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Geraint Thomas, the next british hope

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I am finding the content of the 2 or 3 interviews by Thomas before the Tour about joint leadership very odd and out of character.

Thomas has been nothing but a team player for Sky and BC. Sky controls the messages it puts out to the media very strictly.

I am led therefore to the conclusion that this is a strategy by Sky, as opposed to Thomas getting a little above his station. It seems they, Sky, may be laying the groundwork for a world-beating mountain display by Thomas. "This was always a possible scenario. We always knew he had the potential to win on Alpe d'Huez. We went in with joint leaders," Brailsford may claim after the event.
 
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wirral said:
I am finding the content of the 2 or 3 interviews by Thomas before the Tour about joint leadership very odd and out of character.

Thomas has been nothing but a team player for Sky and BC. Sky controls the messages it puts out to the media very strictly.

I am led therefore to the conclusion that this is a strategy by Sky, as opposed to Thomas getting a little above his station. It seems they, Sky, may be laying the groundwork for a world-beating mountain display by Thomas. "This was always a possible scenario. We always knew he had the potential to win on Alpe d'Huez. We went in with joint leaders," Brailsford may claim after the event.


Agreed that it with it being Sky it's more likely to be orders by the team to talk about anything but Froome no matter what it is. Sky is way too controlled for it to be anything else. I loved Alex Dowsett comparing Sky to Movistar. His comment was Sky has ever minute of your day planned out and is extremely organized and everyone knows exactly what is going on. Whereas at Movistar they make plans very last minute, then described it as organized chaos. He described with the team trials Sky (like most teams) have the order set the night before, where Movistar riders were still figuring that out on the way to the start house with no input from the directors and race strategy many times was decided long after the stage/race started other than very general things including hey someone should try to get in a break. So this would lead you to believe that at Sky this is something Thomas has support of the team to be saying. Also explains why at Movistar you really need to just ignore most of what is said by anyone with the exception of Mr Unzue and Valverde as they are two that actually and truly know what is going on.
 
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ebandit said:
Salvarani said:
Where to even begin... :rolleyes:

i will start by saying SORRY!

sorry! for scoffing at members claiming 'track background of Thomas will see him as GT winner'

clearly those members knew more about cycling than myself

who considered 'no way could G EVER come close to winning a GT'

....mission impossible LOL

ark L

Dont have to say sorry to me... Im not on the side that thinks any of this is normal or a good thing at all
 
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pastronef said:
Libertine Seguros said:

when was Hincapie 2nd in Tour de Suisse, smashed a climb in Paris-Nice with Porte 2015, won GC Paris-Nice, podiumed Tirreno and was as strong as Thomas as a domestique on the climbs? (check Plateau de Beille 2015)
Go back a few pages and you'll see the reason for my post.

Here's a link.
viewtopic.php?p=2273407#p2273407

Because of their skillsets and the roles they have fulfiled for their leaders to this point in their careers, I've also drawn parallels between the two elsewhere (and not always in the Clinic), such as here, here and here as well as deliberately replacing Geraint's name with George's here in the same way as I sometimes jokingly write "Eddy Merckx" to mean "Marianne Vos" in the PRR women's racing thread. This is not an isolated thing. I just thought he'd wait until week 3 to do this because of the parallel with the Pla d'Adet win that I mentioned.
 
thehog said:
To be fair on Thomas, he had better pedigree than Froome. He won junior Paris-Roubaix. Never thought he’d win a GT though! :cool:

According to you getting a yellow jersey is winning a GT.

You said you never thought he'd win a GT.

Did you miss last year's Tour when he was winning a GT after the first stage?

Not surprised you are trying to change the subject... :cool: