Log in:  

Register

Pierre Rolland discussion

A place to discuss all things related to current professional road races. Here, you can also touch on the latest news relating to professional road racing. A doping discussion free forum.

Moderators: Eshnar, Irondan, King Boonen, Red Rick, Pricey_sky

Pierre Rolland discussion

12 Jul 2012 16:44

the reason I started this thread is because I'm impressed with his riding style, panache & nonetheless, his promising future. It's time the world pays attention to this young man & what he represents for France as the "real hope" to conquer once again their own race title.
Image
Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?
Sun Tzu
User avatar hfer07
Veteran
 
Posts: 6,710
Joined: 17 Mar 2009 15:43

12 Jul 2012 16:51

rolland is awesome, has panache and is aggressive!!!
User avatar Parrulo
Veteran
 
Posts: 10,232
Joined: 05 Aug 2010 01:42

12 Jul 2012 16:54

What a rider!!!! Perhaps a future Giro winner? :)
Do you want to watch better bike racing? => Team radios (not race radio) must go!
User avatar cineteq
Veteran
 
Posts: 7,785
Joined: 20 May 2009 00:52
Location: Austin, TX

12 Jul 2012 16:56

I like him, but he doesn't impress me like he did last year. Also, his ITT?
User avatar Logic-is-your-friend
Member
 
Posts: 1,303
Joined: 07 Jun 2011 12:17

12 Jul 2012 17:01

i wait for rolland in the third week because he is supposed to have a great recover.
last year in the tour he was very strong on the third week.
i like him very much. when he turned pro he run a very interesting liege so in france there were many expectations on him... too much pressure , he almost lost his way and he had a couple of so and so years.
then, in 2011 tour he finally showed his class and this years again he is proving that in a tour with less itt and more mtf he can compete for the win

though, imho, i think that thibaul pinot is the best french hope for the tour.
in his first tour he is improving every day, showing courage, panache and great recover, at 22.
i was thinking he was too early for him to be in the tour this year , since he has never ridden a GT before. i was considering the vuelta as a good start for him, especially because he is not very good positioning himself in the peloton and it looks he does not like the bagarre on the flats, always beig in the last part of the peloton.
he proved that i was very wrong.
he is performing very well in his first tour.
differently from what happened a t the beginning to rolland, it looks like he is not suffering the pressure from french media and pubblic: they are waiting somebody able to win the tour since so many years...
profff
Member
 
Posts: 357
Joined: 16 Oct 2010 22:53

12 Jul 2012 17:02

one of the most awesome styles on a bike plus panache....a true champion


thibault also left me speechless this tour,incredible...what a rennaissance!
Vino 4ever
User avatar jens_attacks
Veteran
 
Posts: 13,779
Joined: 08 Sep 2009 18:00

12 Jul 2012 18:36

Both him and Pinot have amazing style.
I hope they choose to ride the Giro next year instead of going for a top5 placement in the Tour. They can win it.
User avatar SafeBet
Veteran
 
Posts: 7,172
Joined: 02 Sep 2011 13:38
Location: Milano, Italy

12 Jul 2012 18:44

I'm just glad he finally did something since he's on my increasingly poor velogames fantasy tour team. :) Gotta give him credit... he was great today.

I have Gesink on my team too... :(
patrick767
Member
 
Posts: 551
Joined: 24 Jul 2009 03:53

12 Jul 2012 18:45

he reminds me of the good old andy schlock.. that one that would ride his guts out in a flat olympic race, the one that won LBL with a great attack..

the one that hasn't won a single stage race.
i want a perfect body,
i want a perfect soul.
User avatar c&cfan
Member
 
Posts: 1,438
Joined: 02 Aug 2010 10:42
Location: porto, portugal

12 Jul 2012 18:49

Agreed, his ability to push some huge gears on the climbs is pretty unique and amazing to look at, Luc Leblanc could do that too.
webvan
Senior Member
 
Posts: 4,043
Joined: 11 Mar 2009 01:16

12 Jul 2012 19:56

If he focuses on the Giro he has a good chance of winning it. He will also have a reasonable chance of winning the tour in the future on a course with less TT Km, such as last years' edition.
Has he done a reasonably good ITT when he really needed? He'll have to have a better TT than A Schleck anyway, to be a future Tour winner.
User avatar the asian
Senior Member
 
Posts: 4,562
Joined: 20 Jan 2011 18:09
Location: Colombo

12 Jul 2012 20:53

The colnago family likes him and so i should like him as well. :D :p
User avatar Zam_Olyas
Veteran
 
Posts: 8,174
Joined: 30 Sep 2011 10:17
Location: Rubber Plantation.

12 Jul 2012 20:57

Hehe...can't remember seeing a stage winner hoisting his bike like that...except when they hang it up for good in the retirement ceremony ;-)

Was he maybe thanking the bike for surviving his crash in the descent undamaged?
webvan
Senior Member
 
Posts: 4,043
Joined: 11 Mar 2009 01:16

12 Jul 2012 21:11

I honestly didnt think that he would confirm his last year's performance but on the other hand Im glad he did. :)
[color="Black"]ciclismo-espresso.com[/color]
User avatar Michele
Senior Member
 
Posts: 2,376
Joined: 26 Mar 2009 12:49
Location: Ferrara

12 Jul 2012 21:11

How can you seriously not like or admire him?
burning
Senior Member
 
Posts: 4,464
Joined: 29 Feb 2012 21:33

13 Jul 2012 00:21

i admit i hated him after the alpe stage, but after seeing him in LBL and romandie he became one of my fav riders.

i think he can win a GT without many tt k's, mostly the giro with it's epic mountain stages where rolland seems to excel
User avatar Parrulo
Veteran
 
Posts: 10,232
Joined: 05 Aug 2010 01:42

13 Jul 2012 00:35

Would now like to see what he can do when staying with the favorites in the last climb, Pinot really did well in that setup today. Maybe next week...
webvan
Senior Member
 
Posts: 4,043
Joined: 11 Mar 2009 01:16

13 Jul 2012 01:56

Can anyone update us on what he has done since last year's Alpe d'Huez stage in the Tour, i.e., race results since then. Thanks.
User avatar Parrot23
Senior Member
 
Posts: 2,067
Joined: 11 Apr 2009 00:57

13 Jul 2012 02:31

He is a very good climber but I am not sure if he is a potential Tour winner. I think he could win the Giro.
diggercuz wrote:second post ever after reading the forum for the last few years and one thing i must say, ACF94 is probably the most intelligent poster here, never biased to BMC or Cadel, and never gets worked up over anything.
User avatar auscyclefan94
Veteran
 
Posts: 19,325
Joined: 16 Jun 2009 02:37
Location: Australia

13 Jul 2012 02:33

Thanks for that.

Does it mean that since then, and before the current Tour, he has won one stage in one race?

(That said, 12th in Liege-Bastogne-Liege looks good.)
User avatar Parrot23
Senior Member
 
Posts: 2,067
Joined: 11 Apr 2009 00:57

Next

Return to Professional road racing

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: dusty red roads, Google [Bot] and 19 guests

Back to top