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Poll Results: Are you following the TDF 2013?

Poll expired: Jul 20, 2013  
  • 52% (19)
    Yes, I always do
  • 11% (4)
    No, Doesn't interest me
  • 13% (5)
    I watch some of it
  • 11% (4)
    The scandals have turned me off
  • 5% (2)
    I don't subscribe to TV that carries it
  • 2% (1)
    I have no opinion one way or the other but may catch some of it
  • 0% (0)
    What is the TDF?
  • 2% (1)
    The poll is missing an option that I'd pick
36 Total Votes  
post #61 of 88

This is the BEST race in a long long time.

 

I do not recall ever seeing the yellow jersey shred the field utterly one day, then see a former backmarker attack the yellow jersey so effectively the next day.

 

I do not recall seeing the polkadot jersey relevant to major mountain stages.

 

I love how the sprint points are going to the all around rider who can still crank out the speed at the finishes.

post #62 of 88

^^^ +1 on Buttinski's observation. Yesterday's stage was amazing. Unfortunately I missed Saturday's stage due to a DVR hiccup.

post #63 of 88

Three great days of racing.... and far from over.  Remember, 6 of the last 7 stages are in the Alps..... awsome stuff even if I have to stay up till 1:30 am to watch the finish here biggrin.gif

post #64 of 88

Do yourselves a favor and watch today's stage.   It's an army manoeuvers day and not an champions duel day, but...WOW!

post #65 of 88
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Do yourselves a favor and watch today's stage.   It's an army manoeuvers day and not an champions duel day, but...WOW!

I have never seen an attack on the GC leader on a flat stage like today.  Taking advantage of every opportunity is the mark of a champion.  Good luck is defined as where preparation meets opportunity, and Saxo-Tinkoff's picture belongs in the dictionary next to the definition.

 

Kudos to the Manx Missile, even if he is a gigantic doosh, it ain't bragging if you are busy doing it.

post #66 of 88
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Originally Posted by Buttinski View Post

I have never seen an attack on the GC leader on a flat stage like today.  Taking advantage of every opportunity is the mark of a champion.  Good luck is defined as where preparation meets opportunity, and Saxo-Tinkoff's picture belongs in the dictionary next to the definition.

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Splitting the field on a wind break and attacking on a split field  seemed to me a page straight out of the Armstrong days.     Armstrong even played it on Contador once "Sure we're on the same team, but watch this".     

 

post #67 of 88
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Splitting the field on a wind break and attacking on a split field  seemed to me a page straight out of the Armstrong days.     Armstrong even played it on Contador once "Sure we're on the same team, but watch this".     

 

I never saw such an effort pay off to the tune of over a minute.

 

Seems in tours past, by stage 13 the top ten riders are all within two minutes.  This year is showing that old school tactics are not going to win the yellow in Paree.

post #68 of 88
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Do yourselves a favor and watch today's stage.   It's an army manoeuvers day and not an champions duel day, but...WOW!

Some teams are playing chess while the rest play checkers.

post #69 of 88
Crosswind stages are the best....and this might have been the best I've seen personally.

And yes, Bruyneel was a master at that game.
post #70 of 88

Chris Froom's best form arrives when the rest are weak.  

 

You gotta capitalize where it effective, and Chris' talent of explosive climbing power AFTER a long straight runup, and opponents weakness show that he is the most dominant climber in decades.  Dominant as in adding to 4:14 with a weakened SKY squad?  We shall see.

post #71 of 88
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Chris Froom's best form arrives when the rest are weak. 

 

Yeh, I reckon he'll continue to add on Weds, reckon Saxo are going to wear themselves out chasing another Movistar break on Thu.   About the only thing I can see Contador trying at this point is  a Cadel-like sufferfest on Thursday  (there's no one else going to challenge Froome now)  and a wheel-hang type win like he did against Schleck on  Friday or Saturday.      Probably Saturday,  if Thu goes well for AC.

post #72 of 88
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Originally Posted by Buttinski View Post

Chris Froom's best form arrives when the rest are weak.  

You gotta capitalize where it effective, and Chris' talent of explosive climbing power AFTER a long straight runup, and opponents weakness show that he is the most dominant climber in decades.  Dominant as in adding to 4:14 with a weakened SKY squad?  We shall see.

We thought that Froome was stronger than Wiggins last year. Froome doesn't have a Froome and doesn't seem to need one, RP is pulling it at the right times. SKY nailed it again today. Good stuff.
post #73 of 88
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Originally Posted by Buttinski View Post

Chris Froom's best form arrives when the rest are weak.  

You gotta capitalize where it effective, and Chris' talent of explosive climbing power AFTER a long straight runup, and opponents weakness show that he is the most dominant climber in decades.  Dominant as in adding to 4:14 with a weakened SKY squad?  We shall see.

