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Re: The Cycling discussion thread
I can't find any video evidence that they did directly cause the crash, outside of them picking up the attack and then a chain reaction led to the fall. Bertie seems to be saying Sky started to push the pace, other teams went with them and then the crash followed. I'm sure this one will run on, and judging by some of the comments from other riders/teams, Sky will have an even bigger target now. It's not like they are unique in their style of riding though and other teams have done and will do the same sort of things. Movistar are certainly no exception, although Sky have brought this up before, so they come across as hypocritical, at the very least, if nothing else. Yet, if they didn't casue the crash i don't think they should feel too bad, i would have liked them to stop but they are under no obligation to do so.
It does spice things up in the peloton though. Valverde has extra motivation now to grab some wins and claw some time back, but like you say, it looks like that is all he will be doing now. There's talk that the Spaniards will be even more fired up after this and will work even harder together against Froome/Sky? Bertie also talked about Froome's condition today? translating and reading between the lines, i'm not sure how much there is in it, plus Froome has been, even more indirectly, but still, firing back himself recently. It's hotting up between them, but as you know, all the talking will be done on the road.
Any predictions for tomorrow?