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In one sense, yes the tour organisers may be to blame for the lack of spectacle at this year’s tour. But all credit to team Sky for evaluating the course, their own riders and the competition then putting a plan into action that has resulted in success.
The analogy earlier to golf is an interesting one. With the introduction of technology into the game allowing players to hit longer and longer and destroying courses, the PGA went about altering courses in an effort to even the playing field between the big hitters and the accurate players.
Perhaps in the future, the Tour will have to be carefully selected to level the playing field. This year seemed to be where team management decided the outcome, rather than any individual effort by the team leader. Team tactics should always have a place in the race, but I think spectators want to see a better balance. It’ll be interesting to see how the organisers respond to the public and media review of this year’s Tour.
Despite age, Thomas Voeckler threw away the meter and radio
and walked away with the polka dot jersey.
Perfect Sky Team leadout for Cavendish for the sprint down the Champs Elysees, and just held off
faster-finishing Peter Sagan (plenty more to come from this young guy).
Cadel Evans should not be written off, just yet, he needs to just re-think it.
Wiggins did this Year, what Cadel Evans did last year, but with no pressure on.
(TT's for the poms is a no brainer, and the coarse, this TdF seemed like a setup)
Next TdF will be a whole new ball park
(let's hope they can, all the boring T.T's and get back to reality)
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The fastest rider in our Vets club is 48, he was racing scratch when he was 16. And he's top five in the open A grade crits, and managed to stick with the bunch when the Australian U23's team turned up for a crit. Awesome genetics is a pre-requisite for top-10 performance at the TDF level, Cadel will always be competitive. I'd be putting money on him still being able to finish in the top-50 when he's in his mid 40's.
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I guess my thinking is underpinned by his age. He was already the oldest winner since 1923. He's now +2 years on that. And my guess is 2013 will probably be a tour with a lot of climbing and less ITT (as a response to this year), which swings it back toward Schleck, Contrador, Froome, et al. This course actually suited Cadel quite well - it just happened to suit Wiggins better. And will BMC hold TJvG back for another year?
Nothing wrong with setting your season on the Giro and/or Classics by the way. A Giro win would be epic
Just not buying into "yay, we have an Aussie team" thing. They went to win stages and jerseys, not intermediate sprints.
The leadouts seemed a little weak as compared to Lotto and Sky (who both had to protect GC riders) and Goss seemed to lack the grunt of Greipel, Cav and Sagan when it mattered. They were also a little anonymous in the breaks in the rolling stages.
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No real game plan. Poor team management.
While a couple of individuals had a bit of a go, the above resulted in what was for me a lackluster performance.
I think it's a national honour to be pushed off of a podium by Hinault. It's not the first time. There are plenty of videos of Hinault smacking striking dock workers and unruly fans. And he gets away with it because he's Hinault and everyone else isn't.
I think Cadel has a reasonable chance of winning again based on past efforts. Out of 8 starts, he's had 6 top ten finishes, 3 podiums and 1 win. He has never dropped. His worst result was 30th with a fractured elbow. There is a reasonably large random element in a TdF. Crashes, illnesses, poor team support, unsuitable stages and opponents who turned out to be on drugs. Cadel has maintained a consistency that means that if the cards fall his way in future tours, he can win again.
As for Orica GreenEdge, yes disappointed. It all started with the new kit. Wow! How to disappear in a peleton. I loved the original kit. the new one sucks. Matt White has to wear the main responsibility for the poor performance. They put all their bets on Goss in a tour that wasn't very sprinter friendly. Goss was not fast enough to beat Cav and not versatile enough to beat Sagan. They need to change strategy to get stage wins. From what I saw of Matt White in Backstage Pass, changing strategy is not his strong suite.
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Not sure I would call this just holding off Sagan
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I doubt GE would bid for Richie, for one i don't think they would have the support for Richie to go for GC, and i am pretty sure he is contracted for next year with sky, also he didn't go through the AIS so i doubt if Matt White particularly likes him
Three pretty good reasons, Iain!
Greenedge had a decent Tour a stage win would have capped of a stunning first season, they did struggle with the lead out. But they didn't practice the lead out at the start of the year ( which proved to bring results ) so that's not really surprising , the first time they really started tuning it was the Giro. Next year they will have Meyer focused solely on riding GC , Boberidge free to race without worrying about the track. I wouldn't be surprised to see Rohan Dennis signed next year either, who looks like his going to be a quality rider.
Asked at the start of the season Bannan was asked if there was any rider they went after and didn't get he said that there was only 1, he refused to name the rider but i believe Porte was that rider. Porte won't stay at Sky for long he has his own ambitions and Sky will clearly focus on Wiggins and Froome
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