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Froome: TdF-Vuelta-Giro-TdF Quad
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OK, the last guy to try this sequence of races faded badly by the time he got to the TdF. That was Nairo Quintana who logged 2nd-1st-2nd-12th.

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There is a good chance that Froome can pull off the Giro (I believe Dumoulin is back to defend though so should be awesome). Does this leave the TdF wide open? I think either way it makes for a great set up for 2018 for all fans.
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Re: Froome: TdF-Vuelta-Giro-TdF Quad [devashish_paul] [ In reply to ]
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I can't see how he will win both, but I think he will win one of them. Whatever Tom targets I firmly believe he will unseat Froome and win it. Tom is a monster, knows to pace himself on the climbs and doesn't respond to stupid attacks and of course everyone knows how he time trials. Tom has the advantage of freshness having only ridden one grand tour last season. I can't wait for the Giro; I will be curious once Tom unveils his schedule. As I understand, Tom hasn't firmly committed either way to the Giro or Tour (or both). I suspect having won the Giro he will go for the Tour this year. I saw that he was recently testing in hospital for a few days so that he doesn't have a mountain top blowout again.
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Re: Froome: TdF-Vuelta-Giro-TdF Quad [turdburgler] [ In reply to ]
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Froome will win both. He has a really good team so he will be tucked in comfy on the flats, and no one can follow him when the mountains get tough. There will be valiant efforts, but when the fat lady sings Froome will be on top.
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Re: Froome: TdF-Vuelta-Giro-TdF Quad [NealH] [ In reply to ]
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I agree Froome will win both, the advantage he has over other riders is Team Sky. He can have 2 different stacked and FRESH teams for each tour. Also there is an extra week between the 2 tours this year. I think the real big question is will he do the triple.
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Re: Froome: TdF-Vuelta-Giro-TdF Quad [plifter242] [ In reply to ]
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plifter242 wrote:
I agree Froome will win both, the advantage he has over other riders is Team Sky. He can have 2 different stacked and FRESH teams for each tour. Also there is an extra week between the 2 tours this year. I think the real big question is will he do the triple.


The Sky B-team has crumbled in several Grand Tours. Mostly famously the 2016 Vuelta.

Edit: I'd also argue that the 2017 Giro was a team failure. Most of the top GC guys weren't affected - because their teams had them position where you're supposed to be - near the front. Sky was late bringing Thomas to the front, and had to resort to bringing him up the gutter, which left them vulnerable.
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Re: Froome: TdF-Vuelta-Giro-TdF Quad [devashish_paul] [ In reply to ]
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I think he will win both, which would be epic, although anything can happen between now and then. But he's certainly in with the best chance to pull this off since Contador in 2011.

For a fan, this will make both races even more fun to follow. It's going to be great!



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Re: Froome: TdF-Vuelta-Giro-TdF Quad [devashish_paul] [ In reply to ]
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How old is Froome?
He looked very vulnerable at times this year and he is another year older in 2018.
I don't know if he powerful team can protect him from an on-form Dumolin.
Should be great racing this year, I thought last years Dauphine (which Froome did not win) was one of the most exciting races I have ever seen. Would love to see the same in a 3 week Giro.
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Re: Froome: TdF-Vuelta-Giro-TdF Quad [devashish_paul] [ In reply to ]
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I don't think either race suits Dumoulin very well. Too punchy-steep and not enough TT. Maybe the Vuelta should be his primary goal. However whichever he rides is likely to do some serious damage to both Froome and his support riders.

My guess is that Froome won't be able to pull it off if his competition splits their efforts correctly. Aru and Nibali could be very competitive at the Giro and Porte/BMC could put Sky on the defensive very early in the Tour (or force Sky to bring a Tour team with very weak climbing support for the last 1/2 of the Tour). The loss of Thomas and/or Kwiakowski early on at the Tour would be tough.

