Kudos to the J-Rider Sho Hatsuyama @ Giro Italia
Last position for a while in the GC nearly 5 hours behind Carapaz but now only 17s behind Clarke who’s just in front of him
He’s been twice in the escape group during some flat stages, once by himself, with absolutely no chance to keep it to the final. But this allowed to show himself and his team jersey on TV. And I have heard he became a bit popular in Italy
With three stages left, he should make it to the end.
Giro ended up being a bit of an anticlimax for me to be honest. I was happy Carapaz got the win though. Movistar (to my fairly uneducated eyes) appear to ride well as a unit. Is there any chance they can give Ineos a run for their money with Quintana at the Tour? Personally, I quite liked Pinot when I was watching him at the Tour de l’ain last week.
The Ruiz vs. Joshua fight ended up being the best thing I watched last weekend. Boxing’s back!
Ineos will certainly have again their best team at the Tour and will dominate. Not sure other teams will match their strength, maybe Astana and Movistar at times, the usual suspects.
but individually Dumoulin, Pinot or Fulsang will certainly be a threat to Thomas or Froome for the maillot jaune.
Just a forecast, I will not bet on it
The Dauphiné Libéré is next week with some same routes as in Le Tour.
Oh I forgot. I hope Richie Porte will finish the Tour if he is on the Roster
I was just having a look at the Criterium du Daphine in more detail. Here's the parcours on Youtube. They're starting with some proper climbing, which should make things interesting. Here's the provisional startlist on Pro Cycling Stats. Incidentally, I'm really liking the Pro Cycling Stats website since I heard about it on this thread. Does anybody play the fantasy games on there? I'm thinking about giving them a go.