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Tom has been writing about cycling for The Roar for over two years, but also writes about travel for euroventure.eu. He blogs about his travelling experience at howtosayhelloinitalian.wordpress.com, his personal site. Like Tom on Facebook: Tom Fish Writer Follow Tom on Twitter: Tomas_Fish

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I agree with you. People at the moment seem content to watch the same fixtures repeated every couple of years, instead of having more international teams playing and competing in the game. There’s only really eight teams with a chance to win the T20 World Cup, and you can knock that down to around five favourites. It would take time, but surely there is more benefits than drawbacks to be had from further globalisation?

World T20 draw shows the elitist nature of international cricket

I think it’d be unfair to say Froome rides a boring race. Sky in general yeah but Froome attacks numerously during his races. He won the Tour this year by blowing the field apart on one mountain day, I’d hardly say that was boring.

Froome's data release won't convince the doubters

It could be that they don’t like Chris Froome as a rider this is true. However, I will mention that when Contador was at the team presentation in 2011 he was booed, in the middle of his doping case. Also, when the guy chucked the urine at Froome he shouted ‘Doper!’ but I do see what you mean in that they might just dislike Froome and Sky in general.

Froome's data release won't convince the doubters

Thanks, I’m not sure how much we can read into his recent performances given his competition. We never really saw Froome go up against Cadel Evans or Andy Schleck in their prime, that would have been interesting.

How many grand tours has Alberto Contador actually won?

Mezgec is really one of their more shrewd signings I think. Capable of winning solo if Matthews isn’t there, and if Matthews is there he’s got a hell of a lead out train.

Orica-GreenEDGE are sitting pretty for 2016

All great questions! With Chaves, top five is a realistic target in the GC, and with a bit of luck, a top three isn’t out of the question. Unless Bling Matthews is racing, I can’t see the sprints being their main target. If Chaves isn’t there though, stage wins are the way to go. Five or six stage wins would mean more than a minor jersey, I think.

Orica-GreenEDGE are sitting pretty for 2016

I also like that idea! A team focused championship would make it really interesting, as long as they balanced it right, ie not giving too many points out for a grand tour win. The grand tours will always undermine the idea of a WorldTour as you said Rob, I know which I’d rather win. The issue is you’ve got a lot of big fish who all have a say in the WT calendar, ASO set their own race dates I imagine, which will make it difficult for the UCI to try and bend the rest around them.

Who won the UCI World Tour and does anyone care?

Fair enough! I don’t doubt that I’ll have missed that more than once!

Who won the UCI World Tour and does anyone care?

I’m not saying the World Tour should be revamped, more pointing out the pointlessness nature of the event in itself. I agree with you, the sport will always celebrate individual performances in races like the Tour and Roubaix over a season long ranking.

Who won the UCI World Tour and does anyone care?

I definitely think multiple Tour wins had something to do with doping in the past. I find it very hard to believe Indurain was clean, but I would also say it is possible. If Froome retains next year, I wouldn’t assume it was down to anything clandestine.

Is it still possible to retain the Tour de France title?

I agree with you Sam that Froome looks like the most likely at the moment. Quintana would have to get two friendly courses, two much time trialling and I can see him shifting focus to the Giro or Vuelta. Aru is an interesting one, if he can improve his time trial then I would never say never.

Is it still possible to retain the Tour de France title?

I wouldn’t say no to two Tours a year! Quintana will definitely be the biggest challenge to Froome, but you’re right there are plenty of other riders worthy of a challenge. Hardly surprising really that no one has retained in a while!

Is it still possible to retain the Tour de France title?

It will definitely be interesting to see the two styles fight it out. This Vuelta was well balanced, if it had been two climbs shorter it’d have been a different man wearing red in Madrid. The course will always have a massive effect on who wins, I just hope we get a few more Tours like the Vuelta was like this year!

Dumoulin: A new breed of cyclist, or of the Wiggins mould?

I’d love to see Tinkov out of the sport, I didn’t know there were so many things he’d done that were so outrageous either. Unfortunately, while he keeps pouring in his billions, I don’t think Cookson will do anything. It’d be a refreshing change if he did though.

How many strikes for Oleg Tinkov?

I’d say they’ve got a proven winner in Boasson Hagen, and I’d make him team leader for the Tour. The other riders are definitely more of a gamble, especially Farrar. Having said that, before Ciolek won Milan-San Remo I’d have said he was a gamble signing for them, so who knows.

MTN-Qhubeka gambles on some old hands

Yeah I saw the article in The Economist, it was an interesting one! It’s definitely a bold prediction.

Does the NFL need to change its ways?

Thankyou for joining me for stage 19 of the Vuelta a Espana. Make sure you keep visiting The Roar for all the coverage of the last weekend of the race.

2014 Vuelta a Espana: Stage 19 preview, live blog

Good news, Dario Cataldo is back on his bike and is trying to finish the stage.

2014 Vuelta a Espana: Stage 19 preview, live blog

Confirmation from Sky that it was Dario Cataldo who crashed.

2014 Vuelta a Espana: Stage 19 preview, live blog

Michael Matthews was the next Aussie across the line in fifth.

2014 Vuelta a Espana: Stage 19 preview, live blog

Alberto Contador and Chris Froome finished together.

2014 Vuelta a Espana: Stage 19 preview, live blog

Should be no change on general classification.

2014 Vuelta a Espana: Stage 19 preview, live blog

Adam Hansen has won the day! A stage win for the Aussie hardman! John Degenkolb wins the sprint for second.

2014 Vuelta a Espana: Stage 19 preview, live blog

Last kilometre for Hansen!

2014 Vuelta a Espana: Stage 19 preview, live blog

Last kilometre for Hansen!

2014 Vuelta a Espana: Stage 19 preview, live blog