Le Tour 2019 “Now with spoilers”

Discussion in 'Sports' started by enduro0125, Jul 3, 2019.

  1. Green Stainz

    Green Stainz Long timer

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    Doubtful that’s it’s clean. There will be always someone coming up with a new cream, drugs, whatever that’s supposedly not detectable.
  2. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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  3. Bullseye

    Bullseye Mr. Bad Example Supporter

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    It appears that the 'doping' is now relegated to working the margins. 'Dietary' supplements like Ketones and TUEs. I think it's apparent from the racing that the playing field is WAY more level than it's been in a while. There were no more super-human efforts, riders are no longer racing day after day like they are immortal. No more Gomer somehow getting stronger after 3 weeks of racing in his legs. No more Gomer at the top of the climbs miraculously supported by an almost full squad while other GC riders are isolated. I think we saw a lot of raw reality this year... Quintana taking a stage win, but paying a price in the following days. Not one sprinter dominating every flat stage. In the end, a high-altitude climbing specialist took the lead in high-altitude climbing stages. He kept his powder dry and used his natural abilities for maximum effect.
  4. twb5950

    twb5950 n00b

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    I did too. That camera shot that rolls along with them towards to line is great for helping to show just how fast those guys are going.
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  5. Gootch

    Gootch Long timer Supporter

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    Best Tour in years. I think it is primarily because Alaphilippe was so aggressive early that he forced the other GC contenders to race (and for a while Pinot was up to it). It didn't hurt that Poels and Kwiatkowski weren't as strong on the front this year so that Team Sky/Ineos couldn't just crush everybody to dust.

    I'd have liked on stage 19 to either have the organizers let the riders know that the time was going to be taken at the second-to-last climb of the day or have the time taken shortly before the roads became impassable so that the riders were racing to something. It appeared that at least some of the GC contenders did not go too hard on the climb because they knew one more Cat 1 climb awaited. They were also still racing hard when it was canceled and things might have changed a little if they raced to a predetermined spot. I'm sure that Bernal still would've been in yellow but it likely would have been a bit closer.

    Nevertheless this was a very entertaining tour.

    Julianne Alaphilipe does not consider himself a contender for next year. https://cyclingtips.com/2019/07/ala...-one-day-but-not-next-year-daily-news-digest/

    (On another sporting topic, motorcycles are suspended from next season's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.)
  6. AngusMcL

    AngusMcL Been here awhile

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    "I'd have liked on stage 19 to either have the organizers let the riders know that the time was going to be taken at the second-to-last climb of the day or have the time taken shortly before the roads became impassable so that the riders were racing to something. It appeared that at least some of the GC contenders did not go too hard on the climb because they knew one more Cat 1 climb awaited. They were also still racing hard when it was canceled and things might have changed a little if they raced to a predetermined spot. I'm sure that Bernal still would've been in yellow but it likely would have been a bit closer."

    I'd blame that one on the individual teams Director Sportif's... any decent one should have been talking to their guys up the road and seen the weather and its implications coming. The team DS's shouldn't have let the gap get that large before the climb.

    But I agree, best Tour in a long time. Will be looking forward to seeing what Alaphilipe & Pinot bring next year!

    A.
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  7. enduro0125

    enduro0125 Sticks and Stones™..

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    Great tour and good participation in this thread.

    Thanks guys for keeping it on topic

    :thumb

    Now to watch some of the stages I missed while on vacation.
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  8. Green Stainz

    Green Stainz Long timer

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    Yeah I would like to re watch some stages. Keep me motivated to ride my bike. Still such a shame about Pinot. I was looking forward to some dueling in the mountains. And not too get too off topic. Anyone train with Zwift? Just been looking into it as my riding season is quite short where I live ( 9200 ft above sea level). I need to figure out some better training options - yeah I already do cross country skiing in the winter and some fat biking. Thanks all.
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  9. enduro0125

    enduro0125 Sticks and Stones™..

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    Zwift *almost* makes the trainer bearable during the winter for me.
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    Maritimer Bikeless Adventurer

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    Zwift is OK, but if you aren’t racing or don’t have any interest in the social aspects of it, it gets boring quickly.

    I did 2 seasons of Zwift and switched to Sufferfest and much prefer it. More motivating to dig deeper and typically a pretty good soundtrack. 4DP is a better indication of fitness/capabilities than FTP.
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  11. Green Stainz

    Green Stainz Long timer

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    Thanks for the insights. I’m not a racer. I’m a mountain biker by passion. Road riding is just my cross training platform.

  12. tallpaul63

    tallpaul63 Long timer

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    The Tour is over...but all us fans should have fun watching a 19 year old romp through his first couple of seasons as a pro, leaving strong riders in his wake, a rider who can climb and time trial and just ride away from the field. I’m talking about Remco Evanapoel.

    I don’t like calling any rider “the next Eddy Merckx”, but this guy is amazing!