Congratz Ab Normaal for the very strong performance of your team this Giro! 3 riders in the first 4 of the GC is pretty impressive. And I think it will be very hard for me to recover those points.
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s05: div 5:10 (1st) s06: div 5:2 (1st) s07: div 4:7 (3rd) s08: div 4:7 (1st) s09: div 3:3 (3rd) s10: div 3:3 (1st) s11: div 2:1 (6th) s12: div 2:1 (5th) s13: div 2:1 (3rd) s14: div 2:1 (2nd) s15: div 1:1 (5th) s16: div 1:1 (4th) s17: div 1:1 (3rd) s18: div 1:1 (3rd) s19: div 1:1 (2nd) s20: div 1:1 (2nd) s21: Winner of division 1!
Thanks bam, but I did not expect this. Find it very strange. Feerick is just my leader, did not attack a single time and finished on 80%. Only used him as helper. How on earth can he finish 7th? Pratte was a stage hunter for stage 5. Stages 5 till 10 were all on save fitness. Olivetti was lined up as a helper for stages 6, 7 and 8, but when he was that close after stage 3, I decided to go for GC. Hoped that he would have won and I have no clue why he lost so much in the ITT compared to Pratte. Their hill and TT skill are exactly the same, Olivetti has a better mountain skill, a better weight and used 84% effort, while Pratte rode on SF, has a slightly better mood and his fitness left was higher. I still find it hard to understand the engine some time.
Schuckmann attacked also only 1 stage. I guess Chaument was the only other rider going for GC.
If I am completely honest, I don't know if it was a strong performance of my team or that other teams completely missed the opportunity.
You will have your chances. Coming 4 U21 races in 16 races, so that are a lot of points to gain.
De Kasseienstoempers S11 and S22: Winner of division 1!
Due to his good results in the Giro GC Ab Normaal is by far the best this week and extends his lead by over 400 points. Also a good week for de Droeftoeters. Further it is the first week this season that bam doesn't win a stage.
Nothing special. I only had one cyclist (Verstraeten) for one of the three Giro stages this week and like usual no GC guy. For the Dauphiné I had a very young team, with only Stammes (30 years) who had a chance for a stage podium, but he ended fourth. This week I have better chances with Freitas and Froment both on the list.