THE SIMON YATES SURPRISE
Yates was a great surprise, luckily for him he did not take the pink jersey, otherwise he would have had to make the team work tomorrow. He didn’t expect to win, he did a phenomenal number. He obviously he is in great condition. I liked this time trial, I enjoyed it and was thrilled.
AN ATYPICAL STOPWATCH
Time trial Yates had already won in the past, he’s not stopped, the course favored him and Van der Poel, who beat a pure specialist like Dumoulin.
COULD MATTEO SOBRERO BECOME A MAN FROM RACES TO STAGES IN THE FUTURE?
Well Sobrero, who finished fourth. In that team there he will have to work for Simon Yates. What he can become in the future is all to be seen, I don’t know what his performance is going uphill, he will have to test himself. Today he presented himself well, he set a good time trial.
Nibali very well, both Ciccone and Fortunato badly. However, there is always time for the classification, now they could take advantage of the leaks later on.
VINCENZO NIBALI BEYOND EXPECTATIONS
Astana did him good. Our doubt about Nibali on the eve was that he has had problems in recent months, such as Covid and flu. But physically I saw him very tight and he is very well, it had been a while since he hadn’t seen himself like this. In perspective I think he will parallel race with Lopez at Astana, today he gave the demonstration. I don’t believe it stops at the end of the season, he has never declared that he wants to retire.
CICCONE AND LUCKY ARE NOT FROM RANKING
In my opinion it is a Giro with many climbs, they will have to demonstrate there that they are going fast. They will be forced to attack and try to escape to get back in the standings, they have no remedies. They have a big burden, detaching Yates and other climbers will not be easy, Kelderman for example is another who has been strong. They are limited runners for now, so we still have to hang on to the old Shark. For the ranking at the moment they have big limits.
CARAPAZ AND ALMEIDA THE BREAKFAST OF THE DAY?
Carapaz less, because the time trial is not fast. Almeida disappointed me. Someone like him who is 2nd behind Ganna, today I just didn’t expect him out of 10. I thought he could fight for the win. Carapaz should not be considered rejected, because he was not expected like Almeida, who instead completely disappointed. I saw the Portuguese easily in the top 5, the Ecuadorian I didn’t expect much better.
THE POINT ON OTHER CLIMBERS
Landa and Bilbao expressed their level. Lopez made a fair time trial, without infamy and without praise. That is his potential, in the past he has never done better than today.
TOMORROW FIRST REAL OPPORTUNITY FOR SPEEDS
Tomorrow I think Cavendish wins. Ewan will be affected by yesterday’s crash, then in my opinion Cavendish has a better team with Morkov who is a phenomenon, then Ballerini. The Quick-Step can give him a great sprint. Nizzolo could bother him, but Cavendish is more responsive. The Englishman spared himself both yesterday and today, he is betting everything on tomorrow.
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