3 Takeaways from the TDU Stage 3

Or I might call it rather a personal reminder. Anyway, I had some thoughts after watching the stage.

Never forget Robert Power!

Robert Power is a 24 years old Australian rider, and this is his 2nd season with Team Sunweb. Although he had no exceptional results last year, I have a strange feeling – especially after re-watching most of the 2019 races during the recent 2 months -, that  I always bump into his name, there is always something to remind me I should notice his name. (by the way, his most memorable performance was his 6th place at the Strade Bianche in 2018, which was a pretty good race.)

After his 2nd place on the 3rd Stage of the TDU (and his current 3rd place in the GC), I promise, I’m really going to pay more attention to him this year.

Cyclists are still the toughest athletes in the world

There was a nasty crash inside the final 3 km of the previous stage. Among others, also Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) was involved. I thought, ok,  it’s done, he would probably give up the race. It wouldn’t a big surprise at this early stage of the season. And from now on Mitchelton-Scott has only one rider who can play an important role in the fight for the overall victory: the defending champion, Daryl Impey.

But Yates didn’t give up. He was at the start line of the 3rd stage and even managed to reach the finish line in 3rd position.  And he looked strong on the final few couples meters. Now he is 4th  in the GC,  and I suppose,  he will be a bigger danger to Porte than Impey on the road up to the top of Willunga Hill on Sunday.

The saddest story in today’s cycling

Watching Richie Porte racing in good form every January makes me a bit sad. Because I remember last year, and the year before ( and the one before that, and so on) he started the season the same way.  And this early race has remained the biggest success of his season.

Bad luck, injuries, etc., there is always something which spoils his performance. And to me, it’s rather a sad story, how he starts every season with this kind of hopeful results again and again.

(Of course, I wish him all the best for this season, it’s just my way of thinking, never missing to see also the sad side of a story. )

Stage 3 results:

Santos Tour Down Under 2020 – Stage 3 Results

GC after Stage 3

Santos Tour Down Under 2020 – General Classification after Stage 3

 

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