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Re: Cycling

Post by tricycle on Sat Jun 10, 2017 12:34 am

That was an impressive descent by Froome. Seems to have really improved on that front in the past couple of years. Valverde, who's bloody good at descents, didn't close in that much.

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Re: Cycling

Post by Big Dog on Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:49 am

Porte can consider himself unlucky not to have a second stage win as he was checked by Froome in the sprint to the line.
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Post by JGK on Sat Jun 10, 2017 6:16 pm

Alpe d'hues tonight I think. Froome should comfortably catch up the 39 seconds.

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Post by tricycle on Sat Jun 10, 2017 7:30 pm

Not the usual full climb. They climb up Sarenne and an undulating route to Alpe d'Huez.

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Post by tricycle on Sat Jun 10, 2017 7:32 pm

Regarding the climb they're on right now

Race leader Richie Porte told letour.com with a big laugh this morning: “All I know about the col de Porte is that it has a lovely name!”

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Re: Cycling

Post by WideWally on Sat Jun 10, 2017 10:57 pm

JGK wrote:Alpe d'hues tonight I think.   Froome should comfortably catch up the 39 seconds.

Porte finishes 23 seconds ahead of Froome.

Peter Kennaugh wins the stage.


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Post by JGK on Sun Jun 11, 2017 10:52 am

Cracking stage.

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Post by Big Dog on Sun Jun 11, 2017 6:25 pm

Going to be a great final stage. Go Porte.

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Post by JGK on Sun Jun 11, 2017 8:01 pm

Aye Froome et al may as well have a crack up the final hill.

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Post by tricycle on Sun Jun 11, 2017 8:31 pm

Froome, Valverde and Latour all attacked on the first climb and have left Porte without any teammates.

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Re: Cycling

Post by WideWally on Sun Jun 11, 2017 10:45 pm

Will Fuglsang spoil the party?
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Post by tricycle on Sun Jun 11, 2017 10:52 pm

Looks like it'll be the case. Froome clearly not in top form, but valverde and he made the race.

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Post by tricycle on Sun Jun 11, 2017 10:54 pm

Hell of a ride by Porte, though.

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Post by tricycle on Sun Jun 11, 2017 11:04 pm

Yep, Fuglsang wins the Dauphine.

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Post by WideWally on Sun Jun 11, 2017 11:08 pm

Fuglsang wins the Dauphine.

WideWally wrote:Fuglsang scores a very narrow stage win over Porte, Froome & Aru. However, Porte is now in yellow by 39 seconds from Froome. Two mountain stages to go.

Big Dog wrote:Porte can consider himself unlucky not to have a second stage win as he was checked by Froome in the sprint to the line.

I think the interference by Froome on that stage has probably cost Porte the title.

No, he probably would have still just missed if those positions were reversed.


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Post by tricycle on Sun Jun 11, 2017 11:10 pm

To be fair, Porte's team today cost him a lot more than a couple of seconds.

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Post by WideWally on Sun Jun 11, 2017 11:15 pm

Undoubtedly.
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Post by Big Dog on Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:46 am

Fuglsang by 10 sec over Porte. So near & yet so far.
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Re: Cycling

Post by Growler on Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:31 am

Have to say I thought Richie would close out the race, he has looked really good all week (especially his TT), and his lead on he final morning suggested he was odds on.

Froome's TT suggested he was slightly off, as was his ride yesterday, so I couldn't see him getting so much time back. I'm not sure his drift on that finish cost RP the stage - it was so close between the three of them. It made no difference to the times, and Porte didn't seem too fussed by it in his interview later - took it as the kind of thing that sometimes happens.

If BMC as a team have their shit together, I think young Richie will be in with a shout of at least a podium at the tour with the luck every rider needs with regard to avoiding crashes and mechanical failures etc.
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Re: Cycling

Post by WideWally on Mon Jun 12, 2017 12:25 pm

There were time bonuses attached to the first three across the line (10 secs, 6 secs, 4 secs) so if Porte had beaten Fuglsang in Stage 6 he would have been 8 seconds better off but still lost overall by 2 secs.
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Post by Growler on Mon Jun 12, 2017 12:45 pm

Ah yes, I'd forgotten about that, Wally ..... thankfully it didn't change the result, but certainly could have done.
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Re: Cycling

Post by tricycle on Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:05 pm

I wonder if Froome is peaking later this season to be in better form for the vuelta or if it's just his bad back playing up. He's certainly not been anywhere near the levels we've come to expect of him.

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Post by tricycle on Sun Aug 06, 2017 1:45 pm

http://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/racing/vuelta-a-espana/the-vuelta-a-espana-will-take-on-an-incredibly-steep-31-climb-and-these-photos-show-just-how-tough-it-is-345302

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get off the bike and run...

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Re: Cycling

Post by beamer on Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:33 pm

tricycle wrote:http://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/racing/vuelta-a-espana/the-vuelta-a-espana-will-take-on-an-incredibly-steep-31-climb-and-these-photos-show-just-how-tough-it-is-345302

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Froome's tried that tactic before... Laughing

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Re: Cycling

Post by Big Dog on Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:56 am

Contador to retire next month.
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