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TonyM
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by TonyM

I would have love to see the Aquablue because of the 3T 1x

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Why did Porte not try to get the GC jersey on the last stage? For example in going on an intermediate sprint? Gentleman agreement with Mitchelton-Scott/ Impey?

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by nickl

TonyM wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:34 am
Why did Porte not try to get the GC jersey on the last stage? For example in going on an intermediate sprint? Gentleman agreement with Mitchelton-Scott/ Impey?
Did you see the stage? The break soaked up almost all the bonuses, and Porte is never going to beat Ewan or Impey in a sprint for the 3rd place time bonus in an intermediate sprint (and you can be sure Mitchelton would have been all over it if he'd tried).

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nickl wrote:
TonyM wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:34 am
Why did Porte not try to get the GC jersey on the last stage? For example in going on an intermediate sprint? Gentleman agreement with Mitchelton-Scott/ Impey?
Did you see the stage? The break soaked up almost all the bonuses, and Porte is never going to beat Ewan or Impey in a sprint for the 3rd place time bonus in an intermediate sprint (and you can be sure Mitchelton would have been all over it if he'd tried).
No I just read a short report before sleeping (very different time zone than Australia...) mentioning that Porte did not go for the time bonuses and I wondered why BMC would not have tried to get a break away with Porte or something else to get him one tiny time bonus...

I will watch the stage today for sure...

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TonyM wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 5:55 pm
No I just read a short report before sleeping (very different time zone than Australia...) mentioning that Porte did not go for the time bonuses and I wondered why BMC would not have tried to get a break away with Porte or something else to get him one tiny time bonus...
Because it doesn't work. You cannnot get the No2 GC guy into a break on a flat stage on the last day of the race. It's impossible.

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by renoracing

wingguy wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:30 pm
TonyM wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 5:55 pm
No I just read a short report before sleeping (very different time zone than Australia...) mentioning that Porte did not go for the time bonuses and I wondered why BMC would not have tried to get a break away with Porte or something else to get him one tiny time bonus...
Because it doesn't work. You cannnot get the No2 GC guy into a break on a flat stage on the last day of the race. It's impossible.
I understand the tactics of stage racing very well and agree with this statement.... But after seeing how easy Astana made it look for LL Sanchez to scoop a small bonus I couldn't help but wonder if it would've been possible. I suppose no one was looking at them to pull that move, which allowed it to work. But part of me was hoping to see BMC, being one of the strongest TTT teams, go all in for half a lap for the intermediate and nab a second for Porte.

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LOL, the 2-second conversion play!

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Porte to go go to Tirreno-Adriatico and Tour de Suisse instead of Paris-Nice and Criterium du Dauphiné this year.

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TonyM wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:30 pm
Porte to go go to Tirreno-Adriatico and Tour de Suisse instead of Paris-Nice and Criterium du Dauphiné this year.
Seems like a good idea to lay low in comparison to last year where I think all the hype worked against him, especially at Dauphine. Only time will tell if he'll be in the same form as last year going into the Tour though, he was flying.

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And the Swiss are going to love him being in the BMC Team during the Tour de Suisse :thumbup:
(BMC is also a little bit obliged as Swiss company to act like this)

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So picks for the cross Worlds? I'm going for MVP in the mens, which is a safe bet, but I'm going to put my neck out and say this is the year for Katie Compton in the womans.

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MVDP is 100%.
Rainbow stripes suit S.Cant so well that she just have to win.
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wingguy wrote:
Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:52 pm
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Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:52 pm
Aquablue riders will be changing bikes with different size front chainrings instead of using front derailleur?
If Aquablue are back at the Vuelta this year with its >25% summit finishes in northern Spain it could get tricky though. Also curious to see whose TT bikes they'll be rebadging this year.
I think the idea is for them to ride the same frame in the TT's but of course set up for the TTing.

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by Geoff

Well, anything can happen in 'cross...a mechanical, for instance.

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Yes it can, but usually cap between MVDP and second place is 1min, so has time to change wheel if he wants.
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