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PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2014 4:59 am 
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Contador and Nibali needs to "collaborate" or at least not attack each other while dragging around Froome.
They both like to attack while Froome/Sky prefer a more linear race.


Nibali can't help Contador right now. He needs to get to another level before he can be a factor.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2014 6:43 am 
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People are really downplaying Tinkoff and hyping up Sky. As Nathan pointed out Tinkoff has Rogers, both Sorensons, Kreuziger, Majka, Paulinho, etc. who have all demonstrated great abilities to be super domestiques.

Agree. In one of my previous posts I alluded to Sky not quite looking right at the Dauphine. Tinkoff with the lineup they have are more powerful than Sky IMO, and Rogers is a good captain on the road.

Not really disagreeing with either of you, but I can't believe Nieve has barely got a mention with all the talk Re: Porte/Wiggins. He's already been such a valuable asset and has been climbing as well if not better than anyone from TCS.
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Contador and Nibali.../...They both like to attack while Froome/Sky prefer a more linear race.

I don't buy this one bit, controlling the race is common sense. SKY have already shown how well they can smash a peleton to pieces leaving everyone isolated. So what if Froome is by himself some times, so is everyone else. Froome's attack has so far gained him time, the other two have gained nothing.

The crash yesterday will make things 'interesting' today.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2014 9:41 am 
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KWalker wrote:
Another weird thing I've noticed is that Froome's high cadence makes his attacks look a lot harder/faster than they are. On stage 2 he attacked hard a bunch, but within a minute the group pulled back up to him. It wasn't like a Pantani or Armstrong attack where they just kept rocketing away for 5km+.


As soon as Froome can replicate Lance's or Pantani's style of attacking there will be storm on the internet accusing him of doping.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2014 10:22 am 
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there will be storm on the internet accusing him of doping.


u mean there isn't already? yal went nuts over this dude's inhaler.


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Alberto! That is racing......fantastic.

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What a dream stage! Well deserved win by Westra and superb performance by Alberto, let's hope that's what we're gonna see in TdF!


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Bertie knows how to make a race interesting. Although it helps that I'm pro-Alberto and he's doing good.

His attack today didn't have the same snap as earlier, but it looked like he was able to maintain high pressure to gain the neccesary time on Froome. Tomorrow will be exciting as well.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2014 4:36 pm 
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Simply put: Panache!!!!!!


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Kermithimself wrote:
Bertie knows how to make a race interesting. Although it helps that I'm pro-Alberto and he's doing good.

His attack today didn't have the same snap as earlier, but it looked like he was able to maintain high pressure to gain the neccesary time on Froome. Tomorrow will be exciting as well.


Froome was cracking at the end there... he's lucky it was not a few hundred meters longer.


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massive respect for Westra. he simply destroyed the Katusha duo. it's arguably the best stage win so far this season :thumbup:

so the Tour's deffinitely gonna be Bertie vs. Froome. the meateater vs. the machine. putting aside the whole SKY context, i simply hate how Froome looked on the bike today. he lacks the grace and the style, nevermind whether he's attacking or dropping, he looks... weird. like obnoxiuosly weird. lord i hope Bertie finds what it takes to be the guy cameras focus on come July :twisted:

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I think we can pretty much all agree that pre-ban AC was charged, the data (times) doesnt lie. However, since, his victories have come much more from race cunning and taking risks than just riding everyone off his wheel. Obviously this is amazingly exciting to watch!

One could think that Contador is off the juice after his ban, and that he was on the juice before, and that he now uses his head to win races with the best example being the 2012 Vuelta win where he attacked on the descent on a stage that wasn't meant to be exciting. It could also just be that he has gotten older and lacks the bite in his attacks as he did pre-2012. Actually, if you look at the 2010 Tour there isn't a specific incident where Contador rides away from the rest of the favorites. Andy was able to neutralize almost every attack.


Oh, yeah, Andy was so clean ;-). He's been great since that Tour...oh wait, never mind.

Edit- to be fair, he was pretty good in 2011 Tour. Pity that he hasn't gotten any mojo back after his crash. I was watching 2007 Zoncolan the other day while on the rollers though and that just makes you go hmmmm


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Froome's bike: First time I've seen a Pinarello weighed by CyclingNews at the UCI limit (6.82 kg)

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Haven't heard much from the Schlecks. What are they doing?

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stella-azzurra wrote:
Haven't heard much from the Schlecks. What are they doing?



They are in Trek's Tour of Suisse squad...


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Frank showed signs of life in the Tour of Luxemburg. Andy, not really.

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