let me say that, about Paris-Nice.
If Yates was fighting for the win, I would have gladly cheered for him, or even Gallopin
let's imagine Thomas around 4th - 5th in GC, good perf as usual.
I would have genuinely cheered for the Orica guys without strings attached without hate/love reason
but just the fact Thomas and Sky have everybody against them, I cant help but cheer for them. this cheering could be defined "not genuine" "not true". fair to say that.
I will not remember Geraint Thomas 2016 Paris-Nice in a few years, as I wont with Poels' Volta Valenciana
me rooting for Sky is something strange. twitter and the clinic made me so. I cheer for spite
from people blaming Apollonio in 2015, to people tweeting a pic of dollars to Nieve when he re-upped with Sky and many other examples. I would never EVER behave like that even if I dislike a rider.
when the race is over I tell myself: "Fausto, you gone mad, you have always cheered for the less strong, the rider struggling, the one who comes second, the attacker".
I always cheered for riders with weird luck like Durand, Chiappucci, Vansummeren,Virenque, D.Martin, the Schlecks and co (apart from Miguel Indurian)
I always rooted for Garmin! hahaah! oh the disappointment in these years!
now I find me cheering for the strongest team.
I challenge any Sky hater to think about their hate just how I am reasoning with my cheering.