Vingegaard force is the latter half of these Grand Tours.. that has been the norm all the years in Tour de France where he has been the best both in.. 2021, 2022, and 2023.Think Vingegaard was flying too early in the season, El Perro was bad early in 2017 and rode himself slowly into form.
Problem is he couldn't really risk being 90% against Pogacar in the tour.
That may be true, but it may that it’s week 2 (including today’s TT) of this Vuelta that will make the biggest impact on the final GC.Vingegaard force is the latter half of these Grand Tours.. that has been the norm all the years in Tour de France where he has been the best both in.. 2021, 2022, and 2023.
The problem in 2021 was that he came on J. Visma's latest spot, and last man to get a spot to TdF for J.Vista, and was a clear helper for Roglich and GC was not a priority, he was the help.
Vingegaard was like more than +5½ minutes after Pogacar after just stage 9 in TdF2021.. it was first after Roglic folded, that Jumbo Vista suddenly looked for alternatives and reprioritised Vingegaard as a GC contender, and in the 3 week of 2021TdF he did seem stronger than even Pogacar and also managed to place him, but was so far 5.42min behind that it was more or less clueless to attempt...
In Paris Pogacar was 5.20min ahead to nr 2 Vingegaard..
and the same picture in 2022 and 2023 TdF.. its the third week that Vingegaard tends to accelerate vs competitors.
Vingegaard's problem can be that it is a teammate who still got the jersey at the most critical mountainstages, where he is feeling solid, and that scenario can perhaps undermine the incentive to attack.
Yes but he craves dry roads snd hates the cold I believe. I've long thought vuelta should suit him better than giro for this reasonHe's always scared of taking to many risks during the ITTs. This course was very good for him, with the only technical part at the beginning.
All joking aside, I think this is probably true. But dum spiro spero for a Kuss victory.Some overreactions here re: UAE and J-V. We haven't had any of the key mountain stages yet. Soler will drop many, many minutes to the GC contenders, Kuss won't be there at the end, either.
Kuss was still 6th in Tour GC after 16 stages and he only dropped out of top 10 GC because the late crash. He was actually not really sitting up on any mountain stage and he didn't lose any time in easier stages, so I'm not sure actually if he did switch on and off.Kuss rode the Tour as a domestique. He could switch on and off. As the team leader Vingegaard couldn't do that. Soler has been a surprise so far.
Stages 13, 14, 17, and 18 are gonna rock & rolla the GC (hopefully)That may be true, but it may that it’s week 2 (including today’s TT) of this Vuelta that will make the biggest impact on the final GC.
Disapppoiting vingegaard? The guys has a tour de france in his legs, and he is just 1 min 13 s of difference to remco evenepoel, with the hard mountains to come. He's not bad, in this hard context for him.Roglic lost time to Almeida after T1. Jumbo ***ed up today, far too positive a split for both him and an already-disappointing Vingegaard.
Vingegaard isn't going to be able to repeat his Tour level here. That should be obvious now after losing quite a bit of time on such a short course.When a dude can crack Pogacar just 1½ months ago and land 7½ minutes on just two stages on Tadej Pogsacar (TT-16, and stage17) I reckon he could also manage to take 48 sec on Roglic and 1.12 on Evenepoel on 4 big mountain stages.