TdF Stage 7

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TdF Stage 7

Postby europa » Sat Jul 14, 2007 10:50 pm

Robbie had to change bikes early on - that'd mess him up.

Apparently the final climb FLATTENS OUT to a mere 10% :shock:

Glad I'm watching it, not riding it

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Postby McPete » Sat Jul 14, 2007 11:00 pm

Egads, that's heluva slope to be leveling to... Watching these blokes climb though... it puts me down another step... my climbing is often an exercise of much huffing and puffing in my granny gear doing a stately 17-19km/h...
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Postby europa » Sat Jul 14, 2007 11:00 pm

78km to go. On a long but gentle climb, and Robbie's been dropped :(

The lad's suffering, which we expected, but more than he needs to.

Looking forward to seeing what Cadel can do today.

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Postby McPete » Sat Jul 14, 2007 11:22 pm

Listening to these current and average speeds is mind-wilting... On those roads, I'd be struggling average that in the car!
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Postby europa » Sat Jul 14, 2007 11:26 pm

McPete wrote:Listening to these current and average speeds is mind-wilting... On those roads, I'd be struggling average that in the car!


Sell the Corolla and by a Jag :D

But yeah, I'd be miles behind.

Robbie was back in the peleton at 72km, then well out the back at 66km to go, on a relatively gentle climb. Still, he's a cunning old bird and will survive.

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Postby moosterbounce » Sat Jul 14, 2007 11:27 pm

Over the last few days I thought "I'm definitely not a sprinter"...not I'm thinking "I'm definitely not a climber"...and I'm not a cafe rider as I don't drink coffee...hmmmmm...I'm just a fan :D

I love le Tour...especially when it starts at 8.30pm 8)
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Postby stryker84 » Sat Jul 14, 2007 11:32 pm

i agree, neither a sprinter nor a climber, and while i love coffee, i couldn't afford to be a cafe rider. looks like i'm just bike crazy.
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Postby europa » Sat Jul 14, 2007 11:32 pm

moosterbounce wrote:I love le Tour...especially when it starts at 8.30pm 8)


Boo, expect a barb about cf to follow (we started at about a quarter to snooze) :D

Robbie's back in the pack.
Stuey is now a super domestique and isn't he good in that role.

Stuffit, I'm going to change the gearing on the Europa and go for a ride while the lad is warming up for his soccer match tomorrow :roll:

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Postby McPete » Sat Jul 14, 2007 11:33 pm

I'm with Moo... I can ride a road bike without falling off much, and for the moment that'll be plenty.

And Europa... I actually doubt my Landcruiser would be getting out of second in this terrain... I can almost hear it now... "Hills? Hurrr... Baaaad"... It'd be fun in a Stag or Spitfire though :P

That last climb looks scary, just from the gradient on the mappy thing. The sprinters look like they might agree with me.
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Postby stryker84 » Sat Jul 14, 2007 11:36 pm

Stuey is great in most any role cept full-out sprinting. but yeah, he does pull the riders along well.
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Postby McPete » Sat Jul 14, 2007 11:45 pm

Cancellara must have had a bit of a moment of terror there... Power to him for pulling that hop though!
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Postby europa » Sat Jul 14, 2007 11:52 pm

They're in the valley and just showed a shot of the mountain they have to climb :shock: I'm taking up knitting :roll:

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Postby McPete » Sat Jul 14, 2007 11:53 pm

Yeah, I'm thinking bowls might be more my thing, looking at that.[/i]
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Postby Kev365428 » Sun Jul 15, 2007 12:04 am

What about that camera shot of the freeway with the mountain at the end of it. Must be heart breaking to see that.

And if I see that bloody Telstra "Oh, so you used to play for Collingwood" ad again, I'll scream.

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Postby McPete » Sun Jul 15, 2007 12:05 am

The bikeforce ad is quite annoying too, but the Telstra one takes the cake, I agree.
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Postby europa » Sun Jul 15, 2007 1:42 am

Man, wasn't that fun? The lad who won the day, can't even remember his name let alone spell it, didn't he do a great job? And both our GC hopes, Cadel and Michael, were in the 'big bunch of heroes'.

Can't wait till tomorrow night ... well, I can but you know what I mean :D

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Postby nimm » Sun Jul 15, 2007 1:49 am

40km/hr average, 200km and with those bigs climbs in there... just incredible!
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Postby europa » Sun Jul 15, 2007 1:53 am

I can't average 40km/hr over the edge of a cliff and we don't have cliffs 200km high ... maybe that's why I'm not a pro rider :roll:
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Postby mikesbytes » Sun Jul 15, 2007 11:17 am

Yeh, 40.4kph average, thats amazing. I've averaged 41kph over 50k, but that was on the flat.
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Postby nimm » Sun Jul 15, 2007 6:09 pm

That's pretty impressive mike! I need to ride more regularly...

I just did as close to a time trial as I can get, down south along the freeway. No traffic and a nice smooth path - 33.3km/hr over 40.5km. My best ever :)

Unfortunately got a flat at the end when cooling down pfft, i'll add it to the black cat thread.
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Postby mikesbytes » Sun Jul 15, 2007 7:25 pm

33.3kph in your own air is pretty dam quick. My 41kph was with other riders, most of which were quicker than me.
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Postby europa » Sun Jul 15, 2007 7:43 pm

Therein lies the mistake the GC riders made last night, they allowed a breakaway of 15 riders. Not only is 15 enough to maintain a high speed, it's enough to allow tired riders to rest within the breakaway before taking up pace making again. I'm beginning to wonder if the GC riders this year have the tactical nouse of men such as Armstrong and Indurain.

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Postby mikesbytes » Sun Jul 15, 2007 8:34 pm

europa wrote:Therein lies the mistake the GC riders made last night, they allowed a breakaway of 15 riders. Not only is 15 enough to maintain a high speed, it's enough to allow tired riders to rest within the breakaway before taking up pace making again. I'm beginning to wonder if the GC riders this year have the tactical nouse of men such as Armstrong and Indurain.

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Thats why the peleton was working so hard, to pull them in. In the end the winner was only 3min something in front.
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Postby Hotdog » Sun Jul 15, 2007 9:08 pm

I was in awe of the climbing performance too, then even more so after dragging myself up a ~200m in ~4km climb this morning (a mere bump in the road compared with 1100m in 16km of the Col de Colombiere). And now I've just had a look at the profile for today's stage :shock: Three category 1 climbs in a row with the finish line being at the summit of the final climb.
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Postby sogood » Sun Jul 15, 2007 9:11 pm

mikesbytes wrote:Thats why the peleton was working so hard, to pull them in. In the end the winner was only 3min something in front.

And there were only 3 or 4 left out of that original breakaway. All the rest died on the mountain climb.
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