hulkgogan said:Do you consider the mid-90s to be old fashioned? Cause that's when getting super skinny became trendy with Riis, Casagrande, Bartoli and then everyone else. As far as I know, that trend never went away except in France, where it never started.
ilillillli said:ok, i hate to be the one to start this, but....
remember what we normally find out later after a rider shows a dramatic, out-of-nowhere, mid-career improvement? bernard kohl anyone?
podilato said:I agree. However Boardman was doing mostly track before going to pro road racing. If a 400 metre runner started doing marathons then of course they would lose weight.
mherm79 said:i wouldn't say his had a mid-career improvement - the guy is a gold medallist and has been a stand out on the track.
he is only now getting serious about road racing.
issoisso said:You won't find a much bigger sceptic than me, but for now I haven't seen him do anything out of the ordinary given his change of focus to the road and his massive weight loss.
Especially given the insane amount of weight he's lost. Have you seen him up close this year? Piepoli was fatter. No, that's not an exaggeration.
dimspace said:remmeber when dave brailsford said team sky was being built with the aim of producing a british tour de france winner in five years...
and everyone laughed...
well if he could get brad and put the right team behind him.. well i dont think anyone is laughing anymore.. that said..
he may get 3rd this year, possibly even if he puts in a superman performance this week 2nd, but repeating that another year, when everyone knows about you, is watching you, is a completely different matter..
BroDeal said:Repeating on a real TdF course is what is a different matter. Vande Velde did great last year, but the high mountains still eventually got him. The same will happen to Wiggins on a route with a number of real mountain stages.
podilato said:Previous best finish in Grand Tour before 2009, 123rd. This year in Giro 71st. I think he has only 3 non time-trial wins in his career. But now just because he lost some weight he could now conceivably win the Tour.
You're right. Nothing out of the ordinary there.
dimspace said:fair point..
anyone seen next years course yet.. ive heard no flat stages cos theyre bored with cav winning them all, no mountain top finishes at all to screw up AC, and no time trials.. Reckon with 3000km of descending cunego might give it a go..
issoisso said:I'm wondering where they'll find 300kms of consecutive downhill with no turns