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    Default Tour De France '18 (Incessant Spoilers and Postulations)

    Thought I'd start this because...

    ...Pinot is out! Might as well not have the thing now. Evidently his lungs still haven't recovered enough from the massive pneumonia that he caught at the Giro to compete in the TdF. And he's still suffering the effects of fatigue.

    He'll be missed!
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    The scenery and coverage will be spectacular, as they always are. There will be more debates about Phil and Paul, who will be more and more pickled with time. Especially Phil. I hope there will be a new surprise winner and I hope it’s a relative unknown and hopefully a Frenchman.

    I’m Ok with Phil and Paul being phased out in favor of the excellent Aussie commentators. But I’d still like to hear them in small doses, maybe at the beginning of stages instead of the end.
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    Not even hardened drinkers can keep up with the Paul S. “_____ years of age” drinking game any longer. Too many times....
     

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    I'm looking forward to the Tour, :)
     

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    its Tonys year
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    I'll say it, Froome is doomed.

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    some interesting short stages with mountain top finishes.

    stage 11, Wednesday, July 18 Albertville to La Rosière 108.5km
    stage 17 Wednesday, July 25 Bagnères-de-Luchon to Saint-Lary-Soulan/Col-du-Portet 65km

    look for some fireworks mid week. I wonder if they did that for ratings?
    More people probably watch on the weekends, these stages are must see tv wednesdays.

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    Stage 17 is going to be a grand experiment. They are lining up the riders in five groups according to their placement in the GC at the end of the previous day. The first group will be the top 20 riders lined up in GC order 1 - 20. The next four groups will be populated according to placement, but the riders will not be lined up in order as they will be in the first group. Sounds like the groups will be set up in position on the road, with each group a certain distance from the group in front of them. The gun (or whatever) will go off, and everyone will go!

    There will either be 5 giant crashes instantaneously or who knows? But sounds like there was heavy drinking going on when the organizers came up with this one. Should be exciting though in one way or another.

    The stage is 65km of up and down.

    http://thecolcollective.com/col-coll...stage-17-recon
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    Default Re: Tour De France '18 (Incessant Spoilers and Postulations)

    will the aqua blue team ditch the 1x?
     

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    Quintana rode extremely well todays stage Td Swiss. Attack with 27 km to go and holding off Porte who was pulled around by his team.
     

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    No, They will add another front chainring and call it 1x1x11

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    will the aqua blue team ditch the 1x?
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    Let's see:

    Froome will apparently ride again and presumably the ASO won't enforce their rules and bar him from starting. I guess it all depends on how Froome has recovered from the Giro. He has a strong team and results on his side.

    Dumoulin is also riding and apparently feeling good after the Giro. He'd certainly want to atone for letting the Giro slip through his fingers. A maybe, but maybe not this year with the Giro in his legs.

    Thomas won the traditional warm up race with relative ease. But, his three week chops have yet to be tested and something usually happens to derail him.

    Porte won the other warm up race, but still seems a way off his top form. How much of this is deliberate or circumstantial (he was sick earlier in the season) or just a result of coming back from a serious injury 12 months ago is really hard to work out.

    Movistar have three leaders and I have absolutely no idea how or if they will work together.

    Then there is AG2R. Bardet looked good in the Dauphine, but time trialing will bring him unstuck. The team will try and shake the race up though and that's a good thing.
     

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    It's gonna be a Movistar year.
     

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    How has Chaves looked in whichever warmup race he's doing? He was riding right with Yates in the Giro until both imploded like Pinot.

    Speaking of Yates, which is riding the Tour and how's his form? Adam right?
     

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    Adam Yates is riding the Tour. He placed 2nd at Criterium du Dauphine and won stage 7. Adam Yates is the brother whose tactic seems primarily to shadow the main GC threats and be there at the finish. If no escape opportunities present themselves or if he doesn't have a bad day, he gets a podium spot. Bad day, missed opportunity, then top 10.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j44ke View Post
    Stage 17 is going to be a grand experiment. They are lining up the riders in five groups according to their placement in the GC at the end of the previous day...
    This made me think of staging for cyclocross. It makes some sense, and is the only reason (two) national 'cross ranking systems have gained meaning in the U.S. I wish they'd do it for road (especially crits).
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by jstonebarger View Post
    This made me think of staging for cyclocross. It makes some sense, and is the only reason (two) national 'cross ranking systems have gained meaning in the U.S. I wish they'd do it for road (especially crits).
    I like the staging of the riders for the stage in question. As I understand it, it's a very short stage and starts climbing essentially immediately. This may have the effect of not allowing a team to just team time trial to the base of the climb and peel off one by one. The leaders will be semi-isolated from the start. This is a good thing. I bet it will be one of the better stages of the whole race.
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    Why didn't they stage last man first the way they do in time trials? Seems like there are always those Thomas de Gendt riders who hang back until they are 45 hours off the leader's time so they can break away for the win without arousing the anxieties of the peloton. Reversing it would put all the break away artists up against each other.

    But maybe everyone would just reclump a few meters up the road and then it would be same same.
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    Movistar will find some way to thunderously fuck up the unfuckable. Watch as Marc Soler becomes the highest placed rider in the team until the final mountain stage, when Valverde will refuse to go up the road in order to secure a 3rd-place finish.

    Phil and Paul - rivets, sixes and sevens, being in difficulty. all the usual trappings.
     

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    Podium in no order:

    Bernal
    Porte
    Bardet

    Stage 17 will be bananas- and im glad they are changing things up.

    Greeen jersey: Sagan v. Matthews will be a slugfest

    Ligget/Sherwin v. McKeen/Mcewin - Matt and Robbie KILL IT on the NBC Gold app. for the full stage(s) they are magnificent. (and i hate Aussie accents)

    Looking forward to it.
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