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16 Jul 2014 17:55

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16 Jul 2014 18:34

Happy for him after suffering like a dog on the Belles Filles stage. Really deserved it.
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Tony Gallopin Discussion Thread

05 Oct 2015 16:28

Not sure if he has a thread yet, sorry if he does. Super talented rider, fast enough to top ten a sprint in MSR and Worlds this year, good enough climber to finish 7th in hard Lombardia. Has also finished just outside top 20 in Liege and Flanders (in 2014 Flanders he finished with Stybar, Degenkolb and Sagan).

Loves the long distances, with 1 of his 7 wins coming in a race under 100 miles/160km. Here are his best results in some one-day races:

Worlds-6
MSR-9
Flanders-23
Liege-20
Lombardy-7
E3-6
San Sebastian-1
Amstel-6
FW-16

Also not afraid to risk it in an attack like he showed in PN, San Sebastian and TDF. How well can this guy do?
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05 Oct 2015 16:30

I'd say his biggest strenght is his race instincts. He's shown on more than one occasion that he knows just when to attack.
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05 Oct 2015 18:11

Hugo Koblet wrote:I'd say his biggest strenght is his race instincts. He's shown on more than one occasion that he knows just when to attack.


This. Although he is a great hilly classics talent.
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13 Mar 2016 14:15

So much whining today. :rolleyes:

He rode the race he had to do in order to preserve his general classification and his chances for the stage win. And he didn't cooperate to chase on Wellens.

Paris-Nice was his primary objective this winter, how could we blame him to race for the best possible classification?
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Alexandre B. wrote:So much whining today. :rolleyes:

He rode the race he had to do in order to preserve his general classification and his chances for the stage win. And he didn't cooperate to chase on Wellens.

Paris-Nice was his primary objective this season, how could we blame him to race for the best possible classification?


Because he destroyed the almighty Contador chances of winning the GC in a Contador fanatic dominated forum?

:D
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13 Mar 2016 14:21

Alexandre B. wrote:So much whining today. :rolleyes:

He rode the race he had to do in order to preserve his general classification and his chances for the stage win. And he didn't cooperate to chase on Wellens.

Paris-Nice was his primary objective this winter, how could we blame him to race for the best possible classification?


Don't know,he followed his own interest and that's it.People around here still dream about everyone riding against Sky while neglecting their own chances to get something from races.
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13 Mar 2016 15:57

I don't care much about the outcome of the race. It was entertaining and that's all that matters.
But I don't see how his racing could have helped Wellens in any way. And if he followed team orders, well that's stupid team orders to me.
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13 Mar 2016 16:01

Wellens won the stage, Gallopin won the sprint for 4th and didn't lose his top-10 placing.

How's that stupid?
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13 Mar 2016 16:10

Alexandre B. wrote:Wellens won the stage, Gallopin won the sprint for 4th and didn't lose his top-10 placing.

How's that stupid?

Wellens would have won anyway. And Gallopin would have finshed 11th in the worst case scenario.
But Thomas and Henao bridging to the chasing group gave this group a far better chance of closing the gap to Wellens, thus lowering his chance of winning the stage.

Is the difference between coming 8th and 11th in the GC worth putting at risk your teammate's win? I really don't think so.
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13 Mar 2016 17:02

Exactly.

Coming to think of it, I'm not sure this decision was made by Gallopin himself though. Everyone knows how much even the lower GC spots mean to Lotto. De Greef, Declercq etc. Examples are countless.
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13 Mar 2016 17:08

Just odd tactics. In the end, it worked out, but it could have gone wrong too and Gallopin would have looked like a fool.
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let's not argue the toss about the official count
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13 Mar 2016 17:11

LaFlorecita wrote:Just odd tactics. In the end, it worked out, but it could have gone wrong too and Gallopin would have looked like a fool.


Yes, definitely. And I was pissed at the time too, but it wouldn't be surprising at all if the DS made that call..
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13 Mar 2016 17:15

Gallopin making weird tactical decisions isn't really new. Which was that cobbled classic where he refused to cooperate and then attacked the group to get a 6th place? E3 2014 I think.
Good job today though, he has won a couple of beers with track specialist/cobbled classics rider/mountain goat/future GT winner Geraint Thomas, that's great. Maybe he can ask for a contract as well :p
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13 Mar 2016 17:38

SafeBet wrote:
Alexandre B. wrote:Wellens won the stage, Gallopin won the sprint for 4th and didn't lose his top-10 placing.

How's that stupid?

Wellens would have won anyway. And Gallopin would have finshed 11th in the worst case scenario.
But Thomas and Henao bridging to the chasing group gave this group a far better chance of closing the gap to Wellens, thus lowering his chance of winning the stage.

Is the difference between coming 8th and 11th in the GC worth putting at risk your teammate's win? I really don't think so.


And Gallopin would have won had the 3 been caught.

Nothing odd from the perspective of Lotto.
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13 Mar 2016 17:49

roundabout wrote:
SafeBet wrote:
Alexandre B. wrote:Wellens won the stage, Gallopin won the sprint for 4th and didn't lose his top-10 placing.

How's that stupid?

Wellens would have won anyway. And Gallopin would have finshed 11th in the worst case scenario.
But Thomas and Henao bridging to the chasing group gave this group a far better chance of closing the gap to Wellens, thus lowering his chance of winning the stage.

Is the difference between coming 8th and 11th in the GC worth putting at risk your teammate's win? I really don't think so.


And Gallopin would have won had the 3 been caught.

Nothing odd from the perspective of Lotto.


Exactly - with Wellens in the front group and Gallopin in the second group, Lotto were favourites to win in any scenario.

Without representation in the second group it was more risky in case that group caught onto the front three. Then there would have been a much higher risk that Wellens, isolated by himself, could have got outdone by tactics.
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13 Mar 2016 17:51

roundabout wrote:
SafeBet wrote:
Alexandre B. wrote:Wellens won the stage, Gallopin won the sprint for 4th and didn't lose his top-10 placing.

How's that stupid?

Wellens would have won anyway. And Gallopin would have finshed 11th in the worst case scenario.
But Thomas and Henao bridging to the chasing group gave this group a far better chance of closing the gap to Wellens, thus lowering his chance of winning the stage.

Is the difference between coming 8th and 11th in the GC worth putting at risk your teammate's win? I really don't think so.


And Gallopin would have won had the 3 been caught.

Nothing odd from the perspective of Lotto.


No way was this as much of a certainty as Wellens winning vs Contador and Porte was. If all came together at say 2k to go, the tempo would have likely dropped a bit and that would have opened the door for attacks.
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13 Mar 2016 19:52

I am sure Wellens would have had a couple of km in him to keep the speed up
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13 Mar 2016 20:01

the fact he has Bertie fans boys hating him is amazing, always looking for excuses that lot
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