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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby rpmspinman » Tue Jul 15, 2014 12:36 pm

It's Nibali's race to lose now. When your nearest opponent pulls out of the race, it's got to be a sigh of relief for him and the team knowing the tour is almost handed to you on a plate. Not ruling out Richie or Valverde but Nibali is looking stronger.
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby GAV!N » Tue Jul 15, 2014 1:51 pm

Yeah a bit of a shame there won't be a true showdown between Nibali, Contador & Froome, but at the end of the day, Nibali has stayed upright. The others haven't. One of the basics of riding a bike is to stay upright! :lol: so good on him, he really deserves the win. Let's just say he crashes out too though; Porte for the win! :D
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby rpmspinman » Tue Jul 15, 2014 2:51 pm

Im actually going for Porte to be honest. Need another aussie win!
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby jasonc » Tue Jul 15, 2014 3:13 pm

TeeJay has bounced back well. I'd say he'll finished 3rd or 4th
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby tobes88 » Tue Jul 15, 2014 3:27 pm

warthog1 wrote:It has been eventful. Sorry to be a glass half empty sort of bloke but I'm very disappointed at what's happened so far.
I was really looking forward to high speed sprint duels between Cav and Kittel. There is still Kittel and Griepel though :)
The fight between Contador and Froome in the high mountains was something I was really looking forward to. :(
I was happy to see Nibali and Contador go at it but that is not to be.
Astana and Nibali have ridden a fantastic tour so far and deserve to be where they are. What could have been though.
Is it wrong to hope Nibali abandons somehow?


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Before the tour, of the three faves I wanted Nibali to win. But now I agree - justice would strangely be done if he goes somehow. If he bows out it would really be an incredibly open race, with four or five genuine contenders; probably lots of twists and turns in GC standings, an epic for the ages.

At present though, they're all just duking it out for a podium. It sucks that it's all so settled before a TT or proper alpine mountain stage.
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby rpmspinman » Tue Jul 15, 2014 3:47 pm

I got to say that I much prefer this kind of shake up rather than the stagnant way Team SKY rode with Wiggins/Froome in 2012/2013. Im not looking for accidents but I love the harder stages, and the way teams have had to really strategize their way each stage based on who is where in the GC. It's made this year really exciting to watch.
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby gabrielle260 » Tue Jul 15, 2014 4:10 pm

Really interesting comment by Baden Cooke last night... He said he had been a team mate of Contador and that Contador is a very tough guy. I must admit I always thought of him as a bit of a woos but climbing back on his bike and then doing a climb and a descent with a fractured tibia makes him a real hard guy in my mind!
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby Dragster1 » Tue Jul 15, 2014 4:16 pm

rpmspinman wrote:Im actually going for Porte to be honest. Need another aussie win!

Yeah! me too I am of Italian decent but I would still like Porte to win, he is the under dog from Tassie but you don't know how they are playing the game. Sky maybe playing away from the front where all the aggression is and Porte may put in a few stella stages towards the end but who knows. It would be awesome if a small boy from Tassie won the TDF image the compassion. I figured he cant be all that bad if he can bring Froomie to the front and they train together a lot also.
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby jasonc » Tue Jul 15, 2014 5:42 pm

rpmspinman wrote:I got to say that I much prefer this kind of shake up rather than the stagnant way Team SKY rode with Wiggins/Froome in 2012/2013. Im not looking for accidents but I love the harder stages, and the way teams have had to really strategize their way each stage based on who is where in the GC. It's made this year really exciting to watch.


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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby AndrewCowley » Tue Jul 15, 2014 8:20 pm

Are the organisers trying to kill the riders! Such a tough first week. Amazing stage on Monday. Respect to Nibali for going for the stage win when he didn't really need to.
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby DavidS » Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:07 pm

rpmspinman wrote:I got to say that I much prefer this kind of shake up rather than the stagnant way Team SKY rode with Wiggins/Froome in 2012/2013. Im not looking for accidents but I love the harder stages, and the way teams have had to really strategize their way each stage based on who is where in the GC. It's made this year really exciting to watch.


