Tour De France 2019

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  1. DamianP

    DamianP Member

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    My predictions:
    Yellow: Thomas or Fuglsang
    Green: Van Aert
    Polka: Alaphilippe
    White: Van Aert or Bernal
     
  2. rhinocaster

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    Green - Sagan! :)
     
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  3. TheGuildedAge

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    I can't conceive how those guys do it.

    I mountain bike, recreationally. I have had a long lay off and yesterday was my first "hard ride" of summer. I wanted to quit after 5 minutes on the first hill.

    The mental toughness the Tour de France riders have is simply beyond me.
     
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    I love sagan.. this video sums him up.. ;D
     
  5. Killcrop

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    So far the race has been pretty good. Jumbo having an unbelievable start to the tour. Then Julian with an epic day today.

    It is a shame that Cavendish isn't at the tour this year. Yeah, he isn't what he once was but why deny the best sprinter ever the chance at the record? I mean it's not like you are Team Sky and have a shot at the win. You are Dimension Data.

    Most commentators say he should have been there. However Lance said he can't finish a race and shouldn't be at the Tour. He has a point as this years course is a climbers course and is going to be hard for the sprinters.

    Aging pro athletes have it hard. All they have ever known is their sport, then their body can't do it at the same level any more.
     
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    There was never a Tour like the '89 Tour.
     
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    Was that the year that LeMond took the lead with his epic final TT performance?

    I'll never forget the sight of Fignon collapsing at the end of his otherwise mammoth effort.
     
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    Oh yeah.

    What was the '89 Tour? 2400 miles of brutal competition. LeMond and Fignon. The fierce American vs the coldly calculating Parisian. The Maillot Jaune changed hands what? five? six times? Neither ever got more than 50 seconds over the other.

    And the final stage, an individual time trial. Here the race would be decided. 17 miles through the streets of Paris to the Champs Elysee, slight downhill. Fignon up by 50 seconds. They said it couldn't be done. Lemond, eschewing help from his team, head down, far back on the saddle, rode that stage at an average of 34 mph, no stage ever faster. Fignon starting two minutes later, riding desperately to stay afloat. Lemond almost lapping Delgado, who had started two minutes ahead of him.

    And when it was over, Lemond finishing 8 seconds ahead, celebrating the impossible. Fignon, deflated, brilliant in defeat.

    There will never be another.
     
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  9. skhan007

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    OK, so watching Stage 4 yesterday and saw Lance Armstrong commentating remotely??? I thought he was totally banned from all things pro cycling. Are they fading him back in as a commentator of sorts? I know he does his podcast and everything, but pretty certain the majority of the cycling world wants nothing to do with him. Completely floored to see this.
     
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    Pretty exciting finish to stage 5 today. Those last couple of climbs towards the end shook out the various big sprinters who cannot climb. I dont want to mention the winner in case you guys are going to watch it tonight on a recording.

    Tomorrow marks the first day into the mountains with 3 category 1 climbs then a mountain top finish on another category 1. It'll be interesting to see Ineos/Sky put their time honoured strangle hold on the race. :D
     
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    Is nobody else watching Le Tour?? I thought there would be more input from the TGP fans.
     
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    Looks like just you and I! :(

    Good stage today. That final little climb before the finish, on the gravel - some spots at 24%!! Oooof! When you see the best riders in the world struggle to maintain pace like that, you know its a serious incline.
     
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    I so miss Paul! Roll is good and will do well but Phil & Paul was such a wonderful tradition.
     
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    Indeed, great stage and the mountains are where we see some of the most courageous spirit! Sorry to see Barguil struggle so much. Same for Pinot. Alaphillipe finished strong, but sadly not strong enough! The GC completely changes now!

    I was so sad, as well! Paul and Phil were the the “voices” of TDF as long as I can remember.
     
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    There is nobody alive more qualified to commentate on cycling.
     
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    The tribute to Paul was heartfelt. Had trouble keeping a dry eye.

    No doubt the '89 Tour was probably the best of all time. The 2010 Vuelta and 2003 Tour came close.

    I'm not a fan of Lance as a commentator. Just not great as a speaker at the moment. Too many long pauses. VdV was very awkward when he started out.
     
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    His ban doesn't extend to that. Its a competition ban and even portions of that were lifted in 2016. I'm glad to have his insights. I think its funny that no one was up in arms about van de Velde's presence. He is an admitted doper. The truth is everyone who raced in that era doped. I don't condone it, but it happened and we move on. Lance was also a complete asshole with how he went about things back then.

    Lance's daily show recapping the race with Hincapie is great. Bruyneel now has a great podcast analyzing stages. I don't have to like what they did to acknowledge that their insights are valuable.

    In a different topic, how about Le Planche des Belles Filles? 14 riders with a VAM over 1800 for 20 minutes.....interesting and eye raising. Bardet's tour is over and Thomas showed what form he is on a climb that is not suited to him at all. Pinot is also looking great and I'm happy to see George Bennett seems to overcome some physical ailments that had been holding him back.

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    Hello! I don’t venture into the pub often but love the Tour!

    I watch the ad free feed from NBCSN. Matthew Keenan (spelling?) and Robbie McEwan are excellent.
     
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  19. skhan007

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    Just got my live updates at work, via the Telegraph UK site. Today's stage was awesome! No spoilers, but poor Tejay!!!
     
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  20. musicman10_1

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    My wife and I are up early every day to watch the end of each stage. Love the landscape shots and we love learning about the strategy of bike racing. It is complex, to say the least.
     
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