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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 12:44 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

T. Martin and Alaphillippe go off the front.

Clearly Tony thinks he needs a better workout than his disappointing ITT effort and Alaphillippe was incredibly strong at the end yesterday, just a mechanical costing him the stage.

Nothing from Trek yet. Maybe Fabian is going to spend the day waving to the crowd, rather than trying to win the stage.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gerry12ie wrote:

I don't blame Sky for their approach at all. They have come with a game plan that is very effective, and Froome has actually ridden with a bit of panache. Sky are every bit as good as the opposition are allowing them to be.

This is exactly where I am.  Froome has been front and centre of the only two (three if you count Ventoux) bits of GC action - both seemingly opportunist moves.  Fair play.  I think Valverde chases down Aru to protect Quintana and his own GT placing.  Worse race for years IMO ...
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Breen, Roosen, Edet and Craddock trying to bridge across.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They never looked like catching the front duo and have been reabsorbed after over an hour.
Gap to front two coming down rapidly now with plenty of teams helping out.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heading inevitably towards a massed showdown in Bern.
I hesitate to say bunch sprint, as the consensus seems to be that it's a classics style finish.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gerry

"Ugly Panache"

it's a beautiful concept Very Happy thanks for that!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Waiting for Fabian to make a move.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kristoff thinks he has it, but looks like Sagan by a tire.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any GC gaps ?
Valverde tried for the stage / bonus seconds.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kirby, as usual, so over-excited he throws any professionalism out the window in the finale - just the little details, like who is in the mix and where they finished, who won, who got placed...
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sagan an absolute credit to the jersey - either jersey, chapeau.  He has made this tour worthwhile...
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gerry12ie wrote:
Sagan an absolute credit to the jersey - either jersey, chapeau. He has made this tour worthwhile...


One hundred percent in total agreement.  The guy is stunning!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm.
Letour has first 57 riders all on the same time.
Not sure there were that many riders in the main group that came over the line.
Have to re-watch it.

edit - Bardet still not listed.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gerry12ie wrote:
Kirby, as usual, so over-excited he throws any professionalism out the window in the finale - just the little details, like who is in the mix and where they finished, who won, who got placed...


Could be any more clueless in his decent into manic hysteria as the finale approaches?
I take it this is the most obvious example of which you speak:
We spent quite a while watching the Eitx bus form, because Kittel got well and truly dropped. Loads and loads of tv pictures of the German sprint miles out the back.

Yet, come the final 2 kms, there he is, contesting the sprint.
Well, according to clown Kirby, that is.


Just 33 riders get the same time. Bardet finished directly in front of Froome.

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