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Title: Tour de Suisse
Post by: L'arri on June 09, 2018, 19:31
Stage 1 (TTT)  »  Frauenfeld  ›  Frauenfeld   (18k)

(http://www.tourdesuisse.ch/fileadmin/user_upload/_processed_/7/4/csm_Profil_3D_1Etappe_3c12251004.png)

Stage 2  »  Frauenfeld  ›  Frauenfeld   (155k)

(http://www.tourdesuisse.ch/fileadmin/user_upload/_processed_/1/b/csm_Profil_3D_2Etappe_f398ef2b5c.png)

Stage 3  »  Oberstammheim  ›  Gansingen   (182k)

(http://www.tourdesuisse.ch/fileadmin/user_upload/_processed_/e/e/csm_Profil_3D_3Etappe_3368c65bb9.png)

Stage 4  »  Gansingen  ›  Gstaad   (189k)

(http://www.tourdesuisse.ch/fileadmin/user_upload/_processed_/f/d/csm_Profil_3D_4Etappe_bb94c46f66.png)

Stage 5  »  Gstaad  ›  Leukerbad   (155k)

(http://www.tourdesuisse.ch/fileadmin/user_upload/_processed_/3/d/csm_Profil_3D_5Etappe_e3183694bb.png)

Stage 6  »  Fiesch  ›  Gommiswald   (186k)

(http://www.tourdesuisse.ch/fileadmin/user_upload/_processed_/8/3/csm_Profil_3D_6Etappe_42cfb353e0.png)

Stage 7  »  Eschenbach/Atzmännig  ›  Arosa   (170k)

(http://www.tourdesuisse.ch/fileadmin/user_upload/_processed_/0/0/csm_Profil_3D_7Etappe_29ba55dfcf.png)

Stage 8  »  Bellinzona  ›  Bellinzona   (123k)

(http://www.tourdesuisse.ch/fileadmin/user_upload/_processed_/5/7/csm_Profil_3D_8Etappe_d6feb9557f.png)

Stage 9 (ITT)  »  Bellinzona  ›  Bellinzona   (34k)

(http://www.tourdesuisse.ch/fileadmin/user_upload/_processed_/8/2/csm_Profil_3D_9Etappe_d6fe8ab20e.png)

18 x WT teams +  #aquablue #direct #nippo
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: L'arri on June 09, 2018, 19:39


This finest ever line-up from #bmc is also the last on the team's home soil. The result buys Porte a full twenty seconds over #quickstep and thirty to the next best serious climber in Quintana #mov. The parcours does seem to pull a few punches though and the final TT surely weighs in the Tasmanian's favour. If he can stay on his bike.
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: Leadbelly on June 09, 2018, 19:42
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DfQU9usX4AE-Urh.jpg)

No white balls today for #lotto.

Banned until further notice by the UCI.
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: LukasCPH on June 09, 2018, 19:54
No white balls today for #lotto.

Banned until further notice by the UCI.
White balls? :S

What did I miss?
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: Leadbelly on June 09, 2018, 19:59
White balls? :S

What did I miss?

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DfLhy_hX4AEpmko.jpg)

Aero-gel they were using for the TTT at the Dauphine.
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: LukasCPH on June 09, 2018, 20:01
Aero-gel they were using for the TTT at the Dauphine.
What the? :o

Brave New World. Or something.
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: search on June 11, 2018, 08:44
the 2nd stage turned out to be harder than what I expected, with most of the sprinters dropped on the final climb.

Gaviria was there but without Richeze by his side (who, for whatever reason, spent his energy in late attacks) he slipped back to old habits and opened the sprint way too early.



Today's finish is even a bit more difficult with the final climb cresting at only 6k before the line.



It's pretty steep at the top as well

(https://i.imgur.com/3eLX8vC.png)
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: LukasCPH on June 11, 2018, 08:55
Gaviria was there but without Richeze by his side (who, for whatever reason, spent his energy in late attacks) he slipped back to old habits and opened the sprint way too early.
The importance of a world-class leadout man can hardly be overestimated.
Richeze is one of those. :)
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: L'arri on June 11, 2018, 17:05
A wet day out and perhaps a bit of a damp squib of a stage.



