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  • (Quote) Skateboarding was so much worse.
  • Social media distancing is over, hurrah!
  • I'm in. Tyler FTW. (Image)
  • The end. In hockey, one of the unofficial but more respected events is the Gordie Howe Hat Trick, consisting of a goal, an assist, and a fight in the same game. It is hard to find a parallel event in cycling (especially with Bouhanni out of the rac…
  • @Struang Good luck! I have stood on the shore in Clevedon and been told Wales was just across the way, but I am an ignoramus and did not realize quite how big it was! This looks like a bucket list ride for me.
  • Stage 19 Mohoric is either very gifted or very stupid. (Actually, I know he is very gifted, but maybe he is also stupid.) His finish line gesture and interviews were beyond the pale. If the anti-doping guys aren't double checking Bahrain and any ri…
  • Fantasy Well, like Pogacar it looks like @KHilgendorf has it locked up again. Not sure if anyone else had a problem making a leader pick for today? Pre-stage Bahrain had their hotel raided last night. Given their consistent mediocrity this Tour, …
  • Stage 17 - No Country for Old Men? The race was slightly close at the start of the Peyresourde, but Pogacar was not in a gifting mood. As the elite trio of Carapaz, Pogacar and Vingegaard put away the podium on the Col du Portet, Pogacar feinted a …
  • Stage 16 Big harmless break, another national champion wins. Konrad has been active for days, so glad he finally broke through, and that attack was impressive. He had some big guns chasing him, too. The polka dot guys took it easy today. Lots of p…
  • Stage 15 Well, what was referred to as the Queen Stage this year (although how that award does not go to Double Ventoux, I am not clear), turned out to be a bit of a drag. Another win for a Slovenian(-American), as Sepp Kuss rode a very smart race …
  • Stage 14 Well, that was a fun one, as expected. Mollema is all class, and rode a great race. He benefited from a bit of luck as Woods came off his bike for the second time this Tour, but as they say, to win, you need to keep two wheels on the groun…
  • Stage 13 Well, it wouldn't be a meaningless day at the Tour without a few people riding into a ravine. After a small breakaway was left to get up the road, nothing happened until the 150 k mark when there was a crash. Probable stage winner in the …
  • Stage 12 Well, the breakaway gets another one. A high-powered break went away early, but you could see the toll this Tour has taken on some of the strongest gentlemen in the peloton. Kung, who had to be a favourite, hunger flatted from a small lead…
  • Stage 11 Well, no rain fortunately. Quite a stage, and it's always special to see someone in a national champion jersey win a stage. I watched it on Belgian television (since France.tv was overwhelmed), and the announcers were giddy when Wout atta…
  • Eddy Mercx was in the news today: (Image)
  • Stage 10 Maple-syrup-powered Hugo Houle was the last man standing from the break. Fun fact, Astana is co-sponsored by Premier Tech, which is a huge global agricultural conglomerate based in Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec, which is about as far from anythi…
  • Yeah, listen to @KHilgendorf. Like I mentioned, I do tend to blow up on these. But on a hilly course you're likely to end up higher than you want, even in a group.
  • For the first hour, I generally go out at 90% FTP (which is probably more like 110% since I haven't changed it since losing 20% of my fitness over the last five years), blowing past 120% on the hill primes, then soft pedal the next five or six hours…
  • Stage 9 With most of the racers eyeing finish line hot tubs and a rest day, an Alpine stage run in miserable conditions saw the Tour hit the first real mountaintop finish. After a bit of a donnybrook for the maillot a pois featuring the Colombian N…
  • (Quote) I think it was clean*. There is simply no one in France at his level with the crashes taking out so many GC guys and lieutenants. Maybe we'll see a crosswinds day with huge gaps. I think Ineos is better than UAE, and they will have allies in…
  • Stage 8 Hmm. Well, I guess the next two weeks will be more productive for me than usual. That was a Floyd/Sastre level display. Anyone with GC hopes now has 'maybe he will crash?' hopes. Tomorrow should go to a breakaway. Dan Martin is probably th…
  • Stage 7 Slovenia, with a population roughly equivalent to Nebraska, has won 37% (unaudited number) of World Tour races since 2019. Roglic was the worst of the Slovenian cyclists today. A 13 year-old French kid on a BMX rode past him doing a wheeli…
  • Found: Photo of Stefan Kung as he lost the hotseat to Pogacar by 19 seconds yesterday: (Image)
  • Stage 9 "So look forward to lots of TV-TIME breakaways featuring no one you have ever heard of" Or the reigning Olympic gold medallist and Classics gentleman, GVA. FFS. That's just sad. So today went pretty much to script. The interme…
  • Stage 5 Life's too short to watch flat mid-distance TTS if Ganna is not riding. I see @KHilgendorf's prediction mostly held up. That's MVDP's best road TT ever - check his stats on procyclingstats - but I figure he's usually too bored to try. The…
  • Stage 4 That was pretty awesome. Watch the last 10k if you get a chance. Classic sprint stage, great win, and an otherwise uneventful day so the top guys were able to recover a bit. Remember to change your picks for the TT tomorrow. Flat course, …
  • To substitute a rider, hover on the jersey and a red X will appear. You click that to 'sell' them, which costs you 50 points. I think the price goes up later in the race, but can't recall. Anyway, handy feature if you had Caleb Ewan need it.
  • Stage 3 I remember in one of the early USPS tours, Frankie Andreu posted in a rider diary that they really missed US peanut butter while in France, and for the next several days the team received boxes of Jif and Kraft from fans at every stop. (He …
  • Stage 2 That played about as expected. The maillot jaune has a ridiculous amount of work to do, and a French, reigning world champ maillot jaune that utterly fried his competition yesterday probably has that amplified. Not a huge surprise that JA w…
  • Stage 1 I'm not even going to check, but guessing @KHilgendorf is in the lead and that I am in dead last. Sigh. Cyclists once again trying to disprove that two things cannot occupy the same space at the same time. I am not a physicist, but I know …

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