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Okay so that's being a little dramatic.

Did anyone else notice Patrick remove his watch and stuff it in the side of his kit just before the finish line? You can see the outline in a few of his finisher pictures as well. Obviously this isn't a big deal but can anyone think of a reason for doing this? Is it as simple as them not being a sponsor of his? Or he thought the bulge under his kit looked better in pictures then a simple watch on his wrist?

Not a big deal but I'm all race talked out and it had me curious.
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Re: Lange Watch Conspiracy [dbraat] [ In reply to ]
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I would guess that he isn't getting paid to wear it, so he took it off.
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Re: Lange Watch Conspiracy [jimatbeyond] [ In reply to ]
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I have noticed other pro's do the same thing....I don't blame them. Similar to blacking out tire manufacturers or logos on shoes, bikes, components, etc.
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Re: Lange Watch Conspiracy [Mike Alexander] [ In reply to ]
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To be in the winning chute in the biggest event of the sport & to have enough calm to remember to do that--amongst all the excitement...wow, that is impressive. The winners are usually so pressed and exhausted by that point they are tunnel-vision to the finish line. He stopped and jumped around like he wasn't even tired after the line--but to remember to take a watch off on top of that. Jeezus!
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Re: Lange Watch Conspiracy [jimatbeyond] [ In reply to ]
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jimatbeyond wrote:
I would guess that he isn't getting paid to wear it, so he took it off.

So companies actually get pissed a pro they aren't sponsoring wears their gear and wins??? Or is it that his sponsors would get pissed he wasn't wearing theirs?

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Re: Lange Watch Conspiracy [AlyraD] [ In reply to ]
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No, the athlete says I’m not getting jack squat from you so during the next hour of interviews they’re not gonna see your company on my wrist.

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Re: Lange Watch Conspiracy [Grant.Reuter] [ In reply to ]
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And who knows, maybe the athlete asked for sponsorship, the watch company says 'nope', so ... screw you watch company. Of course, if the history is anything like this, it costs him nothing to leave it on and he goes to watch company and says - hey, lots of free advertising, how about some cash next season? If not, then off to watch company #2...
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Re: Lange Watch Conspiracy [giorgitd] [ In reply to ]
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giorgitd wrote:
And who knows, maybe the athlete asked for sponsorship, the watch company says 'nope', so ... screw you watch company. Of course, if the history is anything like this, it costs him nothing to leave it on and he goes to watch company and says - hey, lots of free advertising, how about some cash next season? If not, then off to watch company #2...

Yes, part of why he won was because he was able to channel this anger that well.

I bet it was his race plan all along.

I don't think he will accept sponsorship from said company (and it is not hard to figure out who it is) down the road either.
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Re: Lange Watch Conspiracy [dbraat] [ In reply to ]
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dbraat wrote:
Okay so that's being a little dramatic.

Did anyone else notice Patrick remove his watch and stuff it in the side of his kit just before the finish line? You can see the outline in a few of his finisher pictures as well. Obviously this isn't a big deal but can anyone think of a reason for doing this? Is it as simple as them not being a sponsor of his? Or he thought the bulge under his kit looked better in pictures then a simple watch on his wrist?

Not a big deal but I'm all race talked out and it had me curious.

True story. A Garmin rep tackled me at the end of my IM and removed my watch because they didn't want it associated with my finishing time. True story.
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Re: Lange Watch Conspiracy [Mike Alexander] [ In reply to ]
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Mike Alexander wrote:
I have noticed other pro's do the same thing....I don't blame them. Similar to blacking out tire manufacturers or logos on shoes, bikes, components, etc.

I really hope this is correct. If so I applaud him. It's about time athletes made an effort to be a bit more 'professional' by which I mean make a stance to get paid what they deserve. Seeing Ryf shamelessly drinking Red Bull and being supplied a Mercedes shows me they do have worth.
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Re: Lange Watch Conspiracy [dbraat] [ In reply to ]
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dbraat wrote:
Did anyone else notice Patrick remove his watch and stuff it in the side of his kit just before the finish line? Obviously this isn't a big deal but can anyone think of a reason for doing this?


My guess is he didn't cover the full distance and he was worried about Derek at Marathon Investigation buying the hi-res finisher photos and outing him.
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Re: Lange Watch Conspiracy [InvictaScoop] [ In reply to ]
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Mike Alexander wrote:
I really hope this is correct. If so I applaud him. It's about time athletes made an effort to be a bit more 'professional' by which I mean make a stance to get paid what they deserve. Seeing Ryf shamelessly drinking Red Bull and being supplied a Mercedes shows me they do have worth.

Yeah I have no problem with this. Ryf drinking red bull at the finish. Carfrae hawking chocolate milk. This is how these guys pay the bills. I do find those Red Bull hats ugly as all hell though...

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Re: Lange Watch Conspiracy [giorgitd] [ In reply to ]
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giorgitd wrote:
And who knows, maybe the athlete asked for sponsorship, the watch company says 'nope', so ... screw you watch company. Of course, if the history is anything like this, it costs him nothing to leave it on and he goes to watch company and says - hey, lots of free advertising, how about some cash next season? If not, then off to watch company #2...

