Most Disappointing Rider - Tour de France

by enrique   July 20, 2013  

Here's my list of the most disappointing riders in the Tour de France based on the points they got compared to their value.

Of course, some of them crashed out, others lost their nerve, others just didn't show up (!).

24.3 Jurgen Van Den Broeck 1
23.0 Przemyslaw Niemiec 1
12.0 Eduard Vorganov 1
33.6 Thomas Voeckler 4
19.6 Rein Taaramae 3
30.4 Thibaut Pinot 5

I wonder how their DS's feel about them?

Will they be thrown at the Vuelta to make ammends? Thinking

It's really surprising (!) to not have seen Voeckler and Niemic more active (!)

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Lampre as a team have been useless.

But you cannot pick riders just on the game score vs points.

Voeckler did ALOT of work for Rolland.

Taaramae hasn't been on form at all. But as happens to alot of riders, they sometimes have a bad tour

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posted by Gkam84 [9355 posts]
20th July 2013 - 20:13

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enrique, you're my biggest let down, you misspelled disappointing...

Also Gkam is right, riders do loads of work for their team and often don't get a chance to ride for themselves. They may be disappointing in fantasy terms but only when compared against your own expectations. In many cases the riders have been valuable team members that have contributed to their teams success (think every Sky rider other than Froome).

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
20th July 2013 - 21:24

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Thomas de Gendt for me .... shadow of the form that obtained podium place in 2012 Giro.

posted by veseunr [287 posts]
20th July 2013 - 21:36

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Cadel Evans for me.

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posted by JediNeo [35 posts]
20th July 2013 - 22:55

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GASPAROTTO

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posted by STEVESPRO 79 [543 posts]
20th July 2013 - 23:04

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De Gendt, he was not working for anyone! especially me.

Navarro and Niemiec, Cunego.

Perhaps Sagan! Sounds strange but no stage win for the Tourminator.

Outperformers had to be AG2r despite losing Peraud and Bouet had riders giving it a go in many stages.

posted by stevemarks [479 posts]
20th July 2013 - 23:25

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stevemarks wrote:
De Gendt, he was not working for anyone! especially me.

Navarro and Niemiec, Cunego.

Perhaps Sagan! Sounds strange but no stage win for the Tourminator.

Outperformers had to be AG2r despite losing Peraud and Bouet had riders giving it a go in many stages.

Apart from the stage he won.

posted by SammyG [295 posts]
20th July 2013 - 23:31

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Gesink....again Big Grin

posted by viveLaPants [96 posts]
20th July 2013 - 23:45

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Goss. didnt contest a sprint, if it wasn't for his high listing on the fantasy listing I wouldnt know he was in it, and I watched the tour most days. Where was he?

posted by leortp [70 posts]
21st July 2013 - 0:12

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Id give Niemiec a break as noone else who came out of the Giro did a decent performance, and Niemiec had a very good Giro.

Cunego or Gesink for me, probably Gesink based on age.

posted by TERatcliffe26 [4451 posts]
21st July 2013 - 1:55

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I wish we had a a poll to insert here in the forum... After the discussion I'd vote for De Gendt, too...

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posted by enrique [2308 posts]
21st July 2013 - 5:51

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In actual (rather than Fantasy points) terms, I think it's a bit harsh to have a pop at riders who already rode the Giro (Evans especially, who was on the podium and road very cannily).

I'd be tempted to say Goss as well. Even against last year, he's now so clearly in a league below the big four sprinters, and isn't really competing with the second-rank likes of Kristoff and even his own leadout either.

Overall though I'd have to say Gilbert. Did not do the rainbow jersey proud.

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posted by Ghedebrav [1132 posts]
21st July 2013 - 7:27

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TERatcliffe26 wrote:
noone else who came out of the Giro did a decent performance

Cav, maybe? OK, not his best tour but faced strongest competition ever and still won two, possibly three, stages.

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posted by Ghedebrav [1132 posts]
21st July 2013 - 7:30

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Danielson

posted by thereallyfatcyclist [4 posts]
21st July 2013 - 7:31

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Pinot.....pulling out because you're scared of a descent is poor.

Ferrari....expected him up there with Kittel et al.

Degenkolb....but to be fair he's kind of been second fiddle to Kittel on Argos.

Gasparotto....with so many classic type stages I expected at least a top 3 on a stage.

Gilbert....Hasn't exactly covered the rainbow jersey in glory has he?

posted by ray silvester [1867 posts]
21st July 2013 - 8:44

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Was gonna say Gilbert but thinking about it the whole BMC team wad bit flat! Nerd

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posted by livestrongnick [2179 posts]
21st July 2013 - 8:51

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thereallyfatcyclist wrote:
Danielson

He gets a pass for going the entire tour with a little green triceratops glued to his stem.

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posted by Ghedebrav [1132 posts]
21st July 2013 - 10:16

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Ghedebrav wrote:
TERatcliffe26 wrote:
noone else who came out of the Giro did a decent performance

Cav, maybe? OK, not his best tour but faced strongest competition ever and still won two, possibly three, stages.

