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Sorry for the linguistic pun but thought it was interesting.

Who else might it be?

Not Wiggo......

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Charles_Hunter [149 posts] 3 years ago
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Joelsim [1975 posts] 3 years ago
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Charles_Hunter wrote:

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Exactly

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enrique [2386 posts] 3 years ago
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Adivino que el Orica esta interesado en Richie Porte?...  39

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stevemarks [472 posts] 3 years ago
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Talk is that Orica have said they will make an announcement within the month of a big GC name. Could be Evans I suppose or Rodgers but Porte has been awfully quiet recently Enrique,

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Stumps [3496 posts] 3 years ago
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my money is on Evans, BMC are in a bit of turmoil at the mo with who is and who isnt GC riders, too many cooks as the saying goes.

Porte has made it perfectly clear he wants to go for GC in one of the GT's but do Orica have the team to back him up ? i seriously doubt it at the mo as they are more for stage wins.

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NeilG83 [306 posts] 3 years ago
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I thought teams weren't allowed to conduct transfer business during the first half of the season. If they are making an announcement within the month it would have to be a rider currently unattached to another pro team.

I'm not sure one of the really big GC names would go to Orica as they don't really have the team to help win a mountainous Grand Tour. They must want an Australian GC rider in the team, but at the moment the best ones; Evans, Porte, Rodgers and Dennis are in other teams.

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Ghedebrav [1099 posts] 3 years ago
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I'm not sure Old Man Cadel would be the right fit for OGE. Dennis might, but is he out-and-out GC? More of a Wiggo-lite.

Porte would do well, though. And I reckon they could fashion a pretty strong team around him, strong enough to challenge in a grand tour GC in a couple of years' time - the Yates brothers, Weening, Durbridge, Impey... all strong guys.

They'd have to give up on their usual stage-hunting though, which would be a shame. Even without parking buses on finish lines, they do liven up the races and bring their own character to them.

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drheaton [3323 posts] 3 years ago
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Porte is an odd one, in theory he could be a GT contender but he strikes me as a perennial top ten rather than real threat. Certainly he'd be a big coup for Orica and I can see why he'd leave Sky, much like Uran he may want to be top dog in the biggest races and not just a super domestique.

Evans is having a good Giro but I can't imagine it'd make financial sense to sign him, he'll be expensive and this could possibly be his last good year, surely only a team desperate for World Tour points would throw him a big contract now.

Dennis may be tempted, he's definitely GC material (much like TJVG) and I can see why he might want a team built around him at Orica rather than being one of a few good GC guys at Garmin (Danielson, Acevedo, Hesjedal, Martin). Moving to Orica should get him a Tour leaders spot earlier than with Garmin.

The question is, which of them is out of contract this year?

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stevemarks [472 posts] 3 years ago
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I tend to agree that Evans is a little on the craggy side for OGE to be investing in if they are serious about GC. Dennis is a good choice, one for the future and they would have time to build a team around him. Thomas has said he was looking at offers, but I doubt if he gives them anything more than they might already have, In the same vein Slagter always goes well down under. Thinking outside the box, perhaps a Columbian? Betacur is still very young. I really think that Porte would be the best fit, and the outstanding candidate though.

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 3 years ago
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I think calling Thomas a GC contender may get you prosecuted under Trades Descriptions. He may be if he could stay on his bike for more than 1/2 stage.

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VVV73 [408 posts] 3 years ago
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stevemarks wrote:

Talk is that Orica have said they will make an announcement within the month of a big GC name. Could be Evans I suppose or Rodgers but Porte has been awfully quiet recently Enrique,

Porte has been sick and injured all year....HE IS THE BEST DOMESTIC in the WORLD. ask Wiggo and Froomy.
Also talk Wiggo could be the man, my money is on someone younger, whyo knows Chavez might have an influence on one of these young Colombians, betancur and co.  1
We looked after chavez after his fall when nobody else wanted him.
I doubt anyone had the money to buy out Porte contract and then pay him wages. Porte has proven he is a GC contender. How fast you people forget last year when he was given the chance to lead. He prob could have been top 5in TDF last 3 years!!!!!!!!!!! if he was leader and looked after.
He WON paris -nice as leader, 2nd to froome im crit. inter, THEN 2nd in Paris Vaesco TO QUINTANA, beating in GC HENAO, CONTADOR, SPILAK, BETANCUR, PERAUD....but you right he is a GC contender LOL.
AND this year 4th in TDU behind 3 of the FORM riders in the world this year, GERRANS, EVANS, ULISSI that looks pretty good form, BEFORE HE GOT SICK.
str8 after that 2ND to VALVEVERDE in Veulkta Andalucía, also the form rider in world ATM..beat Mollema , Lois Leon, kangert, Navarro, leaders or future leaders.
I like to know why people don't think it will be wiggo ?
He is very unhappy at sky and is Half Aussie, who wouldn't want to come to live and train in Australia it's Awesome.

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VVV73 [408 posts] 3 years ago
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opps, Porte is also one of the top TTers in the world , gee he is terrible value and overated. PFFT.PLEASE
He was also 2nd last year to froom ein Dauphine beating , Conta, valve, beta and who ever else was warming up for TDF...looks good GC form to me.

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enrique [2386 posts] 3 years ago
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Post this one again, too, V...