+1

If you look at the 2016 pictures, lots pictures of him at the finish line and podium shots, all with him wearing the same watch... this year he decides to take it off - it doesn't take Columbo to figure it out!


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Re: Lange Watch Conspiracy [awenborn] [ In reply to ]
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Frodeno did the same thing last year, watch at 12:08


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Zw1LWWYAkk
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Re: Lange Watch Conspiracy [DJRed] [ In reply to ]
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DJRed wrote:
dbraat wrote:
Okay so that's being a little dramatic.

Did anyone else notice Patrick remove his watch and stuff it in the side of his kit just before the finish line? You can see the outline in a few of his finisher pictures as well. Obviously this isn't a big deal but can anyone think of a reason for doing this? Is it as simple as them not being a sponsor of his? Or he thought the bulge under his kit looked better in pictures then a simple watch on his wrist?

Not a big deal but I'm all race talked out and it had me curious.


True story. A Garmin rep tackled me at the end of my IM and removed my watch because they didn't want it associated with my finishing time. True story.

Really? Where?
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Re: Lange Watch Conspiracy [PT] [ In reply to ]
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PT wrote:
DJRed wrote:
dbraat wrote:
Okay so that's being a little dramatic.

Did anyone else notice Patrick remove his watch and stuff it in the side of his kit just before the finish line? You can see the outline in a few of his finisher pictures as well. Obviously this isn't a big deal but can anyone think of a reason for doing this? Is it as simple as them not being a sponsor of his? Or he thought the bulge under his kit looked better in pictures then a simple watch on his wrist?

Not a big deal but I'm all race talked out and it had me curious.


True story. A Garmin rep tackled me at the end of my IM and removed my watch because they didn't want it associated with my finishing time. True story.


Really? Where?

Are you a Pro? Even if you are...this is hard to believe. What year?
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Re: Lange Watch Conspiracy [dbraat] [ In reply to ]
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Maybe his wrist was sore.

Perhaps the real revolutionaries are those that keep their promises.
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Re: Lange Watch Conspiracy [Mike Alexander] [ In reply to ]
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Haha, I think it's safe to assume this is a joke...
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Re: Lange Watch Conspiracy [awenborn] [ In reply to ]
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Part of being a Pro is zipping up and being Sponsor correct at the finish.
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Re: Lange Watch Conspiracy [awenborn] [ In reply to ]
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awenborn wrote:
Haha, I think it's safe to assume this is a joke...

Bro, Did you not read the part where I said, "True story"? And I said it twice. Plus, it's on the internet. Of course it's true.

Oh, alright. You got me. It's not true.
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Re: Lange Watch Conspiracy [dbraat] [ In reply to ]
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But did Sanders remove his allegedly malfunctioning watch before the finish too?

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Re: Lange Watch Conspiracy [dbraat] [ In reply to ]
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Maybe he's sponsored by Team Timex. At every race I've been to in the last 2 years I can't recall any of those guys/girls wearing anything but garmins during the run.

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Re: Lange Watch Conspiracy [dbraat] [ In reply to ]
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An interesting decision, because the company could not use pictures of him for advertising without his explicit permission anyway. And - knowing that he would have photos - he has an awesome entre to get a sponsorship deal.

Though maybe he's in discussion with a competitor. If he'd been using a Garmin, but was in talks with Polar (for example), then I can see not wanting to have a watch in what might be a big announcement for 2018...

It's an interesting decision because I think his removal of the watch at the finish likely draws more attention to it than if he'd just left it on and removed it subtly at some point over the line.


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Re: Lange Watch Conspiracy [DJRed] [ In reply to ]
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DJRed wrote:
dbraat wrote:
Okay so that's being a little dramatic.

Did anyone else notice Patrick remove his watch and stuff it in the side of his kit just before the finish line? You can see the outline in a few of his finisher pictures as well. Obviously this isn't a big deal but can anyone think of a reason for doing this? Is it as simple as them not being a sponsor of his? Or he thought the bulge under his kit looked better in pictures then a simple watch on his wrist?

Not a big deal but I'm all race talked out and it had me curious.


True story. A Garmin rep tackled me at the end of my IM and removed my watch because they didn't want it associated with my finishing time. True story.

With the trash race i had a IMMT Polar should have definitely done that to me. LOL.
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Re: Lange Watch Conspiracy [dbraat] [ In reply to ]
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dbraat wrote:
Okay so that's being a little dramatic.


Did anyone else notice Patrick remove his watch and stuff it in the side of his kit just before the finish line? You can see the outline in a few of his finisher pictures as well. Obviously this isn't a big deal but can anyone think of a reason for doing this? Is it as simple as them not being a sponsor of his? Or he thought the bulge under his kit looked better in pictures then a simple watch on his wrist?

Not a big deal but I'm all race talked out and it had me curious.


Pretty obvious. If you look at his website under sponsors there isn't any watch company

https://www.patrick-lange.org/sponsoren/


To me what happened is this. He wore a Garmin and took it at the finish line because he may already have a deal lined up with somebody else, and he didn't want his pictures at the finish (which will be everywhere for the next year) with the Garmin watch.


Would not be one bit surprised if we see him in Polar next year.
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