Silly of us when we don't have a thread until the race is over ... particularly when it is an instant classic like the White Roads.
My conclusions from today:
- Cancellara's form is more or less where it should be
- Astana needs some lessons on how to play the Numbers game
- Moser is a fantastic rider and will only get better
- Anyone hoping to contest the same races as Sagan should go back to the drawing board ... or at least be very, very afraid.
Great points that I agree with completely.
I'd also add:
Cancellara looks like he could have another spring ahead of being completely isolated. I don't think much of his team, but weren't they supposed to get him some help? Boonen has strong help with Chavanel and Terpstra, Gilbert has Evans and Van Avermaet (and to a lesser degree Hushovd and Phinney, as they're certainly co-leaders at P-R), and we've seen just how strong Sagan and Moser are together. Cancellara looks nearly as strong as ever, but the rest of the peloton have him figured out: stay with him when he goes (regardless of how much it hurts!) and he's beatable. He desperately needs help.