Cycling 2021 Page 12

  • Salaman 2 Jun 2021 15:04:27 24,153 posts
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    MVP summer goals: tour of Switzerland, tour de France, Olympics.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9FSnWQfk8A

    I thought he looks a bit more gaunt than usual.
  • Salaman 2 Jun 2021 20:03:20 24,153 posts
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    Aw bollocks. Pidcock broke his collar bone.

    https://twitter.com/laflammerouge16/status/1400138743995043843

    Must've been one helluva crash.
  • askew 3 Jun 2021 08:16:20 24,015 posts
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    Oof :/

    He was training around Font-Romeu-Odeillo-Via and was found conscious on the ground.
    The TT in the Criterium was fun today… I'm not sure everybody paced it correctly :D Should mean the last few days are quite exciting.
  • askew 3 Jun 2021 15:25:06 24,015 posts
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    Exciting finish this afternoon. Somebody had done their research…
  • mothercruncher 3 Jun 2021 18:51:55 19,416 posts
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    Gesus, that was close.
  • Salaman 3 Jun 2021 20:05:42 24,153 posts
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    I love it when that works out. Well deserved.
  • Vortex808 3 Jun 2021 22:17:23 15,506 posts
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    Nice. Just found there's a new series of least expected day on netflix.

    It was looking at the movistar team. Last season was interesting watching all the egos clash and the fallout.

    Looks like it's covering start of covid and last cycling season. Should be interesting.
  • askew 4 Jun 2021 07:33:58 24,015 posts
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    Yeah, it’s still Valverde’s team. I’m looking forward to the episode where they tow Roglic back to Carapaz in the Vuelta…
  • mothercruncher 4 Jun 2021 07:38:53 19,416 posts
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    It is, and that’s why I just can’t warm to them. Interesting documentaries though, will watch.
  • Salaman 5 Jun 2021 10:35:51 24,153 posts
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    Thanks for the tip.
    Speaking of Valverde. How awesome was that win yesterday?
  • askew 5 Jun 2021 10:45:31 24,015 posts
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    Not bad for an old man 👀 Shame TGH didn't have quite enough.
  • mothercruncher 5 Jun 2021 18:36:31 19,416 posts
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    The Growth Hormone did have enough though- he won.
  • askew 5 Jun 2021 19:01:41 24,015 posts
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    Hah
  • Salaman 8 Jun 2021 17:53:51 24,153 posts
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    Never heard of the Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge but it sounds mental.
    154k, going up the Ventoux twice.

    http://www.denivelechallenges.com/parcours/

    Edited by Salaman at 17:54:00 08-06-2021
  • elstoof 8 Jun 2021 18:04:31 27,823 posts
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    I was supposed to do the marmotte ultra this year, 180k and finish with a double ascent of the Alpe d’Huez. Hopefully they’ll keep the ultra event on for next year. That was my warm up ride for the Big One - Tour du Mount Blanc. Postponed again, it goes through Switzerland and Italy before finishing back in France, border issues scuppered that. 330km and over 8000m of climbing
  • gamecat 8 Jun 2021 18:05:19 1,225 posts
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    That route looks a bit of a swine, Bedoin route last. Ther's the Cinglés club, a sort of permanent brevet thing, you can do anytime, all three routes up in a day, usually people do Sault last.

    https://www.veloventoux.com/?c=cingles

    I keep meaning to have a go one of these days.
  • askew 8 Jun 2021 18:06:18 24,015 posts
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    Put your white shorts on, and the world is your oyster.
  • Salaman 8 Jun 2021 22:58:41 24,153 posts
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    Respect to anyone doing those mad ultra rides, especially if it involves lots of climbing.
    askew wrote:
    Put your white shorts on, and the world is your oyster.
    Yup. Maybe a hat trick tomorrow?

    In other news:
    https://www.instagram.com/tompidcock/

    Bloody hell.

    Edit:
    I just saw MVDP's sprint. I donù think there was anyone else on that finish photo. He was well clear of Alaphilippe and Matthews.

