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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:56 pm    Post subject: TdF ’17, Stages 19-21: We'll Always Have Paris...  Reply with quote

Stage 19: Embrun / Salon-de-Provence

With everything pretty much wrapped up, this should be one for the break.  Shouldn't it??



Stage 20: Marseille / Marseille

So 22kms of ITT to bring things to a close - except it starts and finishes in the football stadium and visits here in the middle...





Stage 21: Montgeron / Paris Champs-Élysées

For all kinds of reasons, and maybe not all of them strictly cycling related, for me this stage is the greatest bike race of the year.  When I have worked out why I'll let you know but it is the official unofficial sprinters championship, it is a coronation procession, it is high summer, and it is kind of the end of the season.  It is high pomp and manages to be a little melancholic.  It is fast and furious, and a relief when it is over.  Most of all, it is Paris.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hefty headwind for all 220kms of tomorrow's stage.
Late, late finish probably.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HuwB wrote:
Hefty headwind for all 220kms of tomorrow's stage.
Late, late finish probably.


Forecast I looked at was about 15km/h and a headwind so probably no crosswinds to be worrying about.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

EBH is in the break.
A lot of other now familiar names.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The break starts trying ways to outwit Boasson Hagen
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Biosphere wrote:
The break starts trying ways to outwit Boasson Hagen


That might not be a Herculean task... Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are many teams who didn't win any stage in the first 9 riders . A lot of tension for them I guess .
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

EBH riding away - even though he would be fastest in a sprint.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy for him after several 2nd and third in this Tour .
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kudos - he deserves that win as much as Matthews and Barguil deserved their jerseys

Not bad for a former climbing domestique, eh?  Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bartali wrote:
EBH ... how much worse can this tour get Sad


Why the downer on him? Personally think he deserves to win a stage after coming close more than once.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Because he's one of the darlings of the British cycling media who can do no wrong. Ooo EBH this, Ooo EBH that ... drives me insane.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bartali wrote:
Because he's one of the darlings of the British cycling media who can do no wrong. Ooo EBH this, Ooo EBH that ... drives me insane.


You really, really need to move to Italy.

Not bothered who won, but since Kittel robbed him earlier, EBH is as good as anybody.
Even if it means FF bags sole fp points on the day.
I didn't watch much of that one tbh.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HuwB wrote:
You really, really need to move to Italy.
Yup! Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The roll down times for the last 10.

158 Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 16:46:00
159 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb 16:48:00
160 Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates 16:50:00
161 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott 16:52:00
162 Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors 16:54:00
163 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 16:56:00
164 Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky 16:58:00
165 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac 17:00:00
166 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 17:02:00
167 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 17:04:00
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The La Course concept of an open pursuit didn't really work, due to the best climber also being the best trialist.

I wonder what the hors delay will be today?
Luke Rowe  is going to have to ride as back up man for the time classification and only has 8 minutes over Tom Leezer.
He really doesn't want to lose the coveted Lantern Rouge, this late in the day.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HuwB wrote:
The La Course concept of an open pursuit didn't really work, due to the best climber also being the best trialist.

I wonder what the hors delay will be today?
Luke Rowe  is going to have to ride as back up man for the time classification and only has 8 minutes over Tom Leezer.
He really doesn't want to lose the coveted Lantern Rouge, this late in the day.


I look forward to watching La Course later - I like the concept of the pursuit, even though it seems it backfired a bit.  I was quite amazed at Deignan's ride yesterday...
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blimey, that is a proper climb up to the Basilica
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gerry12ie wrote:
Blimey, that is a proper climb up to the Basilica


That it is.
Don't know what happened to Cummings going up there.
Hope he hasn't got heat stroke or something.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The people gave Thomas Voeckler an ovation to say goodbye . Bye bye Titi and thank you .

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