Teams & Riders Chris Froome Discussion Thread.

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Is Froome over the hill?

  • Yes.

    Votes: 24 33.8%
  • No, the GC finished 40 minutes ago but Froomie is still climbing it

    Votes: 41 57.7%
  • No he is totally winning the Vuelta

    Votes: 17 23.9%

  • Total voters
    71
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Just curious, and a serious question, but do these "exhibition" crits count as victories in riders' palmares?

Also curious to know: to what level are these exhibition races and crits pre-determined ? Are the podium placements agreed in advance? I understand that the idea is to give local riders maximum visibility during the races, so I expect there are some plans for that.
 
Also curious to know: to what level are these exhibition races and crits pre-determined ? Are the podium placements agreed in advance? I understand that the idea is to give local riders maximum visibility during the races, so I expect there are some plans for that.
Same level as WWE and Boxing. Fixed. Just a bit of out of season pocket money for the pro's, and a run out for the locals.
 
If I was in a charge for criterium I wouldn't want any fixes. I would invite each WT and PT to sent two riders. No more, no less. This season, there are 36 teams, so 72 riders. And then go. Whether to go for a sprinter or puncheur, your choice.
 
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If I was in a charge for criterium I wouldn't want any fixes. I would invite each WT and PT to sent two riders. No more, no less. This season, there are 36 teams, so 72 riders. And then go. Whether to go for a sprinter or puncheur, your choice.
The organisers pay the big names big bucks to show up. Big names attract more paying customers.

Same goes for Cyclocross, the big names are paid big bucks to attend.
 
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He's soldiering on.

“I mean his frustrations are understandable but, yeah, that’s how it is. I’m contracted for another two years. I signed a five-year contract when I joined. I still feel like there’s more in the legs and I want to go out having given it my all. I’m not going to give up on it."

 
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I just read Alasdair Fotheringham's report on the Saitama Criterium here on CN. Sounds like it was a cracking race.

Pogacar claimed his umpteenth triumph of the 2023 season

According to the Eurosport commentator, the race was "a ristretto of the Tour de France". I... need to sit quietly in a corner and think about that one.

Did seem like a nice event to take one's family to.
 
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