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Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 3:47 pm
by Beaver_Shark
I think Jungels will time trial this and win.

He's increasing that gap.

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 3:49 pm
by guy smiley
This has been some ride from old Bob.

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 3:50 pm
by Beaver_Shark
What a win.

And Alaphillipe played the perfect foil for him!

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 3:52 pm
by guy smiley
He almost wobbled off the thing coming over the line :lol:

The bunch f**ked around too much but take nothing away from Jungels, he bolted at the right moment and buried them. Awesome rife :thumbup:

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:32 pm
by DOB
Quickstep with 2 monument wins and a crap ton of other classics. 27 wins for the season so far.

Cracking ride by Jungels, he's a serious talent. Definitely took advantage of having the strongest team in the race, but the way he finished it off you have to think he might have been the strongest in the field anyway.

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:09 pm
by Beaver_Shark
DOB wrote:Quickstep with 2 monument wins and a crap ton of other classics. 27 wins for the season so far.

Cracking ride by Jungels, he's a serious talent. Definitely took advantage of having the strongest team in the race, but the way he finished it off you have to think he might have been the strongest in the field anyway.
It's just crazy how strong they are. The grand tours are coming and I expect their sprinters Gaviria and Viviani to win tons of stages. Gaviria cleaned up at last year's Giro, and Viviani was winning for fun at the start of 2018.

Actually I think guys like Alaphillippe and Gilbert will also bag some stages there as well.

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:47 pm
by BlackMac
guy smiley wrote:He almost wobbled off the thing coming over the line :lol:

The bunch f**ked around too much but take nothing away from Jungels, he bolted at the right moment and buried them. Awesome rife :thumbup:
It was the slowest 'bolt' ever. It was ridiculous how easy he just eased away and no one appreciated the danger.

"Oh look Bob's away..........Bob................Bob...............................................Booooooooooooooooooob!!!!!!!!!"

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 5:51 pm
by iarmhiman
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Giro D'Italia starts this Friday in Jerusalem:

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Wed May 02, 2018 9:35 am
by Bullettyme
Looking forward to it.

It will be interesting to see how Froome goes, he's got a serious team with him anyway.

Disappointed Quintana isn't having a go again this year, last years battle with Dumoulin was epic.

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Fri May 04, 2018 11:40 am
by Bullettyme
Froome crashed on the TT recon yesterday apparently, looked a little roughed up:

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Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Fri May 04, 2018 12:25 pm
by etherman
Bullettyme wrote:Froome crashed on the TT recon yesterday apparently, looked a little roughed up:

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He'll need a TUE for that...

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Fri May 04, 2018 1:31 pm
by Beaver_Shark
Rohan Dennis with a very good time early on.

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Fri May 04, 2018 1:43 pm
by guy smiley
Giro organisers reckon the UCI have assured them if Froome wins and gets a guilty finding over the TUE they won't strip him of the title...

errrr. Apparently.

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Fri May 04, 2018 1:46 pm
by Laurent
guy smiley wrote:Giro organisers reckon the UCI have assured them if Froome wins and gets a guilty finding over the TUE they won't strip him of the title...

errrr. Apparently.
indeed apparently

Sky are on a hiding to nothing with this one when the penny drops

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Fri May 04, 2018 2:58 pm
by Beaver_Shark
Gee that was close. Tom D sneaks it by 2 seconds over Dennis.

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Fri May 04, 2018 3:01 pm
by DOB
Bullettyme wrote:Froome crashed on the TT recon yesterday apparently, looked a little roughed up:

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It was today. The organizers didn’t allow the riders onto the course to recon until the morning of. No wonder he posted a pretty average time.

Froome’s crash. Looks like he locked up the front wheel into the corner..?
http://www.stickybottle.com/latest-news ... jerusalem/

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Fri May 04, 2018 3:14 pm
by Bullettyme
DOB wrote:
Bullettyme wrote:Froome crashed on the TT recon yesterday apparently, looked a little roughed up:

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It was today. The organizers didn’t allow the riders onto the course to recon until the morning of. No wonder he posted a pretty average time.
Oh right, thought I had read yesterday on sticky bottle. Another video I saw he looked to be limping heavily. Looked like some bandaging under his skinsuit too, and yeah fairly average time.

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Fri May 04, 2018 3:36 pm
by Laurent
Bullettyme wrote:
DOB wrote:
Bullettyme wrote:Froome crashed on the TT recon yesterday apparently, looked a little roughed up:

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It was today. The organizers didn’t allow the riders onto the course to recon until the morning of. No wonder he posted a pretty average time.
Oh right, thought I had read yesterday on sticky bottle. Another video I saw he looked to be limping heavily. Looked like some bandaging under his skinsuit too, and yeah fairly average time.
must have lost the ventoline in the crash.

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Sun May 06, 2018 3:48 pm
by Mick Mannock
Viviani was fortunate to get through there.

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Sun May 06, 2018 3:50 pm
by nardol
Bennett crossed the line there .... Might get away with it because he lost

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Sun May 06, 2018 4:29 pm
by BlackMac
Todays stage in the Tour de Yorkshire is absolutely horrific. Endless 2km 12% climbs

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Tue May 08, 2018 7:14 pm
by Bullettyme
Didn't see any of it today but Froome lost a good bit of time again (17s), I think he is 55s down on Dennis and 54 on Dumoulin.

