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Le Tour de Romandie 2016 **SPOILERS**

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  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 23,002
    joelsim wrote:
    Yes, it was snowing when the last 10 went off. The best times were set in the dry.
    Ah, cheers for that

    Also in the last ten were:

    Kelderman +33, Porte +37, Jungels +24. The only one within 20 seconds of the winner was Quintana (+16). He seems to do well in snow.
    Twitter: @RichN95
  • I thought one of the Izaaguires was at Sky? I'm most confused...
    My Men 2020 - Mark Cavendish, Ben Swift, Fernando Gaviria, Alejandro Valverde, Edvald Boassen Hagen, Zdenek Stybar, Vincenzo Nibali, Geraint Thomas.
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 23,002
    I thought one of the Izaaguires was at Sky? I'm most confused...
    Beñat Intxausti. I'm not sure I really know the difference between him and an Izaguirre.
    Twitter: @RichN95
  • Dorset_BoyDorset_Boy Posts: 2,542
    60 km and first categorised climb have been culled from today's stage.
  • milton50milton50 Posts: 3,892
    Hmm, could be Kittel's stage then.
  • joelsimjoelsim Posts: 7,552
    One of the local pro riders suggested that the last climb is too hard for the pure sprinters and that there will be 40 max at the end.
  • milton50milton50 Posts: 3,892
    Fair enough. They should know.
  • MechanismMechanism Posts: 895
    Rob Hatch and Hayles made a comment about how lean Kittel was looking when they saw him at the airport so we'll see.

    I'm slightly surprised Ben Swift is racing here and not Yorkshire - maybe just bad memories from last year.
  • bigmatbigmat Posts: 5,108
    I think they might be trying to turn Swifty into the new Boassen Hagen (Sky vintage) - potential stage grabber and low-mountains super-domestique. I suspect given the choice of nailing a place in the Tour de France squad or doing Tour de Yorkshire, he has chosen the former.
  • salsiccia1salsiccia1 Posts: 3,269
    bigmat wrote:
    I think they might be trying to turn Swifty into the new Boassen Hagen (Sky vintage) - potential stage grabber and low-mountains super-domestique. I suspect given the choice of nailing a place in the Tour de France squad or doing Tour de Yorkshire, he has chosen the former.

    Are you saying a Yorkshireman would turn down a chance to ride in God's Own Country just to get a chance to ride round some poncey foreign mountains? Ee, by 'eck.
    It's only a bit of sport, Mun. Relax and enjoy the racing.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,236
    What a strange stage.
    Nobody could be bothered to try and drop Kittel, I guess.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • joelsimjoelsim Posts: 7,552
    Kittel is climbing better than I've ever seen, but a few times already this year he seems to have lost some top-end speed
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 9,488
    RichN95 wrote:
    I thought one of the Izaaguires was at Sky? I'm most confused...
    Beñat Intxausti. I'm not sure I really know the difference between him and an Izaguirre.

    One's exhausted, the other's a lizard guy.
    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

    @DrHeadgear

    The Vikings are coming!
  • RonBRonB Posts: 3,984
    Stannard DNF. Nothing too serious I hope.
  • RonB wrote:
    Stannard DNF. Nothing too serious I hope.

    It's almost the end of April, he's getting ready to hibernate...
    My Men 2020 - Mark Cavendish, Ben Swift, Fernando Gaviria, Alejandro Valverde, Edvald Boassen Hagen, Zdenek Stybar, Vincenzo Nibali, Geraint Thomas.
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 23,002
    RonB wrote:
    Stannard DNF. Nothing too serious I hope.
    The weather's too hot for him.
    Twitter: @RichN95
  • RonBRonB Posts: 3,984
    From Inrng: Richie Porte out of the Tour de Romandie with gastric woes, others in the peloton having the same, eg Kwiatkowski yesterday.
  • RonBRonB Posts: 3,984
    Coverage just started on the Bike channel.
  • imatfaalimatfaal Posts: 2,716
    13km to first proper climb and breakaway have 3 and half minutes
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 9,625
    32km to go break has 3 mins 20s
  • inseineinseine Posts: 5,617
    weather looks great and magnificent scenary
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 9,625
    Anyone know why Sky are drilling it on the front?
  • imatfaalimatfaal Posts: 2,716
    inseine wrote:
    weather looks great and magnificent scenary

    Apparently pretty cold - but so much nicer than the rain/sleat/snow of the prologue
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 9,625
    Froome puncture
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 9,625
    Talanksky out the back.
  • imatfaalimatfaal Posts: 2,716
    Froome just had to get a wheel from teammate - off back of peleton on first climb
  • inseineinseine Posts: 5,617
    Froome chasing all alone
  • RonBRonB Posts: 3,984
    edited April 2016
    Froome lost about 30" due to a flat on the penultimate hill. Doesn't look in good shape & no teammates with him at the mo.
  • RonBRonB Posts: 3,984
    edited April 2016
    Sky going 100% for G by the look of things. But Froome is making his way through the cars to the back of the peloton.

    Edit - Nope didn't make it, G now already isolated further up the road.
  • inseineinseine Posts: 5,617
    Froome back. Guess it was easier due to the cars but he looked pretty strong.
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