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    Tour de France 2014 - Stage 21 Sunday, July 27th Évry > Paris Champs-Élysées

    Tour de France 2014 - Stage 21 Sunday, July 27th Évry > Paris Champs-Élysées

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    Who will take the stage!? Will Kittel take it? Will Cavendish make an unbelievable comeback?! Will Sagan ride into history...
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    Quote Originally Posted by lsberrios1 View Post
    Who will take the stage!? Will Kittel take it? Will Cavendish make an unbelievable comeback?! Will Sagan ride into history...
    Cavendish making a comeback would certainly be unbelievable since he never made it to France.
    History is the future

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    My money is on Caven, uhhh, I mean Kittel.

    He is the class of the sprinters right now and if his team can give him a lead out, which is a question lately, he should be in for the win. But you can't count out Kristoff, who had a real breakout Tour this year.

    I wish Farrar was there...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Giacomo 1 View Post
    I wish Farrar was there...
    To see more of this kind of thing?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBtCaLYFKjo

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    My favorite was in '87 when 7-11 rider Jeff Pierce won it with a late breakaway (Just after 30:30). The sprinter doesn't necessarily have to win this stage and I think it more a thriller with an escape and close chasing group to the line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leinster View Post
    to see more of this kind of thing?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obtcalyfkjo
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leinster View Post
    To see more of this kind of thing?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBtCaLYFKjo
    Your video link proves the point, sprinters will go down - Cav - or they ain't sprinting!

    If Garmin wasn't after the GC win or podium, I just think he could have been the Kristoff/Trentin of this Tour...
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    Some guy with massive biceps who finishes mountain stages 32 minutes down like they did on stage 18.
    History is the future

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caretaker View Post
    Some guy with massive biceps who finishes mountain stages 32 minutes down like they did on stage 18.
    Compared to most pro cyclists, any Average Joe walking down the street has huge biceps.

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    A lot of the buildup talking about how there's 2 French on the podium for "the first time in 40 years." But Hinault finished 2nd to Fignon in '84, which is 30 years ago by my sums.
    Oh, and in 74, Merckx won with Spain's Vicente Lopez-Carril 3rd.
    Not that I'm not used to Phil and Paul getting a stat wrong, but they don't usually get it completely wrong, and then persist in being wrong long after they could've checked it.

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    Peraud has just crashed on the Champs. Will he lose second place to Pinot ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
    Peraud has just crashed on the Champs. Will he lose second place to Pinot ?
    Looks like the pack eased up so he could catch back on.

    Strange crash. Slick paint on the road ?
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    They slowed to let him catch up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
    Strange crash. Slick paint on the road ?
    Most likely. I've come very close to crashing on paint strips, even in completely dry weather. Also, it looks like he tapped his front brake just before his front wheel skidded.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
    Most likely. I've come very close to crashing on paint strips, even in completely dry weather. Also, it looks like he tapped his front brake just before his front wheel skidded.
    That will do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
    Most likely. I've come very close to crashing on paint strips, even in completely dry weather. Also, it looks like he tapped his front brake just before his front wheel skidded.
    I figured he braked while his front wheel was in midair off a cobble and came down stopped. I have been using schwalbe tires that have great grip on that thermoplastic road paint but yeah I don't aspire to even top out at the kind of average speeds these guys roll at.

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    It's Kittel at the line !
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    Great camera work!

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    Spare a thought for JI Cheng (Giant-Shimano) finished last on stage 21 almost 5 minutes behind the second last rider. He was lapped on the final kms. and don't think he was allowed go round one more time. They just added time for the bit he didn't ride.

    He won the overall lantern rouge by almost an hour over his nearest rival.
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    They should have let him go around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caretaker View Post
    Spare a thought for JI Cheng (Giant-Shimano) finished last on stage 21 almost 5 minutes behind the second last rider. He was lapped on the final kms. and don't think he was allowed go round one more time. They just added time for the bit he didn't ride.

    He won the overall lantern rouge by almost an hour over his nearest rival.
    So I guess there is no elimination time for the last stage? I guess there isn't much point really.

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    Never thought I'd see AG2R on the podium.
    i may have overreacted

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    What a great finish.

    The speeds these guys are riding at are just incredible in this stage. I really thought Kristoff was going to take it from Kittel. Kittel really had to earn that one! I have to wonder if the flat Kristoff got was the difference at the line. He had to do a lot to catch the peloton. How the heck do you chase down a peloton at these speeds?! For me, Kristoff was the surprise of the Tour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ericy View Post
    So I guess there is no elimination time for the last stage? I guess there isn't much point really.
    I think there is elimination time limit for the final stage, but it's largely irrelevant as the peloton always reaches the Champs together.

    I think I remember in one year they decided that the time differences wouldn't be counted after the riders crossed the line in Paris the first time, ie the 8 laps were just a parade to determine the stage winner.

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