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Volta Ciclista a Catalunya 2023, March 20-26

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So a classic Roglstomp at the end, cograts! Remco's legs ended up 50 meters before the line while Primoz had something for the very end. The race is not over yet but this stage could've been decisive and maybe this slim advantage is enough.
Here Remco erred in opening up the sprint from too far out, against one who is a mountain sprinter specialist. Poor tactic. He still likely would have lost, but on the wheel and not at 6 secs.
 
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Has he ever needed that much time to find his top form though? He was clearly somewhat behind at Tirreno, but by now I'm not sure he has that much more room for improvement compared to Remco going towards the Giro.
Tbh I think a climb like today, which is a fairly fresh 25 minute climb, probably comes back a lot quicker than the endurance required to peak for a 3 week GT.
 
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Has he ever needed that much time to find his top form though? He was clearly somewhat behind at Tirreno, but by now I'm not sure he has that much more room for improvement compared to Remco going towards the Giro.
He hasn't trained for the longer climbs yet. Let that sink in. He's already equal to Remco on these efforts, and next month he should only improve. In January it was even the question whether he would make it to the Giro in a competitive shape, now he's here already.

Of course Remco will improve as well, but if I'm Roglic I'm coming away from this week with a lot of positives.
 
Not sure Rog has enough time for Sunday.

That type of circuit is Remco's personal playground. He often wins by minutes on routes like that one.

Which is why Remco didn't need to play the stop start game. Give Rog the 4 seconds and deal with him Sunday
When he wins on such a course, it's from a breakaway. Roglic is not simply going to let him ride, of course. That's a different dynamic to the wins you're talking about.
 
Not sure Rog has enough time for Sunday.

That type of circuit is Remco's personal playground. He often wins by minutes on routes like that one.

Which is why Remco didn't need to play the stop start game. Give Rog the 4 seconds and deal with him Sunday
Lol. I will eat crow if I am wrong on this one, but this seems delusional. I will not be surprised if Remco wins the stage and overall, but I will be stunned if he wins by "minutes."
 
Roglic is a wheelsucking negative rider. Remco was controlling when Soler came back, then totally misjudged the finish.
What was he supposed to do - spare Remco from paying for his stupid tactics and potentially lose the race to make Remco look better? If Rogla changed wheel in this situation where he is clearly the defending rider with a stronger sprint finish - well he would be knucklehead indeed.
 
When he wins on such a course, it's from a breakaway. Roglic is not simply going to let him ride, of course. That's a different dynamic to the wins you're talking about.
Roglic has managed to get this far and perform well in constantly hilly stages. He's recovering so much better, too.
My opinion months ago was that he may not recover from shoulder surgery in time to be competitive, yet he's found his form gradually. That bodes well for refining what's missing in time for the Giro.
Remco, too. He shouldn't take the outcomes up to today and tomorrow as the definitive Giro forecast. IMO they are both on a training cycle no matter what fans say.