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Old 07-08-14, 08:31 PM   #1
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Tour de France 2014 - Stage 7 Friday, July 11th Épernay > Nancy 234.5 km

Stage 7, Flat, Friday, July 11th Épernay > Nancy 234.5 km

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Old 07-10-14, 04:33 PM   #2
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That was a dick move by Gerrans.
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BMC Attacking near the finish with TeJay trying to catch on the back

And a team mate in the pack who could have dropped back to help.
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Old 07-11-14, 09:54 AM   #5
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That was a dick move by Gerrans.
Most of the opinions say it was Talansky's fault, or at least 50-50.
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Most of the opinions say it was Talansky's fault, or at least 50-50.
Just watched the video again. At about 150m out, Gerrans pulls left to pass Talansky and Vanmarke, then cuts to the right all the way across the road, hitting Talansky's front wheel as he goes.
Talansky had no where to go as there was a rider to his right, his only option would be to hit the brakes.
How is that in any way his fault?
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Edit: ya he got his front wheel taken out it looks like.. looks like he was looking to his right when it happened and when he looked forward again Gerrans was sweeping across. oops
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Pro-tip: don't be rubbernecking during a field sprint. Eyes front, even if you only intend to follow the leaders in. While it was a bad move by Gerrans, Talansky could easily have avoided if he had been looking forward.
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And looked like Telansky was doing his own drifting in the wrong direction.
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If Sagan had stayed with the pack, rather than wasting all that energy going in front after the last hill, he would have won the sprint.
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Most of the opinions say it was Talansky's fault, or at least 50-50.

Yep Talansky was just supposed to disappear.

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GO NIBBLES!

As for Team Sky, leaving Wiggins home created bad Karma and therefore Team Sky is cursed. If they haven't brought a Priest along on the bus they are screwed. The Sky sufferage will continue in the mountains.. just you wait. If I was on Team Sky I would be sure to keep an eye open for a loose dog, fire hyrdrant or wandering cow to drive my bike into in hopes I could leave the tour injured instead of suffering for no reason at all. Froome is out.. that means FAIL. Dave Brailsford is a fool.

As for Contador, just pray he doesn't fail any drug tests. Everyone knows he's on the new undetectable version of EPO as well as the entire TINKOFF team. All cheaters.. and lousy tippers to boot on Saxo-Tinkoff.

Cavendish well.. he was just a jerk like Armstrong... good riddance. He likes to pee off his bike onto other riders as well.. not cool in the Peleton.

Vincenzo Nibali on the other hand is an honorable rider who's only crime is eating too many Jelly Belly's before riding the cobbles. Wonderful, respectable man.


I understand this doesn't explain much of went down in Stage 7, but as everyone across the world knows.. I'm passionate about this race and it's how I feel up to this point. I'm sorry if I come across as a little harsh so please take my opinions tounge-in-cheek. Better yet.. root against me and make me eat my words! Every last one.

See ya'll in Stage 8. GO NIBBLES!!!
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Old 07-11-14, 09:16 PM   #13
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Ya know, part of me is glad to see all the folks who show up in this sub-forum for the TdF, making it a much more lively place.

And part of me kind of misses the way this place is during the Giro or the spring classics (or, I dunno, the Tour of Oman), when only the die-hards post here.


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GO NIBBLES!

As for Team Sky, leaving Wiggins home created bad Karma and therefore Team Sky is cursed. If they haven't brought a Priest along on the bus they are screwed. The Sky sufferage will continue in the mountains.. just you wait. If I was on Team Sky I would be sure to keep an eye open for a loose dog, fire hyrdrant or wandering cow to drive my bike into in hopes I could leave the tour injured instead of suffering for no reason at all. Froome is out.. that means FAIL. Dave Brailsford is a fool.

As for Contador, just pray he doesn't fail any drug tests. Everyone knows he's on the new undetectable version of EPO as well as the entire TINKOFF team. All cheaters.. and lousy tippers to boot on Saxo-Tinkoff.

Cavendish well.. he was just a jerk like Armstrong... good riddance. He likes to pee off his bike onto other riders as well.. not cool in the Peleton.

Vincenzo Nibali on the other hand is an honorable rider who's only crime is eating too many Jelly Belly's before riding the cobbles. Wonderful, respectable man.


I understand this doesn't explain much of went down in Stage 7, but as everyone across the world knows.. I'm passionate about this race and it's how I feel up to this point. I'm sorry if I come across as a little harsh so please take my opinions tounge-in-cheek. Better yet.. root against me and make me eat my words! Every last one.

See ya'll in Stage 8. GO NIBBLES!!!
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I thought Sagan was actually going to work with the rest of the team this stage, it seemed tailored to his skill set. However, he burned them off too early, again!
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BMC Attacking near the finish with TeJay trying to catch on the back

And a team mate in the pack who could have dropped back to help.
Seemed to me that Van Avermaet was trying to slow Sagan down on the last couple of pulls. Sagan might have stayed off the front if he had just kept going on his own. But yes, it makes no sense to basically attack your own team mate that way. Maybe BMC doesn't really have confidence in TJ?
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Most of the opinions say it was Talansky's fault, or at least 50-50.
Talansky was looking to his right instead of watching where he was going.
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Watch the Gerrans-Talansky replay. Keep your eye on the white line on the road. Sure, there are moves before and after, but for the crash "window" as he is alongside Talansky, Gerrans is moving straight along that line (just to its left) and holds his line. Talansky moves a lot right to left relative to the line with, BTW, his eyes to the right. If Gerrans hadn't been overtaking him, Talansky would have taken his wheel out. As it was, Gerrans was far enough forward that Talansky impaled himself on Gerrans, but it was still mostly Talansky doing the moving.

Sure, Gerrans has moved to his left earlier to come around Talansky and others, and after the incident he moves to the right to get in the draft. All legit. But at the time of the crash, he seems to be holding his line.
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It took me about one day to go from kind of liking Talansky as a talented rider with strong emotions (think: Cavendish) to pretty much hating his guts. A few days ago Vaughters said something along the lines of, "If Talansky can keep his temper in check, he could do some great things this Tour." Well, this stage clearly proved that he is, indeed, incapable.
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It took me about one day to go from kind of liking Talansky as a talented rider with strong emotions (think: Cavendish) to pretty much hating his guts. A few days ago Vaughters said something along the lines of, "If Talansky can keep his temper in check, he could do some great things this Tour." Well, this stage clearly proved that he is, indeed, incapable.
Time for a chill-pill dude. You're taking this spectator thing a bit too seriously.
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Time for a chill-pill dude. You're taking this spectator thing a bit too seriously.
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