Perhaps it was somewhat disappointing, but after effectively two years with almost no top level racing in the UK it's all a big plus for me.Reflecting on the women's first edition of PR - Overall, it was a disappointing edition which I half expected - I thought it was likely a strong solo rider would go early and every likelihood the race would be decided early as the women would be conservative in their riding - I expect that for upcoming editions that the teams will use their teams more effectively.
How does that change the fact that PR might have been a bit of a disappointment?Perhaps it was somewhat disappointing, but after effectively two years with almost no top level racing in the UK it's all a big plus for me.
I had a great day out watching stage one and saw the world champion and several former ones as well.
Plenty of spectators and the riders all seemed positive about the race.
Sure, it goes both ways, but the established riders have earned the right to be shown some respect.Hmm... I don't like the implication that it should always be the young riders showing respect towards the more established riders. Everyone should show respect to everyone.
D'Hoore's tweet about "using brake pads to let heroes pass" especially strikes me as odd; surely, if you're fast enough to sprint, you should be allowed to sprint, whether you're a 20-year-old up-and-coming rider, or a 30-year-old well-established rider.
In case you haven't read about it alreadyAny news of Tanja Erath? Wishing her all the best for a full recovery.
Thanks. That's good news. I'm also a fan of horse racing over jumps and have seen far too many nasty injuries in that sport. Glad Tanja's injuries are not career threatening.
sadly my deduction isnt working, or maybe I just think there are too many likely suspects as they all look like Generation2000 to me. Or maybe Im just focussing too much on the 5km thing as theres nothing I can see from the little footage we got where that exchange could have taken place with Trek over on the far side of the road, and then next we see the leadouts are formed and not much else happens, though theres alot of head shaking going on and turning around which might suggest its in there somewhere but the single motorbike on the front just didnt pick it up.With the help of a bit of deduction, we can understand that the issue raised by Bastianelli and Cordon-Ragot refers back to behaviour a few kilometres out yesterday in the establishing of the leadouts rather than in the sprint itself, and also pertains to the attitude taken in getting involved - reckless riding in the leadouts followed by disrespectful or insulting behaviour toward those who are already up the front. We can also by process of elimination establish the likely culprits since Audrey called out the ages (not really a fan of the hashtag "Generation2000" to tar all young riders with that brush, but it is what it is) and taking who has been involved in the sprints and who has been expressly confirmed as innocent, it seems fairly clear.
absolutely, that sounds like one of those horrid mix ups you read about happened 30 years ago, interesting though thinking about it I dont recall seeing that much medical support at the race yesterday, maybe only an ambulance, and a doctors car.That's a terrible indictment of the emergency support from Tanja. You cannot mess with back injuries. Very glad the situation wasn't made worse.
As for the niggle about lead outs, I wonder if this is all a bit of a hang over from the crash in Banbury on day 1 as well. Is the snark aimed at DSM or am I barking up the wrong tree?
Does she even stay with them?Reckon that Bike Exchange are happy that one of their riders from their two teams were invited to the TDF presentation.
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