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Re: 2017 Cycling Thread

Postby Clucking Bell on Sun May 14, 2017 5:46 pm

Thomas' and Yates' Giros are over.

I can't believe how unlucky/tactically **** Sky have been this season. Hopefully, they'll get their collective **** together before the Tour.
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Re: 2017 Cycling Thread

Postby hammerddh on Sun May 14, 2017 10:25 pm

Thomas interview was typical of his manner.
"Yeah we're racing for position (probably around 40kmh) and we hit the deck. Pretty bad but they popped the shoulder back in, and I got back on for a 15k brutal climb"

Unreal these fella's
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Re: 2017 Cycling Thread

Postby hammerddh on Sun May 14, 2017 10:26 pm

Also, not to be overlooked, Quintana was mustard today
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Re: 2017 Cycling Thread

Postby Clucking Bell on Fri May 19, 2017 2:16 pm

G has pulled out of the Giro this morning. The knee that he injured in the crash is getting worse.

I don't know what the Sky plan is but, it might be worth him sitting out the Tour and letting him lead the team at the Vuelta. If he's got to wait another year before having a crack at leading the team, I suspect he won't get the chance or have the form.
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Re: 2017 Cycling Thread

Postby hammerddh on Tue Jun 27, 2017 1:59 pm

Steve Cummings. Chapeau
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Re: 2017 Cycling Thread

Postby Clucking Bell on Sat Jul 01, 2017 6:08 pm

What a start to the Tour by Geraint Thomas!
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Re: 2017 Cycling Thread

Postby Bend it like Repka on Sat Jul 01, 2017 11:01 pm

Absolutely made up for G.

He's had so much bad luck in the last year, utterly deserves this.
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Re: 2017 Cycling Thread

Postby DasNutNock on Tue Jul 04, 2017 6:08 pm

Not usually v. interested in TDF, but that was a nasty move from Sagan.
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Re: 2017 Cycling Thread

Postby Clucking Bell on Tue Jul 04, 2017 6:36 pm

DasNutNock wrote:Not usually v. interested in TDF, but that was a nasty move from Sagan.


There's always plenty of pushing and shoving in a bunch sprint and a bit of elbows isn't entirely unknown. Sagan has a tendency to freelance i.e. jump from wheel to wheels which the pure sprinters don't like (although they've all been known to do it too when their lead-outs screw up) and he was definitely shutting the door on Cavendish anyway.

The elbow was definitely the final straw though and Sagan has now been DQ'd for endangering another rider's safety.

This is a bugger 'cos he's in my fantasy team ....
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Re: 2017 Cycling Thread

Postby Johnny Byrne's Boots on Tue Jul 04, 2017 6:46 pm

Yep, Sagen has been disqualified.

He was initially penalised 30 seconds and 80 points but Dimension Data appealed and Sagan got the elbow :wink:

I don't think we've heard the last of this.
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Re: 2017 Cycling Thread

Postby Mayday on Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:06 pm

It's a shame really. The race will be worse off without him. He is the most naturally talented rider on the circuit and one of the best characters.
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Re: 2017 Cycling Thread

Postby Johnny Byrne's Boots on Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:47 pm

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Re: 2017 Cycling Thread

Postby twixy on Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:34 am

Awful decision IMO.
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Re: 2017 Cycling Thread

Postby Big George on Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:06 am

Great piece on Brailsford, the Nigel Farage of Sport

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/ ... us-cycling" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Re: 2017 Cycling Thread

Postby Clucking Bell on Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:25 pm

Big George wrote:Great piece on Brailsford, the Nigel Farage of Sport

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/ ... us-cycling" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


I don't know what's so great about it. Whether anyone likes Brailsford and the rest of the British Cycling organization or not, you can't argue with the fact that they've collectively made us pretty much the number one cycling nation over the last two decades.

Being a single-minded, selfish, arrogant asshole isn't necessarily a bad thing if you want to win.
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Re: 2017 Cycling Thread

Postby White Goodman on Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:32 am

Very true CB but I do have this lingering doubt that they've cheated in order to do it.

Huge questions around Wiggins TUE. Just don't buy the asthma excuse, it's bull****.
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Re: 2017 Cycling Thread

Postby DasNutNock on Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:49 am

White Goodman wrote:Very true CB but I do have this lingering doubt that they've cheated in order to do it.

Huge questions around Wiggins TUE. Just don't buy the asthma excuse, it's bull****.


It is bullsh*t. He's a drugs cheat. That everyone else is cheating doesn't make it any worse or better.
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Re: 2017 Cycling Thread

Postby Johnny Byrne's Boots on Fri Jul 07, 2017 11:43 am

What I haven't seen satisfactorily explained is the mystery package brought out for Wiggins. The courier claims he didn't know what was in it, but when checking in for the flight (assuming it wan't a private one) he would have been asked the questions we're all asked, including "Did you pack your bags yourself?" and "Has anybody asked you to carry anything for them?"

I wonder what his answers were?
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Re: 2017 Cycling Thread

Postby DasNutNock on Fri Jul 07, 2017 1:47 pm

Johnny Byrne's Boots wrote:I wonder what his answers were?


"It's a container of performance enhancing drugs for a high profile olympian, tour de france winner and Skoda salesman"
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Re: 2017 Cycling Thread

Postby White Goodman on Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:19 pm

There should be no TUEs.

Effectively if you're not fit and able to compete then tough.

Wiggins is clearly a better cyclist than me but clearly wasn't good enough to win the TdF without the TUE he received.

To me that suggests his particular physiology isn't able to win the TdF fairly, much like mine.

Just because he'd need less assistance should be neither here nor there. It's all about having the complete package to win surely?

how many potential champions have fallen by the wayside in sport because despite all the natural talent in the world, they've been injury prone or wasted it in another way? This should be no different.
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