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#41 Ullman

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 09:06 AM

Should be a fantastic climbing day in the Pyrenees tomorrow. Steep climbs and descents all day.

 

Sky have got this locked down but may allow a breakaway tomorrow from an outsider with no overall GC ambitions but fancy a shot at King of the Mountains. That means some other riders could take some pressure off Sky by pace-setting in the early parts of further mountain stages

 

Looking at the standings, I wouldn't be surprised to see Tom Danielson and Christophe Riblon have a go. Johnny Hoogerland and Tommy Voeckler will definitely have a go. Sky will grind down the rest unless Alberto Contador and Alejandro Valverde can recover from today's stage better than Froome and Porte.

Stand by for some top class gurning in that case.

 

Thomas looked as if he'd blown a gasket yesterday but he's a fighter all right. I always enjoy watching him get stuck in.


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#42 Ullman

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 11:28 AM

I think Eurosport's cycling commentator David Harmon is the business.

 

http://velovoices.co...-harmon-part-1/

 

 

He took a few months off from commentary earlier in the season. Here's why in part 2 of the same interview.

http://velovoices.co...-harmon-part-2/

 

 

I've chosen to watch the ITV4 coverage this year and its pretty bloody good. 

 

Chuffed for my second favourite team Orica Greenedge and Simon Gerrans with their first Tour stage win just beating Sagan to the line. 

It's very handy being able to switch between the two when they go to an ad break.


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Posted 07 July 2013 - 02:59 PM

It's very handy being able to switch between the two when they go to an ad break.

 

 

Yes, and today ITV and Eurosport were sharing filmed interviews with the riders.


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#44 Wolford6

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 03:13 PM

Killer  of a stage and Froome did brilliantly to survive on his own in a group with rivals who were supported by several team mates.

 

Richie Porte paid for yesterdy's effort and is now 19 minutes back. Therefore, there is no longer a Plan B for Sky if anything happens to Froome.

 

The commentators were saying there was a fair chance of the back markers being timed out, but they all seem to have finished within the allowance.

 

God knows how Greipel and co got over those climbs; they must weigh half as much again as the pure climbers.


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Posted 07 July 2013 - 07:01 PM

Must be something up with team sky. One rider outside the cutoff, team leader having to defend the yellow jersey for 100+ km's, Porte dropping 18 minutes back. I reckon it could be a bug going round.
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 03:36 PM

Tony Martin wins the Individual Time Trial to Mont St Michel, Chris Froome second by 12 seconds, another 2 minutes back to Valverde, so Chris Froome has a Yellow jersey lead of 3'12"
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 06:25 PM

I think Contador is waiting to pounce in the Alps. He may not do enough to win it, but he'll eat into Froome's lead.


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Posted 10 July 2013 - 06:49 PM

 Cavendish  knocked over Kittell's team-mate yesterday, but got exonerated by the commissaires. Today, a roadside fan (or fans) threw urine over Cavendish during his time trial run.

 

 

Sprinter's day tomorrow. No love lost between Cavendish, Greipel and Kittell.

Last 500m should be fun to watch.

 

I hope for Greipel but think it will go to Cavendish. He's mean even when he's not annoyed.


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Posted 10 July 2013 - 07:45 PM

Froome has done superbly in the Pyrenees and today on the TT. I know there has been a lot of talk from some quarters about how his performance is a little suspicious but I can't help thinking "please be clean, please be clean".

The Cav/Veelers incident seems to be blown out of proportion by the media. In my biased opinion Veelers was slightly more to blame as he clearly veers into Cav but the speeds involved means that I doubt it was intentional from either parties. As for the 'fan' who threw urine at Cav today, I love the fact that you can go and watch these world class athletes for free from only a few feet away. It is a privilege. I cheer every cyclists partly because you get caught up in the atmosphere and partly because is ###### difficult what they are doing. Flying out tomorrow to Nice and will be on the slopes of Mont Vontoux and Alpe d'Huez next week :D

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 07:48 PM

 Flying out tomorrow to Nice and will be on the slopes of Mont Vontoux and Alpe d'Huez next week :D

 

 

Very jealous.  Have a ball mon ami.  (and no throwing tinkle at anyone).

 

Twas an ambition to ride up Ventoux which now looks forlorn.... I believe there are a couple of forum members who have done it!


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#51 Severus

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 09:17 PM

Very jealous. Have a ball mon ami. (and no throwing tinkle at anyone).

Twas an ambition to ride up Ventoux which now looks forlorn.... I believe there are a couple of forum members who have done it!

