Tour de l’Ain and Critérium du Dauphiné 2020 *Spoilers*

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  • DeadCalm
    DeadCalm Posts: 4,099
    A very enjoyable stage, albeit very different to how it would have played out without Roglic's abandon.

    Presumably, Vaughters is unbearable on social media right now?

    Slightly bizarre scenario for me, wanting both of the main protagonists to win. Usually, at the sharp end of a stage race, I'm generally feeling antipathy towards anyone with a realistic chance of winning.

    I wish him no ill, but suspect that the Tour would be a much better race were Roglic's injuries to render him somewhat less unbeatable.

    Fair play to Sivakov. Personally, I think Ineos should have him as one of two protected riders (the other being Bernal, obviously) in the Tour.
    Team My Man 2022:

    Antwan Tolhoek, Sam Oomen, Tom Dumoulin, Thymen Arensman, Remco Evenepoel, Benoît Cosnefroy, Tom Pidcock, Mark Cavendish, Romain Bardet
  • The only certainty from all this is there wont be a Frenchman winning the tour this year. But we knew that already?
  • DeadCalm
    DeadCalm Posts: 4,099

    The only certainty from all this is there wont be a Frenchman winning the tour this year. But we knew that already?

    The chances of a French rider winning the Tour this year are slim. On a Par with the prospects of a Team Ineos rider winning the Tour I'd say.
    Team My Man 2022:

    Antwan Tolhoek, Sam Oomen, Tom Dumoulin, Thymen Arensman, Remco Evenepoel, Benoît Cosnefroy, Tom Pidcock, Mark Cavendish, Romain Bardet
  • Over the good stuff only the rubbish left.

    Posted by someone who’s never climbed the Domancy or Cordon. They’re far from rubbish ascents.

    More a comment about the Megève grind.
    How are they compared to the Col de Romme and the Col de la Colombiere?
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  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 16,805
    Pinot coming good thou ... I have him on the podium . Richard brook was a bit under . Hasn't performed. Sep is awesome . Got to be a vuelta or giro contender one day .
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • Kauto5
    Kauto5 Posts: 71
    Kuss makes it look so easy, not even a grimace. He has a huge future, unfortunately for him he could find himself in an era with a lot of exceptional young GC talent.
  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 25,750
    As I had no horse in the race, as per usual*, I thought that was a very entertaining stage for the neutral viewer.

    *I have no favourite riders or teams, I just appreciate panache and attacking even if it comes to nought although this race rewarded the brave.
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  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,196
    pblakeney said:

    As I had no horse in the race, as per usual*, I thought that was a very entertaining stage for the neutral viewer.

    *I have no favourite riders or teams, I just appreciate panache and attacking even if it comes to nought although this race rewarded the brave.

    I thought it was a very good stage. Jeopardy on the stage and the race result until close to the line - even after Kuss looked pretty set it was still all to play for with the overall. Either Pinot, Martinez or Lopez could have won.
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 72,615
    Enjoyed that.
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 72,615
    pblakeney said:

    As I had no horse in the race, as per usual*, I thought that was a very entertaining stage for the neutral viewer.

    *I have no favourite riders or teams, I just appreciate panache and attacking even if it comes to nought although this race rewarded the brave.

    No idea how you can stay neutral watching sport but anyway.

    Decent stage that.
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 72,615

    Pinot coming good thou ... I have him on the podium . Richard brook was a bit under . Hasn't performed. Sep is awesome . Got to be a vuelta or giro contender one day .

    Pleased to see Dumoulin being more aggressive at the sharp end.

    He’s better in grand tours generally so he’s a decent shout for top 10 if he doesn’t give it all up for Roglic
  • Have to agreed with the last few posts: a cracking, train-less free for all.
    And the short climbs I had earlier dismissed were perfect for animating the race.
    Plus, for comedy value, we had the French TT team, Those boys clearly hadn't grasped the concept.
    Action all the way.
    I wondered why it was so quiet around here during the race. I would have posted more info, but felt as though I was talking pretty much to myself.
    Did I miss the usual disturbing images disclaimer? Ineos fans look away now....
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  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 72,615
    Have to say for the Kirby haters - the ITV highlights package is a marked improvement.
  • orraloon
    orraloon Posts: 12,675
    ITV highlights? Que?
  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,388


    I wondered why it was so quiet around here during the race. I would have posted more info, .

    I had it covered... ;)

    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,812
    edited August 2020
    orraloon said:

    ITV highlights? Que?

    The usual 7pm slot of one hour, all week.
    Waiting on stage 5 but stages 1-4 are available on demand.
    ddraver said:



    I had it covered... ;)

    I noticed we were doing a 2 up time trial!
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  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 72,615
    orraloon said:

    ITV highlights? Que?

    They said it’ll be available on the itv hub....on Monday.
  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 25,750

    pblakeney said:

    As I had no horse in the race, as per usual*, I thought that was a very entertaining stage for the neutral viewer.

    *I have no favourite riders or teams, I just appreciate panache and attacking even if it comes to nought although this race rewarded the brave.

    No idea how you can stay neutral watching sport but anyway.

    Decent stage that.
    Support any guy doing the unusual. Basically appreciating the breakaway or the style of a Froome attack in the Giro. That kind of thing.
    Following a particular team or rider has led to disappointment and therefore this attitude. Sky being boring, Quintana not meeting expectation etc, etc...

    Also the drug issue before that. Although that was the most exciting racing I cannot condone it.
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
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  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,311
    pblakeney said:

    pblakeney said:

    As I had no horse in the race, as per usual*, I thought that was a very entertaining stage for the neutral viewer.

    *I have no favourite riders or teams, I just appreciate panache and attacking even if it comes to nought although this race rewarded the brave.

    No idea how you can stay neutral watching sport but anyway.

    Decent stage that.
    Support any guy doing the unusual. Basically appreciating the breakaway or the style of a Froome attack in the Giro. That kind of thing.
    Following a particular team or rider has led to disappointment and therefore this attitude. Sky being boring, Quintana not meeting expectation etc, etc...

    Also the drug issue before that. Although that was the most exciting racing I cannot condone it.
    Yeah, this.

    Neutral doesn't mean disengaged.
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  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,196
    I found myself wanting Martinez to take the overall, despite not previously knowing anything about him :smile:

    Didn't want Pinot to get there - for quite a while I was worried Martinez might have thrown it away by either being unwilling or unable to drive it a bit in the finale when Pinot was coming up fast. But they must have because it was quite comfortable in the end.

    I didn't have strong opinions about either of them before then...
  • gweeds
    gweeds Posts: 2,564
    I didn’t like it when Voeckler gurned for the camera and I don’t like it any more when Pinot does it.
    Napoleon, don't be jealous that I've been chatting online with babes all day. Besides, we both know that I'm training to be a cage fighter.
  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,388
    ddraver said:



    I had it covered... ;)

    I noticed we were doing a 2 up time trial!


    It was wonderful to be watching a stage where you literally couldn't post fast enough to cover all the things happening...
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • TheBigBean
    TheBigBean Posts: 20,596
    ddraver said:

    ddraver said:



    I had it covered... ;)

    I noticed we were doing a 2 up time trial!
    It was wonderful to be watching a stage where you literally couldn't post fast enough to cover all the things happening...

    The problem with me watching on Eurosport player on my phone is that I can't post on the spoilers thread.