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Tour de France 2018

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    Robert RankinRobert Rankin Member, TRS/Baucco Team Member
    Sagan could have one more stage. I was banking on hanging on until the rest day to swap a sprinter for an all arounder or climber anyway
    AaronWebsteyMartin

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    MartinMartin Member
    edited July 13

    Sagan could have one more stage. I was banking on hanging on until the rest day to swap a sprinter for an all arounder or climber anyway

    Sagan put 5 seconds into Froome on an uphill finish today, so there's that...
    Robert RankinJennifer PostMattAaronWebstey
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    Tad_MachrowiczTad_Machrowicz Member, TRS/Baucco Team Member, Level 2 Supporter
    Martin said:

    Sagan could have one more stage. I was banking on hanging on until the rest day to swap a sprinter for an all arounder or climber anyway

    Sagan put 5 seconds into Froome on an uphill finish today, so there's that...
    Froome has a sniffle. His asthma meds will certainly kick in nicely within the next 4 or 5 days.
    Jennifer PostAaronWebsteyMartinsimonsen77Johns622

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    MattMatt Member, Administrator
    "Riders look in awe as Team Sky disposes Chris Froome's salbutamol stockpile for the day"


    Tad_MachrowiczJennifer PostAaronWebsteyRobert RankinKHilgendorfMartin
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    That could also be captioned: "Riders report Cavendish's odds of a stage win"
    -or-
    "Rednecks aren't only in North America"

    On to the finish: Holy hell Groenewegen. Where'd that kick come from?
    AaronWebsteyMartinTad_Machrowicz
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    MartinMartin Member

    That could also be captioned: "Riders report Cavendish's odds of a stage win"
    -or-
    "Rednecks aren't only in North America"

    On to the finish: Holy hell Groenewegen. Where'd that kick come from?

    Groenewegen has been the winningest sprinter this year, at 23 years old. My question is "What the hell took you so long to win a stage?" since I've been riding him as my captain all week.
    AaronWebsteyRobert RankinTad_MachrowiczJennifer PostMatt
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    Jennifer PostJennifer Post Member, Level 2 Supporter
    Funniest part of the Groenewegen win for me was how I was so immediately annoyed that this "unknown sprinter" in my mind had stolen points from Sagan and Gaviria. I had just started to Google who this dude was when either Phil or Paul busts in with how Groenewegen won on Champs-Elysées last year. Doh!
    AaronWebsteyMartinRobert Rankin
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    MartinMartin Member
    Do the Eurosport guys honestly believe Cavs can still win stages, or is it just that the names of the other sprinters are too hard to pronounce?
    MattRobert Rankin
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    MattMatt Member, Administrator


    Valverde has more points towards the Green Jersey than Cavendish.
    Robert RankinMartinAaronWebstey
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    Robert RankinRobert Rankin Member, TRS/Baucco Team Member
    edited July 14
    He looks absolutely terrified lining up for a sprint. Think those concussions and broken bones have finally hit home

    Judging by my lack of points for Gaviria, he didn’t get to keep third

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    MattMatt Member, Administrator
    Greipel and Gaviria were relegated from today's sprint. No word yet if they get points docked
    Robert Rankin
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    Robert RankinRobert Rankin Member, TRS/Baucco Team Member
    edited July 14
    Rubbins racin’
    Martin

    Fattest BQ on record--- *allegedly
    2016 (and last) Rev3 Cedar Point champ- don't google the time though
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    MartinMartin Member
    edited July 14
    That face you make a millisecond before flying over the bars and cracking a vertebrae...



    Bad day for guys named Martin, with Tony and Dan both losing a lot of hit points in that crash. Tony's tour is over, and Dan lost a minute-odd today on the GC. It's probably a good thing he has a stage win already, because tomorrow is going to that old cliché for him: "An exercise in survival." I would be amazed if he doesn't lose massive minutes.

    Stage 9 Preview
    So phase 1 of the Tour wraps up tomorrow with a climactic finale on the cobbles of Northern France. Expect GC hopes to be dashed as the teams heavy on one-day racers aim to shred everyone to pieces before having the favour returned to them on Tuesday in the mountains.

