/ Tour podium
With Cav gradually increasing his stage win total, has it ever been better for British cycling?
The most annoying thing is that I found it impossible to get a price off a bookie for that finish.
I predicted evans/wiggins, but more because I didn't want to be disappointed when wiggo didn't pull it of I guess.
Betfair? Make your own market, someone would have taken it.
Whoa!! Lets at least wait until after Wednesday and Thursday ;-)
>"Whoa!! Lets at least wait until after Wednesday and Thursday ;-)"
'You saying it's not just going to be a procession to Paris now!?!
Isn't it the case that Sky is only the second Britsih team to have competed too? There was Halfords team in the 80's I think, but other than that I'm struggling, and the Halfords team ran out of money before the end of the Tour I think too.
So to have three British riders doing well in a British team is great (besides which the yellow helmets are the only way I can spot Sky riders in the Peloton!)
> Isn't it the case that Sky is only the second Britsih team to have competed too? There was Halfords team in the 80's I think, but other than that I'm struggling, and the Halfords team ran out of money before the end of the Tour I think too.
> So to have three British riders doing well in a British team is great (besides which the yellow helmets are the only way I can spot Sky riders in the Peloton!)
I havent checked the team standings but its the leading team who wears those helmets, not team SKY, prior to yesterdays stage at least Radioshack were leading the team standings and therefore wearing the yellow helmets.
after yetserday it may be sky again though.
There was a Raleigh team, but I don't know if they ever competed in the tour.
A main issue now has to be protecting wiggo. Expect to see him riding surrounded by the whole team.
Evans will attack of course, but 2 mins already, plus another long time trial still to come, he's looking at potentially having to find 4 mins. Unless he can find team or other rider support, that's going to be very difficult.
> >"Whoa!! Lets at least wait until after Wednesday and Thursday ;-)"
> 'You saying it's not just going to be a procession to Paris now!?!
Ha ha - put it this way, we're planning on having the biggest party ever here in Faucon a week on Sunday - but we're not planning it yet!
It won't just be Evans attacking.
>"There was a Raleigh team, but I don't know if they ever competed in the tour."
The Raleigh team was Dutch and won the Tour. In the dark distant past there were national teams rather than trade teams in the Tour.
Yeah Jan Raas's team, there was also the Raleigh Banana team after that who did reasonably well in races in Europe.
That's the one, it was the banana team I was thinking of. People often think fashion doesn't change much in cycling, but you just have to look at the banana team getup to realise just how much it does :)
It was only half a joke...but can I say...you heard it here first :)
Are you planning it now? Can we all come?
> Are you planning it now? Can we all come?
We'll see today I guess.
In the mountains, but Evans it the better TT, 3rd place will be interesting. However, we're writing 1 & 2 and we haven't even entered the Pyrenees yet. It's looking good, but like Enty says, maybe we should be a bit cautious.
Finally a bit of sensible comment on the Wiggins / Froome thing.
Yeah, good summing, although a lot of people on here have said the same I think? I differ slightly from some people in that I'm not convinced Froome is stronger than Wiggo. He's just different, his style is to attack, then drop back. Wiggins maintains a more steady pace. Same overall time, just different ways of getting to the top.
We've already seen that Wiggins is better in the TT too. Even where Froome on a different team and able to attack, I'm not sure he'd beat Wiggo overall.
A lot of the comment on this issue is based on the 2011 vuelta where Wiggo was not as his best.
Also lots of folks don't seem to understand the idea of 'form' and the effect of different routes with the ballance of climbing and ITTs.
Still, Froome is an exciting prospect and I'm looking forward to see how he develops.
You heard it here first, you heard it here second...and no, I didn't really believe it when I first said it either :)
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