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Unsung hero of the year

Postby RichN95 » Sun Oct 20, 2013 01:55 am

We've had threads about the best of everything else, so how about one for the unheralded riders of the peloton.

To start us off I'll nominate:

Tom Veelers - Marcel Kittel's lead out man
Albert Timmer - he raced the most kilometres (15,969) and shared the most race days with Adam Hansen
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Re: Unsung hero of the year

Postby meursault » Sun Oct 20, 2013 04:20 am

Thibaut Pinot - Promising talent struggling with his fear of descending. I thought it brave to be so upfront about it.

Geraint Thomas - Ridng the tdf with broken pelvis, including a team time trial.
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Re: Unsung hero of the year

Postby Macaloon » Sun Oct 20, 2013 07:39 am

Double agent Chris Horner.

For media players despairing at declining traffic in the wake of Armstrong's boil-lancing, he delivered a performance enhancing infusion of faux outrage set to carry them through the off-season. For the recovering addict, a potentially awesome example of a cleaner peloton: if you can win clean at 41...
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Re: Unsung hero of the year

Postby Safcstuie » Sun Oct 20, 2013 14:23 pm

Ian Stannard

His San Remo ride was so unbritish, it was brilliant. And then he spent the rest of the season pulling the bunch around

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Re: Unsung hero of the year

Postby TailWindHome » Sun Oct 20, 2013 15:56 pm

FrenchFighter

Fought the good fight against the factory boys and bad shoes all year.

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Re: Unsung hero of the year

Postby Joelsim » Sun Oct 20, 2013 16:02 pm

Kreuziger in the Tour. Only thing that kept AC involved at all.
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Re: Unsung hero of the year

Postby ddraver » Sun Oct 20, 2013 16:02 pm

Yeah, it's UNSUNG hero of the year TWH! ;)
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Re: Unsung hero of the year

Postby TheBigBean » Sun Oct 20, 2013 16:23 pm

Richie Porte:
- selfless support act
- introduced me to the phrase "took a big pair of swingers to do that"

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Re: Unsung hero of the year

Postby Macaloon » Sun Oct 20, 2013 16:45 pm

TheBigBean wrote:Richie Porte:
- selfless support act
- introduced me to the phrase "took a big pair of swingers to do that"


His interviews at the Tour were routinely excellent:
'Asked what Sky's problems were, Porte replied: "I think the peloton kicked our arses and that's all there is to it to be honest."'

http://www.smh.com.au/sport/cycling/worst-day-porte-drops-to-33-20130708-2pkmm.html
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Re: Unsung hero of the year

Postby mike6 » Sun Oct 20, 2013 18:38 pm

I will also go for Frenchie. His unwavering support for lost causes and his sepia tinted take on so called "Old school" riders was doomed to failure, but did he waver? He did not.

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Re: Unsung hero of the year

Postby Macaloon » Sun Oct 20, 2013 19:25 pm

mike6 wrote:I will also go for Frenchie. His unwavering support for lost causes and his sepia tinted take on so called "Old school" riders was doomed to failure, but did he waver? He did not.


The late-season pieces - his entire raison d'etre in bits on the floor after Froome virtually soloed up the Champs - were studies in superhuman sang-froid. We need an annual Frenchfighter award to acknowledge such feats.
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Re: Unsung hero of the year

Postby TheBigBean » Sun Oct 20, 2013 19:55 pm

Macaloon wrote:
TheBigBean wrote:Richie Porte:
- selfless support act
- introduced me to the phrase "took a big pair of swingers to do that"


His interviews at the Tour were routinely excellent:
'Asked what Sky's problems were, Porte replied: "I think the peloton kicked our arses and that's all there is to it to be honest."'

http://www.smh.com.au/sport/cycling/worst-day-porte-drops-to-33-20130708-2pkmm.html


I also liked:
Q: "Do you think it will be considered an illegal re-feed?"
RP:"Yes, because it was"

Still, I don't know what's happened to me, I'm voting positively for a Sky rider and an Aussie.

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Re: Unsung hero of the year

Postby Richmond Racer » Sun Oct 20, 2013 21:21 pm

A therapy session for Beanie!

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Re: Unsung hero of the year

Postby dish_dash » Mon Oct 21, 2013 09:47 am

David Lopez for driving that train... he looked like death on the Alp d'huez stage...

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Re: Unsung hero of the year

Postby Above The Cows » Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:51 am

Macaloon wrote:We need an annual Frenchfighter award to acknowledge such feats.


A small stuffed magical horse to the winner perhaps?

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Unsung hero of the year? Apart from the man who decided to take a stuffed boar up Mt. Ventoux...

Got to be Titchy Richie (although I don't know whether you can be both unsung hero and rear of the year?)
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Re: Unsung hero of the year

Postby Salsiccia1 » Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:59 am

Adam Hansen.

Completed all 3 GTs, won a a stage in the Giro...

AND had a pint on Alpe d'Huez:
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AND wore a comedy wig on the Angliru:
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That, ladies and gentleman, is heroic.
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Re: Unsung hero of the year

Postby mike6 » Wed Oct 23, 2013 12:48 pm

TheBigBean wrote:
Macaloon wrote:
TheBigBean wrote:Richie Porte:
- selfless support act
- introduced me to the phrase "took a big pair of swingers to do that"


His interviews at the Tour were routinely excellent:
'Asked what Sky's problems were, Porte replied: "I think the peloton kicked our arses and that's all there is to it to be honest."'

http://www.smh.com.au/sport/cycling/worst-day-porte-drops-to-33-20130708-2pkmm.html


I also liked:
Q: "Do you think it will be considered an illegal re-feed?"
RP:"Yes, because it was"

Still, I don't know what's happened to me, I'm voting positively for a Sky rider and an Aussie.


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Re: Unsung hero of the year

Postby JonGinge » Wed Oct 23, 2013 13:37 pm

Rafal Majka.
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Re: Unsung hero of the year

Postby SpecialGuestStar » Wed Oct 23, 2013 14:34 pm

the FdJ' lead out train' - Geoffrey Soupe is big enough to be there but all the lighter ones got stuck in too and gave Demare and Bouhanni good positioning


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