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TDF 2013 - Stage 6 *SPOILER* Aix-en-Provence - Montpellier

RideOnTimeRideOnTime Posts: 4,712
edited July 2013 in Pro race
176.5km.
Starting in;
YELLOW - Gerrans OGE
GREEN - Sagan Cannondale
POLKA DOT Rolland EUC
WHITE Bloke with a long name OQP

Montpellier, the finish today was first mentioned in a document of 985, was founded under a local feudal dynasty, the Guilhem, who combined two hamlets and built a castle and walls around the united settlement.

Montpellier came to prominence in the 12th century — as a trading centre, with trading links across the Mediterranean world, and a rich Jewish cultural life that flourished within traditions of tolerance of Muslims, Jews and Cathars —and later of its Protestants. It is now the 8th largest city in France and the 3rd city on the Mediterranean coast.
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  • ddraverddraver Posts: 19,627
    Way way way to late bud - Vino got there hours before you! ;)

    viewtopic.php?f=40002&t=12930527
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • Yellow PerilYellow Peril Posts: 4,466
    First thread to post the profile gets the nod I believe. Ride on time has the advantage with a bit of local history
    @JaunePeril

    Winner of the Bike Radar Pro Race Wiggins Hour Prediction Competition
  • RideOnTimeRideOnTime Posts: 4,712
    Not hours!!
    I was just researching Montpellier and then ping it was there already.

    Sorry Vino's Ghost
  • above_the_cowsabove_the_cows Posts: 10,863
    I feel like Mohamed Morsi. I've been usurped in my hunt for the local knowledge jersey. :wink:

    Profile

    PROFIL_zps6d2c01f8.png

    And the final kms

    be9f2205-a9f3-4c73-8a74-17b2ffc8e5c2_zps81f8890b.jpg

    OK does this mean this thread wins now?
    Correlation is not causation.
  • RideOnTimeRideOnTime Posts: 4,712
    edited July 2013
    Aix-en-Provence was the birthplace of Frederic Fekkai of hairdressing fame...
    and is twinned with Bath. because it has Roman Baths as well (may be).

    looks as if Paul Cezanne was keen on painting Montagne Sainte Victoire (a mountain and the most rated local attraction of Tripadvisor)
  • Yellow PerilYellow Peril Posts: 4,466
    I feel like Mohamed Morsi. I've been usurped in my hunt for the local knowledge jersey. :wink:

    Profile

    PROFIL_zps6d2c01f8.png

    And the final kms

    be9f2205-a9f3-4c73-8a74-17b2ffc8e5c2_zps81f8890b.jpg

    OK does this mean this thread wins now?

    We are a band of brothers (and sisters) and should, in true cycling tradition, thank Vino's Ghost for his lead out and "gift of this win". Perhaps a thread merge?
    @JaunePeril

    Winner of the Bike Radar Pro Race Wiggins Hour Prediction Competition
  • above_the_cowsabove_the_cows Posts: 10,863
    I have a research association with Institut d'études politiques d'Aix-en-Provence (Sciences Po Aix).

    In more important matters I think we should merge the threads.
    Correlation is not causation.
  • Yellow PerilYellow Peril Posts: 4,466
    edited July 2013
    I googled "Montpellier little known facts" and went straight to page 10 . I found this...

    "Montpellier has confirmed that they have received offers for known Newcastle and Tottenham target Younes Belhanda."

    I guess some followers of the Eton game might know that but I didn't.

    EDIT: I don't follow football...
    @JaunePeril

    Winner of the Bike Radar Pro Race Wiggins Hour Prediction Competition
  • RideOnTimeRideOnTime Posts: 4,712
    We are a band of brothers (and sisters) and should, in true cycling tradition, thank Vino's Ghost for his lead out and "gift of this win". Perhaps a thread merge?

    Yes, lets wait by the side of the road and enjoy a glass of the local vino while we nervously re-adjust our cleats thinking have we done the right thing.
  • above_the_cowsabove_the_cows Posts: 10,863
    RideOnTime wrote:
    We are a band of brothers (and sisters) and should, in true cycling tradition, thank Vino's Ghost for his lead out and "gift of this win". Perhaps a thread merge?

    Yes, lets wait by the side of the road and enjoy a glass of the local vino while we nervously re-adjust our cleats thinking have we done the right thing.

    I think this is what the Egyptian army are thinking right now... Doing the right thing I mean, not adjusting their cleats and having a glass of Chateau de la Galiniere. :D
    Correlation is not causation.
  • RideOnTimeRideOnTime Posts: 4,712
    There are 60,000 students in Montpellier.
    What a lot of crappy bikes there must be around.
  • slim_boy_fatslim_boy_fat Posts: 1,808
    The father of famous French physicist Charles-Augustin de Coulomb, he of Coulomb's Law fame, was an Inspector of the Royal Fields in Montpellier.
  • Vino'sGhostVino'sGhost Posts: 4,320
    ddraver wrote:
    Way way way to late bud - Vino got there hours before you! ;)

    viewtopic.php?f=40002&t=12930527

    Its a good job im not fussy :) here is my awsome post again

    will there be crosswinds? lets hope so

    Cav for the win
    Sagan second
    brunette stage winning podium girls (the one on the left will be hotter than the one on the right)

