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Re: Tour de France 2018
« Reply #15 on: July 10, 2018, 03:41:49 pm »
That first day was very strange and who'd have thunk some well known GC riders would be so far back (all for various reasons). Very strong team time trial by BMC, and at least Chris Froome is only 51 seconds down, something which, providing he can stay upright into the mountains, I reckon he'll soon claw back :hmmm:

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Re: Tour de France 2018
« Reply #16 on: July 10, 2018, 03:48:56 pm »
Only by attacking one of his teammates who remains better placed and has been backed as a GC contender. Hence Sky's dilemma.

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Re: Tour de France 2018
« Reply #17 on: July 10, 2018, 03:53:40 pm »
I agree, but I didn't see the Dauphiné so don't know how strong 'G' is at present going uphill. Besides, I'd like to see Froome get another one :D

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Re: Tour de France 2018
« Reply #18 on: July 10, 2018, 06:39:09 pm »
I agree, but I didn't see the Dauphiné so don't know how strong 'G' is at present going uphill. Besides, I'd like to see Froome get another one :D

Seeing as the Dauphiné is very much a climbers race and he won it, I think Geraint is in a very good place at the moment, with the hillier bits of the Tour to come. As long as he stays upright, of course...
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Re: Tour de France 2018
« Reply #19 on: July 10, 2018, 06:58:22 pm »
The other burning question is whether Cav can get any closer to Eddy's record. The signs don't look too good so far.

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« Reply #20 on: July 10, 2018, 07:03:15 pm »
The other burning question is whether Cav can get any closer to Eddy's record. The signs don't look too good so far.

He has had a couple of crashes this year so far, he competed (half-heartedly) for the intermediate sprint on Stage 1 but got delayed by all the later crashes. I wouldn't be surprised if he is  bit more wary of getting too involved in the late stuff at the moment (particularly as Sagan is still around)...
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Re: Tour de France 2018
« Reply #21 on: July 10, 2018, 08:30:40 pm »
He clearly wasn’t happy with the result today, he did get boxed in a bit, but he was a way back. Not sure he’s got the fitness, no huge surprise given his early season crashes. Shame though, I like him!

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Re: Tour de France 2018
« Reply #22 on: Yesterday at 08:24:31 pm »
Brutal stage today, it having been dry for so long almost made it as bad  as a wet one!

Interesting to see how disc brakes are making huge inroads into the peloton quite quietly after lots of noise about how evil they were. Wonder if we’ll revert to rim brakes in the mountains like last year.

Feel for Richie Porte, again.

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Re: Tour de France 2018
« Reply #23 on: Yesterday at 09:34:38 pm »
Brutal doesn't quite cover it IMO.
21.7kms of pavé took its toll. It was poor Romain Bardet I felt the most for but at least, unlike Richie Porte, he's still in the race.

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Re: Tour de France 2018
« Reply #24 on: Yesterday at 09:37:15 pm »
Yes I’m not sure who AG2R’s tyre sponsor is, but I never want to use them!

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« Reply #25 on: Yesterday at 09:38:24 pm »
Yes I’m not sure who AG2R’s tyre sponsor is, but I never want to use them!

Something for the weekend, M'sieur? :laugh:

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Re: Tour de France 2018
« Reply #26 on: Yesterday at 09:42:44 pm »
Quite!

Interestingly it looks to be Continental, who supply loads of teams, so no inherent reason for all of Bardet’s issues.

There were issues when riders started using carbon wheels on the cobbles about 10 years ago of rims breaking rather than tyres going flat; they just couldn’t cope with the square edged impacts. I wonder if that was Bardet’s issue. 

 

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