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mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Riverkern Annex)
Jul 10, 2018 - 12:45pm PT
Close green jersey points, with 'Sagan The Tactician' holding on. However, I have faith he'll hold on to it, especially as the course heads to hills. Dood is too hungry for a 6th! He'll be sure to chomp at those intermediate sprints points. As for Stage 4 today, if you watch the lead out by Richeze, Gaviria looked strong. But Sagan managed to slip to the outside and was accelerating. Had there been another 10 meters to cover, I firmly beleive Sagan would have nipped him. I didn't see the supposed "second kick" from Gaviria. Same speed throughout the sprint.

looking sketchy there...

Social climber
Lassitude 33
Jul 10, 2018 - 06:19pm PT
So, having changed our cable package early this year to save some money, I no longer get coverage of the Tour de France! Waaaaa!! Anybody got streaming ideas I could do? I haven't checked at all so this is the first place....

We cut out Cable completely a few years back - 100 channels of nothing worth watching.

Anyway, streaming the Tour is the way to go. www.nbcsports.com/gold gives you access to the entirety (unedited and highlights) of Le Tour and other bike races.
10b4me

Social climber
Lida Junction
Jul 10, 2018 - 10:10pm PT
But Sagan managed to slip to the outside and was accelerating. Had there been another 10 meters to cover, I firmly beleive Sagan would have nipped him.

Sagan was accelerating. I actually thought Greipel would take it, but looked like he ran out of gas.
ground chuck

Ice climber
Olympia
Jul 10, 2018 - 11:49pm PT
OT looking ahead, did you see the World's course in Austria? holy cow,

159 miles, 16,000 feet

The 2018 Road World Championships route looks set to be one of the toughest in history, with organisers of the race in the Austrian city of Innsbruck including ramps of up to 25 per cent in the elite menís road race.

The official routes for all of the 2018 events, which take place from September 23-30, were revealed at the 2017 Worlds in Bergen with the elite menís road race set to cover over 5,000m of climbing over a distance of 265km.

The menís race will start in the town of Kufstein and begin with seven circuits of 24km of the ĎOlympic Circuití before heading northwards towards the Hungerburg settlement in the north where theyíll hit a climb featuring 25 per cent sections. The menís peloton will then head back towards the centre of Innsbruck where the race will conclude.


Read more at https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/racing/2018-world-championships-route-305920#7XM6lSsBLpzKDS3M.99
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Riverkern Annex)
Jul 11, 2018 - 07:50am PT
10b, you saw that too. Too much hype for the young Columbian. I was reading comments on YouTube from the "couch analysts" touting how Sagan was sucking doods back wheel and Gaviria pulling solo. Ummmm......the youngin' was doing the same thing with his lead out! Tards. Funny how Phil made it sound like Sagan had nothing but soon found himself a window to the outside right and was accelerating.

Post race interview with Sagan, the interviewer tried to put Sagan in the "anxious" seat by throwing out there that Gaviria was going to give him a stiff battle for green. Sagan replied, "I jus take it one day at a time." Spoken like a cool veteran.


The 2018 Road World Championships route looks set to be one of the toughest in history, with organisers of the race in the Austrian city of Innsbruck including ramps of up to 25 per cent in the elite menís road race.


Lest we forget the 2015 World Road Championship when Sagan bulleted his way up that 13 percent with 2km left in Richmond. And he's a contender when it comes to road races like Tour Of Flanders. Steep powereful grades don't scare him. Gaviria better hit the steep stuff if he's gonna be there at the finish line with The Increrdible Hulk.



Love it how the race annoucer keeps saying, "He's looooooks around!" LOL!
BruceHildenbrand

Social climber
Mountain View/Boulder
Jul 11, 2018 - 09:12am PT
One of the toughest World's RR courses in recent history was the 1980 race in Sallanches, France(near Mt. Blanc) with 6000m of climbing. The race was won by Bernard Hinault. Jonathan Boyer was 5th and there were only fifteen(15) official finishers. Beth Heiden won the women's race.

The 1995 World's RR was also very tough. I don't have any climbing stats, but it was held in Duitama, Colombia at a starting altitude of 8500'. The climbs were very steep which resulted in only twenty(20) official finishers. I have the jersey worn by the rider who finished 20th.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Jul 11, 2018 - 09:24am PT
Sagan seems to like those uphill sprints. Kudos.
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Riverkern Annex)
Jul 11, 2018 - 10:15am PT
Hey Rene......have you tried using fubolTV as a streaming site. I have an account with them. They cover most of the UCI World tours. Bein (European streaming is linked through fubolTV as well and covers ther rest of the tours.

https://www.fubo.tv/welcome
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Riverkern Annex)
Jul 11, 2018 - 02:37pm PT
Well, well, well.......guess who lengthened the points for the Maillot Vert! Where in the world was the young Columbian?? ;)


BruceHildenbrand

Social climber
Mountain View/Boulder
Jul 11, 2018 - 09:40pm PT
Today's stage 5 finished in Quimper. The stage also finished there in 1991. Jim Ochowicz had lost his sponsorship from 7/Eleven the previous year, but had secured sponsorship from Motorola at the last minute to save the team. It was the first Tour for the new sponsor and it would be great to get a stage win.

