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Evans...Should he change teams??

by AndyRAC (U7186829) 27 July 2008
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While pleased that Sastre won, I can't help feeling that Evans was let down by his 'Team', i;e Where were they in the Mountains? He was left as a sitting duck. Now compare to CSC who had O'Grady, Cancellara, Voigt setting an incredible pace in the lead up to the climbs - then the Schlecks and Sastre taking it up. Have Silence-Lotto missed a trick?

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posted Jul 28, 2008

If you believe the rumours, Evans is one of the riders that the Tinkoff team, that is becoming Katyusha, are looking to sign. Then again they seem to be planning on signing half the peloton.

I've seen it questioned as to why, if they were so focused on Evans winning the Tour, they didn't bring riders like Matt Loyd and Win Van Huffel to the Tour but Popovych's record suggested much better. I agree he was let down by some of his team mates. You only have to look at the performances of Van Summeren and Aerts on the Alpe D'Huez stage to see that there were guys on his team committed to giving their all but realistically what were those two going to be able to do against the two Schleck brothers who are a league up from them in terms of ability?

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posted Jul 28, 2008

"Evans...Should he change teams?"

Well. There's the rub. Whatever anglophone fans might think, there isn't a premier league team which would take Cadel as their "star", because he's just not good enough! That's why he ended up at Lotto - which has never had any realistic ambition to win the Tour anyway.
Sorry Cadel, but you'll never make the top step. And to compare you with either Poulidor or Ullrich is a gross disservice to two riders who were in a completely different league to you.

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posted Jul 28, 2008

>That's why he ended up at Lotto - which has never had any realistic ambition to win the Tour anyway.<

That's all they've been trying to do for the past four years. And they've gotten second place twice. Ok, that's not what they were after but you can hardly call the project a disaster.
Popo was 8th last year, that's a pretty serious domestique to have by your side if he was in form. Coucke (owner of SL) kinda let it shine through that Evans was looking towards Tinkoff too.

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posted Jul 28, 2008

Maybe change his strategy!! He does tend not to attack enough and when he does its the wrong wheel, I bet he regrets keeping tabs on the wrong CSC team member as in F. Schleck. Anyway he and Menchov both clearly did not have legs in the mountains, thats why they lost the tour. Expecting miracles in the TT was a bit late...I bet you, they both now respect the power of the yellow jersey in TT...<biggrin>

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posted Jul 28, 2008

Popo is a super strong domestique that's why discovery went in for him a few years back and they never signed average riders.

However Popo didn't bust a gut for Evans, whether this is because Evans had his own van separate from the team and generally acted like a pop star (bringing his DOG on tour with him? and a bodyguard? HAHAHA) is another matter. :D

I wonder if Sastre gets himself a bodyguard now he's won something? His entourage seems to consist of his mum and dad, turning up with jamon and chorizo baguettes for the whole team! hmmmm :)

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posted Jul 28, 2008

Cadel really is the Tom Cruise of the peleton!

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posted Jul 28, 2008

Vino and Lance had the exact same bodyguard during their tours. I never heard anybody whine about it back then.

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posted Jul 28, 2008

I never whine, I'm taking the mickey out of him. Rather well.

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posted Jul 28, 2008

I think evans will leave lotto because he still pissed about them blowing all that money on popovic instead of offering chris horner new contract

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posted Jul 29, 2008

>I think evans will leave lotto because he still pissed about them blowing all that money on popovic instead of offering chris horner new contract<

Sure, suuuuuuure. Never mind the fact that Lotto let Horner go cause he didn't do a good enough job last year. So they got the TdF's number 8 (Popo) to help him.
Little did they know that he would completely suck this year.

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