Tour of Britain

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Tour of Britain

Postby Mike Sales » 9 Sep 2019, 11:30am

I'm enjoying watching the ToB, Lovely to see people cycling through our lovely, wet, green lanes. I enjoy the way bikes and pelotons move too. Graceful.
The Tour, Vuelta and Giro give great footage of their countryside.

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Re: Tour of Britain

Postby mjr » 9 Sep 2019, 3:35pm

Don't you feel a bit ashamed of our country, watching the Vuelta highlights and seeing so many helicopter shots of half-size roads alongside the roads outside towns, painted with bike symbols as well as centre lines and normal markings, then after that, the Tour of Britain highlights come on and all we have are some pavements with bike symbols added and we don't even stop the grass growing onto those? It looks a disgrace and must deter some cycle tourists from visiting. Our roads lag behind much of Spain and France now as well as the Netherlands and Belgium and we're dropping further behind - soon we will be "hors delai" and eliminated! :(
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Re: Tour of Britain

Postby gbnz » 9 Sep 2019, 10:01pm

Mike Sales wrote:I'm enjoying watching the ToB, Lovely to see people cycling through our lovely, wet, green lanes. I enjoy the way bikes and pelotons move too. Graceful.


Have to admit I never watch cycle racing, but being in the centre of Newcastle today thought I'd hang around for an hour to see it. Quite an incredible event, the organisation was superb and the skill of the finish line commentator was incredible - how can anyone talk non stop for an hour on a responsive basis to a fast moving event, in a witty, amusing and informative manner :?:

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Re: Tour of Britain

Postby Mike Sales » 10 Sep 2019, 1:05pm

Lovely moorland roads at the moment.

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Re: Tour of Britain

Postby Brucey » 10 Sep 2019, 3:55pm

cracking stage today; Trentin must be gutted, he has lost the leader's jersey by one second following Mathieu Van der Poel's blistering attack inside the last few hundred metres. When he kicked, he was pushing out about twice as much power as those trying to follow his wheel; absolutely devastating.

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Re: Tour of Britain

Postby Robzere31 » 10 Sep 2019, 4:37pm

Time trial in Pershore is only 20 miles from me, but I'll be stuck at work with zero chance of getting the day off to go along to watch. :(

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Re: Tour of Britain

Postby Spinners » 10 Sep 2019, 7:20pm

Yes, a good stage today and stunning scenery. Plus... no trains!!
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Re: Tour of Britain

Postby Brucey » 11 Sep 2019, 4:55pm

Groenwegen on three wins! However at least as significant were the placings; Matthew Walls showed he is a handy sprinter in such company, so I'd expect to see him in a better team next year. Trentin got third place which means a 4s time bonus; enough to put him back in yellow. Cav came tenth; not up to his usual standard but a glimmer of encouragement?

VdP has to be a hot favourite for the TT stage, but who knows?

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Re: Tour of Britain

Postby Brucey » 13 Sep 2019, 9:45pm

Following a surprisingly close run (between Trentin and VdP) TT yesterday, today saw another stonking ride from VdP; he kicked twice in the final few hundred metres, once to shake off everyone expect Trentin, and again to take the finish. "He lead himself out " one of the commentators said, and that is certainly what it looked like!

Trentin gave him a pat on the back after the finish; you gotta have respect for a rider like VdP who can bury themself like that.

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Re: Tour of Britain

Postby RickH » 13 Sep 2019, 10:14pm

Brucey wrote:Following a surprisingly close run (between Trentin and VdP) TT yesterday, today saw another stonking ride from VdP; he kicked twice in the final few hundred metres, once to shake off everyone expect Trentin, and again to take the finish. "He lead himself out " one of the commentators said, and that is certainly what it looked like!

Trentin gave him a pat on the back after the finish; you gotta have respect for a rider like VdP who can bury themself like that.

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Trentin's "what can I do to beat him?" gesture as VdP punched the air ahead of him about summed it up. (I've not found an online photo to link to yet.)

William Fotheringhay in the Guardian wrote:... as they passed the 100 metres to go mark, where the gradient eased slightly, Van der Poel gained a second wind, and Trentin slipped backwards with a resigned look. As his Dutch rival punched the air, in the knowledge that he now has a realistic chance of taking the overall title on Saturday, Trentin spread his arms wide in resignation. (link)

Hopefully I'll be at both the start & finish tomorrow to see how it all unfolds. :D

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Re: Tour of Britain

Postby pjclinch » 15 Sep 2019, 2:35pm

Chapeau! to all involved, best ToB I can remember with a good course that stopped it being all down to one thing and kept it in the balance the whole way.

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Re: Tour of Britain

Postby cotterpins » 15 Sep 2019, 9:09pm

"Don't you feel a bit ashamed of our country?"

Not at all. It must have something going for it? When I was a child it only had a population of forty-something million. IT would appear that we are doing something right. After all it' is called Great Britain!