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A heartbreaker for the home team

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Anyone watch the Olympic road race? What a surprise outcome for Vino. If he stays retired, what a way to go out!

Taylor Phinney was so close. A real heart breaker for him. The Americans rode well and smart. Tejay spent himself keeping the breakaway away to set it up for Taylor.

I'm looking forward to the Individual Team Trial. It looks like Taylor is in fine form. I've not seen any reports on Cancellera -- it looked like he might have broken his collarbone again.

Mike
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Cancellara just has soft tissue damage, and is cleared to ride the TT. I was gutted to see a hardman like Sparatacus in tears at the finish of the road race.

Given that Tony Martin, and Fabian Cancellara are not 100%, I see this as Wiggo's race to lose. I would like to see Cancellara pull it out though, and hope to see Taylor Phinney possibly get in the medals.
 

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It'll be a lot to ask of Wiggins. He's not been riding to conserve energy and rode himself into the ground on Saturday to try and give Cav a chance. Unlike Martin and some others he didn't save anything. Couldn't understand why other teams didn't ride with the Brits but I do think the Brits missed out tactically in not sending Millar up the road in that big breakaway.

 

I hope Cancellara is fit for the TT and puts in a great performance. He worked hard too on Saturday. Tejay is a huge prospect for the future.

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It'll be a lot to ask of Wiggins. He's not been riding to conserve energy and rode himself into the ground on Saturday to try and give Cav a chance. Unlike Martin and some others he didn't save anything. Couldn't understand why other teams didn't ride with the Brits but I do think the Brits missed out tactically in not sending Millar up the road in that big breakaway.

 

I hope Cancellara is fit for the TT and puts in a great performance. He worked hard too on Saturday. Tejay is a huge prospect for the future.


4 days is plenty of time for cyclists at that level to recover.

 

The other teams didn't ride with the Brit's because they all were chickenshits and sent someone in the break so they didn't have to chase. Basically saying they had absolutely no faith in their sprinters. Though that's hard to argue. The Aussies sending Stuart O'grady up was a joke. At least Matt Goss probably could have got on the podium. Everyone was so concerned with not letting Cav get gold that they threw away their best podium chances.

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Not convinced about the recovery after the season he's had.

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Not convinced about the recovery after the season he's had.


Everyone else named a contender has had pretty much the same season. Or are battling injuries. Tony Martin and LL Sanchez have all come out, and called him the favorite. It's not like he did a full classics season, along with his minor stage races and the tour. He has plenty of gas left. It's not like it was a hard TDF.

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Except for the US, which had 3 men in the break, including Phinney, who was designated their sprinter after it was clear that Farrar didn't have the legs.  And Kazahkstan, who had Vino in the break.  And Columbia, who had Vino in the break.  And every other team who had someone in the break.

 

Were they chickenshits because they were looking to win the race by staying away in the break?  Who said that the race is all about a mass sprint anyway?  Frankly, I think it was a classic race with lots of great tactics.  Teejay gave it his all to set Phinney up for a possible medal.  Ryder and Phinney screwed up by not going with Vino.  I thought it was a thrilling race, and I'm glad that the Brits had their asses handed to them.  You know, you've got to adjust your tactics for the resources you are endowed with.  With only 5 men on a team, there was no way that any other team was going to cooperate with the Brits and set it up for a Cavendish win.  And to hear them whining afterwards is ridiculous.  They went in with a strategy that was doomed to failure, and it isn't surprising at all.

 

Mike

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On tomorrow's race, Phinney has to be a dark horse, but it is within reason that he could medal if not win it all.  See this article from the local paper...

 

http://www.dailycamera.com/olympics/ci_21195567/boulders-taylor-phinney-primed-olympic-time-trial

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Except for the US, which had 3 men in the break, including Phinney, who was designated their sprinter after it was clear that Farrar didn't have the legs.  And Kazahkstan, who had Vino in the break.  And Columbia, who had Vino in the break.  And every other team who had someone in the break.

 

Were they chickenshits because they were looking to win the race by staying away in the break?  Who said that the race is all about a mass sprint anyway?  Frankly, I think it was a classic race with lots of great tactics.  Teejay gave it his all to set Phinney up for a possible medal.  Ryder and Phinney screwed up by not going with Vino.  I thought it was a thrilling race, and I'm glad that the Brits had their asses handed to them.  You know, you've got to adjust your tactics for the resources you are endowed with.  With only 5 men on a team, there was no way that any other team was going to cooperate with the Brits and set it up for a Cavendish win.  And to hear them whining afterwards is ridiculous.  They went in with a strategy that was doomed to failure, and it isn't surprising at all.

 

Mike

Exactly.  Why on earth should any of the other teams help Cavendish win when they had a much better chance winning from the break.  Let's face it, if it comes down to a bunch sprint he is most likely going to win, so the smart plan is to make sure that doesn't happen.  While Cavendish obviously thinks the cycling world revolves around him, the other teams were not trying to keep him from winning gold per se, they were implementing a strategy that gave their riders the best chance to win gold.  In the end it makes for much more exciting racing.

post #10 of 15

Silly remark about Cavendish. Surely Greipel would have given himself a chance in a sprint. He's beaten Cav before. It's not a case of the world revolving around him but the stupidity of a strategy that removes your own best chance of a win in order to negate another team. Like I said before, I think the British team got it wrong but what Cavendish and some of his team mates deliver is nothing more than honesty and openness in an unscripted emotional response. I find this refreshing when I listen to some of the other athletes.

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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post

Except for the US, which had 3 men in the break, including Phinney, who was designated their sprinter after it was clear that Farrar didn't have the legs.  And Kazahkstan, who had Vino in the break.  And Columbia, who had Vino in the break.  And every other team who had someone in the break.

 

Were they chickenshits because they were looking to win the race by staying away in the break?  Who said that the race is all about a mass sprint anyway?  Frankly, I think it was a classic race with lots of great tactics.  Teejay gave it his all to set Phinney up for a possible medal.  Ryder and Phinney screwed up by not going with Vino.  I thought it was a thrilling race, and I'm glad that the Brits had their asses handed to them.  You know, you've got to adjust your tactics for the resources you are endowed with.  With only 5 men on a team, there was no way that any other team was going to cooperate with the Brits and set it up for a Cavendish win.  And to hear them whining afterwards is ridiculous.  They went in with a strategy that was doomed to failure, and it isn't surprising at all.

 

Mike


Clearly some of those riders belonged in the break. It was a joke though that the other teams with quality sprinters didn't do anything to even TRY to win the Olympics. Once it was clear the break was going to stay anyone with a brain had to know that it was not going to be a sprint amongst the break. When Vino went I knew it was going to stick.

 

BTW the only thing that would have made me happier than seeing a classic Vino attack would have been to watch Cancellara ride away from everyone. So I'm not necessarily a GB fan, i just think it was weak for teams with GOOD sprinters to hang their hopes on riders in the break who had no chance given who was there.

post #12 of 15
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It's not just the daily rag in Boulder that likes Phinney's chances, but Velonews as well:

 

http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/07/news/wiggins-martin-cancellara-highlight-olympic-tt-favorites_232451

 

Well, velonews is hq'd in Boulder, so perhaps it is a local rag as well.  And there's this piece on Phinney as well:

 

http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/07/news/phinney-extra-motivated-by-narrow-miss-in-road-race_232550

post #13 of 15

What a ride from Wiggins and what a great heroic effort from Cancellara.

post #14 of 15
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And what a heartbreaker for Phinney.  4th again!

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