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31 Re: Tour de France on Fri Jul 07 2017, 10:47

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32 Re: Tour de France on Fri Jul 07 2017, 11:23

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It's been known about for years.

Millar was at one time our most successful Tour de France rider and the first Brit to win the King of the Mountains jersey.

He was around during the drug era and I guess he was involved as most were.

Great climber and the best we had until Froome came along.

Best of luck to him - it's his life and he should be free to be happy in the way he wants.

33 Re: Tour de France on Sun Jul 09 2017, 15:20

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Geraint Thomas crashes out of the Tour with a broken collarbone - big, big loss for Froome.

Anybody who is interested in the race can watch it live now on terrestrial TV - ITV4 - it is the hardest stage in the Tour today and will be key as to who will win the Tour in Paris.

Treat yourself and watch it all unfold before your very eyes now!

34 Re: Tour de France on Sun Jul 09 2017, 15:42

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Wow - Porte crashes out - looks a bad one - hope he's ok.

He's brought down Dan Martin - which probably takes away his chances of winning in Paris.

It's all happening!

35 Re: Tour de France on Sun Jul 09 2017, 16:21

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Fantastic stage - really, really great race.

It had everything -

Treachery - Aru streaking past the yellow jersey when he put his hand up to signal a mechanical failure.

Tradition - the rest of the riders stopping Aru as a respect to the yellow jersey.

Tragedy - Great rider as he is, something always goes wrong for Froome - today a horrific crash - hope he's ok.

Team work - Froome and Aru (deadly enemies just minutes ago) having to work together to catch another rider to stop him winning time on them both.

and finally

Surprise - Everyone thought a French rider had won - even him - everbody in France celebrating - but the photo finish picture showed the winner was actually a Columbian!

Pure theatre again!


Rest day tomorrow.

36 Re: Tour de France on Fri Jul 14 2017, 15:17

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Fascinating events unfolding in todays stage.

Froome lost the lead by 4 seconds yesterday to Aru (Italian).

Froome has a team mate Landa (Spanish) who is 3 minutes behind the lead of Aru.

A former great rider Contador is further back in time than that.

Contador and Landa have attacked the leaders today and are getting on for 3 minutes in front - so Landa is the leader of the Tour on the road.

Contador is after the stage win - Landa gaining time over the other riders - so they are working together (even though they are on different teams).

Aru will soon after 'attack' on the mountain in order to stay in yellow.

Froome only has to sit behind him and gain back over 4 seconds on him at the end of the stage.

All to play for.

Riveting viewing.


37 Re: Tour de France on Fri Jul 14 2017, 16:29

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Fun day!

Landa moves up to 5th overall and gives Team Sky options for future stages on this Tour.

A Frenchman wins on Bastille Day as well!

38 Re: Tour de France on Wed Jul 19 2017, 16:59

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Primoz Roglic (Slovenia) - one to watch for the future.

Won the big mountain stage today and although he wasn't a threat to the Tour leaders, and thus wasn't marked and allowed to go up the road - time wise matched the best (GC) contenders racing each other up the mountain and also did the same (time trialling solo) as the GC boys raced as a group to put time into Aru who was having a bad day (and eventually fell off the podium to fourth).

Very impressive stuff from the former world junior ski-jump champion!

Froome now 25 second advantage on Uran (Columbian) and Bardet (France).

The final mountain stage tomorrow, a 'normal' stage Friday and a Time Trial Saturday is all that is left with the gentle ride to Paris on Sunday where tradition says the yellow jersey is not attacked.

Froome is the best time trialist of all those incontention so everyone else will have to attack him in the next two days in order to go into the TT with some time in hand of Froome, to stand any chance of winning themselves.

Froome simply needs to defend by marking his rivals in the next two days - and attack them at the death of the stage if he can.

Anything can happen in cycling - that's part of its beauty to me -so nothing is certain but Froome is looking good to win this Tour with just 3 days racing left.

