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    Cracking stage today - inside the last 20km now...
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    Its so weird that there is no guarantee that the winner of a cycling race might not be the cyclist who can do the total distance in shortest time.

    It just defeats the purpose of the race as every other race has a huge focus on the racer's individual ability much more. Here each year the team matters much more than the team leader.
    I honestly can never say that team leader of Sky or team leader of any other team might be the winner if everyone just ran the whole race individually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wowbagger View Post
    Its so weird that there is no guarantee that the winner of a cycling race might not be the cyclist who can do the total distance in shortest time.

    It just defeats the purpose of the race as every other race has a huge focus on the racer's individual ability much more. Here each year the team matters much more than the team leader.
    I honestly can never say that team leader of Sky or team leader of any other team might be the winner if everyone just ran the whole race individually.
    I know there is that mental (and tactical) element as well
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    Quote Originally Posted by BLiddellGreates View Post
    I know there is that mental (and tactical) element as well
    There is tactical and mental and there is plain carrying your leader in bad situation.
    Froome did it for wiggins. Have seen others do it for froome.

    It's a simple matter of having two world class riders and many top class riders in your team.
    The 2nd world class rider can save your leader. And other teams cannot do that.
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    And we are off and racing

    Wasn't sure of the rule changes at the start - but now

    We have the closest tour ever

    Normally by the start of week 3, the winner is decided - not this year
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mysteron View Post
    And we are off and racing

    Wasn't sure of the rule changes at the start - but now

    We have the closest tour ever

    Normally by the start of week 3, the winner is decided - not this year
    The way we like it!

    Chuffed to see Mollema get a stage in the Tour at last… for so long he's been a 'nearly' man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DiddlerDave View Post
    The way we like it!

    Chuffed to see Mollema get a stage in the Tour at last… for so long he's been a 'nearly' man.
    Yep Mollema did well

    Enjoyed today stage - Excellent teamwork from Sunweb and Matthews team
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mysteron View Post
    And we are off and racing

    Wasn't sure of the rule changes at the start - but now

    We have the closest tour ever

    Normally by the start of week 3, the winner is decided - not this year
    N.B. It might be advisable to wear before commencing reading...

    Seriously though, isn't it great that the Tour is so close for a change Mysteron, there's a genuine feeling of not knowing who will triumph overall and wear the yellow jersey on the Champs Elysees.

    Should make for a wonderful final week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mysteron View Post
    Yep Mollema did well

    Enjoyed today stage - Excellent teamwork from Sunweb and Matthews team
    Such hard work from Sunweb all day.

    Poor George Bennett (kiwi) had to abandon…

    A 'nasty' day today for them, and likely an enjoyable one for us!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DiddlerDave View Post
    Such hard work from Sunweb all day.

    Poor George Bennett (kiwi) had to abandon…

    A 'nasty' day today for them, and likely an enjoyable one for us!
    Yep today looks like a hellish rollercoaster ride

    Wednesday's stage 17 crosses the highest point of the 2017 Tour, the famous Col du Galibier, as the Tour finally reaches the Alps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mysteron View Post
    Yep today looks like a hellish rollercoaster ride

    Wednesday's stage 17 crosses the highest point of the 2017 Tour, the famous Col du Galibier, as the Tour finally reaches the Alps.
    Yep… luv the big ones!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DiddlerDave View Post
    Yep… luv the big ones!
    me too
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mysteron View Post
    me too
    Remember the Schleck/Contador fights on the climbs some years back? Great fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DiddlerDave View Post
    Remember the Schleck/Contador fights on the climbs some years back? Great fun!
    Alberto Contador apparently no more Tour de Frances for him....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mysteron View Post
    Alberto Contador apparently no more Tour de Frances for him....
    He tries, but he ain't what he used ter be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DiddlerDave View Post
    He tries, but he ain't what he used ter be.
    True
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    Big crash in 1st 20km of the stage
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mysteron View Post
    Big crash in 1st 20km of the stage
    Ouch!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DiddlerDave View Post
    Ouch!
    Yep - Kittel in a bad way - still being patched up

    A crash in the peloton. British national champion Steve Cummings takes evasive action and goes over his handlebars and into a field.

    He's OK but the bigger news is that the polka dot jersey of Warren Barguil and the green jersey of Marcel Kittel have gone down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mysteron View Post
    Yep - Kittel in a bad way - still being patched up

    A crash in the peloton. British national champion Steve Cummings takes evasive action and goes over his handlebars and into a field.

    He's OK but the bigger news is that the polka dot jersey of Warren Barguil and the green jersey of Marcel Kittel have gone down.
    And the day has barely begun.

    Stay tuned, folks!
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    What a stage - loving it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mysteron View Post
    What a stage - loving it
    Wow - Kittel abandons the Tour de France after his crash near the start of today
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    exciting seeing Aru slip off the back of the back of the gc's, so 4 became 3? Martin ignited some of the attacks but got made to pay for it ending up in the second group descending the first alp.
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    Brutal last 14km to todays stage - Izoard is not for the fainthearted
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mysteron View Post
    Brutal last 14km to todays stage - Izoard is not for the fainthearted
    There'll be tears before bedtime.
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    Well it looks like it all comes down to the final Time Trial, with Froome holding a slender (but probably sufficient) lead going into it.

    Although not at his best this year, I suspect he'll only get narrowly beaten tomorrow by just a few riders/seconds and will claim the title.

    Good luck to him, although he could become one of the few riders to win the Tour without winning a stage, an unfortunate distinction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wowbagger View Post
    Its so weird that there is no guarantee that the winner of a cycling race might not be the cyclist who can do the total distance in shortest time.

    It just defeats the purpose of the race as every other race has a huge focus on the racer's individual ability much more. Here each year the team matters much more than the team leader.
    I honestly can never say that team leader of Sky or team leader of any other team might be the winner if everyone just ran the whole race individually.
    I'm confused how does that work ?
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    Uran going to be second overall by the looks of it, Froome will keep yellow by some distance. Bardet struggling, nearly a minute down on Uran at the second split. Froome might overtake Bardet at this rate in the time trail.

    Bardet may miss out on a podium
    Froome could get close to winning the TT

    Froome sticks a middle middle finger up at the French by nearly overtaking Bardet in the TT.

    Froome wins the Tour de France baring getting lost on the last stage, Uran in 2nd overall and Bardet stays on the podium by 1 second from Mikel Landa. No idea if Landa can somehow overtake Bardet tomorrow, probably not.

    Bodnar wins the TT today, Froome in 3rd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KoppityKloppity View Post
    Uran going to be second overall by the looks of it, Froome will keep yellow by some distance. Bardet struggling, nearly a minute down on Uran at the second split. Froome might overtake Bardet at this rate in the time trail.

    Bardet may miss out on a podium
    Froome could get close to winning the TT
    Froome so nearly caught Bardet - brilliant cycling from Froome
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mysteron View Post
    Froome so nearly caught Bardet - brilliant cycling from Froome
    You're right Mysteron, Froome was outstanding today. A confident and accomplished way to claim his fourth Tour. Congratulations Chris.
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