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  • Premier Icon jambalaya
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    What’s the view on how the Sky team will hold up ? They seem to have come back a bit after a shaky few days.

    joeydeacon
    Member

    Contador implied he’s gonna try something from far out on one of the remaining stages, like he did in last year’s Vuelta, and ain’t afraid to risk losing a podium spot.. for me it’s either today or stage 19.

    “It’s true that there is a stage where I want to see what happens, it could be a day to try and look for an opportunity, there is a very important stage and in a week’s time, you’ll know which one it is.”

    “It is true that for me it’s the same to finish second or 10th.”

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/there-is-no-reason-to-doubt-froomes-performances-says-contador

    Edit: Actually it’s probably either stage 19 or 20, less flat sections in between the climbs.. high pace on the first climb to thin out the peloton, attack on the second and then try and stay away til the finish..

    mt
    Member

    Ha! It’s not over for Froome yet. If the rivals stop looking at who will be in 2nd and 3rd and decide to give him a really tough time, it could be a good day today. I hope he wins overall but I also hope they really take it to him. It’s been good this year.

    Did they do anything nice on their day off? Took in a museum or a chateux with nice formal gardens, game of boules?

    warton
    Member

    Did they do anything nice on their day off?

    they rode their bikes

    I’m going for Gilbert. Always great to see the rainbow win a stage

    bikebouy
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    More like training rides, stretches, massages, ice baths, pasta buildup, interviews…

    Not really a day off but nothing stopping them partaking in an Ice Cream whilst out on a ride πŸ˜‰

    atlaz
    Member

    Usually I think they get a bit longer in bed then it’s back on the bike just taking it a little easier

    forzafkawi
    Member

    Every time I see that crash of Beloki’s on the descent to Gap it makes my blood run cold. My biggest fear when descending fast on a bicycle.

    Pfft. Bus mans holiday.

    I’d have had a bbq and a few beers. They need to sort their priorities out.

    RealMan
    Member

    Never will a rest day have been as well deserved! After the Ventoux, the riders will be able to breathe a little easier for 24 hours in the Vaucluse. It is a short respite, as another series of difficulties await them. This stage, for example: it’s only 168km, but this is testing terrain where the Tour has almost been lost in the past. You just have to look at the list of winners in Gap: Vinokourov, FΓ©drigo, Paulinho, Hushovd? I can also remember an attack made by Contador that messed up the strategy of the Schleck brothers? In short, this is a stage that will favour attacking riders. Some of them may get the opportunity to push themselves back into contention before the time trial…

    I’m guessing everyone’s watched it already, but here are the highlights anyway. Words don’t really cut it – the question isn’t if he’s going to win this year, but if he’s going to win next year, and the year after, and the year after that….

    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CGzJlyyOUg[/video]

    Oh, I’ve been caught? No worries, I’m just too steezy to care.

    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAMR7ToP_Ag[/video]

    Not the only one though

    Photos from Stage 15

    There’s also this. Is that a duck?

    Hope everyone enjoyed the rest day, I ended up with massive tour withdrawal symptoms, had to go for a ride. And obviously I found a hundred things to share with you all.

    Todays stage looks interesting – I think we might have a similar finish that we had during stage 9, i.e. a small break getting away on the final climb and holding it down the otherside to the finish. Or we could have another stage 14, with a big group getting away. I’d love to see Sagan getting involved. I have a feeling someone from the GC is going to have a go. They better save something though, the TT tomorrow isn’t easy…

    Obviously we can’t have a stage that finishes with the descent into gap without someone pulling this footage out, so I figured it might as well be me. Drugs or no drugs, it’s sweet.

    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eP_AOrBglNM[/video]

    A few useful links

    Live Cycling News Text Updates
    Steephill
    Official Tour Live Feed App
    Classifications
    Withdrawals
    Fantasy League Standings
    Loser League Standings

    Ro5ey’s Roulers by andy rose back into the top spot in the fantasy league, could this be the winning team? As for the loser league, do I even have to say?