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VVV73 [408 posts] 3 years ago
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enrique wrote:

Post this one again, too, V...

ok
Porte has been sick and injured all year....HE IS THE BEST DOMESTIC in the WORLD. ask Wiggo and Froomy.
Also talk Wiggo could be the man, my money is on someone younger, whyo knows Chavez might have an influence on one of these young Colombians, betancur and co. Smile
We looked after chavez after his fall when nobody else wanted him.
I doubt anyone had the money to buy out Porte contract and then pay him wages. Porte has proven he is a GC contender. How fast you people forget last year when he was given the chance to lead. He prob could have been top 5in TDF last 3 years!!!!!!!!!!! if he was leader and looked after.
He WON paris -nice as leader, 2nd to froome im crit. inter, THEN 2nd in Paris Vaesco TO QUINTANA, beating in GC HENAO, CONTADOR, SPILAK, BETANCUR, PERAUD....but you right he is a GC contender LOL.
AND this year 4th in TDU behind 3 of the FORM riders in the world this year, GERRANS, EVANS, ULISSI that looks pretty good form, BEFORE HE GOT SICK.
str8 after that 2ND to VALVEVERDE in Veulkta Andalucía, also the form rider in world ATM..beat Mollema , Lois Leon, kangert, Navarro, leaders or future leaders.
I like to know why people don't think it will be wiggo ?
He is very unhappy at sky and is Half Aussie, who wouldn't want to come to live and train in Australia it's Awesome.

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enrique [2386 posts] 3 years ago
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enrique wrote:

Post this one again, too...

VVV73 wrote:

ok Porte has been sick and injured all year....HE IS THE BEST DOMESTIC in the WORLD. ask Wiggo and Froomy. Also talk Wiggo could be the man, my money is on someone younger, who knows Chavez might have an influence on one of these young Colombians, betancur and co.  1 We looked after chavez after his fall when nobody else wanted him. I doubt anyone had the money to buy out Porte contract and then pay him wages. Porte has proven he is a GC contender... He prob could have been top 5 in TDF last 3 years...
He WON paris -nice... 2nd to froome im crit. inter... 2nd in Paris
Vaesco TO QUINTANA, beating... HENAO, CONTADOR, SPILAK, BETANCUR,
PERAUD... this year 4th in TDU behind... GERRANS, EVANS, ULISSI... 2ND to VALVEVERDE in... I like to know why people don't think it will be wiggo ?
He is very unhappy at sky and is Half Aussie, who wouldn't want to come to
live and train in Australia it's Awesome....

Heh heh...

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enrique [2386 posts] 3 years ago
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From an article dave posted on the other thread...

... White... clarified his comments... regarding the team’s commitment to try and sign up a general classification rider for next year...“The answer is yes, I do. I have a general classification rider in mind... I have more than one person, but there is one particular person I have in mind...." ... White said he could not name the rider he has in mind, nor would he eliminate names [which include] Evans... Porte [and]... Dennis... White said..."... no deal has been done...We are not just a team that tries to win the Tour Down Under and a couple of stages here and there... We have the depth to control some of the biggest races in the world.”

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VVV73 [408 posts] 3 years ago
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enrique wrote:

From an article dave posted on the other thread...

... White... clarified his comments... regarding the team’s commitment to try and sign up a general classification rider for next year...“The answer is yes, I do. I have a general classification rider in mind... I have more than one person, but there is one particular person I have in mind...." ... White said he could not name the rider he has in mind, nor would he eliminate names [which include] Evans... Porte [and]... Dennis... White said..."... no deal has been done...We are not just a team that tries to win the Tour Down Under and a couple of stages here and there... We have the depth to control some of the biggest races in the world.”

I listened to white talk live to Tomalaris and Henk Vogels, last night....LOVE HENK  1
He said Iam chasing GCrider for next year, will know in 4 to 5 weeks..SO excited, especially with yates and chavez as well. Damien Howson, Caleb Ewan.

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enrique [2386 posts] 3 years ago
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enrique wrote:

From an article... 'White [said]... I have a general classification rider in mind...'

VVV73 wrote:

I listened to white talk live to Tomalaris and Henk Vogels, last
night....LOVE HENK... He said I am chasing GCrider for next year, will know in 4 to 5 weeks.. SO excited, especially with yates and chavez as well. Damien Howson, Caleb Ewan.

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Stumps [3496 posts] 3 years ago
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enrique mate, its obvious admin are cracking down on anyone who is "gobbing off" by muting them so by pasting the comments by vvv73 (who appears to be the latest to be muted) is sort of defeating the purpose don you think  39

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Ghedebrav [1099 posts] 3 years ago
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I doubt it'll be Wiggins. His settled family life notwithstanding, he's targeting Rio as part of the GB team. At his age that will be a stretch, so I doubt he'd want to rock the boat by leaving what is effectively GB cycling's road racing team.

So while we're speculating wildly, how about Bauke Mollema?

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Joelsim [1975 posts] 3 years ago
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It'll be Rohan Dennis!

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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Kwia?

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VVV73 [408 posts] 3 years ago
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stumps wrote:

enrique mate, its obvious admin are cracking down on anyone who is "gobbing off" by muting them so by pasting the comments by vvv73 (who appears to be the latest to be muted) is sort of defeating the purpose don you think  39

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Ghedebrav [1099 posts] 3 years ago
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ray silvester wrote:

Kwia?

Not if OPQS have an imperial ounce of sense. That one's a keeper.

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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Tejay?

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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VVV73 [408 posts] 3 years ago
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VVV73 wrote:
enrique wrote:

Post this one again, too, V...

I like to know why people don't think it will be wiggo ?
He is very unhappy at sky and is Half Aussie, who wouldn't want to come to live and train in Australia it's Awesome.

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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Half Aussie born in Ghent.......Yet joint first in Britain's all time Olympic medallists!!

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Must be Mad [616 posts] 3 years ago
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If Porte wants to be a GC team leader... he doesn't need to change team to do it, does he?

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VVV73 [408 posts] 3 years ago
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ray silvester wrote:

Half Aussie born in Ghent.......Yet joint first in Britain's all time Olympic medallists!!

HIS DAD IS AUSTRALIAN MATE  1

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