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Old 05-07-12, 17:27
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Hard to understand, why Phinneys' managers would let Phinney ride in the dangerous positions of the peloton.
As a GC leader, Och, or whomever is directing the BMC/GIRO team ought to watch out for their talented marquis rider.
Two crashes in two days, that is uncalled for in the team.
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Old 05-07-12, 17:37
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Can somebody explain to me why would any rider "not exactly a sprinter" wearing Pink/Yellow jersey contest a sprint where (obviously) anything can happen?

Sure, he is trying to help Thor and play the "teammate" role but just being there was just stupid. What was he thinking?

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Old 05-07-12, 17:51
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Can somebody explain to me why would any rider "not exactly a sprinter" wearing Pink/Yellow jersey contest a sprint where (obviously) anything can happen?

Sure, he is trying to help Thor and play the "teammate" role but just being there was just stupid. What was he thinking?

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Dont think he was contesting the sprint but rather just staying near the front. Just out of inexperience he stayed a bit too near the front. You generally find in races with less packed sprinter fields that you can even have GC contenders in the top 10 in sprints.
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Old 05-07-12, 17:55
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Dont think he was contesting the sprint but rather just staying near the front. Just out of inexperience he stayed a bit too near the front. You generally find in races with less packed sprinter fields that you can even have GC contenders in the top 10 in sprints.
He only has 9 seconds over Thomas who will tend to be near the front as he is doing leadouts. Its very easy for small gaps to appear n sprints and a lead that small could evoporate. He needs to be near the front to minimise the risk of that happening
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Old 05-07-12, 17:57
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I'm looking for big things from Taylor and the Stetina boy.
Thatīs interesting.. Whereas I also really like Stetina for his modest, nice person he is, I absolutely dislike Phinney, who seems just arrogant. No doubt about his huge talent, but in terms of personality, heīs the opposite of guys like Stetina or e.g. Farrar.
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Dont think he was contesting the sprint but rather just staying near the front. Just out of inexperience he stayed a bit too near the front. You generally find in races with less packed sprinter fields that you can even have GC contenders in the top 10 in sprints.
What Phinney, and the BMC management do not understand is this is not The Tour of Qatar,Oman, or a classic, where it would be great to see young Phinney at the front of a charging peloton.

Seeing Phinney going down with a wild bunch sprinter like Cav. and who was it Ferrari, in the beginning of a race is bad tactics for BMC.

Phinney is a man who if managed properly will win monuments, TT stages in GTs, perhaps medal in the Worlds TT/Olympics.

What he is doing in the front with the argy bargy field sprinters in the 2nd biggest GT of the world, when he might have been able to hold the Maglia Rosa for 7 days, lead his team to a TTT win and perhaps win the final TT, that is beyond comprehension.
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Old 05-07-12, 18:00
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He only has 9 seconds over Thomas who will tend to be near the front as he is doing leadouts. Its very easy for small gaps to appear n sprints and a lead that small could evoporate. He needs to be near the front to minimise the risk of that happening
Are they giving out time bonus in the Giro this year?
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He only has 9 seconds over Thomas who will tend to be near the front as he is doing leadouts. Its very easy for small gaps to appear n sprints and a lead that small could evoporate. He needs to be near the front to minimise the risk of that happening
Yes that is what I meant, but he was still a bit too close to the front considering what happened yesterday.

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Sprinting in the top fifteen positions of the bunch, possibly too close to the front according to Italian experts at the race, Phinney was taken down as a consequence of the pile up on the right side of Mark Cavendish.
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Old 05-07-12, 18:20
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Yes. But that besides the point.

Phinney was exactly where he should be, was just unlucky today.
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Old 05-07-12, 19:18
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Thought you had to cross the finish line with your bike ??? When was this rule changed ???
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