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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:23 am    Post subject: Tour de France 2018 Reply with quote

I'm really hoping that Froome is put to the sword this year at the TdF, it's going to be boring otherwise. He's going to be a bit more fatigued than usual after the Giro, which should help. So who are the challengers this year?

What's Landa been up to? Although I can't help thinking he's back in the same bind he was at Sky, just with Quintana at Movistar this year....
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:04 am    Post subject: Re: Tour de France 2018 Reply with quote

Jorgan wrote:
I'm really hoping that Froome is put to the sword this year at the TdF, it's going to be boring otherwise. He's going to be a bit more fatigued than usual after the Giro, which should help. So who are the challengers this year?

What's Landa been up to? Although I can't help thinking he's back in the same bind he was at Sky, just with Quintana at Movistar this year....


that's assuming of course that the Sky appeal to his ban by ASO succeeds.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:10 am    Post subject: Re: Tour de France 2018 Reply with quote

fat buddha wrote:

that's assuming of course that the Sky appeal to his ban by ASO succeeds.


I don't see that ban sticking.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:17 am    Post subject: Re: Tour de France 2018 Reply with quote

Jorgan wrote:
fat buddha wrote:

that's assuming of course that the Sky appeal to his ban by ASO succeeds.


I don't see that ban sticking.


you're probably right but you just never know!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can Ritchie Porte stay on his bike this time? He seems to be in decent shape, and BMC are normally pretty good for the team TT if i remember correctly?

Any of you lot doing the Velogames this year? Might have to wait until tuesday to decide on Va Va Froome!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BBC says Froome has been cleared
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would the Tour be more exciting without Froome, or would we rather see him in, and possibly toppled?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, that was an exciting 48 hours!



Not nearly as much as the other Swift's breakaway yesterday afternoon.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, Sky vs Movistar then?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bardet could be a good call, so long as he doesn't ship too much time on the TTs.

Dumoulin might do well if he's recovered from the Giro.

Adam Yates is a reasonable outside bet (for 2 weeks anyway Wink )
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems very open this year. Surely conventional wisdom sees Froome and TD suffering after effects of the Giro given there's plenty of 'fresh' rivals. Landa, Porte, Quintana are the obvious rivals.

Porte should benefit from BMC's prowess in the TTT, but he either seems to fall off, have a jour sans/badly timed mechanical or gets ill somewhere, but should be strong.

Quintana/Landa - the risk here is that they neutralise each other. Especially given Valverde is in the mix too. Can see NQ being the strongest in the mountains, forcing Landa to reign it in a bit, only to lose too much time in the ITT.

Bardet - would love to see him do it, but no evidence his TT has improved this season so hard to see him besting the other guys.

Roglic is the dark horse, had a good season so far and would be worth an each-way ... not sure how Lotto will do on the TTT though.

Thomas has been going well this year, seems to have stepped up his TT again too, must be a bit gutted the asthmatic is riding after all (although I wonder how much of a plan B he is?)

Adam Yates? Will probably be in the lead with 3 days left, before falling foul of a deflating 1km banner to hand Bardet the overall and a home win. Or not.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

gingerbongo wrote:

Any of you lot doing the Velogames this year?


Yes please!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:48 am    Post subject: Re: Tour de France 2018 Reply with quote

Jorgan wrote:
I'm really hoping that Froome is put to the sword this year at the TdF, it's going to be boring otherwise.


I know what you mean


It is SO boring when Froome wins...


Look at this Snooze fest!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_3P7Scv1Gw



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had GvA on my Velogames Fantasy Team too, and Gilbert Rolling Eyes In fact, since that's not going ahead, I had these guys:

Demoulin
Valverde
Landa
Martin (Dan)
Demare
GvA
Gilbert
Impey
Martin (Tony)
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great stage for Sky yesterday. I liked the fact that when Valverde attacked from a long way out they just let him go because they knew he'd come back soon enough Wink .

Tom Dumoulin and Dan Martin seem to be the only people interested in seriously challenging Sky right now. Quintana, Bardet and Nibali were struggling to even follow.

It'll be interesting to see if G has his usual off day in the mountains or if he can stay ahead. If he were to win, a 6th win in 7 years with 3 different British riders would be a remarkable feat by Sky.
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