Tour de France 2017

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7/1/2017 5:39 PM
Edited Date/Time: 7/1/2017 5:53 PM

Anybody watching? Hated seeing Valverde crash out in the Prologue. Like him or not the dude is always an animator in the big races. Hopefully it won't be another Tour where Sky controls the race while Froome, with his janky pedaling style, slowly gaps his main rivals on climbs. Boring if so.

It's odd the Tour organizers do not hang padding on the metal barriers along sketchy turns especially during wet stages. There were a few turns where everyone knew there would be problems today. Like the one where Valverde wadded up.
http://olympics.nbcsports.com/2017/07/01/alejandro-valverde-tour-de-france-crash-video/

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7/1/2017 6:57 PM

Yes, sketchy conditions for sure. One of the early questions was " will any of the top riders risk it in the rain"? Valverde was either unlucky or pushing too hard to give himself an early cushion. On another note, there are 9 stages this year that could come down to a sprint. That should mix things a bit.

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7/3/2017 12:38 PM

Sagan is my favorite sprinter. Not since Cipollini has a finish man had the chops to pull off antics like Sagan.

I loved the last kilometer of the race today. Good on LeTour for including a finish with a steep ramp.

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7/4/2017 7:54 AM

My yearly July ritual. NC21 put himself in a hole during the opening prologue. It will be more shadowing Froome and doing much of nothing else in the mountains. Froome has really set himself up nicely early.

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No Signature.

7/5/2017 7:16 AM

Sagan now DQ'd from the TdF. What a load of shit.

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7/5/2017 9:21 AM

The French don't want none?

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"Sorry Goose, but it's time to buzz the tower."

7/5/2017 5:32 PM

The finish today was said to be an 8% incline and a 20% at the end. We did a very short 8 this morning. I can't imagine what a 20 even looks like.

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7/5/2017 7:26 PM

TX24 wrote:

The finish today was said to be an 8% incline and a 20% at the end. We did a very short 8 this morning. I can't imagine what a 20 even looks like.

Looks likes my quads would be burning and my lungs screaming for life. Those guys hammered that uphill, like I "attempt" to hit the straightaways. They make me feel like fat mule the way they ride.

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7/6/2017 4:02 AM
Edited Date/Time: 7/6/2017 4:02 AM

Lance Armstrong does a daily follow up podcast called Stages, if interested.

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No Signature.

7/6/2017 1:29 PM

Team Sky is the unstoppable train. Still, Fabio Aru has to be pleased with the stage 5 win. What a finish.

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7/6/2017 7:40 PM

Lance Armstrong is doing a podcast after each stage. Besides how to beat PED tests he knows a good bit about the bike racing game. Pretty interesting one after the Sagan DQ stage.

http://lancearmstrong.com/stages/stages-episode-4-stage-4


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7/8/2017 6:46 PM

Tomorrow's stage may be the most difficult of this Tour. With 7 categorized climbs, the GC contenders will be defined at the end. I believe Froome will all but lock it up. Maybe Richie Porte can uncork a champion caliber ride to keep this Tour interesting.

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7/8/2017 7:44 PM

Nighttrain wrote:

Tomorrow's stage may be the most difficult of this Tour. With 7 categorized climbs, the GC contenders will be defined at the end. I believe Froome will all but lock it up. Maybe Richie Porte can uncork a champion caliber ride to keep this Tour interesting.

DVR locked and loaded. 4 am is very early. Plus F1 starts 30 min later.

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7/9/2017 12:26 PM

Watched bike racing last night..........


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7/10/2017 8:35 AM

APLMAN99 wrote:

Watched bike racing last night..........


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I dialed this up on the DVR thinking it was going to be another PED documentary. . . Turns out I was way off. They had some funny stuff in there but for the most part it was a waste of time.

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7/10/2017 11:01 AM

IWreckALot wrote:

I dialed this up on the DVR thinking it was going to be another PED documentary. . . Turns out I was way off. They had some funny stuff in there but for the most part it was a waste of time.

