- Nibbles DQ
It’s pretty funny the video. Bit more than a sticky bottle that one!
Sad to see Nibali go though. And given that he was chasing due to a crash and not leading the race to the win, I think I’d rather see a decent fine or time deducted, rather than riders being disqualified.Posted 4 years agomikewsmithMember
And given that he was chasing due to a crash and not leading the race to the win, I think I’d rather see a decent fine or time deducted, rather than riders being disqualified.
Really? The way the car accelerated was ridiculous, it was the most blatant thing I’ve seen in a long time.Posted 4 years agobutcherMember
Really? The way the car accelerated was ridiculous, it was the most blatant thing I’ve seen in a long time.
I agree. It was pretty stupid. But did Nibali even know they were going to accelerate off like that? Maybe it took him as much by surprise as it did you? Riders take sticky bottles all the time (yes, usually in less blatant circumstances…) It does make Astana look like a bunch of clowns. I just think disqualification is a bit extreme.Posted 4 years agomikewsmithMember
Maybe it took him as much by surprise as it did you
He could have let go? The team cheated he’s out. Considering the punishment Porte got for accepting sportsmanship it’s about right.
It’s a bit like being surprised the daily injections in the broom cupboard were not legit.Posted 4 years agobikebouySubscriber
I thought it a pretty good stage all in. A few bounces, a flat bit then a short sharp lump at the end. Pretty good that.
They all look knackered to me the boys. There is probably only 30 riders fresh enough to ride the whole thing. As is it’ll be another preparation for the worlds, which is an absolute shame and shambles every year.
True enough the decision, had the rider been Landa or Valverde or well, any Spanish rider then they’d not said a word unless totally pushed into a corner then a fine only.
The Spanish are like that.Posted 4 years ago
So too the French
So too the Italians
Deserved the DSQ. Yes, lots of riders do it but rarely if they’re a potential GC candidate delayed a couple of minutes. It’s usually someone struggling to stay inside the cut who has had, say, a mechanical and been off the back of the autobus. I believe Cav has been caught doing it but I think it’s different if you’re not there to race for the overall. Added to this the fact he wasn’t even alone, he was with a load of other riders, means he couldn’t have believed this was reasonable.
Also, the last 12 months have shown Nibali as spectacularly lacking in class as well as being part of the single most dodgy team since Discovery/Postal or Rock Racing (or maybe Garmin-Cannondale) so it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.Posted 4 years agochristhetallMember
You have to wonder whats going on inside Astana at the moment. 6 months ago there was loads of talk of Nibbles leaving, so maybe they have decided to either let him go or not give him much reason to stay. With hindsight it looks like they sent a stronger team to the Giro than the Tour. Apparently his team mates at the tour were a bit embarrassed by his tantrums towards Froome, and Vino was very unimpressed with his performance, albeit redeemed slightly towards the end.
Now he’s blaming the team for a lack of support in the immediate aftermath of the crash, claiming their only concern was for Aru.
Can’t see him staying, but then again he has a year to run on his contract and doubt if he’ll get the same money elsewherePosted 4 years ago
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