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Tour De Romandie: Tues 29th Apr - 3rd May 2015

Thought I might as well drag today's earlier posts over to a new thread for this year. Had thought about going to watch start and finish and the laps in between tomorrow but thinking I'll instead take May Day off and go for a cycle myself instead.

For superstitious FPers, tomorrows finish is where Pinot won the stage in the Tour with Madiot hanging out of car. Albasini and the rest of the sprinters will be dropped if the GC men choose to do so. Edit: Actually I got the profile wrong and thought the drop into Porrentruy came straight after the double Cols. Hmmmm.

mazda wrote:
Fumeaux (Iam) and Belkov (Kat) have 6'20" at 65km


mazda wrote:
Taaramae tries his luck on the descent.
Tony Martin brings him back.


mazda wrote:
Albasini !
With Alaphilippe in third.
Didn't think Michael would make it up today's hill.

Only one Sky rider in the main group, as opposed to 5 from Katusha.
Biosphere

mr shifter wrote:
`
2015 Romandie
Stage 2 - Result
1 Michael Albasini (Sui) Orica-GreenEdge
2 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling
3 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx-QuickStep
4 Nathan Haas (Aus) Cannondale-Garmin
5 Rui Costa (Cri) Lampre-Merida
6 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team
`
mazda

20 km gone.
3 escapees today, already over 8 minutes up.
mazda

Re: Tour De Romandie: Tues 29th Apr - 3rd May 2015

mazda wrote:
Only one Sky rider in the main group, as opposed to 5 from Katusha.

Actually Roche made it as well, but he was one of the ones dropped in the TTT. So Plan B already out of the window  Rolling Eyes
mazda

50 km - Kristof Vandewalle (TFR), Cheng Ji (TGA), Brian Bulgac (TLJ) have 6'40"
Mrs John Murphy

UK Media -

Sky win - brailsford is great.
Sky don't win - race never happened (or it was bad luck that meant that the great team sky didn't win, all hail sky).
mazda

I think DB has lost his shine by now.
There was some Roubaix interest, although that could well have been the Wiggins effect.
mazda

Assume they are on the first Col out of Porrentruy as a number of riders are struggling and Vanderwalle is on his own.
Movistar have taken over peloton duties.
mazda

Peloton down to 40 riders.
Still 40 km to go with only a single Cat 3 at 25 to go.
mazda

Blimey. Not even close.
Albasini from Alaphilippe and Caruso (?)
HuwB

mazda wrote:
Blimey. Not even close.
Albasini from Alaphilippe and Caruso (?)


Same again tomorrow. Inevitable and predictable.
You'd almost think it was bought.
He rides like a different person when he's on home soil.
What happened to Mezgec who was sat on his wheel?
Biosphere

HuwB wrote:
. . . He rides like a different person when he's on home soil . . .


Sort of like my FPing Wink Well at least if we put home in inverted commas. For those that watched yesterday we live close by so it's the type of terrain I get to cycle on all the time - I am very fortunate.

Having been out on bike briefly this morning to look for an open bakery, it's raining more here than it has in a long time and it probably won't let up. A day for the adventurous to maybe try something rather than tomorrows controlled SRAM watching.
mazda

HuwB wrote:
mazda wrote:
Blimey. Not even close.
Albasini from Alaphilippe and Caruso (?)


Same again tomorrow. Inevitable and predictable.
You'd almost think it was bought.
He rides like a different person when he's on home soil.
What happened to Mezgec who was sat on his wheel?


Looks like that doesn't it ?
Although he only won his first TdR stage in 2014.
mazda

They're off !

Break of six -
Jan Bakelants (ALM)
Lieuwe Westra (AST)
Stefan Küng (BMC)
Bertjan Lindeman (TLJ)
Anton Vorobyev (KAT)
Pavel Kochetkov (KAT)

Westra nearly always does at some point in a tour. But sensibly he isn't waiting for the queen stage this time.
mazda

Peloton keeping them well pegged at just over 5 minutes.
95km to go.
Biosphere

25km to go. Break about 2 mins. Swiss Italian TV getting a bit excited by the prospect that Nibali will try to slip off the front. And if he doesn't they will have the compensation of an Albasini win Wink
HuwB

Now that, right there, was what we all wish the hilly classics were about.
A superb stage to watch.
Great parcour no radios and the uber safe tactical approach that now dominates late April thrown out of the window with gay abandon.
And this was only the intermediate stage.

