+1Andy99 said:I see EBH fulfilling more of a super-domestique role, pretty much as he did excellently in Dauphine...
Some of the intermediate sprints as well. It'll be exciting to see how those play out, jersey-wise.auscyclefan94 said:EBH will be sent to the front do work for wiggins and occasionally for Swift. Some stages in the opening week suit EBH more than Swift.
Swift has been better than Henderson all year. As has Appollonio. There's no way Henderson deserves to go, whereas he probably did deserve a shot last year.kanari said:It's a strong squad, not so sure about how wise it is to include Swift though. He didn't seem to be in great form in the TdS and wasn't really a challenger there in the uphill finishes. If they want another sprinter than EBH on the flat stages they might as well have picked Hendo instead. Best option IMO would have been to include another strong helper like Stannard, Hayman or Arvesen.
Good point. The sprint field looks pretty small and weak once you get past Cav, Petacchi, Greipel and Farrar. Galimzyanov is one to look out for.Captain_Cavman said:Swift has been better than Henderson all year. As has Appollonio. There's no way Henderson deserves to go, whereas he probably did deserve a shot last year.
I suppose the worry with Hayman and Stannard is whether they'll be much use in or after the steep stuff. Barry and Arvesen are out of form/favour and all the Giro riders have been ruled out. Cummings and Rogers are injured, there's not a lot left.
Also. even though I thought they shouldn't take another sprinter, there may be better chances of podiums in this tour than in most. Farrar is a bit lost, HTC can only lead out one of their sprinters at a time. Who else is really firing?
They would not pick him if he wasnt in good form, lets be honest Wiggans is plan A, plan B is go for stage wins and Gerro,EBH,Flecha,Swift,Thomas and Uran can all win stages. I think management has picked a solid squad that can help Wiggans and Uran in GC , EBH and Swift can win the odd sprint and the rest are classy domestiques and stage hunters, would be suprised if they didnt win one or two stages.just some guy said:Wonder if Gerrans really deserves a spot though - I am a big fan so glad he is there.
also wonder if there was any Greenedge thinking with selections ?
It's more like you haven't seen cycling in juneEyeballs Out said:Can't really see them getting anything out of Gerrans, Xandio and Knees on current form. On paper Arvesen, Stannard and Froome looked better options. It's almost as if they selected the team in January
I saw the Dauphine and TdS
Stannard, Arvesen and Froome all getting good results
Xandio, Gerrans and Knees doing nothing
What other cycling in June are you talking about ?
I'm sure that's part of it. The question was only which brit would be the third. With Cummings out and Stannard being a little too inexperienced for what they need then Swift seems like an obvious selection especially considering how he has been riding this year.King Of The Wolds said:The selection of Swift smacks a little a making sure there's 3 Brits in the team to give it a British feel. Only 2, for the biggest race of the year, wouldn't have looked good, given the mission statement.
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