I guess the other big factor will be whether Froome's competition will be able to put together a 3 week race without stumbling. Porte and Landa have the capability, but they so far have faltered when they had, or where given, the opportunity. It should be fun to watch though.
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Re: Froome: TdF-Vuelta-Giro-TdF Quad [grumpier.mike] [ In reply to ]
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Landa or Aru will take Froome deep in the Giro like they did to Contador. My bet is that will dampen his shot at the TdF, where Quintana, Porte, Bardet, Uran, etc will be licking their chops.

And of course there’s TD, who smoked Froome in what has traditionally been his ace card, not to mention the 35k TTT that Sunweb comfortably beat Sky. So he gets the better of Froome wherever they both show up.
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Re: Froome: TdF-Vuelta-Giro-TdF Quad [devashish_paul] [ In reply to ]
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No way it happens. Goes too deep to win Giro. Quintana or Bardet for the Tour win.
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Re: Froome: TdF-Vuelta-Giro-TdF Quad [Alvin Tostig] [ In reply to ]
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Alvin Tostig wrote:
I think he will win both, which would be epic, although anything can happen between now and then. But he's certainly in with the best chance to pull this off since Contador in 2011.

For a fan, this will make both races even more fun to follow. It's going to be great!

I think he tucks in most of the Giro and tries to conserve energy for the TdF to some degree the way he did for the TdF + Vuelta double this year. I don't think we really saw Froome's cards at the TdF this year as he needed to pace out the year to finish off at the Vuelta. But the wildcard, here is not matter how much he tucks in at the Giro, there will be guys like Uran and Bardet and Porte a lot fresher for the TdF. At the Vuelta, almost all the contenders are on fried legs from a previous grand tour (TdF or Giro). However we cut it, Froome entering the Giro just makes the entire Grand Tour season more intersesting. I hope that nothing happens to him and he finishes the entire Giro (win, podium, or near the front does not matter....just want his legs to be soft starting the TdF).

I am also guessing that Sky's prep in between Tours is probably better than Movistar's from a science angle in terms of trading off recovery vs losing form. I would expect Froome to come into the TdF week 1 lacking a bit of form/snap in his legs and build up A race fitness for the second half. I doubt you see him doing any attacks in the first half and pretty well continue sitting in for 10 days after 21 days of largely sitting in at the Giro before we see anything with "panache".....its mainly going to be Robo-Froome for the first 41 days of these two stage races. But it will make the entire season really exciting.
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Re: Froome: TdF-Vuelta-Giro-TdF Quad [devashish_paul] [ In reply to ]
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I am kinda looking forward to the first week of the Tour. TTT, cobbles, dirt, possible windy days along the coast. It adds a classics flavor to the race. You could see Van Avermat guiding Porte through the cobbles like Cancellara did with Schleck and if you saw Dumoulin's ride a Strade Bianci you know he can handle the gravel and cobbles better than most GC guys. Bardet is going to hate those days.
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Re: Froome: TdF-Vuelta-Giro-TdF Quad [devashish_paul] [ In reply to ]
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I think the GC field is too deep at this time. Froome, Dumoulin, Landa, Bardet, Nibali, Aru, Quintana, Porte, Martin, Uran, Pinot, Yates (both of them), Chavez, Barguil, Zakarin, Kruijswijk, Kelderman...they are all in their primes. It's not to say that they can all win a GT, but when the GC standings are tight, it means that the leaders need to react to more attacks instead of just letting them go up the road and marking just a few.

