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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 12:47 pm 
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we are determined to destroy the man who is fighting for us just like we did with Zola Budd because she wanted to run but could not because she was South African


Fighting for us !!!!!!!!!! Enough of the Jingoism.

Its a cycle race, he's fighting for his team and himself, the TDF is not an international battle of nations, most teams are multi national. As for Zola, I dont remember anyone stopping her running, she chose to stop and like most athletes, first and foremost she was running for herself, most athletic meets are not primarily about representing your nation.

Froome's a great cycle racer but I dont think this because he's a Brit or Kenyan but because of his actions.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 1:09 pm 
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He was fighting for the prize money, the boost it'll give to his future salary negotiations with his team, and the cash he's going to make from product endorsements. If it were any other way it'd be an all amateur race.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:07 pm 
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Unfortunately for Froome he may never be as popular as Wiggins, its not about showing emotion or not after a stage, or anything like that. James Hunt never cried after a win (he did other things), he only was really in contention for the one world championship but he has legend status. Some people just do, some people just don't.

Lets hope he's clean, but in the meantime lets celebrate his achievement, just in an understated way....


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:35 pm 
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When it comes to personality Wiggins is not fit to shine James Hunt's obsolete shoes.

Lots of people desperate to think wearing lycra and padded shorts is 'cool' love Wiggins because they think he validates their peculiarities, but he really is not so hip.

Chris Hoy, now there is a cool cyclist.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:13 pm 
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Millar was epic, forced the pace


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:14 pm 
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Chopper1192 wrote:
He was fighting for the prize money,..............


in which case he should have finished further back ? I thought one of the unwritten rules was that the winner gave the cash to his team mates without whom he wouldn't make it (and cos he gets a shed load of cash from all the other things that come along).


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:22 pm 
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Love the Daily Mash. :)

http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/sport/tou ... 3072276396


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 1:05 am 
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Brilliant! :lol:


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 8:28 am 
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I also thought Froome seemed a bit dispassionate. That was until reading an interview of 40 year old Kenyan pro cyclist David Kinjah in 'Cycling Asia' magazine. Kinjah runs a poorly funded Nairobi based cycling club called "Safari Simbaz" where he introduces mostly orphans and 'hood kids to mountain and road cycling. At the age of 12 Froome was living in a one bedroom apartment in Nairobi with his single mother, they had no car and she worked multiple jobs to make ends meet. Froome joined Safari Simbaz, where Kinjah was Froome's mentor until Froome moved to South Africa at age 14 to access next-level cycle training.
To cut a long story short Froome still regularly donates cycle equipment and clothing to Kinjah's Safari Simbaz. Helmets, gloves, shoes etc. The items are not treasured in cabinets, they are used by the kids and ridden hard. The young lad's shoes in the photo below were the ones worn by Froome during the 2008 Tour de France. Kinjah dreams of organizing a one-time cycle race in Kenya and wishes Froome could participate. Kinjah says the race will be dedicated to Froome's mother Jane who he says sacrificed everything to support Froome, but who tragically passed away just a few weeks before Froome rode his first Tour de France.
Chapeau to Froome! Substance over style.


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