The Pro Cycling Thread


#6303

Porte, Nibs all sat up, and finished 12m down.
Clearly GC was never in Porte’s ambitions, especially after the gastro.


#6304

Trentin has been awful in the first two stages - Terrible in the prologue and usually he could make the final of stage 2 - Hope he is foxing.


#6305

Tonight’s stage profile is setup for a breakaway.


#6306

The breakaway will only succeed if Viviani struggles through the stage. I wonder how much Haig will focus on GC at the Vuelta.


#6307

I think Haig is a strong plan B for MS. He already said he had strong ambitions in this race.


#6308

The ITT will prove difficult for Haig - He’s very ordinary at this discipline.


#6309

Actually I don’t think he’s any worse than the Yates brothers.
TBH I don’t think he’s really had a decent go at one - riding in support there’s never any incentive to do so.


#6310

He’s had a couple of chances this year - Utah and Suisse - Hamilton is the best ITTer of the young Aussie climbers - Did you think Scotson of BMC will obtain a WT ride in 2019?


#6311

Perhaps for a team that needs a strong TTer. Otherwise, he doesn’t bring a whole lot to the table.


#6312

My guess is 50% chance Scotson will be at WT level in 2019 - I still would love to get Ackermann or wait a year and grab S.Bennett.


#6313

Dombrowski and Roche rumoured to Sunweb.


#6314

And Ben King of DD wins stage 4 of the Vuelta from a break - S.Yates attacked the peleton with 4kms to go and snuck 27 seconds - he’s now third on GC - GC contenders missed an opportunity to put Kwiatkovski under pressure by riding a HARDER stage - Kwia looked vulnerable on that final climb - MS need to ride a conservative race until the ITT - Kwia will probably be out of the reckoning and the only other GC contender who can chunks of time is Kelderman.


#6315

And Simon Clarke from the breakaway wins stage 5 of the Vuelta ahead of Bauke Mollema and Alessandro De Marchi - Break of 24 riders took 60 kms to get away and then of course Sky went on their Sunday afternoon stroll - This allowed Mollard of FDJ who was part of the breakaway and down in GC by 3m and 56s to go into the Red jersey - Trentin was in the break and lasted 30kms - He’s struggling but tomorrow is another day.


#6316

Sky quite happy to hand off the leader’s jersey for someone else to deal with for now.
Sprinter’s day coming up tonight.


#6317

It’s likely to be a sprinter’s day but you never know - And Kluge follows Ewan to Lotto Soudal - MS were confident they had Erviti and Bevin but no luck so far on the transfer front - Will be good to see Schulz show something in the Vuelta.


#6318

Where is Neal Stephens ? The Vuelta is his race, yet he is nowhere to be seen. Haven’t see him the Tour of the Basque Country.


#6319

And how about everybodies favourite, Nacer Bouhanni?
Dead last overnight, got in a flaming argument with his DS, punched out the team car and got penalized!


#6320

At least Bouhanni made the race unlike Ewan - Bouhanni has never learnt to SUFFER on a bike - And he may never do so.


#6321

Kind of pointless making the team for the Vuelta and behaving like a ■■■■■■■■. Given he’s out of Cofidis at the end of the season, his chances of another WT picking him up reduce drastically!


#6322

My understanding is Bouhanni will stay with Cofidis - Beyond 2019 may be a fork in the road for Bouhanni.