Tour de Romandie 6: Mhm...

Embedded image permalinkWhen Zakarin attacked to join Pinot in the queen stage of Romandie I was "Who?". Great move anyway, well deserved jersey. Now that I know something more I'm less enthusiatic. After Valverde and Rebellin now we have also Zakarin in this zombies peloton sucking life from real riders. Sorry I'm hard but it's frustrating. I think a guy like Bardet is frustrated as well. 
Chris Froome didn't win his 3rd Romandie in a row and that's fine because he doesn't look so fit - or healty. But Team Sky can't complain about its season so far.
I'm honestly sorry - more than disappointed - about Trek Factory Racing: what's on? The young guys are good but not great, they manage to achieve results but not the big results this team needs. Because their level - at the moment - isn't the same as the world tour top riders. Normal. Still you expected more. They also had a lot of bad luck, but not in Romandie.
Giro coming, somebody doesn't look so ready. Lets see...

Team Sky DS Nicolas Portal:
"It was a strong ride from Chris all week. Obviously he's a little bit disappointed as we came here to try to win the race, but It was a really hard race and there was no rest on any of the stages.
He was feeling good yesterday and even today in the time trial. He pushed hard but there were some stronger guys today.
For me he's actually in a stronger place now than this time last year - even if the results haven't quite reflected that. Last year he didn't have the same endurance at a high intensity which he has at the moment. You could see yesterday when Pinot and Zakarin attacked, and he was pulling for the GC, guys like Quintana and Spilak were all on the limit on his wheel. They couldn't attack. He said he was feeling good so it bodes well. That bit of extra punchyness will come from more training and racing.
I'm quite happy with how the team went here - even if we didn't really show up in the results. We have guys like Luke (Rowe), G (Geraint Thomas) and Ian (Stannard) who came back after a proper break following the classics. So they are still finding their race legs and that is going to really improve soon when we go to Tenerife and do some more longer races.
The guys did well because we rode three and a half stages on the front. Ian particularly was really strong. Elia (Viviani), the same as Pete (Kennaugh), came back from injury and he also did a good job pulling. Nico (Roche) was really strong here and Danny (Pate) too improved day by day. We know that as a team everyone can improve by 20 or 30 percent and there is a lot still to come."

Kristof Vandewalle:
“The parcours was just crazy! Even if it were dry it would have been crazy still. There were lots of corners; it was in the city so lots of painted lines and they were so slippery. Even in the parts where normally I could use my full power, I was forced to hold back; I didn’t take risks, especially in the corners.
In the second part of the time trial I couldn’t see anything through the visor of my helmet. I had a good feeling this morning, but I was pretty disappointed when I saw the parcours.  It’s for the guys who want to take risks, but to take a risk and be out of the Giro…it’s not worth it. If it was a normal TT parcours I am sure I would have a nice result today. But there was no opportunity for that. Disappointing…”

TFR DS Alain Gallopin:
“We arrived here with a team for the Giro who came directly from the training camp in the Sierra Nevada. We had some goals. especially for a stage win with Giacomo {Nizzolo]  but the parcours ended up being harder than we expected. In the end I think we finished stronger than when we began.
Today in the TT Riccardo and Kristof were strong but not good enough in the technical sections. There were a lot of turns, and with all the rain - I think for the last guys the weather was better - but anyway, we were not strong enough to win anything.  Now I hope the guys will be good for the Giro. Also Matthew [Busche] and Riccardo are the two guys who are going to California, and they both showed good signs here. The next races are important for us, and it’s time to bring home some results.”


1 Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:23:18
2 Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha 0:00:11
3 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha 0:00:13  
4 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:19
5 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:22
6 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:24
7 Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:25
8 Stef Clement (Ned) IAM Cycling 0:00:26
9 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:28
10 Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJ.fr 0:00:31
1 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha 18:36:30  
2 Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha 0:00:17
3 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:35
4 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:00:49
5 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:01:20
6 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge 0:01:21
7 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:24
8 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:01:42
9 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:43
10 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:54
11 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:02:02
12 Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:02:13
13 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:02:20
14 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:02:39
15 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:02:43
16 Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJ.fr 0:03:00
17 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:03:03
18 Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) BMC Racing Team 0:03:12
19 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:03:25
20 Thomas Danielson (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 0:03:34

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