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PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 2017 5:06 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Yes, but today they timed it nicely to watch one and then the other. Sky bossing the front of the peloton with 12km to go.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 2017 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The size of the Tag Heuer logo is just too big. Hadn't realised till now that Assos were the jersey supplier. Porte takes the stage, and D Martin nicks 3rd in the last 5m.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 2017 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Henao
Martin @ 30 seconds
Contador at 31 seconds
Gorka izaguirre at 1 minute
Allaphillippe at 1'22

A valuable snatch of third on the stage for dan
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just caught up with the stage.  While Pierre Latour got the worst result possible for FPers like me, seventh, it is rather impressive who he beat up that  hill.  The question for all French supporters is whether he is the real deal, or just a flash in the pan, capable of something now and again.  He is a bit young, so no pressure.  But he beat Zakarin, Nieve, Izagarri, Barguil, Simon Yates etc.  Probably one should not read too much into this, but It was moderately impressive nonetheless.

Still remember him riding up that climb cut into the side of a big hill, going on forever, fowling Quintana and Contador with no apparent difficulty.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A bit of a war of attrition that.
Porte completes one of the least fearless doubles possible for me, today.
He did look by far the most comfortable though.
Could be a real threat come, Le Tour, if he can avoid his usual, multi-disaster in the final kms.
Can Henao still snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, when Contador goes on another final day, kamikaze attack?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HuwB wrote:

Can Henao still snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, when Contador goes on another final day, kamikaze attack?


Just about!!! Contador now with nearly as many moral victories as legitimate ones. Great finish to a great edition of a race that had a bit for everyone - and you can't ask too much more of a bike race than that...
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes it has been a great edition of the race.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That was even more exciting and unpredictable than last year's stage.
Incredible viewing.
Bahrain now facing the wrath that was reserved for Tony Gallopin, last year.
Chapeau Contador for making the race so thrilling, but oh those fans of yours.......
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That was a pleasure to watch, although I did miss a lot of it, and had to watch re-runs, which I don't like.  Still, seem to be a lot quite fine riders around.  The season promises a lot.  I do like watching the young lads coming through, especially if I have never h heard of them before, like the Spanish climber called .....

I might also add that I like that there is so much to look at for a French supporter that it is a massive pleasure.  Makes FPS easier too.  When in doubt pick a French rider, AND they might actually win.


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