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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrevich4 View Post
    Wait. Chris Froome is out of the Tour and Wout Van Aert beat Tom Dumoulin in a time trial? What is happening right now?
    Well Wout Van Aert already beat Tony Martin 3 years ago in a time trial, so why would it be surprising he beat Tom Dumoulin with a swollen knee 3 years later with much more muscle mass? It's not like he is coming out of nowhere.
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    More junior roadies will be doing cyclocross in winter I expect. And/or mountain bikes.
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    So Eurosport says Froome’s femur was indeed a compound fracture, as was his elbow break. Several ribs were broken, and in the process of repairing things doctors found that he had fractured his hip as well. He hit that wall hard. He spent eight hours in surgery.
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    Ugh, horrible injuries. I do hope he can come back. But you have to wonder between these injuries and his age, if he will get his 5 Tours now. I am definitely a horrible human.
     

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    Oh, the horrible human problem. The only way we all know of this person is by his racing exploits. It’s natural to consider or even prefer a scenario where he is not doing the thing we all know him for. That’s not the same thing as being happy he got hurt. I for one am hoping he recovers fully for a good life with his family, and retirement.
     

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    Eurosport is also reporting this morning that the UCI has disqualified Juan Jose Cobo from the 2011 Vuelta. That means Chris Froome, who was in second, would be the winner, giving him 7 grand tour victories.

    And Wout Van Aert just won today's stage of the Dauphiné out of a bunch sprint with pretty amazing looking technique.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j44ke View Post
    Eurosport is also reporting this morning that the UCI has disqualified Juan Jose Cobo from the 2011 Vuelta. That means Chris Froome, who was in second, would be the winner, giving him 7 grand tour victories.

    And Wout Van Aert just won today's stage of the Dauphiné out of a bunch sprint with pretty amazing looking technique.
    And he's only the second best cyclocross rider this year, too.

    I agree with earlier comment. More cyclocross racing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sk_tle View Post
    Well Wout Van Aert already beat Tony Martin 3 years ago in a time trial, so why would it be surprising he beat Tom Dumoulin with a swollen knee 3 years later with much more muscle mass? It's not like he is coming out of nowhere.
    And then win a sprint stage? I think it's remarkable he's so well-rounded, especially since he's going to be on a TDF team where he isn't the primary sprinter or the primary GC guy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrevich4 View Post
    And then win a sprint stage? I think it's remarkable he's so well-rounded, especially since he's going to be on a TDF team where he isn't the primary sprinter or the primary GC guy.
    His ride this year at Paris-Roubaix was amazing. Several falls and kept fighting back to the front group. He’s a very talented rider. Guys like him and Matthieu (sp) van der Poel are ready for big things.
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    I think ready is a bit redundant - they are already doing big things. That win in the Amstel Gold Race was really something and winning a TT in the Dauphine and following up the next day by a sprint victory is pretty special. Yes there are bigger victories to be had, but both riders are big time already.
     

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    And then there is this:

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/bal...age-2/results/

    Not bad for a guy who a little more than six months ago was still a junior!
     

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    If van Aert will be the last in Groenewegens sprint train this summer, the others will have a problem.
     

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    Depending on the numbers in the team and the course, rather than be in the sprint train he could just follow the wheels behind Groenewegen in the big field sprints and score some green jersey points then take on Sagan in the rolling stages. A lot of options for that team for the Tour.
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    Same time, too many top athletes getting hurt right now. Chris Froome, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, all those horses at Santa Anita... I hope all stay safe from now until the tour gets going.
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    In other racing news: listening to The Cycling Podcast's coverage of the OVO Women's Tour, and the tour organizers seem to be playing that awful Andrea Bocelli / Sarah Brightman number at the finish of every stage. What did the women do to deserve that?
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    One thing is clear about the OVO tour - the women are 100% into it and view the race as a major part of the schedule. Level of competition is up at least a couple notches, as illustrated by the aggressive assault on Trek’s plans staged by SRAM yesterday along with Sunweb.

    On the other hand, ASO is definitely the real problem in women’s cycling with their control of so many races and refusal to abide by UCI televising requirements for women’s races. And they no longer have the strength of argument based on ratings numbers and audience. Now they basically just blame logistics.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by j44ke View Post
    On the other hand, ASO is definitely the real problem in women’s cycling with their control of so many races and refusal to abide by UCI televising requirements for women’s races. And they no longer have the strength of argument based on ratings numbers and audience. Now they basically just blame logistics.
    I'm 100% in agreement....ASO just plain sucks. As for the TV part, the requirement for live streaming starts next year which is why they've supposedly pulled Fleche and LBL from the WWT for 2020. This year they only have to do a highlight video and there is one for each stage of the OVO Tour on the UCI channel. And as 72GMC stated, the Cycling Podcast is doing an approximately hour long show for each stage.

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    Flu going through the Dauphiné peloton. Yates out, Woods out and Kruiswyck out.
     

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    So is Fuglsang coming into the tour as a legitimate contender or is he going to pull a Roglic with too much form too early? In Fuglsang's defense, his team on the last two stages of the Dauphine looked super strong and dominant. Never let him get isolated and had by far the most manpower of any of the teams.

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    I think Fuglsang is perfect for the Dauphiné or other shorter tours and of course the classics. I doubt he is a true grand tour contender, though certainly top ten. However, if he is going to do anything in a grand tour, it would be best to try this year. As you say, Astana seems to be really strong this year and riding very well as a team.

    I like Fuglsang. There is no artifice with him. He just says what it is, as he did when he and Alaphillipe got disrobed by Van Der Poel. I think if a reporter asked him how he really felt about his mother, he'd tell them. Kind of refreshing, though I recall he got in trouble once when someone asked him about contracts.
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