SecretProApril2
  • Russ

    Interesting read and thankyou for your columns over the year. One thing I think the ‘biggest jerk in the peloton’ award is a bit harsh. Doesn’t sit well with me labelling someone a c…, from a position of anonymity.

    • Sean

      I wonder what he did to earn that kind of praise and admiration from TSP?

      • Dave

        Indeed, for TSP to call him ‘Champ’ despite being a jerk sounds like quite a healthy level of respect to me :D

        • Linguistics Larry

          Champ is not a term of endearment in Australia, it’s said sarcastically.

          • choppy

            “Onya Champ”

        • Sean

          very true

    • choppy

      sounds like he probably also gets that kind of language to his face

    • Margaret Metz

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  • Paolo

    Best race, best fans, coolest f@#$% guy on the planet awards…. i think Peter Sagan himself is the secret Pro.

    • Betty Black

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    • Dave

      It’s the sneaky little joke at his brother’s expense that’s the biggest tip in that direction!

  • Joel

    Wow – two TSP in a week. Bravo!

  • Geoff

    Peter Sagan deserves bonus points for falling on his arse doing a wheelie in the Biggest Practical Joker category. Also, the sound of his voice in interviews cracks me up

  • Laurens

    No wonder Laurens ten Dam (TSP) is moving from the ugliest outfit winners to Giant-Alpecin, where he gets to help his fellow Dutchman whom he clearly admires.
    (pure guess)

  • Holby City

    Thank you A.T.

  • Stian Pollestad

    The ‘biggest jerk in the peloton’ section was unnecessary.

  • More

    It’s clear that TSP hates everything that is Italian, or related to (Giro, Continental teams, Lombardia, Italian national team..) Wonder why…

    • Michele

      They are Greek?

  • VO2min

    “hopefully more interesting.” Not so much. How anyone can buy into this tripe is beyond me. Once again, the info contained is nothing that couldn’t be gleaned from merely watching some live coverage and reading a few reports. Then to call out a particular rider, followed by “I’m not going to expand on that.” Really? Then just STFU to begin with. If this were real, he forgot to include an award for Biggest Troll In The Peloton. And the winner is…!

    • CB

      Translation. I want to know who the secret pro is and I can’t stand not knowing!!

    • Michele

      Can you show me where TSP states, in this article, that they’re providing us with “exclusives”?

      You do realise that TSP is merely giving his thoughts on what he enjoyed and disliked from this year… [e.g. Best Kit, Worse Kit]
      It doesn’t have to be ground-breaking, world-shattering revelations.

      The fact that 2 x TSP came out on consecutive days provides us with some insight into the fact that this isn’t TSP ‘usual’ piece.

      “If this were real …” again – Why do you bother reading it?

      :rolls eyes:

  • aradilon

    So true about Lotto-Jumbo kit, it’s fugly and it doesn’t even match their bikes! But the best outfit was Lotto-Soudal not Garmin-Cannondale!

    • DavidP

      The Secret Greg Henderson is hardly going to nominate his own team kit though, is he?

  • Graham

    Dave Millar was asked about the secret pros Astana comments on the Cycling Podcast special released today (behind the paywall), he refused to believe that any pro would be so cowardly as to call out other cyclists on doping from a position on anonymity, very strong reaction from him.

    • David Patrick

      And he’s probably right, but then if they call out other cyclists without anonymity they get threatened with being sued and if they don’t call other cyclists out at all they get accused of omerta, so you can’t please everyone.

      • martin

        I like David Millar but I thought his response didn’t really fit in with the reality of what happens when people speak up. After Greg Henderson calling out Aru this year then getting threatened with legal action I’m not surprised anyone would call out anyone directly without concrete evidence. Whilst Millar’s quite vocal about doping I don’t recall him calling anyone out when I’m sure he probably could have. I think David’s (Patrick) comment above hits it on the head.

