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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby KL. » Sat Jul 20, 2013 12:04 pm

I would say that Froome has the GC sewn up, barring something dramatic happening, such as what happened to Valverde..

I would say TVG, considering his startling efforts in the individual TT and Alpe d'Huez, is really a single player and not a team player.
He is probably only a team player if he is the key person in the team and everybody is supporting him..

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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby jamesn184 » Sat Jul 20, 2013 12:18 pm

AUbicycles wrote:Does Porte get to play tag team and get his turn at the yellow next year or will Wiggo be back.


AFAIK he's going to lead the team for the Giro... I can't see Porte leading Sky at the Tour any time soon... Froome has already stated he wants to dominate for the next 6-7 years ....
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby seddo » Sat Jul 20, 2013 12:29 pm

Apologies if this has already been posted but is anyone else following Laurens ten Dam on Strava ? adds another insight into the Tour and how these blokes are amazing atheletes
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby jcjordan » Sat Jul 20, 2013 2:00 pm

jamesn184 wrote:
AUbicycles wrote:Does Porte get to play tag team and get his turn at the yellow next year or will Wiggo be back.


AFAIK he's going to lead the team for the Giro... I can't see Porte leading Sky at the Tour any time soon... Froome has already stated he wants to dominate for the next 6-7 years ....


Yep he will the Giro until Wiggo or another Brit wants the lead and he will be back into domestic duties

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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby jamesn184 » Sat Jul 20, 2013 4:35 pm

Wonder what team he will go to after his contract expires at the end of next season
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby InTheWoods » Sat Jul 20, 2013 4:44 pm

I'm really looking forward to tonight's stage to see what happens in the race for 2-4th positions. Short stage too.

Tomorrow's starts and finishes waay too late to watch it live.
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby Purt » Sat Jul 20, 2013 4:53 pm

jamesn184 wrote:Froome has already stated he wants to dominate for the next 6-7 years ....


uh, this could be a boring decade. Hopefully he stays well clear of the giro.
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby jamesn184 » Sat Jul 20, 2013 5:27 pm

Purt wrote:
jamesn184 wrote:Froome has already stated he wants to dominate for the next 6-7 years ....


uh, this could be a boring decade. Hopefully he stays well clear of the giro.

It won't be... Next year you have: Froome, Contador, Nibali, Quintana and not to mention the rest
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby toolonglegs » Sat Jul 20, 2013 6:44 pm

Nearly over :-( ... All packed to leave Annecy, quick ride up the first two climbs early this morning... Beautiful area!.
Watch the start then off to Paris.
Vive le tour!
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby InTheWoods » Sat Jul 20, 2013 6:59 pm

jamesn184 wrote:
Purt wrote:
jamesn184 wrote:Froome has already stated he wants to dominate for the next 6-7 years ....


uh, this could be a boring decade. Hopefully he stays well clear of the giro.

It won't be... Next year you have: Froome, Contador, Nibali, Quintana and not to mention the rest


That reminds me, what about Wiggo? Is he going to be wanting back in as team leader for next year?
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby MarkG » Sat Jul 20, 2013 7:00 pm

If Froome has balls he'll tackle the giro
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby Purt » Sat Jul 20, 2013 7:01 pm

jamesn184 wrote:
Purt wrote:
jamesn184 wrote:Froome has already stated he wants to dominate for the next 6-7 years ....


uh, this could be a boring decade. Hopefully he stays well clear of the giro.

It won't be... Next year you have: Froome, Contador, Nibali, Quintana and not to mention the rest


We had 3/4 of them this year and it was boring....
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby jamesn184 » Sat Jul 20, 2013 7:05 pm

Quintana is still young but he would be able to stand toe to toe with Froome for years to come
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby jamesn184 » Sat Jul 20, 2013 7:06 pm

InTheWoods wrote:
jamesn184 wrote:
Purt wrote:[quote="jamesn184"]Froome has already stated he wants to dominate for the next 6-7 years ....


uh, this could be a boring decade. Hopefully he stays well clear of the giro.

It won't be... Next year you have: Froome, Contador, Nibali, Quintana and not to mention the rest


That reminds me, what about Wiggo? Is he going to be wanting back in as team leader for next year?[/quote]

Wiggo will never ride the tour again... And I doubt he will lead sky at the giro again and flat out refuses to do the Vuelta
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby Fresh » Sun Jul 21, 2013 12:23 am

Jens putting in a top effort here.
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby RobertFrith » Sun Jul 21, 2013 1:26 am

Quintana is totally looking like the guy to watch next year. And the year after..
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby jacob_T » Sun Jul 21, 2013 1:32 am

Yeah. Pretty brilliant result for Quintana. A very nice finish to the stage.
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby macca33 » Sun Jul 21, 2013 1:41 am

Great finish to a fantastic race. Jens Voight's crack was absolutely fantastic also - he's a class act.

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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby RobertFrith » Sun Jul 21, 2013 1:51 am

Maybe it's me or maybe it's just that froomey has had so many post stage win interviews - he seems so smug or disingenuous...
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby grantw » Sun Jul 21, 2013 2:32 am

RobertFrith wrote:Quintana is totally looking like the guy to watch next year. And the year after..


I think we will be watching him a long time, hard to believe he's only 23!
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby foo on patrol » Sun Jul 21, 2013 7:28 am

Quintana is very composed on the hills. There is no pumping of the shoulders or wobbling around all over the place like a drunk. :wink:

I hope it is the start of a journey to greatness, that we have witnessed here, with no surprises. :)

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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby warthog1 » Sun Jul 21, 2013 8:42 am

Quintana is a great climber.
He is losing time in the tt's at the moment though. He is only 57 kg and 166 cm according to wikipedia.
Hard to see how he will improve his strength in the tt without adding significant weight. Can only hope though he's great to watch.
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby KL. » Sun Jul 21, 2013 9:46 am

You know what might be interesting for a couple of the climbing stages if they did something like what motorsport or world superbikes do.
Let's take the stage where they did Alpe d'Huez twice...

It would have been interesting to have broken that stage up into 2 substages where there is a break of an hour or so between climbs.
Having a break between climbs would allow riders to eat and regenerate.

Each climb would be then more like sprint climbs .. would be interesting :!:

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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby Sharkey » Sun Jul 21, 2013 9:53 am

I found this clip of Sagan doing a no-hands wheelie up Alpe d'Huez on YouTube.

PETER SAGAN - Tour de France 2013 - Wheelie on Alpe d'Huez

Obviously he is a crowd favourite for good reason.
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby pentlandexile » Sun Jul 21, 2013 10:14 am

Love watching Quintana ride. The race needs more attacking clmbers in the Pantani mould. Obviousy their styles are totally different .. but it's fun to watch.
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