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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 12:10 pm 
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or maybe this last season was exeptionary for Wiggins. he's achieved more than he normally would have, given his abilities, both mental and physical

not every athlete is capable of repeating same training drill year after year, especially if he doesn't feel secure withing his team, and (possibly) his coaches/managers have less faith in him too. even during the last tour there were many comments on how it's Froome who should be riding in yellow. that sort of undermining of his achievements was/is too much for Wiggins to bear, hence issues during training period, escaping into sicknesses and contusions, and his attitude in general

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 12:31 pm 
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I came to think of Steven Roche. The one season where everything clicked into place.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 1:47 pm 
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The main thing that clicked into place for Stephen Roche that year was Lemond's brother-in-law clicking the trigger and shooting Lemond (accidentally).


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 1:53 pm 
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Oh well. Let's party like it's 1999.

I wonder if this is the real yawn:

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 2:33 pm 
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I hope not!

ewww - but then again, I probably like it more than the current Blanco kit :?


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 2:40 pm 
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The current Blanco kit looks as if it were designed in MS Paint. This one is immediately better.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 2:44 pm 
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The current Blanco kit is meant to be a close resemblance to the Giant kit

http://www.giant-bicycles.com/_generate ... _FRONT.jpg

just inverted colours and a different font. Made sense to me.

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I like it: it represents the style of the Belkin web page. It's also simple and recognizable and the color selection is restrained.

2013 Belkin is simpler than 1999... here's a 2000 Kelme jersey (similar to their 1999 design):

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 4:33 pm 
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KWalker wrote:
The current Blanco kit looks as if it were designed in MS Paint. This one is immediately better.


Won't win any awards but I like it just fine.

Garmin Sharp is still by far my favorite kit. Glad they didn't change it this season.

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tymon_tm wrote:
or maybe this last season was exeptionary for Wiggins. he's achieved more than he normally would have, given his abilities, both mental and physical


Last years form was the norm - certainly since 2009 and his concentrating on the road. It was the results which were exceptional - first winner of the Tour and Olympic gold medalist at home. If I were him I would have wanted to retire in January. What a career. How do you top that?


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 5:08 pm 
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What about his 18th place in the 2010 Tour de France when he described his performance as 'mediocre' and the 2009 result as a 'fluke'.

I hardly think last year was the norm, the course suited him and he had a good year both in terms of his physical and mental preparation.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 6:15 pm 
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2009, 2011, 2012. All showed the same abilities.

One season did not. Which was the norm?

The statistics suggest 2010 was an odd one. Remember he finished first in the Tour of those who did a very difficult Giro that year.


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What a career. How do you top that?


By adding a Giro win, then coming back and re-winning the Tour, or at least helping his teammate do the same.

Easy to say "I would have retired" but retirement is forever.

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Retirement is not necessarily forever.

As to the wisdom of coming out of retirement, ask Lance Armstrong, who perhaps had aspirations of increasing his TdF haul to 8, 9, or even 10, but wound up reducing it to 0.


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airwise wrote:
What a career. How do you top that?


By adding a Giro win, then coming back and re-winning the Tour, or at least helping his teammate do the same.


I can understand his lack of motivation. If you lived in Britain you'd probably get the enormity of what he achieved in the eyes of the public last year. The adulation of the general populous must dwarf the kudos won in the eyes of the cognoscenti sitting in the Rapha bar in central London.

The Giro? No one on the street in the UK has heard of it and to be honest, many "cycle enthusiasts" are now only discovering the climbs of Lombardy and Dolomiti because they heard that Wiggins was racing there. For my money he would never have won there, the climbs are too steep. He's not alone of course. The Giro never suited Armstrong or Evans, Ullrich or LeMond. It's a very different challenge and one suited to climbing specialists IME - indeed Froome would be a better bet to win there.


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