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The Boy

danny la rouge is probably wrong.
Yeah it is but it's a World Tour event so you think they could have it finish and hour before or after Le Tour. I hope they withdraw the status next year.
Ah, you meant the finish time. Yeah, that is stupid if they managed to get that to clash.

Especially given the likelihood of a British rider wearing yellow in the tour.
 

twistedAM

Left Of The Dial
Ah, you meant the finish time. Yeah, that is stupid if they managed to get that to clash.

Especially given the likelihood of a British rider wearing yellow in the tour.
Yeah that's what I meant but the Ride London thing really promotes the sportive beforehand to allow bankers on EPO to have their day out and then the real race starts afterwards.
 
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twistedAM

Left Of The Dial
Just bumping this thread cos there's more interesting races than the 3 Grand Bores (okay that's unfair to Giro and Vuelta but....._
 

Hollis

Bloody furious
2020 Olympic Route


Interesting discussion about the women's route being dumbed down. The women's road race at the last two Olympics has been excellent... Do they really need to make the course less hard?
 

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chillin
The Tour of Britain is as well organized as ever ( It hits London on Sunday the 9th, unfortunately and not as shown). I see Sky are putting out a solid team.

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Ponyutd

Greebo likes this....r.i.p.
I may try to make the Aberdare to Bath. Went a few years back to the Hertfordshire section and last years again. The Hemel one was good, Potton End Hill, the scenery was amazing.
 

twistedAM

Left Of The Dial
Why do people keep starting thread for every halfass* tour?
Would it not be better to have all pro cycling racing on the one thread?

* if you feel that is unfair then insert "warm-ups for the World Championship and Il Lombardia"
 

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chillin
"HalFass tour". Tell that to Sky who have put out a considerable team in tob compared to the Vuelta.
we should be doing all we can to support and promote the tob, which has grown and improved considerably over the years.
 

DownwardDog

Riding a Brompton with a power meter.
"HalFass tour". Tell that to Sky who have put out a considerable team in tob compared to the Vuelta.
we should be doing all we can to support and promote the tob, which has grown and improved considerably over the years.
It's only a 2.HC and not a very good one at that. It's definitely not thread-worthy. Sky send a strong team because it's the only market for their sponsor.
 

twistedAM

Left Of The Dial
"HalFass tour". Tell that to Sky who have put out a considerable team in tob compared to the Vuelta.
we should be doing all we can to support and promote the tob, which has grown and improved considerably over the years.
Quick Step have pretty much sent their A-team as have Lotto NL but their motives are longer term than this race.

Cracking fight going in between those teams right now. Really impressed with the growth of Lotto NL. Apart from Roglic and the GC guys they have acquired Wout Van Aert and also got De Plus from Quick Step. Good work on a slim budget.

It's been a good ToB but it really doesn't deserve its own thread nor does the Vuelta. Or for that matter Le Tour but then I think the the six big races of the year are the Monuments and the Worlds!
 

The Boy

danny la rouge is probably wrong.
Tho, the ToB isn't event the best/most important stage race in the UK imo.

TdY pisses on it truth be told. Just a shame ASO don't take the women seriously.
 

twistedAM

Left Of The Dial
Wow, they slaughtered Roglic and that's a hard thing to do.

And yeah I'd usually say TdY is better than ToB but this year has had a decent parlours.
 
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DJWrongspeed

radio eros
Great to see so many international big hitters in the ToB and so many UK riders there too. Wout Poels smashed it today. It's so weird seeing Froome & Thomas as lead out men.

Enjoyed watching the highlights from the one around Warwickshire. All these hills and countryside I'd no idea about.
 

Nigel Irritable

Five, Ten, Fifteen Years
Eddie Dunbar joins Sky with immediate effect.
Sky are now assembling an entire reserve train made up of most of the best young prospects in the sport. A team consisting of Bernal, Geoghegan Hart, Dunbar, Sivakov, Donovan, Hayter, Halvorsen and maybe Lawless could win a GT already next year (although in practice they won’t actually throw the youngest guys into one). The oldest member of that lineup would be Geoghegan Hart, who is 23.
 

Nigel Irritable

Five, Ten, Fifteen Years
I see neither Froome nor Thomas are riding the world's which surprises me a little
Froome is tired after riding both the Tour and Giro at the sharp end and in any case has no record in one day races to speak of. Thomas has been on the piss for a month and has no chance of being in competitive shape.

In theory it’s a big opportunity for Thomas, but you can hardly blame him for celebrating pretty enthusiastically in the circumstances.
 
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beesonthewhatnow

going deaf for a living
Froome is tired after riding both the Tour and Giro at the sharp end and in any case has no record in one day races to speak of. Thomas has been on the piss for a month and has no chance of being in competitive shape.

In theory it’s a big opportunity for Thomas, but you can hardly blame him for celebrating pretty enthusiastically in the circumstances.
 

twistedAM

Left Of The Dial
Come to think of it, Adam Yates could be a great bet for the Worlds. That would be insane if Britain held all GTs and the rainbow jersey.
Still hoping for an Alaphilippe win though.
 
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