    My predictions :D
  • slim_boy_fatslim_boy_fat Posts: 1,808
    Seems Chavanel has zero table manners!
    @inrng: Sylvain Chavanel fined 100 Swiss Francs yesterday for "eating in a way that damaged the image of cycling." Did he chew with his mouth open?
  • slim_boy_fatslim_boy_fat Posts: 1,808
    ddraver wrote:
    Way way way to late bud - Vino got there hours before you! ;)

    viewtopic.php?f=40002&t=12930527

    Its a good job im not fussy :) here is my awsome post again

    will there be crosswinds? lets hope so

    Cav for the win
    Sagan second
    brunette stage winning podium girls (the one on the left will be hotter than the one on the right)

    My predictions :D
    Apparently the Mistral will be blowing early in the stage but will calm for the finish.
  • Richmond RacerRichmond Racer Posts: 8,561
    Seems Chavanel has zero table manners!
    @inrng: Sylvain Chavanel fined 100 Swiss Francs yesterday for "eating in a way that damaged the image of cycling." Did he chew with his mouth open?


    Chucking his gel wrappers onto the road, no doubt. They're getting more and more ars8y about that kind of thing, because the locals are
  • RideOnTimeRideOnTime Posts: 4,712
    Seems Chavanel has zero table manners!
    @inrng: Sylvain Chavanel fined 100 Swiss Francs yesterday for "eating in a way that damaged the image of cycling." Did he chew with his mouth open?

    What was he doing?
    'eating in a way that damaged the image on cycling' - the mind boogles...

    oh gel wrappers.

    is that it.
  • RideOnTimeRideOnTime Posts: 4,712
    ddraver wrote:
    Way way way to late bud - Vino got there hours before you! ;)

    viewtopic.php?f=40002&t=12930527

    Its a good job im not fussy :) here is my awsome post again

    will there be crosswinds? lets hope so

    Cav for the win
    Sagan second
    brunette stage winning podium girls (the one on the left will be hotter than the one on the right)

    My predictions :D

    I with you on 2 out of 3.
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 19,627
    <-- ahem....
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • Yellow PerilYellow Peril Posts: 4,466
    RideOnTime wrote:
    Seems Chavanel has zero table manners!
    @inrng: Sylvain Chavanel fined 100 Swiss Francs yesterday for "eating in a way that damaged the image of cycling." Did he chew with his mouth open?

    What was he doing?
    'eating in a way that damaged the image on cycling' - the mind boogles...

    oh gel wrappers.

    is that it.

    Quite right too! I bet all of the Johnny Foreigners queue jump at the dope testing at the end of the stage leaving the six stalwart brits standing in an orderly fashion.
    @JaunePeril

    Winner of the Bike Radar Pro Race Wiggins Hour Prediction Competition
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 22,956
    There will be crosswinds, but early in the stage so nothing much will happen.
    The fairly straight last couple of kilometres helps the power sprinters like Kittel and Greipel so OPQS will want to take charge reasonably early and have Tony Martin with help from Chavanel stringing the peloton out so the others struggle for position. Sagan will struggle to place in the top 3. Maybe outside top 5.
    Twitter: @RichN95
  • Le CommentateurLe Commentateur Posts: 4,174
    edited July 2013
    There's too much plastic littering the roadsides already. I bet his own home & garden aren't strewn with gel wrappers.
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 22,956
    Jurgen van den Broeck is a non-starter. The first GC casualty.
    Twitter: @RichN95
  • CrankbrotherCrankbrother Posts: 1,695
    Seems Chavanel has zero table manners!
    @inrng: Sylvain Chavanel fined 100 Swiss Francs yesterday for "eating in a way that damaged the image of cycling." Did he chew with his mouth open?

    This the kind of thing where at the first feed station, en-mass, the peleton should stop, get out checkered blankets and sit down to eat with plates, cutlery and napkins tucked in the top of their jersey ... Sadly the french wildcrards would be too scared to be involved ...

    Chavanel/OPQS should counter-fine the UCI 200 Swiss Franks for damaging the image of cycling, and tell them they got off lucky ...
  • above_the_cowsabove_the_cows Posts: 10,863
    RichN95 wrote:
    Jurgen van den Broeck is a non-starter. The first GC casualty.

    He will be missed...
    Correlation is not causation.
  • Yellow PerilYellow Peril Posts: 4,466
    Can we have a quick PTP on today's Europcar breakaway rider?

    If they ever think of pulling their sponsorship of that team they need shooting. They must have the most televised hours so far
    @JaunePeril

    Winner of the Bike Radar Pro Race Wiggins Hour Prediction Competition
  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    I preferred Vino`s thread title.

    This one is just too much.

    Not good about VDB - do not like the guy at all but he is good for a little entertainment with his attacks.
    Contador is the Greatest
  • above_the_cowsabove_the_cows Posts: 10,863
    What does it say on ddraver's t-shirt?
    Correlation is not causation.
  • Le CommentateurLe Commentateur Posts: 4,174
    Can we have SPOILER written out in full? Just in case someone misses it...

    Re: fine – Mamils imitate their heroes, hence the censored littering the road on every sportive.
  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    French champion Thibaut Pinot checks on his teammate
    http://www.cyclingnews.com/tour-de-fran ... tos/272032

    They need to change that :roll:
    Contador is the Greatest
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