|4th October 2013||#3906|
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|5th October 2013||#3910|
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^ This seems to have been missed through most of the discussion? Even if the body can recover from an effort like that in a couple of days, the idea that his mind would be fully in it, especially riding for someone else who hasn't exactly been a great team-mate in the past, and who in all honesty had sweet-FA chance of winning.
And with his stated desire to go back to the track, I'm not really surprised that his heart wasn't in a 170mile slog through the rain. And indeed, perhaps having something approaching a normal life, heaven forbid
|5th October 2013||#3911|
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i can't imagine what the world would look like having been one minute standing at a pinnacle of achievement that could have barely been imagined, with all the stress, effort and hardship endured to get there surrounding it, then within a year find yourself somehow written off in favour of the guy who for all intents and purposes has been the architect of a lot of stress and intrigue and made very public criticisms of you then be asked to be his bottle carrier.
Wiggo swallowed a lot of pride just to be there and has kept his own council for the most part, if he pulled out its because it was a bit of a fucking bad joke to begin with.
And no offence to Thomas, but why the hell was he road captain? If Cav couldn't keep his powder dry, and if they put all their eggs in the basket of trying to ride on the front for an over-confident Froome and it didn't work, it's kind of bullshit to point at Wiggo trying to preserve himself from skidding out in the rain and popping his collarbone again as a contribution to their failure.
|5th October 2013||#3917|
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Of course if he had beaten Tony Martin in the ITT and got gold this wouldn't be being discussed. 'World's best TTer tired for road race....after giving everything and beating the worlds best Time triallers Sir Bradley Wiggins, multiple gold medal Olympian and TdF winner, was unable to give much more, after giving Britain so much already. Despite his best efforts, the rest of the British team couldn't match his heroic demolish of the world's best a few days before. The tired GB team, after delivering a second TdF winner in 2 years and being the top ranked trade team, toiled dogmatically but ultimately in vain, after such a long and successful season. A bridge too far? Perhaps, but after so much success, it is churlish indeed to condemn one poor performance in the midst of so much brilliance.'
|5th October 2013||#3918|
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Totally agree, though personally I would rather have seen some young lions with no hope in hell of winning giving it everything and failing miserably, than the entire GB team bailing for whatever reason. They might have done the smart (the computer says no) kinda thing quitting, but at the time I certainly didn't find it particularly dignified. If you commit to the team, in this case representing team GB competing at the world championships, in my humble opinion you commit to give it one hundred percent or not at all.
|7th October 2013||#3930|
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It's less the clinic and more a top Spanish rider riding for Katusha
But he's a top character and sensation to watch, really rides with a combination of his balls and his heart. Brilliantly timed attack and once he was away it was won, as the three chasers either couldn't work together to chase him down or simply didn't want to.
|8th October 2013||#3935|
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No-one else read this in the last 24 hours? http://inrng.com/2013/10/ucis-2020-vision/
Pretty interesting. Would entail a fairly massive shakeup of professional cycling.. and probably quite a large number of people losing jobs. It seems like the aim is to reduce the cost of running a team, whilst making the sport more appealing to global sponsors - I have the feeling is that riders wages will just go up and any absorb any savings.
|10th October 2013||#3937|
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Well it's almost time to bid goodbye to this thread. It's been a good thread, we've had some good times, we've had some bad times, we've laughed, we've cried. I remember all the early season angst: can Fab hold off the young pretender Sagan, and those sweepstakes on what km Geraint will fall off in. The sparring between Froome and Contador, which Froome won every time, unless Nibali was racing. Then Sir Brad, sweet, silly Sir Brad and the most half-hearted season we've ever seen from a rider of his calibre at the peak of his career. He ventured to the Giro with whispers of the double coming from his lips every time a journalist waved a microphone in his face, all to be washed away like the rest of the road detritus in the Italian rain, while Nibali continued peerlessly on, proving that whatever else his shortcomings as a rider may be, it's not that size of his balls. Huge balls, massive, biggest I ever saw. Wonder if he needs a custom saddle with those? And a reinforced chamois.
And then to the weird and whacky tour, where Froome smoteth all that challenged him with the smallest of smiles from those thin lips as Cound hovered behind operating the complex series of pullies that enable him to move and talk and things. Contador was suddenly, dramatically human, despite the power of his team and the paucity of Sky in comparison. Instead we lauded a new, genuine talent, a humble Colombian mountain goat who I look forward to watching win lots of things in the future.
Best of all was the comedy stylings of the Vuelta. Since in Spain it's rude not to dope, so everyone came to the party with a baggie and got right on it, including a diminutive yank no one right until the second to last stage thought he could win. His baggie was the best, and left the rest wanting to know where he got it from.
Favourite part was probably that Stannard ride in MSR when he was off the leash and threw down with the best and almost monstered it. Vanmarcke in Paris-Roubaix another great ride and Dan Martin in LBL a standout. Spring classics is where it is at.
|11th October 2013||#3945|
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Tour of Beijing is being streamed live on Youtube
If anyone's interested in cycling in China there's also a series of Beijing Cycling stories on the youtube channel that I put together.
Last edited by TheLeek; 11th October 2013 at 07:19. Reason: spelling
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