Gesink Discussion Thread

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Mar 10, 2009
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LLS bruises both wrists
Tjallingi breaks his hip
Renshaw goes down head first, behind hunter, in the previous stage where Cavendish came in a bit later
Gesink bruises his right side(?), seemingly not too bad. Going down twice this stage and a couple of almost crashes in previous stages (Seraing, yesterday when Kruijswijk goes down behind Sagan)
Mollema goes down and tumbles over Gesink.
Kruijswijk said he has been on the ground once every day or so, minus the prologue (?)
LTD fell as well today, but he was far enough behind it wasn't too bad.

It looks like only Tankink and Wijnants have escaped total carnage so far.

Too bad Gesink wasn't ready for the Giro this year; so the TdF, however unsuited, became a logical continuation after his return to the peloton. He needs to put a provision in his contract that he won't do the TdF anymore, and certainly not when they have 100K of ITT. :D

Do the (mountaineous) races that suit you (also applies to Mollema and Kruijswijk, or whoever) and stop riding for corporate/bank management and the Raymond Kerckhof/Telegraaf audience. ;)

Do the races that suit your abilities, and don't waste your career chasing a top 10 classification in the world's most 'prestigious' race. If they continue this way, by the time these guys hit thirty, they'll have the palmares of a neopro.

They should have sent their third tier giro "sprint team" to the TdF instead.

Look at Hesjedal. He won a giro already, which is not only a great result, it also gives him confidence, and perhaps (even more) cool.

Even Wiggins, a track cyclist, has some nice one week stage race wins under his belt.

These guys seem to be able to be competitive anywhere (on paper) and every year they go to the TdF to get that one lousy stage (LLS; Garate) win after every one else is so bruised and battered they have no chance of doing anything anymore.

3:30 and 2:09 is not even enough to escape and go for polka or MTF stage wins.
 
May 31, 2011
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Zoncolan said:
I seriously thought he had a chance of winning the overall.
Podium at least.
Shame, but to be expected from Gesink.
Half of the peloton was on the floor. Bit easy to say. Take a look at yesterday's crash caused by Farrar, how Gesink manages to stay on his bike is actually a class act, even though I realize some people here like to emphasize on his crash.
 
Mar 10, 2009
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Havetts said:
Wynants might have broken his ribs today, so he has not been lucky at all :(
Really. That's just ... well. There's really nothing to say.

For RAB the TDF is the destruction of their investments. (Not a good bank to bank with?)
 
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Always the same story, a crash the first week
 
Mar 10, 2009
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theyoungest said:
People have a short memory... two years ago they had a guy on the podium, and a guy running 6th (5th)
That must have been their last decent result since the disgraced 2007. Return on investment, over 5 years seems a little low then.
 
Jan 27, 2011
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Bala Verde said:
LLS bruises both wrists
Tjallingi breaks his hip
Renshaw goes down head first, behind hunter, in the previous stage where Cavendish came in a bit later
Gesink bruises his right side(?), seemingly not too bad. Going down twice this stage and a couple of almost crashes in previous stages (Seraing, yesterday when Kruijswijk goes down behind Sagan)
Mollema goes down and tumbles over Gesink.
Kruijswijk said he has been on the ground once every day or so, minus the prologue (?)
LTD fell as well today, but he was far enough behind it wasn't too bad.

It looks like only Tankink and Wijnants have escaped total carnage so far.

Too bad Gesink wasn't ready for the Giro this year; so the TdF, however unsuited, became a logical continuation after his return to the peloton. He needs to put a provision in his contract that he won't do the TdF anymore, and certainly not when they have 100K of ITT. :D

Do the (mountaineous) races that suit you (also applies to Mollema and Kruijswijk, or whoever) and stop riding for corporate/bank management and the Raymond Kerckhof/Telegraaf audience. ;)

Do the races that suit your abilities, and don't waste your career chasing a top 10 classification in the world's most 'prestigious' race. If they continue this way, by the time these guys hit thirty, they'll have the palmares of a neopro.

They should have sent their third tier giro "sprint team" to the TdF instead.

Look at Hesjedal. He won a giro already, which is not only a great result, it also gives him confidence, and perhaps (even more) cool.

Even Wiggins, a track cyclist, has some nice one week stage race wins under his belt.

These guys seem to be able to be competitive anywhere (on paper) and every year they go to the TdF to get that one lousy stage (LLS; Garate) win after every one else is so bruised and battered they have no chance of doing anything anymore.

3:30 and 2:09 is not even enough to escape and go for polka or MTF stage wins.
You probably have seen it already but:

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Jul 6, 2010
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Gotta ask, what is up with Gesink? Last year he seemed to have more fight with apparently worse injuries. If he's soft peddling for La Vuelta then fair enough, but he says he gave it everything today :-$ I know he doesn't react well to crashes, but in all honesty, he gives the impression he's nothing more than a bit battered and bruised. I feel for the lad.

All the Rabos who've crashed don't appear to be carrying any serious Injuries minus LLS, yet he's the one really giving it a go.
 
Jul 6, 2010
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killswitch said:
Ask that question to the stupid Rabo management. Gesink doesn't want to continue riding injured.
Is that really it? If so that's ridiculous. I know, to the dutch, it's the tour or nothing, but surely Rabo know this is just gonna kill his confidence. Its de ja vu
 
Jun 22, 2009
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Rabo are stupid , wouldn't surprise me at all if they are pressuring him to stay in the race. Hoping he gets off the bike today.
 
webvan said:
What is wrong with him exactly ? Doesn't look to be too badly hurt, looks like he needs to focus on one week races going forward...
Looks can be deceiving. He still has his shoulder wounds (which you can't see). He crashed on his back (which again, you can't see). He has the most problems with the back muscles and abdominal muscles.
 
Dec 27, 2010
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Dekker_Tifosi said:
Looks can be deceiving. He still has his shoulder wounds (which you can't see). He crashed on his back (which again, you can't see). He has the most problems with the back muscles and abdominal muscles.
Which completely screws your climbing.
 
The point is why did he bother attacking if he's hurting too bad to be a factor...I think there's a lot going on under his helmet. Hard to compare of course but Rolland's in deep pain too but decided to try to get over it, team is in a better frame of mind of course...
 

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