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Re: The Academy of Cycling
« Reply #390 on: May 20, 2018, 19:44 »
is bringing them home to Rome the only goal left though?

They had three goals in mind pre-Giro:

#1 Stage win
#2 Aggressive racing
#3 An Israeli to finish the race

So at the moment the last one, yes, seems the only attainable goal.

Hermans was at least in with a chance on Etna for the stage win and I was feeling pretty optimistic after that, but although he has been trying since then, it's been without much success. Him and Neilands got in the break on stage 10, but with Chaves getting dropped it was doomed and today he had another go, but didn't look full of energy when I saw him and De Marchi alone at the front. Three chances left for him (1 KoM point wouldn't go amiss either!)

Plaza probably had two stages marked as opportunities. Ten and seventeen. If he'd had the legs on ten, the opportunity was there to go with Frapporti or later with Villella+Mohoric or even with Denz+De Marchi+Henao. The day after the TT is his final chance.

Sbaragli has been awful. He was bad at the start of the season, bad in the run-up to the Giro and even worse during it.

Those are the three the team would have been pinning their hopes on for the stage wins and (worthwhile) aggressive racing. You can't expect too much from debutant GT riders like Neilands or the doms.
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