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Old 07-14-2015, 10:11 AM   #16
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So yeah... Tour's over already. Such a shame.

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Game over. Kinda hoped this would be interesting after last year's snooze fest - not so much. I hate it when the Tour is decided so early, unless Froome crashes out or has a historically brutal bonk in the Alps it's beyond done. Nobody has shown the form to gain that time back. Fuck.
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Old 07-14-2015, 11:55 AM   #18
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Quintana will probably improve and may match Froome in the latter mountain stages, as was the case in 2013, but that'll be it.
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Yeah, unless he crashes out, Froome has this in the bag.
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Old 07-14-2015, 02:42 PM   #20
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Yeah I read somewhere that the toughest thing Froome is going to face these next two weeks are the doping questions. How true.
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Old 07-15-2015, 02:56 AM   #21
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Old 07-15-2015, 08:39 AM   #22
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I watched the final climb last night as I was going to bed (I follow along with the text feed at work during the week), and I gotta say that honestly did look suspicious to me. The kind of cadence Froome was pushing out that entire time was clearly MUCH faster that everyone else. He was obviously in a lower gear but even still to push the pedals that quickly for that long and be still pulling away by the end is a huge red flag for me.

Combine that with Richie Porte and Geraint Thomas staying with the best in the world and passing them without much issue, and the fact that the day before was a rest day...ugh, it really doesn't look too good.

I will reserve my final judgement after seeing how those three do today as they should be fairly wiped after that kind of effort if they're doing it clean. If they are attacking on the Tourmalet even after that, yeah the whole team is on something.

I also read an article that broke down Froomes watts per kg and he was putting out something on the order of 6.2 w/kg for 42 straight minutes yesterday, which is a number that hasn't been seen since a certain rider won seven Tours in a row. I'll try to find the article, it's very obviously one sided but pretty convincing nonetheless.

EDIT: here it is - http://sportsscientists.com/2015/07/...text-mistrust/
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Old 07-15-2015, 10:30 AM   #23
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Yeah I'm convinced Sky have something the others don't have. They're the richest team and clearly the most professional. They've definitely got some great scientists trying to get the maximum out of the riders. The question is if they've got something legal or not.

The biggest alarm for me is Thomas. That guy rode with the best during the cobbled classics and he's flying up the mountains.That isn't normal in modern day cycling.

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Yeah they're dirtier than a hippie in a mudslide.

At least 10 years ago the dopers were exciting and fun to watch. I hate Team Sky tactics, they're effective but less interesting than watching the fat guys in power scooters race each other down the sidewalk.

Alright, enough with the similes.
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Yes Van Avermaet! Finally. I'm so happy for him. I don't think there are many riders in the peloton who deserve a big victory like this more than him. For the past three years, he's constantly been up there in almost every race he enters.
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Good for Van Avermaet, glad he got a stage win. Always so close and never quite the victory until today. Hoping Sagan gets one as well before the Tour ends but today may have been his best chance. We shall see.

I always get so antsy during the transition stages between the mountains - can't wait for the Alps, despite the race being effectively over it's still my favorite week in sports every year
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Old 07-25-2015, 01:35 PM   #27
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Great stage today. Along with yesterday's stage this shows that shorter stages are the way to go. More excitement in less kilometres.
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Hot damn, what a finish. Quintana will have his yellow jersey soon enough.
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Old 07-25-2015, 05:29 PM   #29
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Hopefully. This Tour was tailor-made for him however. If there's a 40-50k TT he'll have to make up even more time to guys like Froome.

The people booing (and doing worse things to) Froome are pathetic BTW.
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Yeah that's despicable. Some of the "fans" on Dutch Corner were also apparently attacking the Sky team cars ahead of the race coming through.

Think what you want about his and his team's tactics but at least show him some respect as a human being.

I was not a fan though of Paul and Phil exhorting people to spread the spitter's photo and personal info (they suggested his home address and phone number should be passed around as much as possible if it could be found) around social media so that someone could "go have a chat with him"
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