Discussion in 'Pro Cycling (Road and Track Racing)' started by brommers, 23 Apr 2018.
Starts tomorrow. There is a punditry comp. for this, for those that are interested.
Prologue looks interesting - only 4km but with a cobbled 400m 10% climb just before the finish.
Whole race looks like it has been designed to be pretty brutal. Stage 4 is a monster.
Cracking win for Bling. Looks like he's getting back to his best.
I only dipped in and out today but it was an odd course. I was surprised to see so many riders on TT bikes given the turns and lumps, but I guess that's why they're pros. I'd have been in the bushes long before the final climb.
That course packed a lot of interest in, in only 4km
Dan Martin on the attack with 10km to go.
Now Buchmann is having a go. This is a lively finish.
And Fraile wins with a powerful sprint. Good finish.
Good second place for Colbrelli as well. I ruled him out in the punditry because of the hilly finish but @brommers picked him, so chapeau. I picked Rui Costa who finished in third place though.
I also picked Matthews, who I thought would do well today, but he wasn't even in the bunch at the finish.
I expected Mathews to do well today , he seems to have been getting over the lumpy stuff recently.
You would have thought that Colbrelli would have beaten Fraile in a sprint finish.
I was surprised by how well Fraile sprinted too.
Peter Kennaugh is well off the pace these days - hope he comes good.
I think that finish was a bit steeper than it looked, didn't really suit Colbrelli.
Just switched on for today's stage - with 16km to go, De Gendt is being chased by Nathan Brown (only other survivor of the break), with the peloton nearly four minutes back. Classic De Gendt.
sky now come to the front , too late to catch DeGendt I think
Still over 3 minutes with 6km to go.
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