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/tour-de-france-video-froome-on-doping-winning-on-mont-ventoux

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/there-is-no-reason-to-doubt-froomes-performances-says-contador

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/wiggins-to-ride-tour-of-britain-instead-of-vuelta-a-espana

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/quintana-believes-hell-win-the-tour-de-france-within-two-yearsthink he might win the giro first though

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/brailsford-how-can-we-convince-you-we-arent-doping

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/tour-de-france-shorts-rojas-ten-dam-giftswhat’s strava?

    http://www.velominati.com/tradition/riding-ugly-the-spider/velominati get involved

    http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/latest/539450/chris-froome-s-pinarello-dogma-65-1.htmlinteresting emblem on the top tube…

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/blogs/richie-porte/flick-or-be-flickedinsights from Richie Porte. well worth a read

    Falling madly in love with OGE

    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yRGNk0GB8o[/video]

    This doesn’t work for me, but it might for you

    This is quite good

    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THA59sKBkF0[/video]

    And it’s fairly irrelevent, but this site is pretty cool

    yossarian
    Member

    hoping for some more fireworks today.

    thank you for your excellent threads Realman, cracking stuff.

    The middle section looks interesting, lots of lumps and bumps for sneaky attacks

    Might prove too much for the sky train setting up a contador vs colombian lad (mind block on his name) as they’ve got the teams to put them at the bottom of the last climb fresh?

    Premier Icon theotherjonv
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    Question. A lot written about Froome’s ‘style’. What gives a rider style, and what makes a rider look like a chimp wrestling some pipes up a hill? I’m worried that while I’m getting lighter and fitter and consequently faster up hills, if i don’t do it stylishly you’ll all still take the piss.

    brakes
    Member

    I really hope that this is a baroudeur day, and an opportunity for a non-contender to steal the limelight and take a bit of pressure off Sky.

    DenDennis
    Member

    Article on SKY training

    Interesting read on SKY’s training intervals above, including high cadence efforts.

    I loved that attack on steak-boy, he seemed to put 200m into him within a couple of seconds! the riding action seated acceleration was like watching a 10-year old burning round the local park, legs going round in a whirlwind!

    corroded
    Member

    What gives a rider style, and what makes a rider look like a chimp wrestling some pipes up a hill?

    Think you basically need to look at David Millar and Froome as being two ends of the spectrum. One of things I like about Millar is that he appreciates ‘form’. Froome is an absolute horror show.

    Agreed, brakes! A breakaway day, and I rather want it to be a Frenchman.

    Tommy V. Go on, do it!

    Junkyard
    Member

    What gives a rider style, and what makes a rider look like a chimp wrestling some pipes up a hill? I’m worried that while I’m getting lighter and fitter and consequently faster up hills, if i don’t do it stylishly you’ll all still take the piss

    Dont worry you will be so far in front of us you wont here our mocking barbs

    My prediction
    Froome sits with them and not much happens GC wise – someone will try an attack but it wont work /be up to much- it may flatter to decieve

    Froome now has a big advantage and , as all the podium rivals are pretty close together so, they cannot really let someone launch an attack either. The risk of repeated attacks and leaving it to Froome is that he chooses not to bother- he has 5 minutes – and just looks at them as they get nervous about their podium chances. Game of poker and I reckon they will crack first tbh as he has to biog a lead to be that worried
    As RM says [ indeed great threads but for the unrequited love for Sagan πŸ˜‰ ] it is not a question of will he win this more a question of how many he will win. He is obviously a step above the rest with Mountain wins and TT wins [ well GC level anyway]

    I am going for a Ducks head personally though he is more portly than your usual topless man segment

    PS I also looked for a topless Froome photo 😳

    Ro5ey
    Member

    Sagan for me today.

