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The world's greatest sporting event starts next Saturday 07/07/2018 - 29/07/2018.
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As every year: Anyone posting to just say "cyclists are all dopers" or similar will be banned until the end of the tour. Keep the chat to the sport please, there are other threads where you can put those thoughts up.

It might seem draconian but its kept the TdF thread readable for the last few years.
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blindcider wrote:As every year: Anyone posting to just say "cyclists are all dopers" or similar will be banned until the end of the tour. Keep the chat to the sport please, there are other threads where you can put those thoughts up.

It might seem draconian but its kept the TdF thread readable for the last few years.
This has always been a good thread and troll free so let's get it on!!!!!
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What's the deal with the Yates boys this year? Are either/both competing?
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Predictions:

Yellow: Chris Froome
Green: Peter Sagan
King of Mountains: Mikel Landa
Young Rider: Pierre-Roger Latour
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SamShark wrote:What's the deal with the Yates boys this year? Are either/both competing?
Adam certainly will be leading Mitchelton Scott team.
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Looking forward to this. Very intrigued to see how the British contingents get on though Froome looks likely to miss out.
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I'm off to Lille for a few days a week on Friday. Will do a few rides, watch Sunday's stage somewhere and throw some piss on the ASO cars. When in Rome, etc.
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iarmhiman wrote:Predictions:

Yellow: Chris Froome
Green: Peter Sagan
King of Mountains: Mikel Landa
Young Rider: Pierre-Roger Latour

Might be wishful thinking there I think

"Chris Froome reportedly banned from Tour de France"

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/sport/20 ... ports.html
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Dark wrote:
iarmhiman wrote:Predictions:

Yellow: Chris Froome
Green: Peter Sagan
King of Mountains: Mikel Landa
Young Rider: Pierre-Roger Latour

Might be wishful thinking there I think

"Chris Froome reportedly banned from Tour de France"

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/sport/20 ... ports.html
Opens it up so.
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Dark wrote:
iarmhiman wrote:Predictions:

Yellow: Chris Froome
Green: Peter Sagan
King of Mountains: Mikel Landa
Young Rider: Pierre-Roger Latour

Might be wishful thinking there I think

"Chris Froome reportedly banned from Tour de France"

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/sport/20 ... ports.html
Or not, perhaps. :D
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Froomedog free to ride. He's going to get massive shit from spectators, Iunfortunately predict an incident with this the spectators and SKY this year. Its been so badly handled by all concerned.
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Stage 10 - sounds interesting!
After a rest day by the shores of Lake Annecy the riders face their first mountain test of the race, with four climbs on the way to Le Grand-Bornand. Although the Col de la Colombière, which is crested just 15km from the finish, is probably the best known, the Montée du Plateau des Glières is arguably the toughest, averaging 11.2 per cent for six kilometres, and riders being greeted with a couple of kilometres of gravel roads after the summit.

Read more at http://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/racin ... AJeA80M.99
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etherman wrote:Froomedog free to ride. He's going to get massive shit from spectators, Iunfortunately predict an incident with this the spectators and SKY this year. Its been so badly handled by all concerned.
Okay all, keep the Froome asthma case chat to the Froome thread from here on please folks.
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I think Froome is class. One of my favourite cyclists. Wasn't a major fan of him until that mental descent two years ago on the Tourmalet (I think it was) followed by the sprint with Peter Sagan the next day. He takes risks.
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I'd like to see Landa take the whole thing this year. Tough ask though when he's sharing with Quintana and Valverde.

Expect Sky to be too strong again though.

From an Irish perspective not much interest this year. Deignan wasn't selected by Sky, Roche, Mullen and Bennett all took part in the Giro and will most likely ride in La Vuelta. Dan Martin I think will be the only Irish cyclist in the peloton, and it's a pretty big boost for him to have sole leadership of UAE Emirates now that Aru has dropped out. Would be great if he improved on his 6th place of last year, looks to be coming into a little bit of form too.
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Bullettyme wrote:I'd like to see Landa take the whole thing this year. Tough ask though when he's sharing with Quintana and Valverde.

