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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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    What you no likey Bobke?
  2. Mr Head

    Mr Head Adventure Hippie Supporter

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    I do, I just have issues FF through the endless NASCRAP commercial breaks.
    I actually prefer the commercial version, because I can understand Phil and Bobke. These two guys on the Ad-free I have almost no idea what they are on about.
  3. Jurgen

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    The Terry Bradshaw of bicycle racing announcers?
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  4. enduro0125

    enduro0125 Sticks and Stones™..

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    It took three years.
  5. Wildman

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    The first chink in the armour. He now seems to have lost Mas as support. I don't think he can keep it going on his own. Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be killer-stages. It'll go all the way to Saturday. What a great TdF!
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  6. Schmeds

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    Wow. Really cool to see them all on the Pont du Gard. We'll probably see some great shots of those few seconds.
  7. Green Stainz

    Green Stainz Long timer

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    Kind of a yawner stage today. Waiting patiently for the mountain stages. Should be exciting!!!
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  8. Mr Head

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    I was wrangling our grandson a bit so my attention was spotty. The weather is hot, the fans are keeping us cool in the livingroom so I may rewatch some of the feed. I'm tired too. Rode 58 miles in the 90+ degree heat.
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  9. Wildman

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    Chapeau Quintana.

    Chapeau Alaphilippe.
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  10. Mr Head

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    I caught the last 30 km. Slept in after a hard ride yesterday.
    I'll watch rebroadcast later this evening. FF a to the highlights.
  11. 68deluxe

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    It looks as if he has zero team support, the other day he had to drop back and get a water bottle. Weird.
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  12. Schmeds

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    That descent was awesome. Probably too dangerous, but they should have more late-stage descending finishes like that, where people are really trying to extend or close the time gaps. Gives a way for talented descenders to get some recognition/time, too. It's as critical a skill as climbing. And, to be honest, the risk/thrill/skill/reward makes for great TV.
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  13. shrineclown

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    Unbelievable, I cannot remember someone holding on to yellow with virtually no support in a very long time. At least since the "super team, with big money" era started. This is not a one or two day breakaway on your own. This is dogged determination. Good on ya kid, hope you keep it to the end!
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  14. Wildman

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    They rode down there faster than I did on my GS a few years back. Scary!
  15. Jurgen

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    Sadly I think the lack of support and that he’s not an A level climber (A- maybe but more B+) will be Alaphalippe’s undoing. Especially now, fatigued, he can’t go with the attacks. I love his dogged determination and sheer joy on the podium. I’m a fan.

    Sadly, I think the autobots from the super team will take it.

    Do they ever actually race on the final stage or is that gauche?
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  16. Green Stainz

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    Yeah kind of sad to see Alaphilippe do it all alone. Would love to see a Frenchman finally win the TDF but it might be a bit too much. But I’m hoping some of that yellow jersey magic will pull him thru these next 2 mountain stages.


  17. Schmeds

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    Oh man. Pinot's out. In tears. Some kind of leg issue. Expectations of a podium finish...poof.


    eta: Reporting a muscle tear. Out of the blue. Bummer.
  18. Gummee!

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    I heard 48 hours to go before the end of the Tour. That's gotta hurt.

    My 1000 appointment disappeared from my schedule today. I've got nowhere to be till noon. :clap

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  19. Jurgen

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    One thing I think needs to be recognized is Wellens in the KoM polka dots. He rode a great race to be on the podium for so many days. Very smart.

    Not looking good for Alaphalippe now--- that one/two punch of ineos (?) Sky is just too hard for even the very best.
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  20. Jurgen

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    The dual front wheeled support bikes- what bikes are those?
    Also what is the role of the Ag2r liveried bikes? I know they aren't support for the team--have a role in the race support but I don't know what.