Silence Lotto - might be regretting Juffre and Horner leaving

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  1. thunder

    thunder New Member

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    who are the support for Evans, can they do the job?

    in order of final lieutenant

    Popovych
    Cioni
    Vansummeren
    Van Huffel
    Brandt
    Aerts
    Hoste

    that is pretty sparse. It starts to look adequate with Horner, and with Juffre. I mean, that would cost them about 300thou Euros max to buy those two guys.
     
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  2. thunder

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    Jurgen Vandenbroeck probably 10th man, but could come in for
    Wim Van Huffel, Brandt or Aerts.
     
  3. Crankyfeet

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    But don't you get the impression that Cadel likes to play the lone wolf? I got the impression that Horner was only hanging around on the climbs in case Cadel blew up or something and he could cradle him into the finish or back to the lead pack.
     
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    no, he would like someone like Heras to lead him out, the final kms, until Evans could use his final reserves in the last km, if he decided it was worth it, to tax himself, or save it for tomorrow.

    The reason Horner was at the back of the last ten is, Evans was never gonna give up his spot at 4th wheel or 5th wheel, on the back of Contador, Rass or LL, to Horner, because he did not want Horner's wheel, because Horner would be gone before any of the above.

    If the competitors attacked, Horner would be the first one gone, so makes no sense to take Horner's wheel, and have to cross the one bike-length gap or more if they attack. Just stay on your competitors wheel. That is what Evans did.

    If Horner was stronger, he could have taken Horner's wheel.

    Understood?
     
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    Yeah... so you just contradicted the title of your thread unless I'm mistaken... :confused: . What was the big added value of Horner to Evans?
     
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    Horner slots in before Popo. Popo is final lieutenant, and Cioni goes back down the rung, perhaps behind Juffre.

    I like a team of

    Popo
    Horner
    Juffre
    Cioni
    Vansummeren
    Aerts
    Hoste

    Evans/Mcewen

    always nice to have a few extra guys, one has a bad day, a couple to get bidons on the queen stage etc.
     
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    Crankyfeet New Member

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    Seriously dude. You should be a DS or working for a bike team in some capacity (unless you already do).

    BTW - How late is it in Oz??? Or do you live in the US?
     
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    8am
     
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    Do you think that Horner's high relative placing in the TdF 2007 GC ranks was just a marketing effort by him to impress other teams and raise his $$value?

    Do you think that he compromised his support role at all by trying to finish strongly on stages where he didn't have to last year?
     
  10. thunder

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    it depends, Armstrong arbitraged Spanish riders and Portuguese riders to help the P&L of Tailwind Sports.

    He got those Tour domestiques at knock down prices from the Spanish peloton. He did pay over the mark for Heras, I think Marc Gorski paid about 2 million per year US dollars, for Heras, and Stapelton and Armstrong were pissed at that in the round up.

    So, if Horner is Spanish, his price is low. If he is a Frenchman, 25 yo, and rides 14th but as a domestique, he probably gets a minimum of 500 thousand Euro. I know he was not even offered 200 thou Euro. So, that puts it in perspective. In Spain, perhaps he might get 80-100 Euro. Not much.

    Depends on so many factors. Only about 10-12 guys will ride for GC at the Tour. The guys who will not finish in the top 10, ride as stage hunters. So, it skews things, a finish between 10-20. You might get 15 minutes on a break in a flat transition stage. That has little bearing on your GC ride, and does not tax your legs so much for GC mountain climbing stages.

    So 14th, that could easily be 20th, but if he was not a domstique, it could easily be 8th? Who knows, it is random theory.

    Horner was worth 200 grand Euro. He could take someone to the last 5 kms of the Queen stage in his best form. Pay him what he is worth, dont screw him over.
     
  11. oely

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    Evans whinges about all sorts of things but hes within his rights as a team leader to complain about Lotto's treatment of "his" domestiques.

    These days i rank Horner as good or better help than Cioni.
     
  12. thunder

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    definitely much better than Cioni.

    But if Cioni gets to ride the Tour without riding a Giro first, he might be there on the last climb for the bottom few kms. He wont be there in the last 10-5km, but he might be able to be there at 10km to go, with a final bidon.
     
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    On the final climb of a day, no horner isn't of too much use. On the climbs before that he would be of a bit more use.

    But where he would really come in handy is if Cadel actually took the yellow jersey at any point in the race and had to control the race. Without some good teammates the team gets ridden into the ground.
     
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    Smilf, someone gotta slot in after Popo.

    Horner cannot do more than last year, which was good, but stuff all contribution towards winning and defending the jersey if you are the last man.

    He needs to be second last man.

    Then Cioni and Vansummeren can slot in, back down the list.

    Aerts finished top 20 in the Tour once, certainly, if the entire peloton is clean, it is indicative he can climb, he won Flech Wallonne in 2001. So he could pull his finger out and find some form.

    With Horner and Juffre, they could defend. Without them, they will struggle. Christophe Brandt better come back in his best form, after the horrific injury of late 06.

    If Van Huffel recaptures his Giro 05 form, he might go ok.

    And Jurgen Vandenbroeck is about age to be blooded.

    Matt Lloyd is an outside chance.

    You have about 11-12 in the outer squad. With Horner and Juffre one would be comfortable. As it is, I would be nervous in yellow knowing the team perhaps would falter.
     
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    Thunder - Do you know of any personal reasons as to why Cadel might be inclined to stay at Lotto? Like he has a nice house and community in Belgium that he doesn't want to give up? Or his wife wants to stay in Belgium? Or is it possible that other teams don't want him so much despite his talent because he doesn't have much charisma, and doesn't ride like a crowd favorite?


    I am trying to find out the reasons as to why he doesn't seek better support, that you would think his talent could demand.
     
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    there are only a few teams which want to commit the resources. He should run to the first team that offers him a better deal.

    If he was clean, he would go back to High Road, if there culture changed. Stapleton wants a Tour, and he is better than mssrs Gerdemann, Rogers, Lovqvist and Kirchen. They would be great support riders tho.

    The Belgian teams do not want 9 or so GC support riders on a squad. Simple. Evans is up against competing interests. The Italian teams are Italian. The Spanish are Spanish.

    He needs an Australian team, with a proven infrastruture. Not year one. He would need Rogers, Mcgee, Gerrans, Walker, Lloyd, Ogrady, Lowe, Hansen, Sutherland. There is enough Australians, and Australians who can ride well enough when the road points upwards now, but you don't go to a new team, without the IP capital in the team.
     
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    Gerolsteiner might be an option if they got a big sponsor.

    Kohl, doped Schuey, and Fothen. That would be better support than Lotto.

    Who else do they have, Rebellin is too old. Lang on the flat, Haussler on the flat and intermediate mountains.
     
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    I've heard a bit about the possibility of a big sponsor forming an Aussie team for the Euro pro circuit/Pro Tour? Has anything developed on that... or was it just a flash in the pan concept?
     
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    With Popo's name in Saiz' wallet when he was caught, reopening OP may not work well for Evans.
     
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    Popo's name in Saiz wallet... sh*t... I forgot about that....
     
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