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2018 season thread

Post by Lowlandbrit on Sat 13 Jan 2018, 10:02 am

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New World Tour season is about to start and, in good news for commentators with airtime to fill, Vaughters' lot are now 'Team EF Education First-Drapac powered by Cannondale'.


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Post by Azabache on Wed 30 May 2018, 3:45 pm

(Have had to re-set the site-the "Privacy" nonsense prevented my accessing)...
the BBC is trashy now in so many areas; I really feel that it's shot its legitimacy for the licence fee. As for its ageing, jumped-up, vain presenters like John Humphries and Sarah Montague, they make my skin crawl; the "younger" ones like Dan Snow are part of a virtual hereditary peerage where Dad has obviously been an influence. Let's be thankful that we have such a choice of outlets now (I followed the live coverage last Friday on the Cycling News site).

I really don't know how this Froome thing will pan out; but I know I'll get my informed comment from here and other (non-BBC) sources...

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Post by No name Bertie on Mon 11 Jun 2018, 11:46 pm

The BBC are running a headline: " Froome reputation 'tarnished forever' "

It is headlined as a major sports story on the BBC homepage and news homepage, alongside an image of Chris Froome.  

Looking at the screaming headline and the prominence given to it I was left with an impression that Froome has been found guilty of doping and will now have a ban.  When I clicked on the story - I found it was a clickbait scare mongering headline - as the actual story is Lizzie nee Armistead concern that Froome has been mistreated and that the allegation should never have been made public until a final decision is made.

Now not everyone is going to click on the clickbait link, so will be left with the impression he has failed a drugs test and is hence a drugs cheat.

I have just had a look at the BBC Sports Webpage - and this time the headline is different: " Froome's reputation unfairly tarnished over anti-doping case - Deignan ".  The key word "unfairly" is missing in the headline on their homepage and news homepage.

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Post by Azabache on Tue 12 Jun 2018, 11:33 am

Raise a complaint with them.

They are after all the State Broadcaster-they would violently protest that status but that's the reality.

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Post by Azabache on Tue 12 Jun 2018, 11:46 am

I've just had a chance to read the article. Actually, IMHO, it's quite fair and balanced!

I think what soured this whole saga was the MPs getting involved in some other issues like the Wiggins mystery; this then tainted Sky et al with that farcical Star Chamber being broadcast and us having the unedifying spectacle of Tories lecturing sports people on Ethics!

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Post by Lowlandbrit on Tue 19 Jun 2018, 11:50 am

Steady stream of TdF selection news; Valverde, Quintana and Landa all starting for Movistar, apparently as joint team leaders. Not sure how well that's going to play out...

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Post by Azabache on Tue 19 Jun 2018, 12:09 pm

I followed, and admired, Landa last year. It will be interesting to see if he's as good with Movistar..

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Post by Lowlandbrit on Thu 21 Jun 2018, 3:07 pm

Mitchelton-Scott all aboard the Adam Yates train, leaving Caleb Ewan at home.

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Post by Azabache on Fri 22 Jun 2018, 10:34 am

The BBC reverted to type yesterday I see (Froome-Hinault's remarks).

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