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noBlakes

Member since Oct 2012 • Last active May 2016

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    Apologies then haha, In that case I'd go for the Ballista, watching pro-cycling it's night on impossible to tell it apart from the evade from a distance, so If that's the styling you like, that's a pretty good measure I'd say

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    Helmet aero is based on so much more than "this one is more than this one" go with what fits well and you like the look off

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    Griepel has next to no leadout, and is coming off the back of multiple early season injuries, he'll come good for the Tour

    I'm slightly more disappointed that Ewan has got boxed in both sprints, and hasn't been able to find a way out, the other sprinters are all expected to be a bit worse to be honest

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    I think it'll be another case of riding into shape for Betancur, albeit this time he's at a much higher starting point. If Valverde's out of the frame by the last week at the Giro, I can't wait to see what he does in the mountains

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    It's perfectly allowed to tell him to fuck off and swamp him too if he is slowing the pace

    What someone said earlier about the lack of racers doing anything re the motorbike was true too. It's now at the point where to even get in the final the racers have to have some experience, so that's not a relevant excuse any more, it just seems they lose all perspective and race like dickheads

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    There has been talk of this already, the problem is that all the big teams lobby against it, because if they think they have got the strongest rider, then there's a larger chance they won't win due to less numbers to chase. This means less wins and less exposure meaning angry sponsors, it would be good to see the UCI grow a pair and do it, but history dictates this won't happen. Even though it would spread the wealth much more as smaller teams would get more sponsor money.

    Also Gianni Moscon appreciation moment - how strong was/is he?! Pulling like am absoloute workhorse from 40kmish out and still had something left to help try and get Nordhaug over

    Lol at Froomey, I genuinely reckon he's alright if you know him, all the other Sky boys that we generally like (G, Rowe etc.) seem to really like him, he just has a way of saying things that doesn't come out quite right. His wife doesn't help either

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    The lack of world tour powerhouse teams also helped, the final group of 5 would have probably been a final group of 50 if it was a world tour classic as there's simply more teams to chase back on if someone gets away

    Was a good parcours though, enjoyed the racing, nice to see Tommy V get a win, using all his experience to nab it. Van Poppel coming back and winning sprints was also cool after all the classics work he did for the team off the back of an early season injury

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    I'm really gonna run with this line in the sand thing here, but...
    If the line is you can use it as long as you fill out the paperwork and do the TUE, then he hasn't met those criteria and therefore crossed the line, and it's then been flagged up.

    Really sad as I really do like Yates and he's gonna have this for the rest of his career now

    @hippy oh right, fair enough, cheers :)

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    Had a really heated debate about this the other day with a "why don't they just let them take all the drugs" view holder.

    My reasoning is that whether there is or is not a benefit from taking it, it's legal if you follow the correct protocol, and if there is a tiny gain to be had even though it might be unethical, then as an athlete they should take it, it's not their responsibility to make the rules. When it's legal if you follow protocol - a line in the sand is drawn. In Yates' case, he tripped over the line and crossed it, but still crossed it (I may have run with that metaphor a bit too much)

    In the same way that most athletes who took Meldonium probably didn't have a heart condition, most athletes that take asthma drugs probably don't have asthma. The problem is that asthma is very much on a continuum and putting a line along that, where some are asthmatic and some aren't, is extremely hard. In the case of Yates it seems he genuinely does have asthma; if Owain Doull is a reputable source:
    twitter.com/owaindoull/status/72­5973890221137920

    (how on earth do I embed tweets on here btw?)

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    ^when whipskids are life

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