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Zinoviev Letter said:
He also explains to a British audience that while he really cares about winning Olympic Gold, it isn't that important within the sport of cycling. Fair play to him.

It isnt? I have not followed cycling for all that long, but I would have thought that apart from a monument that the Olympic RR is the next biggest one day race... kinda like the Worlds RR but you only get a shot at it once every 4 years... but you dont get the rainbow stripes i suppose.
 
Whats with all the Sky riders suddenly having blogs and articles for papers? Is it the 'Murdoch' factor or the fact the Olympics are around the corner?

I was on British Cycling website the other day and there was "Cavs first win" on there, was a little disappointed as they didn't have anything about Andy Fenn's first Pro win.
 
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FreeWheelin said:
It isnt? I have not followed cycling for all that long, but I would have thought that apart from a monument that the Olympic RR is the next biggest one day race... kinda like the Worlds RR but you only get a shot at it once every 4 years... but you dont get the rainbow stripes i suppose.

The Olympics are bigger than any Monument and bigger than Vuelta and Giro. Also bigger than the Worlds RR.
 
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MartinGT said:
Whats with all the Sky riders suddenly having blogs and articles for papers? Is it the 'Murdoch' factor or the fact the Olympics are around the corner?

I was on British Cycling website the other day and there was "Cavs first win" on there, was a little disappointed as they didn't have anything about Andy Fenn's first Pro win.

Schoolboy error...

So the Murdoch factor means Cav gets in the Independent and Wiggo in the Guardian?
 
Oct 28, 2010
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El Pistolero said:
The Olympics are bigger than any Monument and bigger than Vuelta and Giro. Also bigger than the Worlds RR.

Dunno, i find it debatable. IMO in the case of the most popular sports (which the cycling is a part of) the Olympics are a bit separated event. If we're talking about swimming or athletics an Olympic gold is the biggest possible achievement but in the sports like cycling which has its big historical objectives this Olympic gold is worthy as a win at the Olympics which is of course very honorable but the Cycling has quite enough big goals formed through the history so i don't rate the Olympics RR as high as you do.
 
FreeWheelin said:
It isnt? I have not followed cycling for all that long, but I would have thought that apart from a monument that the Olympic RR is the next biggest one day race... kinda like the Worlds RR but you only get a shot at it once every 4 years... but you dont get the rainbow stripes i suppose.

Seventh biggest one day race of 2012. Also less important than at least three stage races. So just about scraping the top 10 cycling events of the year.
 
Boom won't ride Vuelta a Andalucia as well, he absolutely does not want to miss his child getting born it seems.

For the people wondering how he will get ready for the classics then. Today he trained for 260km (!!) and he did 550km in 3 days... :eek:
 
FreeWheelin said:
It isnt? I have not followed cycling for all that long, but I would have thought that apart from a monument that the Olympic RR is the next biggest one day race... kinda like the Worlds RR but you only get a shot at it once every 4 years... but you dont get the rainbow stripes i suppose.

I think the olympics is the biggest thing other than the tour and maybe the Giro.

Certainatly the reception Samu got back home for winning the Giro - statue in home town, state welcome, invitation to lead out fc barcelona at their next home game, thousands waiting for him at the airport, is something a cyclist can only get if they win the Tour and in 1 or 2 occasions the Giro (or Rujano winning the Vuelta a Colombia apparently).

I certainatly think its WAY bigger than this green jersey which the British media seem to think is bigger than the Tour de France itself.

Also Ballan won Worlds in 08. Seems a long long time ago, hes just another rider atm. Samu meanwhile is still the olympic champion, with the gold helmet and all and reffered to as such in broadcasts around the world in every race he enters.
 
Kvinto said:
Dunno, i find it debatable. IMO in the case of the most popular sports (which the cycling is a part of) the Olympics are a bit separated event. If we're talking about swimming or athletics an Olympic gold is the biggest possible achievement but in the sports like cycling which has its big historical objectives this Olympic gold is worthy as a win at the Olympics which is of course very honorable but the Cycling has quite enough big goals formed through the history so i don't rate the Olympics RR as high as you do.

