Ride Domestique

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Christopher Froome. Super Domestique.
In what seems to have stirred controversy in the world of cycling journalism, Christopher Froome, after dropping the GC group containing Bradley Wiggins his team mate and the wearer of the Malliot Jaune, suddenly stopped attacking. He sat up.
Why? Because the order had come over the race radio to slow down and assist Wiggins. The call to duty had been issued, and it was time to set aside his agenda and work for the team again.
In an interview after the stage today Froome said:

“I follow orders at all costs,” Froome said. “I’m part of the team, and I have to do what the team asks me to do.
“He’s just as strong as me, I think, and stronger in the time trials. We’ve still got a 50-kilometer time trial coming… Our plan is to look after Bradley.”

Is he a stronger rider? Who knows, it’s really not important. His response evokes the very nature of cycling, and riding on a team. Laying down our own interests for the team is what domestiques do every day. And what could be better?
Photo Courtesy of Petit Brun quote comes from VeloNews

Christopher Froome. Super Domestique.

In what seems to have stirred controversy in the world of cycling journalism, Christopher Froome, after dropping the GC group containing Bradley Wiggins his team mate and the wearer of the Malliot Jaune, suddenly stopped attacking. He sat up.

Why? Because the order had come over the race radio to slow down and assist Wiggins. The call to duty had been issued, and it was time to set aside his agenda and work for the team again.

In an interview after the stage today Froome said:

“I follow orders at all costs,” Froome said. “I’m part of the team, and I have to do what the team asks me to do.

“He’s just as strong as me, I think, and stronger in the time trials. We’ve still got a 50-kilometer time trial coming… Our plan is to look after Bradley.”

Is he a stronger rider? Who knows, it’s really not important. His response evokes the very nature of cycling, and riding on a team. Laying down our own interests for the team is what domestiques do every day. And what could be better?

Photo Courtesy of Petit Brun quote comes from VeloNews

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