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Re: Garmin-Cannondale news
« Reply #60 on: January 18, 2016, 16:54 »
The "old guard" of Garmin climbers had their limits and their inconsistencies, but they were often willing to bury themselves for each other. The "new guard" looks on paper like an improvement, but we will have to see if they work out that way.

Honestly they had a great off-season.

I think my plan for their GC men and climbers for the GT's and US races would be something like this:
Rolland, TdF leader
Uran, Giro and Vuelta leader
Talansky TdF and Vuelta plan B guy (Maybe leader at California)
Formolo, Giro Plan B guy and Tour climbing dom
Dombrowski, Tour climbing dom (Before leading fall US races)
Clarke, Giro and Vuelta climbing dom
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    Re: Garmin-Cannondale news
    « Reply #61 on: January 18, 2016, 17:14 »
    I don't think that there's any chance that Talansky gets any worse than equal billing as Tour leader. This is not a question of whether he should or should not, but instead a question of his position in the squad, salary etc. While Uran will definitely lead the Giro, I also doubt if he will get better than co-leader at the Vuelta, alongside whichever of the rest of those named above (other than Clarke) are in form. Again that's not really a statement about whether Uran would be the best option, more one about how the team have usually done things.

    It will be quite a tough balancing act to keep all five guys happy in terms of opportunities to ride for themselves in big races. Which is a nice problem.
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    Re: Garmin-Cannondale news
    « Reply #63 on: January 19, 2016, 22:41 »
    I don't think that there's any chance that Talansky gets any worse than equal billing as Tour leader. This is not a question of whether he should or should not, but instead a question of his position in the squad, salary etc. While Uran will definitely lead the Giro, I also doubt if he will get better than co-leader at the Vuelta, alongside whichever of the rest of those named above (other than Clarke) are in form. Again that's not really a statement about whether Uran would be the best option, more one about how the team have usually done things.

    It will be quite a tough balancing act to keep all five guys happy in terms of opportunities to ride for themselves in big races. Which is a nice problem.

    Agree on Talansky, but that is fine really, I mean unless Rolland is in the top 5 and looks like landing there, he won't need a super dom, if he is then there will be no question, as plan B man you want him to stick in the GC as well so that is fine too. But let's just be honest if one of them was to be in a position for the win it would be Rolland, not Talansky.

    As far as Dombrowski and Formolo goes I can't see how anybody could defend making either leader in a GT. Formolo might be coming to a time where he will need to be given a bit of responsibility and maybe even trying to do a placing on GC, 10-15 ish, but he can do that in the Giro and still help Uran. Dombrowski has done nothing of note outside of the US, and US races are notoriously noteworthy for weird results because a lot of time skilled riders come in out of shape and jet lagged meaning there are a lot of upsets. He did not enough in the Vuelta to mean he should have any protected role, but I would say a Tour start seems fitting for him though as a let's see what you can do for the team now, if he goes great, you give him a shot next year at one for himself maybe.

    Also I seemed to have left out Cardoso earlier, so a quick correction:
    Rolland: Tour
    Uran: Giro/Vuelta
    Talansky: Tour/Vuelta
    Formolo: Giro
    Cardoso: Giro/Vuelta
    Dombrowski: Tour
    Clarke: Tour/Vuelta
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    Re: Cannondale news
    « Reply #65 on: March 31, 2016, 09:49 »
    Classics Squad hit by influenza, stomach bugs and food poisoning  :o :o

    https://twitter.com/Ride_Argyle/status/715310283057721345

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    Breschel has been one of the worst guys hit on the team. He just can’t pedal, and he was going to be one of our top guys for the classics,” said Bauer, shaking his head in disbelief. “We are struggling to get one person across the line in the front group. At Gent-Wevelgem, we couldn’t get anyone across the finish line. It’s disappointing, but it’s a bad season for illness.”
    :beaten  :( I have no words for this

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    “It’s bad, and we have so many sick riders right now. We’ve also had some crashes,” Van Lancker [DS] said. “That’s what happens sometimes. They’re skinny, and it goes quickly around the peloton.


    Knew there had to be problems, but have to say, their communications has been poor on this. Not surprised they've been inundated with questions... they have put out virtually no information.
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    Re: Cannondale news
    « Reply #66 on: October 17, 2017, 10:00 »
    Wasn't sure where to post this...plumped for the Cannondale thread.

