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TDF 2020: Stage 6: Le Teil > Mont Aigoual 191 km *Spoilers*

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  • ProssPross Posts: 30,407
    I think it's simply too early for anyone to put in a big effort with the big mountains starting at the weekend. The lack of racing so far this year probably hasn't helped either as a lot of the riders have probably decided to ride themselves into form a bit in the first week.
  • mrb123mrb123 Posts: 3,571
    I think early in the Tour, the short, sharp Muur style uphill finishes provide more excitement.

    The two summits in this Tour have yielded a total of about 200m of GC action.
  • josamejosame Posts: 1,057
    Spoilers! pah!
    I'm calling it - that was the most boring stage that went up a bit that I have ever seen
    :(
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  • Armstrong called it in his podcast last night that the parcours was perfect nullifying any racing. Turns out he was correct.
  • ProssPross Posts: 30,407
    josame said:

    Spoilers! pah!
    I'm calling it - that was the most boring stage that went up a bit that I have ever seen
    :(

    Worse than Tuesday's stage?
  • brundonbianchibrundonbianchi Posts: 689
    edited September 2020
    It seems that there actually is a ‘nod / wink’ inter team agreement then. Piss about until the TT, then get the balls out and take the glory in Paris. I’d be surprised if the race comes to life properly.
  • hypsterhypster Posts: 1,210
    Makes the Team Sky era look exciting dunnit?
  • It seems that there actually is a ‘nod / wink’ inter team agreement then. Piss about until the TT, then get the balls out and take the glory in Paris. I’d be surprised if the race comes to life properly.

    Yeah OK, I'll remind you of this after Saturday.
  • andyracandyrac Posts: 688
    Pross said:

    I think it's simply too early for anyone to put in a big effort with the big mountains starting at the weekend. The lack of racing so far this year probably hasn't helped either as a lot of the riders have probably decided to ride themselves into form a bit in the first week.

    To be honest, I don't really blame them. With a mountainous route in addition to the lack of racing in their legs, who is confident they'll be able to perform in week 3? Only burn your matches when you really need to, and save them for the final week.

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  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 25,563
    andyrac said:

    Pross said:

    I think it's simply too early for anyone to put in a big effort with the big mountains starting at the weekend. The lack of racing so far this year probably hasn't helped either as a lot of the riders have probably decided to ride themselves into form a bit in the first week.

    To be honest, I don't really blame them. With a mountainous route in addition to the lack of racing in their legs, who is confident they'll be able to perform in week 3? Only burn your matches when you really need to, and save them for the final week.

    The problem is if you get week 3 without really making any gains on many riders then the threats can come from all sides and are harder to control. The Sky method used to be to go hard on the first climb to thin the field out a little.
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  • Pross said:

    josame said:

    Spoilers! pah!
    I'm calling it - that was the most boring stage that went up a bit that I have ever seen
    :(

    Worse than Tuesday's stage?
    I think we're pretending that didn't happen.
  • gsk82gsk82 Posts: 3,080
    The problem is that there's only 1 team of winners and 1 team of wannabes. The rest don't know how to win, or even how to try and win.
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  • Kauto5 said:

    Lutsenko powering along like a finely tuned Ferrari engine.

    Certainly not the 2020 engine, perhaps the 2019 variant which contained a number of questionable elements apparently.
    Old, fat and that's just the bike.
  • Dialatron said:

    Kauto5 said:

    Lutsenko powering along like a finely tuned Ferrari engine.

    Certainly not the 2020 engine, perhaps the 2019 variant which contained a number of questionable elements apparently.
    More like the 99-05 version perhaps?
  • Am I the only one who thought that was a not terrible stage then?

    Nice scenery, an interesting climb, good strong breakaway, and a bit of a fight for the win up the last climb. Not the best ever, but not the worst.
  • The majority are still cocking about, regarding G.C. Possibly they think Covid is going to knacker their efforts, and they just C.B.A.
  • webboowebboo Posts: 4,036

    The majority are still cocking about, regarding G.C. Possibly they think Covid is going to knacker their efforts, and they just C.B.A.

    You really are a sad piece of work. If you can’t add anything of a constructive note. Just go and droole over your expensive but badly sized bike.
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 23,479
    edited September 2020

    Am I the only one who thought that was a not terrible stage then?

    Nice scenery, an interesting climb, good strong breakaway, and a bit of a fight for the win up the last climb. Not the best ever, but not the worst.


    FWIW, I agree. Thoroughly average in every way...
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  • It seems that there actually is a ‘nod / wink’ inter team agreement then. Piss about until the TT, then get the balls out and take the glory in Paris. I’d be surprised if the race comes to life properly.

    Yeah OK, I'll remind you of this after Saturday.
    Here's your reminder.
  • DeadCalmDeadCalm Posts: 3,769

    It seems that there actually is a ‘nod / wink’ inter team agreement then. Piss about until the TT, then get the balls out and take the glory in Paris. I’d be surprised if the race comes to life properly.

    Yeah OK, I'll remind you of this after Saturday.
    Here's your reminder.
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  • It seems that there actually is a ‘nod / wink’ inter team agreement then. Piss about until the TT, then get the balls out and take the glory in Paris. I’d be surprised if the race comes to life properly.


  • sherersherer Posts: 2,451

    Tom steels looking gnarly but trim.

    lets not start using Kirbyisms. WTF does thaty even mean. Seems to be the adjective he applies to about 50 different situations
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