2.21.2014

Tour of Oman 4: finish order analyzed and Andy Schleck performance

No: I'm not persuaded. Andy's result is way under my expectations, and they were quite realistic. He said: "I'm not specifically looking for a result that looks good on paper. I'd hope on the climbs I can stay with the 10 best in front." That's very different to aim to the final top ten so Cyclingnews title was wrong. But still I wonder how you can feed this 'hope' and get dropped by 70 riders. Lets say 40: the front group when he was left behinde. After he obviously didn't try to come back. 
DS Kim Andersen is unconcerned and says Andy simply lacks days of race. Ok. That's a good explaination of why he didn't attack on the last climb like Froome or Nibali. But it doesn't explain at all why he couldn't stay with those 40 riders.
Take Arnold Jeannesson, a good climber. He finished 26th. Tour of Oman is his first race as well.
By the way, he is not happy with his result:  http://www.equipecyclistefdj.fr/actualites/tour-d-oman-etape-4-895.html
Kim Andersen says Andy was empty after 140 km. I don't see how a Tour de France contender who had a good winter and trained hard till last week could get such a 'cotta'. It's possible - all is possible! - but why he and not all those others in the first group! they are all there, nobody was 'empty'. 
No, I'm sorry but I'm not persuaded. 
Andy used to do the same in Mallorca Challenge and in his first races in Spain or Italy: a collection of disappointing results and then, in April, a top performance in the Ardennes. Since there he was good and in July could fight for the victory in the only race he cares about: the Tour.  
So I'm more annoyed than worried. And I know it's useless: Andy isn't a 'regular' rider. He can be absolutely bad now and absolutely good tomorrow. Moreover he can be a pity at the start of the season and splendid in June and July. I hope he's going to do that again. And so far... lets suffer a bit.

Finish Order
1st  group
You find here almost all the best climbers in the peloton, big tours contenders and winners plus some rouller sui generis, able to climb, and Classics riders. Today climbs were hard but not so hard if compared to Tour de France or Giro's climbs.
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 4:02:20
2 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:02
4 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica Greenedge
5 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto-Belisol
6 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha
7 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team
8 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
9 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) IAM Cycling
10 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale
11 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky
12 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha
13 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura
14 Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling
15 Johann Tschopp (Swi) IAM Cycling
16 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ag2r La Mondiale
17 Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing
18 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Orica Greenedge
19 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo
20 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol
21 Sergio Henao Montoya (Col) Team Sky
22 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
23 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica Greenedge 0:00:08
24 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto-Belisol 0:00:46
25 Romain Bardet (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale
26 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr
27 Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing Team
28 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team Sky
29 Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling
30 Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team
31 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Tinkoff-Saxo


2nd group
 You find here many roulleurs, some young climber, some tt specialist. In this group there is also who attacked, like Nieve, Van Avermaet or Agnoli.
32 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:01:17
33 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani Csf
34 Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Team
35 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team
36 Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
37 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
38 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team
39 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale
40 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp-Endura
41 Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
42 Stefano Locatelli (Ita) Bardiani Csf
43 Steve Chainel (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale
44 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team Katusha
45 Stef Clement (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling
46 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale
47 Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Factory Racing
48 Marc Demaar (Ned) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Team
49 David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team Netapp-Endura
50 Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
51 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
52 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Cannondale
53 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto-Belisol
54 Blel Kadri (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale
55 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ.fr
56 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team
57 Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Team Sky
58 Christopher Jones (USA) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Team
59 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing
60 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
61 Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling
3rd and 4th groups
You find here the most of the 'domestiques': riders who worked all day keeping their leader in front, pulling, chasing. Andy Schleck is the only top climber. There is also Albasini... but I suppose he worked for Impey (not sure). Did Andy worked for Frank?
62 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek Factory Racing 0:08:52
63 Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani Csf 0:09:15
64 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team Sky
65 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale
66 Frantisek Padour (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura
67 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Team Katusha
68 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
69 Arthur Vanoverberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
70 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Team Sky
71 Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto-Belisol
72 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo
73 Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale
74 Laurent Mangel (Fra) FDJ.fr
75 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica Greenedge
76 Lucas Euser (USA) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Team
77 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale
4th group
78 Michael Morkov (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:17:04
79 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory Racing
80 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
81 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica Greenedge
82 Gregory Rast (Swi) Trek Factory Racing
83 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp-Endura
84 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team Netapp-Endura
85 Evan Huffman (USA) Astana Pro Team
86 Andy Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing
87 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing
5th group
This is a first 'gruppetto': sprinters.
88 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:17:44
89 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
90 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale
91 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale
92 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo
93 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica Greenedge
94 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
95 William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ.fr
96 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ.fr
97 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling
98 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling
99 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
100 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
101 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling
6th group
The 'gruppetto'.
102 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 0:21:10
103 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol
104 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) IAM Cycling
105 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto-Belisol
106 Marcel Aregger (Swi) IAM Cycling
107 Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Team Katusha
108 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Team
109 Robert Wagner (Ger) Belkin Pro Cycling
110 Barry Markus (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling
111 John Murphy (USA) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Team
112 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team
113 Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Team
114 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto-Belisol
115 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ.fr
116 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ.fr
117 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky
118 Filippo Fortin (Ita) Bardiani Csf
119 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team
120 Danny Pate (USA) Team Sky
121 Jetse Bol (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling
122 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
123 Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Team Katusha
124 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Tinkoff-Saxo
125 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
126 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale
127 Christophe Riblon (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale
128 Robert Förster (Ger) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Team
129 Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica Greenedge
130 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp-Endura
131 Sam Bennett (Irl) Team Netapp-Endura
132 Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani Csf
133 Paolo Colonna (Ita) Bardiani Csf
134 Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
135 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha
136 Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani Csf
137 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
138 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
139 Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica Greenedge
140 Kevin Ista (Bel) IAM Cycling
141 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team

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