If there is one person who can pull it off, it's Froome riding with the Sky train. I just wouldn't bet on it. The gap between Froome and the top 10 has narrowed, which in turn has the potential to make these GTs much harder if these guys start attacking each other and protecting their GC positions.
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Re: Froome: TdF-Vuelta-Giro-TdF Quad [Jason N] [ In reply to ]
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He should add in a hour record....that's what I would do
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Re: Froome: TdF-Vuelta-Giro-TdF Quad [lacticturkey] [ In reply to ]
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lacticturkey wrote:
He should add in a hour record....that's what I would do

+1
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Re: Froome: TdF-Vuelta-Giro-TdF Quad [lacticturkey] [ In reply to ]
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lacticturkey wrote:
He should add in a hour record....that's what I would do

Why stop there...may as well go for Kona too.
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Re: Froome: TdF-Vuelta-Giro-TdF Quad [devashish_paul] [ In reply to ]
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devashish_paul wrote:

I am also guessing that Sky's prep in between Tours is probably better than Movistar's from a doping angle in terms of trading off recovery vs losing form. I would expect Froome to come into the TdF week 1 lacking a bit of form/snap in his legs and build up A race fitness for the second half. I doubt you see him doing any attacks in the first half and pretty well continue sitting in for 10 days after 21 days of largely sitting in at the Giro before we see anything with "panache".....its mainly going to be Robo-Froome for the first 41 days of these two stage races. But it will make the entire season really exciting.

When you said "science", I am sure this is what you meant to say, right?

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Re: Froome: TdF-Vuelta-Giro-TdF Quad [turdburgler] [ In reply to ]
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turdburgler wrote:
I can't see how he will win both, but I think he will win one of them. Whatever Tom targets I firmly believe he will unseat Froome and win it. Tom is a monster, knows to pace himself on the climbs and doesn't respond to stupid attacks and of course everyone knows how he time trials. Tom has the advantage of freshness having only ridden one grand tour last season...

I agree that Froome probably won't win both, and whichever race Dumoulin does he will be a huge threat, but I don't think he is ready to beat Froome yet. Froome's biggest advantage over other riders is his intelligence and adaptability. Over the past few years we've seen him morphe his strengths to suit the competition, and this year he intentionally held back and did the bare minimum to win the Tour so he could be fresh for the Vuelta. We know he can climb with Quintana, we've seen him do it in 2015, but in the past few years he's just been present on most climbs because he didn't need to crush anyone there, he was able to gain enough time to win in the ITT. So Sky has adopted this less-exciting strategy of controlling the climbs so nobody can attack, then maybe going for some small gains in the end, all the while saving Froome's legs for a devastating ITT. With Dumo in the field this will not be a winning strategy for Froome, Dumo can climb like that and will still take time in the ITT. I hope this means we will see Froome go on the attack much further out to put serious gains into Dumo, then see if he has enough gas to put time in the other climbers when they hit the ITT. Either way the presence of Dumoulin will certainly energize the race, and I think the most interesting dynamic is how it will force Froome to change his strategy.

As for the double (or quadruple actually), I believe there are just too many great riders who will be at the Tour for Froome to come in tired and win. The list of studs is shocking, but really just Porte and Quintana would be enough to make me doubt Froome for the double; they will both be more motivated than ever in 2018 with something to prove.

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Re: Froome: TdF-Vuelta-Giro-TdF Quad [devashish_paul] [ In reply to ]
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Think it's highly unlikely he'll pull off both, but makes me all the happier that Sky are going for it given their previous heavy focus on the TdF. Doing the Tour-Vuelta double wasn't that risky for Sky - since the Tour came first he could have dug deeper if necessary to win that one, even if doing so reduced his Vuelta chances. Doing the Giro first poses a much bigger risk to Sky's chances of winning the Tour. Everybody is fresh at the Giro, plus the racing there tends to be tough with steeper gradients than the Tour and often inclement weather as well. The few times Froome looked in trouble last year were on very steep climbs, and in the past he's struggled in the cold and wet as well.

I think Froome wins the Giro but digs pretty deep in the process, is vulnerable at the Tour and ends up with a battling third place. Which would still be a phenomenal result and arguably holding all 3 titles at the same time would be a bigger achievement than getting a 5th Tour win.
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Re: Froome: TdF-Vuelta-Giro-TdF Quad [cartsman] [ In reply to ]
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cartsman wrote:


I think Froome wins the Giro but digs pretty deep in the process, is vulnerable at the Tour and ends up with a battling third place. Which would still be a phenomenal result and arguably holding all 3 titles at the same time would be a bigger achievement than getting a 5th Tour win.


