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Started today and its on ITV4 now! 

Anyone watching?
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  • thermionicthermionic Frets: 4625
    Crikey, what happened to the traditional afternoon/evening prologue?

    Commentators are better on Eurosport, ITV4 have better behind the scenes items, and S4C is in Welsh and slightly biased towards Geraint Thomas and Luke Rowe. Spoit for choice!
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  • axisusaxisus Frets: 10353
    Will be keeping track of proceedings. Froome will have a tough time with the public again, lucky he has a tough hide.
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  • sev112sev112 Frets: 371
    Just been tracking them and watched them go past a campsite we stayed at a few years ago

    pretty trivial I know, but it made me happy to keep saying “we drove down that road ... and that one... and we went to that supermarket ... and we got an ice cream there ...” etc :)
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  • littlegreenmanlittlegreenman Frets: 3075
    Trying to avoid spoilers before I get home from work to watch it "live" on Eurosport player. *shuts eyes, lalalalala* ;)
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  • sev112sev112 Frets: 371
    Chris Froome won a sprint after the first 100 of the peloton went down in a crash

    Bjorn Borg can back to beat Tim Henman at Wimbledon

    Sweden put 10 past England


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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 13757
    edited July 7
    sev112 said:
    Chris Froome won a sprint after the first 100 of the peloton went down in a crash

    Bjorn Borg can back to beat Tim Henman at Wimbledon

    Sweden put 10 past England


    Burn the sooth saying future seeing witch!!
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  • markblagdonmarkblagdon Frets: 585
    Trying to avoid spoilers before I get home from work to watch it "live" on Eurosport player. *shuts eyes, lalalalala* ;)
    Blimey - you must have time on your hands ! I usually fast forward through the Itv highlights and I still feel spending 30 mins watching that is a guilty pleasure.
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  • littlegreenmanlittlegreenman Frets: 3075
    edited July 7
    Trying to avoid spoilers before I get home from work to watch it "live" on Eurosport player. *shuts eyes, lalalalala*
    Blimey - you must have time on your hands ! I usually fast forward through the Itv highlights and I still feel spending 30 mins watching that is a guilty pleasure.
    Haha! Yep, I'm allowed a few days in July as "me-time" for Le Tour, first and last day of it are always watched in their entirety. First time in a few years I won't be in Paris for the finish. Had to choose between the Giro and Le Tour so went to Rome in May instead, was totally worth it. And even though I've done the Champs Elysee's 7 times now it's always magical.

    Currently very confused though, Stevo Cummings is riding at the front! open_mouth  *edit* My mistake, the Tour debutante Saffer Jay Thomson looks remakably similar.

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  • guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 4043
    Just want to see Cav get the record. Looking more doubtful now. 2 tours injured have probably cost him and at 32 or 33 time running out. Fingers crossed. Wouldn't surprise ME to see a retirement and a final crack at a gold medal in 2020
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  • littlegreenmanlittlegreenman Frets: 3075
    Just want to see Cav get the record. Looking more doubtful now. 2 tours injured have probably cost him and at 32 or 33 time running out. Fingers crossed. Wouldn't surprise ME to see a retirement and a final crack at a gold medal in 2020
    Missing the last 2 years, I'd say the chance of beating Merckx's record has probably gone. Still the best sprinter of the modern age though without question.



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  • thermionicthermionic Frets: 4625
    edited July 8
    The peak years of a sprinter are relatively short. Even Kittel and Greipel are looking a bit long in the tooth now, and Nacer Bouhanni isn’t there this year. I suspect a new wave of sprinters will come to the fore over the next three weeks.
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  • littlegreenmanlittlegreenman Frets: 3075
    Was surprised that Elia Viviani isn't there for Quickstep but seems like they've pinned their flag on Fernando Gaviria.

    Maglia Ciclaminio at the Giro must have given him a few weeks off?

    I'd still not right off Cav for maybe one more this year though...
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  • guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 4043
    Was surprised that Elia Viviani isn't there for Quickstep but seems like they've pinned their flag on Fernando Gaviria.

    Maglia Ciclaminio at the Giro must have given him a few weeks off?

    I'd still not right off Cav for maybe one more this year though...
    ha iris looks mighty promising. Can was saying that 2 or 3 years ago when he was still coming through the ranks

    surprised no Caleb Ewan
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  • HattigolHattigol Frets: 565
    Who's going to win? Or in other words, who has got the best medical team to disguise their drug-taking?
    "Anybody can play. The note is only 20%. The attitude of the motherf*cker who plays it is  80%" - Miles Davis
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  • duotoneduotone Frets: 220
    edited July 9
    Stage 3 Podcast - To avoid all the sponsor BS skip to 5.55mins!

    https://youtu.be/n5kFr7fmSDs
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  • littlegreenmanlittlegreenman Frets: 3075
    Hattigol said:
    Who's going to win? Or in other words, who has got the best medical team to disguise their drug-taking?
    Yawn...
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  • littlegreenmanlittlegreenman Frets: 3075
    Was surprised that Elia Viviani isn't there for Quickstep but seems like they've pinned their flag on Fernando Gaviria.

