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TDF 2020 - Stage 18: Méribel - La Roche-sur-Foron 175 km *Spoilers*

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  • Funny how Bahrain Merida get a load of stick for working for their opponents, but Sagan constantly shepherding Bennett into the front group so he can slide back on the climbs gets hardly any mention. If Sagan fancies a career as a super-domestique for a sprinter then he's building a pretty good highlight reel...
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 12,501
    B and b struggling
    "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
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 12,501
    Come on carapaz go for a ride .
    "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
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 12,501
    Bilbao in there oufff
    "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
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 20,949
    edited September 2020

    Funny how Bahrain Merida get a load of stick for working for their opponents, but Sagan constantly shepherding Bennett into the front group so he can slide back on the climbs gets hardly any mention. If Sagan fancies a career as a super-domestique for a sprinter then he's building a pretty good highlight reel...

    Bennett has got a long day ahead of him though. If he did any work in that breakaway, he might pay later.
  • I remember riding down this now - hairpins, rock faces, mountain stream along the road. Lovely.

  • The Gorilla steps off. Been fighting an injury since the start.
    “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!
  • So far this has been an absolutely fascinating start. So much going on.

    Carapaz chasing the polka dot jersey and Bahrain sending top riders up the road.

    Jumbo losing personnel and Gesink is already hanging by a thread.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • Hirschi pips Carapaz for the Kom points. Could be a fun battle today between those two
  • Lots of cows at the top of the Cormet de Roselend.




    Anyone else think the Tour's been a bit cow deficient so far this year? Can't remember having seen that many.
  • The Gorilla steps off. Been fighting an injury since the start.

    Sad to see that he won’t finish. He’s a real class act, he must have been really trashed
  • DeadCalmDeadCalm Posts: 3,951
    Got the race on in the background with no sound while I am working. Every time I looked there seems to be a different group on screen. Seems to have been chaos.
    Team My Man 2022:

    Antwan Tolhoek, Sam Oomen, Tom Dumoulin, Thymen Arensman, Remco Evenepoel, Benoît Cosnefroy, Tom Pidcock, Mark Cavendish, Romain Bardet
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 19,954
    edited September 2020
    Kirby and Brian Smith laying into the jury for not giving the combativity award to Carapaz, yesterday. Kirby saying they gave it to Alahpillipe to keep having a random Frenchman on the podium each day.

    Just sayin'.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • ProssPross Posts: 32,837

    Kirby and Brian Smith laying into the jury for not giving the combativity award to Carapaz, yesterday. Kirby saying they gave it to Alahpillipe to keep having a random Frenchman on the podium each day.

    Just sayin'.

    Not like Kirby to get something right!
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 24,650
    Naaaaw, used to be my stomping ground for a summer, and a very nice place to stomp it was too...

    Waiting for the guests to ride down in the patisserie in Beaufort... 😍
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 17,664
    edited September 2020
    Not sure how up to date it is - - but I quite like the race summary from the official TDF website

    https://racecenter.letour.fr/en/


    Good recap of the race postion

    Believe that a farther shore
    Is reachable from here.
    Believe in miracles
    And cures and healing wells
  • Ok
    Just refreshed it - now there's gaps and question marks
    They must be riding through a tunnel
    Believe that a farther shore
    Is reachable from here.
    Believe in miracles
    And cures and healing wells
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 62,415 Lives Here
    So the aggressive GC start did not really materialise.

  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 16,837

    So the aggressive GC start did not really materialise.

    When was the last one of those?
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 12,501
    Bit active as s stage . So glad to see carapaz didn't think he had a second ride in him
    "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
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 12,501
    Riders every where today looks like a sportive
    "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
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 12,501

    So the aggressive GC start did not really materialise.

    Been a stiff start thou
    "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
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 12,501
    How old is gesink ?
    "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
  • Carapaz getting sneaky
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 62,415 Lives Here
    Hirschi low side crash.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 62,415 Lives Here

    How old is gesink ?

    34
  • Hirschi crashes!
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 12,501
    edited September 2020
    Hirschii out rused
    "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
  • Time for kwiat and Carapaz to put the hammer down
  • Ooft, that road rash looks sore!
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