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PeteFromLeeds
post Jul 3 2018, 10:45 AM
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We're only a matter of days away from the Tour starting! As usual all the action and highlights will be shown on ITV4.

Chris Froome has just been given the green light to compete after race organisers tried to ban him due to this doping case. Great for him, but it's no doubt going to cause some controversy over the course of the Tour. Thoughts?
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post Jul 6 2018, 07:11 PM
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From what I read, Froome won't be popular at all during the Tour de France. I hope nothing serious happens.
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post Jul 8 2018, 11:17 AM
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QUOTE(Mack. @ Jul 6 2018, 08:11 PM) *
From what I read, Froome won't be popular at all during the Tour de France. I hope nothing serious happens.


Well he crashed in Stage 1, thankfully fine to race on - but the spectators were cheering...

Hopefully Cav can bag a win today!
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post Jul 8 2018, 06:06 PM
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Froome, Porte, Yates & Quintana all losing time on the first stage - interesting to see if that affects the final results!

Also liking the introduction of bonus seconds - it gives a small bonus to unsuccessful breakaways.
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post Jul 11 2018, 12:39 PM
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Will this year finally be the one that Geriant Thomas gets his moment in the Grand Tour sun?
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post Jul 11 2018, 01:01 PM
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It is Gaviria who wins the battle within the war in the points race on Stage 5. Sagan has to settle for seven points to the Colombian's eight.

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post Jul 11 2018, 01:18 PM
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QUOTE(Mack. @ Jul 11 2018, 01:39 PM) *
Will this year finally be the one that Gareth Thomas gets his moment in the Grand Tour sun?

You mean Geraint? kink.gif

Not been watching today's but looks like it could sift out the sprinters still high up on GC if it doesn't do anything else.
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post Jul 11 2018, 01:56 PM
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QUOTE(PeteFromLeeds @ Jul 11 2018, 02:18 PM) *
You mean Geraint? kink.gif

Not been watching today's but looks like it could sift out the sprinters still high up on GC if it doesn't do anything else.

Yes I meant Geraint. Sorry a bit of brain fade there.

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post Jul 13 2018, 08:14 AM
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Stage six result

1. Daniel Martin (Ire/UAE Team Emirates) 4hrs 13mins 43secs
2. Pierre Latour (Fra/AG2R La Mondiale) +1 secs
3. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) +3 secs
4. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra/Quick-Step Floors) same time
5. Rafal Majka (Pol/Bora - Hansgrohe)
6. Adam Yates (Gbr/Mitchelton - Scott)
7. Bauke Mollema (Ned/Trek - Segafredo)
8. Peter Sagan (Svk/Bora - Hansgrohe)
9. Geraint Thomas (Gbr/Team Sky)
10. Primoz Roglic (Slo/LottoNL - Jumbo)


General classification after stage six

1. Greg van Avermaet (Bel/BMC Racing) 13hrs 33mins 56secs
2. Geraint Thomas (GB/Team Sky) +3secs
3. Tejay van Garderen (US/BMC Racing) +5secs
4. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra/Quick-Step Floors) +6secs
5. Philippe Gilbert (Bel/Quick-Step Floors) +12secs
6. Bob Jungels (Lux/Quick-Step Floors) +18secs
7. Rigoberto Uran (Col/EF Education First) +37secs
8. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) +51secs
9. Rafal Majka (Pol/Bora - Hansgrohe) +52secs
10. Jakob Fuglsang (Den/Astana) +53secs
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post Jul 13 2018, 09:36 PM
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Unfortunate for Bardet and Dumoulin to get punctures at such an unfortunate time on Stage 6!
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post Jul 16 2018, 09:59 AM
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Well that cobbled stage certainly threw everything up in the mix laugh.gif shame for Porte crashing out once again and Van Garderen losing that much time - not a good day for BMC but at least they've still got Van Avermaet in yellow. Not a great day for Uran either.
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That finish for La Course is the best I've ever seen for sure! Didn't think it was possible for Van Vleuten to make up that gap ohmy.gif

Great to see Van Avermaet extend his lead by 2 minutes today also, even if he'll lose it all tomorrow.

General Classification - Stage 10:

1. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) (25-18-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-)
2. Geraint Thomas (SKY) (15-6-3-3-4-2-2-2-2-2-)
3. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) (38-20-16-15-13-8-8-7-5-3-)
4. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) (10-16-13-13-11-10-10-9-7-4-)
5. Bob Jungels (Quick-Step) (16-11-5-6-6-6-6-5-4-5-)
6. Chris Froome (SKY) (91-76-18-17-15-14-14-12-8-6-)
7. Adam-Yates (Mitchelton) (84-73-20-18-16-13-13-13-9-7-)
8. Mikel Landa (Movistar) (33-32-17-16-14-12-12-11-10-8-)
9. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain) (12-21-22-19-17-16-16-15-12-9-)
10. Primos Roglic (Lotto-Jumbo) (54-39-27-21-19-17-17-16-13-10-)

13. Rafal Majka (Bora) (11-23-11-11-10-9-9-8-6-13-)
39. Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step) (19-5-4-4-3-5-5-4-3-39-)
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post Jul 18 2018, 08:36 PM
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Fantastic attack from Geraint Thomas on the final few km of Stage 11 on La Rosiere to fly past and take both the stage win and the Yellow Jersey- reminded me of early in the 2012 Tour that Sir Bradley won when Chris Froome looked the stronger rider and won one of the first mountain stages.

Mark Cavendish is sadly out now having been defeated by the mountains and winning no further stages. : (
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post Jul 18 2018, 09:05 PM
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Great day's racing! Froome doesn't seem as strong as usual though, I can see Dumoulin overtaking him and possibly others as well. Great move from Dumoulin to get it going, he's put lots of time into everyone bar the Sky duo today.

Looks like Roglic will be the dark horse this year if we're going to get one.
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post Jul 19 2018, 07:01 PM
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NINE withdrawals today blink.gif Including pretty much all the sprinters, so tomorrow's sprint stage will be very interesting...
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post Jul 23 2018, 10:40 AM
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Team Sky's Gianni Moscon has been kicked out (again) for punching another rider in the face. rolleyes.gif
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post Jul 23 2018, 01:08 PM
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QUOTE(PeteFromLeeds @ Jul 23 2018, 11:40 AM) *
Team Sky's Gianni Moscon has been kicked out (again) for punching another rider in the face. rolleyes.gif


Indefensible. What a complete idiot - I wish Team Sky would get rid of the racist hothead.
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post Jul 24 2018, 10:34 AM
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Stage 16 has been halted due to an spraying incident.

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post Jul 26 2018, 08:09 AM
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Well the 'experimental' stage has certainly changed the race - Thomas looks almost certain to win now, and I can see Roglic overtaking Froome into 3rd. Will be interesting to see whether this is the end of winning Yellow Jerseys for Froome or whether he's just not fully recovered from the Giro.
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post Jul 28 2018, 03:25 PM
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Dumoulin wins the stage but Thomas will win the TDF.
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