Paris-Nice 2020 *Spoilers*

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  • sherer
    sherer Posts: 2,460
    ASO have said starts and finishes will be no fan access now.. will make todays spint look very strange on TV
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,949
    Getting quite nervous now on these exposed sections
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  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,949
    Alaphilippe dropped and doing a Barguil behind the DQS car.
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  • twotoebenny
    twotoebenny Posts: 1,462
    Why does Porte keep getting stuck in the wrong place...
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,949
    Quick Step in disarray. Stybar and Bennett out the back along with JA, Morkov and Lampaert.
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  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,949
    Quintana chute!
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  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,949
    No more than 25 riders in the lead group.
    Total carnage out there.
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  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 26,542
    Splitting apart again
  • Lanterne_Rogue
    Lanterne_Rogue Posts: 4,091
    Well this is fun, isn't it? Didn't look like it was going to kick off for a while as the wind didn't seem quite strong enough.
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,949
    1) Nizzolo
    2) Ackermann
    3) Stuyven

    With little Sergio Higuita in 5th or 6th spot.

    First P-N stage for NTT in it's various incarnations.
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  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,949
    edited March 2020
    sherer said:

    ASO have said starts and finishes will be no fan access now.. will make todays spint look very strange on TV

    Didn't like that to me.
    Smaller crowds perhaps, but definitely crowds at the finish.

    Edit: Watching the replays, the crowd had just shifted 200-300m up the road, leaving a bit of a gap to race personnel. There was the usual clutch of photographers just after the finish.
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  • Dorset_Boy
    Dorset_Boy Posts: 7,015
    Are DQS missing having Ineos in the peloton to force the right splits for them? :p
  • inseine
    inseine Posts: 5,786
    Another great ride by Higuita. Impressive for a dude that's 54kg.
  • Lanterne_Rogue
    Lanterne_Rogue Posts: 4,091
    inseine said:

    Another great ride by Higuita. Impressive for a dude that's 54kg.

    He's tiny. I keep having to remind myself it isn't a "bring your kid to work" day.


  • inseine
    inseine Posts: 5,786
    I saw Higuita in person at the start. No disrespect but he really does look like a child. My new favourite rider!
  • Lanterne_Rogue
    Lanterne_Rogue Posts: 4,091
    It reminds me of seeing Juninho turning out for Middlesborough years and years ago. It was early in the season so we'd not had time to get used to him on TV. I remember my father turning to me during the warm up and saying "watch that mascot they've brought with them - he hasn't half got some skills". It was only when they were lining up for kick off that the penny dropped.
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,949
    Tom Devriendt (Circus Wanty Gobert) leads the peloton by 7:30.
    115kms to go
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  • inseine
    inseine Posts: 5,786
    Looks like we might have some actual sprinters in the sprint. Porte out the back of course.
  • inseine
    inseine Posts: 5,786
    Cortina inches Sagan. Bennett on his backside
  • inseine
    inseine Posts: 5,786
    Andrea Pasqualon of Circus Wanty (me neither) in third
  • inseine
    inseine Posts: 5,786
    1 Ivan Garcia Cortina (Spa) Bahrain McLaren 5:49:55
    2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
    3 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Circus-Wanty Gobert
    4 Cees Bol (Ned) Team Sunweb
    5 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
    6 Rudy Barbier (Fra) Israel Start-Up Nation
    7 Anthony Turgis (Fra) Total Direct Energie
    8 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) NTT Pro Cycling
    9 Mads Schmidt Würtz (Den) Israel Start-Up Nation
    10 Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R la Mondiale
  • inseine
    inseine Posts: 5,786
    Israel Start-Up Nation doing rather well again. Top team after 3 stages.
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,949
    edited March 2020
    inseine said:

    Looks like we might have some actual sprinters in the sprint. Porte out the back of course.

    Right up until Hugo Hoffstetter managed to put Sam Bennett into the barriers and then hook his bike onto Caleb Ewan's rear end. :D

    Anyhow Bennett, who looked to have picked up a nasty hand injury, was dishing out his fair share, too. Quintana on the receiving end.

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  • Mad_Malx
    Mad_Malx Posts: 5,025
    inseine said:

    Israel Start-Up Nation doing rather well again. Top team after 3 stages.

    well represented in the crashes too.
  • inseine
    inseine Posts: 5,786
    Looks like the race officials rightly saw it differently and fined Bennett for incorrect behaviour. If you're going to play rough then then you've got to expect consequences ( 4 stitches and a fine in this case).
  • Mad_Malx
    Mad_Malx Posts: 5,025
    inseine said:

    Looks like the race officials rightly saw it differently and fined Bennett for incorrect behaviour. If you're going to play rough then then you've got to expect consequences ( 4 stitches and a fine in this case).

    Not sure if this refers to my comment but I wasn’t necessarily assigning blame, just there seemed to be ISUN riders on the deck at every crash. I wasn’t paying that much attention though, so may be mistaken.

  • specialgueststar
    specialgueststar Posts: 3,418
    edited March 2020
    inseine said:

    Andrea Pasqualon of Circus Wanty (me neither) in third

    Their Italian sprinter. Been around a long time and always looking for the win
  • inseine
    inseine Posts: 5,786
    Mad_Malx said:

    inseine said:

    Looks like the race officials rightly saw it differently and fined Bennett for incorrect behaviour. If you're going to play rough then then you've got to expect consequences ( 4 stitches and a fine in this case).

    Not sure if this refers to my comment but I wasn’t necessarily assigning blame, just there seemed to be ISUN riders on the deck at every crash. I wasn’t paying that much attention though, so may be mistaken.

    No, it was Blazings "Right up until Hugo Hoffstetter managed to put Sam Bennett into the barriers". no biggy
  • jimmythecuckoo
    jimmythecuckoo Posts: 4,712
    It's been pretty good so far this race.

    I think I am getting proper into it as there is no alternative this year.

    In previous years I have been watching both T-A and P-N at double speed to ensure I get through it all.
  • Dorset_Boy
    Dorset_Boy Posts: 7,015

    It's been pretty good so far this race.

    I think I am getting proper into it as there is no alternative this year.

    In previous years I have been watching both T-A and P-N at double speed to ensure I get through it all.

    the first stages of P-N were good last year too with Luke Rowe forcing splits all over the place in the cross winds.