Yep, this tour has been more exciting than the last 2 put together. Wiggins had the race won after a couple of stages didn't he? Sky ride around with one eye on their power meters, dull, about as much panache as a caravan park.

Nibali is looking very good. Accelerating off up a mountain shows he wants to get out and win rather than hoping no-one catches him. He also stays upright on his bike, he deserves to be out in front.

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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby AUbicycles » Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:17 pm

Fabian Cancellara is out - will take a break after a long season.
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby jasonc » Wed Jul 16, 2014 8:12 am

AUbicycles wrote:Fabian Cancellara is out - will take a break after a long season.


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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby rpmspinman » Wed Jul 16, 2014 10:01 am

wow. I thought Spartan would have tried to go for the ITT stage at the end. He probably though about the impending Pyrenees and Jura? regions after the vogues and thought...meh. lol
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby bigfriendlyvegan » Wed Jul 16, 2014 10:05 am

Last night's stage was brilliant. I'm not normally a mountain climber, but I made it over last night and was in a good position for the downhill finish. I really couldn't believe it when I looked around and there was no one there. I kept going and took the stage by about 8 minutes. Eddy Merckx was crying because I totally smashed his GC chances, but my high school English teacher didn't like my podium speech much. For some reason the team bus didn't have any doors, so I kept going around and around it on my bike until a ramp appeared that lead to the highway, so I took that.
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby roller » Wed Jul 16, 2014 11:16 am

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More entertainment tonight, would have picked cancellara as a red hot chance for this stage, but with him pulling out I think I might take a chance and back Gerrans in, hopefully he's recovered from his fall and is ready to go all out.
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby pauls51 » Wed Jul 16, 2014 11:20 am

What a stage... !!!
Just loved watching Tommy V and Rodriguez going balls out on a couple of those climbs.. And Tony Martin what a freak!!

The stage had something for everyone.
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby find_bruce » Wed Jul 16, 2014 11:39 am

bigfriendlyvegan wrote:Last night's stage was brilliant. I'm not normally a mountain climber, but I made it over last night and was in a good position for the downhill finish. I really couldn't believe it when I looked around and there was no one there. I kept going and took the stage by about 8 minutes. Eddy Merckx was crying because I totally smashed his GC chances, but my high school English teacher didn't like my podium speech much. For some reason the team bus didn't have any doors, so I kept going around and around it on my bike until a ramp appeared that lead to the highway, so I took that.


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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby Dragster1 » Wed Jul 16, 2014 5:47 pm

Look at the blokes expression in the back rh corner

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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby bigfriendlyvegan » Wed Jul 16, 2014 8:07 pm

I have a replica of that Team Z bike.
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby singlespeedscott » Wed Jul 16, 2014 9:48 pm

Just finished watching Mondays stage. What a cracker. Completely wide open, but I think Nibali is going to win. Not as many tough mountain stages as last years Giro but even so I don't think anyone will catch him. Porte for a podium too.
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby Joel Bohorquez » Thu Jul 17, 2014 1:20 am

That's how stages should be won. If you want it you take responsability to win it.
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2014 Tour de France

Postby toolonglegs » Thu Jul 17, 2014 1:55 am

Very nice win :-) Allen les français :-)
Home for one day from the tour... But kidlets want to get the Aussie flags out tomorrow... 20 kms from home, be rude not too ;-)
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby bigfriendlyvegan » Thu Jul 17, 2014 10:06 am

toolonglegs wrote: 20 kms from home, be rude not too ;-)


Say hello to Didi if you see him. Make a BNA sign, get him to hold it, and take a photo (I'm told you know how to do that). That will get as much attention here as the famous Jens interview.

I was laughing when I saw Sagan near the end last night. He was sitting up arguing with the guys around him asking why they weren't chasing, then he just fizzled. Up yours Sagan, someone else wanted it more and you can't ride without someone's butt in front of you.
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