Sagan himself decided to break up the race on the final climb. He succeeded in getting rid of the remaining bulky sprinters (Kristoff), but all of the pocket rockets held on, including Matthews and Gaviria and the rouleur-sprinters like himself, Cort Nielsen and eventual winner Colbrelli.

So what we got, despite the best attempts of Arthur Vichot, was a Sagan Sandwich with Gaviria and Colbrelli as the bread. In pure entertainment terms, the stage promised much but didn't really cut the mustard.
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: search on June 12, 2018, 08:46
more of the same today, although the climb is a bit longer



(https://i.imgur.com/VG285lX.png)

Camenzind says he expects a sprint of 20-30 guys
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: L'arri on June 12, 2018, 16:29
A dry Tour de Suisse is like Paris-Roubaix without cobbles and today it bucketed down on the peloton.

Juul-Jensen is a rare winner - and I must say it didn't seem like he would be at the beginning of his career - but he is a popular figure, so when bags one it's something to celebrate.

Peters was terribly strong, especially when you thought he had to be there to support Dilier, but in attacking the Irish Dane on the final climb he showed he was nervous of the peloton and he could not hold the gap with a very wet descent and a more confident Juul-Jensen.



A more entertaining day but we need some mountains now.
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: search on June 12, 2018, 16:45
A more entertaining day but we need some mountains now.

yeah. Maybe next year
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: search on June 12, 2018, 19:17
tomorrow we have a bit more of climbing at least. Leukerbad is not particularly tough though

(https://www.cyclingcols.com/profiles/Leukerbad.gif)

when they did it in 2006 guys like Vicioso (massive shape that year though) and Bettini were still there (first two came from a breakaway):




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNiOsoMsqSk

(only video I could find. Pretty bad, but it gives you an idea).

The finish itself looks hard enough to prevent a biggish sprint, but they really need to put the hammer down early on if they want to get rid of guys like Ulissi, Battaglin and so on. Maybe even Sagan, Albasini and Matthews could stay in touch?!
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: t-72 on June 12, 2018, 20:11
yeah. Maybe next year

More mountains already? After the overdose of riding-in-a-line-up-the-mountain-until-500m-left we had in the Criterium de Dauphine, a parcourse that is actually raced by the peloton and not just endured is nice for a change.  :angry

However, there has been one too much "let's put a hill in before the finish so Sagan/Matthews/Colbrelli can dump the boulevard sprinters" kind of finish. It's a bit repetitive (even if the breakaway took it today).

It becomes obivous why Tour of Slovenia is the new prelude to the clash of the titans, featuring the Bee-train, Kittel and Cavendish. (#jumbo seems to send the full TdF lineup there..)

For tomorrow, it is not just the Leukerbad, there is the climb to Montana (as in Crans-Montana) also. It is a long climb, but the gradients are kind of moderate. If a climber's team want to make it hard for the roleurs and fast uphill finishers, there are opportunities in the steepest pitches up from he Rhône to Lens, which will be where they plan to turn on the cameras tomorrow.
(https://i.imgur.com/d19llLs.png)
The steepest pitch is the long straight through the woods 2/3 to the top, but I don't think it is much more than 8%.
EDIT: the profile I found on Ride with GPS doesn't show much detail but: there's a strava segment there with a max at 13,9 % just after the turn into the long straight section. Someone make an attack, please!

Curious to see if #movistar Quintana is willing to to try something or if he will wait for the third week.
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: M Gee on June 12, 2018, 21:13
yeah. Maybe next year

You're doing a better job of Eeyore than I am!
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: search on June 13, 2018, 10:07
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IY5QU8dQnDQ
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: M Gee on June 13, 2018, 11:56
Van Garderen: All about Porte at Suisse and Tour (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/van-garderen-its-all-about-porte-at-suisse-and-the-tour/)

I have to say I think he's found the best place for him to be. Super-dom. He can pull that role off very successfully, IF he'll wear the shirt. American fans would have something to whine, and cheer about - "Gee, lookit how good TJ is! They should give him a chance! C'mon TJ!" - instead of the perennial "not this year". Super-doms get a lot of good attention.
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: Leadbelly on June 13, 2018, 16:23
Van Garderen: All about Porte at Suisse and Tour (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/van-garderen-its-all-about-porte-at-suisse-and-the-tour/)

I have to say I think he's found the best place for him to be. Super-dom. He can pull that role off very successfully, IF he'll wear the shirt. American fans would have something to whine, and cheer about - "Gee, lookit how good TJ is! They should give him a chance! C'mon TJ!" - instead of the perennial "not this year". Super-doms get a lot of good attention.