Expect Sky to be too strong again though.

From an Irish perspective not much interest this year. Deignan wasn't selected by Sky, Roche, Mullen and Bennett all took part in the Giro and will most likely ride in La Vuelta. Dan Martin I think will be the only Irish cyclist in the peloton, and it's a pretty big boost for him to have sole leadership of UAE Emirates now that Aru has dropped out. Would be great if he improved on his 6th place of last year, looks to be coming into a little bit of form too.
Movistar are intriguing. I hope they support Landa over the others but they've got some serious firepower. The mountain stages are going to be rigidly embiggening.
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iarmhiman wrote:I think Froome is class. One of my favourite cyclists. Wasn't a major fan of him until that mental descent two years ago on the Tourmalet (I think it was) followed by the sprint with Peter Sagan the next day. He takes risks.
He went up in my estimation in the Giro with that ridiculous breakaway stage win as well as that descent a couple of years ago. The normal Sky train low risk style of win is hard to watch sometimes I think which makes it hard to like him as a rider. I tend to like the classics specialists more as theyare more likely to go on breakaways and aren't afraid to have a go and animate the race.

The other thing I like is that he will relentlessly go after every second early on in GTs when a lot of GC riders are just soft pedalling and keeping their powder dry.

Interested to see how Movistar go this year and what state Porte is going to be in.

The Frenchies still can't TT for crap (relatively speaking) and until they take it seriously aren't likely to be on the top step unless everyone else falls off.
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Bullettyme wrote:I'd like to see Landa take the whole thing this year. Tough ask though when he's sharing with Quintana and Valverde.

Expect Sky to be too strong again though.

From an Irish perspective not much interest this year. Deignan wasn't selected by Sky, Roche, Mullen and Bennett all took part in the Giro and will most likely ride in La Vuelta. Dan Martin I think will be the only Irish cyclist in the peloton, and it's a pretty big boost for him to have sole leadership of UAE Emirates now that Aru has dropped out. Would be great if he improved on his 6th place of last year, looks to be coming into a little bit of form too.
Can never work out the Moviestar team. They should be there with Sky but just can't get their shit together and ride properly. I think Landa's reputation is a bit overdone after his ride in support of Froome. He's good but as a team leader he will not get the leeway he did then.
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blindcider wrote:
etherman wrote:Froomedog free to ride. He's going to get massive shit from spectators, Iunfortunately predict an incident with this the spectators and SKY this year. Its been so badly handled by all concerned.
Okay all, keep the Froome asthma case chat to the Froome thread from here on please folks.
You couldn't just write what people can talk about, about which cyclists on here could you?

Thanks
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Dark wrote:
blindcider wrote:
etherman wrote:Froomedog free to ride. He's going to get massive shit from spectators, Iunfortunately predict an incident with this the spectators and SKY this year. Its been so badly handled by all concerned.
Okay all, keep the Froome asthma case chat to the Froome thread from here on please folks.
You couldn't just write what people can talk about, about which cyclists on here could you?

Thanks
Talk about the competition - There is a massive Froome doping thread going on where you can talk about that case, repeating it all here is just boring.
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blindcider wrote:
Dark wrote:
blindcider wrote:
etherman wrote:Froomedog free to ride. He's going to get massive shit from spectators, Iunfortunately predict an incident with this the spectators and SKY this year. Its been so badly handled by all concerned.
Okay all, keep the Froome asthma case chat to the Froome thread from here on please folks.
You couldn't just write what people can talk about, about which cyclists on here could you?

