2019 Tour de France: Spoilers!

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Re: 2019 Tour de France: Spoilers!

Postby 1982john » 26 Jul 2019, 4:49pm

Postboxer wrote:We'll never know what would have happened, which is annoying. Some idiot asked Dave Brailsford if he was happy Team Ineos may have just won the tour because of a natural disaster. It isn't won yet, and if they don't win it, it could be because of the weather, as they both may have gained more time on the final climb.

Tomorrow should be exciting.


That was the welsh guy who does bbc commentary. He's generally a muppet most of the time.

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Re: 2019 Tour de France: Spoilers!

Postby tony_mm » 26 Jul 2019, 6:12pm

1982john wrote:
Postboxer wrote:We'll never know what would have happened, which is annoying. Some idiot asked Dave Brailsford if he was happy Team Ineos may have just won the tour because of a natural disaster. It isn't won yet, and if they don't win it, it could be because of the weather, as they both may have gained more time on the final climb.

Tomorrow should be exciting.


That was the welsh guy who does bbc commentary. He's generally a muppet most of the time.


A tribute to G. Thomas/ Wales I suppose.

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Re: 2019 Tour de France: Spoilers!

Postby tony_mm » 26 Jul 2019, 6:46pm

From JA:

"I gave the maximum in Iseran. I can not have regret. I was beaten stronger than me, that's how it is.

I do not think the yellow jersey is still possible, it was already a dream to wear it. I pursued this dream for a long time, more than I had imagined. I did not dream of winning the Tour overnight. But I fought every day to keep the Yellow Jersey. I fought until today, during all the climb and even in the descent.

I want to thank everyone who supported me during this tour. I was carried by the madness of the Yellow Jersey. A big thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have no regrets, I gave everything. "

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Re: 2019 Tour de France: Spoilers!

Postby 1982john » 26 Jul 2019, 7:11pm

what odds next year's course just happens to match Julian's strengths?

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Re: 2019 Tour de France: Spoilers!

Postby tony_mm » 26 Jul 2019, 7:14pm

1982john wrote:what odds next year's course just happens to match Julian's strengths?


Many people would support that in order to make the race more interesting and less boring as with Sky/ Ineos.

But the question now is more like: which course will not be ok for the new king Bernal?
Bernal will win this Tour and many others also!

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Re: 2019 Tour de France: Spoilers!

Postby 1982john » 26 Jul 2019, 7:19pm

tony_mm wrote:
1982john wrote:what odds next year's course just happens to match Julian's strengths?


Many people would support that in order to make the race more interesting and less boring as with Sky/ Ineos.

But the question now is more like: which course will not be ok for the new king Bernal?
Bernal will win this Tour and many others also!


well, no more >2000 climbs that's for sure! Maybe more time trials? Ironically that's what they cut to help the French but it might have helped this year.

Reduce the teams to three riders each. That'll show Ineos.

But seriously the only way to stop them is budget caps

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Re: 2019 Tour de France: Spoilers!

Postby tony_mm » 26 Jul 2019, 7:26pm

3 Columbians in the Top 10!

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Re: 2019 Tour de France: Spoilers!

Postby 1982john » 26 Jul 2019, 7:37pm

it's great for the sport. Wonder if they might consider a 4th GT in the southern hemisphere one year around January maybe?

Rotate it from South America / Australia / Africa

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Re: 2019 Tour de France: Spoilers!

Postby reohn2 » 26 Jul 2019, 7:44pm

1982john wrote:it's great for the sport. Wonder if they might consider a 4th GT in the southern hemisphere one year around January maybe?

Rotate it from South America / Australia / Africa

Not enough room in the racing calender, and IMO prestige would dictate the three European GT's take presedence
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Re: 2019 Tour de France: Spoilers!

Postby Spinners » 26 Jul 2019, 9:19pm

TdF have tweeted that tomorrow's stage has been shortened to 59km because of 'a difficult weather forecast'. KOM competition will be affected.
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Re: 2019 Tour de France: Spoilers!

Postby 1982john » 26 Jul 2019, 10:15pm

reohn2 wrote:
1982john wrote:it's great for the sport. Wonder if they might consider a 4th GT in the southern hemisphere one year around January maybe?

Rotate it from South America / Australia / Africa

Not enough room in the racing calender, and IMO prestige would dictate the three European GT's take presedence


For sure it will take some time to get prestige. It was the same with the Aussie open.

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Re: 2019 Tour de France: Spoilers!

Postby Bonefishblues » 26 Jul 2019, 10:37pm

Spinners wrote:TdF have tweeted that tomorrow's stage has been shortened to 59km because of 'a difficult weather forecast'. KOM competition will be affected.

Landslide on that slope too, I understand.

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Re: 2019 Tour de France: Spoilers!

Postby mjr » 26 Jul 2019, 10:40pm

Spinners wrote:TdF have tweeted that tomorrow's stage has been shortened to 59km because of 'a difficult weather forecast'. KOM competition will be affected.

Actually due to landslides too. https://mobile.twitter.com/LeTour/statu ... 902977?p=v
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Re: 2019 Tour de France: Spoilers!

Postby cycleruk » 26 Jul 2019, 10:49pm

mjr wrote:
Spinners wrote:TdF have tweeted that tomorrow's stage has been shortened to 59km because of 'a difficult weather forecast'. KOM competition will be affected.

Actually due to landslides too. https://mobile.twitter.com/LeTour/statu ... 902977?p=v

Should just be an all out sprint then :?:
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Re: 2019 Tour de France: Spoilers!

Postby Bonefishblues » 26 Jul 2019, 10:55pm

Ineos have it, barring something completely unforseen