le Tour de France 2012--Official Thread | Page 6 | TigerDroppings.com
Posted by
Message
trackfan
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Sep 2010
19691 posts

re: le Tour de France 2012--Official Thread

quote:

If I was Lance I think I would've asked the US to send their own SpecOps guys. I'm not so sure I would trust the French with my life.
What an ignorant post. If you want to express your Francophobia, I would suggest you start a thread on Political Talk or O-T Lounge. Meanwhile, let's keep this thread about cycling.


engvol
Tennessee Fan
england
Member since Sep 2009
2712 posts

re: le Tour de France 2012--Official Thread
quote:

lso said he's "without a doubt" better than Wiggins on cols and that he hopes he will be the leader of the team next year


Tbf he's not lying, Wiggins will win this tour due to superior TT ability and having a team who can keep him close on the mountains to not lose time.

Everyting i've read/heard about next year is that it will be more suited to the bigger climbers and with it being the 100 year anniversary I'd expect it to be, and so with it targeted like that Froome has every right to expect to be the leader, I also dont think Wiggins ego is big enough to not let it, and I doubt the interview is a surprise to Wiggins or Sky.


As for today makes you hate the French people from the mountains, not only do they think its okay to stand around in buggee smugglers and nothing else they try to sabotage their most high profile sporting event...If they find out who it is they need to go to jail, a guy has a broken collarbone due to their stupidity

Just watching a highlight show, and they show TJ looking right seeing Evans then looking left and carryin on...he's just said that he heard he had a puncture but guessed they had another rider to help....weak
This post was edited on 7/15 at 4:19 pm


Replies (0)
Replies (0)
snake23
LSU Fan
NOLA/BR
Member since Dec 2011
4028 posts

re: le Tour de France 2012--Official Thread


Mahootney
Florida State Fan
Lovin' My German Footprint
Member since Sep 2008
5698 posts

re: le Tour de France 2012--Official Thread
Yeah. The extra time trial emphasis has given Wiggins about a 4-5 minute advantage over the climbers. Maybe if sky let Froome attack, he could get some or most of it back.
But when you have a strong climber carrying you up the mountain, a TT specialist was probably going to win.

I'm hoping 16-17 aren't boring, but I'm afraid the downhill finish on 16 will make this a one stage race.


engvol
Tennessee Fan
england
Member since Sep 2009
2712 posts

re: le Tour de France 2012--Official Thread
Pretty boring stage today, I do wonder where Cavs head is at, Sky have 0 interest in helping him win stages.


trackfan
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Sep 2010
19691 posts

re: le Tour de France 2012--Official Thread
quote:

Pretty boring stage today, I do wonder where Cavs head is at, Sky have 0 interest in helping him win stages.

I can't think of an instance where a team asked an American athlete of his stature to put his ego aside in the manner that Cavendish has been asked to do. It's not like Cavendish is over the hill or even close to it. It would be like the 1995 Cowboys asking Emmitt Smith to be a blocking back. I still remember when Scottie Pippen refused to go in at the end of a playoff game because Phil Jackson called for Tony Kukoc to take the last-second shot instead of him. And more recently, Jorge Posada refused to take the field for the Yankees when he was moved to ninth in the batting order.


engvol
Tennessee Fan
england
Member since Sep 2009
2712 posts

re: le Tour de France 2012--Official Thread
The thing is, he must have agreed to it when joiing Sky, I can only assume to help further prepare himself for the Olympics road race to help the chemistry with Wiggins and Froome. If he was lied to when going to Sky it would have come out by now.


trackfan
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Sep 2010
19691 posts

re: le Tour de France 2012--Official Thread
It just seems like such a waste to use him to do the grunt work of an ordinary domestique.


engvol
Tennessee Fan
england
Member since Sep 2009
2712 posts

re: le Tour de France 2012--Official Thread
Yeah i was saying that today, and how it might affect any attempt he has at merckx stage wins record

He has 1 stage this year, if you think he was at HTC, they definetly chase the break away down today, he probably doesn't have the crash as he would have been at the front as well, throw in champs-elysees and is at 24 wins..10 wins behind
Im not sure how much longer he has left at the top but 11 wins is a lot more likely in say 4 years than 13 is


trackfan
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Sep 2010
19691 posts

re: le Tour de France 2012--Official Thread
He would have won at least a couple of the stages that Griepel and Sagan won if his had his HTC train.


