N.B.O.L., on 06 May 2012 - 07:28 PM, said:
Everyone keeps talking about how Farrar has marked this stage, so he can pay tribute to Wouter Weylandt. I would like to see him be able to pull that off, but he needs to find more top end speed than he had today if he is going to be able to do that. Burkni, you always study the finishes, how does the last couple of KM look for this stage?
Well, there are 3x14km finishing circuits around Horsens, each with some 13 corners, so the circuits alone represent 39 possibilities for high-speed crashes
The finishing km has one sweeping bend, not quite 90°, and a finish on the nice, wide open Strandpromenade
, so that in itself looks good. The stage as a whole is almost guaranteed to see more crashes.
Don't expect any attacks from the Ivan Bassos on the immense (
) Ejer Bavnehoj (4th cat).
I don't even see that they are doing the actual climb, more just skirting its sides.
The Rake, on 06 May 2012 - 08:10 PM, said:
I agree. There is no sentimentality really in racing, and all those (practically) will have raced with Wouter, sheltered behind him, cut him up etc at one point. I like Tyler Farrar, but find that in recent seasons he has lost an edge. I really would have thought he could have grown into a big GT points jersey challenger, but he seeems to lack the "killer"(aka need to win rather than want to win) instinct.
His attitude on the bike has become very much one of a Flandrian, and he claims to spend more time training on cobbles than doing sprints.
That could explain some of the speed he is missing at this point where he has only just (well, a month ago) tried to peak for the cobbled races. He is probably here mainly to rev the engine for the Tour, but mixing it up in the process. I don't agree that he has lost his edge, in 2011 he finally got the Tour stage he had been so desperate for the two preceding years when he had been repeatedly beaten into submission by Cav.