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bob.a.feet said:
Red Rick said:
bob.a.feet said:
Lequack said:
He would be the most popular winner in the last decade or more, not since Cadel Evans.or Contador.
When you consider he is loved by all of France and most non-French it would be most popular since at least Pantani. Basically imagine if Voeckler had won in 2011
Thought everyone outside France hated Voeckler
Personally I was a fan and was enjoying 2011
His ride to hold onto the yellow jersey on the Galibier climb that year may have been his finest.
 
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Broccolidwarf said:
Leinster said:
Evans wasn't ever popular outside of Australia. I think even some Aussies find him a bit prickly.
He got popular towards the end of his career, when he started being more open and friendly towards fans and press.
So with Evans it kinda depends when in his career you judge his popularity.
Cadel Evans was the most hostile to the media of any major cyclist, and is still legendary for some of his confrontations. 'A bit prickly' is kind of an understatement, 'a bit psychotic' was the impression he made, therefore the public came to believe the same
https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/latest-news/cadel-evans-greatest-youtube-hits-156232
Some of Evans' 'greatest hits' are at that link, and those are just the incidents which were caught on video, there were a lot more verbal and physical confrontations in his early career. Evans was an emotionally disturbed child because he got brain damage by being kicked in the head by a horse. Then he was bullied by kids in school because of the deformation of his depressed-fracture on his skull after the brain surgery.

The way he became more popular was like: "Everybody loves a winner" when he started to get top wins, "underdog narrative", and being one of the few clean-ish cyclists in the midst of a dozen or more top TdF riders who were involved in doping. In fact in retrospect, Evans is the only one of the 2005 TdF top-10 finishers not to have tested positive, or be clearly implicated in doping. Or, in 2008 there was Sastre and Kirchen and nobody else, 'clean'. Evans did kind of get away with his association with Dr. Ferrari though. And especially, Evans got more popular by learning to control his public behavioral problems and be 'nicer' to people
 
From Fuglsangs daily column:

"Ineos will probably start to put a hard pressure on tomorrow, seeing as how Alaphilippe has been riding.

When he crossed the line at the TT, be didn't look like someone who had just killed himself for 27 k. The rest of us were hanging over the handlebars and could hardly speak. He did a burn-out, and stood and cheered for 1 ½ minute without taking a breath, while the rest of us were hanging off the frame gasping for air. I thought "Damn, that is quite impressive"".
 
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Andy262 said:
Dekker_Tifosi said:
Staggering ride by Alaphilippe. To beat Thomas in a TT of this length? Not to mention all the big GC guns? Amazing

Yet sorry, I still give him 0% chance to win the Tour. I just don't see him competing in high or multi mountain stages..
Did you see Thomas competing in the mountains before he competed in the mountains?
2015 PDB.

Plus he was competitive on a number of MTF's in one week races that were tougher than any that Alaphilippe had been competitive on.
 
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ClassicomanoLuigi said:
Broccolidwarf said:
Leinster said:
Evans wasn't ever popular outside of Australia. I think even some Aussies find him a bit prickly.
He got popular towards the end of his career, when he started being more open and friendly towards fans and press.
So with Evans it kinda depends when in his career you judge his popularity.
Cadel Evans was the most hostile to the media of any major cyclist, and is still legendary for some of his confrontations. 'A bit prickly' is kind of an understatement, 'a bit psychotic' was the impression he made, therefore the public came to believe the same
https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/latest-news/cadel-evans-greatest-youtube-hits-156232
Some of Evans' 'greatest hits' are at that link, and those are just the incidents which were caught on video, there were a lot more verbal and physical confrontations in his early career. Evans was an emotionally disturbed child because he got brain damage by being kicked in the head by a horse. Then he was bullied by kids in school because of the deformation of his depressed-fracture on his skull after the brain surgery.

The way he became more popular was like: "Everybody loves a winner" when he started to get top wins, "underdog narrative", and being one of the few clean-ish cyclists in the midst of a dozen or more top TdF riders who were involved in doping. In fact in retrospect, Evans is the only one of the 2005 TdF top-10 finishers not to have tested positive, or be clearly implicated in doping. Or, in 2008 there was Sastre and Kirchen and nobody else, 'clean'. Evans did kind of get away with his association with Dr. Ferrari though. And especially, Evans got more popular by learning to control his public behavioral problems and be 'nicer' to people
The guy who touched his injured shoulder deserved to get knocked out though.
 

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