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Vélo d'Or 2012

TimB34TimB34 Posts: 316
edited October 2012 in Pro race
Wiggins was a shoe-in (and rightly so)

But best French rider Thomas Voeckler? KOM and double stage winner at the Tour, which sounds pretty good...

... until you look at who came second: Julie Bresset.

Now this is not the first time a woman has featured - Jeannie Longo was second in 1996 (when she was Olympic Road Champion), and it's not the first time a mountain biker has featured - Julien Absalon won from 2004 to 2007 (all the details here: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C3%A9lo_d'or_fran%C3%A7ais)

But this year Mme Bresset is National Champion, World Champion and Olympic Champion, a triple that I'm pretty sure has only ever been achieved by one other cyclist in any discipline (Absalon in 2004, also in XCO)? I stuggle to think of what she could do to impress the judges any more (except either switch to the road and do it again in four years time, or possibly have a sex change).

C'est une scandale.

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  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    Voeckler:

    Winner of Brabantse Pijl (absolutely owned the Belgians on their territory, in the pouring rain, solo)
    4th at Liège-Bastogne-Liège
    5th at Amstel Gold Race
    8th at the Tour of Flanders
    7th at the Worlds in Valkenburg
    7th GP Quebec

    2 Huge TdF stages
    Polka dot jersey

    HEAVYWEIGHT

    And next year he is focusing on the Classics given how well he went this year (first time he has targetted them some). Good times. Looks like he has superb one day legs.

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  • TimB34TimB34 Posts: 316
    <Insert picture of rosy-cheeked Breton farm girl here>

    I guess that winning the three biggest races of the year by crushing margins really doesn't count for anything against aesthetics.
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 19,594
    edited October 2012
    With you 100% Tim

    She's won a handful of world cups this year too, not to mention featured in the final of some of the XCE's too!

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  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    I see your point, but you cannot belittle Voecker's achievements. 95% of the pro peloton would have loved that 2012 palmares.

    I have never heard of that lady and I'm sure there aren't many that have. She also rides an mtb. And 2nd is a pretty good ranking don't you think...out of every single french cyclist, male or female.
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  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    ddraver wrote:
    With you 100% Tim

    She's won a handful of world cups this year too, not to mention featured in the final of some of the XCE's too!

    You are an mtb rider tho not a road rider ; )
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  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    edited October 2012
    This lady is French

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  • I see your point, but you cannot belittle Voecker's achievements. 95% of the pro peloton would have loved that 2012 palmares.

    I have never heard of that lady and I'm sure there aren't many that have. She also rides an mtb. And 2nd is a pretty good ranking don't you think...out of every single french cyclist, male or female.

    But the ranking isn't based on "most famous" or "who a fan of road cycling exclusively has heard of", it's the best overall rider. I'm split on who should win it, as I'm not sure how strong a field exists in womens MTB at the moment.
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  • ddraverddraver Posts: 19,594
    Very well played Frenchie, but this is the only French rider for me....

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    Shame she rides CX not proper bikes though
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
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  • ddraverddraver Posts: 19,594
    Mind you this on is making me waver...

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    What is it about the mud splattered look....?
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    Decent one ^^. She rides in the US though.
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  • izzaizza Posts: 1,561
    ddraver wrote:
    What is it about the mud splattered look....?

    Its an implication of "mucky". And we all enjoy that aspect.
  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    Prevot also comes from cross.

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  • Isn't this getting a bit, I dunno, sexist? Arguing that some women riders are more deserving of attention and praise because we find them attractive?
    "In many ways, my story was that of a raging, Christ-like figure who hauled himself off the cross, looked up at the Romans with blood in his eyes and said 'My turn, sock cookers'"

    @gietvangent
  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    Are you trying to start an argument? No one has said anything close to what you are suggesting.
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  • Dipping into this thread, there is starting to be a wee hint of perving going on, it has to be said.
  • Vino'sGhostVino'sGhost Posts: 4,320
    Dipping into this thread, there is starting to be a wee hint of perving going on, it has to be said.
    yup . agreed. (i like it though) :D:D
  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 14,463
    Isn't this getting a bit, I dunno, sexist? Arguing that some women riders are more deserving of attention and praise because we find them attractive?

    But they are.

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  • ddraverddraver Posts: 19,594
    edited October 2012
    I think Mme Bresset should be Velo d'Or becasue she's chuffing dominated all season...no more, no less.

    Have the commuters taken over Pro Race or something?
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • Are you trying to start an argument? No one has said anything close to what you are suggesting.

    But instead of discussing the rider at hand, you post up a load of photos of pretty ladies splattered in mud?
    "In many ways, my story was that of a raging, Christ-like figure who hauled himself off the cross, looked up at the Romans with blood in his eyes and said 'My turn, sock cookers'"

    @gietvangent
  • Richmond RacerRichmond Racer Posts: 8,561
    edited October 2012
    ddraver wrote:
    I think Mme Bresset should be Velo d'Or becasue she's chuffing dominated all season...no more, no less.

    Have the commuters taken over Pro Race or something?


    You, o rodent one, are a true admirer of top class exponents of the sport, and are clearly blameless of any perving :)
  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    Are you trying to start an argument? No one has said anything close to what you are suggesting.

    But instead of discussing the rider at hand, you post up a load of photos of pretty ladies splattered in mud?

    Go and check the first reply to this thread.

    Done?

    Ok, good.

    Thanks.
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  • Frenchie...I am only teasing. A little.
  • nathancomnathancom Posts: 1,567
    Are you trying to start an argument? No one has said anything close to what you are suggesting.

    But instead of discussing the rider at hand, you post up a load of photos of pretty ladies splattered in mud?

    Go and check the first reply to this thread.

    Done?

    Ok, good.

    Thanks.
    Please carry on posting the pics - only a disgruntled goat could find a reason to object to pics of good looking women spattered in mud...
  • fidbodfidbod Posts: 317
    You all better behave yourselves or DDD will be complaining about the content of this thread. :D
  • cal_stewartcal_stewart Posts: 1,839
    I've replaced the mud with something else in my head
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  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 22,913
    So this Velo d'Or. It's a mud wrestling competition, right? Great. Is it on YouTube? Just point me to the ones with the blonde chicks, not the one with Wiggins and Voeckler - I don't want to see that. But I'll have a fiver on Voeckler anyway.
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  • TimB34TimB34 Posts: 316
    You guys are worse than a jury of French journos! :lol:
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