/ Froome does Contador
Had forgotten this was on, must set the sky+ tomorrow!
Saw a stat which said Froome's never one a stage race which surprised me a bit. I'm still not sure that Sky aren't going to back Wiggo over Froome for the tdf in the end
So the question is... Is Wiggo just using it as a training exercise or is this a shift to get Froome up to the head of Sky?
A head-to-head in the tour would be incredible, but is that too risky for the team?
> Had forgotten this was on, must set the sky+ tomorrow!
> Saw a stat which said Froome's never one a stage race which surprised me a bit. I'm still not sure that Sky aren't going to back Wiggo over Froome for the tdf in the end
I think that you'll find that Froome has won very little
Am I out of touch here? I thought Sky/Wiggins have already stated that Froome is likely to be team leader at the TdF this year?
He says he is finding it difficult to motivate himself the same for a second tour win. But if he is up for it I think they will let him defend with Froome as backup. Its the prerogative of the title holder. Anyway interesting times with the parcours. If they pick Wiggo will Froome be able to resist?
Obviously if Froome had more sense he'd have left Sky in Autumn '11 and already have a grand tour under his belt, but money motivates too it would seem.
Cycling tactics have changed since the Hinualt/Lemond days, or when Roche won the Giro, and I don't think you can win a big race without support from the team.
Sky in particular have a very strong team ethic and only a fool would ignore team orders - you have to earn the loyalty of your team-mates if you want them to work for you.
Sky will have made their plans for the season and it does look like Plan A is Wiggo for the Giro and Froome for the Tour. Wiggo has differant schedule to the previous two years and Froome is being given the leaders duties at Oman (and proving he's worthy of it).
But obviously things may change - if Froome's illness comes back for example. And of course they may bluffing, but I don't think that's Brailsford style.
Would he ? Which one ? Even if he hadn't been working for Wiggo, and had a strong team supporting him, could he have taken enough time to make up for the losses in the TTs. And even if fresh could he have beaten the Spaniards in the vuelta, given the nature of the route ?
I'd say he has done the sensible thing by staying loyal and now will reap the benefits over the next few years.
> ... And of course they may bluffing, but I don't think that's Brailsford style.
what about Team GB hiding their "Magic" wheels at the Olympics?
More to the point it's a bit unfair to say that someone staying loyal to the team that has developed their talent is "motivated by money".
Or that by playing the loyal lieutenant in one tour in order to earn the backing of one of the strongest teams in the next is somehow lacking in sense.
You'd hardly have picked him as a potential Tour winner when he was a Barloworld now would you.
But the point is that he has shown loyalty and patience - qualities in short supply in the sporting world - and now stands to reap the rewards
> You'd hardly have picked him as a potential Tour winner when he was a Barloworld now would you.
> But the point is that he has shown loyalty and patience - qualities in short supply in the sporting world - and now stands to reap the rewards
With a palmares like that I'm not sure that teams were queuing up for him, but he has developed into a super GT rider.
> Well duh!
I wasn't the one saying "I think he'd have won in another team" - my point was that to extrapolate that he'd have won because he looked stronger than Wiggins on a couple of occasions is simplistic - if he'd been in another team it wouldn't just have been him and Wiggins up there at the pointy end - Sky would have found another climber to support Wiggo, and given the fact no other team managed to control the race like Sky did it's unlikely Froome would have had the support Wiggins did either. Mr Nibbles and Mr Cuddles certainly struggled to impose themselves because of a lack of quality in their team - there's no certainty that Froome would have done any better. And he'd still have lost 3 minutes in the TTs.
Froome will be team leader at the TdF on the proviso he maintains his current form. Brad will be Sky's contingency should anything go wrong during the race itself, having come off his number 1 priority this year, the Giro. After Oman you won't see Brad and Froome ride together for Sky until the TdF.
> Froome will be team leader at the TdF on the proviso he maintains his current form. Brad will be Sky's contingency should anything go wrong during the race itself, having come off his number 1 priority this year, the Giro. After Oman you won't see Brad and Froome ride together for Sky until the TdF.
Are they not both riding the LBL?
> Are they not both riding the LBL?
Sorry. Provisionally yes they are.
Looks like Froome has finished the job off - it may be early in the season but its a pretty impressive list of riders he's beaten
That would be my guess too.
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