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Laplaz said:
Wow, DD in front for the top25 place of Slagter. Pathetic.
Why shouldn't they be at the front? It's not pathetic at all. They've missed the break and Landa isn't going to bring it back by himself. Better to actually use your riders and try to finish as high as possible.

Reminds me of the Paris-Nice editions when people kept complaining that every other team should subvert their own aims, to allow Contador to win. Just nonsense.
 
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DFA123 said:
Laplaz said:
Wow, DD in front for the top25 place of Slagter. Pathetic.
Why shouldn't they be at the front? It's not pathetic at all. They've missed the break and Landa isn't going to bring it back by himself. Better to actually use your riders and try to finish as high as possible.

Reminds me of the Paris-Nice editions when people kept complaining that every other team should subvert their own aims, to allow Contador to win. Just nonsense.
It is 100% pathetic
 
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Relax people.

From DD's perspective this is the right thing to do though. No one in the break, may aswell bring it back to 20s and try and bridge with an attack. They can't do anything at all if it goes up to 50s+, it's just a 100% loss.
 
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Dekker_Tifosi said:
looked it up, slagter was 5th in fecking 2014:
http://www.cqranking.com/men/asp/gen/race.asp?raceid=25296

4 years ago. Solid reason to ride now
Yep, and even if their leader's highest ever position was 20th, there would still be a good reason to ride now. They've missed the break, and have riders spare in a reduced peloton in a chaotic race - of course they should give themselves every chance to get the best possible result.
 
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Red Rick said:
DFA123 said:
Laplaz said:
Wow, DD in front for the top25 place of Slagter. Pathetic.
Why shouldn't they be at the front? It's not pathetic at all. They've missed the break and Landa isn't going to bring it back by himself. Better to actually use your riders and try to finish as high as possible.

Reminds me of the Paris-Nice editions when people kept complaining that every other team should subvert their own aims, to allow Contador to win. Just nonsense.
It is 100% pathetic
Pathetic would be doing nothing, watching Landa toil away while the gap to the break goes out, and then having four relatively fresh riders arrive at the foot of Mur, when the top 10 positions have already been filled.

Trying to get the best possible result for their team is not pathetic in the slightest.
 
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El Pistolero said:
Dekker_Tifosi said:
looked it up, slagter was 5th in fecking 2014:
http://www.cqranking.com/men/asp/gen/race.asp?raceid=25296

4 years ago. Solid reason to ride now
Fifth in FW, I doubt the sponsor gets much exposure for that. If he wants to win, that's fine, but he should attack instead of dragging Valverde to the Mur de Huy.
Maybe he will attack on the penultimate climb, or some other point. But obviously he can't attack while the break is 40-50 seconds up the road. His team have to narrow the gap first, whatever tactics they later want to use.
 
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They burned Riabushenko who almost closed the gap and then Dan Martin isn't even able to keep the gap stable, he's cooked.
 
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