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Craig Fry

Trad climber
So Cal.
Jul 14, 2017 - 08:03am PT
What happened to Froome, it looked like he had a mechanical just below the finish

They might have discussed it after the race, but I missed that part
10b4me

Mountain climber
Retired
Jul 14, 2017 - 08:06am PT
What happened to Froome, it looked like he had a mechanical just below the finish

I didn't hear anything about a mechanical. He just cracked.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 14, 2017 - 08:37am PT
Cantador stills has some legs and lungs left. Great stage.
Kalimon

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
Jul 14, 2017 - 08:53pm PT
Excellent stage . . . number 13! Perhaps the tide has turned and the tour could see an upset. Uncertainty is the spice of life . . . bless the remaining riders.
BruceHildenbrand

Social climber
Mountain View/Boulder
Jul 14, 2017 - 10:21pm PT
My guess is that one reason why stage 13 was so exciting was that because it was so short and everybody seemed to be going from the gun, the "robotizing" effect of race radios was minimized.
drF

Trad climber
usa
Jul 14, 2017 - 10:26pm PT
Cantador stills has some legs and lungs left. Great stage.

WTF is Canatdor?...he still looks good?

Bob in on knobbin
dee ee

Mountain climber
Of THIS World (Planet Earth)
Jul 14, 2017 - 10:31pm PT
Yes, what a fun stage and so fitting that Barguil won on Bastille Day!

Credit: dee ee
BLUEBLOCR

Social climber
joshua tree
Jul 14, 2017 - 11:58pm PT
It's some kind of Tour,,That's for shour!!!!
drF

Trad climber
usa
Jul 15, 2017 - 12:32am PT
^^^^
Is that Cantador?? Did he win?
Craig Fry

Trad climber
So Cal.
Jul 15, 2017 - 07:26am PT
I'm not sure if it was me, but yesterday's stage was the best Tour Footage ever.....

The angles and persistence of staying with the riders for longer sequences

and the downhills....
they are virtual roller coaster rides

my wife can't watch, she says it makes her car sick
I can't get enough
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Jul 15, 2017 - 08:49am PT
I feel bad for Aru. Astana just doesn't seem to be able to defend the jersey.
10b4me

Mountain climber
Retired
Jul 15, 2017 - 03:13pm PT
I'm not sure if it was me, but yesterday's stage was the best Tour Footage ever.....

The angles and persistence of staying with the riders for longer sequences

and the downhills....
they are virtual roller coaster rides

my wife can't watch, she says it makes her car sick
I can't get enough

both thursday, and friday had excellent finishes.


I feel bad for Aru. Astana just doesn't seem to be able to defend the jersey.

Astana just doesn't have a team. Aru lost 24 seconds today.
looks like the race is Froomes's to lose.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 15, 2017 - 10:25pm PT
I know Sky has as awesome a team as has ever been assembled, although Lance had some pretty darn good Spanish climbers supporting him.
But given the number of contenders within striking distance, the Alps and final TT upcoming and Froome having shown vulnerability, I don't think it's over. Boy I wish Landa could ride for himself! I have to admit, that Froome has grown on me. He's really shown spunk. D. Martin has to be one of the luckiest/un-luckiest person ever, he (along with the rest of them) has totally captured my admiration.

Bruce HB; I don't know, out of all of those below, is Froome likely to be the most powerful in the final, TT?

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 59:52:09
2 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:18
3 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:23
4 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac 0:00:29
5 Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky 0:01:17
6 Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors 0:01:26
7 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott 0:02:02
8 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:02:22

(in edit: I'm wondering if Uran might be serious contender for Yellow in Paris, just 'cause I don't have clue how he TTs)
BruceHildenbrand

Social climber
Mountain View/Boulder
Jul 16, 2017 - 12:46am PT
Darwin,

unfortunately, none of the other riders in the top 10 are very good time trialists compared to Chris Froome. Of all the GC contenders for major tours only Richie Porte(who crashed out on stage 9), Gerraint Thomas(who crashed out in stage 9) and Tom Dumoulin(who won the Giro and isn't racing) are in Froome's class.

Vincenzo Nibali is an OK time trialist but he's not riding. Alejandro Valverde(who crashed out on stage 1) used to be pretty good but he has slipped a bit in the past few years as has Alberto Contador.

BTW, it appears that the organizers tried to make this a Tour that others beside Chris Froome had a chance to win. Normally, the Tour has a couple of time trials in the 40km range. This year there are TT's of 15km and 22km. That's a significant difference and not by accident.
rbord

Boulder climber
atlanta
Jul 17, 2017 - 01:19pm PT
Astana just doesn't have a team.

Did you see Valgren's interview? After learning that his team leader lost time and the yellow jersey to Froome, Aru's teammate said "good." With teammates like that, agreed, Aru doesn't have a team.
rockermike

Trad climber
Berkeley
Jul 18, 2017 - 06:46pm PT
Old news but here's some better footage of Cavendish crash

https://youtu.be/ci6P69_T4p8
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jul 18, 2017 - 07:59pm PT
Typing about amazing cyclists, did yu ever finish posting up about your remarkable trip rockermike? ot, yah, but a few of us posted to your thread a while back and it sank like a stone ....
Kalimon

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
Jul 18, 2017 - 09:40pm PT
Stage 17 will be the last opportunity for someone to dethrone Froome. I have to give Chris a huge amount of respect, even though I am rooting for a dark horse . . . is there anybody out there? The time gaps are close for the top GC as we say goodnight, perhaps tomorrow will bring a miracle.
Bye to Sky? Only the shadow knows.

BruceHildenbrand

Social climber
Mountain View/Boulder
Jul 18, 2017 - 10:24pm PT
Interesting history about Wednesday's stage which finishes in Serre Chevalier(they used to hold a World Cup climbing competition there). In 1993 there was a stage very similar to this one that also finished in Serre Chevalier.

Back then, Miguel Indurain and Tony Rominger were the heavy hitters. In fact, they were so much better than everyone else that they made a secret pact for the stages in the Alps. Rather than beat each other up, they agreed that if they were together at the finish of the two big alpine stages that they would split the stage wins.

So, on the first day when they came into Serre Chevalier, Indurain, always the gentleman, let Rominger win. Unfortunately, on the next day's finish at Isola 2000, Rominger let his excitement get the better of him and when he came to the line with Indurain he won that stage, too. Obviously, there was not much that Indurain could do. News of such collusion between two supposed rivals would not have gone over well with the public. There is an epilogue to this story, but that' for another day.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 18, 2017 - 11:16pm PT

Thanks Bruce.

I will not bring up doping, I will not bring up doping ... .

As an aside, I came close to idolizing Indurain back then.
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