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TdF 2012 Stage 1 **Spoilers**

frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
edited July 2012 in Pro race
Hincapie's bike:
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Wiggins new marginal gain tactic:
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Should be a Valverde/Gerrans/Gilbert/Sagan finish hopefully.

Interestingly reading steephill's preview, you have:

In 1995, on a similar but less hilly Ardennes loop, Johan Bruyneel sat on Miguel Indurain's wheel for 30k in the break before passing him at the line to take the win and the yellow jersey. The next day, Miguel Inderain took revenge by winning a 54 km individual time-trial in Seraing where this year's Stage 1 finishes.
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JB looks so different know / what a slimy wheel-sucker / BigMig class / check those specs!
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  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
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    Contador is the Greatest
  • takethehighroadtakethehighroad Posts: 5,860
    Seraing hosted the prologue of the 06 Giro, is the hill the same one they went up in that? That was a brute
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 24,898
    edited June 2012
    Seraing hosted the prologue of the 06 Giro, is the hill the same one they went up in that? That was a brute

    It doesn't look like it:
    EDIT: Having looked at a map, it's definitely a different climb.

    2012
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  • inseineinseine Posts: 5,781
    Lets see if those lost kilos make a difference for Cav!
    Should be Gilbert, no?
  • peterst6906peterst6906 Posts: 530
    inseine wrote:
    Lets see if those lost kilos make a difference for Cav!
    Should be Gilbert, no?

    Based on 2011 you would expect a repeat stage 1 victory for Gilbert.

    However based on 2012 form up to today, not so much. Pip was very good today though, so you would have to fancy him.

    Then again, so was Chavanel. He should be in that group.
  • TurfleTurfle Posts: 3,762
    Brailsford said they'll be going with Hagen for this finish. Look a good one for him too.
  • takethehighroadtakethehighroad Posts: 5,860
    This may end up being wrong, but I'm convinced Sagan will disappoint today, for a few reasons.

    - It's his first TDF and the speed in the bunch is faster than any other race. This stage is also a long one at 198km
    - The field he was up against in California and Switzerland was no where near as strong as the one he'll be up against today.
    - He looked much too keen yesterday, and I can see him trying a Banzai move and falling off.
    - The Belgians, and especially Gilbert will be fired up for this stage.

    Now watch the action unfold and prove me wrong.
  • TMRTMR Posts: 3,986
    Coverage starts on ITV4 at 1300 hrs for those that didn't know. Really looking forward to this ;)
  • Sonny73Sonny73 Posts: 2,604
    Sky in yellow lids for the leading Team, new requirement from the ASO: AwtdWKiCQAEnxvm.jpg
  • Sonny73Sonny73 Posts: 2,604
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  • inseineinseine Posts: 5,781
    I think lots of people have been quick to write off Cav and pass his crown to Sagan. We'll see :wink:
  • Sonny73Sonny73 Posts: 2,604
    http://www.letour.com/le-tour/2012/us/live/aso/
    6 out front 4:00; Bouet (ALM), Delaplace (SAU), Edet (COF), Gene (EUC), Morkov (STB) & Urtasun (EUS)
  • ilm_zero7ilm_zero7 Posts: 2,213
    3:45 the gap - six escapees: Gene (EUC), Urtasun Perez (EUS), Bouet (ALM), Edet (COF), Delaplace (SAU) and Morkov (STB)
    http://veloviewer.com/SigImage.php?a=3370a&r=3&c=5&u=M&g=p&f=abcdefghij&z=a.png
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  • ilm_zero7ilm_zero7 Posts: 2,213
    the breakaway moving on nicely - its almost 5 minutes that they lead the peloton by at this point - Morkov takes it again so nice to put down a mark on a polka dot jersey early on
    http://veloviewer.com/SigImage.php?a=3370a&r=3&c=5&u=M&g=p&f=abcdefghij&z=a.png
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  • emaddenemadden Posts: 2,431
    Those yellow helmets dont work (in the style sense)
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  • islwynislwyn Posts: 650
    Biggest question... Who's coverage is best? Eurosport or ITV4? I'm torn.
  • CrankbrotherCrankbrother Posts: 1,695
    Islwyn wrote:
    Biggest question... Who's coverage is best? Eurosport or ITV4? I'm torn.