    Good, in depth piece on the Cannondale crisis...still doesn't feel right to me. But at least they survived and for longer than a year as well

    https://twitter.com/CaleyFretz/status/920074890312421378
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    Re: Cannondale news
    « Reply #67 on: November 02, 2017, 12:59 »
    Kit reveal tonight...


    Its going to be pink based on the spoilers.
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    Re: Cannondale news
    « Reply #68 on: November 02, 2017, 14:18 »
    Kit reveal tonight...
    Tomorrow. :shh

    Its going to be pink based on the spoilers.
    I'd say it will be also - but not exclusively - pink:


    And, big surprise, it will follow the common POC design:


    Clue no. 3 in ~2 hours.


    Also, something to (further) explain the signing of Kim Magnusson:
    https://twitter.com/Ride_Argyle/status/925365332369436672
    Vaughters was teammates with Glenn Magnusson, Kim's dad. :D
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    Re: Cannondale news
    « Reply #69 on: November 03, 2017, 11:58 »
    Kit reveal tonight...


    Its going to be pink based on the spoilers.
    You may be more right than I first thought - this looks very pink:
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    Re: Cannondale news
    « Reply #70 on: November 03, 2017, 14:55 »
     :(

    I am not sure about the hype around cycling kits any more.

    The best ones I remember are from teams that didn't change them radically every season.

    I think Lotto/Soudal are the best example currently.

    Maybe this will be a banger and I will be won over...



    Maybe.
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    Re: Cannondale news
    « Reply #71 on: November 03, 2017, 16:14 »
    Pink shoulders, white torso, black shorts, green trim.  Argyll scarcely visible. meeh...
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    Not that it matters in the grand scheme, but it appears that there is only one, solitary American rider even entering the race this year—Taylor Phinney? After winning the junior race twice, he was never a threat in Roubaix as a pro. I haven't been following along, so is he even healthy? Has he accomplished anything of note this season that would put him on anyone's radar? Truth be told, I hadn't even realized he was still even riding professionally.


    No wonder American TV is giving zero priority to Roubaix this year.  :secretlol

    he is riding.

    He rode Flanders last weekend, but didnt do anything of note.

    to be totally honest - he has never been even close to the same rider since his accident.  I am glad he is riding this race as he does love it, but I dont know if he will ever get back to that level

    I don't think he will.
    I also think he's not beating himself up about that, but has accepted this 'fate', enjoying to be a classics super-domestique instead. And painting some paintings in his spare time.
    :)

    I was hoping someone would pick up on this for a discussion topic.

    So, Taylor Phinney. Is he now living on his good name and the distant glimmer of a couple of promising seasons?

    Before the terrible accident he suffered at the US National RR in 2014, I was never quite convinced that he could match the hype. Then afterwards, I rather hoped he would come back and do exactly that.

    In any case, it's been hard for him and his profile today probably has as much to do with his colourful extracurricular outlook as it does his continued presence in the peloton.

    One could argue, I suppose, that his much reported philosophising might suggest that he has been coming to terms with the reality for a while longer than his fans, but he still keeps turning up for races and his attitude does seem to fit the Vaughters brand. Phinney is out of contract at the end of 2018. What then?
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    I recon Phinney signs 2 years with Dimension or UHC and then retires to paint and drive his 911 around boulder
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    I guess he'll re-sign with  #efd or go PCT with  #holowesko
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    Phinney's 8th place finish on Sunday was a bit of a surprise after a pack-fodder Spring so far. Perhaps I should start to question the career longevity of other riders ...

    I expect that alone will buy him another a couple of years as long as he doesn't get too ambitious.
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    or maybe that will help him get back the hunger a bit.

    either way - I am really happy for him.  Great result
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    or maybe that will help him get back the hunger a bit.

    either way - I am really happy for him.  Great result

    I hope it does. One thing for sure, he's met, up close and personal, with the man in the hood carrying the big scythe. Had to stare that one in the face for a few brief moments - but I guarantee those moments are life changing. He'll file that somewhere in that philosophizing head of his.

    As far as his talent - if anybody has good genes, Phinney does. The only way you could get better would be if Merckx had married Babe Didrikson or Beryl Burton. I agree that he has never quite been in that top 10% - hovering close outside. But I don't think he has the hunger his mom and dad did, either.

    It was great to see him back, and super great to see him back near the top - where I think he should be!
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