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Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:19 pm
by spud
Phinney retiring. Best thing for him I think, time to move onto something motivational.

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:19 pm
by Weenie

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:23 pm
by Kjetil
Maybe Kasia wins Strade Bianche now.

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:45 pm
by Nefarious86
https://www.efprocycling.com/taylor-phi ... l-cycling/

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Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:26 pm
by AJS914
Good for him.

Speculation on The Cycling Podcast that maybe a team like Lotto NL Jumbo would leave a guy like Groenewegen at home with so few sprint opportunties. With the reduced roster size at the Tour, they will need all the GC help they can get.

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:03 pm
by KWalker
Interesting that both Joe D and Aru are on UAE next year, both had illiac surgies as well.

Checking their roster tho- what a weird team: https://www.procyclingstats.com/team/ua ... rates-2020

You have Gaviria and Kristoff there, but not the most massive train talent. And a bunch of randoms that have some stages between them and of course Pogacar, but nothing that stands out as a team.

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:16 am
by g32ecs
Honestly, I feel that Bahrain and UAE are just taking"names" .

I feel sorry for Pocagar with no help (I dont really see Aru working for anyone). He benefitted from being a "new kid on the block" to now a GC contender. He's gonna get marked more and more. UAE is a team of opportunists like Conti,Ullissi and Costa. They have to get more climbing talent and maybe abandon that sprint train...but alas, the transfer window is closed if I'm correct ( or am I wrong?)

Some budding Caja Rural or Androni climber or a veteran climbing domestique wouldve been nice.

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:55 am
by TobinHatesYou
UAE-Emirates is still run by the Lampre management and they seem to way more competent than the shitshow at Bahrain-Merida. From the outside looking in anyway.

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:55 am
by Antoine
KWalker wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:03 pm

You have Gaviria and Kristoff there, but not the most massive train talent.
Looks pretty massive to me if they can make them work well together :
Richeze, Molano, Philipsen, Kristoff, Gaviria, also Bystrom and the youngsters like Bjerg, the Oliveira twins, ...

Same for the climbers, maybe they lack some middle man like Rowes or Castroviejo

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:19 am
by icantaffordcycling
Rondje wrote:
Tue Oct 15, 2019 3:31 pm
This one is tailormade for the non-tt climbers like Bardet, Pinot, Allaphilipe and maybe even Barguil.
didnt that dude win a tt stage this year and get dropped during climbs where the pure climbers pulled away from him and only manage catch up on descents...
Wierd to call JA a climber IMO.

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 1:16 pm
by BdaGhisallo
spud wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:19 pm
Phinney retiring. Best thing for him I think, time to move onto something motivational.
And we should remember his greatest legacy - re-introducing the idea of lace up cycling shoes. It was his wish for Giro to make a shoe that mimicked some Nike football boots he wore as a child in Italy that led to Giro developing the Empire lace up shoe, an idea that has been copied by a few other brands in the ensuing years.

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 2:39 pm
by kgt
The truth is that the company that re-introduced lace up shoes was Vittoria in late 2000s with their 1976 shoes:
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Of course, Giro's marketing is more powerful so everyone things that Giro was the first with their Empire...

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:20 pm
by tymon_tm
Kjetil wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:23 pm
Maybe Kasia wins Strade Bianche now.
who said it's gotta be the hubbie who's pursuing his own career while a woman takes care of everything else around? I sincerely hope TP will be there for her, Kasia has so much potential, and if she can count on Taylor's support and love, it's only gonna boost her up :thumbup:

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:10 pm
by bilwit
BdaGhisallo wrote:
Thu Oct 17, 2019 1:16 pm
spud wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:19 pm
Phinney retiring. Best thing for him I think, time to move onto something motivational.
And we should remember his greatest legacy - re-introducing the idea of lace up cycling shoes. It was his wish for Giro to make a shoe that mimicked some Nike football boots he wore as a child in Italy that led to Giro developing the Empire lace up shoe, an idea that has been copied by a few other brands in the ensuing years.
kgt wrote:
Thu Oct 17, 2019 2:39 pm
The truth is that the company that re-introduced lace up shoes was Vittoria in late 2000s with their 1976 shoes:
Of course, Giro's marketing is more powerful so everyone things that Giro was the first with their Empire...
Wiggins also rocked lace up Bont Zeros since 2010, albiet they had that velcro flap to shield the laces

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:54 am
by kkibbler
kgt wrote:
Thu Oct 17, 2019 2:39 pm
The truth is that the company that re-introduced lace up shoes was Vittoria in late 2000s with their 1976 shoes:
Image
Of course, Giro's marketing is more powerful so everyone things that Giro was the first with their Empire...
It would be more accurate to say that Vittoria reintroduced lace-ups and Giro repopularized them.

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:40 pm
by okimy
djcharlou wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:49 am
Flat TTer won't be happy too. Martin, Campenaerts, Küng ... why would they want to come beside helping the leader, they're is no "reward" waiting for their race at the end
Don't know about the others but Martin has been close to lantern rouge in many recent tours (at least one of the German commentators said so during this year's tour) so he probably won't mind.

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:40 pm
by Weenie