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2014 Tour de France

Postby GAV!N » Wed Oct 23, 2013 5:49 pm

Route is now announced tonight - now the anticipation can begin :D
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby antomeno » Mon Dec 02, 2013 11:52 pm

Still a route for Froome....let us hope that it will not finish too early
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby GAV!N » Thu Dec 05, 2013 1:03 pm

Certainly is. And sounds like Quintana may even give it a miss and target the Giro or Vuelta. To be honest I think I'm looking forward to either of those two this year. I've got a feeling the Tour may be similar in 2012, but replace Wiggins with Froome. Very controlled and not very exciting with a pretty clear dominance from the start. Hopefully I'm proved wrong.
Having Evans, Porte & Quintana etc targeting the Giro/Vuelta is very exciting :D
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby Davidrnau » Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:23 am

Hi

99 days to go :D

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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby Davidrnau » Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:55 pm

GAV!N wrote: Froome still has a bit of work to do! Could make for an exciting tour though if it's not a one man race again.


And Nibali also

Interesting to read Scarponi's thoughts on Nibali re: 2014 Tour de France

http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/11/news/scarponi-says-new-teammate-nibali-will-win-the-2014-tour-de-france_309982

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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby toolonglegs » Fri Mar 28, 2014 4:59 pm

I got a fright when they said 100 days to go yesterday :lol: ... got to get the arse in to gear!. It always seems so far away and then suddenly it isn't.
Looking forward to the cobbles especially!... need to see if 28's will fit on the Dale :D .
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby GAV!N » Fri Mar 28, 2014 5:58 pm

I think Valverde is a good chance too. He's racing well. If it wasn't for that badly timed flat on the cross winds stage, last year could have been a whole different story for him.
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby Joel Bohorquez » Tue Apr 01, 2014 11:55 pm

I think Movistar Team could have been stronger with Quintana this year. Valverde/Quintana would have been a headache for Sky Team and Chris Froome.
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby Davidrnau » Wed Apr 02, 2014 11:23 am

Hi

Yes Quintana (I'm a big fan of his) riding the Giro and Vuelta for 2014

No Tour de France for Quinatana
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/no-tour-de-france-for-quintana-in-2014

Should make for an interesting Giro Quintana v 'Purito'

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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby Joel Bohorquez » Thu Apr 03, 2014 10:43 pm

Even more interesting If Porte is confirmed for the Giro, then this year italian classic is gonna be spot on!

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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby Davidrnau » Fri Apr 04, 2014 5:41 pm

Joel Bohorquez wrote:Even more interesting If Porte is confirmed for the Giro, then this year italian classic is gonna be spot on!

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Hope Porte makes it for the Giro

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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby GAV!N » Sun Apr 06, 2014 6:02 pm

I think Porte will still make the Giro, but his build up is going to be less than ideal. He has a lot of ground to make up if he's a chance.
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby PomBike » Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:56 pm

Davidrnau wrote:Hi

99 days to go :D
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I had not seen this map before... thanks for posting it's a great ready reckoner.
Just look at those routes in Yorkshire :lol: :lol:
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby elantra » Mon Apr 07, 2014 12:28 am

Apparently Mark Cavendish's mum is a native of Harrogate, and he is expected to figure prominantly in the anticipated bunch sprint finish there.
Then apparently some nasty steep hills the next day, from York to Sheffield.
There was a background story on SBS yesterday, with Bernard Hinault visiting this parcours.
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby warthog1 » Sun Apr 13, 2014 6:14 pm

Sky ain't going to have it all their way this year I reckon. Contador is looking ominous.


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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby Davidrnau » Mon Apr 14, 2014 5:06 pm

warthog1 wrote:Sky ain't going to have it all their way this year I reckon. Contador is looking ominous.


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Yes his form in the 2014 Tour of the Basque Country (final GC below) certainly has him looking the goods for the Tour de France

1. CONTADOR VELASCO Alberto TSB 21:09:11
2. KWIATKOWSKI Michal OPQ 00:00:49
3. PERAUD Jean Christophe ALM 00:01:04
4. SPILAK Simon KAT 00:01:07
5. VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro MOV 00:01:07
6. VAN GARDEREN Tejay BMC 00:01:56
7. EVANS Cadel BMC 00:01:56
8. TROFIMOV Yury KAT 00:02:13
9. PINOT Thibaut FDJ 00:02:14
10. POELS Wouter OPQ 00:02:26

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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby AUbicycles » Mon May 12, 2014 10:22 am

Received this from 'Woody' for anyone in France and wanting to party on stage 2 of the Tour de France.

Woody is running Langsett Le Hub which is a festival with bands, food and camping.
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby kyap » Tue May 13, 2014 4:16 pm

Not sure if right place to ask...

I was wondering is there "meet the fans" session during the Stage 1? Like signing and photograph thingy??
I'll be there at Stage 1 starting and Stage 2 ending. Am doing research of where to park, where to go blah blah. From website the starting can accommodate up to 25,000 spectators.
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby PomBike » Wed May 14, 2014 12:32 am

I would have thought Leeds City Centre could accommodate many more than 25,000 if you get anywhere near the action is another matter.
I am going to a more sedate viewing point at Harewood and then hot foot-it into Harrogate for the finish. Big fan park. www.d2ride.co.uk
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby PomBike » Wed May 14, 2014 12:34 am

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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby GAV!N » Sat Jun 07, 2014 9:31 am

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/wiggins ... rance-team

No Wiggins in the Tour... I thought if he and Froome COULD get along, he would have been a good help.

Definitely can't see Wiggins staying with Sky past this year.
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby AndyRevill » Sun Jun 08, 2014 11:25 am

Starting to get really excited :D I grew up in Sheffield and the last third of stage 2 is an area I used to cycle a lot as a kid. Also used to do a lot of walking in the Dales.

I don't often stay up to watch whole stages (maybe some of the mountains) but will be glued for the first two - if I was rich I'd be there!

I've even ordered the T-shirt :D
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby find_bruce » Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:01 am

GAV!N wrote:http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/wiggins-left-out-of-team-skys-tour-de-france-team

No Wiggins in the Tour... I thought if he and Froome COULD get along, he would have been a good help.

Definitely can't see Wiggins staying with Sky past this year.

Interesting response from Brailsford Brailsford speaks about Wiggins Froome spat. Despite Brailsford's protestations, I still can't see Wiggins in the team
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby Red Rider » Fri Jun 13, 2014 1:03 am

It's a shame if Brad Wiggins wont make the Tour. He's a big name in the world of cycling, attracts plenty of interest for the sport and would add a lot to the race. For it to seemingly come to this over 'team harmony' is pretty pathetic.

Froome is looking very good, it'll take something very special from Contador or another to trump him. It's great to see Contador is such good form, and have really enjoyed watching his cycling craft lately.
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby PomBike » Wed Jun 18, 2014 1:56 am

Can't now see how Sky would work with the Wiggo Froome combo...
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