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Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:56 pm
by mattr
Least they have a spare leader........

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:56 pm
by Weenie

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:11 pm
by guyc
"Brailsford says it’s ‘pretty clear’ Froome won’t ride the Tour. Has a suspected broken femur. Crash happened when he took hand off handlebars to clear nose on a fast section."


https://twitter.com/friebos/status/1138794556240093189

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:18 pm
by Jugi
mattr wrote:Least they have a spare leader........
Yup, that would have been a pretty poor first season for Ineos if Thomas wasn't there. First Bernal couldn't compete in the Giro, now Froome out of the Tour and typical sub-par spring classics performance.

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:56 pm
by Dan Gerous
No Froome might make the Tour a lot more interesting to watch though.

Holy Wout! I knew he was good against the clock but whoa, he crushed that TT, 47 seconds faster than 2nd place Tom Dumoulin for now!

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:01 pm
by TonyM
Not a big fan of Froome but I always feel bad for riders that have a crash and miss some big races.

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:11 pm
by Lewn777
I'm not a fan of Ineos due to their title sponsor, but I still feel sorry for Froome on an individual level. Also I think more top riders makes for a competitive, more entertaining tour.

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:18 pm
by Grobar
So sad for Froome!
But I don't think Ineos will loose the Tour, their team is so stronger than the others.

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:20 pm
by mrlobber
According to some reports, crash happened at the bottom of the descent at 60kph when Froome took his hands off the bars :shock: I just wonder, why on earth (even as a pro with above average bike-handling skills) you'd do that at that time :noidea:

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:28 pm
by Miller
Because you're used to the speed and you've done similar often. Was there a road defect?

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:29 pm
by guyc
He was clearing his nose and took a hand off.

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:34 pm
by Dan Gerous
There were very strong winds apparently, in a fast descent, one hand off the bar of a TT bike...

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:16 pm
by dgasmd
Grobar wrote:So sad for Froome!
But I don't think Ineos will loose the Tour, their team is so stronger than the others.
So besides Thomas, who else has a real chance to win it? Yates? Dumoulin? Quintana? Nibali? They all seem like distant seconds!

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:30 pm
by Dan Gerous
I'm not sure I would put Thomas as a distant first. Sure he will have the best team but he's not quite in the same shape he was last year up to now. He was in the form of his life last July. And last year Froome and Dumoulin were coming off 1st and 2nd at the Giro, they were obviously tired and riding on fumes, then Kruijswijk and Roglic were no real big Grand Tour contenders. Everyone else were either crashed out or sub-par. I'm not saying Geraint had an easy ride or was lucky or that he didn't earn the win fair and square but I wouldn't rate him much higher than Dumoulin, Yates, even Pinot... If Dumoulin's knee recovers, and it's not looking too bad right now, he'll be fresh and motivated.

Quintana's not looking promising right now, Bardet either. Uran is a mystery... Nibali will be lucky if he's as good as he was at the Giro, probably below that level I'm afraid. Who else?

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:32 pm
by Attermann
Jakob Fuglsang?

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:34 pm
by Kjetil
Image

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:34 pm
by Weenie