The commentators particularly on ITV4 have a habit of banging on about the same riders. I don't think Eurosport is quite as bad. As for riders being appreciated, I tried to make the poll as big as possible without typing for a very long time. More curiosity and a bit of fun. Although all the riders listed have had some praise on them at some point there's a case that all of them have been underappreciated in some way, whilst others may have got barely any coverage at all...This is a very strange poll - surely all the riders on your list are apreciated in some way?
I'd be a bit pissed off if I were Horner and you put me as an unappreciated rider. He is 10th and could have been higher without a DS with his tongue up Lance's a.... sorry - I shouldn't say that.I did nearly put Horner in the list and then thought nah, still can't make my mind up on that. The thing about Navarro was Harmon seemed to go on about De la Fuenta a fair bit so that seems a good choice.
Good call FMRyder Hesjedal. How many of us thought he'd be Top 20, let alone 7th?
Now becoming you're signature phrase before simpering like a puppy dog. I think the previous example was some grovelling to ShaunGood call FM
Actually, without being too corny, my underappreciated person was Christianne Prudhomme. The route was rivetting from day 1 to today and so different from the boring LeBlanc era.
The introduction of the classics - ie LBL and Paris-Roubaix - freaked out the Armstrong types who only ever raced the TDF. Only the classics guys (eg Cancellara) seemed able to ride down a rainy hill or some cobbles.
Eddie Merckz/Hinault/Kelly et al wouldn't have made the pigs ear of the 1st week the peleton did. They seemed unable to ride on a bike if it rained.
Hats off to Prudhomme though - he designed an amazing parcours. It was the best tour de France I've seen in years and it came down literally to a few seconds - maybe due to Scleck's derailleur.
It's hard to imagine a better tour (especially if Cav can get involved in the green jersey fight tomorrow)
I do think Horner has been an unappreciated rider. He is indeed 10th and all but not got much of a mention by the commentary team.I'd be a bit pissed off if I were Horner and you put me as an unappreciated rider. He is 10th and could have been higher without a DS with his tongue up Lance's a.... sorry - I shouldn't say that.
He has been Radioshak's best rider by far.
He is over 2 minutes up on Levi and Kloden, and had to wait for Armstrong in some of the earlier stages.
I'm delighted to say - Bruyneel seems to have got his tactics wrong - he should have had Lance et al working for Horner.
Horner was his best rider it would appear - even though Lance lovers will say "yeah but if he hadn't crashed he would have been up there". They all crashed and Lance was over 30 minutes down. A sad farewell.
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