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Uh-oh....Froomey gets popped
Last Post 03/06/2018 03:38 PM by 79 pmooney. 40 Replies.
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Orange Crush

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01/26/2018 08:33 AM
Once Froome tries to show up for his first race things will get mighty interesting.

Lappartient has pressured sky to gave him sit out. He has also said that Giro and Tour are in their right to refuse him. Which they likely will based on public commentary. Many of the riders don't want to see him.

For now he remains holed up. When is his first race supposed to be?
Cosmic Kid

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01/26/2018 08:42 AM
Posted By 79 pmooney on 01/26/2018 01:44 AM
I'd like to see the Tour decline to allow him to start. Just say that it would be bad for their image. Normally UCI would go into an uproar, led by the president, but that happening looks much less likely than a year ago with Cookson. (Sky screwed up big time. You don't pull this stunt when your favorite son is about to step out of the office.)

Ben


They've done it before....Defending champ Contador (and Astana) were not allowed to start in 2008 due to Astana's history.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
longslowdistance

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01/26/2018 07:15 PM
Hab, I agree. The Tour is too often B O R I N G. Not because of doping, but because of robot riders remote controlled by DS's watching it all live.

No radios! Smaller teams!
Power meters and HRMs while racing? not crazy about those either but that's minor.
Habanero

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01/26/2018 09:22 PM
I'll take the Classics over the Tour any day! I agree about no power meters and smaller teams as well.
SideBySide

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01/27/2018 06:18 PM
I'd rather watch almost any other race than the Tour. Too calculated and predictable lately.
longslowdistance

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01/27/2018 08:29 PM
Some things are bad because just because they are bad.
Some things are bad but they don't have to be, which IMHO is far worse. Like the Tour as it's run now.
79pmooney

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02/04/2018 03:01 PM
I had a thought, triggered by CN comment to today's opinion on what Froome should do:

A scenario that would explain 1) what we saw and 2) CF's profession of innocence. This is pasted from my comment there.

"I hadn't heard or thought of this, but supppose - Froome needs a super day after his struggles the day before. The precedence is set for CF perhaps needing the full legal limit of salbutamol. So, in the team car they scheme. "Lets break up a pill and put it in one of his waterbottles. He'll be peeing his test before this gets that far. If he's a touch over, well he has a legitimate excuse. So they doctor a waterbottle one of his teammates brings up to him. He drinks it not knowing and puts in one h*** of a ride (he did). With all the media attenntion, etc, getting to the drug controls takes longer. He's also really deydrated, maybe so much so that he would have been unable to put in that performance without help. He pees and ... oops!

This is all speculation - except it matches the outcome rather well. And it doesln't look that far off from the Sky policy of 'marginal gains'.

Ben
Habanero

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02/05/2018 11:58 AM
I just saw that Chris Froome will start the Ruta del Sol next week? Why is he still allowed to race?
Cosmic Kid

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02/05/2018 05:38 PM
Posted By Hot Habanero on 02/05/2018 11:58 AM
I just saw that Chris Froome will start the Ruta del Sol next week? Why is he still allowed to race?


Because he did not test “positive” for an illegal substance...he had an “adverse analytical” finding for a legal substance. According to the rules, he is allowed to race while he contests the results. Complete BS, IMO....but dems be the rules.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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02/21/2018 09:22 PM
Hahaha
https://www.rt.com/sport/418239-norwegian-olympic-skiing-asthma-diagnosed/
79pmooney

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03/06/2018 03:38 PM
Vaughters' take on Sky and MPCC

http://www.velonews.com/2018/03/news/vaughters-gaming-tue-system-not-commonplace-among-mpcc-teams_458833

I have never been a fan of Vaughters but I have to agree with him here. And I wonder if Sky had been a MPCC member how many fewer Grand Tours it would have won. (I suspect Brailsford had that thought front and center when he elected to bill Sky as clean as snow while eschewing MPCC)

Ben
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