He already looked really good in the 2021 Giro before that crash. Then he rushed back and did 2 stage races to somehow hold shape/built it back up for the Olympics and rode Donostia and the Vuelta afterwards (before his DNF). Last year he had to postpone his pre-Giro altitude camp because he had Bronchitis (he was on antibiotics) and was clearly not ready for the Giro, despite his stage win. He still rode the Tour afterwards and wasn't bad during the 2nd half of the race, but not in peak shape.Seriously different riders come of age at different rates. It’s not like this guy has been pack fodder. We all knew he was a supremely talented climber.
I didn't say he wasn't? + plus people mentioning giro stages, yes. but they weren't in the gc against remco and rogSeriously different riders come of age at different rates. It’s not like this guy has been pack fodder. We all knew he was a supremely talented climber.
I mean, at least Mas was somewhere on the GC, Yates on the other hand already lost 10min yesterday and is still riding for himself...Pogacar is the glue that keeps it all together for that team. If he's not there they ride without a purpose, and without a leader.
I mean not as GC leader but as a protected stage winner. Like Soler. Not saying it's right.
They had nobody in the top-30 on GC in Itzulia in 2019, unless we're counting Pologne as a climber's race that's the last time they did at least similarly terribly.First ineos guy 30th place. Pretty impressive.
What's the last time this happened in a WT climbers race?
He is the peace maker!
Everyone coming together in unison.
He didn't put his face in the wind once and his team was useless.