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    Quote Originally Posted by craner View Post
    I'm looking forward to it. First time I remember it coinciding with Wimbledon, though.
    have you forsaken rugby, Craner?

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    People have had a lot of fun over the stage 3 crash involving Bardet and Thomas. Chapeau to the guy who photoshopped this one:
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    and for those who haven't seen it - the Sagan/Cav crash.

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    Seemed a bit harsh, slinging him off the Tour!

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    Many people agree with you Oliver - I don't think he meant to sling his elbow out into Cav but he did send him into the railings. I think the rugby analogy is pretty useful here - it's not about intent but about consequences - look at SBW red on Saturday, once he dropped the shoulder he had to go (I think, anyway.)

    It's a shame for the Tour as Sagan is undoubtedly the star performer, especially now Sky have taken hold of the race. there is a danger of the drama being removed without rides like stage 3's where Sagan unclipped and still had the power to hold off GVA.

    Sprint stage today - let's see who really wants the green jersey now.

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    Been looking after son no.2 who has chicken pox for a couple of days, so watched almost all of the stages from start to finish. Soporific for the both of us.

    Stage four was perfect for looking at chateaux, the French countryside, tractors and diggers. Van Keirsbulck looked mortified when he looked round and no-one was coming up to him at km 0. He looks a bit like Boonen on the bike- he was touted as a successor a few years ago (went pro w/Quickstep at 18). Losing Sagan has ruined my fantasy league chances.

    Fuck knows what BMC were up to yesterday, but good that full Sky dominance is being threatened. Aru looked good in National Champs jersey. Gilbert missing his, now he just has shit socks. Can Martin go well in the mountains proper?

    Lots of Brits in the race.

    ITV4 coverage much better than Eurosport
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    "Aru looked good in National Champs jersey" - you can almost forget he's riding for Astana in that jersey - I picked him earlier and I do like his style. I think Martin is overrated and will pop at some stage. I'd love to see Bardet step up another level though.

    " Gilbert missing his, now he just has shit socks"

    The Gorilla for today I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenks View Post
    "Aru looked good in National Champs jersey" - you can almost forget he's riding for Astana in that jersey - I picked him earlier and I do like his style.
    It's nice to see a successful attack from a few KM out, will put the other teams on edge for mountain stages.

    Quote Originally Posted by jenks View Post
    I think Martin is overrated and will pop at some stage. I'd love to see Bardet step up another level though.
    Martin's more of a hilly one day rider / less good Valverde, so he will probably fade.

    Bardet and Aru are both in my fantasy league, but not sure that Bardet can get better than a low podium. Aru could do very well.


    Quote Originally Posted by jenks View Post
    The Gorilla for today I think.
    Sprints are wide open now, aren't they? Hasn't Greipel won a stage in every GT he has entered? Mental.

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    This is turning into one of the most attritional Tours de France in living memory - yesterday will go down as one of the genuinely epic stages. Geraint and Gesink crashing out in the early part of the day would usually have taken the headlines but first Aru attacking Froome's mechanical, then Porte's sickening crash, then Bardet descending like a genius all overshadowed by Uran winning while stuck in his hardest gear - breathless stuff. And that's without all the guys who didn't make the time cut - I wouldn't want to be Demare today explaining to his teammates about how he's ended their tour cos he's super shit uphill.


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    That was an amazing race yesterday (although I only watched highlights). Stomach-churning crash, and a shame for the competition to see Porte go out.

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    A big shame to see Porte go out - maybe more amazing was Dan Martin's ride to get back up and limit his losses. That descent was lethal and could have cost someone their life.
    It is Froome's to lose now, which seems bizarre to say when there are still another 13 stages.

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    Do you think the descent was too lethal to have been justifiable? On the ITV4 show last night, Boardman was just like, "at the end of the day, it's up to the cyclists how fast they choose to go..." *shrug*

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    Racers will always race, sometimes they need protection from themselves. If there is a stage win at stake or time on GC then the front group are going to push their luck. The conditions and new surface really did them no favours - faster tarmac but slippy in the wet - ironically if the old surface had been there it would have been safer as they would have gone slower aware of the potential for potholes etc.

    Wouter Wylandt died coming downhill in the Giro a couple of years ago and Annemiek van Vleuten was lucky to escape with her life in the women's Olympic event. I get the fact that the race organisers want great TV but I think Martin was right when he said that the ASO got what they wanted.

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    Closest final week in recent memory and each of the main players have tried to deliver telling blows only for the staus quo to be re-established. The question now is who cracks first? Bardet's AG2R team look really well drilled and if there are cross winds as predicted today then there is potential for carnage and big losses - I think Dan Martin could be the one to suffer most. No-one much talking about Uran - definitely the best TT rider except Froome in the top 5. Big week coming up in Jenxtowers.

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