SPOTY - Geraint!

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SPOTY - Geraint!

Postby foxyrider » 16 Dec 2018, 11:17pm

Apparently the so called 'national' sport managed a distant third behind the country's real passion - wheeled sports! Not only that, but the man with the lowest income on the podium was on the top step.

Brilliant result, well done G. :D
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Re: SPOTY - Geraint!

Postby Hobbs1951 » 17 Dec 2018, 6:43am

foxyrider wrote:Apparently the so called 'national' sport managed a distant third behind the country's real passion - wheeled sports! Not only that, but the man with the lowest income on the podium was on the top step.

Brilliant result, well done G. :D


I thought the result interesting, not exactly a household name is he ?

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Re: SPOTY - Geraint!

Postby Tangled Metal » 17 Dec 2018, 9:24am

Welsh block vote innit!

Hasn't he been round a few media outlets around the build up to this show? His pr team did well.

Good to see the women coming nowhere again. Fastest female sprinter of the year and a 2 time Olympic or world champion in a seriously dangerous and short career sport.

Footballer losing out in a world Cup year? Now that's funny. It's like Britain's best known Olympic discipline athlete not winning in a summer Olympic year. It should have been a given a footballer won. Goes to show Kane really is a dull guy in front of the camera. Keep it to the pitch.

Lewis Hamilton? Nowhere. Didn't he match the greats of F1 this year? He's won it before I think so perhaps that counted against him.. Maybe next year if he gets another drivers championship under his belt. Perhaps he'll be able to afford a few more sequins on his jacket if that happens.

Seriously regret stopping on the show when flicking through the channels.

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Re: SPOTY - Geraint!

Postby geocycle » 17 Dec 2018, 10:12am

Very surprised. Wiggins was the first and had the personality, Froome has done much better but not been taken to heart by the public, Thomas seems a genuinely nice guy but not sure whether winning the tour is better than LH's 5 times or Lizzy Yarnold's achievements. I'd never heard of the sprinter and pleased a footballer didn't win. Interestingly they are not releasing the votes this year.

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Re: SPOTY - Geraint!

Postby thirdcrank » 17 Dec 2018, 10:19am

I only watched the last few minutes of the programme, but if ever anybody wasn't expecting to win it was GT: he seemed flummoxed when he had to make a speech. A worthy winner, IMO.

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Re: SPOTY - Geraint!

Postby reohn2 » 17 Dec 2018, 2:02pm

foxyrider wrote:Apparently the so called 'national' sport managed a distant third behind the country's real passion - wheeled sports! Not only that, but the man with the lowest income on the podium was on the top step.

Brilliant result, well done G. :D

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Re: SPOTY - Geraint!

Postby reohn2 » 17 Dec 2018, 2:04pm

Hobbs1951 wrote:
foxyrider wrote:Apparently the so called 'national' sport managed a distant third behind the country's real passion - wheeled sports! Not only that, but the man with the lowest income on the podium was on the top step.

Brilliant result, well done G. :D


I thought the result interesting, not exactly a household name is he ?

John.

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Re: SPOTY - Geraint!

Postby Spinners » 17 Dec 2018, 5:15pm

Also loved the fact that the England Netball Team won two awards.
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Re: SPOTY - Geraint!

Postby TrevA » 17 Dec 2018, 6:01pm

Football is too tribal, an Arsenal fan would not vote for a Spurs player, now matter how good they were. G is the 4th cyclist to win inn recent years, which shows that bike riders will come together and vote. Froome never won it because he's not really British, being born and brought up in Kenya. I don't think he's ever lived here, even though he's probably the best and most consistent Grand Tour bike rider. Geraint comes across as an ordinary bloke who has had greatness thrust upon him, though he's actually a 10 year overnight success. He's worked hard and deserves what he gets.

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Re: SPOTY - Geraint!

Postby brynpoeth » 17 Dec 2018, 6:07pm

Geraint Thomas is Welsh, in case anyone has forgotten (doesnae live there, mind :wink:)
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Re: SPOTY - Geraint!

Postby foxyrider » 17 Dec 2018, 11:54pm

brynpoeth wrote:Geraint Thomas is Welsh, in case anyone has forgotten (doesnae live there, mind :wink:)
Cymru am byth!

And your point is?
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Re: SPOTY - Geraint!

Postby Tangled Metal » 18 Dec 2018, 8:20am

Also British (until his abilities start to wane if course, then he's Welsh again) :wink:

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Re: SPOTY - Geraint!

Postby brynpoeth » 18 Dec 2018, 9:42am

Tangled Metal wrote:Also British (until his abilities start to wane if course, then he's Welsh again) :wink:

Cannae take a tour win away
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Re: SPOTY - Geraint!

Postby Flite » 18 Dec 2018, 3:33pm

Interesting that the recent cyclists to win spoty are a Welshman, a Scot, a Manxman and an Englishman!

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Re: SPOTY - Geraint!

Postby rjb » 18 Dec 2018, 3:49pm

geocycle wrote:Very surprised. Wiggins was the first and had the personality, Froome has done much better but not been taken to heart by the public, Thomas seems a genuinely nice guy but not sure whether winning the tour is better than LH's 5 times or Lizzy Yarnold's achievements. I'd never heard of the sprinter and pleased a footballer didn't win. Interestingly they are not releasing the votes this year.


Wiggo was the 4th cyclist to win Spoty. Tommy Simpson in 65 followed by Chris Hoy, Mark Cavendish, Bradley Wiggins and now Geraint makes it 5. :D
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