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  • Premier Icon steveoath
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    Damn you,

    MODS: delete my other post!

    I had read that even at full fitness this year’s course wouldn’t have suited him and it would have been unlikely for him to successfully defend his title. Still a shame though.

    crikey
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    Various suggestions that this is rather fortunate given Sky’s Tour Leader conundrums, and eyebrows raised at the ‘too much float in the pedal’ theory given he uses Speedplay pedals which are renowned for their float…

    Premier Icon spawnofyorkshire
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    if it avoids the soap-opera ‘who’s the team leader’ stuff then I’m pretty happy. Froome has been in great form this year and deserves his team leader status, especially as the parcours suits him more than wiggo.

    It’s a shame wiggo couldn’t defend his title, but GB has a good follow up man in Froome

    edlong
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    There’s this speculation all over twitter too. Personally, I don’t reckon you could get to where Wiggins has, making the sacrifices and putting in the blood, sweat, tears and complete and utter commitment that he has, if you’re the sort of bloke who spits the dummy out and sulks off on a sickie when you don’t get your own way.

    Look at his history, he’s not one to walk away at the first sign of adversity, is he?

    butcher
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    if it avoids the soap-opera ‘who’s the team leader’ stuff then I’m pretty happy.

    I was quite looking forward to it 🙁

    crikey
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    Personally, I don’t reckon you could get to where Wiggins has, making the sacrifices and putting in the blood, sweat, tears and complete and utter commitment that he has

    along with every other pro cyclist….

    Premier Icon notmyrealname
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    Whatever the reason, he should be on good form for the Vuelta this year so I’d imagine him doing well in that.

    crikey
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    Whatever the reason, he should be on good form for the Vuelta this year so I’d imagine him doing well in that.

    Except I believe Richie Porte was expecting to be Team leader…

    jimster
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    Makes my fantasy Tour team easier to select.

    mooman
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    Cant say i am surprised he has pulled out.
    The Giro didnt go as he planned.

    I am still not convinced he would have pulled out of the Giro if the TT went as he planned. Even less convinced he would have the knee probs if he was given number one spot for the tour also ..

    Premier Icon geoffj
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    Strange wording from Brailsford – it appears that they’ve made the decision rather than Wiggins himself.

    Brailsford calls the shots. I’m certain he’d not put an ailing defending champ up if there was a chance of causing further knee issues and would rather get him back out fully fit to go later.

    Sorry if this has been done, but it just popped up on my facebook feed from Team Sky:

    Wiggins out due to knee injury.

    mooman
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    The Vuelta is not likely to suit Wiggo either.

    Maybe he will give Tour of Britain a proper go this year?

    samuri
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    NOOOOOOO! We love you brad!
    Get well soon.

    What am I going to do with these sideburns now?

    JCL
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    Basically the problem is there are three or four guys who will tear him to bits in any Tour mountain stage. I can’t see him winning another grand Tour.

    Premier Icon enigmas
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    TT world champs maybe? End of the seasons and it’s his specialty?

    stanfree
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    Shame for Bradley and as I really cant take to Froome I’m really not bothered who wins this year. If I was sure Contador was completely clean I’d be backing him . I think even a fit Wiggins would have been destroyed by Nibali in the Giro .

    wiggo pulled out cos he didn’t want to be 2nd fiddle to froome-dog,he’s just stuck 1 finger up at him,an said spin on that! dave was just on sky sports news blah blah blah

    Is Nibali racing le Tour? Him and Astana looked bloody strong in the Giro, I hope he can maintain his form if he’s racing and whup that bellend Contador.

    Premier Icon Lifer
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    Froome’s pretty much had Bertie so far this season, Dauphine will be interesting (I’m backing Froome)

    nibali is going for velta & road champs

    Its one of lifes great disappointments to me that Froome looks so ungainly on a bike whilst Contador is a joy to watch pedal as i **** hate the **** Contador.

    Premier Icon edhornby
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    I always thought the idea that you could go full gas in the giro and then carry that form into the tour was a bit hopeful to say the least

    the knee thing is probably marginal but the chest infection will have blown any attempt at re-peaking for the tour

    he could have a good go at the vuelta, no reason why he couldn’t do it

    mudshark
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    wiggo pulled out cos he didn’t want to be 2nd fiddle to froome-dog

    Well my Wiggo contact tells me Wiggo has been spending quite a bit of time in Harley St recently.

    brakes
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    great disappointments to me that Froome looks so ungainly on a bike

    he’s really honed that daddy long-legs style

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