A pity I'm talking about the Tour de Yorkshire, not this wishy wash out.
mazda

Küng still leading under the 1km to go ...
mazda

Good for a break to stay away at last.
Nolte

HuwB wrote:
Now that, right there, was what we all wish the hilly classics were about.
A superb stage to watch.
Great parcour no radios and the uber safe tactical approach that now dominates late April thrown out of the window with gay abandon.
And this was only the intermediate stage.

A pity I'm talking about the Tour de Yorkshire, not this wishy wash out.


yes, that was a good days racing
HuwB

Farg,
In stead of chase points behind Albasini, I was going to take a gamble today, with the new Swiss Spartacus: Stefan Küng.
Idiot.  Embarassed
Fontfroide

Kung was rather impressive.  Seems as if he might be a good bet on any ITT he is in.  For the long term future, there seem to be quite a few good ITT guys who will be left whenever Cancellara and Martin pack up.
Biosphere

Happy to see someone actually take the chance that was offered by the day and go for it.

Quote:
“I had a look at the stage before, I knew the parcours and I knew where to attack. When it was the moment I went and it was a time trial to the end,” Küng said. “I like the rain and I like the cold, and this morning I was thinking about how I could win this stage.”
Biosphere

Fontfroide wrote:
Been a long time since "we French people" could have a one three on a mountain stage.  These last few years, maybe three or so, have been full of some fine French riders moving up to the top level.  Not like it was for years, with second level riders occasionally winning something, with one or two exceptions.  Now whether it is hilly, mountainous or sprinting, there is some decent chance a French rider could win.  Nice for the French after those  years of misery and false hopes.

But I picked the wrong Frenchman.


Nice win for Pinot. I had thought Quintana would make more effort to recover his TTT deficit. Froome looks fairly well set up for his third GC in a row assuming he can put the required seconds into those in front of him.
HuwB

Biosphere wrote:
Fontfroide wrote:
Been a long time since "we French people" could have a one three on a mountain stage.  These last few years, maybe three or so, have been full of some fine French riders moving up to the top level.  Not like it was for years, with second level riders occasionally winning something, with one or two exceptions.  Now whether it is hilly, mountainous or sprinting, there is some decent chance a French rider could win.  Nice for the French after those  years of misery and false hopes.

But I picked the wrong Frenchman.


Nice win for Pinot. I had thought Quintana would make more effort to recover his TTT deficit. Froome looks fairly well set up for his third GC in a row assuming he can put the required seconds into those in front of him.


It was like a bunch of cool folks sat in a cafe, people watching , except these were on bikes.
Clearly they felt that poor Pinot didn't warrant being watched and therefore was allowed to go up the road.
On paper great parcour, but you can't force these guys to race when they are training for bigger things and afraid to show any of their hand.
Mrs John Murphy

The race just isn't long enough. Don't you know these guys only hit form in the 3rd week of a GT.

Pretty depressing that it is just a training ride for them.
gerry12ie

All I have seen of this race was the last 2k today but by the sound of it I haven't missed much.  Looks like Froome will take it again without really doing anything all week only hang in, and his focus is July.  Doesn't say much for the Giro contenders does it?
Biosphere

But the thing is that Movistar did send men to the front to set a pace, Quintana did try attacks but then it fizzled out. Too shitty a day for it might be an explanation, but given Quintana took command on a snowy MTF the last time out . . .

Froome was not looking like he has in the last two years here and was doing his climbing by power meter routine that he perfected at the Vuelta, but then he's had pretty limited support and Roche is maybe still feeling after effects of his crash.

Uran not sticking with the big name GC group is probably the most significant result of the day, given that if he had stuck with it, his ITTing capabilities could have come to the fore today.

It continues to rain Sad
mr shifter

Mrs John Murphy wrote:
The race just isn't long enough. Don't you know these guys only hit form in the 3rd week of a GT.ern

Pretty depressing that it is just a training ride for them.

About right for Modern Day racing Shite.
HuwB

So, after a super performance in Pais Vasco, Ilnur Zakarin now tops that by winning Romandie. Nice to see another new, young talent emerge..................well, it would be, but for the fact he's already  done a two year stretch for anabolic steroids.........
Nolte

HuwB wrote:
So, after a super performance in Pais Vasco, Ilnur Zakarin now tops that by winning Romandie. Nice to see another new, young talent emerge..................well, it would be, but for the fact he's already having done a two year stretch for anabolic steroids.........


without knowing that, i was looking at basque performances as suspicous

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