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Pierre Latour thread

15 Jun 2016 21:27

Ag2r La Mondiale's Pierre Latour is one of the great French hopes for the future. He had a fantastic neo-pro season and today moved into the lead at the Tour de Suisse.

"I knew he was a very good rider but, to be honest, I did not expect him to do so well in stage races in his first year." —Julien Jurdie

2015

-Stage 4, Tour de l'Ain

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15 Jun 2016 21:28

I won't be starting new rider threads in a while, seeing as some forum members there might be too many, but I really think this one was necessary considering Latour's quality and recent performances.
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Re: Pierre Latour thread

15 Jun 2016 21:37

Thanks a lot for starting this thread, so I can make this public service announcement:

It is Pierre Latour!

It is NOT Pierre-Roger. The 'Roger' was introduced by a rogue race official a few years back. It is not actually his first name.
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15 Jun 2016 21:41

Bardet v.2 (probably more talented) with Mollema aesthetics. I am torn, but I guess I have to like him now, don't I?
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15 Jun 2016 23:54

Valv.Piti wrote:Bardet v.2 (probably more talented) with Mollema aesthetics. I am torn, but I guess I have to like him now, don't I?


I like riders who have 'ugly' styles, it makes them more human, seeing them suffering badly on the bike. Anyone who has done any endurance sport at any level, knows that any decorum goes out the window when you are donald ducked, so to see the professionals do it makes them more 'human.'
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16 Jun 2016 00:27

Poursuivant wrote:
Valv.Piti wrote:Bardet v.2 (probably more talented) with Mollema aesthetics. I am torn, but I guess I have to like him now, don't I?


I like riders who have 'ugly' styles, it makes them more human, seeing them suffering badly on the bike. Anyone who has done any endurance sport at any level, knows that any decorum goes out the window when you are donald ducked, so to see the professionals do it makes them more 'human.'

I've for some reasons always come to love the Klödens, Rollands, A. Schlecks etc. of the worlds and I despite Mollema and everything he stands for, but Latour is an interesting prospect for sure. For some strange reason I like Aru very much despite he isn't exactly super aesthetic to look at, its weird.

I suppose he goes on the Vuelta, but what's in between - Osterreich, Poland, or full Vuelta-mode only with Burgos?
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16 Jun 2016 01:10

Great that the thread got started, otherwise I was going to do it. Pierre Latour has been on the radar for 3-4 years now, he exhibits some serious all-around skills, excellent climber, and his upside is huge. It's no surprise, really, he'll be a factor in the years to come. The only question is: how good/great can he be?
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Valv.Piti wrote:Bardet v.2 (probably more talented) with Mollema aesthetics. I am torn, but I guess I have to like him now, don't I?

First things first: get on the Pinot bandwagon and then we'll see :D .
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Re: Pierre Latour thread

16 Jun 2016 04:19

Cannibal72 wrote:Thanks a lot for starting this thread, so I can make this public service announcement:

It is Pierre Latour!


It is NOT Pierre-Roger. The 'Roger' was introduced by a rogue race official a few years back. It is not actually his first name.


So his own team doesn't even know his real name?

http://www.cyclisme.ag2rlamondiale.fr/fr/equipe/153-pierre-roger-latour-2
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Re: Pierre Latour thread

16 Jun 2016 04:40

Kazistuta wrote:
Cannibal72 wrote:Thanks a lot for starting this thread, so I can make this public service announcement:

It is Pierre Latour!


It is NOT Pierre-Roger. The 'Roger' was introduced by a rogue race official a few years back. It is not actually his first name.


So his own team doesn't even know his real name?

http://www.cyclisme.ag2rlamondiale.fr/fr/equipe/153-pierre-roger-latour-2

Yes, believe it or not, that's actually true :D
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Re: Pierre Latour thread

16 Jun 2016 06:42

Kazistuta wrote:
Cannibal72 wrote:Thanks a lot for starting this thread, so I can make this public service announcement:

It is Pierre Latour!


It is NOT Pierre-Roger. The 'Roger' was introduced by a rogue race official a few years back. It is not actually his first name.


So his own team doesn't even know his real name?

http://www.cyclisme.ag2rlamondiale.fr/fr/equipe/153-pierre-roger-latour-2

"Roger" appears to be his middle name, but a French Cycling Federation official once thought it was part of his first name and attached both with a hyphen.

It's like calling Lance Armstrong "Lance-Edward Armstrong".
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16 Jun 2016 08:07

Latour is really an interesting prospect : Bardet recently said that in training he was starting to put up numbers very very close to his. I don't know how good he can be, There is potential there as an all around GC guy but really we will only start getting an idea once he gets a first GT under his belt. He will do the Vuelta this year as a N°2 leader, like Bardet did the Tour in 2013. We will see how it goes. But clearly he is poised to be the successor of Péraud as GT co-leader for years to come at AG2R. Great little prospect.

It will be interesting to see how hard he can fight in this TDS : Can he manage a top 3, a top 5 or a top 10 or will he crack ? My bet would be that he ends up hovering around a top 5 finish. It would be great to stay inside the top 5 though.
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16 Jun 2016 08:18

He finished second in the Critérium International, which admittedly had a lower-quality field.
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16 Jun 2016 09:35

Tonton wrote:
Valv.Piti wrote:Bardet v.2 (probably more talented) with Mollema aesthetics. I am torn, but I guess I have to like him now, don't I?

First things first: get on the Pinot bandwagon and then we'll see :D .

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16 Jun 2016 12:19

Valv.Piti wrote:
Tonton wrote:
Valv.Piti wrote:Bardet v.2 (probably more talented) with Mollema aesthetics. I am torn, but I guess I have to like him now, don't I?

First things first: get on the Pinot bandwagon and then we'll see :D .

Neveeeeeeeeeer :D


I'm telling you you'll regret it when Thibaut wins the GT Treble.
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Re: Pierre Latour thread

17 Jun 2016 12:19

Eddy Armstrong, huh? I bet that he once believed it :D ...

Pierre Latour has to climb another step to be dangerous in a GC situation. At the CI, he was the best of the rest, but the field was weak. I don't expect much in GCs from him until maybe next ear or '18. But he'll record quality wins and tons of fans: he (and Gougeard) are really fearless.
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17 Jun 2016 12:37

Anyone know why Latour abandoned?
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17 Jun 2016 12:39

Cannibal72 wrote:
Valv.Piti wrote:
Tonton wrote:
Valv.Piti wrote:Bardet v.2 (probably more talented) with Mollema aesthetics. I am torn, but I guess I have to like him now, don't I?

First things first: get on the Pinot bandwagon and then we'll see :D .

Neveeeeeeeeeer :D


I'm telling you you'll regret it when Thibaut wins the GT Treble.


Even if, NO. Never joining the dark side feat. Thibaut and Tonton. :D

How will the kid fare today? I have a feeling he will have a pretty hard time today..

NVM then, abandon?
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17 Jun 2016 12:48

Bronchitis.
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Alexandre B. wrote:Bronchitis.

Meh...
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