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Old 08-20-13, 08:47 AM   #26
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Chris Froome and Richie Porte... At least pretend you are there to compete, good grief. Dropping 5 to 6 minutes???? At least Andy Schleck made an effort today.
They have already stated that they are there in support of Joe Dombrowski and Ian Boswell to see what the youngsters can do. Pretty cool to have the TDF winner go back to the cars to get your bottles.
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They have already stated that they are there in support of Joe Dombrowski and Ian Boswell to see what the youngsters can do. Pretty cool to have the TDF winner go back to the cars to get your bottles.
Oh, I know they didn't have any chance of winning nor will make any attempt to win, except for maybe the time trial. Still though, NBC hypes these guys coming. I suspect they dropped off the peloton on purpose to completely take any attention off themselves in the upcoming stages and focus on their team-mate, Dombrowski. Same thing the previous two years this race was held also, the top guns lay low, help put Americans over.

I'm glad though the race seems to be on solid ground now.
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Any significance to C-Dales new kits?
Sagan is going to be competing for green jerseys for the foreseeable and they don't want him blending in with the rest of the team?
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Much better commercials and promos than TDF. I live in northern NM most of the time, but am back east now. Next year I'm taking my new off-road camper and Jeep up to Colorado for the week.

Dombrowski looks to be very efficient on the bike.

Phil and Paul are even more terribler than ever.

"Try burning 900 cal. per hour in your local spin class!" Pfftt... 1000 is where the fun begins.

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Watching the Podium awards on DVR. If I close my eyes, the announcer makes me feel like Im at a monster truck rally...
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Hmm, my thought was that Quintana could be doing the Vuelta, but he's not listed for that either.

http://www.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral...3/teams-riders
Looks like it wasn't ever on his schedule. Concentrating on the TDF.

http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/...chedule_299670
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Looks like it wasn't ever on his schedule. Concentrating on the TDF.

http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/...chedule_299670
Makes sense...I have to say, I'm curious to see what he does next year.

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Chris Froome and Richie Porte... At least pretend you are there to compete, good grief. Dropping 5 to 6 minutes???? At least Andy Schleck made an effort today.
Those who did not prepare by participating in the Tour of Utah at altitude or coming early like Sagan are reaping what they sowed. Chris Froom and Richie Porte, of the Tour of France fame, showed up last week Wednesday and really embarrassed themselves dropping to around 5 minutes on the very first stage way down the GC list. Maybe next time they should skip it instead of showing up with little or no preparation. Ostensibly they received an appearance bonus but their performance revealed how much regard they hold for the event.
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Those who did not prepare by participating in the Tour of Utah at altitude or coming early like Sagan are reaping what they sowed. Chris Froom and Richie Porte, of the Tour of France fame, showed up last week Wednesday and really embarrassed themselves dropping to around 5 minutes on the very first stage way down the GC list. Maybe next time they should skip it instead of showing up with little or no preparation. Ostensibly they received an appearance bonus but their performance revealed how much regard they hold for the event.
Joe Dombrowski is a minute down as of yesterday and they'll be riding in support of Joe and Ian Boswell as previously stated.

Looks like a GC race between BMC and Garmin Sharp so far. They are said to be heavily represented at the front today. Crap I have to leave for work just when the coverage at RadioShack tour tracker starts.
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Joe Dombrowski is a minute down as of yesterday and they'll be riding in support of Joe and Ian Boswell as previously stated.

Looks like a GC race between BMC and Garmin Sharp so far. They are said to be heavily represented at the front today. Crap I have to leave for work just when the coverage at RadioShack tour tracker starts.
Dombrowski dropped for nose bleeds; will require arterial surgery.

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pretty boring race so far... except for Lachlen and Jens.
Sagan is a great young talent, but there's no way this should be his type of race...
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pretty boring race so far... except for Lachlen and Jens.
Sagan is a great young talent, but there's no way this should be his type of race...
Why not ?

I've been having to work and have missed the finishes but if the first 5 places are within 18 seconds and there are 6 teams in the first 10 spots within 41 seconds it sounds like a closely contested race to me.
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pretty boring race so far... except for Lachlen and Jens.
Sagan is a great young talent, but there's no way this should be his type of race...
Woops! Looks like it is his kind of race.
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A question about the bikes. Does anybody know what the little blue tag is on the non-drive side rear wheel strut? I've seen a number of the bikes, even from different teams. Andy
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It could be the electronic tag that transmits who and where they are, also helps with timing the finishes or when they go through check points.
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It could be the electronic tag that transmits who and where they are, also helps with timing the finishes or when they go through check points.
Actually, yes...I saw them zoom in on it last night when I was watching stage three. It's a GPS tracker that does what I said above, in addition to allowing the broadcasters to point out who the riders are. For example, when they show the helicopter shot and have the little arrows going to the rider...the blue tag does that.


And since I'm only on stage 3, how awesome was it that when they come back from the special little segment on Jens, he's on a one man breakaway and the other guys can't catch him to grab his wheel. That man is a beast!
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They said last night that when Jens broke away initially, he was pushing 1300 watts. They didn't say for how long, but that is pretty impressive.
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I fell asleep last night, they were all on the plateau last I remember - haven't seen the ending yet but even if Jens didn't take the stage, he's still awesome as hell!
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Woops! Looks like it is his kind of race.
Oops.....Maybe not insofar as the GC is concerned anymore. Man I'm working on the 2nd shift and get to miss everything. I wonder what the heck happened to Sagan yesterday.

Looks like you were right about Sky's altitude sickness from what I'm hearing.

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I can't get over pros not using a TT bike on this stage. I know it's a climb but to say they aren't as comfortable on a TT bike is ridiculous given the training they do.
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Why no prime time coverage of this? Is MLS 36 repeats that much higher in the ratings for MSNBC????
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I can't get over pros not using a TT bike on this stage. I know it's a climb but to say they aren't as comfortable on a TT bike is ridiculous given the training they do.
The riders in contention for a GC spot or a specialist stage win were riding TT bikes, see Tejays here:
http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/...1-time-machine

For the rest of the 90% of the field that was just pack-fodder and finishing 3+ minutes off the winning pace, it is an uneccessary logistical complication to bring along a TT bike.
Note in the above arcticle that Tejays TT bike weighed a full 19 pounds. While it worked well for him, for an uphill TT there probably is some merit to the idea of keeping the bike light as possible and providing a good climbing power position.
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The riders in contention for a GC spot or a specialist stage win were riding TT bikes, see Tejays here:
http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/...1-time-machine

For the rest of the 90% of the field that was just pack-fodder and finishing 3+ minutes off the winning pace, it is an uneccessary logistical complication to bring along a TT bike.
Note in the above arcticle that Tejays TT bike weighed a full 19 pounds. While it worked well for him, for an uphill TT there probably is some merit to the idea of keeping the bike light as possible and providing a good climbing power position.
Thanks for the link, makes a lot of sense.
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Froome lost 3 more minutes on the ITT today. That's has nothing to do with supporting a team mate, that's just not trying period.
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its weird to me that anyone is surprised by that.

hes on a paid vacation and rides for a sponsor that has no interest in the market here.

let him take a victory lap. who cares. it gives american teams a chance to make thier sponsors happy and give us yanks the show we want.
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