Le Tour 2019 “Now with spoilers”

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

  1. twb5950

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    They mostly provide neutral support for the race - course conditions, time gaps, etc. AG2R is a corporate sponsor of ASO so you'll see those motos at all the races they organize.
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    Depends how you define actually racing. For the sprinters teams, once they hit the Champs, they are racing. For the GC, there is really no way you could make up a big time gap on a fairly short flat stage. Now, if Aliphillippe were within a couple seconds of Benral on Sunday he might have a shot at the bunch sprint for the time bonus but Bernal should have a big enough lead by the end of the day tomorrow to not have to worry.
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  3. Riteris

    Riteris Dessert Runner

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    In other words, they will race if they have a chance to win. Otherwise, there is no point in getting hurt if the winner is already decided.

    It seems in the past few years, the final stage was just a coronation ceremony because the winners tended to have such strong leads (and teams to support that lead.)

    Among the most interesting finishes was a time trial. Check out the 1989 finish: Laurent Fignon and Greg Lemond.

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  4. Mr Head

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    I grew up and raced and rode the mountains in Colorado. We learned real quick to pay attention and have a plan. Hail bashing your head hurts through those old school hairnet helmets.
  5. Mr Head

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    Alaphlippe is 48" back of Bernal in Yellow. With no team that is going to be a big ask tomorrow.

    I'm taking a rest day tomorrow and watching. Or at least a light ride day.

    <EDIT> Just read the banner that Stage 20 is modified thanks to weather. 59 km race. No chance of any time gains with that.
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  6. Bappo

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    Supposed to be on NBC tomorrow so I'll be watching, woot!!
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  7. ferals5

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    59km of all categories climb...it’s on like donkey kong, last chance to win this thing.

    I’m liking Movistar... they have a one two punch for this climb three if you count Quintana ( but I think he’s riding without a team) but the attacks have to be early and continuous
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    So, a 59.5km time trial, the last 33kms of which is uphill. Sounds like fun.
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    And Bernal it is.

    For such an exciting Tour, it somehow seemed to finish anticlimactically...
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  11. Wildman

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    Yep. Once Alaphilippe blew-up, there was little to ride for. Buckmann had nothing to challenge for the podium. Pleased for Nibali.
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  12. Mr Head

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    That climb was brutal.
    Still an amazing race. Alaphilippe has maybe set up a good silly season for himself. That was a long time to ride in the Yellow jersey without much team.
    Either that or QuickStep need to complete the transition from sprinter team to GC team and build around him.

    Tomorrow they will race down here:
    [​IMG]

    Pave'
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  13. Green Stainz

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    I enjoyed watching the tour this year. However we need a team or someone to figure better tactics against Ineos. They are becoming the New England patriots of the TDF. I guess I’ll go ride my bike now.
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  14. Jurgen

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    I hope Alaphilippe can move to a team with more support. I’m a fan now. But do wonder, even with support, if he has the climbing chops to win it all.

    It’s one thing to ride with pace, another altogether to respond to attacks effectively.
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  15. UncleJ

    UncleJ It's Happy Hour Somewhere

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    They're crackable, they said the same thing about USPS druggies and La Vie Claire and Banesto (am I dating myself here?). The problem these days is how to build a TdF team. Hard to find domestiques and riders willing to put up with the crap for 3 weeks. Why not just ride a bunch of criteriums or something instead of ferrying water bottles for 3 weeks? Seriously, the '89 win by LeMond (my hero BTW) with ADR is about the last "solo" win.

    [​IMG]

    P.S. that's a friggin 55x12 my man is rollin' there so ... :nod
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    UncleJ It's Happy Hour Somewhere

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    P.S. Cheers to Columbia, finally a TdF!

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    Nice to see an old 90s vintage K bike as a press bike. Most seem to be new to brand new.
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    I do enjoy sprints— the mental games, the dicing, the non-predetermined start point... but man the kilometers leading up to it make for a boring ride.

    And in spite of the commercial free commentators flogging tourist Paris this doesn’t qualify for my “beautiful travel show with bits of excitement” criteria.
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  19. Wildman

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    Le Tour is one big advertisement.
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  20. Jurgen

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    Oh I know- but most of the time I don’t mind because of the pretty pictures. :D
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