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Disappointments of the tour 2017

kleinstrokerkleinstroker Posts: 2,133
edited July 2017 in Pro race
I think it's fair to say that this year has been an odd one, the early departure of Cav & Sagan has meant the flat stages became tedious & predictable, nobody really challenged Kittel.
The mountain stages never really lit up as they were not enough mtf's in my opinion. There were a few great stages some unexpectedly good, but disappointments there were many

To name a few..

GVA- not a patch on other years, I hardly saw him
Kristoff - same as above, what was wrong with them?

But my biggest gripe by far has been the French! Booing the yellow jersey out on the road and in the stadium in Marseille is just petulant childish BS.

Glad I got that off my chest.
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  • ExCyclistExCyclist Posts: 336
    SKY's 'dominance' and Froome - both bore the censored out of me. No excitement, like putting Bromide in tea.
  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 16,674
    GVA

    This is the guy people were pointing at in the spring and asking 'why everyone loved Sagan so much'
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  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 25,497
    Quintana is an obvious one. I'd also put Greipel and Bouhanni alongside Kristoff.

    There were more big name casualties than usual (rivalling 2014).

    The commissaires had a shocker, getting both Sagan and the water bottle decisions wrong.

    I think you may be being harsh on GVA. He was there to support Porte. He came 4th, 2nd and 4th on the stages that suited him - beaten by proper sprinters.
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,382 Lives Here
    Lack of crosswinds.
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 25,497
    Lack of crosswinds.
    Tell Dan Martin that
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  • yourpaceormineyourpaceormine Posts: 1,245
    Biggest disappointment was knowing I'd have to watch the hairy man with a watch, pedal slowly and put his wheel back in the wrong way round, every time ITV went to the adverts. After an initial strong showing what happened to the KP elephant? UCI throw him off the Tour along with Sagan?
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,382 Lives Here
    RichN95 wrote:
    Lack of crosswinds.
    Tell Dan Martin that

    Those flat stages would have been mega.
  • above_the_cowsabove_the_cows Posts: 11,318
    Have I told you that I miss LRP?
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  • kleinstrokerkleinstroker Posts: 2,133
    RichN95 wrote:
    Quintana is an obvious one. I'd also put Greipel and Bouhanni alongside Kristoff.

    There were more big name casualties than usual (rivalling 2014).

    The commissaires had a shocker, getting both Sagan and the water bottle decisions wrong.

    I think you may be being harsh on GVA. He was there to support Porte. He came 4th, 2nd and 4th on the stages that suited him - beaten by proper sprinters.

    Do you not think he could have challenged for the green jersey, he seems the perfect one to have gone for it
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 25,497
    RichN95 wrote:
    Quintana is an obvious one. I'd also put Greipel and Bouhanni alongside Kristoff.

    There were more big name casualties than usual (rivalling 2014).

    The commissaires had a shocker, getting both Sagan and the water bottle decisions wrong.

    I think you may be being harsh on GVA. He was there to support Porte. He came 4th, 2nd and 4th on the stages that suited him - beaten by proper sprinters.

    Do you not think he could have challenged for the green jersey, he seems the perfect one to have gone for it
    Van Avermaet? Not really. He's not going to be coming in the top ten in flat sprint stages. Matthews had eight top tens - I can't see GVA doing that.
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  • dolan_driverdolan_driver Posts: 831
    Got to agree with the assessment on the French crowd. I'm not sure if it is because they dislike Froome in particular, SKY (probably), the English in general or if, this year, it is a reaction to Brexit. Whatever their issue is, it is poor form. It has traditionally been a feature of the sport that fans respect all riders, regardless of who your favourite rider is. You cheer for your favourite the loudest. Another cycling tradition that is slowly dying off.

    The commissairres weren't great either.

    DD.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,382 Lives Here
    Got to agree with the assessment on the French crowd. I'm not sure if it is because they dislike Froome in particular, SKY (probably), the English in general or if, this year, it is a reaction to Brexit. Whatever their issue is, it is poor form. It has traditionally been a feature of the sport that fans respect all riders, regardless of who your favourite rider is. You cheer for your favourite the loudest. Another cycling tradition that is slowly dying off.


    DD.

    You know the French crowd boo'd Armstrong, Anquetil, Hinault, Merckx in the past too, right?

    They like booing, and they don't confine irrational partisanship to ball sports.

    After all, the Tour's a circus.
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 25,497
    Got to agree with the assessment on the French crowd. I'm not sure if it is because they dislike Froome in particular, SKY (probably), the English in general or if, this year, it is a reaction to Brexit. Whatever their issue is, it is poor form. It has traditionally been a feature of the sport that fans respect all riders, regardless of who your favourite rider is. You cheer for your favourite the loudest. Another cycling tradition that is slowly dying off.


