A 'clean' team where 3 riders tested positive in the space of 3 years not that long ago.
You're joking here, right? Right?HelloDolly said:silvergrenade said:LA on Vincent Lavenu:
"If I'm Vincent, I would stop complaining about Ketones and start making better decisions for my GC rider aka a bike change on a 27 Km rolling time trial. No, you are focussed on the wrong things Vincent!"
Sure If it was Armstrong he's take out the epo...christ that he should tell a rider like Bardet and clean team like Ag2r what to do
Bardet can win classics as long stages
how would a schedule change help when his general form just seems off for some reason this year?Zinoviev Letter said:Very disappointing. I think he needs a completely different schedule next year. No Tour, target other races, get back to winning, break out of the one race a year rut.
A schedule change might help because endlessly focusing on a Tour placing has done little for his palmares or, at this stage, his morale. A change in focus could rejuvenate him. As for the back to winning part, no sarcasm was intended. He has one minor win in the last two years. He has the second worst palmares of the top 20 GC riders in the peloton (better only than Kruijswijk). He has the tools to win a number of races a year, unlike Kruijswijk who has no sprint, punch or one day pedigree. He should look for a way to exploit those tools better next year.roundabout said:how would a schedule change help when his general form just seems off for some reason this year?Zinoviev Letter said:Very disappointing. I think he needs a completely different schedule next year. No Tour, target other races, get back to winning, break out of the one race a year rut.
edit: last year with the same focus he podiumed Liege, Worlds and the Dauphine
and 'get back to winning' sounds needlessly sarcastic when referring to a rider with 7 wins in 7 pro seasons
What's the plan for Latour? Presume he'll be #1 for the Vueltastaubsauger said:Today it certainly looked as if he caught an illness or has been completely broken mentally!
Now, Bardet should immediately quit the Tour de France and prepare for the Vuelta IMHO! He needs some rest and re-shuffle.
Giro d'Italia sounds quite good next year, I agree. Even if I think Tour of Switzerland for gc & Tour de France for polka dots might be a respectable option as well.
Anyway, the season isn't completely lost IF Bardet & AG2R doesn't desperately keep going and try to win the Galibier stage. Although that sounds nice. Like I said, Vuelta & Italian fall classics should give him a new focus and potentially a successful end to a horrible season!
Wouldn't Tim Wellens have won without the HC bonus?Finn84 said:The scaling between HC and 1st category is too big. With all HCs being worth of double points due to 2000m rule, it meant that sixth place in HC climb was better than winning 1st category climb.
Yes. Here's the double point bonuses. I've counted Tourmalet and Val Thorens doubled as normal since finish climbs have been doubled for longer time.Northerner said:
Not so sure. He's biting on the TdF carrot again. Giro, refresh is the way to go. Romain needs what Pinot got: less media, race days, have fun, be in the mix without being the best of the rest, a super Meintjes. Win. Bardet is not used to winning. ITT training is huge, but winning from the front is what gives confidence.Nice to hear the lad is still open to learning about the sport and has been doing some riding on the track. Bodes well for his future.