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Old 07-21-2010, 02:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just read this story. And you thought the Raptors had problems.

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Nicolas Roche, leader of AG2R La Mondiale, blasted French teammate John Gadret on his website, saying he was furious over an incident where Gadret supposedly refused to give up a wheel from his bike after Roche punctured.

“If John Gadret is found dead in his hotel room in the morning, I will probably be the primary suspect,” Roche said.

Roche, son of Ireland’s 1987 Tour champion Stephen Roche, was lying 14th in the overall classification when he punctured a wheel on the way up the climb of Port de Bales on Monday. He asked his French colleague to give him a wheel but, he said, Gadret refused and cycled away.

Roche had to wait for a wheel from a service car and lost time on his rivals, dropping three places overall.

“As he sat beside me on the team bus I had great difficulty in not putting his head through the nearest window,” Roche added.

Team coach Vincent Lavenu told Cycling Weekly that he had held a meeting and calmed the tensions.

“I got the whole team together last night and we talked about it,” Lavenu was quoted as saying. “There are big problems at the Tour de France, but yesterday’s was a small one.”
Feud between teammates gets nasty at Tour de France - thestar.com
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Wow.

I also heard about a new drug scandal brewing as well. I think Lance's name came up
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Wait what? He wanted his team mate to give him his tire from his bike? Why would his team mate do that?
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Wait what? He wanted his team mate to give him his tire from his bike? Why would his team mate do that?
teams have kind of a pack mentality and all racers have a pecking order in the pack....i'll assume Roche is considered the #1 guy of that team...it's the job of the lesser known riders to protect him and help him succeed
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Wow.

I also heard about a new drug scandal brewing as well. I think Lance's name came up
the Tour wouldn't be complete without a drug scandal
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teams have kind of a pack mentality and all racers have a pecking order in the pack....i'll assume Roche is considered the #1 guy of that team...it's the job of the lesser known riders to protect him and help him succeed
Wow. I wouldn't give up my tire. If someone asked me, it would sorta be insulting. Like give me your tire, you are gonna lose anyways xD
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I agree with Gurk.
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Mister hit it on the head. Every person on that team has a role. For e.g. Lance Armstrong and Floyd Landis were part of the same team (US Postal). Armstrong was like the lead racer and it was the job of Landis et al to help Armstrong win. It's kind of how it goes.

So yep, if you're not the lead racer on your team, you give it up for the betterment of the team.
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Fuck teams.

I'd join as a solo and win on my own.

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i bet i can beat them with my motor bike
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it's kinda like in hockey when forwards give their sticks to d-men if their's breaks, and d-men give theirs to the goalie if he loses his.....

that's for you, jeff.
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