snake23
LSU Fan
NOLA/BR
Member since Dec 2011
4028 posts

re: le Tour de France 2012--Official Thread
Cav has supposedly voluntarily joined the cause to make wiggins the first British tour champion. In return, team sky is gonna help Cav win the stage into Paris and help him out in the Olympics, which he has already stated is his main focus this year


usc6158
Southern Cal Fan
Member since Feb 2008
24185 posts

re: le Tour de France 2012--Official Thread
The sprinting talent on HTC a couple years ago was insane

Cav, Grieple, Matty Goss, Mark Renshaw... STAAAACKED


trackfan
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Sep 2010
19691 posts

re: le Tour de France 2012--Official Thread
quote:

The sprinting talent on HTC a couple years ago was insane Cav, Grieple, Matty Goss, Mark Renshaw... STAAAACKED

Talk about Murderer's Row!


Replies (0)
Replies (0)
trackfan
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Sep 2010
19691 posts

re: le Tour de France 2012--Official Thread
quote:

Cav has supposedly voluntarily joined the cause to make wiggins the first British tour champion. In return, team sky is gonna help Cav win the stage into Paris and help him out in the Olympics, which he has already stated is his main focus this year

That makes since. This will be the only time in his career that he'll have a chance to win Olympic Gold on British soil before his family and friends. As Dorothy said, There's no place like home.


snake23
LSU Fan
NOLA/BR
Member since Dec 2011
4028 posts

re: le Tour de France 2012--Official Thread
quote:

Wiggins, along with fellow Tour stage winners, teammate Chris Froome and Garmin-Sharp’s David Millar, and another Sky teammate, British champion Ian Stannard, will be behind Cavendish’s bid for Olympic glory on July 28th, which is where the Manxman will be paid back for his sacrifices in France
. Read more: LINK ]
This article from today sums it up pretty well
This post was edited on 7/16 at 7:57 pm


Mahootney
Florida State Fan
Lovin' My German Footprint
Member since Sep 2008
5698 posts

re: le Tour de France 2012--Official Thread
quote:

Wiggins, along with fellow Tour stage winners, teammate Chris Froome and Garmin-Sharp’s David Millar, and another Sky teammate, British champion Ian Stannard, will be behind Cavendish’s bid for Olympic glory on July 28th, which is where the Manxman will be paid back for his sacrifices in France
That's a pretty stacked team to compliment the world's best sprinter. Maybe that explains why Wiggins tried to practice as a lead-out man in this tour.
quote:

That makes since. This will be the only time in his career that he'll have a chance to win Olympic Gold on British soil before his family and friends. As Dorothy said, There's no place like home.
I'd take that deal. He's only giving up about 3 wins in this year's tour for a legitimate shot at the Gold medal. That would only add one more year on the tour to get to Eddie. He's still got the best acceleration in the business, and he's probably got 4-5 more years in his prime.
Wouldn't you make that trade?


castorinho
Oklahoma Fan
13623 posts
Member since Nov 2010
31411 posts
Online

re: le Tour de France 2012--Official Thread
Froome is hoping really bad that the likes of Nibali and Evans (Nibali especially since he's closer) attack these next two days so he can have an excuse to drop Wiggins.


trackfan
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Sep 2010
19691 posts

re: le Tour de France 2012--Official Thread
quote:

Maybe that explains why Wiggins tried to practice as a lead-out man in this tour.

I see Wiggins as more of a set-up man (the third to last man in the train) rather than a lead-out man (the second to last). I don't think he has the top end of someone like Mark Renshaw.


Replies (0)
Replies (0)
Mahootney
Florida State Fan
Lovin' My German Footprint
Member since Sep 2008
5698 posts

re: le Tour de France 2012--Official Thread
quote:

Froome is hoping really bad that the likes of Nibali and Evans (Nibali especially since he's closer) attack these next two days so he can have an excuse to drop Wiggins.
I really can't see Sky letting Froome loose to chase Nibali or Evans, especially if Wiggins is in difficulty.

But, you can tell from his interviews that he knows it was his tour to take. That's gotta suck. I'm just not sure that he could overcome the TT difference.

Wiggins should have it in the bag unless Nibali has something special Wed/Thurs.


trackfan
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Sep 2010
19691 posts

re: le Tour de France 2012--Official Thread
Frank Schleck flunked a drug test on Saturday's stage.

LINK /


Page 6 of 8

Back to top

Follow TigerDroppings for LSU Football News
Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to get the latest updates on LSU Football and Recruiting.

FacebookTwitterInstagram