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So, not so bad. Lost 42" from Carapaz, Hindley & Landa and 28" from Almeida, but moved up to 5th on GC. He'll have to fight to keep that spot against Bilbao and unlucky Pozzo though.Got a bad feeling about this...
Other than for the ugly crash today Pozzo has actually been just as good of a climber, if not a better one. So if he recovers he might endanger his position. I agree that Bilbao should not be a threat, especially considering how he's working for Landa.In my opinion, there is little threat from the riders behind him. I don't see Bilbao or Pozzovivo being any stronger, and then there is huge gap to buchman, hirt, valverde.
Problem is also he is 3 minutes behind the top 4.
Let's see what happens
Other than for the ugly crash today Pozzo has actually been just as good of a climber, if not a better one. So if he recovers he might endanger his position. I agree that Bilbao should not be a threat, especially considering how he's working for Landa.
He's sitting in a kind of limbo where it's almost impossible to go up GC but also it is unlikely to go down. An awkward situation for someone who really wants to win a final stage and doesn't care too much for GC.
Interesting question. What is more valuable for Nibali. Another top 5 GC result or a stage win? I think now that he is in a good GC position he cares a lot about it and won´t risk everything just to get a stage win.
A top GC result is undervalued on this forum compared to a stage win imo. A stage win would be good, but not at the expense of a top 5 overall (which is especially good at his age), if he's now able to hold onto that.
You'd think that Basso would have given young Nibali a few lessions about how to pace yourself, but nope...In a better position than 2016. While it's not in the bag, it's still not impossible. Interesting that he knows how to pace himself at the end of his career. He won't bow out quietly.