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  • dave_1dave_1 Posts: 9,512
    edited April 2010
    Piti Power and old man Moreau, another guy approaching 40, who has found the fountain of youth.
    Ho hum....

    I reckon he was developed well by Francis. I raced a bit with Christophe in 1991...Lions de Belfort was his team,have the starts sheets and stuff still......he was a lot better than me. Think he was just v good on bike with good guidance from his bro
  • iainf72iainf72 Posts: 15,784
    rwsbike971 wrote:

    yes I saw it, it looked like a track marshal was fighting with someone.

    I was hoping it was the Hunter / Cavendish fist fight I'm looking forward to....
    Fckin' Quintana … that creep can roll, man.
  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    iainf72 wrote:
    rwsbike971 wrote:

    yes I saw it, it looked like a track marshal was fighting with someone.

    I was hoping it was the Hunter / Cavendish fist fight I'm looking forward to....

    Peloton Deathmatch. I'd pay to see that. Hunter would rip everyone to shreds.
  • iainf72iainf72 Posts: 15,784
    Hunter would be ace. Especially if you outraged him first.

    Pinotti - WTF was that?
    Fckin' Quintana … that creep can roll, man.
  • PokerfacePokerface Posts: 7,960
    Valverde takes the overall?
  • SplottboySplottboy Posts: 3,695
    Two guys WEREN'T fighting...one was the Smacker and the other was the Smackee !

    God, the times I've wanted to smack a race official...

    Watching Dalby the other day - sorry, off topic - and those PRATTS blowing their whistles.
    Look, we all know it's a race and riders are approaching, so just SHUT UP FFS !!!
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 20,291
    Once again the ITT has basically culled the possible GC winners down to next to nothing.
    I can't see the final 2 stages offering up more than a handful of seconds.

    Riis produces another dark horse out of the hat.
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  • PokerfacePokerface Posts: 7,960
    Ah. Michael Rogers in 1st overall.
  • PokerfacePokerface Posts: 7,960
    Once again the ITT has basically culled the possible GC winners down to next to nothing.

    Unfortunately - that's part of winning a stage race - the ability to 'do it all'. Does suck most of the life out of it though.


    Are there any significant stage races that DON'T have a TT?
  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    Pokerface wrote:
    Once again the ITT has basically culled the possible GC winners down to next to nothing.

    Unfortunately - that's part of winning a stage race - the ability to 'do it all'. Does suck most of the life out of it though.


    Are there any significant stage races that DON'T have a TT?

    Tour of Britain... ask Wiggo :wink:
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 26,380
    Pokerface wrote:
    Once again the ITT has basically culled the possible GC winners down to next to nothing.

    Unfortunately - that's part of winning a stage race - the ability to 'do it all'. Does suck most of the life out of it though.


    Are there any significant stage races that DON'T have a TT?

    The Tour Down Under didn't
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  • avoidingmyphdavoidingmyphd Posts: 1,154
    He won that by a long way!
    26 secs between 1st and 2nd
    28 secs between 2nd and 9th
  • PokerfacePokerface Posts: 7,960
    RichN95 wrote:
    Pokerface wrote:
    Once again the ITT has basically culled the possible GC winners down to next to nothing.

    Unfortunately - that's part of winning a stage race - the ability to 'do it all'. Does suck most of the life out of it though.


    Are there any significant stage races that DON'T have a TT?

    The Tour Down Under didn't

    I said 'significant' stage races. 8)
  • greeny12greeny12 Posts: 759
    Pokerface wrote:
    Once again the ITT has basically culled the possible GC winners down to next to nothing.

    Unfortunately - that's part of winning a stage race - the ability to 'do it all'. Does suck most of the life out of it though.


    Are there any significant stage races that DON'T have a TT?

    Paris Nice? Unless you count the Prologue, but that never really shapes the final GC there.
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  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 20,291
    edited April 2010
    Yeah and when was the last time Paris-Nice was dull?

    Romandie now goes into the mountains, for 2 stages, but manages to avoid putting them in the crucial spots.......................IF their lousy profile maps are to be believed.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • PokerfacePokerface Posts: 7,960
    greeny12 wrote:
    Pokerface wrote:
    Once again the ITT has basically culled the possible GC winners down to next to nothing.

    Unfortunately - that's part of winning a stage race - the ability to 'do it all'. Does suck most of the life out of it though.


    Are there any significant stage races that DON'T have a TT?

    Paris Nice? Unless you count the Prologue, but that never really shapes the final GC there.

    Yes - that's correct.
  • PokerfacePokerface Posts: 7,960
    Yeah and when was the last time Paris-Nice was dull?

    That's more to do with the mountain stages than the lack of a TT surely?
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 20,291
    Pokerface wrote:
    Yeah and when was the last time Paris-Nice was dull?

    That's more to do with the mountain stages than the lack of a TT surely?

    I'm not sure. As much to do with minimal time gaps, IMO.
    We'll see what racing the next two stages bring. They are in the mountains, too.

    To warrant a 23km ITT, they need to be significant, rather than excessive, IMO.
    I'm not sure that they are, however.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • CumulonimbusCumulonimbus Posts: 1,730
    Yeah and when was the last time Paris-Nice was dull?

    Romandie now goes into the mountains, for 2 stages, but manages to avoid putting them in the crucial spots.......................IF their lousy profile maps are to be believed.

    The final stage sees an almost 900 metre climb in nearly 10km, so thats almost 9% for 10km. There is then the descent followed by 7km of largely flat terrain (only 30 metres total climb). Not quite the potential for time gaps that there would be if the end was at the top but the climb should be able to break the leaders up a bit?

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/64th-t ... pt/stage-5

    There isnt much time gap anyway

    http://www.tourderomandie.ch/_docsTDR/c ... eneral.pdf
  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    So this guy Porte has zero form riding against top flight racers and yet smashes them..........

    I look at his palmares and fortunately I see in 2009 he was first in Stage 4 of Baby Giro ITT and 3rd in Nat Champ ITT
    Contador is the Greatest
  • stagehopperstagehopper Posts: 1,593
    He won that by a long way!
    26 secs between 1st and 2nd
    28 secs between 2nd and 9th

    He put a minute into almost all the top 30 over the second half of the course so either:

    i) he found a short cut
    ii) he borrowed Cancellara's electric bike
    iii) Cancellara rode it for him in a Porte mask
    iv) the timing ballsed up

    or v) the wind really did switch direction but only for his ride

    Utterly bizarre given the consistency of the times for the other riders at the end compared to their intermediate times.
  • inkyfingersinkyfingers Posts: 4,400
    Did Pinotti stop for a piss half way round.....

    After a decent Ardennes my PTP form goes tits up again!
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