Unfortunate timing with that post Hiero! :D

Okay there was a headwind towards the end of the climb today, but the gradients were not steep and he didn't manage much of a turn in my opinion. Left Porte on his own and on another day he could have lost time to Landa or another late opportunistic attacker.



It was a big effort from Kung to hang in there for so long. Matthews, Albasini, Battaglin et al were nowhere to be seen when he finally dropped.
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: M Gee on June 13, 2018, 16:30
Unfortunate timing with that post Hiero! :D

 . . .
:lol

Hey, did you see Oomen? After his Giro? I wonder if Sunweb is putting him in the Tour as well - seems that would be a bit much, eh? Kelderman looking good too! Is Porte good enough this year to challenge at the Tour?

Landa and Quintana, otoh, don't look so hot.
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: t-72 on June 13, 2018, 22:49
Landa and Quintana, otoh, don't look so hot.

Relax, it is only the first week of the Tour de Suisse. #movistar Quintana is always the best climber come week 3.
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: M Gee on June 14, 2018, 01:34
Relax, it is only the first week of the Tour de Suisse. #movistar Quintana is always the best climber come week 3.


Week 3 of the Tour de Suisse? Ok! I won't be holding my breath!   :=B   :snooty
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: L'arri on June 14, 2018, 19:29
They let the BOTD go all the way although, just for a moment, Porte had us thinking he was going to be greedy. He shot away from the remainder of the peloton on the final Cat 3 just a couple of kms from the finish with the sort of acceleration that recalled his best days.

Earlier on that same climb, we saw the leggy Michael Gogl overplay his hand. Granted it was a funny sort of BOTD that he left behind, a mixed bag of riders whose finishing flourishes might be hard to predict.

Haas is super fast and climbs a bit but he was always likely to wait. Monfort has no explosivity but a solid climbing pedigree. Izagirre can do it all at this level. And so on.

So going solo seemed like a good strategy but you have to be sure you have the goods to go all the way. Gogl went so hard and fast that he flattered to deceive and Kragh Andersen flew past in one of those moments when the camera fixates upon the leader and the viewer has no inkling of who's coming up and how soon. Whooooosh! :D

Porte increased his gap and with a TT left to ride, only stupidity or crashes can stop him winning this.

Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: search on June 14, 2018, 22:37
finally some real climbing tomorrow. Although interrupted by a long, long stretch of false flat

(https://i.imgur.com/RwL5IeU.png)

To come back to T-72's arguments up there: usually I don't mind different kind of races at all, and I prefer lumpy stages over a MTF 9 out of 10 times - but I really can't see how any of the stages in this year's edition of the Tour de Suisse could offer any potential for excitement.

The last time a stage finished in Arosa Albasini won from the breakaway btw, with a long 17k solo in the end:



https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-de-suisse/2012/stage-7

It's his home stage, so he may try again I guess. The chances for a breakaway to stick aren't exactly stellar given the long, flat run-in - but that didn't stop him in 2012 either

edit: no idea why this isn't working, PCS code seems to be the correct one
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: search on June 15, 2018, 08:32
So going solo seemed like a good strategy but you have to be sure you have the goods to go all the way. Gogl went so hard and fast that he flattered to deceive and Kragh Andersen flew past in one of those moments when the camera fixates upon the leader and the viewer has no inkling of who's coming up and how soon. Whooooosh! :D

I noticed it during the stage already, but wasn's quite sure - but now also Monfort mentions in his daily blog that Kragh did not do any work in the breakaway.

BMC was chasing all day, everyone else had to go pretty much full out to keep the gap big enough - so that explains why he was so fresh in the end. He basically stole the victory.

