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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2020-08-29, 07:11

Two months late and a weird vibe, like everything else.. but the boys are back.
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Post by aualum06 on 2020-08-29, 09:10

Robert J Sakimano wrote:Two months late and a weird vibe, like everything else.. but the boys are back.

twife is happy it's her favorite summer sporting event lol.
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Post by DWags on 2020-08-29, 10:06

I have my money on Motown and Floyd. FuckerS would wipe the field.
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Post by Nordic on 2020-08-29, 11:21

Robert J Sakimano wrote:Two months late and a weird vibe, like everything else.. but the boys are back.

Nice! missed that they were going. Just set the dvr. tOfficial 2020 Tour Dr France Thread.. 3493939353

But first a nap.
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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2020-08-29, 12:32

Crazy day in the saddle. Lots of crashes but it seems like everyone made it through safely. Already hitting the mountains tomorrow.

Interested to see Sepp Kuss on the climbs.
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Post by aualum06 on 2020-08-30, 10:44

This mountain descent on narrow switchback type roads is awesome
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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2020-08-30, 11:28

aualum06 wrote:This mountain descent on narrow switchback type roads is awesome
I've been watching the Tour every summer since about '85, and Sagan scares the daylights out if me. Great descender, though.
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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2020-08-30, 12:24

What a stage. What a finish.
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Post by aualum06 on 2020-08-30, 12:40

Robert J Sakimano wrote:What a stage. What a finish.

Pretty good race to the finish. Lead is bad that's what I've learned about cycling.
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Post by kingstonlake on 2020-08-30, 13:10

Is this that bike parade through wine country?
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Post by Nordic on 2020-08-30, 23:37

Interesting profile for a Stage 2. Great finish.
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Post by Nordic on 2020-08-30, 23:45

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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2020-08-31, 08:29

another rainy day with some moderate climbs. Hopefully the nerves have calmed since the opening stage - could get dangerous out there on some descents.

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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2020-08-31, 10:14

Perez - who was gonna pull on the polka dot jersey at the end of the stage - crashes, abandons the Tour.

things move quickly out there.
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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2020-08-31, 10:48

aualum06 wrote:
Robert J Sakimano wrote:What a stage. What a finish.

Pretty good race to the finish. Lead is bad that's what I've learned about cycling.
when it's a bit of a breakaway trying to hold off the peloton at the finish, you definitely want to be in a place where you can see the action in front of you. It's a total cat/mouse game - beyond being in the slipstream, you'll often see the cyclist in the lead looking over one shoulder with, say, 100 meters to go and someone will attack off the other shoulder... by the time the leader sees it, it's too late to react.
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Post by Nordic on 2020-08-31, 22:18

Looked like a half dozen dudes misjudged the finish line
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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2020-09-01, 08:14

Nordic wrote:Looked like a half dozen dudes misjudged the finish line
agree.

when Sagan launched out I figured he'd take the stage. When he faded, though maybe he either went out too early or his fitness isn't where we're used to it being. I suspect he misjudged the finish line.

big day today - finish in the high Alps. Gonna be pretty brutal out there.
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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2020-09-01, 11:00

Tiesj Benoot crashes into a guardrail on a descent, went flying down a bank. He seemed fine - back up (on a new bike) and chasing down the peloton.
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Post by Rocinante on 2020-09-01, 11:06

He’s the one they call Dr France Good he’s the one to make you bike alright!
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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2020-09-01, 11:07

Rocinante wrote:He’s the one they call Dr France Good he’s the one to make you bike alright!
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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2020-09-01, 11:45

fun finish - all the GC guys in the same group battling for a stage win. Loved seeing Sepp Kuss mixin' it up too.
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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2020-09-02, 10:01

pretty quiet day at the Tour today.. a few climbs but mostly a rolling stage. I suspect Alaphllipe keeps yellow, and a sprint finish is ahead of us.

Would like to see Sagan show some form. Though he's in green, he seems to lack the spark he normally has.
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Post by Turtleneck on 2020-09-02, 11:15

How is the tour of Dr. France going?
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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2020-09-02, 11:34

Turtleneck wrote:How is the tour of Dr. France going?
difficult to know... nobody is Seine.
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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2020-09-02, 11:38

early attack at 2K.

Sagan still in a good position, as is Ewan.
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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2020-09-02, 11:41

great sprint finish. Sagan is clearly not at top shape. You can tell he wants to go but his legs just aren't responding.

a top level Cavendish would probably already have 2-3 stage wins.
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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2020-09-03, 10:35

the Alaphilippe thing yesterday was weird, though I understand that it's a rule.

