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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 3:55 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Thibaut has a good sprint.

Will Dumoulin catch them?

Sorry I can't do the excited high pitched voice of my commentator.
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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They caught them.
But it was the worst thing that could happen.
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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think Mollema is bringing it back.
Every time they go back to the second group Tom is riding in the wind at the side of the group.
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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So who for the stage?
Dumoulin for the GC.  Good race up and down the hill.  A bit exciting even.
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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zakarin proves that taking loads of drug in your teens, kills all you brain cells.
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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thibaut staying at the back.  Ready.
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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A bit harsh to blame Zakarin - he rode up the climb mostly without help.
It does him no good to co-operate with the 3 above him on GC.

They had 30 seconds which was increasing.
Nibali et al should have just kept on riding and not bothered about Zakarin and Pozzo.
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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fontfroide wrote:
Thibaut staying at the back.  Ready.


And he did it.
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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pinot !
Brilliant.
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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What happened between 4-3km to go when it went from 7 seconds to 20 fairly quickly?

Riveting watch though, ultimately for only a handful of seconds.  A handful might be enough tomorrow, depends how well they recover, more so how TD recovers...
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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely win for Pinot.
Now all he needs is to find that TT he lost the other week.

Zakarin is a cretin.

I saw Mollema actually slow down and wait, so Dumoulin could get the ST.
No helping other teams indeed.

Anyhow, I can only see one winner tomorrow.


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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TD has lost his podium place Smile
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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So is the only real question whether, resplendent in bleu blanc rouge, Thibaut can actually come close enough to beating Dumoulin to win the whole race.  Somehow doubt that either Quintana or Nibali can beat both Thibaut and Dumoulin.  Anything IS possible.  But it looks like it is Dumoulin's to lose.
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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mazda wrote:
TD has lost his podium place Smile


Just for the day.Wink

He has ridden a terrific race, but:
a) He has had a ton of help from other teams.
b) Crucially, there have been the absolute minimum of the usual Giro big gradient climbs.  

Oh and c) The illogical opposition.
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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HuwB wrote:
I saw Mollema actually slow down and wait, so Dumoulin could get the ST.
No helping other teams indeed.


That is difficult to spot, even re-watching.
There was a bigger gap from Nibali to Pozzovivo.


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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One thing is for sure. Tomorrow, Nibali's motor bike will be a hell of a lot closer than anyone else's. Razz

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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't begrudge TD any help he got from other teams, after all he had little enough support from his own team and when you are up against super teams with super budgets it doesn't do any harm to form alliances and the like.  It has always been that way anyway, and besides Pinot, Nibali and Quintana formed a fairly effective pact up front that took time.  

Very impressed with Jungels today and I thought Hatch made a good point about how the two groups represented two separate generations of GT riders.  We might have to get used to Yates and Jungels mixing it up for a few years to come.

It took a long while to get going but the last week, in particular, of this race has been great.  There is something pretty perfect about a GT hinging on a final TT with it all in the balance.  The last few days have been really quite dramatic with a few seconds chipped away here and there, and I still wouldn't like to call it outright tomorrow as TD looks shagged to me.

Finally, Rob Hatch and Kelly have been superb in the commentary.  An absolute pleasure to listen to, and I'm missing Hatch already for the TDF
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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gerry12ie wrote:
Very impressed with Jungels today and I thought Hatch made a good point about how the two groups represented two separate generations of GT riders.  We might have to get used to Yates and Jungels mixing it up for a few years to come.


I don't mean this in a harsh way, but only Nibali is of a different generation.
Pinot is only 26, for a couple more days at least, Quintana, Landa and Zakarin are 27. Aru is 26.
I think we'll be stuck with a lot of these for years to come.
Are Yates and Jungels that much younger to make a difference ?
Which of the Yates's is going to be the better ?
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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh well .... at least Nibali laid it on the line and made the stage yet again.  Dumoulin looks cooked, but will win it in Milan.  The battle for the second step will be interesting.  If Nibs is up for it I think he has the beating of Pinot ...
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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WTF was Jungles and Zacharin doing?  Stupid! Were it not for them it would have been a perfect stage from a viewers perspective ...


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