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Geraint Thomas, the next british hope

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13 Jul 2018 08:29

I am finding the content of the 2 or 3 interviews by Thomas before the Tour about joint leadership very odd and out of character.

Thomas has been nothing but a team player for Sky and BC. Sky controls the messages it puts out to the media very strictly.

I am led therefore to the conclusion that this is a strategy by Sky, as opposed to Thomas getting a little above his station. It seems they, Sky, may be laying the groundwork for a world-beating mountain display by Thomas. "This was always a possible scenario. We always knew he had the potential to win on Alpe d'Huez. We went in with joint leaders," Brailsford may claim after the event.
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13 Jul 2018 22:01

Orders - "Talk about anything but Froome! Bernal might or not race, co-leaders, might leave etc blah blah blah"
"Are you going to believe me or what you see with your own eyes?"

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14 Jul 2018 00:46

wirral wrote:I am finding the content of the 2 or 3 interviews by Thomas before the Tour about joint leadership very odd and out of character.

Thomas has been nothing but a team player for Sky and BC. Sky controls the messages it puts out to the media very strictly.

I am led therefore to the conclusion that this is a strategy by Sky, as opposed to Thomas getting a little above his station. It seems they, Sky, may be laying the groundwork for a world-beating mountain display by Thomas. "This was always a possible scenario. We always knew he had the potential to win on Alpe d'Huez. We went in with joint leaders," Brailsford may claim after the event.



Agreed that it with it being Sky it's more likely to be orders by the team to talk about anything but Froome no matter what it is. Sky is way too controlled for it to be anything else. I loved Alex Dowsett comparing Sky to Movistar. His comment was Sky has ever minute of your day planned out and is extremely organized and everyone knows exactly what is going on. Whereas at Movistar they make plans very last minute, then described it as organized chaos. He described with the team trials Sky (like most teams) have the order set the night before, where Movistar riders were still figuring that out on the way to the start house with no input from the directors and race strategy many times was decided long after the stage/race started other than very general things including hey someone should try to get in a break. So this would lead you to believe that at Sky this is something Thomas has support of the team to be saying. Also explains why at Movistar you really need to just ignore most of what is said by anyone with the exception of Mr Unzue and Valverde as they are two that actually and truly know what is going on.
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