It's not looking good, is it? Back issues can become chronic. A tough situation in a sport as relentless as cycling, especially grand-tour cycling.I'm getting very worried, hope that he is playing games, but that's unlikely knowing him. Finishing the Tour definitely was a bad idea. I'm dying here.
Though, judging from those articles, it seems like it really never was the plan that he should be the GC guy in T-A.Also, this stage was for Thibaut Pinot the most anticipated one in Tirreno-Adriatico, since it could allow him and the team to know more about the evolution of his physical condition. His ranking (34th at 4’58) enabled his sports director Sébastien Joly to take stock of the situation. “There was no miracle,” he said, “but we could expect it. We figured he was going to be in this range, between 30th and 40th place. He’s where we expected him to be. It follows logically with the Classic de l’Ardèche and the Trofeo Laigueglia. Thibaut manages to make efforts, but comes a time when he needs to recover a little before getting back to his pace. His level is stable. It’s not disastrous, but it’s obviously not going the way he would like.”
It's particularly troubling if the foundation for his troubles is due to the position he's had as a developing, younger rider. Some trained-in back defects can't be fixed by surgery easily or at all and I'd suggest Bernal appears to be on that track. Only a long period of rest and physical therapy can straighten some hyper-developed conditions closer to normal. Training a new, appropriate posture which can take years and the pressure is always on results, NOW. It's always the risk when riders get early success and are pushed for results where proper weight training and position development would succeed for a longer career. It's really exciting to see all the new talent but you have to wonder what the risk will be to some of them.It's not looking good, is it? Back issues can become chronic. A tough situation in a sport as relentless as cycling, especially grand-tour cycling.
That list is an horrific example financial mismanagement & teams living in the past. Pogacar, Alaphilippe & van Aert are worth their top 10 salary, whilst the rest? No. And the fact all those other names are ahead of Roglic is pretty shocking tbh.I'm aware that different taxation means that you cannot compare it 1:1, but when did Pinot sign his current contract? Pretty nice wage, on par with Roglič.
Source: https://www.nieuwsblad.be/cnt/dmf20210318_97270665 (h/t @velofacts)
By pretty much everyone with sense in the professional road cycling business for like... decades & decades? But hey, if you want to nitpick & be contrarian for contrarian sake, be my guest.When was that ever said?
That's just false. Riders', and in general athletes', salaries were and are based largely on what they accomplished before.By pretty much everyone with sense in the professional road cycling business for like... decades & decades? But hey, if you want to nitpick & be contrarian for contrarian sake, be my guest.
Overpaying aged former stars who haven't won diddly-squat in years was certainly never the norm.
And that's just false on your behalf.That's just false. Riders', and in general athletes', salaries were and are based largely on what they accomplished before.
No, it's the way it is. Maybe not the way it should be but you're simply not saying the truth.And that's just false on your behalf.
What am I even reading? This stuff was common knowledge for a very long time. Cycling isn't (at least wasn't) football. Overpaid stars without results aren't (weren't) the norm in Europe.