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Author:  ukjim [ Tue May 22, 2018 2:11 pm ]
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Panzerwagen does the business.

Author:  Laurent [ Tue May 22, 2018 3:14 pm ]
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Ventoline has started.

Author:  Mick Mannock [ Tue May 22, 2018 3:16 pm ]
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Laurent wrote:
Ventoline has started.


No need for that

Author:  P in VG [ Tue May 22, 2018 3:36 pm ]
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Great ride from Aru

Author:  ukjim [ Tue May 22, 2018 3:39 pm ]
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pinot needs to work on his position. he is all over the bike.

Author:  Beaver_Shark [ Tue May 22, 2018 3:42 pm ]
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P in VG wrote:
Great ride from Aru

Yep. What a pity he hasn't been climbing as well.

Author:  Bullettyme [ Tue May 22, 2018 3:44 pm ]
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Some ride from Rohan Dennis.

Author:  Gospel [ Tue May 22, 2018 4:05 pm ]
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Pinot. :o :blush:

Good ride by the dawg, quality win by Dennis, about par for Dumoulin given how hard he's been going..

.. but a splendid ride by Simon Yates. :D

Author:  Mick Mannock [ Tue May 22, 2018 4:13 pm ]
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Yates did superbly

Author:  Madness [ Tue May 22, 2018 4:14 pm ]
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Yates holds onto the pink jersey by 1:27! :shock:

Author:  Bullettyme [ Tue May 22, 2018 4:18 pm ]
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Great ride for Yates to not lose too much time.

Author:  P in VG [ Tue May 22, 2018 4:19 pm ]
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Mick Mannock wrote:
Yates did superbly


A lead of 1 min 27 secs going into the last few stages - can't see anyone catching him now unless he bonks massively on one of the climbs

Author:  DOB [ Tue May 22, 2018 4:19 pm ]
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Madness wrote:
Yates holds onto the pink jersey by 1:27! :shock:

And with 3 summit finishes to come you really can’t see Dumoulin shaking him.

Author:  Laurent [ Tue May 22, 2018 4:22 pm ]
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Yates deserves the win.
Pinot talked a good game and disapointed again.

Author:  Gospel [ Tue May 22, 2018 4:29 pm ]
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DOB wrote:
Madness wrote:
Yates holds onto the pink jersey by 1:27! :shock:

And with 3 summit finishes to come you really can’t see Dumoulin shaking him.

All he has to do is sit on the dutchman's wheel but you absolutely know he's going to attack regardless.

Author:  Bullettyme [ Tue May 22, 2018 4:30 pm ]
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P in VG wrote:
Mick Mannock wrote:
Yates did superbly


A lead of 1 min 27 secs going into the last few stages - can't see anyone catching him now unless he bonks massively on one of the climbs


Not quite, he was only 1 min 27 secs down on Dumoulin today. Dumoulin has closed the overall gap to 56 seconds. It's all 3 minutes + though after that so unless a spectacular explosion is on the way I don't think Dumoulin or anyone else will beat him. And well deserved too.

Author:  Mick Mannock [ Tue May 22, 2018 4:34 pm ]
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Gospel wrote:
DOB wrote:
Madness wrote:
Yates holds onto the pink jersey by 1:27! :shock:

And with 3 summit finishes to come you really can’t see Dumoulin shaking him.

All he has to do is sit on the dutchman's wheel but you absolutely know he's going to attack regardless.


I hope he does attack. Another stage win would be great.

Author:  P in VG [ Tue May 22, 2018 4:40 pm ]
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Bullettyme wrote:
P in VG wrote:
Mick Mannock wrote:
Yates did superbly


A lead of 1 min 27 secs going into the last few stages - can't see anyone catching him now unless he bonks massively on one of the climbs


Not quite, he was only 1 min 27 secs down on Dumoulin today. Dumoulin has closed the overall gap to 56 seconds. It's all 3 minutes + though after that so unless a spectacular explosion is on the way I don't think Dumoulin or anyone else will beat him. And well deserved too.


Hopefully one of the better climbers throws caution to the wind & has a go (Froome, Pinot, Pozzovivo) - would make for a few exciting stages

Author:  Beaver_Shark [ Tue May 22, 2018 5:05 pm ]
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Tony Martin's sheer disbelief watching Aru :lol:


https://twitter.com/diegovos_/status/99 ... 21376?s=09

Author:  DOB [ Tue May 22, 2018 6:02 pm ]
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Aru’s been docked 20s for drafting too.

Dennis is back in the top 10 and only 5 minutes down on Yates. Obviously no threat to the pink, but it’s a seriously good ride for him so far and he could be into the Dumoulin role given another couple of seasons.



And then I checked and found out Dennis is 6 months older than Dumoulin. But still, he’s about to be 28, and has a few good years of cycling in him.

Author:  wilber [ Tue May 22, 2018 7:47 pm ]
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Yates has come in under the radar for this one and looks the real deal - are we sure that he and his brother aren't swapping from stage to stage!!! :) If he pulls this off it looks like the sport's next superstar has been found (is his bro going for the tour?)

