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He's clearly got a case of the yipps poor lad. Can't see anyway back for him, can you even be a domestique if you ride down hill like your gran?

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Simon_MacMichael [2442 posts] 2 years ago
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Just out of interest, how do you reckon you'd have got on riding in driving rain with the flu and a few nasty climbs thrown in? Me, I'd have stayed under the duvet...

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Super Domestique [1596 posts] 2 years ago
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Really?

I thought it was a chest infection. Career ending?

I think Sky have pretty good mentor types if there are any head issues.

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 2 years ago
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Idiots say WHAT.........  19

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Jonomc [23 posts] 2 years ago
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Faster than he did!

What was his excuse for the time trial? -absolutely bone dry, rode like it was his first time on a bike!

Illness doesn't make you slow down the hills.

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giff77 [1191 posts] 2 years ago
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?????? The guy is ill. That's going to affect your judgment and fitness levels. As Simon says, duvet day.

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chiv30 [986 posts] 2 years ago
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Jonomc wrote:

Faster than he did!

What was his excuse for the time trial? -absolutely bone dry, rode like it was his first time on a bike!

Illness doesn't make you slow down the hills.

Not bone dry ,on the descent after his bike change there was damp corners , and if you watched it he looked nervy on those stretches .
Plus as its been said a chest infection hasn't helped

I think the biggest issue is that he talked himself up pre Giro and on top of last year everyone was expecting him to be unbeatable.

Career over? No

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Dr Plumbster [21 posts] 2 years ago
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People, pipe down....... For goodness sake this is like reading the daily mails take on Wiggo. Give the chap a break he'll bounce back, he's a proven champion ( I have said that he was getting too big for his boots recently so a bit of humble pie won't do any harm) but honestly career ending I think NOT!

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chrisb87 [70 posts] 2 years ago
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wow, this is the most uninformed comment I've ever seen.

Try riding with a chest infection in good weather, let alone what they have been putting up with. Hopfully they will pull wiggo and let the team focus on Uran, he's looking damn strong!

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aslongasicycle [380 posts] 2 years ago
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Actually, illness does set you back on cornering and descents. Your ears are connected to your sinuses. Balance Central Command. It may not be the case here, but it can easily be affected. Add in crashing, having great form and not wanting to lose it through a break, being mentally fragile under certain circumstances anyway, and the world's media up your arse waiting for you to cock up (the crap with Froome was a really silly move in that respect), and its not going to help.

Career over? Silly. But if he pulls the rug from Froome in Tour and messes the whole team dynamic, he could pay longterm. Nobody likes a trouble maker. Especially if they're not winning. He could see himself as a lone top GC man on a smaller team, and he may never regain title. The next couple of months are a test of his head more than his heart.

He big champ.

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Super Domestique [1596 posts] 2 years ago
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millskid [44 posts] 2 years ago
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what I dont understand, is why did sky pull Uran back on stage 3 or 4 (cant remember which) to help wiggins. If they knew wiggins was suffering from a infection. Uran would have been second now and have had a decent shot of winning.

also, wiggins lost his bottle on the downhill. Chest infection or not he had lost it mentally and would have still lost a lot of time.

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Abbie [59 posts] 2 years ago
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Get well soon Brad. I wonder in Canada if they're giving Ryder such a hard time too. Seems we like to stomp all over people when they're struggling. He came 2nd in the iTT to Dowsett who had an incredible ride. Illness, not on form, anxiety, whatever it is he should be supported. He's british and our first Tour de France winner.

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YorkshireMike [90 posts] 2 years ago
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Jonomc wrote:

Faster than he did!

What was his excuse for the time trial? -absolutely bone dry, rode like it was his first time on a bike!

Illness doesn't make you slow down the hills.

I'm pretty sure he came second by 10 seconds, after suffering a puncture which probably took off 20 seconds of his time.
Rode like it was his first time on a bike? Fuck off.

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andyp [1436 posts] 2 years ago
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'What was his excuse for the time trial? -absolutely bone dry, rode like it was his first time on a bike!'

Bloody hell - second in a Grand Tour time trial, riding like your first time on a bike? Hats off to him. He obviously has some serious talent to post that time whilst riding like that.