It definitely didn't need to be any longer than it was. Some decent comedy at times, but Samburg's style of comedy isn't always my thing.

I was pretty surprised with some of the Armstrong bits, though.........

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7/10/2017 1:08 PM

IWreckALot wrote:

I dialed this up on the DVR thinking it was going to be another PED documentary. . . Turns out I was way off. They had some funny stuff in there but for the most part it was a waste of time.

Agree. I soooo wanted this to be funny, but it was just abysmal. The Armstrong, "anonymous ex-pro racer" bit was pretty good.

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7/10/2017 2:12 PM

Richie Portes crash, unfortunately taking Dan Martin down was savage, that descent on fresh, damp tarmac was awesome to watch but very dangerous, seperate incident on the same descent took Geriant Thomas out too. Dan Martin lost a little time but at least he's still in the race. Next two weeks should be good.

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7/11/2017 11:54 AM

moto-moto.... Yes the unwritten rule only applies to yellow. I'm no Froome fan though, I think Aru was right to attack, had it been another rider in yellow then maybe the unwritten should have applied whistling

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7/11/2017 12:33 PM

By not attacking they have turned this year's Tour into a Froome snoozer. I'm afraid it's over with 2 weeks to go.

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7/13/2017 3:06 PM

Froomie lost yellow today, cracked on the finish and lost 22seconds. He can get that back in the ITT, but still lots of racing to go, big day tomorrow. First time ive seen him crack like that, just didnt have the legs.

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-OC
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7/13/2017 4:06 PM

BMSOBx2 wrote:

By not attacking they have turned this year's Tour into a Froome snoozer. I'm afraid it's over with 2 weeks to go.

OK my bad, play on.silly

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7/13/2017 7:12 PM

That finish was crazy, looks like it would be hard to walk that!!

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7/13/2017 9:10 PM

Froome is still in the driver's seat. The Sky team is so strong they set a pace that shredded the field over the climbs today. I've watched a lot of cycling since the late '80's and only remember US Postal being as dominant every year in the TdF. Sky had three domestiques driving the pace late in today's stage with only the best climbers in the race remaining in the group. Straight outta USPS playbook.

Sky's Landa looks to be strongest in this Tour. If only he'd go rogue and ride for himself then we'd have a race!

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7/14/2017 8:32 AM

Awesome racing today!!! Great short stage, more should be like it.

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-OC
"Feed The Bull"
Twitter: @ocscottie | Facebook

7/18/2017 5:34 PM

Unless the others can take significant time away from Froome tomorrow (2 HC climbs) and Thursday (Mtn Top Finish) then Froome will cruise to another Yellow jersey. Although Uran can be decent in a Time Trial and 1 remains to be ridden. I'm pulling for him and Bardet.

I don't know what they started taking a few years back to reduce body fat but it has to be more than clenbuterol. Week 3 legs of a TdF rider:
https://mobile.twitter.com/8aldwin/status/887365614943318019

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7/19/2017 1:10 PM

Here ya go Nighttrain

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Holy shiz Man, never seen anything like this

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7/19/2017 3:38 PM

Needs a sandwich

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7/19/2017 8:13 PM

Old-Man wrote:

Here ya go Nighttrain

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Holy shiz Man, never seen anything like this

Thanks, Old-Man. Yea, that doesn't look healthy. Not long after Rasmussen got busted many of the top GC riders started getting leaner than ever in the history of the sport. And mysteriously kept their power and endurance. There's some fat metabolizing drug in play. Doesn't a persons vital organs need a certain amount of fat to be functional?

PEDs will always be in pro cycling but now there is a lot of banter about hidden motors being used. That would kill it for me. From what I've been reading in cycling forums it's not a matter of if but only when that lid blows. All these bike changes during stages (fresh battery), cadence looking dodgy on climbs, very odd race tactics,...even Lemond says this is not normal racing at the highest level.

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