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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
Posts: 3755
Location: Nashua, NH

7/17/17 5:15 AM

Can anyone remember another Tour...

...when the gaps between the leaders got smaller at it progressed, rather than larger? This one has been pretty strange in that regard, but it's certainly made it more interesting. With all of the key personalities that we've lost already, it's a good thing that something's making the race worth watching!

Now what we need is something dramatic that will make it harder for Froome to just blow everyone away in the TT and take the win.

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 15742
Location: Portland, OR

7/17/17 9:00 AM

ARU has had a lot of luck using other teams as his protection. When you see Froome he has a lot of his team with/around him. ARU's team OTOH I don't see around when the going gets rough. This luck is unlikely to maintain him for the race. Agree that it seems to be pretty enjoyable thus far.

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dan emery
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 5765
Location: Maine

7/17/17 1:06 PM

interesting race

I haven't really watched the pros in a long time but I've seen some of this race. I'm not sure how difficult the last 2 mountain stages are, but Froome certainly doesn't look dominant so I'm not sure if someone can blow him up on one of those stages. And I'm not sure Landa couldn't ride away from Froome but he is playing the good lieutenant.

Froome seems like a good guy, but he is not a pretty pedaller....

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
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Location: Portland, OR

7/17/17 1:34 PM

Froome on the bike looks plane wonky to me.
One of the Aussie feed guys said he looks like a frog in a sock. I nearly spit my coffee out...

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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
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Location: Nashua, NH

7/17/17 2:57 PM

Froome's nickname in his native South Africa...

...translates to "broken-winged bird", which is quite fitting. He's living proof that you don't have to look good to generate lots o' watts. I have nothing against him whatsoever, but the Team Sky management has done some really shady things in past years and I would really like to see someone knock them off their pedestal.

Yesterday, Froome's four chief rivals had a golden opportunity to hit him hard as soon as he got back to the group after his flat. Instead, they gave him enough time to recover before they started attacking, at which point it was too late.

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Nick Payne
Joined: 10 Jan 2004
Posts: 2294
Location: Canberra, Australia

7/17/17 5:17 PM


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ARU's team OTOH I don't see around when the going gets rough.

His two strongest team-mates, Dario Cataldo and Jacob Fuglsang (the only two who were really going to be able to help him in the mountains) have both had to abandon the Tour due to crashes.

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daddy-o
Joined: 12 Apr 2004
Posts: 2825
Location: Springfield

7/17/17 6:28 PM

Uran won a long TT in the 2014 Giro and he's climbing well. Froome lost 20 seconds in the last 200 meters the other day.

1 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 64:40:21
2 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:18
3 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:23
4 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac 0:00:29

1 Team Sky 194:10:44
2 AG2R La Mondiale 0:09:52
-6 Cannondale-Drapac 1:30:21
-7 Astana Pro Team 1:40:24

Tuesday looks like the perfect transition day for the riders after a rest day, a Cat 3, a 4 and downhill rolling for the last 100K.
Wednesday, a 2, HC, 1, HC and downhill 28 KM with the last 17 looking not so technical. Google map.
Thursday, 3, 1, HC mountain top

Standard disclaimer on the Wednesday map vs the CyclingNews profile, they don't quite match distance wise but the two maps seem to mesh.

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