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Old 07-05-14, 10:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Ken Brown View Post
Hesjedal isn't riding the Tour, being saved for the Vuelta. I don't think he would have been a GC contender but he would have been a great super-domestique for Talansky. Anybody know whether Dan Martin has recovered? He isn't in the Tour either.
Meant Van Garderen, oops!
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Old 07-05-14, 01:26 PM
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It looks as tho' Cav has a dislocated collarbone, not broken as most of us first thought
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Old 07-05-14, 01:35 PM
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Latest news on Cav: Tour de France: Mark Cavendish crashes in stage 1 sprint | Cyclingnews.com
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Old 07-05-14, 01:44 PM
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No one dives in a grand tour.
Quite the opposite huh.. Their fight to continue amazes me every time.
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Old 07-05-14, 04:30 PM
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Originally Posted by atbman View Post
It looks as tho' Cav has a dislocated collarbone, not broken as most of us first thought
Which in the long run will be a lot worse.. clavicle fx healing is not that long, especially if they put a plate in. There are a whole bunch of hills tomorrow, I don't see him making it to the end.. he may try to start to honor the stage in the UK but it'll be rough.
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Old 07-06-14, 07:56 AM
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Damn...these mechanics are really slacking this tour. Sky's team (being a part of the first few cars in the motorcade) mechanics were really slow to getting Porte his new bike. I forget which other team yesterday was slow to changing a wheel, but this is one of the biggest Grand Tours and the mechanics should be a lot quicker for the riders!
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Old 07-06-14, 11:05 AM
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Feel bad for Cav... and who will take it to Kittel now?
but can't help poking a bit of fun here:
The hills of Yorkshire have been "Frenched" ... the Côte de Blubberhouses and the Côte d'Oughtibridge (snicker) have got to be my favourites ('nother Norman conquest, lol). Maybe we'll have Froomeé for dessert.
Got to hand it to the Yorkshire crowd though. For a big roadside crowd, they looked to be well behaved for the better part, giving the peloton respect and more room to move than I've seen just about anywhere else... Regards, Yorkshire!
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Old 07-06-14, 12:23 PM
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^^^ huh? Complaints abound of morons and selfies.

Cav caused the crash and admitted as much. Watching the video it looks like a typical head butt and body slam from Cav but this time it cost him. Karma is a *****.

Have you seen the velo news feeds? They are already talking up an American yellow jersey. Funny **** that. You would think they would have a clue.
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Old 07-06-14, 05:25 PM
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A.Schleck a minute back already? Is he done for this year?
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Old 07-06-14, 06:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Bob Dopolina View Post
Have you seen the velo news feeds? They are already talking up an American yellow jersey. Funny **** that. You would think they would have a clue.
Tejay's so cute, they let him almost keep up w/ the big boys at the end today. I am sure that will last...
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Old 07-06-14, 06:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Rhinelander View Post
... the Côte de Blubberhouses and the Côte d'Oughtibridge (snicker) have got to be my favourites ('nother Norman conquest, lol).
And Buttertubs
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Old 07-06-14, 07:45 PM
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Originally Posted by notenoughdaylig View Post
A.Schleck a minute back already? Is he done for this year?
Frank was in the 0.16 group, but I wouldn't read too much into that. I think they're looking for stages like the rest of the Trek team, and maybe get a top 10 gc.
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Old 07-06-14, 08:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Rhinelander View Post
Regards, Yorkshire!
I really liked that stage. It was pretty difficult for early in the tour, but there was a lot of excitement there. Sets a high bar for the rest of the stages.

No matter how many times I see how the pros climb I am always astounded.

I love watching Cav sprint, but there aren't many riders who are as bad sportsmen as he is. I wish there were more meaningful punishments.
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Old 07-06-14, 11:59 PM
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Originally Posted by kc0bbq View Post
I love watching Cav sprint, but there aren't many riders who are as bad sportsmen as he is. I wish there were more meaningful punishments.
He admitted his fault, and as far as we know followed through on his promise to apologise to Gerrans. Yes he bent the rules a bit in the sprint, but that sort of thing's been happening as long as there's been bunch sprinting in cycling. He's no worse a sportsman than Freddie Martens, Sean Kelly, Eric Vaderarden, Abdujaparov, or any other sprinter down the years.
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Old 07-07-14, 03:37 AM
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Hey if Talansky could make the podium it would be my kind of thrill for sure but I'm picking Contador this year just because I like to watch his style of competition. Picked Rodríguez last year but hoping on El Pistolero for the yellow this time.
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Old 07-07-14, 03:41 AM
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^ditto. not anticipating rodriguez to have a huge showing. always enjoy watching contador animate the race. hoping talansky can podium even tho he's already lost some time.
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Old 07-07-14, 03:47 AM
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Originally Posted by ooga-booga View Post
^ditto. not anticipating rodriguez to have a huge showing. always enjoy watching contador animate the race. hoping talansky can podium even tho he's already lost some time.
I think Talansky was within the 3 klicks of the finish when he flatted so, as I understand it, he didn't get docked the 4 something minutes. And he did well in stage 2.
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Old 07-07-14, 01:44 PM
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I think Talansky was within the 3 klicks of the finish when he flatted so, as I understand it, he didn't get docked the 4 something minutes. And he did well in stage 2.
Talansky's finish today per the Tour website.
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[TD]48.[/TD]
[TD]USATALANSKY Andrew[/TD]
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[TD]GARMIN - SHARP[/TD]
[TD="class: col_5"]03h 38' 30''[/TD]
[TD]+ 00' 00''[/TD]
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And overall;
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[TD]21.[/TD]
[TD]USATALANSKY Andrew[/TD]
[TD="class: col_3"]91[/TD]
[TD]GARMIN - SHARP[/TD]
[TD="class: col_5"]13h 31' 15''[/TD]
[TD]+ 00' 02''
[/TD]
[/TR]
[/TABLE]

He's doing fine.
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Old 07-15-14, 07:03 AM
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Time to bring this thread back to the top and eat some of our words. The two favourites have abandoned. Teejay is riding better than I expected but Talansky is way back due to crashes. In their Tour de France edition, Velo listed the above four as favourites, plus Nibali, Valverde, Mollema, and Van den Broeck. Of course they didn't list Porte because he was supposed to be support for Froome, but he is good enough to be on their list.

If Nibali stays healthy he will be hard to beat. Valverde, and perhaps others, have a chance if he can get away on a relatively flat stage, but I don't see any of them beating Nibali on a mountain finish by enough to claim the CG. I mention Valverde because he has taken flyers before (though not as spectacularly as Contador at the Vuelta in 2012).
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Originally Posted by Ken Brown View Post
Time to bring this thread back to the top and eat some of our words. The two favourites have abandoned. Teejay is riding better than I expected but Talansky is way back due to crashes. In their Tour de France edition, Velo listed the above four as favourites, plus Nibali, Valverde, Mollema, and Van den Broeck. Of course they didn't list Porte because he was supposed to be support for Froome, but he is good enough to be on their list.

If Nibali stays healthy he will be hard to beat. Valverde, and perhaps others, have a chance if he can get away on a relatively flat stage, but I don't see any of them beating Nibali on a mountain finish by enough to claim the CG. I mention Valverde because he has taken flyers before (though not as spectacularly as Contador at the Vuelta in 2012).
Considering that Nibali got most of his lead on a flat stage where Astana was paying attention and got off the front I don't think the odds of someone else doing it to them are very good, unless their legs are toast from defending the Yellow.
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