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  • Simon

    I find Kwiatkowski in Sky strip more discombobulating than Porte in BMC colours.

    • donncha

      Especially when you see how small he is compared to his OPQS team photo!

      Never mind diet and exercise, I think my new year’s resolution will be to buy a SKY jersey :-)

      • Cameron Harris

        I might not beat Kwiatkowski in a bike race, but I reckon I’d thump him in an arm wrestle!

  • For those that are interested, here’s a shot of Richie Porte aboard his new BMC. (Image credit: Tim De Waele/BMC)

    • bikechange

      would love to know his thoughts on the difference in equipment

      • Andy B

        I have an SLR01 and F8
        SLR01 is a great climber but the F8 is comfortably faster on most terrains, well for me anyway

        • Sam

          #aerodoeswork?

          • Andy B

            I think its more the frame stiffness/make up, Maybe its some aero?
            On the same terrain my rides are consistently around 2km/h faster

    • Sam

      Shades of Cadel. Hope Richie will follow in his footsteps too in term of the Tour.

      • Sean

        He just needs to master that third week of a GT

        • jules

          he just needs to not get sick. I’d question how much control he has over that. some of it must be luck.

          also it may just be the camera, but Richie doesn’t look as trim in that photo as this time last year?

          • Bex

            i was thinking that, either the BMC cut doesn’t flatter him or he’s not quite the light weight he was last year. hope he does awesome this year though, maybe he’s delaying the start of his season to focus on the tour.

            • jules

              given that he kept getting sick, it’s conceivable he’s lightening his training load early on and that may have meant carrying a couple of extra kg.

            • Sam

              They do say black is slimming. Witness Kwiatkowski comment below as well.

          • Dave

            Isn’t it traditional for riders to reward themselves with a Big Massive Christmas after signing a multi-year deal with that team?

            He can still be seen in Sky kit on a couple of massive billboards in the Adelaide Airport terminal. Apparently the prize for finishing second at the TDU is that you become the face of the next year’s race.

        • Dave

          Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves yet.

          His first year at BMC will be about sorting out his response to the first rest day.

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  • jules

    I made a vaguely similar post on ASO/UCI etc. here: http://cyclingtips.com.au/2015/12/verbruggen-and-cookson-continue-to-debate-disputed-agreement/

    just sayin’ :)

  • Michele

    Sagan …
    I guess the most obvious question is Why?

    Brilliant though.

    So he and Katrina have now done a Tim Burton remake [their wedding phot shoot], and this. What’s next?

    • dubonab1ke

      my thoughts exactly – I guess Grease is still top of the pops in Slovakia.

      • dscsn

        No, it isn’t ….lol

      • Dave

        We thought Slovakia was 60 years behind the first world after Sagan’s arse-grab in 2013, Grease being top of the pops would suggest they’ve caught up to being only 35 years behind now.

        That’s a pretty strong improvement if you ask me.

        • dscsn

          It has nothing to do with Slovakia in general. It’s a commercial advertisment for “their” Sun-root products if you can’t see. Don’t ask me about their marketing strategy… but if you think Sagan’s behaviours are due to Slovak backwardness, don’t forget that 1st Slovak University was established in 1465, so still like 400 years before 1st Australian or American university for example.

          btw. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not his fan at all.

    • Ron

      Haha oh Peter. Is there anything the man can’t do??

    • Annie.

      I am quite amused. They are so very bad that it’s quite entertaining. :D

    • Richard Bruton

      It has stopped any chat about the rainbow curse.

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