As you’ll know when you’re studying this far, TeshimAoyagi usually are not my favourite subset of the Yowamushi Pedal forged. However be that as it might, there’s another excuse this latest subplot isn’t actually clicking for me. I believe it components methods with realism a bit an excessive amount of, which I do know sounds bizarre for a sequence that includes Midousuji Akira. However Yowapeda typically does a great job sticking to the realities of grand tour biking by way of techniques and technique. Not a lot right here, beginning with that enterprise of Yamaguchi and Funatsu blocking Teshima and Aoyagi from making an attempt to catch the pack.
The purpose is, this complete verkakte race between the 2 KyoFushi and Sohoku riders is unnecessary. There’s no purpose for TeshimAoyagi to play together with this nonsense, particularly contemplating the foundations are a gotcha. Teshima being a climber is sort of sure to complete final among the many 4 riders, so even with Aoyagi as the most effective sprinter all however sure to “win” (if he had been wholesome) Sohoku nonetheless loses by Yamaguchi’s (Midousuji’s) guidelines. It’s foolish, and an pointless distraction from the precise race.
The best way Watanabe will get round that is the clincher for me. Aoyagi combating by means of a knee harm to maintain pulling Teshima, OK, I’ll offer you that – adrenaline and all. The issue comes when it shifts from pulling to pushing. As in, actually pushing – and that’s unlawful. Unlawful within the Tour de France and like occasions, anyway – and there’s no indication that rule shouldn’t exist right here. One of many unwritten guidelines of cycle racing (there are roughly 9.2 gazillion of them) is that teammates, managers, and even spectators can provide a rider a quick push beneath uncommon circumstances, as once they’ve fallen and re-started, or mounted a brand new bike after a mechanical failure. However that’s not what this was – not even shut.
So – weaker characters in a pointless sideshow, stretching dramatic license farther than Yowapeda typically stretches it. This isn’t a great growth, and I’m glad it’s over. I do really feel for Yamaguchi and Funatsu, whose race ended with that sideshow. In the long run all domestiques are disposable in a grand tour however nonetheless, it’s a reasonably ruthless approach for Chimera-kun to make use of them up and spit them out. Particularly as in the long run it appears to have been largely futile – although I nonetheless surprise how a lot Aoyagi may have left within the tank after that, particularly with a bum knee.
The state of affairs on the entrance? You’d should ask Abu, as a result of HakoGaku lastly bolted and left the Sohoku quartet behind. And truthful do’s – he gave his rivals loads of time to settle themselves. Sohoku made the choice to not chase, however to hold again and hope TeshimAoyagi may attain them – which they did, however at what price? Is determined by how far up the highway Hakone has gotten. If Sohoku can reel them again in it would have been a great gamble, even with the additional vitality expended – it’s as much as the expendables (Kaburagi, Aoyagi, and Naruko) to get the climbers and the all-arounder again to the entrance. As for Kyoto Fushimi Midousuji should make do with solely three teammates – however that was clearly his plan all alongside.