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27 Jun 2017 16:06

Valv.Piti wrote:I seriously wonder what the sponsor thinks about this. Yes, they have some other decent riders and a rider like Voeckler who always manges to get a lot of exposure, but leaving your by far best rider out of the by far biggest race on the calender... yeah.


It's purely a sporting decision, though...

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/coquard-angry-at-bernaudeau-who-defends-tour-de-france-snub-as-sporting-decision/
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27 Jun 2017 16:12

tobydawq wrote:
Valv.Piti wrote:I seriously wonder what the sponsor thinks about this. Yes, they have some other decent riders and a rider like Voeckler who always manges to get a lot of exposure, but leaving your by far best rider out of the by far biggest race on the calender... yeah.


It's purely a sporting decision, though...

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/coquard-angry-at-bernaudeau-who-defends-tour-de-france-snub-as-sporting-decision/

I called it a bullshit explanation.
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27 Jun 2017 16:40

Valv.Piti wrote:I seriously wonder what the sponsor thinks about this. Yes, they have some other decent riders and a rider like Voeckler who always manges to get a lot of exposure, but leaving your by far best rider out of the by far biggest race on the calender... yeah.


Not really, at least 2017. Coquard has a very bad season, Calmejane, Chavanel, Hivert, Petit all have made more cq points so far this year.
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27 Jun 2017 16:47

Coquard hasn't had a great season but who does Bernadeau think he's fooling by calling it a "sporting" decision to leave him off the team.

If he had re-signed with DE he'd be on that team for sure.
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27 Jun 2017 16:53

Yeah, that part of the statement is bullshit. But Coquard wouldn't have made an impact this year, anyway. Form's not there.
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27 Jun 2017 17:01

He would surely have been able to make a bigger impact than what they can now in the sprints.

Bernaudeau's explanation and fixation on him not being able to best Démare is extremely stupid because, while it's true that Coquard hasn't shown the best form of his life recently, none other riders will be capable to do that either.

It equates to a scenario in which Katusha would not take Kristoff to the cobbled classics because he hasn't been very successful in them for the past two years - without having a viable contingency plan (the example is purely hypothetical as he is unlikely to ride for Katusha next year).
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27 Jun 2017 18:32

The DS apparently got hurt in the feels. As someone else mentioned, what do the sponsors think?
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27 Jun 2017 20:05

Coquard doesn't have capacity to be leader in a worldtour team.
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27 Jun 2017 20:10

portugal11 wrote:Coquard doesn't have capacity to be leader in a worldtour team.

Doesnt need to be a leader tho, he would be great in a 2011 Rojas-role on a big team.
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27 Jun 2017 21:17

I've always thought of Coquard as a bit overrated, but this is a joke.
Bernaudeau is clearly letting personal conflict influence his decision. As a DS, that means that he is not doing his job properly and therefore deserves to be fired. Harsh, I know, but so was he.

And then the fact that he cannot even admit to the real reason..... 'A sporting decision'..... Give me a break.
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27 Jun 2017 21:32

He wouldn't be the leader of the whole team obviously. But teams like Astana or AG2R don't have a real sprinter. If Coquard would join one of them, he would be pretty much guaranteed to ride all of the spring classics, finally doing Milano-Sanremo.
Concerning Grand Tours, it would be more problematic as both teams are pretty GC-orientated. Particularly at Astana there is not really any place for sprinters at both, Giro and Tour.
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Re: Bryan Coquard Discussion Thread

27 Jun 2017 21:34

It's BS on JRB's part. What a way to thank the guy who kept your team afloat for the past 4-5 years...a pity.
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27 Jun 2017 22:26

Never go full retard.
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27 Jun 2017 23:11

I'm outraged!


Poor Bryan. :cry:
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28 Jun 2017 01:45

Tonton wrote:It's BS on JRB's part. What a way to thank the guy who kept your team afloat for the past 4-5 years...a pity.

This. Sad.
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28 Jun 2017 09:10

Who will do the sprints for direct energie now?
Petit or Boudat? Anyone knows?
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28 Jun 2017 09:27

Kwibus wrote:Who will do the sprints for direct energie now?
Petit or Boudat? Anyone knows?


They will probably both be sent home pretty early due to them not being better than Démare. (Seriously, I don't know who they will ride for - they will probably both be given chances).
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28 Jun 2017 14:54

he is their best sprinter yet they leave him at home. This shenanigan has been going on for quite some time and obviously has affected his focus and hence the loss in form. Hopefully other than no participation in tdf there is no other retaliation like pay stoppage etc.
I think the UCI should have some rules on this type of harassment as there are in the corporate world. this type of coercion should be banned
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28 Jun 2017 15:54

Top French teams are good for him.
As FDJ has Demare, AG2R seems to be a good destination.
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28 Jun 2017 17:51

Kwibus wrote:Who will do the sprints for direct energie now?
Petit or Boudat? Anyone knows?

Petit for the harder finishes and Boudat for the easier ones, basically the role Couquard could of filled in either situation but not as good.
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