Either that, or you haven't got a clue.

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Jonomc [23 posts] 2 years ago
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6bV0e29CNk

I was wrong, it's the rain not the hills (proof above) it'll all be fine (unless he wants to race in Britain this year)

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The Rumpo Kid [589 posts] 2 years ago
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Fol de rol.

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arrieredupeleton [574 posts] 2 years ago
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Yorkshire Mike sums things up nicely. Some on here clearly have no idea about the levels required to be a pro-cyclist or possibly have never ridden a bike (or for that matter had a chest infection).

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Leviathan [1775 posts] 2 years ago
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Well done to Christain Knees yesterday pulling Wiggo back to the rest of the team (sans Uran in the lead pack) then trying to cut his losses. Great team work in action.

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Cycle_Jim [264 posts] 2 years ago
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I felt he was being a bit disrespectful to Froome by saying he wanted to make another attempt at the tour and I think as far as the Giro is concerned he should have kept quiet and done what he could, pride always comes before a fall! Hopefully he'll be better soon, riding for Froome in the tour and we will seen another british 1&2 on the podium!

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Veronique [4 posts] 2 years ago
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It's a shame he hasn't got Dr Leinders with him on the team this year. As DB said you need a guy like him on the team to keep the riders well and safe. I think we just witnessed Brad's wheels fall off because he hasn't got that proper support that he had last year.

Oh and it turns out swimming coaches aren't that good at helping get over descending problems? Who knew?!

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bashthebox [751 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm not sure Leinders would have helped in this Giro's weather - Wiggo's susceptible to the cold, always has been. Nothing to be ashamed of, Fignon couldn't cope with those kinds of conditions either.
I'm pretty sure the wheels haven't fallen off - in fact I'd go so far as to say that's a ridiculous thing to say. There's not a clean rider in the world who could contest a GC with a chest infection.

As for the snipe at Kerrison - with his coaching expertise, Sky have not one, not two, not even three - but four riders capable of seriously challenging for Grand Tour GCs. Wiggo's descending woes have nothing to do with his coaching - they're all in his head. So pass that one to their resident psychologist, Steve Peters, to work out. It happens to almost every rider - you take a tumble, you sometimes get the jitters. Takes a while to iron it back out again.

A setback happens and people just resort to daft black and white comments. Wiggo's washed up! Sky are doing it all wrong!
Christ. Gain a little perspective.

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stepho [90 posts] 2 years ago
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What a pile of shite.

The first british rider to win the tour de france is a washed up has been 10 months later?

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SimpleSimon [112 posts] 2 years ago
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Well, the post got everyone talking anyway!

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andyp [1436 posts] 2 years ago
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it got some people talking, and some grunting (as they are incapable of logical thought). Away to the Daily Mail, lads.

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pcb24 [3 posts] 2 years ago
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He's still a legend!

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Lost faith in t... [116 posts] 2 years ago
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its not he is ill, its he is crap and needs a team to wrap him up in cotton wool and deliver him over the finish line.

chest infection my arse.

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bashthebox [751 posts] 2 years ago
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Fuck me. Do you call yourself a cycling fan? The ignorance contained within that sentiment is incredible.

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andyp [1436 posts] 2 years ago
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Brilliant. What an imbecile.

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Lost faith in t... [116 posts] 2 years ago
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yes im a cycling fan but obviously not a wiggins fan  1

He would of not stood a chance winning last years tour if it was not for other riders in his team AND the course being his favour as it was very tt orientated.

froome deserved to win the tour more and deffinately deserves the chance to go at this years tour, unfortunately it looks like it will be wiggins again and i would happily bet that he stuggles this year like he has in the giro wether it is "illness" influenced or not.

just because you dont understand someones opinion does not make them an imbecile. if this was the case, i would call you all imbeciles  3

now play nice and dont make things personal when someone disagrees with your bandwagon  1

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andyp [1436 posts] 2 years ago
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'froome deserved to win the tour more'

in what way? he wasn't even the best rider on his team.

'just because you dont understand someones opinion does not make them an imbecile'

agreed. Saying a multiple Olympic gold medallist and the current Tour de France champion is 'crap', does.

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