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17 May 2018 09:08

poupou wrote:So he is the first rider to be paid by GIRO for his TDF preparation!
What are the thoughts of Vegni?
No. Binda. 1930.

In 1924 the teams had actually gone on strike over their demands for appearance fees.
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18 May 2018 00:11

Merckx index wrote:There’s a lot of speculation of whether Froome will abandon if he continues riding poorly, so he can prepare for the Tour. But if, as is likely, the decision in his case comes before the Tour, and if, as also is likely, it’s a proactive ban, he won’t be able to ride the Tour. So it seems to me that logic would dictate he ride the Giro all the way through; it could very well be his last race for a while. Even if, less likely, he got a retroactive ban, it would probably include the Tour. Of course in that event the Giro wouldn’t matter, but he wouldn’t know that now.

The race schedule also doesn’t favor bailing soon. There won’t be another mountain stage till the end of this (second) week, he’s certainly not going to give up before then. If he does poorly on Saturday and Sunday, it’s conceivable he could be so far out of it he figures he can’t win. I think that’s a real possibility after this last stage. But if he doesn’t lose any or too much more time (we still don’t know, he himself may not know, how much his performance so far has been the result of the crashes), then he’d certainly want to stay through the rest day and see how much time he can make up on the climbers on the ITT.

At that point, there wouldn’t be much advantage, from the point of view of preparing for the Tour (which again, is likely not to happen, anyway), for not continuing. There are three very tough-looking stages at the end of the last week where a lot of time could be lost by any of his rivals on a bad day.

Wow! Exactly my thought. I think that you nailed it. The ban is coming before the TdF. For many reasons, including the fact that the public will be worked up. Bardet, two podiums has a lot of fans and they will not accept Froome, and probably forget AG2R shady history. July fans are not very knowledgeable about the topics that we discuss, team presentation will or would be more of a storm than what Contador got. And road-side crowds: after being cheated by Armstrong, Sky, it seems, with a French contender, they will be restless. ASO doesn't want any of that. ASO will leverage for a decision to be made before the TdF. For many French people, Armstrong almost killed Le Tour. Froome can't be there. This could be ugly.

To me, Froome came light, got back to Earth and he's staying in Il Giro as a PR move, "i'm on the decline, but a fighter," and he will keep losing time. At some point, he will abandon due to crash injuries, et caetera. Excuses.

That makes his come-back, if it happens, a big deal, with big money for him, a Rocky story and making him a victim for his fans still out there, like Ali...

WTF in French.
SOLO LA VITTORIA È BELLA
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Re: Froome Talk Only

19 May 2018 11:39

Fingers crossed for some zig zagging today :cool:
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19 May 2018 15:20

So he took a bag or two. Too bad / hilarious / disgusting. But this is just postponing the inevitable realisation that without gear he is literally nothing.

The thing that should not be as Metallica put it.
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19 May 2018 15:27

What a f*cking joke
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19 May 2018 15:27

His motor got through customs finally?
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19 May 2018 15:29

This was unbelievable, right?
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19 May 2018 15:29

meat puppet wrote:So he took a bag or two. Too bad / hilarious / disgusting. But this is just postponing the inevitable realisation that without gear he is literally nothing.

The thing that should not be as Metallica put it.


Ridiculous ... Next he'll crush in the TT, dominate in the hills and cruise into Rome in pink.. Must have changed brands of muesli ...
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19 May 2018 15:30

He turned the motor on today
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19 May 2018 15:30

So Sky aren't even trying to hide it now!
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19 May 2018 15:30

What's the verdict on today's stage?

A) Prednisolone
B) EPO
C) Motor
D) Blood bag
E) Cheeky puff on the ol' inhaler
F) All of the above
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19 May 2018 15:31

MartinGT wrote:He will rise through the ashes in week 2 don't you worry.


Like a Phoenix (with marginal gains). :lol:
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19 May 2018 15:33

I would rate this performance as his most ridiculous one in his career, he dropped 40 seconds in 1.5kms just 3 days ago, LMAO
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19 May 2018 15:33

Saint Unix wrote:What's the verdict on today's stage?

A) Prednisolone
B) EPO
C) Motor
D) Blood bag
E) Cheeky puff on the ol' inhaler
F) All of the above


G) The best GC rider in the world recovering from crashes and riding into form just like he said he would :cool:
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19 May 2018 15:33

HAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA

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19 May 2018 15:35

Does anyone have the Zoncolan time?
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19 May 2018 15:38

Just like Ventoux and PSM, a premature attack that somehow holds...
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19 May 2018 15:38

SlickMongoose wrote:Does anyone have the Zoncolan time?


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I may be a bit off but it looks like Froome rode the Zoncolan in 40:02, Yates 40:08. Record is 39:03 by Simoni-Piepoli in 2007
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19 May 2018 15:38

SlickMongoose wrote:Does anyone have the Zoncolan time?


39:58
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19 May 2018 15:43

markene2 wrote:
SlickMongoose wrote:Does anyone have the Zoncolan time?


39:58


Good for 6th in the leaderboard, not bad at all for a guy that was dropping time left and right.
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