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Offline newportnobby

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Re: 2017 Tour de France
« Reply #30 on: July 09, 2017, 09:16:55 pm »
Crashes aside, and I believe there were 11 of them today, this stage was one of the most exciting I have seen in years. Normally I'd berate myself for sitting in front of the gogglebox for 6 hours or so but I just couldn't tear myself away from it.

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Re: 2017 Tour de France
« Reply #31 on: July 09, 2017, 09:21:13 pm »
I only watched the highlights, but agreed, amazing stage. Always looked like it was going to be a brilliant one. Froome's victory looks more likely with Contador, Martin and Quintana all losing time.

Impressed with Dan Martin; highsided into the mountain, takes neutral service bike, crashes again, gets back up and still ends up in second bunch on the road.

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Re: 2017 Tour de France
« Reply #32 on: July 11, 2017, 09:14:57 am »
After this last stage, I'd suggest that Chris Froome is going to win this year's Tour as a virtual shoe-in barring something horrible happening to him, heaven forbid. He is an exceptional athlete, a real sportsman, and a highly intelligent biker so he is certainly deserving, but I'd like to see some serious competition. The Contadors and Quintanas of the world have fizzled this year so far and there doesn't seem to be anyone else knocking on his door.

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Re: 2017 Tour de France
« Reply #33 on: July 11, 2017, 11:40:30 am »
He just looks so ungainly on a bike!

This site is amusing.
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Re: 2017 Tour de France
« Reply #34 on: July 11, 2017, 08:53:30 pm »
He just looks so ungainly on a bike!

This site is amusing.


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Re: 2017 Tour de France
« Reply #35 on: July 11, 2017, 10:15:27 pm »
The Contadors and Quintanas of the world have fizzled this year so far and there doesn't seem to be anyone else knocking on his door.

Or, should I say looking at his stem?

Very good njee20. :thumbsup:

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Re: 2017 Tour de France
« Reply #36 on: July 12, 2017, 03:01:21 am »
I looked, but I couldn't see "looking at stem, whilst winning the Tour.  Again."
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Re: 2017 Tour de France
« Reply #37 on: July 12, 2017, 11:27:22 am »
Fair play to Marcel Kittel who seems to be the sprinter of the tour so far although, of course, there is no Sagan.
I'm disappointed in André Greipel this year as he seems out of sorts and, despite his team giving him good lead ins to the finish, he can't seem to be there at the death :hmmm:

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Re: 2017 Tour de France
« Reply #38 on: July 13, 2017, 02:40:26 am »
Agreed.  With Sagan and Cavendish out one would have hoped Griepel would be in the mix. He's a really exciting sprinter, but I guess he's not at full strength at the moment.  Seems Kittel is nailed on for the Green Jersey.
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Re: 2017 Tour de France
« Reply #39 on: July 13, 2017, 10:11:54 am »
Am I alone in thinking Greipel removes his teeth before the race? All the shots of him in the bunch sprints seem to show him 'gumming' rather than grimacing :goggleeyes:

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Re: 2017 Tour de France
« Reply #40 on: July 13, 2017, 11:00:46 am »
Yes, very odd! Another one who just doesn't quite look right on a bike!

Not sure if Sagan would've been beating Kittel, he's not really the out and out sprinter, but with him and Cavendish I'm sure it would have livened things up a bit more.

Disappointing to see Bouhanni punching Jack Bauer, and then very intentionally switching someone else in the final kilometres and getting a totally meaningless time penalty. He was vastly more dangerous than Sagan. Unpleasant thug, I hope he never wins a stage.

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Re: 2017 Tour de France
« Reply #41 on: July 13, 2017, 04:52:12 pm »
 
Go Fabio....go!

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Re: 2017 Tour de France
« Reply #42 on: July 14, 2017, 05:15:04 pm »
Oh dear. What a shock :o
Team Sky did everything right yesterday, apart from hurtling between caravans, but Froome did not have the legs to finish the job which is very worrying. Pundits are all saying everyone else needs +2 minutes over Froome due to his prowess in the time trial but I'm really starting to query his stamina, especially as I believe he has also entered the Vuelta :hmmm:
(I'm keeping my comments at +24 hrs to avoid spoiling any news for anyone)

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Re: 2017 Tour de France
« Reply #43 on: July 14, 2017, 08:47:52 pm »
It makes for a more exiting tour though!  However, I really don't want Aru to win it after he attacked when Froome had a mechanical problem a few days ago.
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Re: 2017 Tour de France
« Reply #44 on: July 14, 2017, 09:27:28 pm »
Yes, Aru doesn't seem particularly likeable, not sure why.

I think Froome will be fine, anyone will need more than 6 seconds ahead of the final TT, certainly interesting to see him looking a bit vulnerable yesterday though.

Today was good I thought (I'll delay comments until after the highlights have aired, not 24 hours!), shame Landa didn't hold onto a bit more time, but strong riding by Contador and Quintana given recent showings.

 

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