*spoiler alert* Le Tour de France 2017. La plus grande course cycliste au monde *spoiler alert*

Discussion in 'Sports' started by enduro Dan, Jun 8, 2017.

  1. Mr Head

    Mr Head Adventure Hippie

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    Perfect.
    I rode seven miles home from breaking three ribs because I knew the pain wouldn't hit for a bit. I rode past guys in road bike on my mountain bike on the flat.
    Once upon a time, back in the day I attempted to ride a crit with a broken finger ten laps in I quit. Each crack in the pavement created a lightening flash of pain through my brain where my vision would flash white for a couple of pedal strokes.
    By lap ten that flash became longer and longer. The pain slowly extending up my arm.
    I can just barely imagine how tough each and every one of these racers are.
    I'll be a week behind in my viewing when I get home.
    These days when I find myself on some long hot climb, when I stand on the pedals I recall Phil's words of dancing on the pedals and in my minds eye I am slowly edging away from the peloton on an epic climb.
    For now hong more than those imaginings, the tour is dear to me.


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  2. ferals5

    ferals5 Team black bikes

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    Great stage win for Michael Matthew's :clap

    Hope he has something left in the tank for the intermediate sprint today. :knary

    Hope we see some attacks on the two cat 1's :lurk
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  3. Gone Troppo

    Gone Troppo Somewhat bemused observer

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    They don't need coaches. They need chemists....:wink:
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  4. ferals5

    ferals5 Team black bikes

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    Sadly I know first hand from the 90's that was the sad state of affairs on our local scene as well... a local lad I know who came 2nd in the world road juniors quit a few years later as it was far from a level playing field and he refused to join that club. :grim:nah
  5. WetSideRider

    WetSideRider Long timer

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    Wish granted.

    Great effort by Dan Martin, particularly.

    The team depth of Sky is incredible. Mikel Landa was super strong again, pulling Froome back from his puncture after dropping back from the group.
  6. bikerfish

    bikerfish flyfishandride

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    found a cool little video that explains what I was wondering, that todays riders spin much lower gears on the climbs than the riders of 20-30 years ago, and yes, they most likely climb slower than the riders of the past. Still love watching the mountain stages, but miss the days of Hinault and Co. hammering up those same hills with monster gearing!!
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  7. Wildman

    Wildman In my castle

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    EBH again with the second place!
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  8. enduro Dan

    enduro Dan Sticks and Stones™..

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    Last October
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  9. Mr Head

    Mr Head Adventure Hippie

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    This was fun:


    I know nothing about the magic powder. Not an endorsement. :imaposer
  10. tallpaul63

    tallpaul63 Long timer

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    One of the best things about pro cycling is the chance to witness incredible courage and toughness in a sport that doesn't involve hitting people (well, most of the time)

    These riders have to train hard, dig deep, recover from illness and injury, ride through cold, wet, dangerous conditions, or suffer in the sweltering heat. Many of them do all of that with little hope for personal glory, paid to help someone else win.

    Most folks think of football players and mma types when they think of toughness. I have no problem with that. But I look to cycling for a different kind of toughness, and I love to see it on display. Dan Martin has had to fight his way back from a hard crash this tour, and has clawed his way back as he began to feel better, showing real grit and aggression. Chapeau to him. And to all
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  11. WetSideRider

    WetSideRider Long timer

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    Stage racing brings the pain to a whole new level in my opinion. Classics and other day races are more like MMA, requiring serious endurance for a few hours. Now do that every day for ten or more days. Not many, if any, sports require that level of commitment and drive. I think that is why drugs have played such a role in this sport. Regular humans just can't dig that deep, for that long.
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    Peter Sagan could sell a ketchup popsicle to a woman in white gloves....
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  13. wxwax

    wxwax Excited Member

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  14. enduro Dan

    enduro Dan Sticks and Stones™..

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    Today's Mountain Top finish

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  15. Mr Head

    Mr Head Adventure Hippie

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    Amazing finish today. Wow!
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  16. enduro Dan

    enduro Dan Sticks and Stones™..

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    The motocop punch was awesome
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    wxwax Excited Member

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    Barring a catastrophe on the time trial, that about seals it, right?

    Froome's challengers were happy to just hang on. They never could take time from him. He was too strong.
  18. enduro Dan

    enduro Dan Sticks and Stones™..

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    Strong leader and strong team.
    Tough to beat both of those.

    Uran has the best chance to pull an upset on the TT but not likely.
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    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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