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Le Tour 2019 “Now with spoilers”

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

  1. Gootch

    Gootch Long timer Supporter

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    I am so thankful for Julian Alaphilippe. His explosive attacks and willingness to go as deep as possible have really livened up this year's tour. I think he has inspired some of the other riders to take some chances too. Stages 3, 6 and 8 were three of my favorite stages of the last many years.

    (Mike Tirico's long interview with Lance just showed Lance to be smug and insincere. Great rider? No doubt. Good person? I doubt it.)
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  2. Jurgen

    Jurgen CysHeteroPatriarch

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    Even for "research" I can't bring myself to watch him (Armstrong). I just expect semi-sanctimonious prickery.

    10-- seems some of the "leaders" and teams forgot this was a race and thought it was a casual Monday ride. Even my boy Pinot was got out. Bunch of stupidity on their teams.
    Far from a racing bicycling expert-- but concept is simple. Leader stay near the front with at least two powerful teammates. Have these guys called "domestiques" go back. Every single time.
    This is why teams like Sky/Ineos is so good (well besides the electrics and chemicals)-- they do not let their guard down.
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  3. Mr Head

    Mr Head Adventure Hippie Supporter

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    So, in watching I noticed this racer, Odd Christian Eiking. Rides for Wanty - Gobert he's on Strava so I had to follow him. :-)
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  4. Jurgen

    Jurgen CysHeteroPatriarch

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    oh boy. may have to follow Odd.

    I wonder if he hangs out with a Super Smart Golden Retriever.
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  5. Gootch

    Gootch Long timer Supporter

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    Don't forget Sky/Ineos budget - they pay for the strongest team.

    Pinot had looked great until he went to sleep yesterday. When the eff is Jakob Fuglsang going to learn to ride closer to the front? A pretty serious crash and now a big loss in the crosswinds; he came in as a pretty strong contender and now he's just an also ran. I hope that someone gives Bernal and Thomas a fight before this is all over.
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  6. ferals5

    ferals5 Grumpa

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    Riche Porte was another that was asleep at the wheel... but the good news is he’s past stage 9 :norton

    Had high hopes for our kiwi brethren Bennett but he was comatose at the wheel :fpalm

    Quintana is riding much better than years past...might be a dark horse.
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  7. Jurgen

    Jurgen CysHeteroPatriarch

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    Goddamnm*therf*cker nbcsports continues to try to Rehab Lance. Live feed— long lame interview.

    Bob Just lost what little respect he had gained from me
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  8. Mr Head

    Mr Head Adventure Hippie Supporter

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    This coverage is wonderful. Every time I watch I want to go back to France.
    But, I want to go to Italy too.
    'Cause if I got to Italy, I'll come home with a new bicycle. :-)

    I still don't get the big advantage of the Niken. One more wheel, several orders of magnitude greater complexity. The official wet weight is at 580 lbs.
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  9. Jurgen

    Jurgen CysHeteroPatriarch

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    I’ve said before watching the TdF is like watching a beautiful travel show with bits of excitement thrown in.

    I’d really enjoy visiting the Albi - Toulouse region
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  10. Mr Head

    Mr Head Adventure Hippie Supporter

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    All those red stone buildings were/are stunning from the air.
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  11. Riteris

    Riteris Dessert Runner

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    They are impressive at ground level too!
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  12. Green Stainz

    Green Stainz Long timer

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    I’m in training for 6 weeks for my new job. Damn hotel doesn’t have TDF on. Need some recommendations for internet site to watch. Anything better than just YouTube ? And yes the scenery is awesome. Love to watch it on some of the longer boring stages. Makes me want to go back to the Loire Valley. Would love to one day follow the Tour in person.
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  13. Mr Head

    Mr Head Adventure Hippie Supporter

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    NBCSN subscription is how I watch. $54.
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  14. Green Stainz

    Green Stainz Long timer

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    And yeah I have a love hate relationship with Lance. And his TDF podcast. I think he should spend more time talking about each stage victory especially de Gent from the other day. What an amazing ride and victory. I keep watching the replay of him winning. Just stunning IMHO. Anyway I can do without all of his sponsors and ads. I know he has to pay the bills, etc. but most of the sponsors he pushes because he is an investor. It just comes off odd or just likes to feed his ego.
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  15. ferals5

    ferals5 Grumpa

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    The 13th Aussie to win a stage.:clap

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  16. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Even without someone for me to really get behind, this Tour has been epic so far.

    11 stages and 11 different winners?!

    M
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  17. Schmeds

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    Lookin' like it's going to be 12. :clap
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  18. Bullseye

    Bullseye Mr. Bad Example Supporter

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    I agree. But, as un-predictable as it has been... one thing has remained fairly predictable...
    The guys who always seem to find a way to lose are already losing, and the Team that always manages to win is winning.
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  19. Mr Head

    Mr Head Adventure Hippie Supporter

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    Good racing so far. This website is a little fiddly.
    https://www.letour.fr/en/rankings
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  20. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    That's certainly a polite way to put it

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