Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Florence, KY
Bikes: 1954 Hetchins M.O., 1959 Viking Severn Valley, 1970 Raleigh Pro, 1972 Fuji "The Finest", 1974 Raleigh Superbe&Comp, 1976 Raleigh Team Pro, 1996 Giant Iguana, 2000 Bob Jackson Arrowhead
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I think that simply reading the headline of the article you linked to puts it all into perspective. The fact that other riders were able to move up the road on Tom, makes it pretty clear that, even if he had stayed with Fabian then, it was only a matter of time.
I like that Tom isn't one to make excuses. A few years ago, when Cancellara won his first P-R, he was advanced from 5th to 2nd after three riders were disqualified. After the race, he was clearly not happy with himself, and said that, in his mind, he finished 5th (I'm paraphrasing). Hopefully, he's got his act together a bit better than he did last year, and he'll be more in the mix. I'm not a huge fan of his, but despite his flaws, he's a hugely talented rider, and not a bad guy.
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