Giro 2021:- Stage 20: Verbania – Alpe Motta 165 km **Spoilers**

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  • DeVlaeminck
    DeVlaeminck Posts: 8,800
    Let's see who drills it on this first climb and how hard - that should give us an idea.

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  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,979
    Bike Exchange and DQS are obviously up for it.
    Trek would be too, if Nibali had a team left.
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  • commuterlegs
    commuterlegs Posts: 271

    Has anybody seen the video of Bernal walking to sign a cap for a fan after yesterday’s stage, will only add fuel to the rumours about his back. #uncomfortable

    Yes, but most didn't seem to notice he was walking up and down an uneven embankment and just watching where he put his feet
    Yes I saw that but he still looked uncomfortable, definite slight stiffness in the back. May just be normal after a long bike ride (comparing to the bloke next to him who walks normally) but without speculation where is the fun?

  • DeVlaeminck
    DeVlaeminck Posts: 8,800
    Any link to the vid of Bernal?
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  • DeVlaeminck
    DeVlaeminck Posts: 8,800
    No worries found it - not sure it points to a bad back tbh
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  • bianchi_dave
    bianchi_dave Posts: 847
    Noticed Yates is riding deep section wheels today. A bit unusual for him on a mountain stage
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  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 41,477
    Lots of talk of how great Swiss road surfaces are and then they hit the centrepiece of the Giro's visit to see a mishmash of cobbles and bad blacktop reinstatement.
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,660
    Ineos look Lazer focussed . DQS should have Expended the flat Landers already . Easier said than done I guess
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  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,660
    Pross said:

    Bri Smith called the way the break would go - nobody significant getting riders up the road - hopefully he was right about the action starting on the first climb too

    I think it has to, tbh.
    It comes down to the usual question of who is prepared to risk their current position. Yates I think will, Caruso is less likely as I think he'll be happy with a GT podium.
    Caruso will just stay on bernals wheel for as long as possible unless bernal Really does collapse ...
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  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,660
    High altitude suits bernal.
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  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,660
    edited May 2021

    Noticed Yates is riding deep section wheels today. A bit unusual for him on a mountain stage

    He rarely rides non aero . Attack on the descent 🤔😁
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  • bianchi_dave
    bianchi_dave Posts: 847

    Noticed Yates is riding deep section wheels today. A bit unusual for him on a mountain stage

    He rarely rides non aero . Attack on the descent 🤔😁
    Thats what I was thinking. He's not really known for doing that- so surprise tactic!
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  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,238

    Alpe Motta is not big enough for Yates to gain 2 minutes, me thinks...

    How do they rate in tomorrow's TT? Is Yates a lot better than Bernal, or they're both small guys who don't go very fast?

    Yates was 1 second faster on Stage 1, and were both about 40s off the top.
    Final stage of Tirreno Bernal 4 seconds faster, around 55 seconds off top.
    Wouldn't expect much between them tomorrow but depends how they are after 3 weeks and a big stage today.
    Big thing with the TT is Bernal's back I think. If he's really got back issues, the TT position can't help
  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,238
    Anyway, just got in from my own ride - first one all year in short sleeves I think! Brilliant.

    What have I missed? Doesn't look like there's too much going on.
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 41,477
    Ganna looks like he was told to watch for trouble until the climb then have a warm down for tomorrow.
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,660
    Shame we lost landa and Buchman ... Mind you sivakov in the ineos train would have been unhelpful in making it a spectacle.
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  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,660
    Bardet represent
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  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,593
    DSM come to the front, after their guy in the break dropped back. Bardet feeling frisky maybe?
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  • bianchi_dave
    bianchi_dave Posts: 847
    DSM really taking this up. Fingers crossed Yates can get away with Bardet 🤞
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  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,660
    We need a team to do this . GO DSM
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  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 41,477
    Ineos slipped DSM a few quid?
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,660
    Lot of riders getting dropped now
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  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,979
    Did somebody promise Bardet that if he had a go today, he wouldn't have to do the 30km time trial tomorrow?
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  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,660
    Bardet will go on the descent?
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  • phreak
    phreak Posts: 2,928
    Doesn't bode well when people are hanging on for dear life and Ineos have Puccio still tapping away.
  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,189
    This couldn’t have gone better for Bernal so far
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  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,660
    phreak said:

    Doesn't bode well when people are hanging on for dear life and Ineos have Puccio still tapping away.

    Pretty much
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  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,979

    Bardet will go on the descent?

    Looking like it, isn’t it?

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  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,238
    GCN app being a real bitch about casting today. Back to laptop I think...
  • bianchi_dave
    bianchi_dave Posts: 847
    Awesome descent this, for the brave 🙈
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