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Wed May 09, 2018 4:45 pm
by Beaver_Shark
Battaglin with the win.

Very nice finish to that stage.

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Wed May 09, 2018 4:55 pm
by guy smiley
Beaver_Shark wrote:Battaglin with the win.

Very nice finish to that stage.
The Sicilian roads have been a pleasant change from Israel and today's stage looked like a nice ride for most of the last 30km. Lots of drama :thumbup:

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Thu May 10, 2018 3:35 pm
by guy smiley
Inside the last 15km of the first serious climbing stage up Mt Etna and a break still out at over 1 minute.

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Thu May 10, 2018 4:15 pm
by Bullettyme
Great ride from Esteban Chavez, Simon Yates just behind. Looking like a real contender (Yates).

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Thu May 10, 2018 4:18 pm
by guy smiley
That was a massive effort from Yates in the last 2km, he was flying when he caught Chavez.

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Thu May 10, 2018 4:26 pm
by Beaver_Shark
That was very impressive. Michelton Scott looking incredibly strong.

I had picked Pinot for the stage win.

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Thu May 10, 2018 5:36 pm
by P in VG
Great ride from Yates & Chaves - will be interesting to see if they can keep it up. It's shaping up to be an interesting race - will Yates, Pinot & the chasing pack put enough time on Dumoulin before the ITT on stage 16?

I wouldn't write off Froome either - he's a better climber than Dumoulin, and a better TT'er than the climbers - but he looks like he needs to ride himself into a bit of form first (or grab a couple of breaths from his inhaler ;) ) - he's got time as well - most of the hard climbing is in the final week - so if he's come in undercooked, hoping to peak for the final stages it may well pay off.

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Fri May 11, 2018 5:04 pm
by Bullettyme
Sam Bennett takes the win today. First Irishman since Stephen Roche in 87 to win a stage at the Giro.

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Fri May 11, 2018 6:55 pm
by nardol
Long time since we had a winner :)

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Fri May 11, 2018 10:43 pm
by DOB
Delighted for Bennett. A win like this has been a long time coming for him, and this Giro really looked like a “if he doesn’t do it this year, he never will” kind of chance for him.

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Sun May 13, 2018 4:07 pm
by Bullettyme
Some stage that! Great finish with everyone having a go. Get win for Yates, strong stuff. Chavez looking good too.

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Tue May 15, 2018 12:42 pm
by Bullettyme
Chaves having a very bad day today; on his own 2m45s down on the peloton. Might have underestimated the tough start today. Or could be sick.

MS teammates are all back with Chaves now. Could be bad news for Yates.

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Tue May 15, 2018 1:39 pm
by DOB
Bullettyme wrote:Chaves having a very bad day today; on his own 2m45s down on the peloton. Might have underestimated the tough start today. Or could be sick.

MS teammates are all back with Chaves now. Could be bad news for Yates.
All of them? That’s madness, surely they’d keep at least half the team with the Maglia Rosa?

Edit; sounds like some with Yates, some with Chaves, and poor ol’ man Svein Tuft is in the Grupetto.

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Tue May 15, 2018 1:43 pm
by Bullettyme
DOB wrote:
Bullettyme wrote:Chaves having a very bad day today; on his own 2m45s down on the peloton. Might have underestimated the tough start today. Or could be sick.

MS teammates are all back with Chaves now. Could be bad news for Yates.
All of them? That’s madness, surely they’d keep at least half the team with the Maglia Rosa?
Had read Yates only had one with him, I think MS has 3 with Chaves so must be 3 up with Yates.

Edit: just to say I wasn't watching up the live stream just a text feed!

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Tue May 15, 2018 1:50 pm
by guy smiley
Bullettyme wrote:
DOB wrote:
Bullettyme wrote:Chaves having a very bad day today; on his own 2m45s down on the peloton. Might have underestimated the tough start today. Or could be sick.

MS teammates are all back with Chaves now. Could be bad news for Yates.
All of them? That’s madness, surely they’d keep at least half the team with the Maglia Rosa?
Had read Yates only had one with him, I think MS has 3 with Chaves so must be 3 up with Yates.

Edit: just to say I wasn't watching up the live stream just a text feed!
Yates has two with him... word coming in that Chavez probably has a sore throat and struggled a bit with the high pollen count early.

Really difficult day here for MS with the lead bunch working to put time into Chavez and the teams in the second group not really working. Gap now out to over 3 minutes.

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Tue May 15, 2018 1:55 pm
by DOB
Just tuned in. 3 with Chaves , 2 with Yates. QuickStep were chasing with the back group for Viviani, but they’ve sat up now. Gap out to nearly 4 minutes.

Sounds like there’s a chance Bennett is in the front group. He’ll be delighted if there’s a sprint without Viviani.

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Tue May 15, 2018 1:59 pm
by DOB
Yates takes the 3 bonus seconds at the intermediate sprint as if to say “screw you guys, I’m still leading this race.”

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Posted: Tue May 15, 2018 3:11 pm
by Bullettyme
Looks like Sam Bennett is in the pink jersey group alright. Good opportunity for him now.