Chris Froome

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  • ridgeriderridgerider Posts: 2,748
    pblakeney wrote:
    fredmac wrote:
    ridgerider wrote:

    I am sure froome is a better bike handler than me,


    Well, I haven't seen you ride a bike but I wouldn't be too sure about that.
    Based purely on TV highlights and memory Chris does appear to crash on a regular basis so you may be on to something there.

    I need to own up to falling off my mtb just after Xmas going for a fast time on a greasy grass decent. Had to use a timber gate to stop me and ended up with a black eye and sore ribs.

    Managed to get the 2nd fastest score on Strava with 22 seconds.

    Hold on...

    222...
    Half man, Half bike...and now more familiar with the work of Prostate Cancer UK
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 22,561
    pblakeney wrote:
    fredmac wrote:
    ridgerider wrote:

    I am sure froome is a better bike handler than me,


    Well, I haven't seen you ride a bike but I wouldn't be too sure about that.
    Based purely on TV highlights and memory Chris does appear to crash on a regular basis so you may be on to something there.
    While he does crash, prior to the Dauphine he had the longest streak of no DNF/DNS of any World Tour rider (going back to the 2015 Vuelta)
    Twitter: @RichN95
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 7,721
    He certainly crashed a lot earlier in his career but he looked to have worked quite hard on it in more recent years. I think he was just over confident.
  • surfercyclistsurfercyclist Posts: 864
    ALL top racing cyclists crash at some point, that's the thing : these guys are on the edge a lot of the time and to gain any advantage they often push it to and beyond the limit of their ability/traction. It's easy to avoid (almost all) crashes, ride slow and reduce risk but that way they won't win any races.
  • AlejandrosdogAlejandrosdog Posts: 2,007
    ALL top racing cyclists crash at some point, that's the thing : these guys are on the edge a lot of the time and to gain any advantage they often push it to and beyond the limit of their ability/traction. It's easy to avoid (almost all) crashes, ride slow and reduce risk but that way they won't win any races.

    And frequently cant see where theyre going or avoid obstacles anyway.
  • darkhairedlorddarkhairedlord Posts: 4,561
    ALL top racing cyclists crash at some point, that's the thing : these guys are on the edge a lot of the time and to gain any advantage they often push it to and beyond the limit of their ability/traction. It's easy to avoid (almost all) crashes, ride slow and reduce risk but that way they won't win any races.

    And frequently cant see where theyre going or avoid obstacles anyway.
    The stem watching is just a cover story.
  • shipleyshipley Posts: 538
    Just reading Geraint’s book. He’s Froomes mate and even he admits he doesn’t like following him. The stem staring habit causes him to flick about giving the rider behind constant problems trying to avoid his direction changes.

    He looks terrible on a bike and however efficient he may end up being, he always seems to be on his censored .
  • darkhairedlorddarkhairedlord Posts: 4,561
    shipley wrote:
    Just reading Geraint’s book. He’s Froomes mate and even he admits he doesn’t like following him. The stem staring habit causes him to flick about giving the rider behind constant problems trying to avoid his direction changes.

    He looks terrible on a bike and however efficient he may end up being, he always seems to be on his ars*.
    I think the Masonic link is the cover story. He just wasn't looking where he was going.

    #stem-gate
  • surfercyclistsurfercyclist Posts: 864
    shipley wrote:
    Just reading Geraint’s book. He’s Froomes mate and even he admits he doesn’t like following him. The stem staring habit causes him to flick about giving the rider behind constant problems trying to avoid his direction changes.

    He looks terrible on a bike and however efficient he may end up being, he always seems to be on his ars*.

    Yeah, I guess he was just lucky to win all those Grand Tours....
  • iainf72iainf72 Posts: 15,765

    Yeah, I guess he was just lucky to win all those Grand Tours....

    It really is peak 2019 that Rich posts his interesting stat and people still claim Froome is super-crashy.
    Fckin' Quintana … that creep can roll, man.
  • sherersherer Posts: 2,329
    they ride more than most people so have a higher chance of crashing.. im sure if I rode as much as them id crash just as much.

    To be fair to him most of his recent crashes havent been his fault. The current one was just a freak accident
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 22,561
    iainf72 wrote:

    Yeah, I guess he was just lucky to win all those Grand Tours....

    It really is peak 2019 that Rich posts his interesting stat and people still claim Froome is super-crashy.
    As his recent crash and his 2015 Vuelta crash were both DNSs, he still leads the way on most race days since a DNF

    https://www.procyclingstats.com/statist ... ithout-dnf
    Twitter: @RichN95
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 43,841 Lives Here
    RichN95 wrote:
    iainf72 wrote:

    Yeah, I guess he was just lucky to win all those Grand Tours....