We thought that Froome was stronger than Wiggins last year. Froome doesn't have a Froome and doesn't seem to need one, RP is pulling it at the right times. SKY nailed it again today. Good stuff.

 

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Obviously Froome's riding on the top of the mountain was amazing. And obviously the remnants of the Sky team are working stupid hard - e.g., Porte, as you pointed out. (Amazing, btw, that he hung on and kept climbing strongly, to finish quite high for the day, after launching Froome. I figured he would just spin to the top after that.) However, I don't think yesterday really proved that much about how much strength they really have left as a team, since as far as I could tell they pretty much spent the day sitting on behind Movistar. I don't totally understand why Movistar pushed so hard on the flat; I'd have thought they would let Sky assume more of the burden, especially given how weak they are. Was it because they figured Sky didn't care about the stage win - and therefore didn't care about the Chavanel group in the break - whereas Movistar was all about getting Quintana to the top first?

post #74 of 88
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Obviously Froome's riding on the top of the mountain was amazing. And obviously the remnants of the Sky team are working stupid hard - e.g., Porte, as you pointed out. (Amazing, btw, that he hung on and kept climbing strongly, to finish quite high for the day, after launching Froome. I figured he would just spin to the top after that.) However, I don't think yesterday really proved that much about how much strength they really have left as a team, since as far as I could tell they pretty much spent the day sitting on behind Movistar. I don't totally understand why Movistar pushed so hard on the flat; I'd have thought they would let Sky assume more of the burden, especially given how weak they are. Was it because they figured Sky didn't care about the stage win - and therefore didn't care about the Chavanel group in the break - whereas Movistar was all about getting Quintana to the top first?

 

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None of the above, I reckon.    Movistar is trying to beat up on Saxo Tinkoff in the team competition, as a first priority.        Getting Quintana up-front time is their second priority;   everything else (stage wins, Valverde in the overall) is tertiary or buried.

post #75 of 88

So.   Time trialing is done.      3 days of pain and suffering left.      Predictions? 

post #76 of 88
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 Predictions? 

 

Carnage.

post #77 of 88
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I hope Tejay gets due recognition for that effort.

post #78 of 88

And this, gentlemen, is why we hire guides for the Alps #crazypatchworkweather

 

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No Euskatel day this tour?   Maybe tomoz

post #79 of 88

I have watched this every day. I watch on NBCSN but there are more commercials than coverage. Its really bad.  

 

Yesterday's stage was crazy!  I understand the pageantry of the people along the route but it seems to have gotten a little out of control I saw at least 3 riders punching/slashing at  insane fans and a little kid that almost took out contador. 

post #80 of 88

I bet Contador wishes he had Costa instead of Kreuziger on his squad.

post #81 of 88
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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post

I have watched this every day. I watch on NBCSN but there are more commercials than coverage. Its really bad.  

Yesterday's stage was crazy!  I understand the pageantry of the people along the route but it seems to have gotten a little out of control I saw at least 3 riders punching/slashing at  insane fans and a little kid that almost took out contador. 

They're not fans, imo. They're just drunk nut cases. Fans would respect and relate to how hard the riders are working and give them some space. Can you imagine a spectator at Fenway standing right on the third base line in the path of a batter running for home? How well would that be received?
post #82 of 88

^ that's kinda my point, route, cheer party puke but out of the way of the riders. Like that clip of the dog running across the street.

post #83 of 88

The 100th tour was the most exciting race in a long time.  However they cooked up the course, and the KOM points ended up with the most thrilling finishes and clearing of the old guard I have ever seen in my limited cable TV career.

 

I especially loved seeing Kittel beat the Manx rocketship on the ShampseLEEsay.

post #84 of 88

post #85 of 88
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The 100th tour was the most exciting race in a long time.  However they cooked up the course, and the KOM points ended up with the most thrilling finishes and clearing of the old guard I have ever seen in my limited cable TV career.

 

I especially loved seeing Kittel beat the Manx rocketship on the ShampseLEEsay.

 

This... great racing, great watching.

post #86 of 88
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Originally Posted by Buttinski View Post

The 100th tour was the most exciting race in a long time.  However they cooked up the course, and the KOM points ended up with the most thrilling finishes and clearing of the old guard I have ever seen in my limited cable TV career.

 

I especially loved seeing Kittel beat the Manx rocketship on the ShampseLEEsay.

 

This... great racing, great watching.

post #87 of 88

Amazing tour. Froome was so much more entertaining then Brad last year. We're pretty proud over here in the UK. We have a saying 'you wait hours for a bus then 3 come at once.' Pretty similar here and THEY'RE CLEAN. The cynics can gripe all they want and of course there is never irrefutable proof that something hasn't happened. Apply that to other things and you can believe just about anything. Get over Lance!

post #88 of 88

Revenge is a dish best served cold...

 

OK, now I'm over him.

 

Was a great finish - click pic for last six minutes.

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