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    Bummed about Tejay in the Giro...

    I have been a Tejay fan for quite some time. Had high hopes for him in the Giro this year. Before the time trial on 5/16, he is 3:56 back. He just seems to falter on the big climbs. Unless there is a major recovery in the Giro, I do not see him as a GC contender going forward.

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    Did pretty poor in the TT as well. Sad days for BMC in Italy.
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    There is a thread in Pro Cycling on this:

    New year, same question: What's wrong with TJvG?

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    What channel? I think on Verizon Fios, it's some obscure Italian channel that I don't get.

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    Not a fan of his at all, but I think he could be racking up palmares if he took a reality check: he ought to be in the Tour of California now! He has never been more than a strong climbing domestique material for the Grand Tours. I mean even Valverde knows and is put to good use as a Domestique in GT - and he is definitely more of a GC contender than TVG.

    I am miffed at the guy for not lifting a leg to help Porte in the Tour last year. That is partly on the bad mgmt by the DS, but reading TVG's whiny wee rants it's like he just ain't a team player and everything is about him, despite the fact the man is on a team with a real GT contender.
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    High hopes for TJ are badly misplaced. The window on his potential as a Grand Tour contender closed a couple of years ago. As BC said, he's a 7 day rider and/or super domestique. My son and I have fun every year predicting which stage TJ is going to crack.

    Thumbs down to BMC management for not recognizing this and not making him face the music regarding his limitations. Guess they have to prop up an American rider.

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    Hey, he came back and won Stage 18.

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    I wish the mods would move/merge threads here a bit more often...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetdog9 View Post
    I wish the mods would move/merge threads here a bit more often...
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    Quote Originally Posted by hfc View Post
    High hopes for TJ are badly misplaced. The window on his potential as a Grand Tour contender closed a couple of years ago.
    He's 28. This is early prime time for a GC guy.

    As BC said, he's a 7 day rider and/or super domestique. My son and I have fun every year predicting which stage TJ is going to crack.
    5th twice in the Tour. Dropped out in third place well into the third week two years ago not because he cracked but because he got sick. At this point, I wouldn't put a lot of faith in him but his ability as a Grand Tour GC guy is certainly more debatable than you make it seem.

    Thumbs down to BMC management for not recognizing this and not making him face the music regarding his limitations. Guess they have to prop up an American rider.
    It's probably true that he's had special privileges as an American, but as the most recognizable post-Lance American, BMC have made their money off of him too. I'm sure they feel his contracts were money well spent. He's likely going to Trek soon anyway.

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    Completely dislike TJ. Total whiner/irritant.

    And he's completely delusional to think he'll ever podium a big grand tour. Stick to the week long stuff or stages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiro11 View Post
    He's 28. This is early prime time for a GC guy.

    5th twice in the Tour. Dropped out in third place well into the third week two years ago not because he cracked but because he got sick. At this point, I wouldn't put a lot of faith in him but his ability as a Grand Tour GC guy is certainly more debatable than you make it seem.
    Right...sick after the rest day. Hmm. Interesting.

    Anyway, not debatable. History speaks for itself.

    There's always an excuse. And a pattern. He's not resilient enough for 3 weeks. Clearly.

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