TdF Stage 6 – A Beautiful Landscape [Spoilers]
A flat stage that’s not too long (179km), which in theory should be the preserve of the sprinters, because bunch finishes are obviously one part of cycling that shouldn’t be neglected. The landscape will be beautiful: we will be passing through the Baux-de-Provence. That said, it would be dangerous to view this stage simply as one of transition? The heat, which can be extreme, could have a role to play, especially after 219km the day before! And there’s always the chance the wind can get up. On an almost identical course, the wind almost played a very nasty trick on Contador in 2009? However, logic would suggest the candidates for the green jersey will feast on this stage.
Always great to see him do what he does best.
Today has Cavendish written all over it. Have you seen Sagan’s moustache? He’s gotta shave, it’s just not aero enough.
A few useful links
The Hounds of Zaroff by Ceri gets knocked off the top spot by Jimsters` Jinkers in the Fantasy league, with team Wait for me! by headfirst staying in the lead in the loser league (I’m a close second).
http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/look-695-aerolight-full-details – still not sure if this is really ugly or not
And if you missed it yesterday…Posted 4 years ago
I love a bunch sprint… in fact any kind of sprint.
It has me up out of the chair and standing/sitting/jumping up and down two foot in front of the tele
I like feeling like an 8 year old again … 😀
For those in the Road.cc fantasy league, an interesting couple of days ahead … trying to manage the best way to get some climbers into your team for the weekendPosted 4 years agomiketuallySubscriber
The Eurosport coverage yesterday made it look a close finish until the airial shot sometime after showed Cav had it by a mile. Impressive stuff.
The footage you see live always makes it look like Cav has disappeared with about 1.6km to go and that the sprint’s really close, then the aerial shot shows how controlled and clear it was.Posted 4 years ago
it’s timing. Cav just has it dialled. to my untrained eye, it looks like he just gets the jump and can get to his max mph quicker than the others and just stays there, plus he’s small do doesn’t offer much protection for drafters.Posted 4 years ago
Sagan always seems to leave it just that fraction too late – he always seems to be going fastest at the end.
then the aerial shot shows how controlled and clear it was
He does have a knack of doing enough to win & I often feel he’s got more in the tank. You don’t see it used often but he does possess that elusive ‘second kick’ where he seemingly is able to accelerate again after his initial one.
One highlight for me yesterday was the eejit running amidst the lead group only to get flattened by another spectator 🙂Posted 4 years ago
Wait for me! by headfirst staying in the lead in the loser league (I’m a close second).
Get in he is on the podium in a respectable third…hold on we are all pleased we are good at being crap 😕
Cav for the win
I did not realise we could do transfers in the team that seems a tad unfair tbh as the real teams cannot do this- some of you are taking this too seriously if you have bothered to do thisPosted 4 years agoD0NKSubscriber
The Eurosport coverage yesterday made it look a close finish until the airial shot sometime after showed Cav had it by a mile
yeah think they should do the aerial shot for sprint finishes – especially as I was watching on ITV4 highlights so they could check the aerial was decent quality then bunged it in instead of the head on shot.Posted 4 years agoD0NKSubscriber
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clothes lining runners? pacifist in me shakes his head, but vindictive side chuckles. Some of the dicks on the road are annoying, a portly lady was on the road with her mobile yesterday, one rider (reza?) had to dodge her and that idiot with the dog that ran across the road right infront of the peleton near the end of the first stage (i think) both had me shouting at the telly.Posted 4 years ago
clothes lining runners? pacifist in me shakes his head, but vindictive side chuckles. Some of the dicks on the road are annoying, a portly lady was on the road with her mobile yesterday, one rider (reza?) had to dodge her and that idiot with the dog that ran across the road right infront of the peleton near the end of the first stage (i think) both had me shouting at the telly.
Absolutely – there’s always idiots on thestages but this year they seem to have multiplied.
I think it was on the second stage where two riders were out front on a climb & the guy in second wanted to pull off the wheel of the leader & go for the KOM points on offer but couldn’t because the spectators had narrowed the road too much.Posted 4 years ago
“some of you are taking this too seriously if you have bothered to do this “
Transfers are available on almost all other fantasy game out there… Velogames , where you can’t, is actually the exception.
Transfers defo increases the enjoyment/disappointment (when you tranfer out, the night before, the next days winner 😈 ) …
It makes for a much more involving game, that you play for the whole 3 weeks… as opposed to the fire and forget of a “purist” team with no transfersPosted 4 years agoYellow BellyMember
Why oh why did I not put Cavendish in my Fantasy team? Numpty. I’m sliding down the fantasy league quicker than a Sagan alpine descent. I give up, what’s the PIN for the loser league, I’m on a roll.Posted 4 years ago
My prediction of an Orica win via Matt Goss yesterday was way off the mark – he even got dropped on the final climb. Shame transfers aren’t allowed.jamieaMember
It’s no different to how fantasy football works, where you pick players from different teams over the course of the season.
Yes, but football teams in the real world™ can actually transfer players. Cycling teams can’t in the middle of a 3 week bike race 😉
Cheers,Posted 4 years ago
I think that Cav’s “2nd kick” isn’t what it appears, after listening to him on Talksport late last week he explained a lot about the sprinters.
He can “only” produce a peak of around 1200watts – and thats mostly in training – Greipel can do over 1700watts. Cav however can maintain his peak for 15 seconds and the others, Greiple included about 2-3 seconds. So I think that his 2nd kick may just be the others deccelerating, not him accelerating.
He’s also not that small in real world, let alone the cycling world at 5’9″, he just appears that way as he’s quite stocky for a cyclist. Sagan is 6ft and only weighs 7lbs more.Posted 4 years ago
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