The same happened in Croatia recently when Boaro won. He had a bit of an excuse at least, coming from the same team as the race leader, but this is really poor poor sportsmanship from Kragh and/or Sunweb.
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: L'arri on June 15, 2018, 08:51
The same happened in Croatia recently when Boaro won. He had a bit of an excuse at least, coming from the same team as the race leader, but this is really poor poor sportsmanship from Kragh and/or Sunweb.

Yes and no but mostly yes. :)

SKA's excuse, if it can be called that, was that Matthews might have won on this sort of finish and so he would sit on as long as the peloton looked like chasing.

What we saw as spectators, however, was that #sunweb didn't actually make a serious attempt to chase (a classic Sunweb move - this team rarely seems to do any chasing, even when it leads on GC) and left it to #bmc, which was clearly getting Porte to the front and perhaps preparing for his eventual jump (which to me looked like opportunism more than planning).

The ugliness of that Sunweb tactic was actually made even bigger for me by the fact that I watched the last 25km or so without having seen the stage profile and I had assumed a flat finish. As a result, I thought the BOTD was going to finish with a chunk of time in hand and I thought it was crazy how he could sit on like that. Still, nobody appeared to hassle him about it, so I guess he did it with stealth or else the others underestimated him.

No prizes for panache anyway. :)

---

Not sure what happened with Taaramae there. Even if the chasers were doomed after the group split, it was a bit odd that he just sat up and waited for the peloton.
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: search on June 15, 2018, 09:18
Not sure what happened with Taaramae there. Even if the chasers were doomed after the group split, it was a bit odd that he just sat up and waited for the peloton.

Taaramäe wanted to win with style and attacked solo with 80k to go. Later on he waited for the chasers, but I guess he still was completely spent in the end
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: L'arri on June 15, 2018, 09:19
Taaramäe wanted to win with style and attacked solo with 80k to go. Later on he waited for the chasers, but I guess he still was completely spent in the end

Good to know, thanks. Pity I didn't join in early enough to see that.
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: search on June 15, 2018, 09:22
Good to know, thanks. Pity I didn't join in early enough to see that.

no worries, live coverage only started on the descent anyway ;)
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: LukasCPH on June 15, 2018, 09:28
edit: no idea why this isn't working, PCS code seems to be the correct one
I'm completely at a loss too. :S
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: L'arri on June 15, 2018, 10:21
I'm completely at a loss too. :S

Just tried to embed another stage from that race and it didn't work, whereas a stage from 2010 worked fine. It's on PCS' side whatever it is.
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: M Gee on June 15, 2018, 15:51
They let the BOTD go all the way although, just for a moment, Porte had us thinking he was going to be greedy. He shot away from the remainder of the peloton on the final Cat 3 just a couple of kms from the finish with the sort of acceleration that recalled his best days.
 . . .
Porte increased his gap and with a TT left to ride, only stupidity or crashes can stop him winning this.
 . . .

Didn't seem like all that explosive an acceleration. More like a VW Bug, with somebody sticking a crowbar in to peel off the wheelsuckers ---  s l o w l y   m o v i n g   a w a y. Still, he did it, and came good at the end.

Then we got today, and Quintana finally showing us some legs. Haven't seen him for a while now. Porte still in GC lead - so the bit about the TT, stupidity, and crashes looks like a good forecast.
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: M Gee on June 15, 2018, 18:39
Speaking of today's stage, it looked to me like Fuglsang was either returning a BIG favor, or he was paying it forward. "Just gimme a tow, would ya, mate?" "Sure thing." I think w/o Jakob, Richie stood a good chance of losing the lead. He'll likely smash Nairo in the TT tho.
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: t-72 on June 15, 2018, 21:46
Speaking of today's stage, it looked to me like Fuglsang was either returning a BIG favor, or he was paying it forward. "Just gimme a tow, would ya, mate?" "Sure thing." I think w/o Jakob, Richie stood a good chance of losing the lead. He'll likely smash Nairo in the TT tho.

