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post #31 of 112
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Froome crashed out before they even made it to the cobbles

 

Yeah, from my all-knowing perch on the couch, it seemed to me like his abandonment was foreshadowed from the first moments of the TV coverage, when he came out of the bus at the last possible second with that very non-functional (from a riding POV) wrap on his hand. After his first crash, the writing was really on the wall. It just seemed like proof that it was impossible to have good enough control of the bike in those conditions with that dressing. Twenty-twenty hindsight, I know, but everyone in our living room :o voiced this direction at both of those first two junctures. 

post #32 of 112
Last years TdF averaged just over 40kph over 4000+ km. Insanely fast.
post #33 of 112
Thread Starter 

If everyone could stop talking about Josh we could have a Tour thread.

post #34 of 112

It's only fitting that there is some immature banter, boasting, and taunting in the Tour de FRANCE thread...

 

post #35 of 112
While claiming you can ride as fast as they do.... Can't have both, Josh. You either are, or you aren't. My money's on the latter. And if you don't trust the riding of others, how do you deal with starts? And you said you were a cat 1 MTB guy... So which is it? Cyclocross or MTB?

And believe me, everyone knows when there's a euro pro in the start. Even you.

Anyhow, time to go... Wasting too much bandwidth on this one.
post #36 of 112

First mountain stage tomorrow..look for Contador's form..see if he's in trouble..I don't think he looked that good in Sheffield..but that was a very short, steep hill.  We'll see!  Monday looks like it could be a make or break day as well. 

post #37 of 112

MOD NOTE: 

 

I've cleaned up the thread hijack. Any further posts about riders not currently racing in the Tour de France will be removed and the user will be banned from this thread. 

post #38 of 112
If Gerrans had done that to another sprinter, there would have been outrage. So why is it okay to do to a GC guy?
post #39 of 112
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If Gerrans had done that to another sprinter, there would have been outrage. So why is it okay to do to a GC guy?

I agreed with Phil Ligget's take... It happened to a CG guy largely because he isn't a sprinter. Phil pointed out that he was looking to his left rather than straight down the road. The sprinters at that point are keeping their heads looking at their line of travel.
post #40 of 112
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I agreed with Phil Ligget's take... It happened to a CG guy largely because he isn't a sprinter. Phil pointed out that he was looking to his left rather than straight down the road. The sprinters at that point are keeping their heads looking at their line of travel.

I liked Chris Horner's take on that today wondering why Talanski was even there in the sprint in the first place. 

post #41 of 112
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I agreed with Phil Ligget's take... It happened to a CG guy largely because he isn't a sprinter. Phil pointed out that he was looking to his left rather than straight down the road. The sprinters at that point are keeping their heads looking at their line of travel.
I liked Chris Horner's take on that today wondering why Talanski was even there in the sprint in the first place. 
NBC allows us plebes (those who don't have NBC Sports) to watch the TDF on Saturdays; I've listened to the first bit of my recording (haven't watched the rest so I'll get off the thread until I do), and I believe one of the commentators said Talansky was trying to come off the sprint group when he got tangled with another rider, which explains why he was looking left. True that he probably shouldn't have been there in the first place, but maybe he gets half credit for realizing he needed to get out of the way?

I'm off to buy a mini-DVI adapter so I can sign up for NBC Sports online and mirror onto my TV, which will save a whole lot of DVR space and give me access to the evening recap on days I don't have time to watch the whole stage. I used a VPN last winter to stream CBC replays for the World Cup, but CBC doesn't seem to broadcast full Tour coverage.
post #42 of 112

Good stage today, great one coming Monday.  Horner made a good point that lots of guys are good climbers on the first mountain stage, but just wait until the days add up.

 

What's up with Tinkoff Saxo's kits?  Way too close to the look of the yellow jersey, IMO.

 

TeeJay had some form today!  I'm still hoping for a completely illogical podium by him or Talansky.

 

But they both have to quit tipping over.

post #43 of 112
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What's up with Tinkoff Saxo's kits?  Way too close to the look of the yellow jersey, IMO.

 

 

Yeah, remember when Once hd to wear pink in July.

post #44 of 112
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What's up with Tinkoff Saxo's kits?  Way too close to the look of the yellow jersey, IMO.


 

What's up with the Giro Synthe helmets?    Way too close to seeing the pucker of a frog that's been stretched over a watermelon.    Especially in Katyusha colors.

 


Edited by cantunamunch - 7/13/14 at 10:52am
post #45 of 112
Tony Martin: I don't need no stinkin' peloton. Wow.
post #46 of 112

Yesterday was a good day to be German.

post #47 of 112
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Contador out of the Tour due to injury.

