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Re: team Sky news
« Reply #660 on: December 30, 2013, 13:26 »
To me it seems smething is wrong with the TDU, it seems that riders going there always have bad seasons. I would send the least valuable riders only there if I was a DS. Maybe send one decent guy whose race schedule is flipped so he peaks for Beijing and TDU and hardly races in June and August.

Agree.

I can see some riders want to get off to a flying start and earn some early WT points, but for GT leaders it makes no sense whatsoever.

I cannot understand why PORTE is racing, I cannot see him peaking for TdF starting the season so early.
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    Re: team Sky news
    « Reply #661 on: December 30, 2013, 13:38 »
    Eddie takes a different route to Cobbled Classics glory

    http://www.cyclingquotes.com/news/boasson_hagens_gamble/

    My heart wishes it so, but my brain says "Don't be ridiculous"

    Is it really that different to previous schedules. Will have to dig back but don't think it's too much different. Just no tour down under.
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    Re: team Sky news
    « Reply #662 on: December 30, 2013, 15:04 »
    Agree.

    I can see some riders want to get off to a flying start and earn some early WT points, but for GT leaders it makes no sense whatsoever.

    I cannot understand why PORTE is racing, I cannot see him peaking for TdF starting the season so early.

    well he has been home for a month or so so makes sense weather wise.

    it is a punchers race not a climbers race.

    Valverde and Evans have ridden and had good years after, but Argentina is where climbers go.

    As for Porte peaking for the tour, more like holding on. He will peak for the Giro
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    Re: team Sky news
    « Reply #663 on: December 30, 2013, 18:12 »
    Just looking back, its pretty much the same schedule as usual for EBH with the exception of Tour Down Under. Most years hes done Oman/Qatar, then some years he does Tirreno or Algarve and thats it except for classics until Norway in May, so apart from skipping TDU i dont really see much difference.
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    Re: team Sky news
    « Reply #664 on: December 30, 2013, 18:36 »
    Just looking back, its pretty much the same schedule as usual for EBH with the exception of Tour Down Under. Most years hes done Oman/Qatar, then some years he does Tirreno or Algarve and thats it except for classics until Norway in May, so apart from skipping TDU i dont really see much difference.
    The big difference from last year is that Sky have abandoned the much ridiculed Tenerife training camp.

    Not every idea appears to work :D

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    Re: team Sky news
    « Reply #665 on: December 31, 2013, 01:54 »
    Agree.

    I can see some riders want to get off to a flying start and earn some early WT points, but for GT leaders it makes no sense whatsoever.

    I cannot understand why PORTE is racing, I cannot see him peaking for TdF starting the season so early.

    It makes sense for Teams to target this race ... as car placings for the spring classics depend on the results.   Those hoping for a good spring campaign need a reasonable showing at the TDU to have their car up the front ...

    Porte - isnt he going for the Giro?   so TDU makes sense for him as he needs to start a bit earlier to peak for that.  Even Cuddles is doing Aus Nats and TDU this year to prepare for the Giro.

    But in essence I agree - those GT leaders going for the Tour shouldnt be doing Aus races.  Those going for spring or the Giro should be starting ...
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    Re: team Sky news
    « Reply #667 on: January 02, 2014, 15:18 »
    Sky back at Strade Bianchi in 2014?

    they think so link

    and at ATOC link
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    Re: team Sky news
    « Reply #668 on: January 02, 2014, 15:30 »
    No Tour of Norway :-(

    No Vuelta a Burgos
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    Re: team Sky news
    « Reply #669 on: January 02, 2014, 15:48 »
    No Tour of Norway :-(

    No Vuelta a Burgos

    I wouldnt take an omission from the site as definitly not doing it.  PCS has Norway listed for Sky and I've seen Norway on EBH's programme for 2014 somewhere too.
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    Re: team Sky news
    « Reply #670 on: January 02, 2014, 16:54 »
    I wouldnt take an omission from the site as definitly not doing it.  PCS has Norway listed for Sky and I've seen Norway on EBH's programme for 2014 somewhere too.

