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La Grand Boucle (Tour De France) 2019

beesonthewhatnow

going deaf for a living
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.
It’s just freak weather, all the craziness yesterday wasn’t at altitude, it was all on the lower slopes.
 

twistedAM

Left Of The Dial
Oh well, back to lead out duties for Alaphilippe tomorrow. Apparently its a different finish on (smooth) cobbles.
 

Sprocket.

There’s comfort in melancholy.....
A great Tour and pleased for Bernal but would have been chuffed for Alaphilippe to have done it.
Enjoyed seeing Jumbo-Visma team performance, so much talent in cycling now.
 
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1927

Funnier than he thinks he is.
Gonna be interesting next year with 3 winners in Ineos! Guess G and Froome way have to move away if they have any wish to win another yellow jersey.
 

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chillin
Allaphilippe or Pinot for next year's tour?
From something I heard, it sounds like Bernal was head hunted by Brailsford and should certainly have a long bright future ahead of him.
Will Froome make it back, given his age and injuries?
 

twistedAM

Left Of The Dial
Alaphilippe unsurprisingly wins the Super Combatif prize.
Looking back on it, he really did change that race. Many expected him to go out of yellow after the ITT and if that would have happened we;'d have had over a week of the old Skybot tactics trying to defend Thomas in yellow.
 

rubbershoes

not the only raver in the village
It's been the best Tour in years.

The lack of Sky /Ineos dominance crushing every attack, Alaphillippe's determination to hold onto yellow despite not having a decent team, 3 days from Paris and still having four riders who could win

And of course Sagan's clowning

Fuck golf and F1. This is real sporting excitement
 

1927

Funnier than he thinks he is.
It's been the best Tour in years.

The lack of Sky /Ineos dominance crushing every attack, Alaphillippe's determination to hold onto yellow despite not having a decent team, 3 days from Paris and still having four riders who could win

And of course Sagan's clowning

Fuck golf and F1. This is real sporting excitement
And yet Ineos get 1&2!
 

1927

Funnier than he thinks he is.
Indeed. But it wasn't certain till Friday
Well it was to the extent that as soon as Ineos attacked they were going to drop Alan Phillips. The only unknown was Pinot dropping out, but due to the curtailing of Friday and Saturday stages I’m not sure it would have made any difference if he’d finished.
 

stavros

Well-Known Member
Ewan takes it, with a monster kick from a long way back.
I was quite proud that I spotted him better than Boulting, who was obviously watching Groenewegen. I saw Ewan on his wheel from the overhead shot and watched him cut up the right-hand line.

What exactly was the point of Dimension Data in this year's Tour? King got in a break or two, and I'm sure Kreuziger did something or other. However, It would've been great to see EBH, Eisel, Renshaw and Cav show the others how to do a proper lead-out.
 

twistedAM

Left Of The Dial
I was quite proud that I spotted him better than Boulting, who was obviously watching Groenewegen. I saw Ewan on his wheel from the overhead shot and watched him cut up the right-hand line.

What exactly was the point of Dimension Data in this year's Tour? King got in a break or two, and I'm sure Kreuziger did something or other. However, It would've been great to see EBH, Eisel, Renshaw and Cav show the others how to do a proper lead-out.
Am wondering what the point of DD is these days. They got rid of many of their young African riders and got in guys in their 30s when most of the peloton were investing in youth.

Also, Quickstep's lead out is way better and Viviani really should have done better after the positions Morkov and Richeze got him into.
But arguably the best lead out train, either by design or accident, is Jumbo-Visma; when Groenewegen is not up to it they still take two sprint stages though Teunissen and Van Aert.
 

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stavros

Well-Known Member
Boulting got his late-80s hip hop references very wrong on Sunday. He said that they were taking a long time to etch the medals, which he said looked like Run DMC's VW necklaces. As everyone knows it was in fact Mike D who wore them:

 

twistedAM

Left Of The Dial
Alaphilippe confirms he has not going for GC in 2020 and is instead going for the big one (as far as his team are concerned), the Tour of Flanders.
 

stavros

Well-Known Member
Especially if Ineos go full-blooded for the Tour, with Froome, Bernal, Thomas, Carapaz and the usual array of domestiques. Hopefully it doesn't go back to the norm of post-2012, but I have my doubts.
 

twistedAM

Left Of The Dial
Especially if Ineos go full-blooded for the Tour, with Froome, Bernal, Thomas, Carapaz and the usual array of domestiques. Hopefully it doesn't go back to the norm of post-2012, but I have my doubts.
Well maybe Dumoulin is joining Jumbo so him, Roglic, Krujswijk, Bennett and De Plus would be a decent match for Sky.
 
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