    Not all GC riders are hopeless on this terrain. Nibali did wonders for his Tour here a few years back, and has shown some good results in one-day races (mostly the Italian ones...). GT was a rock-solid one-day racer with several top tens on his c.v. before focusing on stage racing. Valverde is probably the best one-week racer in history, and will probably hold his own here. Dumoulin will be looking to make up some time here, and he's solid enough that he should survive the cobbles. Froome, well...

    Less proven northern-terrain guys like Uran, Landa, Quintana etc will suffer tomorrow. Porte is a question mark, because while I don't think he has the chops for this terrain, his team sure as hell does. If he sits on GVA's wheel all day, he'll be fine.

    The favourites for the day come from the Classics specialists. Sagan won here earlier in the year and with Oss on his team to power him along, he should be the favourite. But Gilbert still has a shot at yellow with a win, so expect to Wolfpack to be doing everything they can to launch him.

    My sleeper picks for the day are Terpstra (QSF), Colbrelli (Bahrain), Moscon (Sky) if he is given some leash, and Benoot, who showed a lot of promise earlier this year when he won the Strade Bianche.
    M_WareJennifer PostMattAaronWebstey
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    Robert RankinRobert Rankin Member, TRS/Baucco Team Member
    edited July 15
    Martin said:
    Hopefully he won't have to keep going back to pick Bardet up


    Really happy for the rest day swap.

    Sincerely,
    Everyone with Porte
    MartinJennifer PostTad_MachrowiczMattAaronWebstey

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    MartinMartin Member
    Martin said:


    Porte is a question mark,

    He answered that question very quickly. Before the cobbles, even.
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    MartinMartin Member
    Can you imagine the carnage if it had been a rainy day? There must have been 80 crashes today.
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    Robert RankinRobert Rankin Member, TRS/Baucco Team Member
    edited July 15
    So Porte dropped out with no fractures? The carnage from the stage definitely lived up to the hype.

    Motorgate from Tom Skujins?
    MartinJennifer Post

    Fattest BQ on record--- *allegedly
    2016 (and last) Rev3 Cedar Point champ- don't google the time though
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    MartinMartin Member
    edited July 15
    My prediction wrap up:
    Dan Martin to lose time - wrong. Picked up bonus seconds, even.
    GC guys - mostly held up. But I lost Porte and Quintana made it through.
    My dark horses: Moscon looked good early on, lost 14 minutes by the end? Terpstra taken out by one of @Robert Rankin 's Cofidis riders. Colbrelli wiped out by TGV. (You would expect TGV to bounce off Colbrelli like a gnat.)

    Props to Bardet today, and the Pro Conti teams (Barguil? Really?), and of course Degenkolb.

    Sagan played the "I-have-a-jersey-and-already-won-in-Roubaix-once-this-year" card perfectly. Meaning he did nothing to catch the leaders at the end. I get it. No one wants to help him, and he gets pissed, but given that he was relieved of Maja-Sherpa duties today, you expected a touch more.
    MattRobert RankinAaronWebsteyRash
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    MattMatt Member, Administrator
    edited July 15
    CHAOS REIGNS SUPREME

    75k of Danish ass


    Who doesn't like it when the Yellow Jersey attacks on pavé?


    Oliver Naesen tries to vault Rafal Majka


    Froome tries out for Team France. Didn't draw a yellow card, so if forced to chase back on.



    VIRTUAL GC AMONG THE CONTENDERS

    1. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky), 35:08:00
    2. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), at 0:48
    3. Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe), at 0:49
    4. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), at 0:50
    5. Chris Froome (Team Sky), at 0:59
    6. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), at same time
    7. Mikel Landa (Movistar), at same time
    8. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), at 1:05
    9. Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo), at 1:14
    10. Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), at 1:20
    11. Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale), at 1:49
    12. Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin), at 1:59
    13. Nairo Quintana (Movistar), at 2:07
    14. Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac), at 2:10
    15. Dan Martin (UAE-Team Emirates), at 2:39
    Robert RankinAaronWebsteyJennifer PostMartinRash
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    Robert RankinRobert Rankin Member, TRS/Baucco Team Member
    What are the odds of G taking over for Sky? I mean he's got a minute on Froome, who's 10 seconds back from pretty worthy GC contenders. Do they have him work for Froome, and risk the win for the team to one of the others, or let him go for yellow? Should be fun to see the 3 from Movistar hopefully attacking Sky in the mountains although I hope they've reevaluated Quintana as their main GC guy. He can't seem to hang on in the 3rd week.