    This. Sky often dont put all the races up straight away, sometimes they have to wait for teh organisers to officially announce etc.
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    Re: team Sky news
    « Reply #671 on: January 02, 2014, 17:17 »
    I wouldnt take an omission from the site as definitly not doing it.  PCS has Norway listed for Sky and I've seen Norway on EBH's programme for 2014 somewhere too.

    in theory he could still do it for a national team like Hushovd in the Tour des Fjords though. PCS's source for putting Sky on the startlist is propably just EBH saying that he would do the race
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    Re: team Sky news
    « Reply #672 on: January 02, 2014, 18:11 »
    Sky back at Strade Bianchi in 2014?

    they think so link

    and at ATOC link

    I like hearing this, Joe Dombro to crush.  :cool
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    Re: team Sky news
    « Reply #673 on: January 02, 2014, 18:16 »
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    Re: team Sky news
    « Reply #674 on: January 02, 2014, 21:19 »
    Great interview the Boz.

    http://www.rapha.cc/back-to-basics-year-two

    He confirms he is riding Tour of California, along with a star which I am guessing is Wiggins

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    Then a return to Tour of California, first time since 2011. I grew up not too far from the start in Sacramento and my family can come down watch it. Plus, we’ll have a pretty star studded team with ambitions of winning it. We didn’t show the American fans how dominant we can be when we raced Colorado last year. It will be fantastic to come back and hopefully riding at the front with the yellow jersey on one of our riders would be fantastic.

    The Sky secret sauce:
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    It’s funny, a lot of Americans ask me “what is Team Sky’s secret?”, but there isn’t really one. It’s not one thing, you can’t pin our success on the fact that we drink beet juice or do one-legged squats, it’s a combination of many things that come together to make you better. That’s the secret- there is no secret.

    Too funny, the interview will drive the conspiracy theorists wild  :o
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    Re: team Sky news
    « Reply #675 on: January 07, 2014, 09:10 »
    https://twitter.com/Petekennaugh/statuses/420471541420548096

    I guess Kennaugh is not happy with the write-up of this interview and especially the Froome/Wiggins question being the headline.

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/kennaugh-froome-and-wiggins-can-work-together

    Can't blame him really.
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    Re: team Sky news
    « Reply #676 on: January 07, 2014, 09:13 »
    That is probably the only reason they phoned him.

    He'll learn.

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    Re: team Sky news
    « Reply #677 on: January 07, 2014, 09:27 »
    Have a nice Christmas / New Year?
    Training Hard?
    Programme for 2014?
    Oh TdF, do you think both Froome/Wiggins will do as well?
    Finally, do you think JTL is a doper?
    Oh no comment, OK. Have a nice season...
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    Re: team Sky news
    « Reply #678 on: January 08, 2014, 15:35 »
    New Sponsor / Equipment Provider - Muc-Off

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    At Muc-Off, we pride ourselves on our commitment to R & D and our determination to create and develop exciting new technologies that improve efficiency and performance, so we're excited to support a team that's just as driven as we are.
    With countless wins (including the last two yellow jerseys from le Tour), Team Sky have made a name for themselves in the world of cycling and taken the sport firmly into the mainstream. We've already started working with team mechanics to develop specific drive chain products and treatments to increase power and save precious watts, and we're looking forward to a very exciting 2014 season on the UCI Pro Tour!

    R&D on cleaning products to save watts??

    I've an easier idea - Wiggo get rid of the beard => 10W
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    Re: team Sky news
    « Reply #679 on: January 09, 2014, 12:55 »
    Christian Knees has published his race programme for the start of the year:
    http://www.christianknees.de/cms/index.php/111-ein-paar-kilo-zugelegt

    - Tour of Qatar
    - Tour du Haut Var
    - Flemish classics Kuurne-Brussels and Het Niewsblad-Kuurne
    - Tireno-Adriaticco
    - Milan-San Remo
    - Tour of Flanders
    - Paris-Roubaix

    I'd put money that this is Wiggo's programme as well.

    Knees also said that he has put weight on - muscle not fat - for the cobbles.
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    Re: team Sky news
    « Reply #680 on: January 09, 2014, 13:48 »
    Christian Knees has published his race programme for the start of the year:
    http://www.christianknees.de/cms/index.php/111-ein-paar-kilo-zugelegt

    - Tour of Qatar
    - Tour du Haut Var
    - Flemish classics Kuurne-Brussels and Het Niewsblad-Kuurne
    - Tireno-Adriaticco
    - Milan-San Remo
    - Tour of Flanders
    - Paris-Roubaix

    I'd put money that this is Wiggo's programme as well.

    Knees also said that he has put weight on - muscle not fat - for the cobbles.
    Cool. Wiggo's decsent of the Poggio in damp conditions will provide some entertainment if the racing fails to.
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    Re: team Sky news
    « Reply #681 on: January 09, 2014, 14:44 »
    Christian Knees has published his race programme for the start of the year:
    http://www.christianknees.de/cms/index.php/111-ein-paar-kilo-zugelegt

    - Tour of Qatar
    - Tour du Haut Var
    - Flemish classics Kuurne-Brussels and Het Niewsblad-Kuurne
    - Tireno-Adriaticco
    - Milan-San Remo
    - Tour of Flanders
    - Paris-Roubaix

    I'd put money that this is Wiggo's programme as well.

