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Old 02-25-16, 09:52 PM   #1
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Road racers growing away the summer on the Rio boards

Crap. "Growing away" was supposed to be "throwing away".

Every four years, some of the peloton's fastest cyclists are distracted from the noble business of winning road races but the tawdry pursuit of Olympic gold. They skimp on proper road miles, skip important races, spend the spring in half-form, all in hopes of speeding around in wooden circles come August. Fortunately this blight only comes every four years, but this is one of those years.

The highest profile road racer shirking his road duties is Mark Cavendish, who spent the winter living in Manchester, training on the track, is missing the early spring races to ride the London Worlds, and by the sounds of things is going to be forced by British Cycling to choose between the Tour and the Olympics. If he even makes the GB team, which isn't sounding so likely. Cycling Weekly: Cycling News, Bike Reviews, Sportives & Forums

Fernando Gaviria may take a month off the road and race for Colombia in Rio. His situation is easier, he wouldn't ride the Tour anyway and I imagine that making Colombia's track squad is much easier than making the British team.

I'm guessing Ella Viviani is another road sprinter who is likely to be distracted from his trade team duties.

Any other turncoats you can think of?

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Old 02-26-16, 08:02 AM   #2
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The real shame is that some fine track athletes are forced to prostitute themselves on the roads to survive.


I wonder how many of the pro roadies less obviously subvert their season to maximize performance on the olympic roads.
Probably at least everybody with a better chance of medaling than winning or helping a teammate win le tour.
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Crap. "Growing away" was supposed to be "throwing away".

Every four years, some of the peloton's fastest cyclists are distracted from the noble business of winning road races but the tawdry pursuit of Olympic gold. They skimp on proper road miles, skip important races, spend the spring in half-form, all in hopes of speeding around in wooden circles come August. Fortunately this blight only comes every four years, but this is one of those years.

The highest profile road racer shirking his road duties is Mark Cavendish, who spent the winter living in Manchester, training on the track, is missing the early spring races to ride the London Worlds, and by the sounds of things is going to be forced by British Cycling to choose between the Tour and the Olympics. If he even makes the GB team, which isn't sounding so likely. Cycling Weekly: Cycling News, Bike Reviews, Sportives & Forums

Fernando Gaviria may take a month off the road and race for Colombia in Rio. His situation is easier, he wouldn't ride the Tour anyway and I imagine that making Colombia's track squad is much easier than making the British team.

I'm guessing Ella Viviani is another road sprinter who is likely to be distracted from his trade team duties.

Any other turncoats you can think of?

Cavendish & Wiggins win gold at UCI track world championships. Gold medals at the Worlds and Olympics are just as good, if not better, on their CVs and in their bank of memories when they retire as just another tour stage win. It's called versatility.
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