Help! I need somebody. …

Oh, cycling is a cruel sport. One wonders what Chris Froome and Tejay van Garderen might have been able to do today had they not been restricted to dragging around their respective team leaders, Bradley Wiggins and Cadel Evans?

Poor old Evans looked like he was trying to choke down a double-decker shit sandwich on the final climb while TVG appeared as fresh as a daisy. And Froomey shelled the yellow jersey while towing him past a group of stragglers and had to back off the gas lest Wiggo’ call him a nasty name at the team dinner this evening.

“Wankers & Cunts.” Hmm. That would be a great name for a XXX theater, eh?

Meanwhile, chapeau to Pierre Rolland. He was on the floor at one point after trying (and failing) to tripod around a hairpin corner, and he got up and won the damn’ stage. A fine performance for the home folks.

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18 Responses to “Help! I need somebody. …”

  1. Flahute Says:

    “Wankers & Cunts” … sounds like a new Transplants song; a follow-up to “Diamonds & Guns” and/or “Gangsters & Thugs”

  2. Bill Cullins Says:

    To hell with team tactics and tradition – let’s just turn the kids loose and let’em run to make for a better show.

  3. High Plains Drifters Says:

    Had a great Giro and le Tour’s off to a good start. Well, let me qualify that. I don’t seem to give a fiddlers fart about the GC. The points competition is worth a look, if only because we don’t have a pure sprinter leading it. KOM had always been a joke to me, More of an opportunists award than a recognition of the best climber. But that’s okay.

    So 2012 might not be headed into the history books as one of the most intriguing races of the last hundred years. But each day, as an independent race, has been worth a look.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yeah, I’m more of a day-to-day man myself in this Tour. I don’t have a horse in the race, so it’s interesting to watch fragments: Voigt handing a water bottle to another rider who fumbled his musette; Froome and Van Garderen looking so much stronger than their leaders; so many riders seeming absolutely mortal for a change.

  4. High Plains Drifters Says:

    Can’t wait to hear the folks who have never been in the same room with either Wiggins or Froome speculate as to what was going on there.

    So I might as well chime in…

    Wiggins was very diplomatic and politically astute in claiming, truthfully or not, that Froome had the okay to put some time in Evans to move up to second place. Possibly revisionist history, but Quick thinking nonetheless

  5. Patrick O'Grady Says:

    Matt Beaudin over at VeloNews.com was camped out at the Sky bus post-stage and came up with this. Brailsford seems a little pissy, but you’re right, Wiggo’ and Froome are mostly doing the Alphonse-and-Gaston routine. Wonder what Froome’s 2013 contract situation is like?

  6. Dale Brigham Says:

    I appreciate the compelling saga of the understudies shining brighter than their divas (the Froome/Wiggins and TVG/Evans stories), but don’t forget the attacks on the maillot jaune by Cuddles (Evans) and Vinnie Nibbles (Nibali) that would have worked, except for Froome’s admirable loyalty to his captain (and then TVG helping Evans limit his losses). We like to say that cycling is a team sport, but we must acknowledge that teamwork means sacrificing personal goals for the team. Froome and TVG demonstrated that today. Those boys will have their day.

    Good for the Frenchies that they have 3 stage wins, all pretty darn impressive victories. It’s their hometown race — they deserve to have the spotlight when their guys come through.

    Dale in MO

    • High Plains Drifters Says:

      Dale,
      Ten- four and all that. Issue was, though, that Froome vroomed ahead of his boss and had to be called back.

      • Libby Says:

        Another thing: Froome’s earpiece was working and Wiggins’ earpiece was flopping down by his chest. I could see that on the TV screen and after the stage (near the podium) he was interviewed by Craig Hummer of NBCSports. Wiggins was asked about the situation and did mention his earpiece being out (he said he was having trouble with it) and the noise and hubbub on the course and the side of the road and that he would talk to [the guys in the car] them and find out what happened.
        He couldn’t precisely answer the question but he seemed genuinely happy, relaxed, comfortable and unperturbed in his words, gestures and posture.

  7. Dale Brigham Says:

    Froome vroom! HPD, I too am intrigued by the Froome/Wiggins dynamic, as well as the TVG/Evans one. It is to the credit of both of these teams that the situation has not (yet, at least) devolved to the level of the conflict between LeMond and Hinault in 1985. When TVG was asked in an interview if he could see leaving Evans behind, he simply said “No.” Now, what happens next year in these teams will be really interesting. Will the elders support the juniors’ yellow jersey ambitions in the 2013 TdF? Tune in, kids!

    Dale in MO

  8. Flahute Says:

    Honestly, I think that the Froome/Wiggo situation will come to a head, and would be surprised if they raced together next year … if Froome is still on Sky, I’d see him in a different program than Wiggo.

    On the other hand, I almost see this year as one where Cadel is mentoring the rider he sees as his replacement, and accepting this. I think Cadel has a good head on his shoulders, and would a) accept Tejay as a co-leader and b) ride in support of Tejay next year if the situation warranted it.

  9. Larry T. Says:

    Wiggo is not yet in 3-week tour territory, where so far he’s blown up in some way and lost the GC lead. SKY will not likely sacrifice Froome’s chances if Wiggo goes belly up or off the road. But the gregari knew what the job was when they took it – I doubt anyone told either they were there to win. Most of the SKY gregari make more than many team leaders do. But speculation is fun when you tihink Roche vs Visentini, LeMond vs Hinault, Cunego vs Simoni, etc. With today’s borefest, we need SOMETHING to liven this race up. I really don’t want to see a USPS-style parade for the rest of this race – today’s stage looked like the final run-in to Pair-ee at times.

    • High Plains Drifters Says:

      Borefest? I dunnoh. Depends on what you’re looking for. Like we said up above, if you take them as a one day race, and accept a but of artificiality (namely, about half the racers aren’t trying to win but have a certain role to play), then (IMHO) they’ve been on the not too shabby side.

      • Larry T. Says:

        Yes, borefest. I’m looking for attacks – guys trying to win rather than riding around trying not to lose. Sure, some no-hopers are allowed to escape the clutches of the peloton now and then, but who cares? This is LE BEEG SHEW, the race that is supposed to be the big event of the year. So far only Nibali’s attacking the other day, along with an effort from Evans have been interesting. Otherwise, the guys going out the back have been the news…but that’s not real exciting to me. Spoiled? Yes. The recent Giro was far more exciting when it comes to racing vs politics, etc.

      • High Plains Drifters Says:

        So, you want it to resemble the 60s, not 1999-2005? High standard. And not going to happen.

        But Sagan, EHB, Cance, Voigt, TV … those guys are always interesting.

        So, I guess, it’s what you’re looking for, and to each his own.

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