    Knees also said that he has put weight on - muscle not fat - for the cobbles.

    Hmm, stacked up early doors. Wonder if this says anything about which GTs Knees will be gruntworking this season.
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    Re: team Sky news
    « Reply #682 on: January 09, 2014, 14:57 »
    Hmm, stacked up early doors. Wonder if this says anything about which GTs Knees will be gruntworking this season.

    I think it is the schedule of the Cobbled Classics team.

    I don't think it says much about GT's...

    Last year:
    - Puccio made it into the Giro
    - EBH, Stannard and Thomas made it into the TdF Team
    - Rowe and Puccio made it into the Vuelta Team (and EBH because of his fall at the TdF)
    - Sutton, Rasch, Hayman and Eisel didn't ride a GT

    So, really anything is possible.

    I do think that Knees will be Wiggo's domestique all year as he is the only one on the team big enough to shield him from the wind.
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    Re: team Sky news
    « Reply #683 on: January 09, 2014, 15:16 »
    I think it is the schedule of the Cobbled Classics team.

    I don't think it says much about GT's...

    Last year:
    - Puccio made it into the Giro
    - EBH, Stannard and Thomas made it into the TdF Team
    - Rowe and Puccio made it into the Vuelta Team (and EBH because of his fall at the TdF)
    - Sutton, Rasch, Hayman and Eisel didn't ride a GT

    So, really anything is possible.

    I do think that Knees will be Wiggo's domestique all year as he is the only one on the team big enough to shield him from the wind.

    Stan ?
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    Re: team Sky news
    « Reply #684 on: January 09, 2014, 15:26 »
    Stan ?

    Stannard = 1.89cm
    Wiggins = 1.90cm
    Knees = 1.94cm

    The dream domestiques are the Belarussians, but they are too small:

    Suitsou = 1.84cm
    Kiryienka = 1.82cm

    Here is a great interview with Kiryienka hot off the press:

    http://www.teamsky.com/article/0,27290,17546_9107990,00.html

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    “What you don’t see is when I go home, I am tired for days and days afterwards. All I can bring myself to do is a small ride to the nearest coffee shop and back.
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    Re: team Sky news
    « Reply #685 on: January 09, 2014, 15:32 »
    Woah knees = monster
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    Re: team Sky news
    « Reply #686 on: January 09, 2014, 15:49 »
    Woah knees = monster

    From Sean Yates bio:

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    "From Day One when we started planning tdf12, the most important person to have in Sky's armoury was Christian Knees. Some people in the organisation couldn't see it, pointed out that he wasn't a sprinter, wasn't a climber. However, amongst our roster of riders, he was the only man for the job of a horse: the man who never says no to a job, the rider who can tow the whole race at high speed for hours at a time, who never tires, who is always at Bradley's side."

    From Wiggo's bio:

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    "People never really noticed how much work he did in the 1st week. For the first five days he was constantly riding in the wind at the front of the race... We realised that after 5 days of that we simply had to give him a rest, because he was not going to make through the tour if he kept doing that. But we got to the first hilly stages and he was doing it there. Christian was man of the match in the Tour"
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    Re: team Sky news
    « Reply #687 on: January 10, 2014, 00:48 »
    I think it is the schedule of the Cobbled Classics team.

    I don't think it says much about GT's...

    Last year:
    - Puccio made it into the Giro
    - EBH, Stannard and Thomas made it into the TdF Team
    - Rowe and Puccio made it into the Vuelta Team (and EBH because of his fall at the TdF)
    - Sutton, Rasch, Hayman and Eisel didn't ride a GT

    So, really anything is possible.

    I do think that Knees will be Wiggo's domestique all year as he is the only one on the team big enough to shield him from the wind.

    Interesting no E3 ...
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    Re: team Sky news
    « Reply #688 on: January 17, 2014, 06:16 »
    http://www.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral/news/52618/Earle-out-to-repay-Sky's-faith

    seems weird they sign him without knowing what sort of rider he is quote unquote
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    Re: team Sky news
    « Reply #689 on: January 17, 2014, 06:41 »
    http://www.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral/news/52618/Earle-out-to-repay-Sky's-faith

    seems weird they sign him without knowing what sort of rider he is quote unquote

    Richie Porte knows him and will have vouched for him and recommended.

    Confirms that Wiggo is going to the Tour of California.

    Overall, good interview and I get the sense he will fit in fine - just get on with his his job no moaning - let's hope he is strong enough.
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