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Habanero

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08/26/2017 05:35 PM
Hinault 1973 I believe.

TJ needs to hold his bars if he is to finish, let alone podium. 😉
Cosmic Kid

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08/27/2017 08:41 AM
I'm pretty sure Hinualt is the correct answer, but no one has won the Tour and Vuelta in the same year after the Vuelta moved from May to August.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
longslowdistance

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08/27/2017 09:40 AM
Maybe Froome's weak spring was intentional to leave more energy for august.
Cosmic Kid

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08/27/2017 10:31 AM
Oh, I definitely agree with that....I never bought into the whole "Froome isn't as strong this year" narrative. Another reason why he never really went on the attack in the Tour.....not did he not need to do it, but he also was keeping as much in the tank as necessary for August.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Habanero

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08/28/2017 08:44 AM
WTF is up with Cannondale/Drapac and Vaughters? Why is the funding for that team in jeopardy? Seems like this is a semi regular thing for Vaughters and Co.

Bigger question now that the riders are freed from their contracts is where Uran ends up after the year he has had.
Nick A

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08/28/2017 09:29 AM
I was just thinking of starting a Canondale thread, but thought I'd check if someone else brought it up. LOL. The coverage is somewhat vague. They say things like, "the first name is available", and they give numbers of how much funding they have vs what they need. But nowhere have I found who exactly is pulling sponsorship. I'm assuming it's Canondale? I guess the non-mention is contractual?

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Cosmic Kid

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08/28/2017 11:57 AM
No, it is not Cannondale.....Cycling Sports Group (CSG, owner of Cannondale and division of Dorel) are part owners of the team.

They had apparently reached an agreement with a new sponsor, who I guess pulled out at the last minute. No one has reported who that potential sponsor was, but it would appear to have been a new title sponsor.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Gonzo Cyclist

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08/28/2017 12:39 PM
Hard to believe that potential sponsor would pull out after the TDF that Uran had, but, that's business I guess.
so, the next question is: Does SKY have an advantage with an endless budget? I would say yes. They basically can afford to buy up all of the competition
Habanero

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08/28/2017 12:51 PM
I thought his response was funny, but there does need to be a salary cap to prevent teams like Sky vacuuming up all the talent. Makes races like the Tour a snooze fest.
Orange Crush

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08/31/2017 10:42 AM
Leave it to the old codger to breathe some life in this Vuelta!

Old codgers rule.
79pmooney

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08/31/2017 11:37 AM
Did any of you see Froome's crash? Why? Looked t me like wide open road with perfect pavement. Did he misjudge the corner and hit the brakes? Brakes that might have been a touch different since he just got this replacement bike.

Ben
Orange Crush

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08/31/2017 12:00 PM
Contador said as well that descent/corners were tricky/slippery. Froome just looked to enter that corner awkwardly and perhaps a bit too fast with a team car in front and behind him. Contador makes him nervous. Nothing decisive happened today but it does show that Froome can be rattled and plenty of hard stages still to come. Contador and Nibali just need to take turns. And Contador is now within a minute of number 3 spot.
Cosmic Kid

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08/31/2017 12:02 PM
“I just slipped. I lost my front wheel in a corner — same for the second one,” Froome said. “Just really dry, slippery corners. I just lost my front wheel.”

Read more at http://www.velonews.com/stages/2017-vuelta-espana-stage-12#msiLCJKlxGkd16EH.99
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Gonzo Cyclist

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08/31/2017 12:03 PM
Contador's been lighting it up!! Froome remembers last year all to well, wants to keep an eye on him.
Nick A

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08/31/2017 04:23 PM
More audience participation. Yikes.

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