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2019 Pro Cycling: Valverde's Magical Mystery Tour of Spain and Italy (but not France)

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Currently watching the US Pro Cycling Championships (criterium tonight; road race Sunday) roll about 1/2 mile from where I used to live in Knoxville.

Getting ready to do the Tour de Rocky Top next Sat.  My favorite ride of the year.  Ride into the mountains in the morning; all you can eat/drink pizza and beer + the 1st Stage of the Tour de France.

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12 hours ago, Knoxtnhorn said:

 

Getting ready to do the Tour de Rocky Top next Sat.  My favorite ride of the year.  Ride into the mountains in the morning; all you can eat/drink pizza and beer + the 1st Stage of the Tour de France.

Ah, that sounds fantastic. 

 

I'm doing the Capital Trail here in Va. with a couple buddies. Last bigger ride before the Mountain Mama century in August. 

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Nervous about the mountains.  It's been two years.  I've done everything I can to replicate here in Dallas - big gears on what hills I can find.  

For those interested, NBCSN does a TDF Fantasy game.  It usually isn't ready until right at Day 1 of The Tour.  I won a stage 3 years ago - $400 worth of nutrition supplies.  It's free and pretty fun.

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So Viviani and Gilbert both leaving DQS. Crazy turnover as usual. 

 

Meanwhile today, can Jumbo take yet another stage?

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And Alaphillipe takes advantage of a tailor made parcours...

 

Surprised Valverde not more in the mix.

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Might as well just give Sagan a lifetime supply of green jerseys.

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Back home and caught up now thanks to the 9 hours of viewing yesterday.  

For the love of God, please let TJ make this interesting.

I really don't want a Frenchie to win.

Ready for the mountains.

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1 hour ago, Knoxtnhorn said:

I really don't want a Frenchie to win.

Booo. #TeamPinot(orBardet)

 

The Plank of the Beautiful Girls today.

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1 hour ago, idigTexas said:

Epic stage

I'm doing a mountainous century next month. After watching today I did threshold repeats at a crazy low cadence just in case I run out if gears like half of these guys. And i run out of gear a lot faster than they do...

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Not sure if anyone is watching on Eurosport, but goddamn Adam Blythe's wardrobe is a crime against humanity.

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1 minute ago, G650 said:

TJ abandons, sorry Knox 

I'm shocked. He's such a little bitch.  Not because he abandoned; I have no idea how bad he was hurt, but because of what transpired yesterday and pre-race today.  His coach specifically said that plan was to keep him, Uran, and Woods(?) all within striking distance until the Alps, then see what happens.  TJ couldn't hack yesterday, so this morning he gives an interview in which he said the team's doing great and he never intended to compete for the GC.  

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Posted (edited)

Watching America hate on TJ is a spectator sport unto itself lol.

Edited by G650

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Better than the norm for sure. Pretty much on par with the Giro this year.

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7 hours ago, G650 said:

This was a fabulous stage, wow

Agreed. I was pulling hard for De Gendt.

Of course, I always root for the breakaways, so it was nice to see this one survive for a change.

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De Gendt is a stud.  

I'm not sure who I'm rooting for right now.  I'm so used to just rooting against Sky, and there aren't any Americans, Aussies, or Canadians doing anything.  

Crazy that there have been so few crashes and abandons.

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5 hours ago, Knoxtnhorn said:

De Gendt is a stud.  

I'm not sure who I'm rooting for right now.  I'm so used to just rooting against Sky, and there aren't any Americans, Aussies, or Canadians doing anything.  

Crazy that there have been so few crashes and abandons.

Thomas The Ghent is a fucking animal. Love that guy, he's like a non douchebag Jens Voigt.

 

I mean, I always wish Doom and Unmitigated Failure upon Sky myself, but even they aren't that terrible this year. Leave Froome home and let Dave Brailsford jump in front of a train, and they could even be likeable.

 

Lots of great characters this year. Pinot tops for sure. Alaphillipe to go far. Bardet is one of my favorite humans in general, his writing for Rouleur has been great. Richie Porte finally got past stage 9 this year, really pulling for him to have some success, especially after that 2017 crash. Personally I could give a fuck about cheering for an American, but you could pull for Uran, he's on EF Cannondale which is American and he is one of the funniest and chill guys in the peloton. Trek obviously American too so another plus for Porte if you are so inclined. 

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I love a sneaky stage like  that.  Who do you think has it won?  I'm not ready to declare anyone the victor just yet, though Thomas certainly helped his cause. 

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Just caught up.  That was fun for a flat stage.

He's prob too far back, but I suppose I'm rooting for Uran.  He's on an American team, and I've always liked the Colombian riders.

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11 hours ago, idigTexas said:

I love a sneaky stage like  that.  Who do you think has it won?  I'm not ready to declare anyone the victor just yet, though Thomas certainly helped his cause. 

Ah, just being slightly hyperbolic. But I say the chances of G winning are over 90% now. There are basically four contenders left now, G, Bernal, Kruijswijk and Quintana. Pinot the only one of the idiots that got caught out that has the slightest prayer of coming back.