Well, Aussie Phil Anderson, obliged and won the stage for Motorola. The only problem was that the PR person for Motorola had spent the previous night sampling the region's finest alcoholic beverages and was back at the hotel indisposed and missed the opportunity to capitalize on the stage win. Oh well, it's the Tour after all!
10b4me

Social climber
Lida Junction
Jul 12, 2018 - 07:34am PT
Sagan seems to like those uphill sprints. Kudos.

He is a better climber than Gaviria.
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Riverkern Annex)
Jul 12, 2018 - 09:35am PT
Nice win by Dan Martin!!! Well deserved. Sagan gained another 19 points on today's stage (stage 6), totalling at 199 points to lengthen his lead on the Green Jersey, also finishing 8th overall. Gaviria was 161st. Yep, the Columbian kid is a one-trick pony.
BruceHildenbrand

Social climber
Mountain View/Boulder
Jul 12, 2018 - 05:35pm PT
OK so this isn't related to the Tour de France(though some of the participants probably fantasize that it is!!!), but here's an interesting cycling-related incident.

https://www.bicycling.com/news/a22119670/cyclist-sues-group-ride/
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jul 12, 2018 - 06:02pm PT
here's an interesting cycling-related incident.

If this guy takes it to trial, he will not only lose, but likely be found liable for everyone else's legal expenses.

Okay, so if he can prove that "Michael Jacques... along with 25 other unidentified cyclists on the ride" deliberately conspired to injure him because... uh... yeah, deliberately... then he'll have a perfect case.

But in the real world.... you know, the real world of an anything-goes amateur bike thrash...

Ah, f*#k it, Just one more as#@&%e.
BruceHildenbrand

Social climber
Mountain View/Boulder
Jul 12, 2018 - 08:38pm PT
I remember when Dan Martin won his stage into Bagneres de Bigorre in 2013. It demonstrated just how poorly directed the Garmin team was. Martin attacked on the climb of the La Hourquette d'Ancizan. His attack and the ensuing chase caused his teammate, Andrew Talansky, to be dropped. While Martin did win the stage, Talansky finished seven minutes down and his GC hopes were dashed.

Talansky was lucky to gain that time back when the leaders allowed him to get into a breakaway into Lyon, but the team should not have allowed the attack to happen once Talansky was dropped. Hindsight is always 20-20, but if Martin hadn't won the stage it would have been a huge gaff by the team. You have to play the percentages at the Tour.
dee ee

Mountain climber
Of THIS World (Planet Earth)
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 15, 2018 - 07:43pm PT
Yep I have to admit I wanted Peter to win. But, nothing couldíve been better than John Degankolb winning!
dee ee

Mountain climber
Of THIS World (Planet Earth)
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 15, 2018 - 07:53pm PT
We knew this stage would be pivotal/insane. There was a lot of bad and some good. Needless to say it was crazy to watch!
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 15, 2018 - 08:51pm PT
Bruce,

You've probably posted this above or over the years, but have you ridden with Bob Roll?

Answer or not, thanks,

Darwin
BruceHildenbrand

Social climber
Mountain View/Boulder
Jul 15, 2018 - 10:51pm PT
Darwin,

in 1981 Specialized had it's first sponsored factory team. What they did was get the top five riders, or so, from the Berkeley Bicycle Club team and give us the works(bikes, parts, etc.). At the Santa Cruz Criterium there was this new racer who was riding in the novice category. He crashed in the right hand turn at the bottom of the descent on every lap, but he was so strong he was able to get up and chase back on by the top of the climb.

We were so impressed that we offered him a spot on the team and then sent him to the Tour of Baja where he set up Alex Osborne for two stage wins. The guy's name was Bob Roll!

Almost 40 years later Bob and I still do a lot of cycling events together though mostly with microphones. Bob, Phil, Paul and I did a fundraiser together during the Amgen Tour of California in May. A couple of weeks ago we worked together at the RBC Gran Fondo Silicon Valley.

I have way too many stories. Maybe I will post a few when the tour gets a bit boring(unlike today!).
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 15, 2018 - 11:18pm PT
^^^^ Typical journalist leading us to the slaughter! 😉
Just one morsel, please, sir? Is he as fun to hang around with as it would seem? Heís clearly an animal, but is he a party animal?
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