Tyler'sTwin said:Sweden had their traditional TdS ski prep fiasco yesterday.
ToreBear said:They are waxers not magicians. Hellner uses too much grip wax. He has payed for it many times in the tour. Usually the waxers get the blame by the Swedish media. He isn't technically skilled enough to adapt his technique to the conditions. No one could expect to have a good grip in that loose snow for too long.
Olsson, technically skilled, and adaptable. He had a good race.
Emil. Uses power. With such loose snow, that is not effective.
Richardsson, great double polling and adaptable when on form. He is not yet in top shape, and his double polling would be less effective because of the loose snow and the thin layer of it over the asphalt.
Halvarsson did a good race, my guess is that he has the skills to adapt to the situation.
Had the Russians not put down the gas for the entire race, and a larger group had come together Helners overdose on grip wax might have been beneficial, since there would have been a lot more tight maneuvering.
But as the race turned out, he was exposed.
I remember the classics race on the second last day from two years ago. All the Norwegians went for maximum glide. On the uphill they were the first in herring bone, but on the downhill they were fast. Hellner had a horrible race, while Richardsson had a good race. The waxers were blamed, but the truth is Hellner used to much wax and had a horrible glide as a consequence.
I think the waxing team is just doing PR. Though they should work on their organizing skills if it was as chaotic as the article implies.
Tyler'sTwin said:Proof that swedes are more sportsmanlike than norwegians (Østberg vs Steira, Jönsson/Halvarsson vs Hellner).
Tyler'sTwin said:Skiers are reluctant to criticize the ski prep team and any criticism is usually toned down. It means something when a skier says "worst skis I ever had". Jönsson would never, ever have said that if the skis did not suck. Even Olsson lost 45 seconds.
and good freestyle tecnique. She has certainly improved over the the years. Since there is a rest day tomorrow we might see another great race from her on thursday. But my guess is lack of recovery time will begin to take a toll at the end of the week.meat puppet said:quite a comeback by emil jönsson after a fall in the 1st round
my my, a vulgar display of power from randall.
Libertine Seguros said:You still get a whole MINUTE of bonus time for this crap?! Thank god there's only one of these this year.
Libertine Seguros said:Martin Fourcade fell on the final lap of the pursuit in the Gelsenkirchen World Team Challenge event, and has injured his shoulder. So far reports are tentative on how long he will be out; he will definitely miss the whole Oberhof meet, but may potentially miss Ruhpolding, Antholz and even the World Championships in Nové Mesto as well, depending on how long it takes to heal. He will be replaced in the French lineup by his brother, who returns from injury this week.
It seemed weird, cos he looked like he'd done an extra penalty loop.ToreBear said:That's bad news. He did race oddly that final lap, I guess this explains why.
Do you know if the injury only affects his shooting, or does it affect his skiing too?
I'm hoping he goes all out for Val di Fiemme in the 15k freestyle and the mens relay. He would strenghten the team in the relay, and due to bad skiis we never really got to see what he could do in the 15k in Gallivare.
Libertine Seguros said:I really don't like the sprint format as part of a stage race. So much depends on luck of the draw, and giving out ridiculous levels of time bonus only prejudices the outcome of the actual race. I mean, a minute?!
Actually, I'll go a step further. I don't like the sprint format as part of the World Cup, period. I appreciate it's good for fans and can be exciting, but I look upon it as no different to the Gelsenkirchen and Moscow biathlon events, or maybe the Blink Festival biathlon races since those have qualifiers and finals the same as the XC sprints. It's a carnival, a festival and a bit of fun, but I can't see it as a real event.
It seemed weird, cos he looked like he'd done an extra penalty loop.
I think if it's a fairly short term injury, he'll go all out for the biathlon WCs and try to get the World Cup overall since he has a lead and bearing in mind there are relays at all of the next 3 World Cup events he could get away with not losing too much on that front. If it's going to be relatively long term and affect his World Championships as well as wiping out his World Cup hopes, then I see him going to Val di Fiemme.
python said:i thought it was a crazy sprint day...and i agree, the sprint bonification system sucks - getting 60 seconds is out of proportion with the effort and could potentially skew the gc. luckily, it did not interfere this time !
despite the expectations, none of the main gc contenders with known sprinting proclivity (except vyleg) scored, in fact they failed to various degrees, and yet they retained excellent chances for the overall, well, except northug imo. xplain'...
unless petter somehow eeks out 1 to 1.5 minute advantage before the last climbing stage on sunday, i dont see how he can win the overall. i mean, he is certainly capable of winning or a podium in tomorrow's 35k skating pursuit. but i don't see him outracing cologna, hellner, poltoranin and particularly the russians in the coming 5k and 15k classic races. thus his space for time bonuses is quite limited.
i am impressed if not surprised by vyleg's strength
oh, and forgot to add, i am ok with the swedes and the norwegians using the team tactic as needed. it is part of ski racing.
sworks said:Tore: Petter is a slow starter in sprint, live with it. What should the swedes have done? Get out off the track and took off their hats for Petter? You have great knowledge in skiing but now you are one-eyed.
This is bad sportsmanship: http://www.expressen.se/sport/langdskidor/har-aker-northug-over-bangransen/
And what is this? Who do Petter think he is? He must come down on earth.
sworks said:This is bad sportsmanship: http://www.expressen.se/sport/langdskidor/har-aker-northug-over-bangransen/
sworks said:And what is this? Who do Petter think he is? He must come down on earth.