    ES have Sean Kelly ... enough said ...
  • islwynislwyn Posts: 650
    Islwyn wrote:
    Biggest question... Who's coverage is best? Eurosport or ITV4? I'm torn.

    ES have Sean Kelly ... enough said ...

    Ever since watching Chasing Legends I've grown a bit of love for Phil Ligett behind the mic :(
  • takethehighroadtakethehighroad Posts: 5,860
    A couple of stages of the Tour will douse that fire for you.

    He's good on the highlights, that's all I can say
  • Gazzetta67Gazzetta67 Posts: 1,892
    Islwyn wrote:
    Islwyn wrote:
    Biggest question... Who's coverage is best? Eurosport or ITV4? I'm torn.

    ES have Sean Kelly ... enough said ...

    Ever since watching Chasing Legends I've grown a bit of love for Phil Ligett behind the mic :(

    You must like americanisms then - Cos Liggett & Sherwin pander to the yank audience even tho they work for a BRITISH station. Both talk horse manure...Why dont you twitter them and ask them why didnt they mention the "Texan Messiah" yesterday.
  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    Those yellow helmets are horrendous. No-cares about the team classification ffs.
  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 8,591
    Love it.

    Interview with Tony Gallopin and in the other shot, a horse... galloping.

    Clever.
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  • thamacdaddythamacdaddy Posts: 590
    Gazzetta67 wrote:
    You must like americanisms then - Cos Liggett & Sherwin pander to the yank audience even tho they work for a BRITISH station. Both talk horse manure...Why dont you twitter them and ask them why didnt they mention the "Texan Messiah" yesterday.

    I am not so sure this is true, i think ITV must pay for the verse commentary because I was visiting Alaska when the tour was on two years ago and watching the verses channel for a live stage. When I got home a few days later and catching up on the highlights it sounded like the same commentary featured so I would imagine it's they pander to the american audience because that is who they are working for.

    Hence why they talk up amercian cyclists and bang on about how riders performed in the tour of california even though that is no real indication of how someone is performing this season.
  • Le CommentateurLe Commentateur Posts: 4,174
    edited July 2012
    n 1995, on a similar but less hilly Ardennes loop, Johan Bruyneel sat on Miguel Indurain's wheel for 30k in the break before passing him at the line to take the win and the yellow jersey. […] what a slimy wheel-sucker
    It was his job to win if possible and if that was the only way he could do it, so be it. Honour is for us amateurs – maybe.
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 24,898
    Gazzetta67 wrote:

    You must like americanisms then - Cos Liggett & Sherwin pander to the yank audience even tho they work for a BRITISH station.

    Their primary employers are NBC, not ITV.
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  • cal_stewartcal_stewart Posts: 1,840
    How's people liking the new saxo and garmin tops?
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  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    Intermediate sprint coming up.
  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    Orica's new kit is really confusing. Looks awfully like Vacansoleil from the front.
  • Le CommentateurLe Commentateur Posts: 4,174
    RichN95 wrote:
    Gazzetta67 wrote:

    You must like americanisms then - Cos Liggett & Sherwin pander to the yank audience even tho they work for a BRITISH station.

    Their primary employers are NBC, not ITV.

    They do a clever multi-region package, edited for several territories. The Americans don't see the Boardman/Boulting bits, for instance. Can't remember what the Australians see, but it wouldn't surprise me that they mix the Ligwen parts with their own local fillers after the ad breaks.
  • Yellow PerilYellow Peril Posts: 4,466
    On the helmets issue are helmets covered by the same kit change rules?
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