 

I love that kind of stage, just frustrated most people I am cheering for have the tactical nous of a flea 

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4 hours ago, Knoxtnhorn said:

Just caught up.  That was fun for a flat stage.

He's prob too far back, but I suppose I'm rooting for Uran.  He's on an American team, and I've always liked the Colombian riders.

Sorry to have to tell you, but Uran got caught out in that stage.

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2 hours ago, G650 said:

Sorry to have to tell you, but Uran got caught out in that stage.

Yeah, I know.  That's why I stated that he's already probably out.  

Great.  Just looked at the GC standings.  I don't want a frenchie or anyone connected to Sky/INEOS to win, so I guess I'm screwed.

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7 hours ago, Knoxtnhorn said:

Yeah, I know.  That's why I stated that he's already probably out.  

Great.  Just looked at the GC standings.  I don't want a frenchie or anyone connected to Sky/INEOS to win, so I guess I'm screwed.

I like Rigo too, but this stuff always happens to him.

 

You can pull for Kruijswijk or Nairo.

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Posted (edited)

It's only the first checkpoint, but Alaphilippe is having a heck of a ITT today. Thomas is going to need to pry that thing off him in the mountains.

Second checkpoint - he's still leading.

Edited by Captain Ron

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He might just do it, tomorrow will be interesting. He can handle the "hill" at the end, but if other teams attack, can his team respond?

 

To the person who mentioned Bardet--when he first appeared on the Tour, I was really rooting for him and I still do but, bless his heart, he seems to suffer from the oddest mishaps and tactical difficulties at the most inopportune times.

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Just caught up.  That's Lance Armstrong level of ridiculousness.  

One can win both the King of the Mountains (last year) AND individual time trial this year?  I call b.s.

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6 hours ago, Knoxtnhorn said:

Just caught up.  That's Lance Armstrong level of ridiculousness.  

One can win both the King of the Mountains (last year) AND individual time trial this year?  I call b.s.

ACTION MOVIES: "You've got to fight fire with fire."

PROFESSIONAL CYCLING: "You've got to fight drugs with drugs."

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This year's Tour drug:

Ketones, the stamina booster sparking Tour de France debate

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Paris (AFP) - The Tour de France is again embroiled in a debate over what cyclists put in their bodies after Dutch team Jumbo acknowledged they were using a dietary aid believed to boost stamina.

The team responded to questions from Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf by saying they were using drinks based on a substance called ketones, which occur naturally in the body.

Jumbo team manager Richard Plugge says the use of ketones is nothing unusual and is widespread among Tour de France riders.

"It's a food supplement, like vitamins," he told De Telegraaf.

Ketones are "supplementary fuel for the muscles," said Jean-Jacques Menuet, the doctor for a rival team, Arkea-Samsic.

Jumbo won four of the first 11 stages on this year's Tour de France.

Mike Teunissen won the opening stage before Jumbo romped to victory in the team time trial the next day. Dylan Groenewegen won stage six in a sprint and Wout Van Aert took stage 10 on Monday.

On the Tour's rest day on Tuesday, Ineos team principal Dave Brailsford described Jumbo as "the most improved team over the past three years."...

 

https://sports.yahoo.com/ketones-stamina-booster-sparking-tour-france-debate-140802243.html

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7 hours ago, Knoxtnhorn said:

Just caught up.  That's Lance Armstrong level of ridiculousness.  

One can win both the King of the Mountains (last year) AND individual time trial this year?  I call b.s.

I'll preface by saying I'm not going to saying any cyclist is 100% not doping,  but I think people are leaping to conclusions because they had an entirely different expectation and the impulse is to say something is up rather than one had the wrong idea.

 

Today will tell you what is going on with Alaphillipe. He has always been a very good time trialist, he win the Paris Nice TT two years ago in fact, so it's not out of left field. He is not a high mountains guy though, so that's where you need to look.

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I was wondering when the drug allegations would start.  They certainly weren't going to come from the French. 

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44 minutes ago, idigTexas said:

I was wondering when the drug allegations would start.  They certainly weren't going to come from the French. 

Quelle horreur!

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On 7/15/2019 at 11:58 AM, G650 said:

Welp, Tour is over. Fun while it lasted.

 

1 hour ago, G650 said:

Well, now it's getting interesting 

 

Over or interesting? Which is it?

 

I'm just playing. But Thomas blowing up today wasn't what I expected. I think this race is Alaphillipe's to lose now. I don't know that he has what it takes to take this race by the throat, but he just has to limit his losses.

Still a week to race and a lot can change. I think that this race is going to keep up the surprises. It's gonna be a wild last week.

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When Julian took time out of Thomas at the TT all the disbelief and superlatives kinda reminded me of Floyd Landis and his stratospheric ride to oblivion. I hope not since I’ve enjoyed pulling for him.

The French are absolutely losing their minds.

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Lulz.  

I mean, I'm coming from a place of pure cynicism because I defended Lance up until the end.  But, c'mon.  The guy is winning (or placing) in TT's, hills, AND mountains - at times w/o even a team in support.

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BTW, WTF Movistar? We have the blueprint in Postal and Sky on how to have your team ducks in a row for the Tour. To see Movistar set the pace today to blow up Quintana just made me wonder what the hell they are doing there.

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