win this riding backwards but his shape is just absolutely horrendous.He was finished years ago and we didn't notice.
I wouldn't go that far, he was fairly close from the win last year. Pretty sure this is the first time he flops so hard in a GT (not counting the TDFs coming off the Giro because he wasn't targetting the GC) in some while, assuming his form doesn't improve in week 3.He was finished years ago and we didn't notice.
Last year he was at 2017 Vuelta performance level which would have made this Giro a walk in the park. Sadly the season was completely ** up by the pandemic, he was on track for a May Giro with the preparation. In hindsight I'm not sure he's any better now than when he finished Paris-Nice in fourth. On the other hand the young next gen whatever are flying after the lockdown. The tipping point in his career was that accident on Alpe which wiped out so many objectives and took out most of his kick. Already last year's Giro was exceptional considering the competition in the race and everything that happened after Alpe. So it's much more than age catching up.In fairness if he was in last years shape he would still win this riding backwards but his shape is just absolutely horrendous.
His decline seemed to start in his early 30's after he wasn't able to get back to his 2014 self again but then it stalled for years. Last year's giro argubly wasn't any worse than 2017 and although his best days were a lot better back then he didn't look much better in 2015 and 2016 either. But now it seems like age has really caught up with him.
New Power Generation.