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  • Goldfever4

    Bits of this piece feel like muck-stirring, but no doubt Landa is the strongest climber in the main group. I fully agree, it seems his mind is somehow elsewhere when casually riding the GC contenders off his wheel. I didn’t understand Froome’s tactic of leading the chase of the Bertie/Landa break, but I don’t think it was to rein in a rogue domestique, even if he’s showing some pretty selfish ambition in his interviews.

    • ColtInn

      It is a good thing for Sky to have another credible GC contender, and that’s what they achieved with the Bertie/Landa break. It looked to me like Landa could have ridden Bertie off his wheel at will that day, but he didn’t. Froome leading the chase is a little puzzling, but perhaps he felt comfortable warding off attacks from that group. Landa won’t race at the expense of Froome, even if he could. What kind of message would that send to his future team mates? “I’m not a team player, and will only work with you until it suits me”. Not going to happen. I find the amount of attention given to this most unlikely of scenarios a bit telling.

    • ColtInn

      And as for Landa being

      “conspicuously absent from the group of Sky riders working to bring their leader back into the race. While he did eventually drop back from the lead GC group to pace, it appeared to be a token gesture and only occurred after it was obvious Froome would make it back”, what should they have done? If Landa had dropped way back, and there’d been further issues with Froome’s bike, they’d have risked losing big time for both Froome and Landa. Better to have him stay with the leaders, which is what they did.

      Going to the front of that group upon Froome’s return was also not a bad move – better to try to control the pace a little/be in the best position to cover attacks whilst Froome recovered, no? It’s not as if his keeping Froome out of the wind was gonna do much at 14% and jogging speed. I think many journos are reading things into the situation that are not there.

  • Marcus Mendez

    Froome is the 3 time defending tour champion. There is alot of talk about playing cards etc etc but its as if someone else is riding the bike besides Froome. Landa cannot time trial as well as Froome, that is a massive difference. When Froome took on Wiggins, he was in the same ball park time trial wise, and night and day different on the climbs. This is one reason Landa seems to like to up his chances at Giro, he’s just horrible against the clock, and that has been the recipe for grand tour stardom at the tour(outside of drugs and great teammates). Tom Dumoulin is Froome’s natural successor, not anyone even at this tour.
    Also keep in mind, I find it hard to believe that Landa is able to go 3 weeks on GT when Nairo and Contador were shades of themselves after two full on GTs.

    • Spencer Martin

      I agree Landa is weak in the TT and not a good bet on a traditional TdF course. However, that only complicates matter as this TT-light Tour could be one of his only chances to win the overall.

  • A-type

    A lot of the article is inaccurate and very manipulative.

    Firstly, there was little rationale for Landa to guide Froome up the last steps of stage 12, as it was so steep drafting does little. I think Portal was angry at Landa for keeping the pace too high.

    Secondly, Kwiato was clearly chasing Dan Martin and this may not have been optimal but they didn’t want to give too much time to Martin…this happens in the classics all the time. You don’t chase your teammate but you chase those chasing them.

    Finally, Landa will lose a minute or so to Froome in final ITT, he won’t gain 2 mins in the last 2 mountain stages!

    • Peter Galaxy1

      There is heaps more to do than drafting uphill – too much motorbike pacing and the repercussions of that point to just how incredibly helpful it is to be paced up a hill. nothing to do with drafting. Team morale support / confidence of a spare tyre if you need it or whatever – there are many confidence buidling effects from having a team mate on a hill.

      Pretty informative article compared to cycling news don’t u think?

      • A-type

        Yes, better than cyclingnews!

  • Peter Galaxy1

    Totally relieved to see Contador attacking and Bardet attacking this year in the TDF. Too much politeness in the past years and gross respect for Yellow all the time. Sure it is unfair to take advantage of a nature break, but with Froome reportedly faking a nature break last year, why does he deserve any respect?

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