    Edited by Salaman at 23:04:59 08-06-2021
  • mothercruncher 9 Jun 2021 09:51:51 19,416 posts
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    I fucking love those VDP afterburners.
  • Salaman 11 Jun 2021 23:39:44 24,153 posts
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    The UCI being UCI again.

    Jan-Willem Van Schip, the Dutchman with a penchant for funny steering wheels and oddly angled wrists has been working an a new type of handlebars.

    https://twitter.com/beatcyclingclub/status/1403290919307071489

    Obviously, with the new rules of not resting your forearms on your handlebars, that can't be legal.

    Not according to the UCI, who were notified about this design but saw no issue with it.

    Not according to the UCI official who approved it at the start today's stage in the Baloise Belgium tour. Then Van Schip gets in the breakaway, with lots of visibility on TV for him and his handlebars.

    The UCI then sends word from its Swiss based headquarters that his handlebars are in fact be illegal (based on the TV shots? Against the decision of their local official?) and he's to be removed from the Baloise Belgium Tour.

    Ugh.
  • mothercruncher 12 Jun 2021 09:06:17 19,416 posts
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    They’re just inept, eh? A spokesperson has said they’re ok, so let him finish and then officially ban them. Or decide they’re not ok and insist he chucks regular aero bars on there, Always the defeat from the jaws of victory route though.
  • askew 13 Jun 2021 13:56:06 24,015 posts
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    Switzerland looking glorious today
  • askew 13 Jun 2021 16:04:15 24,015 posts
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    That was a beautiful route they cycled over. Cobbles on the climb up; sweet tarmac on the way down.
  • mothercruncher 13 Jun 2021 19:52:06 19,416 posts
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    Yeah, beautiful to look at today. Enjoyed the TT yesterday actually- the climb/descent thing added interest. Good little tour that.
  • JoelStinty 21 Jun 2021 15:29:00 9,526 posts
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    Cav is going to the tour \o/
  • elstoof 21 Jun 2021 15:52:15 27,823 posts
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    So he got the pay rise then
  • askew 21 Jun 2021 15:52:33 24,015 posts
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    Whoop whoop

    Lefevre playing his mind-games again:



    A knee injury is keeping Sam Bennett out of the Tour and that has caused resentment from Patrick Lefevere. The Deceuninck-Quick Step manager questions the Irishman's injury. "I'm starting to think it's more fear of failure than just pain," Lefevere is sharp with Sporza.

    Mark Cavendish has been called in as a last resort to replace the injured Sam Bennett in Deceuninck-Quick Step's Tour selection. "Mark had actually already left for Italy to train. We had to call him back," Patrick Lefevere explained. "When Bennett called that he was injured and that he needed care and rest, we already felt it coming that he was not going to be ready for the Tour."

    "Three days before the Tour of Belgium he bumped his knee against his handlebars. He didn't tell us anything about that. When he arrived, we sent him home again. Then it was a yes-no game: to train or not to train? I can't prove that he doesn't have knee pain, but I am starting to think more and more that it is more fear of failure than just pain. Yesterday he was supposed to come to Belgium, but then there were problems with his plane again. Then you start thinking strange things. He will have to come anyway. I'm not going to let this pass."

    Does it play a role that Bennett is leaving the team after this season? "If that's the case, it would say a lot about him, after everything I've done for him. I even paid penalties in advance to pay his fine at Bora. So when you treat me like that, it's telling. I'm not ruling it out. As for Mark Cavendish, expectations are not too high. He's not 30 years old anymore. To his credit, though, he's nervous as if he had to ride his first race in the juniors. If he doesn't win, everyone will think that's normal. If he does win, everyone will put him on a throne."
    Edited by askew at 15:53:02 21-06-2021
  • Psychotext 21 Jun 2021 16:06:10 70,571 posts
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    Sounds like a real top class manager. Wanker.
  • Salaman 22 Jun 2021 13:29:11 24,153 posts
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    JoelStinty wrote:
    Cav is going to the tour \o/
    I could see him winning a stage. It'd be surprising but not impossible.
    He's got an excellent lead-out man in Morkov.
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