Jasper wrote:It seems it was Sastre who asked his DS to tell Pauwels to wait for him at the top of the last mountain, because Sastre was isolated (Gustov crashed apparentely) and had to close the gap on Basso. Van Poppel has no television in his car, so he could not properly read the current race situation and made his unfortunate decision.
jmnikricket wrote:While watching the stage, I was sure a deal had been made since Cervelo had taken yesterdays stage. Thinking about it a little more, it's possible Pauwels was ordered just to sit up, not necessarily to help Sastre today, but to conserve energy to help tomorrow. It's no secret that Cervelo is riding for Sastre and Sastre is targeting mondays stage to gain time.
Pauwels, obviously frustrated, rebelled by keeping with the chase group and contesting the sprint for second in a kind of "I told you so" move. Pauwels has my sympathy if this is the case, but based on that, I'm not so sure Sastre can count on Pauwels as a team player in tomorrows important stage.
btw I'm a Sastre fan, and I realize opportunities don't come up often like this for domestiques, but if it helps Sastre get on the podium, then I think it's justified.
Cobblestones wrote:He could've ripped his earpiece out and claimed it wasn't working.
Buffalo Soldier wrote:There was still a team car, with his sport director, next to him, couldn't claim that wasn't working
Jasper wrote:I guess he doesn't have the balls - yet - to do such a thing
Cobblestones wrote:Team car? So what. He could've ripped his earpiece out in disgust and never looking back.
Ah well, no balls no glory.
Aguirre wrote:well, i think it was a disaster,something you don't see in professionals very often. I saw on basque Tv and commentators were like "should someone explain this tactique"?
really crap, poor guy. In a situation like this you don't drop never unless your boss is in real danger, and the boss being the maglia.
but being sastre 6 in general, having denis, di luca, levi and the rest in the group having the help of quick step and caisse and basso and garzeli only 30 seconds ahead, YOU NEVER STOP a rider that can win a stage.
van poppel should apologize publicly. By the way we saw a very poor tactic for whole cycling, menchov must be happy the rest are riding for him (specially LPR)
Escarabajo wrote:Totally disagree. If you are 6th in the GC does not mean you still can not win the Giro d'Italia. Besides had Sastre had a mechanical or needed some help to pull any attacker the strategy would not had been so stupid after all.
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