        • Michele

          Millar doesn’t call anyone out on in his book …

          • Chandler

            Excepts perhaps Lelli, but he almost certainly knew there would be no repercussions for doing so. He may be anonymous, which ironically makes it quite easy to attack the author. Also, I recall the UCI actually has some sort of anti-doping hotline don’t they?

  • Tribesman

    Thanks Shane, that was a good read.

    • Michele

      An oldie, but not a goodie.
      Some are a bit slow on the uptake around here.

    • Sean

      I doubt TSP is shane.

      • Shane Stokes

        he’s not! :p Nothing to do with it whatsoever.

  • VO2min

    Astana’s performance at the Giro was indeed a farce, with Landa being the most farcical of them all. Now he’s off to Team Sky to make 2016 even more comedic. Can’t make this stuff up.

  • Il_falcone

    From a spectator’s POV the Giro was the best GT of the year and Giro di Lombardia among the three best one day races at least IMHO. So maybe TSP is only looking at those from his POV but then it would certainly help us, his readers, understand what he actually found so bad, if he explained his experience with those races.

    • De Mac

      TSP did cite his reasons for disliking the Giro in the article at the time – also alluded to in this piece and a link provided…

  • Luca

    Impressive performance of Dumoulin? 6th in final list, 3’46” from Aru.
    Giro and Lombardia worst races of the year?
    I wonder in which gruppetto TSP was at the finish line. Or perhaps he was on the ammiraglia and watched the the podium from the hotel (of course luxury class as he is blaming accomodation at Tour of Oman and, if I well remember, at TdF as well).

  • Neuron1

    I think TSP hates all things Italian, maybe he didn’t get chosen by a good team and he’s jealous. He should learn to speak Italian like Cadel or the Yates boys, so he’ll be accepted in the peloton. All he gets to do is lead out The Gorilla and then get pushed aside. Must be frustrating, always being close but never getting kissed by the podium girls, never an umbrella at the start of a stage. Maybe he should watch some youtube videos or check a cycling web site of the Giro results and realize that Contador won the race. I don’t think he rides for Astana. Astana threw everything they had at him and couldn’t break Contador. But Astana is doped.

    Now for some facts: In 2011 the Giro stage 20 rode the Colle delle Finsetre/Sestriere climbs. The exact same final part of the course, only the route was 242 km vs 199 km in 2015. Vasil Kiryienka won that day having been in the break for the majority of the time. He climbed CDF in 59:49 while the chasing Maglia Rossa (Contador) group did so in 59:13. He then climbed Sestriere in 22:34 and the main contenders in 22:03. He started CDF with a 5:29 lead but extended it to 5:58 over the two climbs and descent. Not to bad! To match the times of the best climbers in the peloton after being out in the break all day.

    The chase of the breakaway this year on the flat run in to Susa was all done by Tinkoff, Astana only showed up after the CDF climb had begun. Aru climbed CDF in 56:05 after having been protected until a few km from the top, while Landa did it in 55:23, Hesjedal and Uran did it in 56:01, Contador who cracked, hit the KOM at 56:56. Sestriere was completed by Aru in 21:05, Hesjedal 21:20, Uran and Landa in 21:30, and the dropped, but not too perturbed, Contador in 23:30.

    What do Kiryienka and Landa have in common? They ride for Team Sky. Therefore by your logic, Sky is full of dopers. (I don’t believe that, BTW.)

    • a m

      Nice story bro

      • Neuron1

        I’m not sure exactly what you mean. If you are sincere thank you. If that is a sarcastic comment, I’m only putting out some real numbers to go along with TSP’s obviously skewed perception.

  • john

    c’mon mate…

    we are all aware that thre is no actual pro behind these articles. at best, these are random things mentioned by some aussie pros. but it’s all common knowledge-type stuff for anyone who has been around cycling.

    what’s obvious is the anglo bias when it comes to astana. definitely not the sentiment coming from italian, spanish, french, belgian, or other europeans.

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