Regarding the small Rogla crack I was not thinking of his jump, since yes it was clear he wantet to review Kuss' situation behind. It was moments after when other guys went bananas. Where Kuss also seemed in (tiny) trouble. But maybe I'm reading too much into that situation.Today seemed to be more of the tactics that bought Vindegaard into the top three. Only today, UAE's favorites all sat on Vingo's attack. When Roglic went he was aware of Kuss's position and dialed back to keep him in the GC picture, IMO. That Vingo had 50+ seconds before he set out was reminiscent of Jona's last stage win where Kuss cut the gap to 30 seconds and Roglic took back almost the same amount. The difference today was Kuss not having what it took and Vindegaard following through with a similar effort. It doesn't really project what may happen tomorrow except he looks spent after each of these stage wins.
JV can't control everything their opponents do; particularly when they do almost nothing.
That’s a very interesting take, even by your standards…Interested in what? Calling Vingo a liar?🙄
I find all of this sort of funny, it's all based on Kuss being an emotional weakling.. What if in the bus it was always the plan for Jonas or Roglic to ultimately win and allow Sepp as many rock star days as he can hang with.. No matter what happens overall, Sepp Kuss is shining like a diamond.. backers like Cervelo and Jumbo Visma have press and promotion materials for years and as if it couldn't get any better, solo across the line victories in UK and Spain. People are saying it's tough to cheer for Jonas because he is some mono minded TDF specialist.. Cyclings wet blanket.. the guy is absolutely drilling it, and talk about balance on accident or intentional, rolled home for the win, youngster still in red, team looks unified and laser focused on victory.. And if Kuss pulls it off, kudos..but if he doesn't he still won.Velo d'Orc winner, Jonas Vingegaard.
Pretty sure he’s getting criticized for attacking his teammate who’s been nothing but a loyal domestique in the past, potentially robbing him of a once-in-a-lifetime chance to win a GT, not for “trying to win.” Even then there’s quite a few people who are loving it and getting the popcorn out lolSeems Vingo gets criticized for almost the same Pog gets celebrated for (trying to win everything he is in)...
(whether he actually IS trying to win Vuetla, we will see tomorrom imho)
I'm not going to go into your very passionate criticism of Vingegaard. I agree that the race is quite predictable, and that's all the more annoying after the scandals in the first week of the race.In reality, this has been quite a boring race...I am not super invested in who wins, I just see Jonas' actons as those of an a$$hole who demands team loyalty from everyone else, but gives out very little if any. Like I've said, he is a hard figure to cheer for regardless, and he hasn't done anything to improve that in my eyes, so I can offer the Pog fans this: You will enjoy my posts much more next July, and anytime he races against Skeletor.
Pog fans: Mea culpa, you were right all along, about everything.
Team Soler will only ride for Pogacar. I think he has only ever done domestique duties for him and Valverde.I just saw some pieces from the last climb again and I have to tell you UAE is really very bad team. No way they are riding on any coaching orders. This is probably the worse I have seen from them. Ayuso is the only one with any remote chance of anything in this race and this is how UAE races? just pace Ayuso and be done with it. Ride as a team. This is embarrassing to the team.
Seems Vingo gets criticized for almost the same Pog gets celebrated for (trying to win everything he is in)...
(whether he actually IS trying to win Vuetla, we will see tomorrom imho)
He wasn't attacking his teammate though. He was attacking to try and win the stage for his friend, and he didn't ride full gas in the final metres. He didn't know what was actually happening behind him, and I doubt he was expecting to be within 30 seconds of Kuss after the stage.Pretty sure he’s getting criticized for attacking his teammate who’s been nothing but a loyal domestique in the past, potentially robbing him of a once-in-a-lifetime chance to win a GT, not for “trying to win.” Even then there’s quite a few people who are loving it and getting the popcorn out lol
Reasonable response, cheers!I'm not going to go into your very passionate criticism of Vingegaard. I agree that the race is quite predictable, and that's all the more annoying after the scandals in the first week of the race.
However, I do recognize that although it would be nice to see the always loyal domestique Kuss win the GC, it's not that easy for a team to navigate in if they also want to dominate the race as much as possible. If the strongest team in a stage race went "okay, our third best rider is in the lead, let's do everything we can to protect him from now on", then that could potentially turn the race into a disaster if that rider were to disappoint later on. The safest thing to do would be to make sure that there is at least three teammates in contention for the GC win, and if that's the goal, then it would be hard to achieve without allowing them to attack if they have the legs. Also, stage wins means a lot to any team, and I doubt that Kuss could have won today's stage, just to name an example.
Oh I agree I don’t think it was his intention at all, but the optics of it makes it look like a stab in the back and that’s why it’s being criticized.He wasn't attacking his teammates though. He was attacking to win the stage for his friend, and he didn't ride full gas in the final metres. He didn't know what was actually happening behind him, and I doubt he was expecting to be within 30 seconds of Kuss after the stage.
The team is in a great situation now, where in case Kuss cracks, they most likely still get the win. The only one who's really suffered from this is Roglič.
Yeah, it definitely looked like he eased up quite a bit towards the end. He could have easily put more time into the chasing riders.He wasn't attacking his teammate though. He was attacking to try and win the stage for his friend, and he didn't ride full gas in the final metres.
Cyclist Nathan Van Hooydonck is awake again after being in an artificial coma as a result of a car accident.
His condition is not critical, according to his team, Jumbo-Visma, on the social platform X.
The cycling team also writes that the strong Belgian does not suffer from injuries caused by the car accident.
- Further medical examinations must now establish why Nathan felt bad when he drove his car, says Jumbo-Visma.
Several Belgian media, including Het Laatste Nieuws and Het Nieuwsblad, reported earlier on Tuesday the accident that happened in the town of Kalmthout north of Antwerp.
According to the media, Van Hooydonck, who had his pregnant girlfriend in the passenger seat, was waiting at a traffic light, where he should have felt unwell.
This caused him to inadvertently step on the accelerator, after which his car hit five other cars on the other side of the intersection before coming to a stop.
Later in the day, Jumbo-Visma confirmed that Nathan Van Hooydonck was in an artificial coma.
During the Tour de France for the past two years, the Belgian has been an important assistant rider for Jonas Vingegaard, who won both editions of the world's biggest cycling race.
Jonas Vingegaard and the other Jumbo-Visma riders got the news about their teammate before Tuesday's stage, which the Danish star ended up winning.