Alpe d'huez I reckon I could do, mont Ventoux would take some training. I did 1km of vertical ascent of the Tourmalet a couple of years ago and that was knackering. I have a colleague who has done some serious climbing and he says the Ventoux was the hardest thing he has done.

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#52 Ullman

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:07 PM

Very jealous.  Have a ball mon ami.  (and no throwing tinkle at anyone).

 

Twas an ambition to ride up Ventoux which now looks forlorn.... I believe there are a couple of forum members who have done it!

Intending to do it with my brothers in 2017. One of my brothers has done it before.


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Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:24 PM

 As for the 'fan' who threw urine at Cav today, I love the fact that you can go and watch these world class athletes for free from only a few feet away.

 

 Flying out tomorrow to Nice and will be on the slopes of Mont Vontoux and Alpe d'Huez next week :D

 

Don't forget to take the bottles to hold your urine in. :scout: :sarcastic:


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#54 Severus

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 01:43 AM

Don't forget to take the bottles to hold your urine in. :scout: :sarcastic:


Meh, when in Rome ;)
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#55 Wolford6

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 08:53 PM

Edvald Boasson Hagen has a broken shoulder blade and been forced to abandon the Tour. Sky have now lost two riders and three more have had bad crashes.

 

Chris Froome looks a bit more vulnerable


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Posted 12 July 2013 - 11:55 AM

Sky's Vasil Kiryienka was timed out in stage 9, Sky down to 7 riders


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Posted 12 July 2013 - 06:40 PM

Everyone was expecting a relatively uneventful day today with a sprint finish but Saxo Tinkoff had other ideas.

 

Froome got ambushed by Contador and Kreuzinger of Saxo and lost a minute.His Sky team couldn't drag him back to the lead group, so it doesn't bode well for Froome in the Alpine mountain stages.

 

Alejando Valverde was second at the start of the day but lost nine minutes. Either he or his Movistar team-mateJoachim Rodriguez will now have to go for a mountain win in the Alps. Therefore, Movistar and Sky may do a deal in joining forces against Saxo and Belkin on the climbs, with Froome letting a Movistar rider win the stage.

 

Sunday's stage up Mont Ventoux will be a belter.

 

Tomorrows stage is fairly lumpy. I will predict a win by a breakaway group and Pierre Rolland and Juan Antonio Flecha to be in the first five. (In theory) the rest will be taking it easy before the Alps. However, theory went out of the window today.


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Posted 13 July 2013 - 06:07 AM

This is the most interesting TDF I've watched (5) Lots of unexpected things


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Posted 14 July 2013 - 05:52 PM

Everyone was expecting a relatively uneventful day today with a sprint finish but Saxo Tinkoff had other ideas.

 

Froome got ambushed by Contador and Kreuzinger of Saxo and lost a minute.His Sky team couldn't drag him back to the lead group, so it doesn't bode well for Froome in the Alpine mountain stages.

 

Alejando Valverde was second at the start of the day but lost nine minutes. Either he or his Movistar team-mateJoachim Rodriguez will now have to go for a mountain win in the Alps. Therefore, Movistar and Sky may do a deal in joining forces against Saxo and Belkin on the climbs, with Froome letting a Movistar rider win the stage.

 

Sunday's stage up Mont Ventoux will be a belter.

 

Tomorrows stage is fairly lumpy. I will predict a win by a breakaway group and Pierre Rolland and Juan Antonio Flecha to be in the first five. (In theory) the rest will be taking it easy before the Alps. However, theory went out of the window today.

 

Froome genuinely awesome today, and I do not use that word lightly. Looked strong and made his point well and truly up the hill!



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Posted 14 July 2013 - 05:53 PM

Everyone was expecting a relatively uneventful day today with a sprint finish but Saxo Tinkoff had other ideas.

 

Froome got ambushed by Contador and Kreuzinger of Saxo and lost a minute.His Sky team couldn't drag him back to the lead group, so it doesn't bode well for Froome in the Alpine mountain stages.

 

Alejando Valverde was second at the start of the day but lost nine minutes. Either he or his Movistar team-mateJoachim Rodriguez will now have to go for a mountain win in the Alps. Therefore, Movistar and Sky may do a deal in joining forces against Saxo and Belkin on the climbs, with Froome letting a Movistar rider win the stage.

 

Sunday's stage up Mont Ventoux will be a belter.

 

Tomorrows stage is fairly lumpy. I will predict a win by a breakaway group and Pierre Rolland and Juan Antonio Flecha to be in the first five. (In theory) the rest will be taking it easy before the Alps. However, theory went out of the window today.

 

Froome genuinely awesome today, and I do not use that word lightly. Looked strong and made his point well and truly up the hill!






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