39 Re: Tour de France on Wed Jul 19 2017, 17:20

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Good for Froome. He's had some bad luck this tour so let's hope he can win it.

40 Re: Tour de France on Thu Jul 20 2017, 17:23

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Another great stage today, with Frenchman Warren Barguil winning not only this final mountain stage but the overall King of the Mountains competition of the Tour.

Froome did enough to gain a couple of seconds on probably his main rival in the Saturday Time Trial, Uran (Columbia) and only lose four to second place Romain Bardet (France).

Tomorrow 'should' be a nothing much stage (even though it is the longest of the Tour), but Bardet and his French team will have to magic something up to gain time back on Froome - and in particular Uran - if he wants to beat Froome/stay in second in the Tour in front of Uran - as Froome is probably the best of the three at TT and Bardet the worst.

With Froome having 23 seconds in hand on Bardet and Bardet only having 6 seconds on Uran, it is also so close that a flat tyre or a fall in the next two days could alter everything.

I think Froome will win but this could well be the beginning of the end for his era as a new group of young riders seem to be coming through and capable of matching and beating him.

Even Froome's right hand man at this Tour Landa (Spain) who is in fourth himself even though he's sacrificed his chances in the service of Froome, will be his rival next year as he's joining another team.

Anyway need to get this Tour over with first.

Froome's Team should be good enough to get him through tomorrow and the sprinters should mop up the win (and the time bonus points for the top three places), so Froome should go into the TT with his destiny in his own hands (and the reliability of his bike).

I've got my fingers crossed for him even though he's not been at his very best this Tour.

41 Re: Tour de France on Fri Jul 21 2017, 18:58

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Going down to the wire tomorrow. Only 30 seconds in it!

42 Re: Tour de France on Sun Jul 23 2017, 00:29

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Froome did what he had to do and will be crowned tomorrow.

Not the most domineering of his four Tour wins but probably the most enthralling to watch - the old guard of Contaor, Valverde and even Quintana and Froome - looking vulnerable with the next generation of riders like Bardet, Barguil and Roglic on the cusp of future greatness perhaps?

Froome was the best rider in the Tour - but not by much.

His highlight (which wasn't really talked about much) was last Sunday when his bike broke at the bottom of a mountain - when everyone attacked him.

Only Froome could have clawed everything back on that climb and be there with the bunch at the top - fantastic edge of the chair viewing!

Froome had the strongest team but it didn't steamroller everyone like it has done in the past.

It will be interesting to see the ins and outs of the riders in the cycling transfer window (which more or less opens now the Tour is over).

Anyway later today Froome will be crowned (and Bury lad Yates will follow his twin brother from last year in being crowned the best under 25 rider in the Tour - the White jersey).

Fantastic achievement really.

43 Re: Tour de France on Sun Jul 23 2017, 19:20

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44 Re: Tour de France on Sat Sep 09 2017, 23:49

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Froome has won the Tour of Spain - better known as Vuelta a Espana.

It's a massive achievement in that only two riders have ever won the Tour and Vuelta in the same year and non have won it since the Vuellta changed its date to being held after the Tour (up to 1995 it always scheduled before the Tour).

In cycling the Tour is THE blue ribbon race of the year - so if you ride the Tour you train to be in peak physical performance for it - so no one until now has managed to win the Tour and hold sufficient of their form to go on and win the Vuelta too.

Some people even skip the Tour to be the best they can for the Vuelta - so to win the Tour and then beat those who based their season around the Vuelta - is really an amazing performance.

Froome is not yet crowned, there is another days racing tomorrow - but tradition has it that the leader of the race is not attacked on the last day - he as sort of earned the respect of the other riders and it is their way of acknowledging the better man had won the race.

I know I'm more or less a lone voice on here when it comes to cycling - but it really is an amazing performance by Froome to win both the Tour and Vuelta in the same year and as a fellow Brit we should be proud of what he's achieved.



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