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  • awesometown

    This seems very odd. How can all the favorites finish so far back?

    • Ryan

      Form/Injuries. Dennis would have finished in the top 3 if he didn’t need a bike change.

      Tom Dom – Vuelta Fatigue/Going Very Deep coupled with saddle sore/muscle injury
      Martin – Broken collarbone not deep enough prep?

    • Alex L

      I think it makes perfect sense – Vasil has a strong ITT background and has been a hard working domestique for many years. It looks like this season he’s decided to focus on stepping up his TT skills. This was probably encouraged and helped by Sky after losing Wiggins.

      TTing takes a lot of practice on specific equipment, in the aero tuck. If you’re a GC contender or otherwise it’s hard to find time to dedicate training specifically to TTing.

      And the big favourites were all a little under prepared/had bad luck on the day. There is still always such a large chance factor in racing, you never know what race day will present!

  • Jake(Aus)

    I think in some ways we should see these things as good sign in terms of doping controls working, not the other way round. As efforts become more natural we should expect more consistent variation in results across events, not huge variation but generally, as riders begin to look more human and vary their own performance. I’ll probably get slammed for this comment but I hope at least some people will kind of get what I’m trying to say lol

  • Gavin Adkins

    Every domestique has his day!

  • sillyoldbugger

    Bring back country based team time trials. Three Aussies in the top 20! Wow. Only Poland had two.
    Note that Kiryienka was seeded number 2 behind Martin. Someone thought he was a favourite.

    • Mac

      I think you make a very good point. Sometimes the seeding is a lot more realistic than the favouritism of the English speaking cycling press. Phinney was 12th eh? The amount of coverage he gets you’d have expected better…

      • Maybe you should try going through the adversities Phinney has been through in recent times at only 25 and finish in the top 15 in the world.

        • Mac

          I have the utmost respect for him, he’s gone through hell and I wish him all success in the future.
          It’s just the hype that he’s always had seems excessive (compare Kriyienka for example). Employ a good agent?

          • Andy B

            To be fair his palmares is pretty impressive..

      • Sarah

        Phinney is american and the World Champioinships are in america this year. TV networks are trying to get americans to watch by featuring a “hometown” rider. I’m a Phinney fan – he’s talented and cool.

  • Rums Ranger

    Kiryienka has been there or thereabouts for the last few years. Most of the pre-race previews mentioned him (at least in passing), I don’t feel it’s such a suprise. More so is the capitulation of others such as Dowsett (hour record holder at the start of the season) and the appearance of Malori and Coppel inbetween the winning ride and the three favourites..


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