- Jun 19, 2009
online-rider said:I'm not trying to be a pain in the *** here but we ought to cut Gadret some slack for :
1. Training his balls off to turn pro.
2. Being able to match the worlds best climbers in the pinnacle of his sport
3. Not wanting to blow what would probably be the best performance of his entire season if not career to date by giving his front wheel to a guy so that He can go on and consolidate his 14th place.
It's all very well offering your wheel to alberto contador or Jurgen van den Broek but to be honest I wouldn't give my wheel to Roche in that situation (Although I admit he should have had it, by rights).
This is what Lavenu said before back in June:
"We know we won't be riding for overall victory at the Tour," Lavenu told French newspaper L'Equipe. "Nicolas Roche has ambitions in the general classification - measured ambitions of finishing in the top 15. Will will also hope that [Christophe] Riblon, [David] Le Lay, and [John] Gadret will be able to look for opportunities in the breaks."
AG2R had a clear goal with Roche being in the top 15 - and a stage, which they got with Riblon.
Roche is the team leader, Gadret shouldn't have even needed to be asked - he should have offered his wheel immediately.
Don't expect to see Gadret at the Tour in 2011.