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2020 Tour Thoughts - no spoilers
Stage 1 -
It's stage 1 of the Tour and we always expect a couple of tumbles, but that was carnage. Everyone crashed. Some more than once.
Note to self - buy disc-brake equipped bike for rainy days. This has been raised before, but perhaps having riders with significantly different levels of stopping modulation and braking power in wet race environments could lead to undesirable consequences? Just thinking out loud here.
Roglic assumes the role of patron, because an Eastern European guy who used to huck himself off huge ski jumps supported by a large (for a cyclist) German dude who was tossed from last year's tour for 'assault' is slightly more intimidating than the Colombian boss in the race. (There is definitely a movie script in there somewhere.)
I'm a pretty big fan of their team, but is Astana just stupid, or what? I doubt Fraile understood the words Roglic used today, but he probably caught the gist. Astana is a wild card for this tour. They won't win yellow but they are going to win stages and stir up all kinds of sh**.
I would say that a couple of teams lost their 'Plan C' riders today, and one team almost predictably saw Plan A take a hit. They are still in the race, but they are going to lose a time over the next few days.
I get the argument about organizers being responsible for course safety, but the number of crashes that happened while the race was basically running in neutral suggest that the sport has some inherent risks.
Is there anything more likely to bring tears to the eyes of a California-based cycling executive than a racer with a fancy-schmancy new Specialized that won't move forward because the front disc caliper won't release?
Did anyone notice the wild card teams all send riders to the front when the pace slowed? "Look Madame Sponsor, we controlled the race for 13 uncontested kilometers today!"