Teams & Riders Geraint Thomas

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Mar 8, 2014
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PremierAndrew said:
Could have been competing at E3 yesterday instead of busting his gust where he doesn't belong
I get how Sky can knock the GT dream into his head, after they succeeded with Wiggo. But I think it is starting to get ridiculous. He is such a talented classics rider, but he is waisting all his talent on riding for a top 10 in the Giro. He should be close to top shape now, and definitely ahead of Froome and Contador, if he wants to beat Quintana at the Giro. Hopefully he wakes up and comes back to where he belongs.
 
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PremierAndrew said:
Could have been competing at E3 yesterday instead of busting his gust where he doesn't belong
He wants the cushty media work at the end of his career. You don't get that in the UK with 1 day wins, you get it with GT wins. Taking the 100th Giro (not going to happen but he can dream) is too good an opportunity to pass up, for him and Sky.
 
Aug 6, 2015
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Valv.Piti said:
Will lose 3 minutes on Blockhaus and his race will effectively be over. Waste of an amazing talent
That stage has only blockhaus. But stage 16 will kill all his hopes
 
He wants to fully focus this year on GTs and i think it is a good choice since this year will clearly tell him if he is good enough or not. Changing weight from high to low in a very short time and getting it right every year is very difficult. Otherwise it will be like Tony Martin who initially showed promise in the mountains in 2009 but never focused on it. He would have been better than Wiggins i think. At least Rohan Denis is making that choice.
 
I think it's absolutely okay for a rider with the climbing talent of Thomas to try to focus on gc's. Problem is that these riders usually don't have the talent to win cobbles classics as well. And in Thomas case he is way more likely to get big wins in classics than in gt's.
Thomas surely is a good climber but I don't think riding against Nibali, Quintana, Aru, Chaves, Kriuijswijk and even his teammate Landa will end good for him.
 
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rune1107 said:
PremierAndrew said:
Could have been competing at E3 yesterday instead of busting his gust where he doesn't belong
I get how Sky can knock the GT dream into his head, after they succeeded with Wiggo. But I think it is starting to get ridiculous. He is such a talented classics rider, but he is waisting all his talent on riding for a top 10 in the Giro. He should be close to top shape now, and definitely ahead of Froome and Contador, if he wants to beat Quintana at the Giro. Hopefully he wakes up and comes back to where he belongs.
I mean when Sky started with their goal of a British TdF winner, the two riders they had in mind were Froome and Thomas, with Kennaugh being seen as another potential TdF winner a few years further down the line. So he's probably been groomed mentally for the GTs for a long time
 
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PremierAndrew said:
rune1107 said:
PremierAndrew said:
Could have been competing at E3 yesterday instead of busting his gust where he doesn't belong
I get how Sky can knock the GT dream into his head, after they succeeded with Wiggo. But I think it is starting to get ridiculous. He is such a talented classics rider, but he is waisting all his talent on riding for a top 10 in the Giro. He should be close to top shape now, and definitely ahead of Froome and Contador, if he wants to beat Quintana at the Giro. Hopefully he wakes up and comes back to where he belongs.
I mean when Sky started with their goal of a British TdF winner, the two riders they had in mind were Froome and Thomas, with Kennaugh being seen as another potential TdF winner a few years further down the line. So he's probably been groomed mentally for the GTs for a long time
Pretty sure Wiggins was also one of the riders they had in mind...
 
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RedheadDane said:
PremierAndrew said:
rune1107 said:
PremierAndrew said:
Could have been competing at E3 yesterday instead of busting his gust where he doesn't belong
I get how Sky can knock the GT dream into his head, after they succeeded with Wiggo. But I think it is starting to get ridiculous. He is such a talented classics rider, but he is waisting all his talent on riding for a top 10 in the Giro. He should be close to top shape now, and definitely ahead of Froome and Contador, if he wants to beat Quintana at the Giro. Hopefully he wakes up and comes back to where he belongs.
I mean when Sky started with their goal of a British TdF winner, the two riders they had in mind were Froome and Thomas, with Kennaugh being seen as another potential TdF winner a few years further down the line. So he's probably been groomed mentally for the GTs for a long time
Pretty sure Wiggins was also one of the riders they had in mind...
He wasn't actually :eek: he was more an afterthought when they saw his performance at the 09 Tour
 
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PremierAndrew said:
RedheadDane said:
PremierAndrew said:
rune1107 said:
PremierAndrew said:
Could have been competing at E3 yesterday instead of busting his gust where he doesn't belong
I get how Sky can knock the GT dream into his head, after they succeeded with Wiggo. But I think it is starting to get ridiculous. He is such a talented classics rider, but he is waisting all his talent on riding for a top 10 in the Giro. He should be close to top shape now, and definitely ahead of Froome and Contador, if he wants to beat Quintana at the Giro. Hopefully he wakes up and comes back to where he belongs.
I mean when Sky started with their goal of a British TdF winner, the two riders they had in mind were Froome and Thomas, with Kennaugh being seen as another potential TdF winner a few years further down the line. So he's probably been groomed mentally for the GTs for a long time
Pretty sure Wiggins was also one of the riders they had in mind...
He wasn't actually :eek: he was more an afterthought when they saw his performance at the 09 Tour
Huh? Wiggins did really great at the 2009 Tour, causing Sky to buy him free from Garmin.
Froome only had his GT breakthrough in the 2011 Vuelta.
 
Jul 16, 2010
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PremierAndrew said:
RedheadDane said:
PremierAndrew said:
rune1107 said:
PremierAndrew said:
Could have been competing at E3 yesterday instead of busting his gust where he doesn't belong
I get how Sky can knock the GT dream into his head, after they succeeded with Wiggo. But I think it is starting to get ridiculous. He is such a talented classics rider, but he is waisting all his talent on riding for a top 10 in the Giro. He should be close to top shape now, and definitely ahead of Froome and Contador, if he wants to beat Quintana at the Giro. Hopefully he wakes up and comes back to where he belongs.
I mean when Sky started with their goal of a British TdF winner, the two riders they had in mind were Froome and Thomas, with Kennaugh being seen as another potential TdF winner a few years further down the line. So he's probably been groomed mentally for the GTs for a long time
Pretty sure Wiggins was also one of the riders they had in mind...
He wasn't actually :eek: he was more an afterthought when they saw his performance at the 09 Tour
Nice bit of revisionism there, but no one thought of Froome as a winner of any kind of race before 2011.
 
Jun 30, 2014
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Billie said:
lol no one thought of any british rider in 2009 as a TdF winner let alone a contender.

Thomas was seen as a good leadout men who had a engine + background for TT's.
Maybe to a lesser extent Kennaugh, 3rd at the Girobio and good in one day races (and a good track cyclist).
 
Let's not get down that road :) .

It hurts but congrats to Geraint Realfast. He played it great, his move on stage 3 was awesome. Even if I don't like the result, it's a well-deserved win. We can root for another rider and still be gracious :) .
 
Tonton said:
Let's not get down that road :) .

It hurts but congrats to Geraint Realfast. He played it great, his move on stage 3 was awesome. Even if I don't like the result, it's a well-deserved win. We can root for another rider and still be gracious :) .
+1000!
 

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