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Re: Who's Out Before It Even Starts?
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2019, 19:16 »
Yeah, just seeing this too.

https://twitter.com/TeamSunweb/status/1141729911536795650


I'm trying to remember which year it was (maybe 2011 or 2012?) when something like four or five of the top six contenders all ended up dropping out of the race for various injuries and sickness. Of course it was nothing like the 11th-hour purging of 2006 that happened due to Puerto, but I remember a very strong showing of potential contenders that pretty much fell apart shortly after the race began. I just can't recall the specific year.
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    Re: Who's Out Before It Even Starts?
    « Reply #2 on: June 20, 2019, 21:13 »
    Ahhh, yer co-opting the "Man down" thread, but it's for a worthy cause, I suppose.

    There was 2014, when the field narrowed considerably, but slightly after the grand depart.
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    Leadbelly

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    Re: Who's Out Before It Even Starts?
    « Reply #5 on: June 26, 2019, 10:59 »
    yeah - not injured just not selected.

    Dunno if there is a contract thing, if he doesnt really want to ride for Alaphilippe or some other issue .... but whatever, he is not in the team.
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    Re: Who's Out Before It Even Starts?
    « Reply #6 on: June 26, 2019, 13:18 »
    yeah - not injured just not selected.

    Had he expressed any Tour ambitions recently?
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    Re: Who's Out Before It Even Starts?
    « Reply #7 on: June 26, 2019, 14:19 »
    yeah he really wanted to go.  It has been on his schedule since the start of the season

    He made an announcement earlier today

    "It’s with great disappointment I have to announce that I will not be participating in this year’s Tour de France. After my crash and early exit last year I was very motivated to return this year. It would have been my 10th Tour, but unfortunately I will have to postpone those plans.

    In the next few weeks I will be the team's number one supporter. I wish all my teammates the best of luck and I am confident that the guys will bring home some nice results."

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    Re: Who's Out Before It Even Starts?
    « Reply #8 on: June 26, 2019, 16:58 »
    He made an announcement earlier today

    "It’s with great disappointment I have to announce that I will not be participating in this year’s Tour de France. After my crash and early exit last year I was very motivated to return this year. It would have been my 10th Tour, but unfortunately I will have to postpone those plans.

    In the next few weeks I will be the team's number one supporter. I wish all my teammates the best of luck and I am confident that the guys will bring home some nice results."
    Translating from PR to English:
    "I am royally peeed off at being left out of the Tour squad."
    ;)
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