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01 Jun 2018 14:31

All joking around aside, this guy is having an outstanding year. Am I right in thinking that he had won basically nothing before (apart from some little French race a couple of times)?
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01 Jun 2018 15:18

Zinoviev Letter wrote:All joking around aside, this guy is having an outstanding year. Am I right in thinking that he had won basically nothing before (apart from some little French race a couple of times)?

Yes, but that's down to him having been a domestique/leadout man until this year. He's having a lot more freedom and is using it well. What's good to see is that though he is quick he isn't a sprinter by any means, and two of his three one day victories have come solo and he's also won a short TT. He can definitely be up in the top tens of classics in the next few years, minimum.
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13 Jun 2018 06:23

Zinoviev Letter wrote:All joking around aside, this guy is having an outstanding year. Am I right in thinking that he had won basically nothing before (apart from some little French race a couple of times)?


He was top 5 on a couple of TDF stages when Bouhanni had dropped out/been dropped in the wind, including stage 11 in 2016 after Froome and Sagan attacked in the wind (2nd in the bunch sprint), also Vendee is no little French race.

Lots of generous domestique work too, so now that Bouhanni isn't on the best terms with the team, he is finally balancing his generosity between keeping his team afloat and allowing other riders to keep their careers.

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Anybody have any tour predictions for Laporte? I expect him to finally take green after gifting it to Sagan a few times, at the very least, stage 1 and 2 are in his favourite part of France, Vendee so should be definite wins and an early yellow jersey for him, though his team will likely fail him in the TT (despite all his gifts to Bouhanni) :/ I think he's too generous for yellow and green though, unfortunately, so we won't see him at 100% again.
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13 Jun 2018 10:50

I think he will do fine, but already said he will gift the win on Champs-Élysées to another rider. In a big interview given to TV5Monde he said that the Tour, a little French race, is only a prep race for him and his big goal is to win the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic. Will probably only race for 14-16 days in the Tour.
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14 Jun 2018 16:43

Laporte lets his leadout man to win today.
Classy.
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14 Jun 2018 16:56

Haha, definitely not a generous gesture today xD
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14 Jun 2018 18:48

Bonhauui needs the confidence.
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14 Jun 2018 18:57

Now, imagine if he'd actually overtaken Bouhanni.
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14 Jun 2018 22:01

Kind of Laporte, I think he was Bonhauui swerve at the end and though 'wow, he really needs this one for his confidence', then showed his superiority by coming as close as possible without winning. Cofidis should see this and not worry about Bonhauui in the tour at all.
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14 Jun 2018 22:03

That was kind of Laporte, I think he was Bonhauui swerve at the end and though 'wow, he really needs this one for his confidence', then showed his superiority by coming as close as possible without winning. Cofidis should see this and not worry about Bonhauui in the tour at all.
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15 Jun 2018 02:58

Are Der Effe and Laporte17 both using keyboards in which the “u” and “n” have been swapped?
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