Domination by 1 team/group of riders is pretty much the norm in the Tour.Forever The Best said:Yes, because one team having the strongest rider and dominating one race every single year for 8! years (and sometimes 2! riders in one race) is totally the norm in history. The closest was USPS and they only did it with one rider. Sky did it with 3!macbindle said:Maybe you missed the Amstrong years? Were they a mockery? Or the Indurain years? Were they a mockeryForever The Best said:This. I'm not surprised by anything from Sky. They've made such a big mockery out of the race that the only thing left is laugh.Red Rick said:What is there to say. People were expecting Bernal. Then Thomas takes off, yet nobody is the least bit surprised, cause it's the special kind of horse manure we've been seeing the last 8 Tours.JosephK said:No takers today after Stage 6 vertical takeoff from G? . . . Forum was down for a while.
What about the intervening years, with Pantani, Ulrich and Riis, not a mockery?
What about post Armstrong? Landis? Or Contador, with one win revoked through doping, and the other wins tainted with the knowledge that he is a doper?
Pre-Sky the only two years that were not a total open mockery were Sastre and Evan's, but dont lift the edge of the carpet too high...
What about that wonderful oasis of purity, 2014, when Sky didnt win? Oh yes, Nibali. Riding for Astana. Heard of them? :lol: Managed by Vinokourov FFS, a man who's only redeeming feature is that he makes absolutely no attempt to deny, because he absolutely doesn't give a FK.
So, sorry, what was it you were saying about Sky making a mockery of the race :lol: :lol:
Hey, let's all cheer on Fulsgang (Astana, Vinokourov), or Kriswiijk (J-L, born from the corpse of dope-soaked Rabobank) or maybe just forget about the GC and cheer on the panache of world champion Valverde..
Cheating has been prevalent in sports since the start and will be, but this kind of dominance isn't that much prevalent. Even USPS did it with only one rider. Sky did it with Wiggins, Froome and now with Thomas.
And the only one that came close to this was USPS and given how they were/are viewed from the crowd (hint: similar to how people are viewing Sky now) your attempt to whitewash is quite pathetic.
France/Saint Raphael/Ford did it with Anquetil/Aimar, Faema/Molteni did it with Merckx, Renault/La Vie Claire did it with Hinault/Fignon/LeMond, Indurain won 5 in a row which no-one else has ever done (officially), and US Postal did it with Armstrong. I've kept this to post-WW2 and from the first rider once trade teams came back (anquetil) but the same pattern is seen between WW1 and WW2 and even before WW1 (although these races were pretty different).
The usual pattern is domination, a few different winners, domination and so on.