Author:  Xupi [ Wed May 23, 2018 11:28 am ]
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Incredible performance so far by Yates, he has really stepped up one additional notch and at a very young age. Now 4 more days to make history, but there are two very tough real mountain stages with long climbs.

Terrible TT by Pinot, very disappointed and sad for the lad. Let's see if he can grab a stage now.

Pozzovivo is in superb form, he will attack and a podium slot would be deserved !

Another great Giro, and it ain't over yet.

Author:  P in VG [ Wed May 23, 2018 11:57 am ]
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Any chance of an attack today? (by any of the big hitters) - a few lumps & bumps early doors, so potential for someone to get away - but i guess the sprint teams will be keen to chase anything down

Author:  DOB [ Wed May 23, 2018 2:39 pm ]
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Bora and Quickstep would like everything to stay together, but neither can do it alone. Sounds like it’s all together, but with an uncategorized climb still to go, and then 60km to ride after that.

Author:  Bullettyme [ Wed May 23, 2018 4:05 pm ]
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Another win for Viviani, fair play to him. Heard he was a bit shook on one of the climbs earlier so must have been kept nicely alive by Quickstep.

Author:  DOB [ Wed May 23, 2018 4:15 pm ]
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Been a shite Giro for the breakaway experts, hasn’t it? Between Yates taking all the summit finishes and Bennett and Viviani dominating the flat ones it’s just not a good year to be a deMarchi or LL Sanchez.

Author:  guy smiley [ Wed May 23, 2018 4:20 pm ]
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DOB wrote:
Been a shite Giro for the breakaway experts, hasn’t it? Between Yates taking all the summit finishes and Bennett and Viviani dominating the flat ones it’s just not a good year to be a deMarchi or LL Sanchez.


I thought for a while they might do it today... LL Sanchez has given it a good shake this Giro.

Author:  DOB [ Wed May 23, 2018 4:35 pm ]
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Sanchez has had great legs all season, but he just hasn’t had the freedom in the breaks in this race. I don’t think anyone picked 6 bunch finishes with Rome still to come for this year, especially with the sprinter teams having 1 less man each in their trains.

Author:  Beaver_Shark [ Thu May 24, 2018 4:13 pm ]
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Win #8737238732 for Quickstep this year.

That Schachmann looks a very good find for them.

Author:  guy smiley [ Thu May 24, 2018 4:23 pm ]
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Yates lost some time there, lead down to 28secs... with two big days to come.

Author:  nardol [ Thu May 24, 2018 4:28 pm ]
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Wow... that's a lot of time lost given the distance to go when TD attacked. Giro open again.... even if Yates still massive favourite

Author:  guy smiley [ Thu May 24, 2018 4:34 pm ]
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nardol wrote:
Wow... that's a lot of time lost given the distance to go when TD attacked. Giro open again.... even if Yates still massive favourite


Yeah... but today's stage was made for those big power climbers, a long steady climb at the end suiting steady tempo riding. Once the power went down he was spent. If the next couple of days are more like those hard climbing days last week he should be ok, it should suit his punchier style.

I think.

Author:  nardol [ Thu May 24, 2018 4:50 pm ]
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guy smiley wrote:
nardol wrote:
Wow... that's a lot of time lost given the distance to go when TD attacked. Giro open again.... even if Yates still massive favourite


Yeah... but today's stage was made for those big power climbers, a long steady climb at the end suiting steady tempo riding. Once the power went down he was spent. If the next couple of days are more like those hard climbing days last week he should be ok, it should suit his punchier style.

I think.

Fully agree yet week 3 of a grand tour..... strange things can happen.

Author:  guy smiley [ Thu May 24, 2018 4:56 pm ]
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Yeah, it's game on and tomorrow's stage is a brute.

Author:  DOB [ Thu May 24, 2018 11:27 pm ]
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The Finestre nearly did for Contador in 2015. But he was up against an Astana team full of in-form climbers. But there’s an extra mountain and an extra stage after it this year. Its all to play for.

Author:  guy smiley [ Fri May 25, 2018 1:15 pm ]
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So it's on and the players have come to play. Sky driving the bunch chasing Sanchez up the road on the first climb of the day.

Author:  guy smiley [ Fri May 25, 2018 1:17 pm ]
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And Yates is at the back of the peloton struggling :shock:

Author:  DOB [ Fri May 25, 2018 1:26 pm ]
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He’s off the back, with only Nieve for company, and the whole Sky train in full choo choo mode.

As I type he’s found another. Sky have put Lopez off the back, so Astana have had LL Sanchez sit up while holding a 40+ second lead and go back and help him.

There’s still more than 80km to go today, with 2 more summits after this one. This stage is looking like being a bit on the epic side.

Author:  P in VG [ Fri May 25, 2018 1:32 pm ]
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feel bad for Yates - he looked so strong in the first 2 weeks :(

Author:  guy smiley [ Fri May 25, 2018 1:34 pm ]
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DOB wrote:
This stage is looking like being a bit on the epic side.

:lol:

yes... be nice if Sanchez could play the joker.

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