but we can trust Vingegaard and Pogacar. Therefore –

from Marco Bonarrigo

The Danes and Slovenians have damaged a number of data, but comparisons to biking’s darkest web page are hardly justified.

Can we trust them? Can we consider the critics of the quickest Tour de France (42.03 km / h), thrilling and full of recent twists, closed on Sunday with the profitable flight of Jasper Philipsen on the Champs-Élysées? Can we trust a race made up of three Martians (a winner of Vingegaard, Pogacar and Van Aert stellar) when in keeping with statistics just one cannibal needs to be born each 50 years? A race by which the very best athletes have develop into grimpeurs, outdated data have been questioned, pleasure and competitors have been always exchanged? And even on the identical strains as yesterday, Pogacar and Ganna tried to reverse the predictions that the athletes have a circus quantity? In ten days or ten years, Journey 109 will stay unforgettable or will or not it’s damaged by the standard assessment authorities or different investigations, akin to the knowledge between 1996 and 2010 and past?

Letting ourselves go (and risking joyful denial) there are various causes we can depend on. First within the return to the world of Tadej Pogacar: after two rounds he gained and dominated each place, the Slovenian shot loopy (Granon and Hautacam) which makes him lovable, but above all unusual. Tadej overdid it (within the spring races and right here, working quick on each final lap) and he paid. Then Jonas Vingegaard was shocked but not shocked. It is understood that Dane was a terrific expertise (2nd in 2021), but behind his success is a gaggle (Jumbo-Visma) of unrepeatable collaboration with expertise and excessive preparation, which solely takes this race.

The third purpose is the reliability of Wout Van Aert, the worldwide observer of this Tour, the strongest bicycle owner on the planet. The man who gained two phases within the dash and the take a look at on the identical time and has about 5 extra, doesn’t run with atomic batteries: his 95 minutes late from Vingegaard in the entire group makes us perceive that between one firm and one other Wout rested appropriately, and determined. targets. When he places himself in entrance of the workforce and shoots lifeless, the Belgian tries to do the identical as these in the course of the workforce.

The complete workforce, then, exhibits a terrific and human fatigue: solely seven riders inside twenty minutes of the yellow jersey, solely fifteen inside an hour, nobody escaped even in the future of extra issues. The excessive notes, proven by many as a wierd signal, needs to be learn fastidiously.

It is true that Vingegaard on the Hautacam got here near Armstrong’s finest efficiency 20 years later (36’34 “in opposition to the American’s 36’19”) and true between 1994 and 1996 at the very least ten sudden occasions took two minutes lower than the Danish. , with heavier bikes, tougher exercises and much less management. Before throwing a cross at Vingegaard, the sudden and disappointing file needs to be faraway from the dignity roll. This doesn’t imply that curiosity shouldn’t be excessive: Astana has simply suspended Miguel Angel Lopez, third within the Giro 2018, sixth within the 2020 tour, among the best riders on the planet, as a result of he’s concerned in a judicial investigation. Doping in Spain.

July 25, 2022 (up to date on July 25, 2022 | 08:00)

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