The bottom line is that where there is a Froome there is a problem. Nibali "mistook" the situation just so that he would remind Froome how he handles a bike and that people automatically assumes this. The same did Bala,
It is basically the will of the universe, karma, Santa Klaus, Lady fortune or whatever that have managed Froome to stay on the bike during two stages now.
Or his bike skills/positionning?
It is 2nd stage in which someone actually threw themselves at Froome, yet he managed to stay upright.
What has to be done in order for people to believe that he can handle the bike just fine? Has to win a trial competition? Maybe BMX?
Froome will always be a 'terrible bike handler' to some people. Even if he did a wheelie all the way up Alpe D'huez whilst juggling flaming clubs he would still be called a terrible bike handler, by LaFlorecita most likely.
We expected a crash fest and it happened, luckily the gc favorites are still there so far. What I didn't expect was the incredible boredom so early in the tour. Zeeland and cobbles final apart it has been truly awful. I Remember Giro fondly and roll on Vuelta.
+1. Even this weekend looks like it will be likely quite boring. Weather forecast here is very hot - I was looking forward to staying inside and watching hour after hour of TdF on Saturday/Sunday. Not worth it, I'm afraid.
Will Sagan ever win a tdf stage again? I don't particularly like him, in fact I'll actively root against him in most races, but my soft core is beginning to feel sorry for him. Say what you want, but getting the green jersey without a single stage win, has to feel like a hollow victory. And doing it again and again can't make it any better.
When Tinkoff-Saxo win, it's all about what Astana did wrong
When Astana win, it's all about what Sky did wrong
When Sky win, it's all about what Etixx did wrong
When Etixx-QS win, it's all about what Tinkoff did wrong
Yeah, maybe Sagan should've stayed on Stybar. At least that's an actual thing. But maybe Stybar wouldn't have gone for it with Sagan on his wheel, and Dege would've won handily ahead of Coquard, Sagan a distant fourth after yet another late sprint. Queue the wtf-was-Sagan-doing-boxing-himself-in-behind-Stybar stuffstorm.
Heartbroken for Tony, but great win for Zdenek, perfectly executed attack.