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Tirreno - Adriatico 2021 ***Spoilers***

blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 17,371
Coverage just starting so I am just making sure there is no repeat of Sunday.
"Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
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  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 15,983
    8km flat finishing straight today - best timed leadout wins.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 17,371
    Bad news and good news.
    The bad news is that as predicted it’s Kirby.
    The good news is that Dan Lloyd is fit and co commentator.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 15,983
    All together, into the finishing straight.
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 15,983
    WVA from Ewan. Great sprinting to get himself into someone else's train when the last Jumbo Visma disappeared with 500m to go.
  • gregster04gregster04 Posts: 1,290
    Not a bad few minutes for Jumbo Visma.

    I thought WVA hit the front a little bit too early there. Pretty impressive to hold off a top sprinter like Ewan.
  • twotoebennytwotoebenny Posts: 1,001
    Erm... isnt he going for the GC? These guys are awesome at lighting a race up!
  • gregster04gregster04 Posts: 1,290

    Erm... isnt he going for the GC? These guys are awesome at lighting a race up!

    That’s what he said. Or that he wants to see how well he can do anyway. Obviously just fancied winning a World Tour sprint stage for a bit of a warm up.
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 15,983
    Honestly, Kirby is so Partridge. "He's such a titanic figure. Yes, I know the Titanic sank, but let's hope he continues sailing for many years."
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 9,161
    In a maD way
    "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
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 17,371

    Honestly, Kirby is so Partridge. "He's such a titanic figure. Yes, I know the Titanic sank, but let's hope he continues sailing for many years."

    I contemplated switching to the French commentary for the last 10 kms, but hung on in the hope that Dan Lloyd would manage to cut his flow at some point.
    Sadly, this didn't happen.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 17,371
    edited 11 March
    Heading South and East into the small hills today, so potentially more interesting than Paris-Nice:




    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • Lanterne_RogueLanterne_Rogue Posts: 2,733
    Thanks for this - helps me decide which one to watch whilst I'm supposedly in a review meeting
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 15,983
    Looks interesting - couple of nasty climbs up to 30km to go, then a proper climb to finish but not steep. Could be the big 2 vans fighting it out, or attacks late on to break it up.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 17,371
    85kms covered in the first 2 hours.
    Looks as if they will just starting the lumpy stuff when we get live coverage. (approx 15 minutes)
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • yorkshirerawyorkshireraw Posts: 1,445
    I turned TA off as soon as I heard Kirby.

    He gets worse and with the increasing number of excellent commentators they are bringing on board - LLoyd, Blythe etc - CK stands out even more as not only ill-informed and unknowledgeable about the sport, but inappropriate on more than one occasion.

    He needs the commentators equivalent of the tap on the shoulder and the brown envelope from HR. Wonder how much could be crowd-funded to get GCN / ES never to use him again....
  • gregster04gregster04 Posts: 1,290
    The gap to the breakaway is now coming down very suddenly. Lost 2 minutes is very little time.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 17,371
    edited 11 March
    Not a lot happened yet but things are starting to pick up.
    Meanwhile Kirby is trotting out the same generic, name half the field as potential winners, patter.

    I feel sorry for the newly arrived US-GCN subscribers who past over dollars for this doughnut
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 17,371
    Looks as if Sagan faces a long post Covid fight for race fitness.
    Dropped with 45kms to go
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 15,983
    Break caught, and Ineos looking to make the categorised climb difficult.
  • gregster04gregster04 Posts: 1,290
    Carlton did threaten to get his story book out today quite early in the stage.

    All starting to happen now.
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 15,983
    Good racing this.
  • gregster04gregster04 Posts: 1,290
    Going to be more riders off the front than left in the peloton at this rate.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 17,371
    Wow the race has exploded
    Attacks everywhere
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 17,371
    Pinot blows again
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 15,983
    Peanut shelled.
  • yorkshirerawyorkshireraw Posts: 1,445

    Peanut shelled.

    being (dry) roasted
  • m.r.m.m.r.m. Posts: 2,223

    Looks as if Sagan faces a long post Covid fight for race fitness.
    Dropped with 45kms to go

    Really hope it's only a question of time. The classics would be so much more fun when adding him to the current stellar class.
    PTP Champion 2019
  • yorkshirerawyorkshireraw Posts: 1,445
    how to confuse yourself - have 2 streams going on different screens, with 1 commentary muted.
    Switch second screen from race feed to email, and suddenly you've got Paris Nice commentary over TA pictures on the other one. v weird.
  • gregster04gregster04 Posts: 1,290
    No idea what just happened regarding the intermediate sprint/the sprint for the 15km banner.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 17,371
    edited 11 March
    Kirby working hard at derailing the commentary at a crucial point in the race
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
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