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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2017 5:39 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Zakarin did end up losing 20 seconds at the finish.
Hugh Carthy took another big time hit, today losing two seconds shy of three minutes.
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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2017 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lord, that felt like it went on all day, but mainly because it did.  I think Ewan probably would have won it had the contact with Gaviria not done for both of them - but if my aunt had wheels she'd be a bicycle.  So well done Andre who seems to be getting more popular every year.

The opening stages of this are a stark contrast to the manic pace of the TDF openers...
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PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2017 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember a few days like that in the Tour, too. It is often the first week nature of a GT. Especially when the wind is constantly unfavourable.
Which leads me to the point of my post: The wind significantly picks up today, from the NW. This means a strong cross/tailwind for the first 100kms, but the final 50kms are more exposed and right into the teeth of the semi gale.

Anyhow, we shall see. Could be carnage, might be another steady as she goes.
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PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2017 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HuwB wrote:
Zakarin did end up losing 20 seconds at the finish.
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Yeah, despite getting back on the tail of the peloton, a gap opened in the lead up to the sprint.

It could all do with a bit of wind induced excitement today, cos I suspect otherwise it will be another pedestrian outing as there are transfers and mountains looming.
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PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2017 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where there be wind, there be Quick Step.  It must be quite something knowing that they are going to do do it, but not quite being able to do anything about it.  It was only a handful of seconds but it got them the stage win and the race lead, so a good day's work all told.

Sam Bennett might be good bet to complete the Lanterne Rouge/Maglia Nera double.  I wonder has that ever been done before?
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PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2017 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just caught up watching.
I hope Jungels isn't going to do that amount of work too often. Could kill his GC ambitions in the 3rd week.
A whole lot of animation, but not very much effect upon the GC hopefuls.
Unless you are Rohan Dennis that is......
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PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2017 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just caught up a while ago. Very windy. Was watching as they went round the big roundabout and then turned right and was thinking here it comes Smile

So what happened Greipel - averting a crash, mechanical, . . ?

Will be interesting to see if Jungels is on scorching form or will blow up.

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