TdF Stage 5 – A Time To Take Stock [Spoilers]
Finally, the riders can ease off a touch and take some time to catch their breath! Our objective at this point as the organisers was clear: to give the sprinters and hopefully the baroudeurs an opportunity, because it would even better if an escape could survive all the way to the finish? Plenty of teams will already be taking stock of where they stand in terms of the race as a whole. Who is in good form? Who has lost form? Who must forget about the general classification and start thinking about stage wins? I think in some eras, a Merckx or an Hinault would have come away from Corsica with an advantage of three or four minutes and the Tour would already be as good as done! In Marseille, this year, the race should still be a lot more open.
Only one video worth watching right now…
Today – Sagan… Please??? Will be expecting Chavanel to have another go too, given the chance.
A few useful links
The Hounds of Zaroff by Ceri remains in 1st place in the Fantasy league, with team Wait for me! by headfirst leading the loser league.
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/tour-de-france-shows-no-mercy-for-ted-king – I’m guessing that won’t be a popular decision
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/sky-delighted-with-nice-ttt-performance-at-tour-de-france – on not having to defend yellowPosted 5 years ago
cav and sagan in a sprint, and/or Gerrans holding on to Yellow will do wonders for my fantasy team, thanks!
Anyone notice ITV4 edited the commentary of the sagan/gerrans sprint when shown in a Corsica highlights montage last night to make it sound like Phil Liggett called it right?
“Orica bringing Gerrans up,
oh but Sagan is coming strong round the outsideand he’s there, across the line!” type thing.
Maybe just irked me as I can’t stand the bloke!Posted 5 years ago
at the risk of re-treading old ground, he’s a blood-diamond-mine-investing Lance apologist, who talks in hoary cliche and routinely gets riders names wrong (by an entire generation). The Bruce Forsyth of the cycling commentary world.
Just my opinion, like, but if this doesnt contain enough to boil your p1ss youre a better man than I.
He seemed slower than most media figures to come round to the idea that the cyclist might be guilty of doping, last year branding USADA as a “nefarious local drugs agency.”
Sherwen formerly worked as a press officer at Motorola, Armstrong’s team in the mid-1990s, and the rider and, it is thought, Liggett, invested in a gold mine run by Sherwen in Uganda.
With their voices familiar to cycling fans in the United States as a result of their Tour de France commentary, both Sherwen and Liggett have been paid to speak at fundraisers for Livestrong, the charity founded by Armstrong
Apologies, not trying to de-rail your threads, I’ll start watching it on Eurosport 😉Posted 5 years agojfletchMember
Interesting side interest in today’s stage
Daryl Impey is on the same time as Simon Gerrans but 10 places behind on count back so if they finish on the same time today but Impey is 10 places ahead of Gerrans he will steal yellow from his own team mate. Not good form.
But Impey is Matt Goss’s leadout man so he will naturally be up front.Posted 5 years ago
he’s a blood-diamond-mine-investing Lance apologist, who talks in hoary cliche and routinely gets riders names wrong (by an entire generation). The Bruce Forsyth of the cycling commentary world.
FFS dont bring Bruce into that is unfair and you were far too restrained about Ligget who is a **** as a commentator and as a judge of characterPosted 5 years ago
Interesting side interest in today’s stage
I think that the first African to wear the yellow jersey is likely to be that gangly chap in team sky no?Posted 5 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
those hills aren’t all that I’m going CAV
Except there’ll be 180 people thinking the same, and therefore trying to break him to give their finishers a fighting chance.
I’m going for a repat of the (failure of the) olympic tactics, not sure who’ll break away though.Posted 5 years agorusty90Member
The Bruce Forsyth of the cycling commentary world
I thought that honour belonged to Hugh Porter, after his lamentable performance in the Olympic RRPosted 5 years ago
HP “I don’t know what’s going on, we’re not getting a lot of information here. But there’s Fabian Cancellara in the unmistakable red and yellow colours of Australia”
Chris Boardman “(sigh) It’s Samuel Sanchez of Spain”
warton, think my facts were right (diamond mine), sadly road.cc (gold mine and in quotations as lifted from the site I linked to) was wrong.
Rusty, Junkyard, fair points. Realman, give it 3 weeks there’ll be another advert thats got under our skin. Think the Wiggle ad might be tolerable though…Posted 5 years agoYellow BellyMember
Why oh why did I not go for Simon Gerrans in my Fantasy team? My lot are still languishing in the lower half of the STW league.
Matt Goss for the win today, as the Orica Green Hedge is on fire. Goss has come a long way since his 80s pop career finished.
The bus incident has really got OGE revved up. Hopefully the Sky team bus will have an embarrasing ‘Italian Job’ style incident up Alpe Duez to fire the Sky riders up a bit. I can see it now, as the Pinarellos are sliding out down the bus towards the back doors.Posted 5 years ago
Ted King hasn’t started. pretty poor decision IMO. will they be that mercenary when all the sprinters are outside the cutoff on the alpe d’heuz stage? No, they won’t.
if they want cycling to be cleaner, they have to make some compromises regarding time cut offs etc. the guy had a separated shoulder ffs, he should be applauded, not kicked out the race.Posted 5 years agoRo5eyMember
Hopefully the Sky team bus will have an embarrasing ‘Italian Job’ style incident up Alpe Duez to fire the Sky riders up a bit. I can see it now, as the Pinarellos are sliding out down the bus towards the back doors.
I can see Dave B now, sporting driving gloves, saying … “Hold on lads. I’ve got a plan”Posted 5 years agodazhSubscriber
I think I was ready to throw the TV out the window every time the halfords advert came on by this point last year, so it can’t be any worse..
Was that the one with the annoying cockney who was saying things like ‘it’s such an honour to ride these roads, it’s just magic!’? If so I understand your pain. Those adverts almost destroyed the entire thing.
Also the first time I hear about ex-mountain bikers being good descenders and I’m hitting the mute button (eurosport not an option in chez daz unfortunately).Posted 5 years ago
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