After thinking about it, I have a feeling that the sponsors are pushing him to do the Giro, and "attempt" the double. What I mean by that is for the last 3 years or so, Froome has been the favorite, and a lot of fans have been resigned to the fact that the same thing will happen like it does every year. We have seen it on this forum...how the TdF is predictable and boring.

While the Giro and Vuelta by themselves are not nearly on the level of the TdF from a worldwide sponsorship exposure perspective, if Froome shows up for the TdF with the previous 3 GT titles, that's all the media will talk about for 3 weeks. It will bring much more attention to the TdF and create doubt. And even if Froome falls flat and struggles to finish in the top 5, it will still be more successful from a sponsorship perspective than skipping the Giro and winning the TdF IMHO.

I also think that Froome does want to win the Giro just to complete his personal palmares. That he knows the Giro/TdF double isn't very realistic, but he's just spinning it off that it is his goal when really he's focused on going all in for the Giro, and just see what happens at the TdF.
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Re: Froome: TdF-Vuelta-Giro-TdF Quad [devashish_paul] [ In reply to ]
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I think there is another way to look at it. Froome and Sky may be eying putting Froome in the most elite club of GT riders. He has a shot of holding all 3 GT's at the same time. Only Merckx and Hinault have achieved it. While winning all 5 has Anquetil, and Indurain as members, with Merckx and Hinault. This years tour parcours with an ample dose of cobbles that make controlling the race in the traditional Sky sense more difficult. Personally, I think Sky learned a lot from from the TdF- Vuelta double. He was never really challenged last year and rode intelligently, and has the strongest team.
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Re: Froome: TdF-Vuelta-Giro-TdF Quad [tridoc3] [ In reply to ]
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This Giro will be even more exciting than in the past. In the Tour everyone wants to be on the podium and finish strong because of prestige and media. So Frommes major threats race not lose their position and noone dares to execute dangerous moves. They don't want to die trying. Or, worse, GC guys at position 2-5 only race each other and sometimes even help froome as they cover moves by themselves instead of letting the yellow jersey do the work.

The Giro is a different animal. Not as much media makes it easier to risk blowing up. Everyone is more aggressive and tries to go for it. Hopfully.
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Re: Froome: TdF-Vuelta-Giro-TdF Quad [devashish_paul] [ In reply to ]
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He will attempt to hold all grand tour titles at once and become the first rider to win the fabled Giro-Tour double since Marco Pantani in 1998.

COOL!
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Re: Froome: TdF-Vuelta-Giro-TdF Quad [tridoc3] [ In reply to ]
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I think he was challenged, but heavily assisted by other dumb ass riders!

I believe it was the queen stage in TDF stage 9 last year when bardet had gotten away and the other morons to include uran, aru, the other Astana rider all helped Chris to catch up to bardet!

Instead of making Chris bend himself backwards to catch up; they happily assisted him by taking turns pulling to catch up to vardet and losing Z-E-R-O time!!!

But let it be anyone else under any other circumstances and nobody helps... ex: giro 2017; TD was losing a lot of time to pinot but nibali and NQ did N-O-T-H-I-N-G to help TD to catch him and they shouldn't have

I don't now what it is, riders feel compelled to help Chris one way or another but surely try screw over anyone else!

Speed kills unless you have speed skills!!!
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Re: Froome: TdF-Vuelta-Giro-TdF Quad [devashish_paul] [ In reply to ]
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Well, he's the best tour rider in the world, so he's got to be favorite for Giro.
If he comes in less than fit for the Giro and uses the first 10 days as training and then hammers the remaining mountain stages, he may still be ok for TdF. Extra week between them next season.

Then if he's anything else left at all after TdF, go for the Vuelta again, in the hope that the favorites will screw up. Not likely I know.
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