The way Froome hobbled about that stage the other day I truly believe he won’t be a factor in next years tourI think there's enough stages to find out who's the best bet before them helping each other out becomes super crucial.
If Froome is Froome again Thomas can go back to domestique duty pretty quickly.
That could be the case, it obviously depends on the leg.I'm not a betting man but logically the odds of Froome being better than Thomas next year should be slim.
Even if you put it that way- wouldn't the chance of Bernal having a crash, getting ill, having a mechanical on a bad moment on an echelon stage or Thomas gaining time after an attack not chased by Bernal for tactical reasons etc. be bigger than Froome beating Bernal in a straight fight, therefore making Thomas the more likely two win between him and Froome?That being said, I still think Froome has a better chance of winning the Tour next year than Thomas. I don’t see Thomas beating Bernal, but Froome still could.
I don't know. Even only getting a paper win I feel like Schleck got more respect than Thomas is getting. Still, it's a rare situation when the 3 best GT riders are on one team. Even crazier that they've each won one in the last 3 years. Honestly, even if it's not new I find all this bunching of GT riders to be annoying. How cool would it be to watch the 3 of them racing the Tour against each other? Throw in Roglic and Dumo on different teams and that's a race I'd really love to watch.Whatever. Its complete recency bias
No, because the same could also be said of Froome, who has shown over the years he can also use all of those situations to gain time on someone, including attacking on a descent, crosswinds ect.Even if you put it that way- wouldn't the chance of Bernal having a crash, getting ill, having a mechanical on a bad moment on an echelon stage or Thomas gaining time after an attack not chased by Bernal for tactical reasons etc. be bigger than Froome beating Bernal in a straight fight, therefore making Thomas the more likely two win between him and Froome?
Agreed, i think added to his olympic medals, one of the others Gt's (Giro or Vuelta) would be a better way to round out his palmares than a second TDF (which is very unlikely anyway)Yes, I'd like to see Thomas finish his 'unfinished business' at Giro. It's a race that should suit him - doesn't mind bad weather, usually more TTs than TdF, long climbs etc. Just hope he gives it a better shot than Wiggins.
People seem(ed) to "hate" Froome more on an amphibian level, whereas the disrespect that is thrown G's way is - perhaps - more factual? He won a Tour where his main opponents were tired from a grueling Giro. Therefore his win isn't (as) highly regarded.Has Thomas been disrespected? If anything I have seen he is better received then Wiggins and Froome. Then before winning he always seemed like he had fan and riders respect.
People also haven't forgotten how Thomas had a career without any GT success before that win.People seem(ed) to "hate" Froome more on an amphibian level, whereas the disrespect that is thrown G's way is - perhaps - more factual? He won a Tour where his main opponents were tired from a grueling Giro. Therefore his win isn't (as) highly regarded.
Don't ever insults these results ever againWhile Froome wasn't only "without any GT success" before the Vuelta, he was without any success at all.
As far as I remember Porte went from swimming to triathlons to cycling. Don't think the cross training would have hurt aerobically but looking at the body shape of the typical elite swimmer compared to pro cyclists it was obvious that his body shape and weight was going to change drastically once the swimming was mostly cut back. I remember back in the day some ice skaters would cycle in the off season while some pro cyclists would do cross country skiiing in the winter. Michael Woods of course went from endurance running to cycling and many of the Australian riders had successful track careers beforing moving to the road full time with variable success. Track cycling used to be much more popular and lucrative in Australia as it was in many other places but the 80's and 90's road contracts for the elite riders and new product endorsements put a stop to that. For most talented young riders the choice was going to be an obvious one after that.Everybody knows that ex-Team SKY rider Richie Porte was once a swimmer and has used swimming in the off-season during his pro cycling career, and it is common knowledge that Team INEOS head coach Tim Kerrison was once a swimming coach. Long before, though, another Australian used swimming in preparation for his 1983 World Professional Pursuit title, where he caught 1980 Olympic Pursuit champ Robert Dill-Bundi in the final with a kilometre to go! His name is Steele Bishop and this week he was in Manchester dominating his rivals in the age 65 to 69 group at the UCI World Masters Track Cycling Champs. No word on whether Sir Dave or Tim Kerrison met with Steele to discuss training methods and motivation practises in their never ending study of successful sports training protocols past and present, with an eye to the future successes of Team INEOS.
A pretty good guess although it would seem a bit harsh on Castro to ditch him form the TdF team given his performances since joining. Although Moscon seemingly has a higher ceiling Castro seems a lot more reliable. Wouldn't be surprised if Kiryienka, Stannard or Knees also get GT call ups too.GT's next year (assuming all well)?
Giro: Thomas, Carapaz, Sosa, Tao, Dennis, Amador, Puccio, Ganna
Tour: Froome, Bernal, Thomas, Sivakov, Kwaitkowski, Moscon, DVB, Rowe
Vuelta: Carapaz, Amador, Dennis, Castro, Dunbar, Narvaez, Doull, Lawless
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