    Maglia Ciclaminio at the Giro must have given him a few weeks off?

    I'd still not right off Cav for maybe one more this year though...
    ha iris looks mighty promising. Can was saying that 2 or 3 years ago when he was still coming through the ranks

    surprised no Caleb Ewan
    Mitchelton Scott made no bones that this Tour was all about Yates, and you can't support a GC guy and a Green jersey, team make up are at odds with doing both.

    So it seems Caleb has been looking for transfer options and by the looks of things Whitey and the MS management aren't looking to stop him.

    Bit of a shame but there you go.
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  • BigLicks67BigLicks67 Frets: 448
    Just want to see Cav get the record. Looking more doubtful now. 2 tours injured have probably cost him and at 32 or 33 time running out. Fingers crossed. Wouldn't surprise ME to see a retirement and a final crack at a gold medal in 2020
    Missing the last 2 years, I'd say the chance of beating Merckx's record has probably gone. Still the best sprinter of the modern age though without question.



    Nothing against Cav, but in a way I'm glad a record like that should be held by a great all rounder like Merckx.
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  • guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 4043
    Just want to see Cav get the record. Looking more doubtful now. 2 tours injured have probably cost him and at 32 or 33 time running out. Fingers crossed. Wouldn't surprise ME to see a retirement and a final crack at a gold medal in 2020
    Missing the last 2 years, I'd say the chance of beating Merckx's record has probably gone. Still the best sprinter of the modern age though without question.



    Nothing against Cav, but in a way I'm glad a record like that should be held by a great all rounder like Merckx.
    Heard a few big cycling fans say like wise.

    will still go down as the greatest sprinter and certainly ignited  cycling in the UK, along with Brad
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  • HattigolHattigol Frets: 565
    Hattigol said:
    Who's going to win? Or in other words, who has got the best medical team to disguise their drug-taking?
    Yawn...
    You're bored of it? Flick around the other channels, there may be some speed-knitting on or something. Granted, it's just as dull but at least you know the contestants (probably) won't have been snorting Windowlene beforehand...
    "Anybody can play. The note is only 20%. The attitude of the motherf*cker who plays it is  80%" - Miles Davis
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  • littlegreenmanlittlegreenman Frets: 3075
    Hattigol said:
    Hattigol said:
    Who's going to win? Or in other words, who has got the best medical team to disguise their drug-taking?
    Yawn...
    You're bored of it? Flick around the other channels, there may be some speed-knitting on or something. Granted, it's just as dull but at least you know the contestants (probably) won't have been snorting Windowlene beforehand...

    I think you'd find that even the speed-knitters dope these days! (clue's in the name)
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  • duotoneduotone Frets: 220
    Stage 4 Podcast - Skip to 4.15mins for the beginning.

    https://youtu.be/P5Me3AkAFvc
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  • littlegreenmanlittlegreenman Frets: 3075
    Brutal first few stages. Froome's stage one off could have ended his life never mind his Tour if he'd hit that bollard the way it looked. And Craddock's crash was very uncomfortable to see after the fact.

    But as every one of them will say "That's bike racing..."

    Image result for lawson craddock meme

    Fractured scapula and still in the race, for now.

    And there's been some major crashes in La Giro Rosa this week also, for thems who follow the women's cycling. Still hoping Annemiek (Vleuty) Van Vleuten kills it in the mountains for this year's win.
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    edited July 12
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  • crunchmancrunchman Frets: 3514

    Is the cat 3 climb at the end today enough to cause any gaps among the GC contenders?

    Alternatively, is it steep enough to neutralise the sprinters so the GC contenders could pick up bonus seconds if they go for the stage win?

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  • littlegreenmanlittlegreenman Frets: 3075
    Martin (Dan, not Tony) going one better and taking the win on the Wall. G up to 2nd and Dumoulin with an unfortunate puncture at 5k to go. Exciting day's racing.

    Nothing to worry the GC guys though (except perhaps TD who lost a good bit of time).

    It was always going to be a sprinters first week given the parcours. The real race starts once we get to the mountains.

    In other news, a great day for Mitchelton-Scott at the Giro Rosa. Van Vleuten killing the peloton with a scorching pace to leave a bunch of 6. Spratty then took a brilliant fade from Vleuty to jump the bunch and solo to the Maglia Rosa overall ahead of tomorrow's ITT. World champ Annemiek could even take that off her tomorrow. MS on fire in this year's GR.
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  • 19791979 Frets: 51
    Me and the wife are in Fougères waiting for the riders to do a lap of the town. I read that the riders consume around 6-7000 calories a day, I can see how easy that would be here! Food glorious food 
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  • duotoneduotone Frets: 220
    1979 said:
    Me and the wife are in Fougères waiting for the riders to do a lap of the town. I read that the riders consume around 6-7000 calories a day, I can see how easy that would be here! Food glorious food 
    Have fun and have a beer for me!

    If you get any good photos feel free to add them here.
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