The Pro Cycling Thread


#6323

A meek and mild stage 6 of the Vuelta turned wild in the last 25 kms - First surprise of the day was Porte getting into the break on a flat stage which shows his mental state - Race turned on it’s head by a crash and then cross-winds - Kelderman and Pinot missed the split and dropped 1m and 43s - This is a great result for Yates as Kelderman could have taken time in the ITT - Great riding by Albasini to ensure S.Yates made the front split - In the final sprint Trentin went to early and faded to fifth - Bouhanni won the stage from Van Poppel and Viviani - Viviani should have won the stage but was surprisingly out of position, while Sagan is still struggling for form.


#6324

#6325

THAT could have been Ewan if he played his cards right.


#6326

Lets see how Ewan goes against much tougher sprint opposition at the Tour of Britain.


#6327

TOB team is Ewan,Kluge, Hamilton, Power, Tuft, Meyer - Ewan fails to win a stage and then it’s truly an Annus Horribilis season - And this will be Ewan’s last race for the season - The sprint field is no tougher at the TOB - After all, Viviani has been the best sprinter for 2018.


#6328

And Gllopin wins stage 7 of the Vuelta in a sketchy finish from Sagan and Valverde - Haig did an excellent job of guiding S.Yates through the final - Kwiatkowski crashed on a descent and lost 29 seconds - Tomorrow is a day for Sagan.


#6329

Valverde outsprints Sagan and Van Poppel to win stage 8 of the Vuelta. It was a surprise to see Valverde over the top in the last 50 metres.S.Yates a close up 7th. Today is the first real climb of the Vuelta and hopes will be dashed.


#6330

Valverde is still one of the fastest uphill sprinters out there.


#6331

Absolutely so. Still a surprise to see anyone come over the top of Sagan.

I suspect Today could go to the break. would like to see A.Yates in the break.


#6332

Yeh even money the break gets it. But there should be plenty of GC action too.
Quintana vs Simon Yates?


#6333

Sagan penalized 20 seconds for drafting team cars yesterday


#6334

And Ben King wins his second stage from the breakaway defeating Mollema and Theuns - Doubt King will be allowed into any more breaks - The peleton lead by Kelderman, Lopez and Quintana finish 2m and 40 s back - then three seconds to Uran, another 33 seconds to Jon Izagirre and three more seconds to S.Yates - The upshot is after struggling late on the climb is Yates goes into the red jersey by one second from Valverde - Big fail by Bora and Lotto NL Jumbo who pushed the pace on the climb to find Buchmann, Kruisjwilk and G.Bennett struggle in the final 2 kms.


#6335

Yates was 9 seconds down on Kelderman, Lopez and Quintana.
All three looked a little stronger than Yates, but I’m also not sure that he was on the limit either.


#6336

Ewan cant get it done in at the ToB, 2nd to Greipel on stage 1.


#6337

Ewan just got nutted by Greipel after Gaviria went too early in the sprint - Ewan will get more chances this week though he misses Mezgec as his final rider.


#6338

Cameron wins stage two of the TOB from the break - He can ride a good GC but may lose time in the TTT - The late withdrawal of Tuft is a blow to his GC ambitions.


#6339

Will Clarke to Trek - 2 year deal


#6340

Somehow Will Clarke continues to survive in the WT. He strikes me as a PCT rider.


#6341

I was surprised it was a 2 year deal.


#6342

still unsigned for MS is Albasini, Power, Tuft, Hayman, Bewley, Edmondson , Durbridge and Howson.