Monday, May 23, 2022

Stage 14, Saturday, of the Tour of USA, KY Edition

 Cumberland to Pikeville (183KM, 3468M of elevation, 1 Cat 2, 1 Cat 3, 5 Cat 5 climbs)

This is a stage made for a breakaway group to get away because of the early climb.  The rest of the ride is rolling so I can't see much happening in the overall battle.  Likely from now on in we'll be waiting for the time trial.  This leads to a big debate.  With this structure of a race how would teams try and get their GC riders positioned to win.  You can't leave it all for the 1 big mountain top finish, so how would the teams approach a race that consisted mostly of a bunch of up and down stages?  Again in reality the organizers would work to figure out how to make the days harder and provide those opportunities for GC racers to fight it out, but I would have to give that some real though to think of how I could fix my current layout to make that happen.  

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