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Old 04-29-13, 10:56 AM   #1
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Wiggins changing his tune?

Thought Wiggo said (at some point) he was going to focus on the Giro, and let Chris Froome lead Sky's tour team this season? Now it looks like he may be changing his mind.

http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/...he-tour_284109

I can't see this going well for Sky, if Wiggins does not back off these statements pretty soon. Froome has already said time and time again, even starting last season, that he sacrificed a lot and was "assured" leadership at the tour this season, and even recently he's reiterated he thinks he's the boss for the tour.

I have little doubt that if Wiggins goes back on his word and tries to steal leadership from Froome this year, that Froome will attack whenever, and wherever he pleases. He's not going to settle for being on Wiggins' leash again, towing him all around the mountains. Could make for some pretty great racing, the Sky train last year was so boring.
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Old 04-29-13, 11:19 AM   #2
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Yes, I agree that he should retract his comments. Should Froome have a bad day or misadventure and fall back then it would make sense for Sky to change strategy to Wiggins, many teams have done this during a race. But don't suggest it now.
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I don't know if he's not just making public what the in-house competition is for team leadership. I'm not sure why he does though.
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Lemond/Hinault? Armstrong/Contador?

Will certainly be interesting.
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At this point, I'm about ready to concede that, given the chance. a professional cyclist will always make the ignoble desision....Unbelievable! I think they must spent too much time on a bike during their formative years, and not enough time around people...
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Lemond/Hinault? Armstrong/Contador?

Will certainly be interesting.
Wiggo will claim, like Hinault, that he was just trying to motivate Froome. I don't like Team Sky, so anything they do to take each other out is fine with me.
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At this point, I'm about ready to concede that, given the chance. a professional cyclist will always make the ignoble desision....Unbelievable!
Take it easy, tiger

Both of these guys want to win, and win badly. That's one reason why they are at the top levels of the sport.

They also ran through the same stuff last year... in the middle of Le Tour. Froome ran his mouth about being able to win. For all we know, these two might thrive off of competing with one another. At a minimum, they can handle a little strife puffed up by the media.
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I don't remember Wiggins saying he wouldn't defend his TDF title in 2013
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Not a definitive statement but this is the quote that has led folks to the idea that Wiggins didn't plan on challenging Froome

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/oth...is-Froome.html
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Wiggo has always been a bit ambiguous in his responses about the Tour this year. Froome says he has been promised the leadership, but of course he may have heard what he wanted to hear ; I wouldn't be altogether surprised if Brailsford had left himself some wriggle room.

Either way, Sky need to sort it out behind closed doors, because any uncertainty will allow the media to wind Froome up and won't do much for the team's performance.
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I say go with two leaders.
They wasted a domestique spot with Cav last year, so they'll be fine.
Let 'em race it out.
Just no chasing each other.
Basically Froome will need to attack asap.
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Froome responds

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/froo...ip-at-team-sky
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I say go with two leaders.
They wasted a domestique spot with Cav last year, so they'll be fine.
Let 'em race it out.
Just no chasing each other.
Basically Froome will need to attack asap.
Can't see it. Sky will have enough trouble with Contador etc. without letting Wiggins and Froome cut one another's throats.
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Sky will have enough trouble with Contador etc.
Speaking of that, Saxo have quietly put together a pretty impressive supporting cast on paper at least. I don't know if they can work together nearly as well as the Sky boys did last year, but adding Rogers, Zaugg, Roche, Kruezinger and Bennati give them a lot of options.
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Well I'll be keeping track of Sky now that they've signed American Joe Dombrowski. The 21 year old is slated to race at Bayern Rundfahrt later this month.

Glad to see how the sport has evolved in the states despite the doping scandals and I don't see any reason why some of our riders won't be competitive again someday even though they won't rack up 7 Tour wins.

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Wiggo has always been a bit ambiguous in his responses about the Tour this year. Froome says he has been promised the leadership, but of course he may have heard what he wanted to hear ; I wouldn't be altogether surprised if Brailsford had left himself some wriggle room.

Either way, Sky need to sort it out behind closed doors, because any uncertainty will allow the media to wind Froome up and won't do much for the team's performance.
+1 . Wiggo has always been evasive and they may just thrive off the competition. I just hope they pull it together Nd work as a team come tour time.
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Froome rode hard for Wiggins last year and in general Wiggins benefitted from Sky's strength and cohesiveness. I hope that Wiggins does the right thing and rides as a faithful super-domestique for Froome this year. As we all know, it's a team sport, and discpline counts for a lot.
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