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PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2016 8:07 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

HuwB wrote:
Just caught up.
They climbed a small hill that left some GC men with a mountain of deficit.
As Nolte said: Kreuziger wtf?
The annual Sagan show gets into full swing with Little Sagan his closest rival.

Kirby? Words can no longer describe this hysterical, clueless clowns contribution that is already ruining this Le Grand Boucle.


Very Happy  Very Happy

The man is a halfwit, I honestly don't know how Kelly puts up with him.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2016 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They had to make excuses for his afterwards.
Stuyven with a gap that suddenly trebled, yet the bunch were in the same shot: even a novice could figure out that meant Cav was dropped, but not, apparently, our Carlton.

Anyhow.
Today's crash caught on camera, that involved the apparently ex-Tinkoff team leader:-

https://twitter.com/letour/status/749654900527624192
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had evening BBQ guests yesterday so twas late when I saw results. I thought Tinkoff were right to push on for Sagan. If Contador can't keep up, then he's in trouble anyway. Uncle Oleg wants at least one day in yellow after all his investment and Sagan needed to maximise his green points yesterday. With the big name sprinters taking points off each other, the changes to points scoring may not have the desired effect anyway.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seriously slow. The peloton have over 150kms left to ride, with France 3 now live.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gotta feel sorry for Fonseca.. peloton leaving him out there for a 200km solo today.

The run in contains quite a few 90 deg turns, i'm thinking advantage Greipel, Sagan...

What is the purpose of Pozzovivo at this Tour? he seems to be riding dead last in the group everyday so far..
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazingly TV has not only been allowed to go off up the road, he has bridged across to Fonseca.
80km to go.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Average race speed just about to break through the 34kph barrier.
It's like watching cheese age.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sagan and Eisel not too happy about GC teams mixing it with sprint trains.  I can't say I blame them, it is getting ridiculous...

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/t...st-getting-ridiculous-says-eisel/
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chapeau, Cav!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That was close!

Where was Kittel??
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cav cleaning up. Kittel 7th. Not sure if Kristoff has finished yet!

God that was one boring stage and there is a strong possibility for a repeat tomorrow, only with some Sun.

Sagan looks like Rapunzel. Can't somebody cut it while he sleeps?
The big girl.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HuwB wrote:
Average race speed just about to break through the 34kph barrier.
It's like watching cheese age.


When I turned on my TV when I got home this evening in time to miss the first 5 minutes of neighbour the big auto car show Wink  it nearly spoiled the stage as it was on itv4 and they were just signing off

The thing with kittel was that they got to the front with martin but when martin pulling off, they lost the positioning.

The sprint was a messy one and for kittel, etixx needs to exert more control I feel if they want kittel to be there for the sprint.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm think that with tomorrow's stage finish being on a slightly tougher incline, Etix should give the in form Richeze a chance.......but of course, they won't.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Slow speeds today partly due to Tinkoff and yellow jersey team not being too interested in setting the pace??

They can cut his hair in his sleep to please you Huw, but unfortunately he is no Samson :-p
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HuwB wrote:


Sagan looks like Rapunzel. Can't somebody cut it while he sleeps?
The big girl.


One might say the same for Bale, eh Huw?  Wink  Two guys with man-buns.

What's wrong with long hair anyway?  Can't be much worse than beards.
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It does spice things up a little bit when there is a slight incline at the end.  Although alternating with finishes that are flat gives everyone a chance.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fontfroide wrote:
HuwB wrote:


Sagan looks like Rapunzel. Can't somebody cut it while he sleeps?
The big girl.


One might say the same for Bale, eh Huw?  Wink  Two guys with man-buns.

What's wrong with long hair anyway?  Can't be much worse than beards.


In Sagan's case the trucker's hillbilly hat doesn't help one bit.  Nothing wrong with long hair though, I had flowing locks myself once - now I would have to go for the double, double combover just to get it to resemble anything close to a proper head of hair Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

that roundabout at 3,6km really strung them out

Greipel vs. Sagan it seems, no OPQS bring Kittel up in last 500m

Whoa!! Coquard with super speed, but i think Kittel gets it.
Very usefully for Peto, Cav and Greipel both distanced in the sprint, they won't be collecting too many points today.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

4 more seconds for Sagan.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kittel by a coat of rubber.
Coquard has a knack of leaving things just too late.
The hills can't come a moment too soon after two days totaling 450kms and 60 seconds of action.

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