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  • There are only two time trials but it’s still two too many for Bardet sadly.

  • If Hindley does well after his season so far and his crash in the Tour of the Alps, he will sure surprise me. That's why he's hinting on 'doing well in the third week' I guess. The first two weeks will be like training.

  • The second one is on the final day, and we all know what happens in time trials that late in a stage race.

  • Yes and 30km too so you’d expect some big gaps. I know time trialling is something Carthy has been working on.

    Of the GC guys, Soler went really well in the Romandie and young Remco isn’t too bad.

  • I’d expect the opposite. Usually a TT that late in a race, especially a flat one; has smaller gaps as everyone is knackered. In 2017, when Dumoulin won, the top 40 were within 2 minutes of the stage winner’s time. Last year 56 riders were within 2 minutes of Ganna.

  • I see what you’re saying but I can’t see the likes of Bardet or Pozzovivo getting within three minutes of the TT winner’s time.

  • Within 1.45 of the GC winners time is probably the more important metric. A bit unfair on poor old Pozzovivo, he has been known to do a not very good but not losing too much time trial.

  • Some of us remember when Pozzovivo finished third behind Cancellara and Tony Martin in a 40 km flat time trial in the Vuelta.

  • Anyway, came here to post this.

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  • :D

    fkn caps

  • Turns out he wasn’t a great example. I didn’t realise he was a decent time triallist.

  • I'd love 5 days in the Algarve.

  • One swallow doesn’t make a summer.

  • My internal monologue as I select and re-select my Fantasy Giro team.

  • Such a versatile phrase!

  • what about a holiday romance?

  • Can I get a "Cian Uijtdebroeks"pronunciation guide over here please? Placeholder for now.

  • The Pozzovivo Vuelta tt was what I was alluding to, although being a cynic I wondered about it at the time. I rather like specialist testers winning at their chosen discipline. Reliance on tts for the GC has made for some pretty defensive racing, from the Anquetil era (and certainly before) via Indurain and Skyneos. At least Hinault attacked everywhere, despite crushing the opposition against the clock.

  • Cian is puzzling, if it’s pronounced like a Dutch word it’d be See-yawn, but it might be Key-uhn? Last name is Uit-duh-brooks. Don’t think there’s an English word that sounds like the Dutch / Flemish ‘ui’ but uh comes sort of close.

  • Cian is a common Irish/Celtic name so was interested to see if it was common in Dutch but sounds not to be

  • I'm going for shaan ootdebröks

  • "Welcome to yurp, that's the way it is." - Chris Horner 2021

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  • I noticed Sérgio Paulinho was riding in the Volta ao Algarve today -last place. Take that Valverde and Rebellin.

  • Meanwhile, in 2008:

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