2020 Tour de France

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Re: 2020 Tour de France

Postby hemo » 1 Sep 2020, 3:32pm

Watching the live action yesterday there were man places where 30, 40 or 50 spectators were gathered all together in a large group.
Generally most are distancing and today one can see it, though again today with a little over 36.5k to go a group of soles maybe 15/20 strong show no sign of distancing.

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Re: 2020 Tour de France

Postby iandriver » 1 Sep 2020, 4:17pm

Didi Senft in his devil costume seemed to have well distanced and was taking it seriously. All's well when Didi's well.
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Re: 2020 Tour de France

Postby Contador86 » 3 Sep 2020, 9:46am

Tom Dumoulin, Outsider hidden behind Primoz Roglic ?

French press before Stage 6 : https://cafecremesport.com/2020/09/03/t ... -numero-2/

For me, Primoz Roglic take the yellow jersey today ! But Dumoulin will be very strong for the end of Tour de France... :evil:

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Re: 2020 Tour de France

Postby freeflow » 3 Sep 2020, 11:36am

Tour de France, a series of 200km sportive followed by a short race. :wink:

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Re: 2020 Tour de France

Postby mjr » 3 Sep 2020, 11:44am

iandriver wrote:Didi Senft in his devil costume seemed to have well distanced and was taking it seriously. All's well when Didi's well.

According to one of Ned Boulting's books (I think), the old costume is ripe enough to ensure good distancing itself!

His website www.tourTeufel.de has actually got on screen s couple of times this year whereas I think French TV used to try to avoid it because he didn't pay race or TV for the advertising. It was less of a game of cat and mouse than the caravan shop flag in the finish straight of the Flanders classics, but I still wonder why they're letting him on screen this year. Do you think they're going soft because they're happy to see him this year as a sign of normality?
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Re: 2020 Tour de France

Postby Postboxer » 3 Sep 2020, 2:13pm

Maybe they're warming to him. The tour hasn't really started until you see Didi.

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Re: 2020 Tour de France

Postby iandriver » 4 Sep 2020, 3:18pm

So what's with the awful enormous sunglasses this year?

Is it a semi-covid face protector thing?
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Re: 2020 Tour de France

Postby thirdcrank » 4 Sep 2020, 3:52pm

As with the earlier styles it's fashion: that's largely why they change.

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Re: 2020 Tour de France

Postby iandriver » 4 Sep 2020, 9:20pm

thirdcrank wrote:As with the earlier styles it's fashion: that's largely why they change.


And vividly demonstrating the difference between fashion and style in the process.
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Re: 2020 Tour de France

Postby xerxes » 5 Sep 2020, 6:59pm

It will be a minor miracle if none of the riders contract Covid-19 following the ascent of the Peyresourde. The behaviour of the crowds on some of the climbs is appalling at the best of times, but the fact they were even allowed to be there this year beggars belief.

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Re: 2020 Tour de France

Postby mjr » 6 Sep 2020, 1:27am

xerxes wrote:It will be a minor miracle if none of the riders contract Covid-19 following the ascent of the Peyresourde. The behaviour of the crowds on some of the climbs is appalling at the best of times, but the fact they were even allowed to be there this year beggars belief.

How many police would have been needed to prevent it? More or less than in the entire region?

The riders didn't spend fifteen minutes near anyone in the crowd. Outbreaks among the crowd seem far more likely. That'll be a fun one for contact tracing!
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Re: 2020 Tour de France

Postby Postboxer » 6 Sep 2020, 1:47am

I would assume most climbs have limited junctions on them, so it wouldn't be hard to either ban fans on the climbs all together, or limit their numbers. I've never understood the 15 minute thing, I assume it's a probability thing, so it might happen in a second but is unlikely, but if you pass thousands of people, some of which may have covid, surely there's a chance a rider may catch covid from passing fans at the roadside, fans are shouting, riders are breathing hard.

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Re: 2020 Tour de France

Postby francovendee » 6 Sep 2020, 8:20am

xerxes wrote:It will be a minor miracle if none of the riders contract Covid-19 following the ascent of the Peyresourde. The behaviour of the crowds on some of the climbs is appalling at the best of times, but the fact they were even allowed to be there this year beggars belief.

I thought the same thing. I've never liked the idiots running alongside the riders, one slip and the rider can be knocked off. It's worse this year as spectators have been asked to wear a mask when the riders go by and lots of these idiot runners weren't.

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Re: 2020 Tour de France

Postby thirdcrank » 6 Sep 2020, 8:57am

I get the impression that some people are watching the spectators rather than the race.

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Re: 2020 Tour de France

Postby Syd » 6 Sep 2020, 4:26pm

Wonder what odds the bookies are giving on the Tour being stopped before Paris?