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Teams & Riders Chris Froome Discussion Thread.

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Is Froome over the hill?

  • Yes.

    Votes: 32 32.3%
  • No, the GC finished 40 minutes ago but Froomie is still climbing it

    Votes: 57 57.6%
  • No he is totally winning the Vuelta

    Votes: 22 22.2%

  • Total voters
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Mar 9, 2013
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As I'm watching the stage I thought "What is AG2r doing?"
You have this clown Porte making a joke of the race on AX3. And his comments after?
So you go to the front and help SKY?
Bet a nice check is coming to AG2r tonight. If nobody rides Froom has to. And his Tour is shot!
Hope the coin was worth it?
 
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trevim said:
Let's all calm down, Froome has shown no weakness, he's still the best rider and he's still the main favourite for the win. Anyway it was cool to see him in some kind of trouble.

He showed lots of tactical weakness today
After the saxo train left he spent way too much time out in the wind
He was going up and down in the group, scared of sitting on the side of the road
Basically he was looking at his SRM and riding in a straight line

He is still by far the strongest of the favourites obviously, but he might crack at some point if he gets put under a lot of pressure again
 
Sitting there about twenty back looking down at his power meter I'm surprised he hasn't touched a wheel.
Even Cavendish was close enough to close the gap.
They could have plenty of cross winds down past Valence on Sunday. If he rides like that again he could be minutes down before they reach the Ventoux.
 
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Froome dog the strongest in the race. Why not just put his head down and TT as soon as he sees the split. Instead of looking back for help? IMHO the Dog did not have his Ax3/TT "legs" today? I mean he can put out like 450 watts for like how long? C'mon super dog make the leap? Maybe the Dog was looking down at his SRM to long?
 
thehook said:
Froome dog the strongest in the race. Why not just put his head down and TT as soon as he sees the split. Instead of looking back for help? IMHO the Dog did not have his Ax3/TT "legs" today? I mean he can put out like 450 watts for like how long? C'mon super dog make the leap? Maybe the Dog was looking down at his SRM to long?

Tactical mistake either by Froome or Team Management. He should have the capacity to close the gap by himself based on TT results.
 
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Richeypen said:
Cav said he had to put out more watts to close the gap than he did in the sprint. Froome obviously cant do that

Okay 1 or 2 -true or false?

1) Froome to hang on to contadors wheel the rest of the tour? (besides climbing moments)

2) Froome to rely on his team and stick with them?
 
mrhender said:
Okay 1 or 2 -true or false?

1) Froome to hang on to contadors wheel the rest of the tour? (besides climbing moments)

2) Froome to rely on his team and stick with them?

Froome will still have to rely on his team, but he's going to have seeds of doubts in the capabilities of his team, so at some point he will have to make decisions on whether to trust his team or to ditch them.
 
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mrhender said:
Okay 1 or 2 -true or false?

1) Froome to hang on to contadors wheel the rest of the tour? (besides climbing moments)

2) Froome to rely on his team and stick with them?

1) is true.........

2) dont think so
 
Richeypen said:
Cav said he had to put out more watts to close the gap than he did in the sprint. Froome obviously cant do that

Cancellara can close a gap of 10-15m by himself. Wiggins has also closed a gap by himself in the Dauphine of 15 s. Having said that the time required for any action is max 5 s and then followed by hard sprinting for 10 s to close the gap. If the reaction time is not good enough then it is not possible. Froome was close enough to the front to react but he spent too much time thinking. This is more of instinctive racing which Cav is used to do.
 
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Come on Froome win on the Ventoux today to add to your legendry status, and wrap up the TDF early then make sure you put 1 min diff in the ITT and win GC by 5 min+ and you will be a legend GT rider.
 
TANK91 I must say your definition of the word "legend" seems a bit off. If Froome is a legend every gt winner is a legend (even Andy :eek:) We'll see if Froome's got it in him. Many people thought Alberto was going to challenge Armstrong's and Merckx's records a few years ago and look where he is now.
 
IndianCyclist said:
Cancellara can close a gap of 10-15m by himself. Wiggins has also closed a gap by himself in the Dauphine of 15 s. Having said that the time required for any action is max 5 s and then followed by hard sprinting for 10 s to close the gap. If the reaction time is not good enough then it is not possible. Froome was close enough to the front to react but he spent too much time thinking. This is more of instinctive racing which Cav is used to do.

From an interview this morning:
"I had looked at Cav's back wheel and thought, 'I'm going to get there', but Cav took a hand sling from one of his teammates and then sprinted to get on. Minute I saw that, I thought 'no way am I going to be able to do that on my own'... better to sit up and wait for teammates to regroup and then start to chase. Knowing I had a buffer of almost four minutes was a factor in my decision."
 
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wow what a liar. it was clear froome tried but his legs exploded immeidately and cav didn't do any hand sling. kwiatkowksi simply let the gap go and froome was in no mans land blowing and panicking in his radio
 

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I believe Froome. I don't state he could easily have jumped into Saxo group, but he prefered not to do it with an extreme effort and relied on the big group. Yeah, it was a mistake eventually. But if he doesn't lose the Tour, it is not worth criticizing him for that.
 
airstream said:
I believe Froome. I don't state he could easily have jumped into Saxo group, but he prefered not to do it with an extreme effort and relied on the big group. Yeah, it was a mistake eventually. But if he doesn't lose the Tour, it is not worth criticizing him for that.

It was a hard stage and he had enough time up his sleeve not to kill himself. But he does not need any further lapses in concentration. He should have noticed the danger straight away.