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09-21-20, 08:53 AM
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Posted By njlonghorn

Due to wifely mandates, I didn't have time after...

Due to wifely mandates, I didn't have time after Saturday's stage 20 to update the standings. There was more to report than I expected (yet still not much of note):

Roger Kluge finished the TT...
09-21-20, 07:28 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,787
Posted By njlonghorn

:love: I know, right? As I think...

:love:



I know, right? As I think about it, though, it does make sense. On mountain stages, why not go hard until the intermediate sprint to get points, then rest for tomorrow? Finishing too...
09-18-20, 11:56 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,787
Posted By njlonghorn

I briefly got excited when I saw that only 146...

I briefly got excited when I saw that only 146 riders finished stage 19. Could there be a shake-up on the Lanterne Rouge leaderboard? Alas, no. All three withdrawals were way down in the...
09-17-20, 10:30 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,787
Posted By njlonghorn

What a boring stage from the LR perspective...

What a boring stage from the LR perspective (though a reasonably exciting day otherwise, especially for the polka dots).

The gruppetto pretty much stayed together, with the last 55 finishers...
09-16-20, 12:15 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,787
Posted By njlonghorn

So, things didn't go quite as boringly as I...

So, things didn't go quite as boringly as I expected, but still overall less exciting than it could and should have been. The final climb tore the gruppetto to shreds. Just one rider, Jens...
09-15-20, 03:10 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,787
Posted By njlonghorn

Not true. In Ye Olde Days, some teams and...

Not true. In Ye Olde Days, some teams and outside sponsors offered cash prizes. But the Tour itself never did. I wouldn't ask you to trust me, but maybe this article...
09-15-20, 03:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,787
Posted By njlonghorn

The Lanterne Rouge contest just took a dramatic...

The Lanterne Rouge contest just took a dramatic turn in the direction of boring. But there's still hope for an exciting race to emerge.

Jerome Cousin finished 2' 05" outside the time cutoff and...
09-14-20, 09:26 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,787
Posted By njlonghorn

I had a weird dream last night. Bennett beat...

I had a weird dream last night. Bennett beat Sagan by a nose in the intermediate sprint on stage 21, extending his lead to 51 and clinching the Green Jersey. All he had to do was complete the 7 laps...
09-14-20, 08:28 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,787
Posted By njlonghorn

You must've been looking at the stage rankings...

You must've been looking at the stage rankings instead of the general rankings. The standings didn't change much at all.
09-14-20, 08:28 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,787
Posted By njlonghorn

Of the 156 rides who finished on Sunday, 85 came...

Of the 156 rides who finished on Sunday, 85 came in at least 30 minutes after the leading group. The largest group, including LR leader Jerome Cousin, was at +37' 26". Frederik Frison (3rd place)...
09-12-20, 04:36 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,787
Posted By njlonghorn

A large gruppetto of 60 riders finished in a...

A large gruppetto of 60 riders finished in a pack. Ordinarily that would mean the LR standings were static. But not today -- because 4 riders finished 8' 59" after the gruppetto. (I'm curious how...
09-11-20, 03:51 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,787
Posted By njlonghorn

True. I wouldn't respect a rider who tried to...

True. I wouldn't respect a rider who tried to earn the LR. That's not what it is about. I enjoy watching rides who choose stages where they can be competitive, and then otherwise just try to...
09-11-20, 11:40 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,787
Posted By njlonghorn

It was never officially a thing. Some years it...

It was never officially a thing. Some years it seems to get some attention, and other years it doesn't. I don't think I've ever heard it mentioned on a TV broadcast. But I find it interesting and...
09-11-20, 11:36 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,787
Posted By njlonghorn

No major changes. The top 4 stayed the...

No major changes.

The top 4 stayed the same, but the time gaps adjusted somewhat as the gruppetto imploded on the last climb.
Chevalier fell from 5th to 6th, and was replaced in the top 5...
09-10-20, 01:35 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,787
Posted By njlonghorn

Stage 12 resulted in a fair amount of shakeup on...

Stage 12 resulted in a fair amount of shakeup on the Lanterne Rouge leader board.

Cousin was in the 20-rider autobus, solidifying his hold on the top spot.
Kluge was in that group too, moving...
09-09-20, 02:52 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,787
Posted By njlonghorn

Lanterne Rouge 2020

This year's TdF has special meaning for those of us who pay attention to the Lanterne Rouge, because 2016 winner Sam Bennett is in green -- and it looks like he could keep it all the way to Paris!! ...
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