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27 Aug 2017 15:58

Viviani in France and Froome in Spain, a double WT race-winning day for Sky.
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27 Aug 2017 16:04

Some show today, hats off to Nieve (aemon Targaryen) looked strong
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27 Aug 2017 20:29

I think Sky should hire Sagan and.. Valverde.
The latter just for fun.. and demolish spring classics for Sky.
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Re: Team Sky Discussion thread

30 Aug 2017 12:20

Now that Van Poppel has signed elsewhere at what point do we hear of Sky signing more replacements. Perhaps they might continue looking to the future in Christopher Lawless and Neilson Powless? Since I am fairly new to this sport, of those still on the market, at whom should Sky be looking to complete their roster? Thanks for your input.
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30 Aug 2017 16:56

What pure sprinter would wish to sign for Sky - Ultimately a high level sprinter wants to ride a GT and there are no guarantees at Sky - They had the perfect sprinter in Viviani for their set up and they stuffed it up.
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30 Aug 2017 16:57

rick james wrote:Some show today, hats off to Nieve (aemon Targaryen) looked strong

Spoiler Alert!
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30 Aug 2017 16:58

Pffft. Way too strong. No fun.
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30 Aug 2017 17:23

I do wonder what the hell Poels is doing though. He is never involved with any of the pacing. Drops before Moscon/Nieve are done, and then finishes as 2nd Sky man. It's like he is riding his own Vuelta completely apart from the team. But what does it bring Sky/Poels? He's 12th 5 minutes behind, not even a viable plan B.

Poels should either get in the train or stop trying to hang on after he drops
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30 Aug 2017 17:26

That de la cruz signing looking a pretty sweet deal right now. 4th on GC. It's almost impossible to replace Nieve/Landa but they might've done it.

Plus Moscon is replacing Kwiatk and Thomas except for the small fact that those two are not leaving. :lol:
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30 Aug 2017 17:32

De La Cruz was really strong today considering he had a flat tire when Bahrein were going full. He only lost like what.. 1 minute? While doing large part of the climb by himself, out of the train, especially in the shallow bit that hurt
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30 Aug 2017 17:40

myrideissteelerthanyours wrote:
rick james wrote:Some show today, hats off to Nieve (aemon Targaryen) looked strong

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No it's Aegon, not Aemon ;)
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30 Aug 2017 17:42

Dekker_Tifosi wrote:I do wonder what the hell Poels is doing though. He is never involved with any of the pacing. Drops before Moscon/Nieve are done, and then finishes as 2nd Sky man. It's like he is riding his own Vuelta completely apart from the team. But what does it bring Sky/Poels? He's 12th 5 minutes behind, not even a viable plan B.

Poels should either get in the train or stop trying to hang on after he drops

This is exactly what Landa did at the Tour. Drop before he has to work in the earlier stages and then really come into his own during the latter stages, which I assume he will, since he's been Froome's last man in the third week of the Tour several times now.
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Re: Team Sky Discussion thread

30 Aug 2017 18:46

Wout is the same height as the Top Dawg, so if he
stays close once he's dropped he could still give up
his bike to Froomey without a massive loss of time, or
requiring Chris to make a 2nd change before the finish.
Plus Moscon/Nieve can both still help Chris get back on.
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31 Aug 2017 07:42

Moscon has looked so good.
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31 Aug 2017 18:00

The fact that the team car was allowed to ride so close behind Froome & his two helpers at a 80 km/h descent was beyond ridiculous. Riding 4 meters behind someone at that speed will definitely help aerodynamically.
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Re: Team Sky Discussion thread

01 Sep 2017 13:53

It is going to be very interesting for fans
as well as the Team SKY management to
watch how new signing David de la Cruz
rides over the last week+ of the Vuelta.

He's currently in fourth only three seconds
off the podium but only one second ahead
of Kelderman in fifth and only two seconds
ahead of Zakarin in sixth.
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01 Sep 2017 14:23

Genuine question: how do you become a fan of a whole team? What makes a team like sky so popular? They don't race GTs particularly excitingly at all, they're owned by a class a *, managed by a class b *, and they are the most by far the richest and most dominant team. Their classics set up is fun and enjoyable, but sky fans seem to care a lot less about those. Same goes for other teams as well. A cycling team is unlike a football team or other as they aren't from a set place and their identity and often their name changes completely every few years. I guess personal connections help, but surely it is more reasonable to like single riders. Is it just because a certain team just has a collection of your favoured riders? Or is it a nationality thing? Honest query
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01 Sep 2017 15:00

Brullnux wrote:Genuine question: how do you become a fan of a whole team? What makes a team like sky so popular? They don't race GTs particularly excitingly at all, they're owned by a class a *, managed by a class b *, and they are the most by far the richest and most dominant team. Their classics set up is fun and enjoyable, but sky fans seem to care a lot less about those. Same goes for other teams as well. A cycling team is unlike a football team or other as they aren't from a set place and their identity and often their name changes completely every few years. I guess personal connections help, but surely it is more reasonable to like single riders. Is it just because a certain team just has a collection of your favoured riders? Or is it a nationality thing? Honest query


I don't think anyone is a huge fan of any team since it's an individual sport but I think the connection comes from initially liking single riders. It then extends out a little when you get to know a few of the other riders a bit more if they're helping out a favourite rider.

I wasn't a fan of Sky until the 2011 Vuelta. :lol: Actually even then I wasn't a fan since they screwed over Froome but once Wiggins left and Thomas came to the fore who's also quite likeable it's a fun team as overpowered as they are.
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01 Sep 2017 15:05

Brullnux wrote:Genuine question: how do you become a fan of a whole team? What makes a team like sky so popular? They don't race GTs particularly excitingly at all, they're owned by a class a *, managed by a class b *, and they are the most by far the richest and most dominant team. Their classics set up is fun and enjoyable, but sky fans seem to care a lot less about those. Same goes for other teams as well. A cycling team is unlike a football team or other as they aren't from a set place and their identity and often their name changes completely every few years. I guess personal connections help, but surely it is more reasonable to like single riders. Is it just because a certain team just has a collection of your favoured riders? Or is it a nationality thing? Honest query


I enjoy their dominant performances. They are actually good at tactics which boils the blood of forum trolls. I love every second of it.
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01 Sep 2017 15:43

myrideissteelerthanyours wrote:
Brullnux wrote:Genuine question: how do you become a fan of a whole team? What makes a team like sky so popular? They don't race GTs particularly excitingly at all, they're owned by a class a *, managed by a class b *, and they are the most by far the richest and most dominant team. Their classics set up is fun and enjoyable, but sky fans seem to care a lot less about those. Same goes for other teams as well. A cycling team is unlike a football team or other as they aren't from a set place and their identity and often their name changes completely every few years. I guess personal connections help, but surely it is more reasonable to like single riders. Is it just because a certain team just has a collection of your favoured riders? Or is it a nationality thing? Honest query


I enjoy their dominant performances. They are actually good at tactics which boils the blood of forum trolls. I love every second of it.


not sure about tactits, they had a few problems. but sticking to a plan and getting it done is what they do.
and the blood boiling is what I like more when Sky wins ;)
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