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 Post subject: "PRO" Cycling Discussion
PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 9:25 pm 
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Spartacus' crown is there for the taking in a few years, hopefully Phinney has the balls to go after it.


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Just watched the video.... So awesome. And a timely example of the entertainment provided by someone taking a risk and defying the 'odds' to attack solo and hang on to win. That is what is great about cycling.


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tymon_tm wrote:
it's so comforting to hear doping doesn't actually screw up every pro's brain


You gotta give 'em some slack. These guys are pro cyclists because they're good at sitting down and twiddling their legs around. Rational thought is an optional extra.

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"I've ALWAYS wanted to win a race like that. Went w/my gut, put my head down and never looked back." - Taylor Phinney


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It was damn impressive! I hope he can eventually do the same at Roubaix one day

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 11:05 pm 
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Won nothing? You must be oblivious. Wiggins won a lot before Sky. According to the Secret Pro, the peloton believes and respects Froome. Who else on Sky came from nowhere?


Everyone knows except paerhaps forum racers..

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Now if he started using a power meter and was signed by the likes of Sky he might start winning without wasting his energy.

To then be accused of racing like a robot and have the 'anti-powermeter' brigade deride him for 'racing to numbers'?

Damned if he does, damned if he doesn't.

Besides which, not as if he hasn't used one. And he races with their head unit. Good chance he trains on one at some point.

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I tend to apply an asterix to all amazing Spanish performances in the Vuelta given the country's record. Sorry.

Luckily, Italians didn't dope for the Giro.

Or Turks for the Tour of Turkey.

Or...

Oh, wait.

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So no one wants to take Zabel's green jerseys away? Seems like they should go with his new admission.


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I would love to see some consistency. Either strip them all or leave them all alone. Too much grey area for my liking.

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I think that is the biggest issue. The sport needs to be consistent in punishment. Might have started with Armstrong but must continue with Virenque, Zabel...etc.

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.... The sport needs to be consistent in punishment. ...

Agree with that.


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Young Danish gun upsets the big boys, impressive....

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:54 am 
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Great win by Phinney. Drama was increased by another T.O.P. on-screen graphics cock-up when it said he had 1.4Km to go instead of 1K.


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To then be accused of racing like a robot and have the 'anti-powermeter' brigade deride him for 'racing to numbers'?

Damned if he does, damned if he doesn't.
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I agree. But racing by numbers is what wins in this day and age. By all means take away PM's, Team radios and Satellite links to the cars and make it more like the old days. Then you might get riders not waiting until 5km from the summit of the final col to attack.

There will always be two sides of the coin I guess. But for me, if you want to win under the current regulations, it's a real long shot doing something unexpected. Sports science and data analysis has ensured that IMHO. Racing in the eighties was far more fun - but then we didn't have the TV access to it that we have today.


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