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I realize it was done before, just like triathlons were around before aerobars and fully integrated bikes. I also understand there are differences across manufacturers. However there is a somewhat consistent general understanding (still developing) which places most bikes in either the gravel or cross category. My questions was generally, which one is more versatile for handling both. The choice is easier if your intention is to do one category more than the other, but in a hypothetical situation where time will be split 50/50 between cross/gravel - which one should you have. There likely is not a clear answer, but interesting to hear thoughts on it.
I may be wrong, but think that frame flares at the bottle mounts to somewhat shield it from the wind. Also, I am assuming of all teams, Sky knows if and how much slower a round bottle is and knows that for every individual rider.
I think he just looked massive when he was up with the GC contenders, otherwise he looked about the same to me. I just think to compete on that WC course (even if he has no shot at winning) ditching a few pounds would be in his favor. He has no other big targets this season so in theory he could drop his weight to see how it goes and be back to full Sagan in time for next season where I have to think he is targeting San Remo.
Maybe this should be in a new thread, but would anyone here be surprised if Sagan show's up to Worlds 5-10lbs lighter? I know he is a long shot with all the climbing (even if he dropped 15lbs would still be huge), but seems like he is really going to do his best to honor the jersey and think his late TDF rides with the yellow group into the mountains after the green jersey was locked up seemed to be a little bit of hill training.
Of course I am probably reading way too much into this and he shows up the same size, rides as hard as he can before getting dropped by first time up the steep climbs with all the spider monkeys looking to add a WC band to their jerseys.
@Martin and/or @Matt and/or anyone else - what are your thoughts on Lappartient? I sort of thought he might be a nice breath of fresh air when he took over the UCI, but he seems like a worthless blow hard at this point. Not any worse than the past regime, but no better and much more a fan of getting himself in the press. Am I way off here?