How British is Richie Porte?
Well he’s presumably descended from British criminals so I guess that puts him ahead of Froome and Wiggo.
Anyway, who cares really about nationality? I just want to see a good race and this one is shaping up nicely. I wish G hadn’t come down though – even if he is “only” Welsh.Posted 3 years ago
CountZero – Member
There is a difference 😉
There is a cautious optimism/hope over here in Oz (and his home town) more in a would be great if he won sort of a way.
The thing not going for him is Froome/Wiggins had him as a backup, the Sky line up is a little too thin for attacking/dominating so if he wants it he needs to nip away and get some luck.
There is also a lot of luck floating round this tour and not much of it good.Posted 3 years agoglasgowdanMember
Britain loves to pull in athletes from all over the world and stick a “Made in the UK” badge on them (reading the smallprint you would find “prepared and packed in the UK, original source may vary” caveat).
Look at athletics; Tiffany Porter, Michael Bingham, Shara Proctor, Ese Okoro… it’s the only way we can produce world class teams in certain sports!Posted 3 years agoMacavityMember
A bit about developing British talent and Dave BrailsfordPosted 3 years ago
Enjoyed watching Nibali staring into the back of his head as if to say – is that it?
right up until Bertie actually accelerated and, despite chewing his bars, Nibali couldnt respond and lost 3 seconds in just 50 metres, you mean?
I wish G hadn’t come down though
he got taken out by Talansky, though I’m sure Garmin will have a different take on it…Posted 3 years ago
but bertie now has the idea that on steep ramps he can put distance into Nibali. It was fascinating watching Nibali staring at Bertie (did he even blink?!) and hugging his wheel, but I got the impression Bertie was doing it to assess Nibali’s strength for future steeps, rather than take meaningful time out of him. He put a few exploratory jabs in and got 3 seconds as a secondary bonus.
All adds up to the potential for a great race rather than a dull procession. I’m rooting for Nibali but I also like Contador for his snake-hipped near weightless climbing prowess and his guile (attacking on descents or flat transitional stages and catching people napping) and I’d like to see plain-talking Porte rise to the challenge, mix it and get on the podium.
I’ll be watching Monday live from start to finish 🙂Posted 3 years agoLabMonkeyMember
Bertie will go bat shit crazy early in a stage with lots of climbs, bit like today, but not today, in the second / third week. Just watch. For reference look at the 2012 Vuelta, think it was stage 15. Ambushed Rodriguez et al to take the race! It’s a better race without the snooze train.Posted 3 years ago
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