Ooops, sorry for not replying sooner, usually when someone replies to the thread it alerts me through the subscribed thread option on User CP, it didn't this time round for some reason.
Anyway, ah right, i always thought you could be UK based, didn't want to ask and be nosey though, so just kind of assumed you might be Spanish instead
I feel less guilty talking about BC all the time now. I'm probably the opposite of you then as i pretty much always support Brits/UK + Irish when it comes to Sport. Even moreso when we don't have past or recent history in some events, plus it makes it a lot easier in regards to the family, the kids find it simpler to look out for our colours and get behind our guys/gals. Also we are naturally the underdogs a lot of the time and have not pulled our weight in some aspects so the winning feels sweeter when it does come.
Not that i am blindly patriotic or even like nationalism at all. I just figure success breeds success, and funding, and so have to support somebody. It makes some amount of sense to get behind your own home team. We get more coverage of our athletes too so they're easier to keep up with, and learn about/connect with. I do have faves from other countries as well in some sports, i guess that will come with Cycling also the more i learn about it. The only time i won't support our own guys is if i don't like them, but i do like most of them, even when there are others i could get behind.
So, back to the race. Very enjoyable. All the 4 faves in each mens and womens TT and RR came through with the victory. Although a bit predictable, i loved seeing each of them win. Gilbert was so dominant with that last burst for the line, nobody was going to stick with him, EBH did very well claiming Silver and Valverde Bronze, but he was a class above.
Definitely one of the highlights of this WC's for me was JTL, and him going with Contador, (Alberto looked like he was having so much fun throughout
). He hopefully has a great future, even though he is getting on at 27 he had those few years out and his peak should be a little later. Now that he is signing for Sky and has shown he has potential at this level, after a season or two with them he could pull a Froome and have a breakthrough later in his career.
With the team around him, he could even start majorly showing this season, never mind next. He put up a great display at his biggest ever event and with some of the greatest, to do so well and end up finishing 5 secs down on the winner was very promising indeed, considering nobody knew how he would fare here.
Cav has done the jersey proud, especially after 'the curse', alright he hasn't had everything he wanted at Sky and will have to leave to get it. Loved seeing him put in that huge effort on the front though, the fans appreciation of him, and his awesome reactions to duck that sign
The team did well here considering the tough season, with the bigger names putting in the work early and pulling out, then the upcoming and less vaunted stars coming good at the back end. Back to front as well in terms of power. Stannard is a beast, will be interesting to see what kind of roles he get's next year. The Team Sky balance looks very good for GC's, especially when Cav has gone and they can focus their efforts. It looks like JTL may just be that missing link, it's a huge ask though, and there will be a lot of pressure on him. Maybe there wasn't too much here but that will only grow once people know we are riding for him in the future.
Tour Of Lombardy next....