    Pretty disappointed in Twitter. Read about Skujins then finally saw the video. Apparently spinning your back wheel into the proper gear after a wreck is the same as a motor now?
    Martin

    Fattest BQ on record--- *allegedly
    2016 (and last) Rev3 Cedar Point champ- don't google the time though
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    MartinMartin Member
    edited July 16

    What are the odds of G taking over for Sky?

    The same as the odds of @AaronWebstey winning Kona this year. Not zero, but a very, very small number.
    Matt said:


    Who doesn't like it when the Yellow Jersey attacks on pavé?

    Climbers.
    Matt said:


    Froome tries out for Team France. Didn't draw a yellow card, so if forced to chase back on.

    Going through GVA's mind in this picture: "Sigh. Welcome to MY house, boys. And this is just a two-star."
    simonsen77Robert RankinTad_MachrowiczMattRashAaronWebsteyidking90Craig D
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    MattMatt Member, Administrator
    Martin said:

    What are the odds of G taking over for Sky?

    The same as the odds of @AaronWebstey winning Kona this year. Not zero, but a very, very small number.
    Think back to when Lance was "co-leader" with Contador and had to settle for 3rd.
    Robert RankinMartin
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    RashRash Member
    I think the only person who really thinks G is a leader is G. Unless Froome crashes out or has a really bad day (losing 5+ minutes), he is the leader. G seems like a tough guy, but there is nothing in his history to indicate he can climb with all the spider monkeys for a 3 week stage race. 1 minute is nothing once the Movistar monster starts launching attacks or if Froome goes mountain TT again.

    How did Bardet get back on 3 times? So odd that most GC guys really struggled to get back to the group but the one French GC hopeful managed to do it 3 times. Must be that powerhouse TTT team he has.

    As for Bora, why did they go with a two leader approach? Why not all in for Sagan? I realize Majka is sitting well in the GC standings currently, but it won't hold up. If nothing else, he will bleed time in the TT. He fades in 1 week races, no way he remains up top unless there are serious issues for the real contenders. Sagan is a rockstar - even if Majka podiums in the overall it will draw much less attention than a Sagan wheelie in the groupetto.

    As for Sagan missing the move yesterday, he was too far back when it went and each rider in the front group had a teammate in the chase marking Sagan's attempts to bridge. I don't think it was lack of effort on his part, but by the time he worked to the front of the chase the damage was done and the gap was set. Perhaps a moment of inattentiveness, but they were attacking pretty consistently so you can't mark every move (unless you are PG).
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    EvanEvan Member, TRS/Baucco Team Member
    edited July 16



    i'm just gonna leave this one here... what in the world?!


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    simonsen77simonsen77 Member, TRS/Baucco Team Member
    Video from another bike shows him giving the crank a couple turns by hand to reseat his chain.
    MattM_WareEvanRobert RankinAaronWebstey
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    Jennifer PostJennifer Post Member, Level 2 Supporter
    Rest day change arrived just in time. I didn't realize until I locked my team for the start that I didn't have a "climber". I've now replaced a "leader" with Valverde but I have question on the UX of the rider change.

    Valverde displays with a red X. I tried clicking on "Complete Team" but that doesn't seem to do anything. Is there something I need to do to get this change accepted or will the red X automatically disappear with the stage start?


    Robert Rankin
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    EvanEvan Member, TRS/Baucco Team Member
    @simonsen77 i figured that's what it must've been post-crash like trying to get the chain back on. do you have that video?

    also, if someone's gonna have a motor, is it Skujins?


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    MattMatt Member, Administrator
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    simonsen77simonsen77 Member, TRS/Baucco Team Member
    Here’s a link. Crank up your screen brightness.

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