100% agree. Roglic is just better than the competition. The injury has been a setback but he aimed to preach in the third week, and when he does, people will been like Oh right this makes sense.Roglič is going to win & it won't be close.
I said it in the previous rest day poll & I'll say it again here.
He's Roglic fanboy. No.
@Logic-is-your-friend this is what I was referencing.He's a Primoz Leipheimer fanboy, he loves to watch paint dry and grass grow.
I agree with this. Back loaded race Design + Covid + injuries from crashes got us here. The ITTs were surprisingly entertaining and stage 8 was actually great though.A lot of the fault for the slow and boring racing comes from the route design. When you draw up a race where attacking like crazy, being extra good in the TTs and being in great shape the first two weeks might get you a one minute gap... and then you have 4(!) stages in the last week when you can gain or lose a minute in a span of 5km... then something is wrong. Everyone knows that any time that might be gained in the first two weeks can be lost in one single climb in week three. So they decided that it is wiser to save energy for stages when the differences will be huge. Smart decision but unfortunatelly it leads to boring racing. They are doing what they think is the best way to win on a route that was presented to them.
Yes, my issue is that a team that has the fire power (Ineos, JV) should at least test the other guys in one of the stages. But they decided against it. I am assuming JVs tactic changed as soon Remco and Tao were out of the race. Because I think they believe Roglič will wipe the floor with everyone when the real climbs start. Then there are the other teams, but I think they (except perhaps Ineos) would already be satisfied with a podium. So they all believe in their strenghts.
So, basically. Don't put 4 hardest stages in a GT in the last week. Simple as that. Plus, as soon as Remco was out the TTs were basically irelevant since the main three guys are very much equal. This route might have worked if you had two guys who can TT (Roglič, Thomas) vs GC contenders who cannot (Mas, O'Connor, Gaudu, Landa, Hindley to an extent, Carapaz). But since this year Tour has almost no TTs al those guys skipped the Giro so you are left just with guys who can TT. Which in turn makes all the TTing useless.
I don’t think Roglic is worried about G, as much as I like G as a personality.Just can't shake the feeling that Roglic and Jumbo have Thomas exactly where they want him.
Almeida has a 4 year history of huge consistency that is consistently not good enough to win GTs. Thomas has a pretty hard cap to his level as well
I don’t think he is in bad shape. I think he planned on preaching for the third week which makes sense when you look at the profiles. I do think the crash has hurt him, but I will be shocked if he isn’t clearly the best climber.I'm more inclined to think that Roglic is in bad shape, hasn't been in amazing form in the beginning and is now really hurt from the crashes.
That's likely why he doesn't attack. If he's fine the passive racing of his team is mind-boggling and actually unexcusable in my book.