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by petepeterson

So is Froome's "everything's fine" approach to social media a SKY PR move I am thinking. It's super weird.

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by IchDien

Either that or he honestly knows he's fine...

Surely it's PR though, innocent until proven guilty etc.

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boots2000 wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:31 pm
Specialized- Good call by Lotto. The Specialized SRM is a nice unit. Quite light and also very accurate.

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Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:08 pm
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Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:42 pm
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Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:14 am
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Is that a re-badged powermeter or did SRM make a custom spider as it does not match any of the current offerings?
It's just an older SRM for Specialized cranks.
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I saw that Time is about to launch a new bike and I was wondering if they sponsor any major pro teams nowadays, because I do not think they do, and neither are many other well-known bike brands. Also, seems to be a lot of the same bike brands and bikes for many different teams in 2018...I do not like where this is going... :?

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It'd be fun to have a rule that every team has to ride a different manufacturer's bikes, would add some individuality to each team rather than having specialized sponsoring everyone. On that note, I'm surprised that specialized hasn't got a WT team yet, seems like they could afford it :noidea:
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by Multebear

petepeterson wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:31 pm
So is Froome's "everything's fine" approach to social media a SKY PR move I am thinking. It's super weird.
I was thinking the exact same thing. What is going on with him? He is smiling on all pictures, and posts pictures of his son etc. He can't be that unaffected with everything going on - especially now that his failing kidney defense is the laughingstock of all cycling fans and media, and Lappartient thinks Sky should suspend Froome.... WTAF....

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seaneT1 wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:49 pm
I saw that Time is about to launch a new bike and I was wondering if they sponsor any major pro teams nowadays, because I do not think they do, and neither are many other well-known bike brands. Also, seems to be a lot of the same bike brands and bikes for many different teams in 2018...I do not like where this is going... :?
Time sponsored Auber 93 until last year. no conti or pro-conti team rides Time in 2018

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Multebear wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:24 pm
I was thinking the exact same thing. What is going on with him? He is smiling on all pictures, and posts pictures of his son etc. He can't be that unaffected with everything going on - especially now that his failing kidney defense is the laughingstock of all cycling fans and media, and Lappartient thinks Sky should suspend Froome.... WTAF....
I suspect he is following what his manipulative nasty wife tells him to do... I honestly think she is more of a sociopath than Armstrong was!

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by TonyM

seaneT1 wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:49 pm
I saw that Time is about to launch a new bike and I was wondering if they sponsor any major pro teams nowadays, because I do not think they do, and neither are many other well-known bike brands. Also, seems to be a lot of the same bike brands and bikes for many different teams in 2018...I do not like where this is going... :?
I would welcome it! :wink:
Maybe for a Continental team from France (which hopefully be invited to the TdF etc...). Even better for me time instead of Lapierre in the fdj.
However I suppose they will not invest the money for that sponsoring. Only my guess.

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themidge wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:23 pm
It'd be fun to have a rule that every team has to ride a different manufacturer's bikes, would add some individuality to each team rather than having specialized sponsoring everyone.
I was just thinking that would be a good idea... but then taking away some of the competition to sponsor WT teams might drive down the value of the sponsorship deals, and every year there are several teams who can barely make their budget as it is. Until there's a more cohesive way of monetising the WT calendar and spreading the proceeds between the teams I don't think limiting equipment sponsorships would be a good idea.

Which is a shame because I'd love to see more bike brands represented in the big leagues. And definitely fewer Shimano wheels and Pro stems. Bike checks are so boring these days... :cry:

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IchDien wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:48 pm
Surely it's PR though, innocent until proven guilty etc.
Um, already proven guilty. UCI just looking for mitigating circumstances to justify a reduced penalty.

Plus you've got Lappartient not wanting to do the very job of governing that he was elected to. Not exactly showing leadership skills.

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UpFromOne wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:49 am
IchDien wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:48 pm
Surely it's PR though, innocent until proven guilty etc.
Um, already proven guilty. UCI just looking for mitigating circumstances to justify a reduced penalty.

Plus you've got Lappartient not wanting to do the very job of governing that he was elected to. Not exactly showing leadership skills.
I don't see it like this with Lappartient. To me he is putting some pressure on the teams etc.. so that everybody is aiming to be responsible. As we all know that the teams are (at least) also responsible for doping. I personally prefer this method than a dictatorial method in the first step.

Unfortunately Team Sky UK doesn't move on this. But Team Sky UK seems to isolate itself from the rest.

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To me it just illustrates the impotency of the UCI
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by dominikk

bikewithnoname wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:33 am
To me it just illustrates the impotency of the UCI
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by wingguy

bikewithnoname wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:33 am
To me it just illustrates the impotency of the UCI
They have to play by their own rules though, don't they?

Testing positive for a controlled substance triggers an automatic ban, testing positive for a specified substance doesn't. Regardless of whether this whole thing plays out into another messed up Contador situation, the UCI doesn't and shouldn't have the power to bar riders from racing outside of their set disciplinary procedures. All they can do is ask.

Maybe they can learn from this and change the rules for the future, but untl then they can't just make it up as they go along.

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