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I was disappointed that Tom Boonen, being in the Green jersey, pulled out today after only a few KMs. Not that anything was wrong; he wanted to prepare for Milan-San Remo. Stinky.
 

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Boo Boonen

merckxman said:
I was disappointed that Tom Boonen, being in the Green jersey, pulled out today after only a few KMs. Not that anything was wrong; he wanted to prepare for Milan-San Remo. Stinky.
Sounds like Tom has an acute case of MCS (Mario Cipollini Syndrome). Pulling out early is only allowed in porn movies IMHO.
 

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This is quite different...

Retro Grouch said:
Sounds like Tom has an acute case of MCS (Mario Cipollini Syndrome). Pulling out early is only allowed in porn movies IMHO.
This is quite different actually. Boonen pulled out of the race (along with a host of others) on the last day simply because it's not his goal to win the green jersey of Paris-Nice, and he had already won 3 stages, there was no reason for him to finish this race. Racing one more day, might have burned a vital last match in his pack that he's going to need for MSR.

That being said, Cipo pulled out early before the big hills began, this is not what happened w/ Boonen, he rode the hillier stages of this short stage race.

Here's the list of DNFs from today:
DNF Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC
DNF Guido Trenti (USA) Quick Step-Innergetic
DNF Jorg Ludewig (Ger) T-Mobile Team
DNF Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas
DNF Francesco Failli (Ita) Liquigas
DNF David Loosli (Swi) Lampre-Fondital
DNF Stef Clement (Ned) Bouygues Telecom
DNF Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
DNF Björn Schröder (Ger) Team Milram
DNF Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNF Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic
DNF Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic
DNF Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank
DNF Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank
DNF Christophe Brandt (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto
DNF Nico Mattan (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto
DNF Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir
DNF Roger Hammond (GBr) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
DNF Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Credit Agricole
DNF Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears
DNF Vicente Reynes (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears
DNF Mikel Astarloza (Spa) AG2R Prevoyance
DNS Jose Antonio Redondo (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team
 

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Retro Grouch said:
Sounds like Tom has an acute case of MCS (Mario Cipollini Syndrome). Pulling out early is only allowed in porn movies IMHO.
Why? These are professional riders not people trying to complete Ride the Rockies or something. Their job is to win or work to help others win so that their sponsors names get on TV and in magazines, etc. The only time finishing anything is an accomplishment for a professional rider it is because they can't find anything else positive to say :)

Clearly in this case the people that matter took the decision that getting the points jersey at PN was not worth taking the chance of losing MSR. A short mountainous day is not what Boonen needs right now. He needs either rest or if a training day something long.
 

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Tom said it best

I'd rather Win M-S-R than finish P-N. I'm sure with M-S-R that last hilly stage wasn't fitting in his build up programme
 

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Dwayne Barry said:
Why? These are professional riders not people trying to complete Ride the Rockies or something. Their job is to win or work to help others win so that their sponsors names get on TV and in magazines, etc. The only time finishing anything is an accomplishment for a professional rider it is because they can't find anything else positive to say :)

Clearly in this case the people that matter took the decision that getting the points jersey at PN was not worth taking the chance of losing MSR. A short mountainous day is not what Boonen needs right now. He needs either rest or if a training day something long.
I still find it hard to believe that people don't get that pro bike racers are there to either win, or to help someone else to win, and that's it. That's the name of the game. These are the same guys who say, "Yeah, that guy should finish the race no matter what." who talk about their first race experience as a cat. 5 where they finished 45 minutes behind the leaders, but hey, they finished. This isn't a dang triathlon where finishing, for the majority of athletes out there, is the point of being there in the first place, winning, or helping someone else to win is the main point (and sometimes "training", although that is just a thinly veiled excuse for not winning). People just don't get it sometimes.
 

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I still find it hard to believe that people don't get that pro bike racers are there to either win, or to help someone else to win, and that's it. That's the name of the game. These are the same guys who say, "Yeah, that guy should finish the race no matter what." who talk about their first race experience as a cat. 5 where they finished 45 minutes behind the leaders, but hey, they finished. This isn't a dang triathlon where finishing, for the majority of athletes out there, is the point of being there in the first place, winning, or helping someone else to win is the main point (and sometimes "training", although that is just a thinly veiled excuse for not winning). People just don't get it sometimes.
What I think it is, is that as amateur athletes, we've been coached that we have to do our best no matter the circumstances. I remember when I played soccer as a youth, that I would bust my ass, regardless if winning the game was unimportant. This attitude transfers over to cycling, as to most people, it seems to be a pretty delineated sport - the fastest cyclist is the winner. I realized this while talking to my girlfriend while watching a TdF DVD. Her only experiences with cycling involve watching me try to hang onto a breakaway in a Cat. 4 race. I had to explain, that at the upper level of the sport, the goal of the race is simply to allow the appointed team leader to win whatever he wants to win, be it KOM or GC. And since these goals are often understated, unmentioned or otherwise made unclear, cycling is an incredibly hard sport for the layman to grasp.
 

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Yep. A local pro I've chatted with from time to time, who does most of his time as a domestique, says it's his job not to finish most of the races he starts. DS will be say something like "all right, get this guy up to the break and you're done."

It's also like sprinting for 27th. Why bother?
 
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