Looks like Wiggins is stepping aside for Froome a TdF for sure, for sure.
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    Looks like Wiggins is stepping aside for Froome a TdF for sure, for sure.


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    On paper, the Giro favors a TT specialist and the TdF is more of a climber's race. Regardless, Contador would likely destroy either Wiggo or Froome IMO. Kinda gotta come up with a game plan sooner or later. Pulling off The Double isn't very likely these days. Might as well have one guy ready for each race and bid on a rider win each race.

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    Well, let's see about this. This is gonna be fun. Betcha both Team Sky's Aces will be in trouble if "El Pistolero" is around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vismitananda View Post
    Well, let's see about this. This is gonna be fun. Betcha both Team Sky's Aces will be in trouble if "El Pistolero" is around.
    Does Contador really have any competition at this point? About the only way he'd lose the TdF is he has to ride the Giro or crashes out.

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    Seems like a good choice. Not even sure if he can make it on the podium after doing the Giro, route of TDF and lack of TT. Still should be an exciting race with Contador in it

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    Quote Originally Posted by spade2you View Post
    Does Contador really have any competition at this point? About the only way he'd lose the TdF is he has to ride the Giro or crashes out.
    Exactly- Conti won't ride two grand tours again, so if Sky put Wiggo in the Giro, he's got a great shot at winning.
    And Froome? Well, Sky can fully support him for Le Tour without worrying about intra-squad fighting... (also knowing that if 'Bert is there, Froomey doesn't have much of a chance).
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    Quote Originally Posted by spade2you View Post
    Does Contador really have any competition at this point? About the only way he'd lose the TdF is he has to ride the Giro or crashes out.
    Well, I was wrong I doubted Conti on last season's La Vuelta. Of course, the odds are great. But any GT w/ Conti is exciting I might say.
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    I'm excited to see Contador's attacks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RRRoubaix View Post
    Exactly- Conti won't ride two grand tours again, so if Sky put Wiggo in the Giro, he's got a great shot at winning.
    And Froome? Well, Sky can fully support him for Le Tour without worrying about intra-squad fighting... (also knowing that if 'Bert is there, Froomey doesn't have much of a chance).
    I think Contador could probably pull off the Giro+Vuelta route again if he wanted.

    Hopefully Team Sky behaves. Then again, with the possibility of titles being stripped later, maybe some in-fighting might make it interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Local Hero View Post
    I'm excited to see Contador's attacks.
    In the '12 Vuelta just hearing about it was exciting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spade2you View Post
    I think Contador could probably pull off the Giro+Vuelta route again if he wanted.

    Hopefully Team Sky behaves. Then again, with the possibility of titles being stripped later, maybe some in-fighting might make it interesting.
    Why would this happen? Is WADA lurking in the RBR doping forum?
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    Quote Originally Posted by foto View Post
    Why would this happen? Is WADA lurking in the RBR doping forum?
    Cuz riders aren't going to change. I grow tired of watching a race, seeing the winner, and the result changing later for the obvious reasons. It annoys me when this happens after I commit something to memory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by foto View Post
    Why would this happen? Is WADA lurking in the RBR doping forum?
    Only if they're trying to find more quotes on how Lance ruined cycling.

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    Makes sense to have Wiggo at the Giro and Froome at the TdF.

    I know Conti is playing with the idea of riding both, but I suspect he'll do the TdF and perhaps the Veulta - riding the TdF after the Giro is too risky.

    Would like to see who Wiggo will face at the Giro - not a gimme by a long shot even if El Pistolero takes a pass - the Giro, even an "easy" Giro, is tough. Sky has a great team and a proven captain - but there are others.
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    I know this is a hard question is answer by anyone in here, but can't a rider fully recover from a grand tour in 1 month? Seems like the answer is not likely. How long does it really take for a fully recovery then?

    Unless muscle tissues are grossly damaged (as in torn & bleeding, which can very well happen in a grand tour), the cardio system should recover within a month, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aclinjury View Post
    I know this is a hard question is answer by anyone in here, but can't a rider fully recover from a grand tour in 1 month? Seems like the answer is not likely. How long does it really take for a fully recovery then?

    Unless muscle tissues are grossly damaged (as in torn & bleeding, which can very well happen in a grand tour), the cardio system should recover within a month, right?
    I don't know if muscle/cardiovascular recovery is issue. It's more likely an issue of being at peak form for two months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Local Hero View Post
    I don't know if muscle/cardiovascular recovery is issue. It's more likely an issue of being at peak form for two months.
    Agreed.

    Wiggo held some impressive form last year. Perhaps he thinks he might be able to do that? With Contador in the pic, pulling off #1 and #2 isn't gonna happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spade2you View Post
    Does Contador really have any competition at this point? About the only way he'd lose the TdF is he has to ride the Giro or crashes out.
    Do we even know how he rides if he's clean?
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    Quote Originally Posted by love4himies View Post
    Do we even know how he rides if he's clean?
    I highly doubt it, but the last two hears have more or less told me that testing is inadequate.

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    I dont think Wiggo have any chance with Contador at the Giro.
    but i am very excited to see Froome going head to head with him at the tour, i think Froome in top shape (not what he had at the Vuelta last year) with some decent support from his team can give Contador a real run for him money.
    Both healthy and in top condition I put my money on Froome for this year Tour.

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    El Pistolero should skip the Giro and go for the Tour and Vuelta so he can make the tour exciting. I hope AS, Evans and Nibali will be in tip top shape too. Unlike most that would just want to place good, Conti will probably go for broke to win.

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    Wiggins: "I Never Thought For One Minute I Wanted To Do It All Again" | Cyclingnews.com

    iow, "I was already scared after I won that lopsided Tour."

    but in all seriousness, who has conceded from defending a TdF title without age/injury/ban-related circumstances? Literally the 100th Tour and he doesn't even want a stab at defending his title and generally gunning for it.

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    smart move. pick a race he has a better chance of winning
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    I guess the tour just doesn't match up with his strength, I'd like to see Wiggo try to defend but the route just doesn't look good for him. Will be a good TdF with AC, Nibali, Froome, Evans and I wanna see what the young ones like Sagan and TvG can do. Of course will Cav get the green now he has a team behind (or in front) of him???

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    I really think Sagan will play party pooper with Cav this year. He's already done it once on a bad weather too (yeah yeah, he wasn't in position and so was Greipel, but that's a part of the game bro).

    dont get me wrong though, I'd put my money on Cav anyday of the week,but overlooking Sagan would be a huge mistake. The guy works alone most of the time (compared to Cav who needs a train) and can climb (not quite Purito-level, but for a guy his size it's impressive). He's noticeably lost some weight too compared last season.

    The TdF will get verrrrrrrrrrrrry interesting. I'm just too excited to see the attacks when it gets to the mountains.

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