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Re: Le Tour de Pharmaceutical 2017

Post by Growler on Tue 18 Jul 2017, 18:44

WideWally wrote:At the moment, Froome seems to be around $1.36 to $1.38 to win the tour.

I'm thinking of having a small wager on Rigoberto Uran at $12.00.

Well worth a crafty tenner INHO, Wally.

Whilst Uran may not *catch* Froome in the normal sense, there are still three days before the TT and Champs Elyssee.

Plenty of time for Froome to be caught and damaged in a pile-up, or an incident with a vehicle (was it last year he & Porte ran into the camera-bike?). Or, of course some drunken arse in a mankini running alongside interfering with him.
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Re: Le Tour de Pharmaceutical 2017

Post by Big Dog on Tue 18 Jul 2017, 22:31

Nodded off & missed the finish. Bugger!
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Re: Le Tour de Pharmaceutical 2017

Post by Big Dog on Wed 19 Jul 2017, 08:52

Interesting stage today. Should be a beauty.


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Re: Le Tour de Pharmaceutical 2017

Post by WideWally on Wed 19 Jul 2017, 10:41

Growler wrote:
WideWally wrote:At the moment, Froome seems to be around $1.36 to $1.38 to win the tour.

I'm thinking of having a small wager on Rigoberto Uran at $12.00.

Well worth a crafty tenner INHO, Wally.

Whilst Uran may not *catch* Froome in the normal sense, there are still three days before the TT and Champs Elyssee.

Plenty of time for Froome to be caught and damaged in a pile-up, or an incident with a vehicle (was it last year he & Porte ran into the camera-bike?). Or, of course some drunken arse in a mankini running alongside interfering with him.

I've changed my mind & won't be backing him. One of the commentators had claimed that Uran would be able to time trial well enough to not lose much time to Froome but having now researched this, I believe it is garbage. For Uran to be a chance, he would need to get a significant lead over Froome in the mountains over the next two days.
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Re: Le Tour de Pharmaceutical 2017

Post by Growler on Wed 19 Jul 2017, 11:27

Fair enough Wally, it's your money of course - but I may still have been slightly tempted to take a chance on Chris F crashing out with a broken wrist/collar bone. It goes without saying I wouldn't wish it (especially as a pom) - but it could happen, and in that case Uran is as good a bet as anyone.
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Re: Le Tour de Pharmaceutical 2017

Post by WideWally on Wed 19 Jul 2017, 11:59

You would have to think he will have a go in the mountains. I still think he is a chance. Just wish Uran, Aru or Bardet could time trial a bit better.

Froome usually seems to survive incidents quite well. Not like the Tasmanian who always finds trouble at the Tour.
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Re: Le Tour de Pharmaceutical 2017

Post by taipan on Wed 19 Jul 2017, 14:01

Kittel gawn
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Re: Le Tour de Pharmaceutical 2017

Post by WideWally on Wed 19 Jul 2017, 14:03

Kittel abandons.

He had a nasty fall earlier in the day. So, Michael Matthews only has to finish the tour to win the Green Jersey.
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Re: Le Tour de Pharmaceutical 2017

Post by Growler on Wed 19 Jul 2017, 14:19

Whilst I don't think anyone ever wins a GT through luck alone, it is true that Porte, G Thomas and Kittel today to name but three have had rotten luck. Contador too - wonderful ride so far today, but not really in contention for the podium due to events in the previous two weeks.

While CF does usually survive incidents quite well - a pretty innocuous couple of falls saw his 2014 TDF wrecked, if memory serves me.
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Re: Le Tour de Pharmaceutical 2017

Post by tricycle on Wed 19 Jul 2017, 17:55

Porte and Thomas always screw up their chances all the time. Think there more than luck to it.

Wally: fair decision. He hasn't had many good time trials since 2015.

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Re: Le Tour de Pharmaceutical 2017

Post by Big Dog on Thu 20 Jul 2017, 08:16

Another great stage today with a classic uphill finish to the Col d `Izoard.

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Re: Le Tour de Pharmaceutical 2017

Post by taipan on Thu 20 Jul 2017, 08:25

Crunch time for Froome.
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Re: Le Tour de Pharmaceutical 2017

Post by JGK on Thu 20 Jul 2017, 08:26

taipan wrote:Crunch time for Froome.


More likely for everyone else.

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Re: Le Tour de Pharmaceutical 2017

Post by taipan on Thu 20 Jul 2017, 08:29

JGK wrote:
taipan wrote:Crunch time for Froome.


More likely for everyone else.

He cracked a bit on a previous mountain top finish.
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Re: Le Tour de Pharmaceutical 2017

Post by beamer on Thu 20 Jul 2017, 09:01

They need a couple of minutes on him ahead of the time trial, surely.

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Re: Le Tour de Pharmaceutical 2017

Post by taipan on Thu 20 Jul 2017, 09:18

beamer wrote:They need a couple of minutes on him ahead of the time trial, surely.

One would think so, but he still needs to make sure he doesn't concede too match.
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Re: Le Tour de Pharmaceutical 2017

Post by Big Dog on Thu 20 Jul 2017, 09:19

beamer wrote:They need a couple of minutes on him ahead of the time trial, surely.

I think you are right. Short of an accident, i can't see Froome losing from here.
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Re: Le Tour de Pharmaceutical 2017

Post by beamer on Thu 20 Jul 2017, 19:31

Probably done and dusted, but the margin is still small and Froome can't afford a crash. Bardet may not be a threat in a time trial but Uran apparently is pretty capable against the clock. Aru the big loser of the day on GC as he loses fourth to Sky no.2 Landa.

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Re: Le Tour de Pharmaceutical 2017

Post by Big Dog on Fri 21 Jul 2017, 09:15

The longest stage of the tour. This will sort the wheat from the chaff.

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Re: Le Tour de Pharmaceutical 2017

Post by JGK on Fri 21 Jul 2017, 09:27

Is it normal to have an intermediate sprint line at the top of a hill?

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Re: Le Tour de Pharmaceutical 2017

Post by Big Dog on Fri 21 Jul 2017, 23:12

Well that stage was a waste of time with all the GC riders happy to stay back & protect their positions. Bring on the TT.
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Re: Le Tour de Pharmaceutical 2017

Post by lardbucket on Sat 22 Jul 2017, 05:23

Boring stage.

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Re: Le Tour de Pharmaceutical 2017

Post by WideWally on Sat 22 Jul 2017, 08:09

That stage was always going to be boring. I didn't bother watching it.
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Re: Le Tour de Pharmaceutical 2017

Post by lardbucket on Sat 22 Jul 2017, 08:21

I was hoping for more ... thought on elf the other contenders might have attacked Froome, but it looks like they've all conceded.

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Re: Le Tour de Pharmaceutical 2017

Post by Big Dog on Sat 22 Jul 2017, 08:37

The climb could put a bit of life in the TT although its probably going to work more in Froomes favour.

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