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Old 07-12-2019, 01:54 AM
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Did not see a post on this, and I know there are a few are bike riders. I used to be and can say I did all of the passes of the Markleeville Death Ride in my youth.
Paul Scarpelli used to do a nice job of giving us the insider information, but he has been long gone
I have a total appreciation for endurance sports being a marathoner.
This year they have changed the course to be a bit more difficult and I am really enjoying the coverage. Although they seem to have a fetish for Peter Sagaan, as if he were the Tiger Woods of cycling.
Any others following?
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Used to follow religiously having been a racer in high school days, but have not in a few years. Just tuned in now, thanks for jog
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Don't they average about 30+ mph for 130 miles per day? That is a whole other animal!!!
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Exciting way to see France from your couch and with an International Competition vibe too...

I can you chanting for the top American Biker



USA USA USA USA !


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I watch it for the scenery

We will be travelling through southern France for 2 weeks in April
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I have it on partly as background, and for the scenery.

British riders have won the last four Tours in a row, and 6 out of the last 7. Four with Chris Froome and last year with Geraint Thomas. Both in cycling genius manager Dave Brailsford's Team Sky.

This year Chris Froome is out, injured.

And Sky's sponsorship has lapsed, so Brailsford's team is now "Team Ineos".

Will Geraint Thomas make it FIVE British winners in a row? Looking good so far.




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Old 07-12-2019, 10:42 AM
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Originally Posted by neece View Post
Don't they average about 30+ mph for 130 miles per day? That is a whole other animal!!!
Yep. And those aren't all flat miles. Most of the stages involve strength-sapping mountain climbs, often with a finish on top of a peak.
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Old 07-12-2019, 04:19 PM
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Yeah I follow it, I used to race in the early 90s, both road and mountain bike. Mostly criteriums, short multilap affairs in a city center or park. I've ridden off and on, since.
People always defer to the "good old days" but the money involved now has really changed the game & it's difficult for me to follow. Honestly after the Lemond era it was hard for me to stay motivated. Armstrong and the USA Cycling (then it was USCF) always had a "you do not know the power of the DARK SIDE" aura, wheras Lemond developed thru the trade teams. The bikes are $18K machines, unlike back in the day when they were relatable as mostly the same $2500 steel bikes I rode. The last several years the British team SKY had a whopping budget , the biggest of all other outfits by a big margin and as a result they've always had the talent & really controlled the race.

The team is mostly the same now, except for a different sponsor, Ineos, which has a favorite, Geraint Thomas. My bet is on him. Their real favorite, multi winner Chris Froome was a non starter this year because injury, and a lot of people wrote off Geraint because of his lack of results this year. But after the first real challenging stage this year a day or so ago, Geraint looks pretty good.
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Originally Posted by neece View Post
Don't they average about 30+ mph for 130 miles per day? That is a whole other animal!!!
More like mid to high 20's but still animal. Finishing sprints claim 40 mph. Steep descents near 60.
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Although they seem to have a fetish for Peter Sagaan, as if he were the Tiger Woods of cycling.


And he never really wants to be interviewed does he?
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I follow it every year. Some of the big names from the past few years are absent, and it seems like it will be more wide-open this year. A fair number of first-time stage winners, so far, and the current yellow jersey holder (as of stage 6) is a young Italian guy, Giulio Ciccone (first time wearing yellow). He looked bummed out when he got beat out for the stage victory in stage 6, not realizing (yet) that he had taken away enough time from Julian Alaphilippe to nudge past him for yellow.

The last climb in stage 6, to the finish line, really took it out of a lot of the riders, some of whom looked like they would have fallen off their bikes at the finish line, if people hadn't steadied them...

Looking forward to the Pyrenees and Alps stages!

Geraint Thomas still has to be considered to be one of the favorites, for being in yellow at the end. Lot's more hills and mountains to come, plus the individual time trial.

Being a recreational road biker, but also being a "Clydesdale" (a term for for male road bikers over 200 lbs, a limit which I easily exceed....), I have great appreciation for what TdeF cyclists do. Especially since I hate lugging my weight over hills!

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Used to check in on the race results a number of years back, but haven't followed it since then.
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I am hoping Michael Mathews pulls out a surprise in the end, He has been in this race for a long time and is always a bridesmaid
And yes the scenery is very cool

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Those damned cyclists should be riding on the sidewalk. For the whole month. It's an outrage.

Where's their reflectors and safety vests?
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Being a recreational road biker, but also being a "Clydesdale" (a term for for male road bikers over 200 lbs, a limit which I easily exceed....), I have great appreciation for what TdeF cyclists do. Especially since I hate lugging my weight over hills!
Never knew of that term being applied to cyclists. Of course this is the original Clydesdale, backbone of heavy farm work before the age of steam & tractors:
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Numbering system:

22 teams. 8 riders per team. Defending champion gets #1. Remaining riders on team are given numbers in alphabetical order. Next teams start at 11, 21, 31, 41 etc. Each teams best rider gets the '1' 21, 31 etc and remaining team members are assigned numbers in alphabetical order. All riders on each team must wear identical uniforms down to their socks. Due to this numbering system no rider numbers end in '0' or '9'.

Example: Team Ineos (INS)
No.RiderPos.

1 Geraint Thomas (GBR)

2 Egan Bernal (COL)

3 Jonathan Castroviejo (ESP)

4 Michał Kwiatkowski (POL)

5 Gianni Moscon (ITA)

6 Wout Poels (NED)

7 Luke Rowe (GBR)

8 Dylan van Baarle (NED)

And the final team: Arkéa–Samsic (PCB)
No.RiderPos.

211 Warren Barguil (FRA)

212 Maxime Bouet (FRA)

213 Anthony Delaplace (FRA)

214 Élie Gesbert (FRA)

215 André Greipel (GER)

216 Kévin Ledanois (FRA)

217 Amaël Moinard (FRA)

218 Florian Vachon (FRA)
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Never knew of that term being applied to cyclists. Of course this is the original Clydesdale, backbone of heavy farm work before the age of steam & tractors:
Its a dumb fckn term. 'heavy set' ladies are referred to as 'Athenas' More elitist cycling snobbery.
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Fantastic stage today!
DeGhendt lead it from the start all 200km and held off the entire peloton basically by himself at the end despite three teams trying to close him down! About 12,000 ft. Of total climbing during the stage.

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Fantastic stage today!
DeGhendt lead it from the start all 200km and held off the entire peloton basically by himself at the end despite three teams trying to close him down! About 12,000 ft. Of total climbing during the stage.
I had to record it and the recording ended with 4 miles to go
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