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Argon

climber
North Bay, CA
Jul 12, 2013 - 04:48pm PT
Pretty impressive win for Cavendish and his team. I was surprised so many GC contenders got caught out. Sagan was again amazing in that he is always there at the finish. Given his good performance in the TT, could he ever contend for the yellow jersey - or will he never be a good enough high mountain climber?
John Mac

Trad climber
Littleton, CO
Jul 12, 2013 - 05:08pm PT
Amazing stage today on what was supposed to be an easy day. Froome got boxed in and with his team falling apart, Saxo made a very smart and gutsy move. Can't wait until Sunday's Mountain stage.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 12, 2013 - 05:25pm PT
Cavendish blew it yesterday and knew it, roared back with a great win today. Say what you want about the little guy, he is of the greatest sprinters ever in the Tour.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 12, 2013 - 05:52pm PT
Yes, Cav raced like the real deal today, bravo to Quick Step and Chavanal.


But especially, bravo to Saxo Tinkoff, Belkin and Quick Step for REALLY puttin' it to 'em. That was an awesome action filled stage that looked pretty predictable on paper.

I don't dislike Froome but no one wants to see him run away with it.

I was bummed about ValVerde's bad luck. We will see how much class he has by how he races from here on. I think he'll back the little Colombian and maybe go for a stage win next week. He didn't deserve that crap.

Anything can happen in the Tour and they still have a long, long way to go, Mont Ventoux, another time trial then Alpe d'Huez twice in one day and as we saw today the most routine stage can kick someones ass.

Sweet, I love July!
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 12, 2013 - 05:57pm PT
Oh, I forgot to say I love Laurens TenDam. How about last year when he had a full beard for the tour? He knows about aerodynamics and doesn't worry about it enough to shave! I kept thinking "there's a guy that does what he wants." I'm sure the team director gave him shite about that.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 12, 2013 - 09:21pm PT
Those cross winds can cause havoc! Once the split happened it was on! Kudos to Cav today (hate to say it ;-)
ms55401

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
Jul 12, 2013 - 09:47pm PT

very casual cycling fan here, haven't been following the Tour.

when are the mountain stages, and who are the bad-ass climbers this year? If I wake up at ass-thirty, I want to see climbing agony
Dr. F.

Boulder climber
SoCal
Jul 12, 2013 - 10:24pm PT
Froome and his team are riding oblong chain rings

anyone got the specs on those babies..
I wonder how much of an advantage they could be.

I asked the same question last year, Wiggens was also running them
But I haven't heard a single peep about then nor now
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 12, 2013 - 10:44pm PT
Yes, even I love Cav today. Maybe the best win of his TDF career.
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Jul 12, 2013 - 10:57pm PT
ms55401,

You're a wiser fan than you know.

The mountain stages I'll make sure to watch this year are Sunday, Thursday, and Friday.

You don't have to get up at dawn on Sunday - the big climb that day is at the very end.

But the other mountain stages are broadcast extra early - like 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning. You'll want to see all of those.
Mtbphoto

Trad climber
Mammoth Lakes, Ca
Jul 12, 2013 - 10:58pm PT
Saw Contrador with a big smile on his face while talking in his race radio at about 2k to go. He know he did a great thing today
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 12, 2013 - 11:03pm PT

To totally toot my own horn, from July 8


Jul 8, 2013 - 10:06pm PT
Tomorrow the wind will wreak havoc and some Belgian team will produce the winner. Note that Cavendish's team is Belgian, so I'm kind of hedging my bets here. I'm not saying that I'll be particularly happy with him winning.


OK I got the day wrong, but you have to admit the call was petty good.
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Jul 13, 2013 - 07:49am PT
Froome and his team are riding oblong chain rings

anyone got the specs on those babies..
I wonder how much of an advantage they could be.

Shimano used to market them on lower end road bikes under the name Bio-pace and they lasted for a couple of years before being replaced by regular round chain rings. The idea behind them is they remove the dead spot in one's pedal stroke.

Bobby Julich had pretty good luck with them and refined the shape a bit. I do believe he is part of the Sky coaching/management staff.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 13, 2013 - 11:08am PT
Shimano had BioPace on their montain bike group as well. I raced them for a year. They were supposed to even out the "dead spot" at the top/bottom of your stroke. They were ok once you got used to the different spin, but I never really got used to them.

Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Jul 13, 2013 - 11:26am PT
My first mountain bike ( Raleigh bonded aluminum "Technium" ) had the elliptical rings, too. But mine was the SunTour version. The small ring was almost square. I didn't care for them, either.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 13, 2013 - 12:39pm PT
More great racing today! Crowds were crazy.

Tomorrow, it is on!

Credit: StahlBro
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Jul 13, 2013 - 04:04pm PT
pass the meth,

my heart feels like an alligator,
Kalimon

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
Jul 13, 2013 - 05:59pm PT
Tom Simpson 11/30/1937 - 7/13/1967, died on the slopes of the Ventoux.
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Jul 13, 2013 - 06:08pm PT
"Jesus. What the hell happened here?"

-Lance Armstrong, upon seeing Ventoux's de-forested summit. The trees went to good use, building ships from the earliest explorers through Napoleon ( which Lord Nelson sent to the bottom of the Atlantic ). Now the trees are gone.
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Jul 13, 2013 - 06:49pm PT
Shimano had BioPace on their mountain bike group as well. I raced them for a year. They were supposed to even out the "dead spot" at the top/bottom of your stroke. They were ok once you got used to the different spin, but I never really got used to them.

I ride an early 80's Schwinn High Plains for a commuter. Rebuilt the drive train a couple of months ago and even found a brand new Biopace ring on Ebay for it.

Since I've ridden it for more than 20 years, getting used to a round ring may be more of an issue. The Biopace had no advantages as far as power, but they are much kinder on bad knees. Not much of a market for bikes for bad knees, so I'm glad I ended up with one now that they are toast. (both the knees and the rings)
Rode it down to Long Beach and back today, (60+mi)

The new ellipticals are cut exactly opposite of the Biopace.


I"m looking for a road bike, anyone have any opinions on the Motobecane's

They look like the best deal going right now in a titanium frame.



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