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Tour de Suisse: Sat 10th June - Sun 18th June 2017

A reminder that the Swiss Tour gets underway tomorrow. I will even be lenient on entry cut off as it's a prologue tomorrow.

http://justcycling.myfastforum.org/about5484.html
Nolte

Surprised Sergio henao isn't going in either this Or dauphine
HuwB

Nolte wrote:
Surprised Sergio henao isn't going in either this Or dauphine


I'm guessing Route du Sud, along with "last chance" Wout Poels, who was originally penciled in to ride this.
Slapshot 3

Anyone else having issues seeing the FP thread for the TDS??
Biosphere

Slapshot 3 wrote:
Anyone else having issues seeing the FP thread for the TDS??


I had no trouble posting your picks for you. Or indeed mine.

Temporary glitch? If it's real and persists for others then post here on this thread or something.
Slapshot 3

Thanks mate

getting this


Biosphere

I see intermittent issues now. The link to the thread was not working. The last post link was working at the same time, so try that too

Biosphere

Now both work OK, so I think there is just a bit of stuff going on in the background with new owners.
Slapshot 3

Biosphere wrote:
Now both work OK, so I think there is just a bit of stuff going on in the background with new owners.


Yeah seems reasonable, all working ok here as well, cheers
Biosphere

Gilbert reckons he was working for Trentin, but things got a bit confusing in the end Laughing
mazda

Not much to be found on yesterday's "Crashgate" affecting the Yellow-and-Blue jersey.
I guess that any remaining etiquette in the sport is even less applicable to non-GT races.
HuwB

mazda wrote:
Not much to be found on yesterday's "Crashgate" affecting the Yellow-and-Blue jersey.
I guess that any remaining etiquette in the sport is even less applicable to non-GT races.


On the subject of historical etiquette:
Quote:
"During my time, when a rider was down he was attacked,. "When I was hit by the motorbike, I was almost dead on the side of the road and my rivals attacked. When I had a puncture, I was attacked, when I stopped for a wee-wee, I was attacked. And that was normal."

Raymond Poulidor.

Several crashes again today. After an almost crash free Giro and Dauphine, it was due.
Nolte

mazda wrote:
Not much to be found on yesterday's "Crashgate" affecting the Yellow-and-Blue jersey.
I guess that any remaining etiquette in the sport is even less applicable to non-GT races.


Some of those attacks yesterday after Dennis' crash came from his own team Wink
gerry12ie

Caught the final on a stream yesterday and it looked a tough finish.   I did make a note to investigate Bern for a weekender though, it looked very nice indeed...
maffy

gerry12ie wrote:
I did make a note to investigate Bern for a weekender though, it looked very nice indeed...


aye. it looked splendid. bmc fair stromered through it in a blur which appeared to not result to their benefit. porte, r may have seen it differently.
Biosphere

maffy wrote:
gerry12ie wrote:
I did make a note to investigate Bern for a weekender though, it looked very nice indeed...


aye. it looked splendid. bmc fair stromered through it in a blur which appeared to not result to their benefit. porte, r may have seen it differently.


I work in Bern. It is lovely to visit but expensive. Expensive not being helped by the self harm the Brits keep doing to themselves and dragging the Euro with them. If you remember this rough helicopter shot from yesterday,



then my train crosses one of the bridges in the top right corner and looking the opposite direction I have this view over the city. Eiger (the shadowy triangular bit being the north wall) is the peak above the smaller spire, whilst the Jungfrau is the the peak above the big spire. Monch in the middle. Tis a very nice view to start the day indeed.



Just caught up with today's racing. Glad to see the last climb break the field up as it did. I did the two climbs in today's stage last summer and it was very tough climbing to Villars sur Ollon. Pleased to see even the big boys find it hard.

Did non Swiss TV show Warbase having a good cry about his win? Not what you normally see from a stage winner but touching Smile
maffy

Biosphere wrote:
Did non Swiss TV show Warbase having a good cry about his win? Not what you normally see from a stage winner but touching Smile


french l24 showed it. 'twas an excellent win.
HuwB

I watched it live on German tv channel Sport+1.
For some crazy reason or other, they have Quigley and Smith commentating, this week. So it's really ad free Eurosport.
Yes, they did have Warbasse's very emotional interview.
Touching, as you say. It was his only win as a pro in six years.
So, he went big for his first one and Aqua Bluw must be over the moon.

