Criterium du Dauphine 2014: Stage 3, Ambert - Le Teil 194 km

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Jagartrott said:
I think Bouhanni would've crashed and taken half the field with him.
Is he known for crashing in finales? I know he's had problems at Paris-Nice, but those weren't at finishes were they? He seemed to gain at least some of his success at the Giro by cannily avoiding crashes.
 
christopherrowe said:
I just watched this again and I think you're right. Thinking back to what I've seen of Bouhanni this year (which is more or less just the Giro), he seems to be better able to act as a free agent sans organized train. He also finds and follows lines through the crowd that seem kind of crazy at times, which I suppose is part and parcel of being a sprinter.

As for your message, surely Arnaud knows that he's not posting wins of the same quality as Nacer's and that he has a ways to go yet. The weird thing is that Marc Madiot apparently doesn't know it. I understand there might be personality issues (with a sprinter? is it possible?), but I don't understand why a French team wouldn't want to schedule and program their riders in such a way so as to maximize chances for glory in July. And while he's got a way to go himself, Bouhanni simply seems like he would have been the better choice for that than Démare. At least to go by the results they've each posted over the last twelve months of racing.
Relations between Bouhanni and FdJ soured a bit when he wasn't selected for MSR. While both parties say this is an issue of the past, I think it doesn't help in the general relationship.
 
christopherrowe said:
Is he known for crashing in finales? I know he's had problems at Paris-Nice, but those weren't at finishes were they? He seemed to gain at least some of his success at the Giro by cannily avoiding crashes.
Many riders have complained about his reckless behaviour in sprints.
 

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