I was thinking more GC, its a bit easier to jump from tour to tour as a sprinter, especially for someone as experienced as Cav

posted by TERatcliffe26 [4451 posts]
21st July 2013 - 11:30

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ray silvester wrote:
Pinot.....pulling out because you're scared of a descent is poor.

Gasparotto....with so many classic type stages I expected at least a top 3 on a stage.

Gilbert....Hasn't exactly covered the rainbow jersey in glory has he?

Pinot didn't pull out because he was scared of descending, that was the commentators making up their own story. Here's why he pulled out https://twitter.com/ThibautPinot/status/357244750706925568/photo/1

Gasparotto was doing all the work for Fugslang, the same as EBH was for Froome.

Gilbert was looking after a couple of the BMC guys, given free reign in the last few days though and good on the tv a fair bit

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posted by Gkam84 [9355 posts]
21st July 2013 - 13:13

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Gkam84 wrote:
ray silvester wrote:
Pinot.....pulling out because you're scared of a descent is poor.

Gasparotto....with so many classic type stages I expected at least a top 3 on a stage.

Gilbert....Hasn't exactly covered the rainbow jersey in glory has he?

Pinot didn't pull out because he was scared of descending, that was the commentators making up their own story. Here's why he pulled out https://twitter.com/ThibautPinot/status/357244750706925568/photo/1

Gasparotto was doing all the work for Fugslang, the same as EBH was for Froome.

Gilbert was looking after a couple of the BMC guys, given free reign in the last few days though and good on the tv a fair bit

If Gilbert was looking after BMC guys(presumably Evans and Tejay)he wasn't even doing that very well....surely you'd bring Cummings for that kind of gig anyway?

Lampre seem to have a stronger squad for Poland than LeTour!!

posted by ray silvester [1867 posts]
21st July 2013 - 14:42

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stevemarks wrote:
De Gendt, he was not working for anyone! especially me.

Navarro and Niemiec, Cunego.

Perhaps Sagan! Sounds strange but no stage win for the Tourminator.

Outperformers had to be AG2r despite losing Peraud and Bouet had riders giving it a go in many stages.

Sagan won stage 7! Navarro 9th on GC! Only one person, I think, on my GC game put him in the top 10 at 9th or 10th.

De Gendt was out there a few times. He never looked as if he had the energy to finish anythin though. I think I had him in my team before the second ITT and he scored some break points then but nothing in the ITT unfortunately. Had him out after that.

FDJ had a lot of bad luck but don't know what Pinot will do if he can't descend. But they are usually good in the
breaks and they didn't do much except Jeannesson 3rd once. Vichot also crashed just before I was hoping he'd do something but could have tried before as he was the national champion.

You can't expect a lot from Italian riders in the Tour.

Big surprise for me was Riblon even though his heroics cost me in another game. TVG as well made up for a terrible start even though it must have hurt like hell when Riblon blasted past him.

posted by Alan Tullett [1580 posts]
21st July 2013 - 14:47

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Gkam84 wrote:

Pinot didn't pull out because he was scared of descending, that was the commentators making up their own story. Here's why he pulled out https://twitter.com/ThibautPinot/status/357244750706925568/photo/1

Surprise Surprise

Posting that link with no warning is *highly* irresponsible.

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posted by Ghedebrav [1132 posts]
21st July 2013 - 16:28

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Ghedebrav wrote:
Gkam84 wrote:

Pinot didn't pull out because he was scared of descending, that was the commentators making up their own story. Here's why he pulled out https://twitter.com/ThibautPinot/status/357244750706925568/photo/1

Surprise Surprise

Posting that link with no warning is *highly* irresponsible.

My work browser blocked it.....and now I'm curious to open it!!

posted by ray silvester [1867 posts]
22nd July 2013 - 9:08

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Le Mevel deserved his low value. Dreadful Tour from a French rider, who is usually ok.

Don't buy upgrades. Ride up grades. (Merckx)

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posted by obutterwick [538 posts]
22nd July 2013 - 17:16

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Gkam84 wrote:
ray silvester wrote:
Pinot.....pulling out because you're scared of a descent is poor.

Gasparotto....with so many classic type stages I expected at least a top 3 on a stage.

Gilbert....Hasn't exactly covered the rainbow jersey in glory has he?

Pinot didn't pull out because he was scared of descending, that was the commentators making up their own story. Here's why he pulled out https://twitter.com/ThibautPinot/status/357244750706925568/photo/1

Nice! I'm sure he mentioned somewhere that he wasn't feeling comfortable on the descents, and I think the commentators just ran with it, and then mentioned he had an illness, as if he was trying to cover up being scared of going down descents!
Was dissapointed for him, becuase there was a lot of hope surrounding him coming in to it, and good form form the Tour De Suisse

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posted by backflipbedlem [1303 posts]
24th July 2013 - 11:50

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#controversial will I be blocked if I suggezt wiggins winsx this category?

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posted by JAndrewHill [1274 posts]
27th July 2013 - 18:19

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