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post #31 of 169
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Originally Posted by jhuskey View Post

In two weeks it will be over. A lot of racing to be done.

 

Or, as they say, "Only 3 Sundays to go!"

post #32 of 169
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Todays stage (Sunday) is really good. Froome in with a select group of Contador, Valverde and Froome isolated from the rest of his SKY team.

post #33 of 169
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Originally Posted by limerickman View Post

Todays stage (Sunday) is really good. Froome in with a select group of Contador, Valverde and Froome isolated from the rest of his SKY team.

 

Would be one of the best TDF stages i've watched in years.

post #34 of 169
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an irishman wins the stage!

post #35 of 169
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Originally Posted by limerickman View Post

an irishman wins the stage!
Nice win! Been a breakout year for Dan.
post #36 of 169
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Nice win! Been a breakout year for Dan.

 

It's been a great season for him. Physiologically I believe he's one of the best riders out there.

 

I agree with your comment earlier today's stage was superb. I thought Froome rode really well as he was alone against Movistar and Kreuziger and Contador and Quintana.

A really interesting stage today.

 

Ritchie Porte struggled after yesterday but that might play to Froome as Porte can now work solely for Froome. Hats off to Froome I thought he rode very well today

post #37 of 169
Is Evans really having a bad year or is the field just better?
post #38 of 169
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Originally Posted by jhuskey View Post

Is Evans really having a bad year or is the field just better?

Two consecutive years, really, but I think he's riding better than last year. And unless yesterday was a fluke, Froome is in a class by himself.

 

Age is telling him to slow down and find a new role on his team--hilly classics specialist, maybe, or road captain for the young guys.

post #39 of 169
Don't forget that Evans rode the Giro on really short notice and still finished 3rd. Given the Giro and that he likely doesn't recover as quickly as the younger riders, I don't think it's surprising that he's not on the sharp end right now.
post #40 of 169

Tour de France quote of the day goes to Richie Porte cool.png

 

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"Full credit to Valverde. He attacked so early and it takes a fair set of swingers to do that."
post #41 of 169
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Originally Posted by oldbobcat View Post

Two consecutive years, really, but I think he's riding better than last year. And unless yesterday was a fluke, Froome is in a class by himself.

 

Age is telling him to slow down and find a new role on his team--hilly classics specialist, maybe, or road captain for the young guys.

Evans is the last rider I would ever right off.

 

I remember even during the mid-2000's Evans fighting tooth and nail against known dopers and finishing top 10 in the TDF.

Evans has buckets of heart and determination and he doesn't know how to quit.

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post #43 of 169
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Originally Posted by limerickman View Post

Evans is the last rider I would ever right off.

 

I remember even during the mid-2000's Evans fighting tooth and nail against known dopers and finishing top 10 in the TDF.

Evans has buckets of heart and determination and he doesn't know how to quit.


I didn't mean to sound dismissive of Evans. His preparation is always to the best of his ability, he rides with heart, and he probably takes the fortunes of his team more seriously than any of his teammates. I admire the guy.

 

He's also 36, which means his physiological prime passed several years ago. And if you're a clean rider, age is more of an obstacle in grand tours.

post #44 of 169

Week one wrap up!

 

post #45 of 169
Who the hell thinks it's alright to throw urine on people? While Cavendish is a bit of an ambulatory anus sometimes, I think if a person hates the Manx Mangina so much that said person feels it's necessary to throw urine at him, it's likely time to be medicated and committed.
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