My interpretation #astana Fuglsang was riding for himself. He had a lot to catch up on the GC and he doesn't mind towing with someone that's eventually going to beat him as long as he means it will improve his own result. That's how you win a silver medal in the Olympics, remember? Another factor making that an easy decision for him: this isn't the most important race of the season and third, he expects to do a rather good time trial, like Porte. He might catch Quintana in the end? 34 km time trial for 1:11 time difference?

Anyway, before the stage we looked at the profile and said: that's hardly a tough climbing stage, is it? Almost like it was made for Stefan Küng! (In my drafts folder there is an unfinished post about how much cooler it would be to finish in Lenzerheide, climbing Lenzerheide first from Chur and then descending on the south side to Albula, before going directly back up to Lenzerheide via Sporz. Tried that myself, 2 years ago and I think it would be a bit harder :)

Once again, we saw that if a stage is hard enough to be decisve but not too hard we get a lot more interesting racing. Mentioning the Olympics earlier, but, I wonder, after today's 15 km of #bmc Van Avermaet vs #movistar Quintana - imagine a race 100 km longer - are we ready to write of Greg for the world championship just yet?

The early attack by Quintana and long chase by BMC was full of tactical moves, to many to recount here but this was  not the one-blow monoclimb we have seen in some grand tours the last couple of years. Instead, the long flatter midsection opened up what would often be a  mano against mano long climb to team tactics, and that's where #bmc has more cards to play than most, and the trump card - no, not the american - is the olympic champion. Porte would be long gone out of the yellow jersey without van Avermaet!



As far as preparation for Tour de France, and let's keep Froome out of the discussion for a while, but rather focus on the Tour de Suisse vs Criterium de Dauphine perspective: who's your pick now, between #sky Geraint Thomas and #bmc Richie Porte?
Both have better reputation as a Froome domestique than as a GC captain, but there are similarities and differences in their upbringing, Thomas being clearly more diversified whereas Porte perhaps being the better climber? Who would be the best if both were captains of their teams?
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: AG on June 16, 2018, 01:10
Interesting question.

I might ask it (and anwer it) in a new thread
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: M Gee on June 16, 2018, 13:59
. . .
The early attack by Quintana and long chase by BMC was full of tactical moves, to many to recount here but this was  not the one-blow monoclimb we have seen in some grand tours the last couple of years. Instead, the long flatter midsection opened up what would often be a  mano against mano long climb to team tactics, and that's where #bmc has more cards to play than most, and the trump card - no, not the american ( :fp :fp -mg) - is the olympic champion. Porte would be long gone out of the yellow jersey without van Avermaet!
 . . .
 who's your pick now, between #sky Geraint Thomas and #bmc Richie Porte?
Both have better reputation as a Froome domestique than as a GC captain, but there are similarities and differences in their upbringing, Thomas being clearly more diversified whereas Porte perhaps being the better climber? Who would be the best if both were captains of their teams?

One-blow monoclimb. Now, THAT's descriptive and colorful writing! I'm going to have to use that one myself!

Thomas vs Porte? Oy - I agree w AG - good thread fodder!
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: search on June 17, 2018, 07:46
yesterday's stage saw the first really big sprint of the race. Although the pace was so high, that basically only a handful of guys were still in contention in the end - with Demare as the strongest of them



Today there's a ITT to finish it off. A not too technical or lumpy one it is



~pdf Start Order (http://tissottiming.com/File/0003100108010109FFFFFFFFFFFFFF02)

