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Re: Liege-Bastogne-Liege
« on: April 23, 2017, 10:00 »
It is absurd. Given he finished 10th at LBL last year and in the top 5 at the last 2 Lombardia surely he'd be one of the first names sky put down for the race today. The late wthdrawals at the Tour of the Alps are starting to look more like Sky thinking "It's a race in Italy so we'll add a few Italians to our provisional start list who we actually have no intention of taking there"

I pretty much agree with what's said above,  but I'll like to give Sky a little bit of slack when it comes to what happened in the Tour of the Alps: it clearly hasn't been high on their priority list, only to be used as a warm-up for the GC guys aiming for the Giro. For the rest of the team, they were list-fillers and that is not unusual to see on WT teams in  2.HC and 2.1 races.

In the short term perspective this looks bad, in the longer term perspective - there is also something to be said about a race calendar with overlapping and tightly spaced races (Ardennes racing [WT], Tour of Turkey [WT] and Tour of the Alpes [2.HC]). It is understandable that the one race that gets less attention is the Tour of the Alpes. (Although one might wonder if they ever had a list of names for the Tour of Turkey. Couldn't they just be transferred to Tota?) 

However, certain decisions about where to compete, seasons goals and how to prepare are made long time before the season starts and if a rider didn't have that race on the calendar since a long time ago and their motivation for it is mediocre they might as well not race. The organizers are the first ones to blame, there are too many races at uppermost levels already. It has been like that for many years and it keeps getting worse.

Adding to that: We love 6-man squads, especially for #sky, don't we? :) 
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