And now with SPOILERS: Observation and groundless speculation...

Discussion in 'General Cycling' started by Simon Brooke, Jul 13, 2010.

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    Simon Brooke Guest

    Ivan Basso lead the fourth grupetto over the top over the Col de la
    Madelaine, and every time we saw that grupetto again on the descent and
    later on the flat, he was on the front of it driving it. That's not
    particularly surprising - he is (still, more or less) a GC contender, he
    didn't have any team mates with him, no-one else was going to help him...
    but when they were down on the flat, on the wider road, the Leaky Gas
    team car came up alongide on the right, and Ivan pulled deliberately
    left, putting Kevin De Weert between himself and his own team management.

    What was that about? That does not look like a harmonious relationship...

    I would dearly love to see Ivan back on Bjarne's team next year, ideally
    with Big Jens still racing also; and seeing the Schlecks look to be
    moving to the new Luxembourguois equipe next year, Bjarne will need a GC

    Speaking of my other favourite professional, wasn't Big Jens superb
    getting himself into the right place at the right time to give Andy help
    just where he needed it? When he finally stops racing - and I hope it
    won't be this year - he is going to be a terrific directeur sportif. He's
    such a strategist.

    After I was so mean about the wheel-sucker on Sunday, it transpires he'd
    been riding with a broken bone in his elbow. While his style or riding is
    one which I feel borders on the unsporting, I wouldn't wish that on
    anyone - and it gave me no pleasure to see him so dramatically humbled

    Sadly[1], I'm beginning to think this is Contador's race, now. It's
    certainly Contador's to lose. He and Andy seem remarkably evenly matched
    in the mountains. Contador still has Vino (although Vino won't follow
    anyone's orders); Andy doesn't have Franck, and, strong though Bjarne's
    squad is, they don't really have another good mountain man at present. If
    Saxo can't do something very special in the Pyrenees, Contador will take
    yellow in Pauillac, and the race is now over.

    Except for Robabank. Menchov and Gesink are sitting very quietly just
    minutes off the lead, and if you look at the team classification (always
    a good hint at who's strong) they're lying fourth. They are the most
    consistent pairing left, and in the mountains having a team mate matters.

    Robabank could still steal the victory, yet.

    [1] Not that I have anything against Contador.
    Simon Brooke, Jul 13, 2010
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    Roger Thorpe Guest

    Thanks for your thoughts, Simon. It's good to hear from someone with
    strong opinions and no undeserved emphasis on the anglophone riders.

    My girlfriend wants Andy Schleck to win. I think that this is because he
    is pretty.
    Roger Thorpe, Jul 13, 2010
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  3. I'm not neutral. We'll be joint main sponsors of Rijs next year :)

    Just zis Guy, you know?, Jul 13, 2010
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    Has Menchov finally mastered the art of staying on his bike while
    Dave Larrington, Jul 14, 2010
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    D.M. Procida Guest

    Descending? He's capable of falling off while going uphill.

    D.M. Procida, Jul 14, 2010
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