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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:25 am 
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I find renaming cyclists pretty childish. See what they do on the Cyclingnews forums. Bullying if you don't call them by the accepted forum name.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:38 am 
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You can call Cavendish a cock as much as you like, I used to attempt to race against him at the Manchester Track Leagues, and used to see him in my LBS and he's OK off the bike if a little cocky even back then when he was on it.

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He's the guy earning hundreds of thousands of Euros a year, driving an Audi R8, shagging Miss Italy and winning tour stages and monuments so I'm pretty sure he doesnt give a flying f*ck what any keyboard warriors have to say about him. So continue


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 10:25 am 
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Whether he is rich, or successful or made the 2009 TdF exciting is hardly the point. IMO his behaviour is not acceptable. Would we encourge our kids to be boorish? Do we aspire to behave like that? Do other successful sportsmen find it necessary to behave like that? The answer is no.

His undoubted bike riding abilities and the lack of respect he shows towards others are two entirely different things ... and I'm stunned that some of the clearly intellegent people on this forum don't seem able to appreciate it ... or maybe I misunderstand.

Yes let's celebrate him as a sprinter. But when he behaves like a boor lets call it for what it is!


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 10:39 am 
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hello mods? can you step in here and sort this out please? you need to return this thread to bikeradar. :P

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 12:33 pm 
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I'd say equating someones personal opinion to their intelligence level boarders on behaviour close to that just displayed by cavendish.

Slippery slope to go down.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 12:45 pm 
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With regards to bad examples I think there are other more important things than Cavendish's lack of tact to sort out in this sport.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 1:48 pm 
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ok end of the cavendish topic.

you guys picks for this week end paris roubaix??

mine:

Boonen
Breschel
Pozzato

hopefully Breschel does good


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 2:03 pm 
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i would like george hincapie win it as his form is currently good if you look at all the races he has entered 2010 thats if he gets to ride it, no idea what the start list is :(


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bartali wrote:
Whether he is rich, or successful or made the 2009 TdF exciting is hardly the point. IMO his behaviour is not acceptable. Would we encourge our kids to be boorish? Do we aspire to behave like that? Do other successful sportsmen find it necessary to behave like that? The answer is no.

His undoubted bike riding abilities and the lack of respect he shows towards others are two entirely different things ... and I'm stunned that some of the clearly intellegent people on this forum don't seem able to appreciate it ... or maybe I misunderstand.

Yes let's celebrate him as a sprinter. But when he behaves like a boor lets call it for what it is!


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ok end of the cavendish topic.

you guys picks for this week end paris roubaix??

mine:

Boonen
Breschel
Pozzato

hopefully Breschel does good


Boonen
Cancellara
Flecha/Breschel

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1) Boonen
2) Cancellara st.
3) Farrar @ 3:40


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the same guys on form at flanders, except roubaix has a bit more of a 'lottery' element to it. any one from the following could win it: boonen, cancella, breschel, gilbert, flecha and hincapie.

outside bet: david millar - did very well at flanders, but got his feeding messed up and bonked badly towards the end. if he can keep his form 'til next weekend and make sure to take enough on board, who knows...

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2002SaecoReplica wrote:
Sports figures are not roll models. Ever.


Jens Voigt?
David Zabriskie?
Rahsaan Bahati?

Those are three that have continually shown to be great role models, strong work ethic, providers to the community at large, and have fantastic sportsmanship.
and that's just off the top of my head, and only drawing from cycling.

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This is a far-off and only half-assed prediction, but:

Winner is Breschel.
Second Chavanel.
Third Cancellara, who worked for Breschel. Chavanel out sprints Cancellara for second.

Boonen won't make podium, which will be a huge shock to everyone. Possibly mechanical issue or gets caught behind a crash then can't get back on. Or he misses a break and gets stuck behind a train crossing the route.

Pozzato will just follow Boonen. Hincapie won't win it, even though we've all been hyped to think he is a cobbled classics man through years of continual marketing of the idea... (his results have simply not been there). Nice guy though, I enjoyed watching his documentary and think he's great. He was friendly when I met him at a party in Vegas at the last Interbike, but this PR will remain elusive.

Of course, I expect this prediction to be incorrect and really just hope to see a fantastic race on Sunday!

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Id like to think Hammond can sneak a top 5 reckon Boom might be up there too.

Boonen, Cancellara, Hoste


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