    If he gets into another break today, the Green is all but his… (Cav will concentrate on the final stage win in Paris)… and somehow just the one stage victory doesn’t seem enough from Sagan.

    I wanna see a wheelie across the finish line.

    The imitation clip (last one) needs Degenkolb. Now he looks silly.

    llama
    Member

    If it rains it could be interesting

    Haze
    Member

    Just heading out for the descent into Gap, somewhere after the Col du Manse…quite excited πŸ™‚

    pjt201
    Member

    thestabiliser – Member
    Did they do anything nice on their day off? Took in a museum or a chateux with nice formal gardens, game of boules?

    Garmin went skydiving πŸ˜‰

    https://twitter.com/nedboulting/status/356698256467701761

    chambord
    Member

    Pinot scared of downhills?

    Pretty surprised to read this.. Seems a pretty essential part of cycling at this level

    EDIT: Mainly shocked at how frank he is about it – surely would make more sense to go along with the sore throat excuse and keep working on it?

    Premier Icon whippersnapper
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    sad that. Hope he picks himself up, sounds a bit down.

    Premier Icon portlyone
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    I have a phobia of climbing hills

    Junkyard
    Member

    Schleck to the rescue

    TBH its the only time I get the fear in the bike

    same thing get in the tuck,pedal hard, reach a high speed then I start thinking of pictures of snapped/sheared carbon forks

    Never crashed at high speed on a bike but it will end badly if I do

    headfirst
    Member

    Surely Pinot’s best bet is to concentrate on the Classics, any downhills in these will be matters of seconds rather than minutes – certainly no alpine hairpins involved.

    Premier Icon igm
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    Tweet of the day so far, stuck up on the BBC website

    Adian Twomey: When Voeckler and Voigt retire, they should go on cycling holiday together and pretend they are in a break that never gets caught #bbctdf
    1:52pm – 16 Jul 13

    that train was handy for the breakaway wonnit?

    chambord
    Member

    that train was handy for the breakaway wonnit?

    Certainly was. A nice free 45 seconds there.

    mt
    Member

    good time for a pee stop for the others

    CaptJon
    Member

    Loving the team trains that have formed.

    Looks like they’re trying to reel them in in earnest now

    warton
    Member

    Never crashed at high speed on a bike but it will end badly if I do

    My mate did last August. Couldn’t walk unaided until last December.

    I was with him when it happened, and my bottle has totally gone on road downhills.

    brakes
    Member

    then I start thinking of pictures of snapped/sheared carbon forks

    me too!
    internal dialogue whilst doing a bumpy 45mph: remember that time you crashed into the back of a taxi? that was last year and you still haven’t replaced those carbon steerered forks yet… aaaaaaarrrhhhhH!

    brakes
    Member

    from cyclingnews.com

    Preferably they guys are drinking 1 or 2 bottles per hour especially with these kind of weather conditions where it is really warm making it important to drink well. So during a day like this the riders drink between 35-40 litres all together.

    that’s why I’m still thirsty now from a 75 miles ride on Sunday in 30 degree heat. I drank 4 bottles of water, a coffee and a carton of apple juice – I should have drank 4 times that… easier said than done without a support crew.

    Junkyard
    Member

    They are not good at maths

    2 an hour for 6 hours @ 40 litres = 3.33333 litre bottles

    They are not doing anything like that though I assume it will be a helluva of a lot

    brakes
    Member

    maybe that’s the 8/9 riders of the team (argos-shimano in this instance)
    or maybe they use camelbaks

    He he, 40 litres, they’d need team tankers

    joeydeacon
    Member

    Anyone reckoning on a Contador attack on the downhill to try and grab 30 secs?

    joeydeacon
    Member

    Ha ha there’s his first dig.. game on!

    He’s just had a sniff on the climb

    tinsy
    Member

    Nice prediction joeydeacon, he is tyring it on. πŸ™‚

    brakes
    Member

    are they still on the climb?

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