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, 22, 23, 24 and 25: 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.