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Old 07-26-14, 08:35 AM   #1
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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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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.
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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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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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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.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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