Cycling 2018 season Page 3

  • MikeP 21 May 2018 14:17:00 2,892 posts
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    He attacked at absolutely the perfect moment. It was a proper "all-in" moment, really ballsy racing from Yates.

    As soon as the rest of the group started looking at each other, and then Dumoulin (after getting visibly angry with the group) realised he was going to have to pull you just knew he was going to stay away.

    I'm hoping Yates does well at the TT, for a climber he's pretty capable.
  • Psychotext 25 May 2018 15:33:07 64,180 posts
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    Holy shit.
  • elstoof 25 May 2018 15:55:13 21,958 posts
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    Fuck a duck
  • gamecat 25 May 2018 16:30:51 807 posts
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    Well that was a turn up for the books, hoping that ride doesn't get deleted from the record books after the results of the doping case.
  • elstoof 25 May 2018 16:45:01 21,958 posts
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    Time to open another doping case maybe
  • Vortex808 25 May 2018 16:50:21 12,883 posts
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    :D

    I heard he made a rather large break today, but was busy at work. How much time did he make in the end?

    I'm off to check now.
  • elstoof 25 May 2018 16:52:49 21,958 posts
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    solo breakaway win from 80km, won by 3:20 odd and now 40s in front
  • Vortex808 25 May 2018 16:57:57 12,883 posts
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    So... just pure froome grit, a nice big testosterone patch to the plums a la Landis, or a nice cold bag of blood? :-) What's everyone's thoughts?


    I read that a spectator ran by him with a giant inhaler today, I'll certainly have to watch the highlights on eurosport tonight, should be some good racing and hopefully they'll show the inhaler bit too. :-D
  • elstoof 25 May 2018 17:00:30 21,958 posts
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    Dunno, he’s not exactly been stretched over the last 3 weeks like Yates and Dumoulin have, like to think he’s merely on the same gear as the rest of them but got more in the legs. We know he can climb, probably just been waiting to peak at the right time
  • elstoof 25 May 2018 17:01:49 21,958 posts
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    But as far I can tell it was the descending that put him in position, took some ballsy risks
  • elstoof 25 May 2018 17:05:09 21,958 posts
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  • Vortex808 25 May 2018 17:05:48 12,883 posts
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    I live in hope there's no shenanigans, if he descended well, then fair enough. As you say, he's not been stretched all race due to injuries and sitting in the bunch. Maybe he got a break since everyone else probably thought he was well out of it. Tomorrow should be interesting at least!

    Feel a bit sorry for Yates, mind, but bike racing is tough and he's had a long few of weeks, and gone for a few wins too.
  • elstoof 25 May 2018 17:13:48 21,958 posts
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    He’s done a Porte and dropped his bundle, hopefully he’ll learn from it. Shipped about half an hour today though. Maybe he’ll do a Froome and attack from the start
  • elstoof 25 May 2018 17:20:01 21,958 posts
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    Some stats on the descent of Finestre

    https://twitter.com/veloncc/status/1000005353155760129?s=21
  • JoelStinty 26 May 2018 09:25:10 6,995 posts
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    Just caught up with the stage. Once in a lifetime stage. I guess doubt will always hang over him, but that was some performance. Feel for Yates though, third week bonk but i think there will be a few GT wins for him in the future.

    Great ride by Tom though, i think he may snatch it today, i think yesterday will have taken a lot out of Chris, probably for tom too really as it was all for themselves for 90k The group was pretty isolated for a good while before Chris attacked as well.
  • mothercruncher 26 May 2018 12:55:12 15,554 posts
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    Felt uneasy watching that, then read this article which summed up why better than I could. Wouldn’t go as far as to ask someone not to ride until something proven though.

    https://cyclingtips.com/2018/05/only-love-can-break-your-heart-a-lamentation-on-chris-froome/?utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cyclingtipsblog%2FTJog+%28Cycling+Tips%29&utm_medium=feed&utm_source=feedburner

    He said afterwards “There's a lot of planning that goes into a day like this, a lot of detail: the nutritional requirements and good fuelling strategy, the strategy for the team and who is going to do what jobs. Today we did exactly what we spoke about beforehand."
    Fingers crossed the requirements stopped short of the shadier end of marginal gains.
  • JoelStinty 26 May 2018 13:37:32 6,995 posts
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    I think Team sky’s experience may have helped in this race. It’s been hard (but great fun) racing from the start. Yates, Pozzivio and now seeming Pinot have all suffered in the last few days.

    Team Sky have always said that the team would come good in week 3. Froome was pretty happy with his power readings in week one despite losing time and I guess they just trusted their own experience and intuition on how to race a tour.

    Although even I didn’t Expect yesterday! Fingers crossed it is legit!
  • Vortex808 26 May 2018 13:44:42 12,883 posts
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    Pinot has blown sadly. :-(

    They are well back and he has 3 team mates with him to help.
  • Vortex808 26 May 2018 13:47:14 12,883 posts
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    He is fucked. You can hear him retching on camera. :-(
  • Psychotext 26 May 2018 19:19:49 64,180 posts
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    So that's pretty much that then. Wow.
  • Salaman 2 Jul 2018 23:03:35 23,333 posts
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    With Froome confirmed for the TdF, you can now start picking your velogames team!

    https://www.velogames.com
    League Name: Asmathic Riders Club
    League Code: 256847820
  • Psychotext 2 Jul 2018 23:36:20 64,180 posts
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    ha
  • Salaman 3 Jul 2018 09:25:41 23,333 posts
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    Dammit, I made that on my phone and it didn't flag up the spelling mistake in asthmatic. :/
  • JoelStinty 3 Jul 2018 10:27:57 6,995 posts
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    Cool quickly created a team and have entered.

    Let the tinkering commence!
  • Vortex808 3 Jul 2018 11:18:39 12,883 posts
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    Sweet. I will try to get a time sorted out later this week if I manage to get time.

    Or, most likely, quickly cobble together some random cyclists and cross my fingers...
  • Vortex808 3 Jul 2018 22:20:44 12,883 posts
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    Done.

    I was totally expecting salaman's team to be called 'sal's butamols' or something similar, but not at all.

    😃
  • Salaman 4 Jul 2018 10:37:50 23,333 posts
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    Vortex808 wrote:
    Done.

    I was totally expecting salaman's team to be called 'sal's butamols' or something similar, but not at all.

    😃
    OOOH! Missed opportunity that.
  • Vortex808 4 Jul 2018 11:22:33 12,883 posts
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    I think you could edit the team name if you felt like being mean!
  • Vortex808 4 Jul 2018 12:40:51 12,883 posts
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    Anyone else seen this:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/44694122

    Quite interesting how they have broken it all done to try to get as much energy in and out of froome on the stage. A real insight into how in-depth they research the staes for the race to.
  • Psychotext 4 Jul 2018 14:50:42 64,180 posts
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    Good write up here on the Froome / Salbutamol shit: https://cyclingtips.com/2018/07/opinion-why-wada-and-the-ucis-handling-of-the-froome-case-is-damaging-to-sport/

    Edit - I'm really surprised that his fuelling plan is so simple. I expected exotic mixtures and strange potions. That's not too far off what I do for my ultra-endurance stuff (though I eat more real food).

    Edited by Psychotext at 14:53:19 04-07-2018
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