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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
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Location: Portland, OR

8/30/20 11:20 AM

Anyone else catch that little Phil commentary snippet regarding CV-19? As 'in the event' the race gets cancelled due to the possibility of a chuck of positives.

Apparently whom ever has the Yellow Jersey on if/when will be the winner of the Tour.

Who had it for 10 days 2019, a different type of tactic there.

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LeeW
Joined: 13 Jan 2004
Posts: 376
Location: near Baltimore, MD

8/30/20 2:15 PM

Pino, Landa is riding for the Bahrain McClaren team this season.

You likely have a different feed available to you. The US nbc-sn feed hardly dwelled on or showed much of Landa or his team on Sat. He could have crashed and I might not have seen it or read about it.

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LeeW
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8/30/20 2:21 PM

I caught Phil's observation, Sparky.

In many past years, a potential contending team was not necessarily interested in taking the yellow jersey early in the Tour, since it would put more pressure on them to defend it.

Since this TdF has a decent probability of being ended at any time, wonder if one of the contender teams will figure to try and take yellow sooner than later?

Lee

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
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Location: Portland, OR

8/30/20 4:16 PM

Or just Alaphilippe. ;)

I saw some press indicating he rode/won the stage with clinchers with tubes FWIW. Spesh Cottons, and Roval carbon wheels that aren't not TL either. CLX wheels I think it was...

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Sparky
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Location: Portland, OR

8/31/20 12:36 PM

Where in the world is CarmJens SandiaVoigt ??

Any one getting anything on why he's not on the ground @leTour for NBCSports??

I saw this tweet:

Jens Voigt
@thejensie
∑ Aug 29
Freshly shaved and full of motivation! Ready for @LeTour , this year with @Eurosport_DE . Cant wait for it to start! Its gonna be pretty special and interesting Tour.

In reply to [google translated from DE]:
Tigersprung
@CyclingReport
Voigte at Eurosport? Okay, now the anticipation is finally there. Can then start

____

Is he not with @NBCSN and with @Eurosport_DE now or something??

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Sparky
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8/31/20 5:55 PM

I guess Anthony Perez got his red dots internal instead of external.

Never got to put on the Jersey...

The 29-year-old was chasing back after getting a puncture when he hit a Cofidis team car at 58kph.

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LeeW
Joined: 13 Jan 2004
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Location: near Baltimore, MD

9/1/20 3:13 PM

Now that (Stage 4) was an exciting finish. Who woulda thunk?

Bonus of gorgeous scenery in the rural French countryside.

Enjoying this Tour. Hope it lasts to Paris.

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Sparky
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9/1/20 4:03 PM

Favorable mentions, not that Visma is too much a surprise, but Sepp Kuss and Wout Van Aert... yikes.

Not a small front chain ring on the final climb either. ;)

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rickhardy
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
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Location: Needham outside of Boston - the hub of the universe

9/2/20 5:21 AM

Here he is

Definitely worth a listen:

https://www.velonews.com/events/tour-de-france/velonews-podcast-jens-voigts-tour-de-france-analysis-on-the-ground-in-nice/

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dan emery
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Location: Maine

9/2/20 6:01 AM

Excellent

Thanks Rick

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Sparky
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9/2/20 9:32 AM

10 million in celery left at home, LOL

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dan emery
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9/2/20 4:27 PM

Wout

A freakiní monster.

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Sparky
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Location: Portland, OR

9/8/20 10:19 AM

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/sep/07/david-brailsford-expects-positive-coronavirus-tests-at-tour-de-france

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

9/9/20 6:55 AM

It's already happened, but fortunately, not to any of the riders yet.
https://www.bicycling.com/tour-de-france/a33951842/tour-de-france-director-christian-prudhomme-tests-positive-for-covid-19/

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

9/13/20 10:14 AM

The plot thickens...

So, will Jumbo Visma and Roglic continue to dominate or will his upstart compatriot Pogacar steal the race? It's going to be a wild final week!

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dan emery
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9/14/20 4:57 AM

It would be cool if

They were really close going into the a Race of Truth.

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LeeW
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Location: near Baltimore, MD

9/14/20 6:53 AM

Can only stay tuned!

I'll admit I was hoping for anything but Ineos domination, but I've enjoyed watching any number of exciting stages so far, with the closely bunched standings and the dramas playing out.

To make it competitive, Pogacar will probably need to gain a few more seconds in the Alps before the ITT, but anything can happen with punctures, crashes, or just a rider having a bad day physically, so who knows.

During the ITT of the 2019 Vuelta, Roglic beat Pogacar handily by about 3.2%. That course around Pau, France, was technical, twisty, and hilly, but not up a mtn and Pogacar admittedly went out too quickly and faded.

More telling was the 2020 Slovenian National TT Championships back at the end of June where the course was under 20km, but climbed over 2200 ft. Pogacar bested Roglic in that race by 9 sec or 0.48%.
https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/nc-slovenia-itt/2020

Uran is a competent TTist also.

Who knows what will unfold. In any case, it's better than watching Ineos dominate the entire event, IMO.

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henoch
Joined: 12 Jan 2004
Posts: 1684

9/14/20 1:40 PM

In my opinion it will be really close at the TT, it's at 40 seconds now, and my crystal ball is telling me that it could be down to 30 seconds come the TT.
Thank heavens Ineos is out of it.
I'd love to see Porte grab the third step

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dan emery
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
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Location: Maine

9/14/20 3:34 PM

tt

The final section of the tt is one honkiní uphill. I remember a quote from Eddy that the second tt of the Tour is an ultimate test. Poducar seems more explosive, maybe he gets some seconds in the mountain stages. If Roglic and Poducar are battling the climbs this week, and then every second counts in the tt, this could be awesome.

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Sparky
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Location: Portland, OR

9/14/20 6:18 PM

It 'is' shaping up to be awesome. ;)

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rickhardy
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Location: Needham outside of Boston - the hub of the universe

9/15/20 5:06 AM

Latest from Jens

https://www.velonews.com/events/tour-de-france/velonews-podcast-jens-voigt-on-ineos-tour-de-france-disaster-toms-skujins-can-pogacar-beat-roglic/

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LeeW
Joined: 13 Jan 2004
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Location: near Baltimore, MD

9/16/20 9:40 AM

Wow, stage 17 was one incredible slugfest. Very enjoyable viewing.

The kept calling the final stretch a cycle path. Ouch. I'd need a mtb with granny gear or an eBike to ride up that.

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

9/16/20 7:10 PM

Yeah, it was great, a real nail-biter to the end. Tomorrow should be huge, too.

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Sparky
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Location: Portland, OR

9/16/20 9:29 PM

TT is going to be the decider I guess, 36k

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LeeW
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9/17/20 4:50 AM

I really don't want to root against Roglic and his boyz, especially Sepp Kuss, but I'd love to see the gap between the top few riders get narrowed as a result of today's stage, thus making the ITT the crucial stage.

In any case, this year's TdF has been the most exciting in the last decade, IMO.

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