TIME TEAM NAME GC GAP
13:08      #mitchelton      HEPBURN Michael      
                  
13:25      #bora      BODNAR Maciej      
                  
14:09      #mitchelton      MEYER Cameron      
                  
14:15      #sunweb      ARNDT Nikias      
                  
14:22      #movistar      OLIVEIRA Nelson      
                  
14:34      #quickstep      LAMPAERT Yves      
                  
14:36      #sunweb      MATTHEWS Michael      
                  
14:39      #ag2r      DILLIER Silvan      
                  
14:49      #bmc      VAN GARDEREN Tejay      
                  
14:51      #bmc      KÜNG Stefan      
                  
15:12      #bahrain      IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI Jon      +3:03
15:13      #astana      KANGERT Tanel      +3:02
15:14      #mitchelton      HAIG Jack      +2:56
15:15      #uae      ULISSI Diego      +2:42
15:16      #fdj      VICHOT Arthur      +2:32
15:18      #trek      MOLLEMA Bauke      +2:26
15:20      #katusha      SPILAK Simon      +1:48
15:22      #jumbo      KRUIJSWIJK Steven      +1:37
15:24      #movistar      LANDA MEANA Mikel      +1:31
15:26      #astana      FUGLSANG Jakob      +1:28
15:28      #sunweb      OOMEN Sam      +1:13
15:30      #quickstep      MAS NICOLAU Enric      +0:53
15:32      #sunweb      KELDERMAN Wilco      +0:52
15:34      #movistar      QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo      +0:17
15:36      #bmc      PORTE Richie   

so it's still quite close in the fight for positions. I'd tend to say the podium is pretty safe though.
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: search on June 17, 2018, 08:19
forgot to mention him. Maybe on purpose though

(https://scontent-ams3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/35206669_1739098602792562_3987061794924396544_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=c1fa68b125365c9b5295424253f70f21&oe=5BBFC468)
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: Capt_Cavman on June 17, 2018, 10:36


so it's still quite close in the fight for positions. I'd tend to say the podium is pretty safe though.

Maybe Quintana's place is under threat?
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: search on June 17, 2018, 10:52
Maybe Quintana's place is under threat?

maybe, yeah, but Spilak is 1:30 behind already. And the others in between would really need a superb day I think
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: t-72 on June 17, 2018, 13:09
maybe, yeah, but Spilak is 1:30 behind already. And the others in between would really need a superb day I think

Really? Isn't it conceivable that #sunweb Wilco Kelderman can put ~1s / km into #movistar Quintana on this course? He's like 35 secs back from Quintana and it's a 34 km time trial....

I would say that scond place is pretty much still up for grabs, yes?
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: search on June 17, 2018, 13:18
well, yes, that's a given anyway. I was talking about him staying on the podium
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: M Gee on June 17, 2018, 16:35
My interpretation #astana Fuglsang was riding for himself. He had a lot to catch up on the GC and he doesn't mind towing with someone that's eventually going to beat him as long as he means it will improve his own result. . . .


Given the final results, with Birdsong taking over 2nd spot, I would have to say you had it right. Still, I hope he reminded Porte that he was doing him a big boon by pulling! So one day he can pull that card and redeem it.
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: Carlo Algatrensig on June 17, 2018, 16:36
Really? Isn't it conceivable that #sunweb Wilco Kelderman can put ~1s / km into #movistar Quintana on this course? He's like 35 secs back from Quintana and it's a 34 km time trial....

I would say that scond place is pretty much still up for grabs, yes?

I was expecting to see Kelderman take second today but he had a bad day for him. Maybe still not fully recovered from his Tirreno crash. Fantastic day for Fuglsang though.
Title: Re: Tour de Suisse
Post by: t-72 on June 17, 2018, 21:24
Time for some book-keeping. The contador says ...these were the stage results:


The stage was as close to a copy of the Giro d'Italia ITT in Roveredo as you can get, same length, same profile, different alpine valley. The difference, results-wise is that this top 10 list is dominated by ITT specialists and classics riders with good ITT skills, only #astana Jakob Fuglsang of the GC riders made it into top 10. It is also clear that #bmc and #sunweb are working hard on the time trial, from a team perspective,  and looking to get a good result in the TdF.
#bmc Stefan Küng is increasingly looking like a challenger for the ITT rainbows , and his good results can be the key that unlocks some swiss bank accounts for BMC. He will be a very interesting rider to follow and it seems like he can do whatever in the years to come.
Concerning his teammate I am a bit disappointed #bmc Richie Porte did not make it into the top 10 on this stage. A strong ITT (on a more lumpy course) will be necessary for the Tour de France winner, and what he delivered today was not at that level. Of course, it may be a bit early, cause the TdF time trial is the second-last day of the TdF, in the end of July.
#movistar Quintana, #trek Mollema and #bahrain Izagirre needs to get their TT bike out and train a bit more often though as even Porte bagged about 1 minute to each of them!