I think Pistolero was being sarcastic. 2 months ago he went a good 10 pages arguing with me that the Olympic RR is worthless.
 
Dekker_Tifosi said:
Boom won't ride Vuelta a Andalucia as well, he absolutely does not want to miss his child getting born it seems.

For the people wondering how he will get ready for the classics then. Today he trained for 260km (!!) and he did 550km in 3 days... :eek:
Yes, but with virtually no race rhythm he won't do much in the classics.
 
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The Hitch said:
I think Pistolero was being sarcastic. 2 months ago he went a good 10 pages arguing with me that the Olympic RR is worthless.

I got free tickets for the Olympics, so now it's important :D

I was speaking from a neutral point of view though, I personally rate the Olympics as high as a normal Monument, but I know many professional cyclists who'd rather win the Olympics than the Worlds. Gilbert for example.
 
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The Hitch said:
I think Pistolero was being sarcastic. 2 months ago he went a good 10 pages arguing with me that the Olympic RR is worthless.

Maybe i got the wrong end of the stick. I don't think the Olympics are worthless but refuse to rate it higher than the Monuments or Giro. For me the Olympic RR is just another way to hold the Worlds but only once in four years. Yeah, it's very honorable, an Olympic gold is a big achievement in any sport but it just isn't the most wanted one day race in the world. If you ask riders a simple question: 'what would you like to win the most?' i don't think many of them will pick the Olympics. Or another simple example: let's imagine that one cycling event will die tomorrow and you should make the choice between Giro, Paris-Roubaix, Ronde, San Remo, LBL, Lombardia and the Olympic RR. What would you choose? ;)
 
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Kvinto said:
Maybe i got the wrong end of the stick. I don't think the Olympics are worthless but refuse to rate it higher than the Monuments or Giro. For me the Olympic RR is just another way to hold the Worlds but only once in four years. Yeah, it's very honorable, an Olympic gold is a big achievement in any sport but it just isn't the most wanted one day race in the world. If you ask riders a simple question: 'what would you like to win the most?' i don't think many of them will pick the Olympics. Or another simple example: let's imagine that one cycling event will die tomorrow and you should make the choice between Giro, Paris-Roubaix, Ronde, San Remo, LBL, Lombardia and the Olympic RR. What would you choose? ;)

Olympics ;) Most countries give massive pensions for sportsmen from their country that won gold medal at olympics ;) All European countries give pension till their death after winning gold, amounts vary obviously.
 
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Gloin22 said:
Olympics ;) Most countries give massive pensions for sportsmen from their country that won gold medal at olympics ;) All European countries give pension till their death after winning gold, amounts vary obviously.

yeah, it shows how honorable an Olympic gold actually is. The problem being that The Cycling lived without Olympic status quite some time and i can easily imagine it without OG RR but i can't say the same about any of the Monuments or Giro
 
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Kvinto said:
yeah, it shows how honorable an Olympic gold actually is. The problem being that The Cycling lived without Olympic status quite some time and i can easily imagine it without OG RR but i can't say the same about any of the Monuments or Giro

Absolutely, but it's money that counts and quite good money for life, so i'd say lots would choose olympics, given cycling isn't really sport you get piad a lot, compared to other sports.
 
El Pistolero said:
I know many professional cyclists who'd rather win the Olympics than the Worlds. Gilbert for example.

You mean Gilbert changed your mind:p

I got free tickets for the Olympics, so now it's important :D

I was speaking from a neutral point of view though, I personally rate the Olympics as high as a normal Monument, but

Free tickets for what? How? Cos your fathers athletic director of Belgium or something?
 
http://www.forzapescara.tv/altri-sp...a-speranze-per-danilo-di-luca-e-lacquaasapone

di luca hasn't signed yet with acqua e sapone because he wants to ride il giro d'italia to win it once again:eek: he will wait until a final decision on saxo bank i think to see if RCS gives the invitation to acqua e sapone.otherwise he will leave for another team invited to il giro.i have no idea which team would be,heard rumours like astana,vacansoleil,lampre,farnese and so on.

very weird situation...