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Tour of Beijing **Spoiler**

poppitpoppit Posts: 926
edited October 2013 in Pro race
Starts today, in fact live on Eurosport now. Can someone cleverer than me please post the usual info. Do they have cheese in China?
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  • poppitpoppit Posts: 926
    Some big names, Costa, Martin, Porte, Basso, Petacchi, Viviani, etc.
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  • Mikey23Mikey23 Posts: 5,306
    Handy for me... Falls right between getting son to college bus and off to work myself. Avoids the possibility of housework here
  • poppitpoppit Posts: 926
    Mostly flat stages but I thought I heard there was a mountain top finish on one stage, be interesting to see how the Chinese spectators behave.
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  • andypandyp Posts: 8,398
    I think both of them will behave impeccably.
  • poppitpoppit Posts: 926
    Lining up for a big bunch sprint now the escapee has been caught.
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  • poppitpoppit Posts: 926
    A win for Thor, timed it well on the line, did most of it in the saddle!
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  • knedlickyknedlicky Posts: 3,097
    poppit wrote:
    Do they have cheese in China?
    Cheese barely exists in China because 90% of Chinese are lactose-intolerant, although whether this is because of genes or simply because they don’t drink milk as children is still being debated. The government there seems to think the latter, because they’ve erected placards showing happy children drinking milk as encouragement to increase milk consumption.
    Most Chinese regard cheese, for them milk which has gone completely off, with the same distaste as we westerners do about them eating grubs, larvae and ants. Consequently up to recently cheese (imported Swiss varieties) was only available in cities with European communities.
    This, however, may change now that a Chinese cheese is being produced. The factory was opened by a Chinese man who studied cheese-making in France and his first cheese is called ‘Beijing Gris’, so named because of its grey colour.
  • knedlickyknedlicky Posts: 3,097
    poppit wrote:
    A win for Thor, timed it well on the line, did most of it in the saddle!
    That was a strong finish from Hushovd, coming from a fair way back. Might the last few hundred metres have risen slightly, so suited him? I couldn’t quite tell from the film I saw and I had no commentary on.

    Maes (3rd) did much the same as Hushovd too, in fact was even finishing slightly faster.

    Mezgec (2nd) is becoming a sprinter who regularly ‘places’ but never wins.
  • Bo DukeBo Duke Posts: 1,058
    Thor won... couldna' win his own tour stages but can in mighty Beijing? He's either major league showing off or the others weren't trying that hard in the last race of the season. Errr.... :shock:
    'Performance analysis and Froome not being clean was a media driven story. I haven’t heard one guy in the peloton say a negative thing about Froome, and I haven’t heard a single person in the peloton suggest Froome isn’t clean.' TSP
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  • poppitpoppit Posts: 926
    Group out the front by 2'48"
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  • ThomThomThomThom Posts: 3,574
    I just spotted a spectator!
  • deejaydeejay Posts: 3,138
    ThomThom wrote:
    I just spotted a spectator!
    What, without a RED coat. ?
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  • poppitpoppit Posts: 926
    Pettachi has got be up there today
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  • poppitpoppit Posts: 926
    Easy peasy for Bouhani, a great win
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  • jam1ejam1e Posts: 1,026
    Looking good for Tony Martin...

    Edit: Well it was.
  • thegibdogthegibdog Posts: 2,106
    The one plus point from suffering a fractured clavicle, two fractures of the scapula and a collapsed lung is that I've found something more painful than listening to Carlton Kirby. Just.
  • ThomThomThomThom Posts: 3,574
    thegibdog wrote:
    The one plus point from suffering a fractured clavicle, two fractures of the scapula and a collapsed lung is that I've found something more painful than listening to Carlton Kirby. Just.

    I'm inclined to think there are riders in Beijing right now who'd want your diagnosis..
  • Bo DukeBo Duke Posts: 1,058
    An exciting last 20k and a good sprint finish. Good lesson from Bouhani about moving around to find the gap. Excellent win, full credit.

    Proper mountain stage today though for the climbers.
    'Performance analysis and Froome not being clean was a media driven story. I haven’t heard one guy in the peloton say a negative thing about Froome, and I haven’t heard a single person in the peloton suggest Froome isn’t clean.' TSP
  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    Nice little finish there.

    Good photos of the stages including some lovely scenery on steephill.tv.

    And here is Martin :lol:
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  • ThomThomThomThom Posts: 3,574
    The last 3-4 km were alright but it's hard to describe how awful this race is.
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  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    Just realised Bardet was 5th yesterday.

    Dombrowski was also racing and came in 28secs down yday.
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  • Paul 8vPaul 8v Posts: 5,458
    Not an incredibly exciting race apart from the mountain stage but better than nothing at this time of the year. Great scenery, I could do without the 'look at what we're building here' shots all the time though, I would prefer to see the ancient temples and great wall than a quarry, it makes it like an advert for Chinese industry!
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