    DD.

    You know the French crowd boo'd Armstrong, Anquetil, Hinault, Merckx in the past too, right?

    They like booing, and they don't confine irrational partisanship to ball sports.

    After all, the Tour's a circus.
    They're particularly nasty about it at the French Open. Especially towards women
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  • awaveyawavey Posts: 2,368
    The booing is just panto villain stuff isn't it though ? They booed on the climb because he was closing down a French rider, they booed in Marseille (which I missed) well I don't think Brits are that popular down there for a number of reasons. They seemed to be cheering in Paris for him.
  • iainf72iainf72 Posts: 15,784
    For me it's how everytime Contador attack loads of people seemed to get a jones about it. It wasn't exciting, it was borderline tragic.

    Quick.Step, who I lurve generally, for leaving Dan Martin alone too much. I know Kittel was in trouble on the day of the wind but they could've left him with a couple of bodyguards.
    Fckin' Quintana … that creep can roll, man.
  • BelgianBeerGeekBelgianBeerGeek Posts: 5,226
    It was great. It is the TdF.
    Next edition will be different, for good or better. You will hate it, love it, or say "meh" in your cool dude attitude.
    It will roll on. Bring it on. The best race and sporting spectacle in the world.
    It is great.
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  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 16,674
    iainf72 wrote:
    For me it's how everytime Contador attack loads of people seemed to get a jones about it. It wasn't exciting, it was borderline tragic.

    Froome: People should know when they're conquered.

    Kwiatkowski: Would you, Chris? Would I?
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,382 Lives Here
    iainf72 wrote:
    Quick.Step, who I lurve generally, for leaving Dan Martin alone too much. I know Kittel was in trouble on the day of the wind but they could've left him with a couple of bodyguards.

    I don't think they were so much shepherding Kittel as being ill and riding at his rather slow pace, no?
  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 16,674
    To be to fair to the Tour, it lost a lot of big names and talent along the way.
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  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 16,674
    iainf72 wrote:
    Quick.Step, who I lurve generally, for leaving Dan Martin alone too much. I know Kittel was in trouble on the day of the wind but they could've left him with a couple of bodyguards.

    I don't think they were so much shepherding Kittel as being ill and riding at his rather slow pace, no?

    Wind was the least of their issues.
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,382 Lives Here
    I was trying to think of a pun but my powers failed. Fair play.
  • hypsterhypster Posts: 1,210
    Losing Thomas, Porte, Cav, Sagan and Kittel affected so many stages, not least the last which definitely lost its usual sparkle. On the upside though we did see some new names come to the fore.
  • twotoebennytwotoebenny Posts: 1,081
    I think you can add Valverde to that
  • m.r.m.m.r.m. Posts: 2,421
    Greipel.

    Quick Step won 5 stages on 1 sprinter. Regardless of not being able to serve 2 masters (Martin & Kidl), they can hardly be considered a disappointment.
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  • hypsterhypster Posts: 1,210
    I think you can add Valverde to that

    I forgot about Valverde. Had he been in there it might have been even more embarrassing for Quintana because Valverde wouldn't have hung around waiting for him. I think the way things have finished and his form this year he could have easily finished on the podium. He's going to rue his impetuous wet TT I think with what might have been.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,382 Lives Here
    Alright I'm just gonna say it.


    Thomas de Gendt.


    Come on mate; you've got double the talent of Voeckler or Voigt. At least finish one of the bloody breaks off.
  • cyclingsheepcyclingsheep Posts: 640
    Biggest disappointment was knowing I'd have to watch the hairy man with a watch, pedal slowly and put his wheel back in the wrong way round, every time ITV went to the adverts.

    So much this.....could they not afford a decent camera, film at real speed then slow it in editing? Drove me nuts every time.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,382 Lives Here
    Imagine Chris will be disappointed with the quality of his kit.
  • ProssPross Posts: 29,623
    As a slightly different take, Kwiato missing out on winning the TT by a second. If ever a rider deserved a stage win.

    Dan Martin losing that time in the crash and struggling through injury on many of the mountain stages. Also, losing Porte as I think that pair were most likely to attack.

    The poor form of many of the out-and-out sprinters meaning Kittel dominated the flat sprints even more than Cav at his best.
  • mfinmfin Posts: 6,724
    Biggest disappointment for me was Kittel going out. (Felt a bit sorry for G too).

    It wasn't a bad year, nothing iconic happened of note apart from crashes and their consequences. I'd never expect a classic TDF, it would be daft to as not many turn out to be.
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