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19 May 2017 08:02

Can we get the Geraint Thomas classic rider version back in 2018 please?
He was a joy to watch.
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19 May 2017 08:17

Bad news for Quintana.
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19 May 2017 08:49

Did Sky already have a leader for Tour de Suisse?
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19 May 2017 08:57

One does not simply finish the Giro if he is nominated a Team Sky GC leader.
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19 May 2017 09:13

SafeBet wrote:Can we get the Geraint Thomas classic rider version back in 2018 please?
He was a joy to watch.

I think Tommy had a close look at how Bradley's and Froomy's fame and fortune changed after winning the Tour and reasonably concluded that the return to successful GC riding, for a British rider, exceeds what the classics can offer.
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19 May 2017 09:17

What about the return to unsuccessful GC riding?
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19 May 2017 09:50

Shame for G, Sky & the race. If he's fit for TdF, look out!
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19 May 2017 10:04

SafeBet wrote:What about the return to unsuccessful GC riding?

Probably still more fame
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19 May 2017 10:40

Fwiw, Thomas' endeavours at the Giro have got him more publicity in the UK than his E3 and Paris-Nice wins combined
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19 May 2017 10:47

Valv.Piti wrote:
SafeBet wrote:What about the return to unsuccessful GC riding?

Probably still more fame

The Giro is not a big deal for the general public in Wales/UK. For fame and fortune after his retirement even winning the Giro would rank miles behind his Olympic track golds and Commonwealth games road gold. Only the Tour de France is worth anything to improving his status here, and he can't win that by staying at Sky and slaving for Froome.

From a fan's POV, I'm always going to look back at 2014 when he top-10'ed both RVV and PR from the leaders' group, mixing it up with the big stars - these should have been great years of him doing that regularly, maybe even winning a few... But he is a very solid week-long stage racer and perhaps that's the niche he's going to end up in.
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19 May 2017 11:57

SafeBet wrote:Can we get the Geraint Thomas classic rider version back in 2018 please?
He was a joy to watch.


It is never too late to abandon the dark side and return to the path of the light.

Come back, G. Come back.
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19 May 2017 13:46

The Sky-Giro curse needs a name.

Wiggins 2013
Porte 2014
Porte 2015
Landa 2016
Thomas 2017

The Pink Lady doesn't want a Sky rider to win it.
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19 May 2017 14:21

The annoying thing about sky riders abandoning the giro isn't only that the giro gets less interesting but that they will make the tour more boring as well. The sky train is already way too strong for my liking and because of the sky curse we will now have another rested sky domestique in the sky train, who was so strong that he was the teams leader for the giro, for the third year in a row.
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19 May 2017 14:36

WheelofGear wrote:The Sky-Giro curse needs a name.

Wiggins 2013
Porte 2014
Porte 2015
Landa 2016
Thomas 2017

The Pink Lady doesn't want a Sky rider to win it.


:D Remember the Eurosport ad's for Giro 2013, bigging up Wiggo's achievements then ending in comedy Italian accent, "But narthing from Eeetaly.... yet." Still waiting.
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19 May 2017 14:50

VO2 Max wrote:
Valv.Piti wrote:
SafeBet wrote:What about the return to unsuccessful GC riding?

Probably still more fame

The Giro is not a big deal for the general public in Wales/UK. For fame and fortune after his retirement even winning the Giro would rank miles behind his Olympic track golds and Commonwealth games road gold.


Simply not true, all the grand tours are a big deal in the UK, and anything else in cycling seems to be fairly irrelevant
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19 May 2017 14:54

I guess we know that Landa is the leader now then
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19 May 2017 16:14

Was just arguing about this on last stage's thread with Zinoviev. Seems like the wrong call, but WTFDIK. I would've liked to see how he did that last week, and it makes this another wasted year in that regard, as he explicitly stated that he's coming back next year (and I agree with most of you, he does seem more suited to the classics).

Thomas turns 31 in a week. Whatever else, he's been tearing himself apart and starving himself to try to make it as a GC man. And if he was too hurt to recover enough to do something, then there's no point. But he might have missed a great chance to test himself against some of the best on some pretty hard third week mountains. To prove himself, even, perhaps. And maybe even get a result. But maybe next year, then.
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19 May 2017 16:24

I don't see why Thomas can't rest up and be the second leader at the Vuelta - Yes Froome will ride, usually does well, but at the same time, you need to give other riders an opportunity - Unsure how Sky develop riders is Froome monopolises two GT's each year.
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19 May 2017 16:26

Could it be that Sky made him abandon to join the Froomey train in the tour rather fresh because GC was unreachable? I'm not really believing this injuries stories.
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19 May 2017 16:38

yaco wrote:I don't see why Thomas can't rest up and be the second leader at the Vuelta - Yes Froome will ride, usually does well, but at the same time, you need to give other riders an opportunity - Unsure how Sky develop riders if Froome monopolises two GT's each year.
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