Another interesting fact: His only previous two pro teams were BMC and IAM.
So, sort of a home win.
Nolte

Yes, it is on eurosports highlight, touching moment.

Good win and chapeau to Larry warbasse
maffy

aquablue were decent enough in the classics to be given another go or two before this.

l24 shoved in more longer advert breaks than they did in the giro, but hey, still betterer than es.
Biosphere

HuwB wrote:
I watched it live on German tv channel Sport+1.


Do you mean Sport 1+? I actually pay for that one (unknowingly until 2 minutes ago), but need to rescan TV as it's newish here.

Indeed looking at the schedules, it seems to be the one. Ta for the tip Smile
Fontfroide

Not everyone knows the winner was from Dearborn, Michigan, lives in Traverse City, Michigan, and went to the University of Michigan.  I come from Michigan, went to the same Uni, and visited Traverse City a few years ago.  Nice place.  

Bill Gull probably knows all of this.
mazda

Like the picture looking across Bern, Bio.
I once stayed at lake Thun for a few days.
Never got a clear view of the three peaks like that - they were always in cloud.
gerry12ie

The win was just rewards for Aquablue who have worked their nuts off in every break they get into in every race they enter - an absolute credit to their sponsors.  

I'm afraid you've let the cat out of the bag with Bern, Bio.  You should have kept that to yourself... Very Happy  Very Happy
Biosphere

Indian* and Chinese visitors are years ahead of you Gerry. You'll be making do with their leftovers Wink Shame about the clouds Mazda - it's not so common to go a week without seeing the big peaks.

Today's sprint was another bit of a strange one. Not sure what the Sunweb strategy was. Sagan by a Hawaiian mile. Angel Lopez crashes out.

*Apparently it's a popular location for Bollywood movies here.
Biosphere

Last 25km today. Can look at the other stages if you click through on the user who uploaded.


Link
HuwB

Kevin Reza hit a decimal point under 135kph on that descent.
First race back after his broken leg, Lopez ended up in hospital again,
where the 23-year-old Colombian was diagnosed with a fractured right thumb.
That boy sure does crash a lot.
With stomach problems effecting a couple of the other best climbers, the race looks a little lightweight in the GC department.
maffy

HuwB wrote:
With stomach problems effecting a couple of the other best climbers, the race looks a little lightweight in the GC department.


to be fair, it already looked that way when the race left cham. somebody woke rui costa up and he considered a long strong turn on the front.
mazda

A few Trek-Segafredo riders abandoning today. Team bug ?

Anyone of you younger and fitter types entering the Strava/Eurosport competition to be their "10th man" ?

https://blog.strava.com/eurosport/

As well as the weekend training camp with Trek there is a comp to win a VIP place in an official team car at the Vuelta.
HuwB

Dumoulin quit as well.
Pozzovivo wins after a wet descent, due to gapping the rest a couple of kms from the top.
However, Woods, who started the descent first, ended up eleventh.

No worries about descents, wet or otherwise, tomorrow. The beast is back!

gerry12ie

I felt sorry for Woods, but his descending lines were woeful.  There isn't much between the top ten on the road or in classification and it took a long time for Diddy to eventually break free of the stop/start stuff in the leader's group.  Tomorrow should make things much clearer, but it's a close run thing so far...
HuwB

Err, this is looking a bit ridiculous.
Spilak soloing the last eight and a half kms.
Huge gaps already for the rest, grovelling behind.
Slapshot 3

Mental ascent, one man making the rest look like amateurs! Wonder what the Hor's Helai is on this one!
mazda

I suppose building a tunnel that contains a 10% gradient is no more difficult than building one that is level.
gerry12ie

Spilak made that look ridiculously easy alright. I got the impression yesterday that he just wanted to stay in touch with the leaders because it was all about today. Hindsight may have influenced that line of thought though...

That is one brutal relentless climb.
HuwB

Taramaae, after destroying the field, still manages to come in behind the Caruso, Kruijswijk, Hirt trio. Shocked

Love that climb though.

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