 

Crazy that the top two contenders before the race are done.  Hopefully it opens the door to excitement for the rest of the race, will be interesting for sure!!

post #48 of 112

@aragon please no spoilers!   Edit your post to hide the spoiler please!

post #49 of 112
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@aragon please no spoilers!   Edit your post to hide the spoiler please!


My bad... but I can't find an edit option... not sure if I am missing it?  Sent a msg to the mods, hopefully they can hide away my comment.

 

*edit* weird, I can edit this post, but not my one above.  Apologies again... :(   /edit

post #50 of 112

And......

 

Bam..just like that..it's over. 

I can't see anyone catching him now barring a disaster.  Maybe if he blows up on the Tourmalet or Hautacam..or crashes in the TT..he's going to come out of this 4 mins ahead..

post #51 of 112

I must say I did *not* expect Valverde to do as well as he is.

post #52 of 112
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@aragon please no spoilers!   Edit your post to hide the spoiler please!


My bad... but I can't find an edit option... not sure if I am missing it?  Sent a msg to the mods, hopefully they can hide away my comment.

 

*edit* weird, I can edit this post, but not my one above.  Apologies again... :(   /edit

 

No worries... the NBC sports app spoiled it for me already with a little highlights box as I'm watching it a few hours delayed :-(    

 

I think I'll just unsubscribe anyway...

post #53 of 112

I didn't get any PM about it, but I did put the above in a spoiler box for you @aragon There's a (I think 15 minute) edit window on posts. 

 

On topic, saw this picture allegedly from the Tour de France of a MT Biker. 

 

post #54 of 112
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I didn't get any PM about it, but I did put the above in a spoiler box for you @aragon There's a (I think 15 minute) edit window on posts. 

 

On topic, saw this picture allegedly from the Tour de France of a MT Biker. 

 

 

It's legit..I think it was from a few years ago though..Tour wasn't happy about it..

post #55 of 112
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It's legit..I think it was from a few years ago though..Tour wasn't happy about it..


Yep, Dave Watson clearing a road gap over the peloton as they neared the top of the Col du Galibier in 2002 (he ate it on the landing, btw).  My old boss has a signed poster of the jump in his office... Watson was one of the early freeriders sponsored by Kona bikes at that time.

 

http://www.vitalmtb.com/photos/member/ThrowbackThursdays,4569/ThrowbackThursday-Dave-Watsons-Tour-de-France-Road-Gap-2002,51129/bturman,109

post #56 of 112
Thread Starter 

Tony Martin is the man.

post #57 of 112

Ooh, Specialized is going to have a hard time living this down.  

 

http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/07/news/timeline-details-alberto-contadors-tour-ending-crash_336328

 

Reckon Tony Martin's mechanic is gonna have a few dozen sleepless nights?

post #58 of 112
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Tony Martin is the man.


Yeah. Too bad Kwiatkowski couldn't capitalize on the tow. Even when you've got a great wheel to sit on, it doesn't buy you as much when most of your time is spent grinding up steep stuff. I suspect the commentators overplay the "he's got a teammate with him so he's okay" angle on hard climbs. At some point it's just you and the hill. As many riders were reminded yesterday.
post #59 of 112
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Ooh, Specialized is going to have a hard time living this down.  

 

http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/07/news/timeline-details-alberto-contadors-tour-ending-crash_336328

 

 

Looks like an updated version of the story points to the broken bike probably not being the one Contador was riding.   Any definitive and believable evidence out there?  It seems like there would be too many cameras out there for Specialized to be able to hide the truth if Contador's frame failed.

post #60 of 112
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I'm off to buy a mini-DVI adapter so I can sign up for NBC Sports online and mirror onto my TV, which will save a whole lot of DVR space and give me access to the evening recap on days I don't have time to watch the whole stage. I used a VPN last winter to stream CBC replays for the World Cup, but CBC doesn't seem to broadcast full Tour coverage.

 

No cable here, so here's my solution that is working great.   I paid $30 for the live coverage and replays online:

http://tourdefrance.nbcsports.com/app/

 

And, to display it on my big screen I bought a Chromecast device for $35:

http://www.google.com/chrome/devices/chromecast/

 

I wish they had a Roku channel since I already have several, but it was a nice excuse to get a Chromecast which is pretty cool.   You could plug your computer into your TV as litterbug is doing, but then you can't use your computer for other things while watching, and you have to get up from the couch to control the playback... oh the horror.   

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