    It really is peak 2019 that Rich posts his interesting stat and people still claim Froome is super-crashy.
    As his recent crash and his 2015 Vuelta crash were both DNSs, he still leads the way on most race days since a DNF

    https://www.procyclingstats.com/statist ... ithout-dnf

    Bluntly, you don't win as many GTs in the time he has by falling off - as much as it looks like he's about to - and he often looks like he's about to fall off.

    Doubt he touches Armstrong on the no-crashes front.
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 22,561
    RichN95 wrote:
    iainf72 wrote:

    Yeah, I guess he was just lucky to win all those Grand Tours....

    It really is peak 2019 that Rich posts his interesting stat and people still claim Froome is super-crashy.
    As his recent crash and his 2015 Vuelta crash were both DNSs, he still leads the way on most race days since a DNF

    https://www.procyclingstats.com/statist ... ithout-dnf

    Bluntly, you don't win as many GTs in the time he has by falling off - as much as it looks like he's about to - and he often looks like he's about to fall off.

    Doubt he touches Armstrong on the no-crashes front.
    He has his fair share of incidents, it's just that every time he goes down it's a big story so we notice and remember them all, even the minor ones.
    Twitter: @RichN95
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 43,841 Lives Here
    Well yes.

    We all remember Armstrong on Luz Ardiden....
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 7,092
    The most crashy GC rider I can remember was zulle. Crashed so often it stopped being news. Literally. He got good at not getting race finishing injuries thou. I can never remember indurain on the deck. Can't recall any GC rider apart from him who wasn't in a crash at some time.
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 7,092
    The best example of a rider losing his confidence after a crash has to be Rasmussen's TT. That was cringe worthy.
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • fenixfenix Posts: 4,739
    Zulle did have quite thick glasses on though didn't he ? Can't help if it rains or something in a race.
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 7,092
    fenix wrote:
    Zulle did have quite thick glasses on though didn't he ? Can't help if it rains or something in a race.

    He would disappear from the front of the race then reappear with with torn kit. .. oh he has been on the deck again. There was a time the team reported he crashed 6 times in one stage.. one of which was due to riding into a farm yard by mistake. None of it reported or filmed during the stage . The team made him finish the 93 tour with broken ribs.

    Crazy really .
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 7,092
    It may have been a eyesight issue but he crashed in all weathers

    Edit... Still won two vuelta
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 22,561
    Zulle is now head of the Swiss Freemasons

    (not really)
    Twitter: @RichN95
  • AlejandrosdogAlejandrosdog Posts: 2,007
    fenix wrote:
    Zulle did have quite thick glasses on though didn't he ? Can't help if it rains or something in a race.

    He would disappear from the front of the race then reappear with with torn kit. .. oh he has been on the deck again. There was a time the team reported he crashed 6 times in one stage.. one of which was due to riding into a farm yard by mistake. None of it reported or filmed during the stage . The team made him finish the 93 tour with broken ribs.

    Crazy really .

    Ah when GT riders were men and spectators were skittles!
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 7,092
    RichN95 wrote:
    Zulle is now head of the Swiss Freemasons

    (not really)

    Kept that quiet. Never was one for the post race interview
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • phreakphreak Posts: 2,022
    Denis Menchov was prone to crashing quite regularly I seem to recall. Sure he managed it once when going up hill, which was quite something.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 43,841 Lives Here
    phreak wrote:
    Denis Menchov was prone to crashing quite regularly I seem to recall. Sure he managed it once when going up hill, which was quite something.

    Yeah.

    Rarely hurt himself though.
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 7,092
    G crashes more than froome.
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 43,841 Lives Here
    G crashes more than froome.

    Trackie ;)
  • josamejosame Posts: 1,168
    phreak wrote:
    Denis Menchov was prone to crashing quite regularly I seem to recall. Sure he managed it once when going up hill, which was quite something.

    So did Cancellara at P-R :wink:
    'Do not compare your bike to others, for always there will be greater and lesser bikes'
  • phreakphreak Posts: 2,022
    phreak wrote:
    Denis Menchov was prone to crashing quite regularly I seem to recall. Sure he managed it once when going up hill, which was quite something.

    Yeah.

    Rarely hurt himself though.

    Did prompt a nice and induced rage at the end of the 2009 Giro though.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPt9tsnzXLc
  • Der KaiserDer Kaiser Posts: 172
    Sebastian Reichenbach crashes the most IMO.

    The Reichenbach Falls?

    I'll get my gillet!
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