Crazy mountain top finish today. The Maillot Jaune could likely change again. Hard to believe no KOM points today with a huge climb at the end.
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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2020-09-03, 11:23

Yates holds onto yellow.. Roglic (my pre-race favorite) is only 3 seconds back.

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Post by Nordic on 2020-09-03, 12:00

Robert J Sakimano wrote:great sprint finish. Sagan is clearly not at top shape. You can tell he wants to go but his legs just aren't responding.

a top level Cavendish would probably already have 2-3 stage wins.

He does look a little off. Honestly my initial reaction when I turned the Tour on Saturday is he looked a little chubby. Maybe it is just the beard, but he looked different to me.

Sagan has never been one of the elite sprinters. He doesn't have the power/kick that the top guys have on the true sprint stages. He's just always hanging around in the top 5 in the final sprint, vulturing intermediate sprint points and grabbing stage wins in hybrid type stages. All-around great rider. I wouldn't consider him a sprint specialist. Ewan looks like the strongest pure sprinter right now.

For the first time in years he does look vulnerable. It is going to be an interesting finish for all 3 jerseys.
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Post by Nordic on 2020-09-03, 12:01

Robert J Sakimano wrote:the Alaphilippe thing yesterday was weird, though I understand that it's a rule.

Crazy mountain top finish today. The Maillot Jaune could likely change again. Hard to believe no KOM points today with a huge climb at the end.

What happened? I musta missed it and don't look at info during the day since I watch the replay at night.
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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2020-09-03, 12:29

Nordic wrote:
Robert J Sakimano wrote:the Alaphilippe thing yesterday was weird, though I understand that it's a rule.

Crazy mountain top finish today. The Maillot Jaune could likely change again. Hard to believe no KOM points today with a huge climb at the end.

What happened? I musta missed it and don't look at info during the day since I watch the replay at night.
he took a water bottle under the 20 K mark. Got penalized (I believe) 20 seconds and he only had a 4 second lead in Yates. Bizarre rule but it's a known rule. Not sure what he was thinking. Some people are saying it was intentional to take the pressure off.


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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2020-09-03, 12:31

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Post by Nordic on 2020-09-03, 21:32

I'm realy liking the commentary this year. Bob and Phil have a good rhythm going (RIP Paul). Phil seems more energized and on point more than the last several years. Not as many head slapping Phil moments. Maybe because he has a better feed, instead of broadcasting from a tin can? Where are they broadcasting from?

Love the new moto guy. Steve Perino was solid, but the new guy adds some levity.

And less Horner and Vande Velde is always fine by me. I don't hate 'em, but they just don't do much for me.
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Post by Nordic on 2020-09-04, 00:41

Phil quote of the day: "He's showing the other riders no respect at all!"
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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2020-09-04, 05:56

Nordic wrote:Phil quote of the day: "He's showing the other riders no respect at all!"
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Ive loved Phil forever and really miss Paul, too. The voices of summer.

Bob is actually in the US and Phil is broadcasting from London. Was interested to see how it was gonna work at first but it's been seamless.

What about Neilson Powless yesterday? Love that America has a couple of promising young guys


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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2020-09-04, 09:09

today's profile looks fairly relaxed but the pace up to now seems pretty brutal.

Tomorrow is gonna be epic. Two cat 1 climbs and one HC climb. This includes the Pereysourde - one of the most legendary climbs in cycling history.

I'm kinda diggin' the route this year.
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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2020-09-04, 11:08

some bumping on the sprint finish today.. man, that's a good way to get hurt in a hurry.

a handful of GC guys lost some time today and tomorrow isn't gonna be easy. Long way to go. You can't win the Tour in the first week but you sure can lose it.
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Post by Nordic on 2020-09-04, 21:12

That is a stage Sagan normally wins. 

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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2020-09-04, 21:49

Nordic wrote:That is a stage Sagan normally wins. 

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I don't think anyone does. I'd say the favorites are Roglic and Bernal. Wouldn't be surprised if we hear from Alaphilippe again. Whoever it is will be a climber, not a climber/TT rider in the mold of Froome or Bradley Wiggins. This route is brutal and only has one TT: 36 K with a mountaintop finish.

I love it.
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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2020-09-05, 10:45

Back from my loop around Lake Lansing, Bath and Laingsburg. The boys are descending the Bales and heading toward the Pereysourde.

Neilson Powless hanging in there.

Diggin' it.
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