La Grand Boucle (Tour De France) 2019

Discussion in 'general sports' started by hash tag, Jun 26, 2019.

  1. Ted Striker

    Ted Striker Foot's on the other hand

  2. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Blimey. That’s not quite the spectacular finish we were all hoping for.
     
  3. planetgeli

    planetgeli There's no future in England's dreaming

    Really sad end (unless there’s time for something mental tomorrow - but surely not?) to what I understand is the best tour in thirty years.
     
  4. 1927

    1927 Funnier than he thinks he is.

    What a Fucking joke!
     
  5. 1927

    1927 Funnier than he thinks he is.

    I’m in Paris on sunday to witness a complete farce of an event.i think I’m going to change my plans.
     
  6. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    I think farce is a bit harsh really. They have to put rider safety first, looking at the various pics/videos on Twitter I really can’t see what else they can do.
     
  7. Hollis

    Hollis Bloody furious

    Should still be a great end to the race.. whoever is in yellow the end of tomorrow does deserve to win it..

    I guess the shortened course favours Bernal now.
     
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  8. hash tag

    hash tag member

    It's not just riders safety is it. The teams consist of dozens of people, the caravan, the spectators, all the people who set up barriers etc.
    As for Paris, there will be no change, it will be the usual lap of honour, but probably without the hoped for French rider in yellow.
     
  9. DJWrongspeed

    DJWrongspeed radio eros

    Looks like todays stage has been shortened hugely to 60Km Albertville to Val Thorens. It one big long climb, dunno what that means? Will AP retake yellow?

    Or will Quintana show everyone he's the best climber?
     
  10. Hollis

    Hollis Bloody furious

    I think we can be fairly confident AP isn't going to be wearing yellow again... I imagine barring some amazing crash/collapse it's Bernals.

    If there's a book ever written about this tour then I want the inside story of Moviestar.
     
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  11. twistedAM

    twistedAM Left Of The Dial

    Anyone know what time it starts? Got a busy day at work from 2pm so probably have to listen with earphones. Grrr.I think D-QS are whacked but there's a chance of crosswinds on the approach soothes could cause (more) chaos.
     
  12. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Currently talk that the entire stage may have to be cancelled.
     
  13. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

  14. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Decision by 12:00 apparently.
     
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  15. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Helicopters currently can’t fly, so even if they do race, we’re unlikely to see it :D
     
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  16. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    So the proposed route is reduced to 59km?

    If they do race today I guess everyone will just go for it balls out from the start?

    If not then hopefully the pointless Sunday showboating will be changed to racing?
     
  17. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Sunday is pan flat, there’s no real way to race it other than it ending up in a bunch sprint.
     
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  18. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    Cheers.

    It is going to be a damp squib ending to a great tour isn't it? :(
     
  19. hash tag

    hash tag member

    It was rescheduled to start at 13.30 on ITV4.
    No helicopter coverage; it'll be just like the olden days.
     
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  20. hash tag

    hash tag member

    It's always a victory parade. The yellow jersey and his team have a drink of something. The jerseys riding out together. The final sprint.....
    Who can forget this rare final day TT where Lemond smashes Fignon :(
    [​IMG][​IMG]
     
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  21. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Could be, yeah. It’s s shame for Bernal, because he’s being denied his chance for a stage win to go with his victory, so I imagine a few idiots will use that as a chance to label it a lucky win etc
     
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  22. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

  23. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    1:30pm start, UK time.

    Should take them about 20-25 mins to get to the base of the climb I think.
     
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  24. DJWrongspeed

    DJWrongspeed radio eros

    Yes and also unlucky for Simon Yates he potentially could've taken a 3rd stage win yesterday.
    I do wonder where Froome would've been had he ridden , would he have taken a stage decisively trumping AP or struggled behind Thomas?
     
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  25. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    It would have been a very different race I think. Ineos would have been all in for him, no ifs not buts.
     
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  26. twistedAM

    twistedAM Left Of The Dial

    I couldn’t see Thomas agreeing to that. He played the anchor role on Bernal until it was too obvious
     
  27. Hollis

    Hollis Bloody furious

    My impression is that Thomas has not really been particularly happy all tour. Bernel had been the better rider..
     
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  28. hash tag

    hash tag member

    And they are off, queue break for adverts.
    just 60k today, perhaps it could have been shortened and made a TT.
     
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  29. a_chap

    a_chap When the world came apart, where were you?

    Last edited: Jul 27, 2019
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  30. planetgeli

    planetgeli There's no future in England's dreaming

    It’s a great shame because I think it was a really brave course to set up that was producing a great TDF. And events will probably put them off from setting up any similar course in the future.
     

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