Thanks
Talk about the competition - There is a massive Froome doping thread going on where you can talk about that case, repeating it all here is just boring.
It's pretty f**king easy to work out. Don't trash talk about doping, talk about the racing. If you don't understand it all, sit back and learn.
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iarmhiman wrote:I think Froome is class. One of my favourite cyclists. Wasn't a major fan of him until that mental descent two years ago on the Tourmalet (I think it was) followed by the sprint with Peter Sagan the next day. He takes risks.
Pipe the fùck down. I wasn't talking about doping. I was talking about a racer and his safety. I'm a cycling fan and a long term contributor to these threads. Take your pound shop sherrif routine somewhere else you cock.
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guy smiley wrote:
blindcider wrote:
Dark wrote:
blindcider wrote:
etherman wrote:Froomedog free to ride. He's going to get massive shit from spectators, Iunfortunately predict an incident with this the spectators and SKY this year. Its been so badly handled by all concerned.
Okay all, keep the Froome asthma case chat to the Froome thread from here on please folks.
You couldn't just write what people can talk about, about which cyclists on here could you?

Thanks
Talk about the competition - There is a massive Froome doping thread going on where you can talk about that case, repeating it all here is just boring.
It's pretty f**king easy to work out. Don't trash talk about doping, talk about the racing. If you don't understand it all, sit back and learn.
Yes but the alleged issue may have stopped him competing in the race that the whole thread is about

If it happens to any others are we allowed to mention it
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Froome will still have the Giro in his legs and the strongest field for any Grand Tour to contend with; think it’s a stretch to make him the favourite.

Still, if he manages it, possible that he could win all 3 GC’s in a calendar year (sure no-one’s ever managed that) :shock:
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I'm intrigued to see if Geraint can hold his form for the full three weeks. If he can then he could be in sight of the podium. However given his tendency to crash [mostly taken down by other riders] it seems unlikely.
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etherman wrote:
iarmhiman wrote:I think Froome is class. One of my favourite cyclists. Wasn't a major fan of him until that mental descent two years ago on the Tourmalet (I think it was) followed by the sprint with Peter Sagan the next day. He takes risks.
Pipe the fùck down. I wasn't talking about doping. I was talking about a racer and his safety. I'm a cycling fan and a long term contributor to these threads. Take your pound shop sherrif routine somewhere else you cock.
What the fcuk are you on about?
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iarmhiman wrote:
etherman wrote:
iarmhiman wrote:I think Froome is class. One of my favourite cyclists. Wasn't a major fan of him until that mental descent two years ago on the Tourmalet (I think it was) followed by the sprint with Peter Sagan the next day. He takes risks.
Pipe the fùck down. I wasn't talking about doping. I was talking about a racer and his safety. I'm a cycling fan and a long term contributor to these threads. Take your pound shop sherrif routine somewhere else you cock.
What the fcuk are you on about?
I think he was responding to my post - even though I wasn't responding specifically to him just a more generic "Keep the Asthma stuff to the specific thread" as the same stuff would just be treaded over on both threads. FWIW, discussion over Froome being in the race is obviously okayand will undoubtedly geenrate some comment on the doping case, I just want to try and keep the majority asthma stuff in that thread.

Froome's safety very well could be an issue on the high mountains when the fans have been camped out and drunk as skunks so I agree with etherman fully on that
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guy smiley wrote:
Bullettyme wrote:I'd like to see Landa take the whole thing this year. Tough ask though when he's sharing with Quintana and Valverde.

Expect Sky to be too strong again though.

From an Irish perspective not much interest this year. Deignan wasn't selected by Sky, Roche, Mullen and Bennett all took part in the Giro and will most likely ride in La Vuelta. Dan Martin I think will be the only Irish cyclist in the peloton, and it's a pretty big boost for him to have sole leadership of UAE Emirates now that Aru has dropped out. Would be great if he improved on his 6th place of last year, looks to be coming into a little bit of form too.
Movistar are intriguing. I hope they support Landa over the others but they've got some serious firepower. The mountain stages are going to be rigidly embiggening.
Yep it will definitely be a Sky-Movistar showdown in the mountains. Movistar have that 3-pronged attack, but also some very good domestiques in Amador and Soler.

I however think the race will see significant gaps as early as stage 3 with that TTT. I don't see Movistar getting close to those Sky boys in that time trial, and it will be interesting to see how they try to make up time later in the race. Mind you, BMC could be leading this race at the end of week 1 due to that TTT.
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So, can one of you guys who know more about cycling than me point out which are the big climb days that are likely to have the massive drama around the yellow jersey?
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Biffer29 wrote:So, can one of you guys who know more about cycling than me point out which are the big climb days that are likely to have the massive drama around the yellow jersey?
The Alpe d'Huez summit on stage 12 should provide fireworks.

