Cancellara probably thinks he is in good enough form to win the Suisse GC. During the TdF he will ride purely to support the Schlecks. The Schlecks are willing to let Canc have his chance in Switzerland so they can have their chance in France.Jasper said:You mean that they help Cancellara keep on to the yellow here as long as possible, to avoid having to do the same in the Tour? I mean, chances are likely that he's in yellow after the the first stage, and still will be after the TTT. But maybe he would like to hold on to it as long as possible. But in that case, the DS could say: "Sure, defend it as long as you wish, but you'll have to do it without our help. All for Fränk and Andy now, you had your moment of glory in Switzerland."?
Good post.la.margna said:As quite a few have observed, this year's Tour de Suisse is just a big joke.
Here the two reasons:
1) Management of the Tour de Suisse is in the hands of IMG, who is also responsible for the management of Cancellara. So clearly, they designed it so easy compared to traditional editions, that their #1 athlete should make it to the top spot, if all goes smoothly.
2) Switzerland hosts the World Cycling Championships this year in Mendrisio. Fäbu really needs to win the Tour de Suisse in order to collect necessary points for Switzerland not just to start with three riders at their home worlds edition.
Sad for cycling. This is even worse than doping. So many great mountains here in Switzerland but not one single difficult stage with more than just one class 1 KOM top or a class 1 KOM at the end (not 70km before the finish line).
Vino, Kashechkin and Gusev in an Astana shirt...BroDeal said:Good post.
It is like the year of the wimp courses. The Giro gets neutered. Suisse is "flat." The TdF is made easy for an old guy coming out of retirement. Now we just have to wait to see what disaster befalls the Vuelta.
I have paint to watch dry, but thanks anyway. (BTW, this statement is not reflective of cyclingnews commentary, but of the fact that this is the weakest stage in a very weak TdS)Susan Westemeyer said:The first live report is now underway!
Hmm is this the achilles heel of Andy the Great! That one bad day you can't really get away with? Many have gone before him, and in any case, it could be precarious if he once wants to win the TdF (or any other major Big Loop for that matter).Kazistuta said:Just heard on Danish TV that Andy Schleck simply just got dropped yesterday. Saxo Bank seem to ride this race just for Cancellara, but even though Andy Schleck didn't have any other explanation than bad legs, there seemed to be no worries....
Disturbing for A. Schleck's GT future if it is true, but I am skeptical.Kazistuta said:Just heard on Danish TV that Andy Schleck simply just got dropped yesterday. Saxo Bank seem to ride this race just for Cancellara, but even though Andy Schleck didn't have any other explanation than bad legs, there seemed to be no worries....
Oh, I understood the comment. Your paint was probably a lot more interesting.Thoughtforfood said:I have paint to watch dry, but thanks anyway. (BTW, this statement is not reflective of cyclingnews commentary, but of the fact that this is the weakest stage in a very weak TdS)
Can't you just make something up the first 3 hrs, even if it doesn't refelct reality, it sure makes it a lot more interesting. In the end, you can tune in for the bunch sprint and do some real reporting.Susan Westemeyer said:Oh, I understood the comment. Your paint was probably a lot more interesting.
It is a real challenge sometime to stay awake myself for such stages, much less try to make it at all interesting for the readers.
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