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rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 50,671 Lives Here
edited 7 August in Pro race
As requested by BB.

A couple to kick off with:

My unpopular opinion here is that the much ridiculed sock rule is a good rule as it stops riders looking ridiculous, and I would even be in favour of making it shorter.

Here's an unpopular opinion:

Strong teams in GTs are overrated. It's nearly always the guy with the best legs that wins.

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  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 10,930
    Sep Vanmarcke is the best cobbles rider since the retirement of Cancellara

    TTTs have no place no place GTs

    The vuelta has been, on average, the best GT of the year over last ten years or so. Froome has really helped with this.

    It would have been much better if Froome hadn't joined Sky

    Cavendish is not finished

    Movistar managed multiple team leaders reasonably well.

    Oh, and national jerseys...




  • ddraverddraver Posts: 20,502
    Totally with you on TTTs!

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  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 12,006
    Agree on the TTTs and national jerseys. (I assume only worn if it is the jersey of the country(ies) where the race is taking place.)
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 24,083
    edited 7 August

    Agree on the TTTs and national jerseys. (I assume only worn if it is the jersey of the country(ies) where the race is taking place.)


    I've banged the anti-national jerseys drum for a long time. I don't think it's that unpopular an opinion

    Another unpopular opinion: If he rode today Eddy Merckx would basically be a Belgian Vincenzo Nibali
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 50,671 Lives Here
    RichN95. said:

    Agree on the TTTs and national jerseys. (I assume only worn if it is the jersey of the country(ies) where the race is taking place.)


    I've banged the anti-national jerseys drum for a long time. I don't think it's that unpopular an opinion
    Is with me.
  • Lanterne_RogueLanterne_Rogue Posts: 2,533
    I suspect at this point it's probably a more unpopular opinion to suggest that some of the modern takes on the national jerseys look all right, actually.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 50,671 Lives Here
    Love a good national jersey.
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 24,083
    When Marc De Maar turned up in the jersey for the champion of Curacao, they should have called a halt to the whole thing. It's not even a country it's a liqueur


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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 50,671 Lives Here
    I’d go even further and say there should be stricter rules on what National jersey is required like they do with the worlds champ.
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 9,033
    I like a national Jersey too.

    I do think Curaçao is taking the mick a bit, but, well, he earned it.
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 12,006
    I can't imagine something similar in other team sports. The Barbarians wear different socks, but I can't think of any others.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 50,671 Lives Here

    Here's an unpopular opinion:

    Strong teams in GTs are overrated. It's nearly always the guy with the best legs that wins.

    2008 Tour de France says different.
  • webboowebboo Posts: 2,874
    It is very easy to regulate a bunch sprint.
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 10,930

    Here's an unpopular opinion:

    Strong teams in GTs are overrated. It's nearly always the guy with the best legs that wins.

    2008 Tour de France says different.
    Evans was better?
  • jam1ejam1e Posts: 1,005
    There are only 3 real monuments - Roubaix, Flanders & Strada Bianche.
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 10,930
    jam1e said:

    There are only 3 real monuments - Roubaix, Flanders & Strada Bianche.

    That's an excellent contribution. There are some on here who regard strade bianche as a chipper.
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 10,930
    RichN95. said:

    Agree on the TTTs and national jerseys. (I assume only worn if it is the jersey of the country(ies) where the race is taking place.)


    I've banged the anti-national jerseys drum for a long time. I don't think it's that unpopular an opinion

    Another unpopular opinion: If he rode today Eddy Merckx would basically be a Belgian Vincenzo Nibali
    His hour record stood the test of time though.
  • DeadCalmDeadCalm Posts: 3,676
    Are we talking unpopular on this site or unpopular with the cycling world in general?
  • 50x1150x11 Posts: 275
    National jerseys should be controlled like WC is. Eg the pathetic efforts Movistar and Astana do should be banned.

    Contador is one of the least stylish (in terms of riding style) riders to have existed.

    Sep Vanmarke is vastly over rated.

    As cool as EF are in their alternative racing etc they're a waste of a WT license and it should be given to a team who want to race like Alpecin Fenix.

    Sagan is done in terms of dominance, and he's ruined the Green Jersey.

    Flanders, Roubaix, World Championship. Are the biggest races in cycling.
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 24,083
    If Blood doping had disappeared after Festina, Armstrong would still have won the Tour (not 7 times)

    Peter Sagan is not a particularly interesting personality
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  • m.r.m.m.r.m. Posts: 2,007

    Sep Vanmarcke is the best cobbles rider since the retirement of Cancellara

    Untrue. Gilbert won both Flanders and Roubaix since then.

    Cavendish is not finished

    I hope you're right, but it has been over 2 years since he has won on the road. He actually finally seems finished.

    Movistar managed multiple team leaders reasonably well.

    They won the team classification after all! :wink:
    The GT they actually won, they didn't really have that multiple leader thing as much. I think it was just Landa and Carapaz.

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  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 9,033
    jam1e said:

    There are only 3 real monuments - Roubaix, Flanders & Strada Bianche.

    Amen brother
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 24,083

    RichN95. said:



    His hour record stood the test of time though.


    Only because nobody serious bothered until Moser. And then they changed the rules and a scrapheap Boardman beat it with the first serious attempt.
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  • RichN95. said:

    If Blood doping had disappeared after Festina, Armstrong would still have won the Tour (not 7 times)

    I think Jan Ullrich would disagree with you.
    Not a Giro Hero!
  • And Pantani.
    Not a Giro Hero!
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 24,083

    And Pantani.

    I’m pretty sure he won’t
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  • RichN95. said:

    And Pantani.

    I’m pretty sure he won’t
    That much is obvious. Unless you can raise the dead.
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  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 24,083
    Oh, here’s a big one - Paris-Roubaix is better dry than wet. A bit of moisture is good, but proper mud, no
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  • m.r.m.m.r.m. Posts: 2,007
    RichN95. said:

    Oh, here’s a big one - Paris-Roubaix is better dry than wet. A bit of moisture is good, but proper mud, no

    Don't think this qualifies. It's clearly better dry.
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  • Mad_MalxMad_Malx Posts: 4,044

    jam1e said:

    There are only 3 real monuments - Roubaix, Flanders & Strada Bianche.

    That's an excellent contribution. There are some on here who regard strade bianche as a chipper.
    Roubaix is disappointing more often than not.
    Strade is the best one dayer.




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