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Also the 65km short stage (17) should be crazy from the word go. There will be 3 very steep climbs and two long descents packed within 65km, so the attacks will be something to behold. I also read that they will be starting in "grid-style" ala F1 on that stage.

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Biffer29 wrote:So, can one of you guys who know more about cycling than me point out which are the big climb days that are likely to have the massive drama around the yellow jersey?
The Team time trial on Monday will have the first big GC gaps.

Stages 5, 6 (small hills) and 9 (cobbles) will see a bit of action, but should be relatively easy for most of the main contenders to keep in touch.

Stages 10,11,12 in the Alps will be tough, and will eliminate a couple of pretenders.

Stages 16, 17 and 19 in the Pyrenees will effectively decide the race.

The stage 20 TT could be important if the time gaps are somehow still close between Froome, Dumoulin, and my dark horse for the race, Roglic, who can all TT very well. More likely it will seal the deal for whoever is leading.

It feels like a long time since the yellow jersey was in play on a final TT on the 2nd last stage. Evans took the jersey off Andy Schleck in the TT in 2011, and it’s just been a Sky procession ever since (honourable mention to Nibbles in 2014).
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i've always found counterclockwise tours (pyrenees before alps) more interesting, maybe this year is an exception
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Beaver_Shark wrote:
Biffer29 wrote:So, can one of you guys who know more about cycling than me point out which are the big climb days that are likely to have the massive drama around the yellow jersey?
The Alpe d'Huez summit on stage 12 should provide fireworks.

Image



Also the 65km short stage (17) should be crazy from the word go. There will be 3 very steep climbs and two long descents packed within 65km, so the attacks w. I also read that they will be starting in "grid-style" ala F1 on that stage.

Image
Dutch Corner on Alpe d'Huez is utterly mad...

Reckon Movistar have too much firepower this year - Landa if he gets the support.
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iarmhiman wrote:
etherman wrote:
iarmhiman wrote:I think Froome is class. One of my favourite cyclists. Wasn't a major fan of him until that mental descent two years ago on the Tourmalet (I think it was) followed by the sprint with Peter Sagan the next day. He takes risks.
Pipe the fùck down. I wasn't talking about doping. I was talking about a racer and his safety. I'm a cycling fan and a long term contributor to these threads. Take your pound shop sherrif routine somewhere else you cock.
What the fcuk are you on about?
It was indeed meant for blind cider, but you just mind yourself too. I'll be watching.

Blindcider :thumbup:
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Stage 12 looks absolutely brutal. The autobus will have to descend like animals to ensure they make the cut-off assuming the race isn't just neutralised by Sky/Movistar until the Alpe

and that Stage 17 - FULL GAS!
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iarmhiman wrote:
blindcider wrote:As every year: Anyone posting to just say "cyclists are all dopers" or similar will be banned until the end of the tour. Keep the chat to the sport please, there are other threads where you can put those thoughts up.

It might seem draconian but its kept the TdF thread readable for the last few years.
This has always been a good thread and troll free so let's get it on!!!!!
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Joost wrote: Still, if he manages it, possible that he could win all 3 GC’s in a calendar year (sure no-one’s ever managed that) :shock:
Not only has it never been done, I don't think it's ever been attempted.

I just cannot imagine for a second that Froome would ride the Vuelta this year.

The timing of the exclusion of Froome and now his innocence is just awful. I don't understand why UCI and the various commissions are just so grossly incompetent - for the sake of the sport and Froome himself !

It's going to be a very tough Tour this year, many very tough mountain stages.

If the current hot weather continues well into July it will be hell.

As a complete side note, I rode the Ariégeoise last Saturday (the 156km ride, 3.1k positive climb) and the heat was just unbearable. Toughest sporting experience in my life. To think the pros do this every day for 3 weeks... utter madness.
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