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  • daniel_bdaniel_b Posts: 9,646
    andyp said:

    daniel_b said:

    Lloydy taking about Blythe "Our sometime colleague, and current traitor"

    Is he commentating\presenting for someone else then?

    NBC for the US. He's doing the same role for them as Wiggins is doing for GCN/Eurosport. By all accounts he's very good. Which doesn't surprise me, but I still struggle to believe that a US audience would understand his accent.
    What a shame, he is missed on ES, I hope he returns.
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  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,215
    I see that the greatest cyclist of the age finished 15th today, behind such luminaries as B&Bs Cyril Barthe.
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  • Lanterne_RogueLanterne_Rogue Posts: 3,330
    edited 9 July
    Just realised why Cavendish and Morkov were cycling so hard. Every second counts:


  • above_the_cowsabove_the_cows Posts: 11,318
    So I replanted some geraniums and started a lemon and poppyseed loaf in the last 20k to avoid the old squeaky bum while watching malarkey, and...

    My superstition isn't silly. Honestly it isn't. It works.
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  • above_the_cowsabove_the_cows Posts: 11,318

    So I replanted some geraniums and started a lemon and poppyseed loaf...

    And I think this might be the most middle aged, middle class thing anyone has ever posted on an internet forum.
    Correlation is not causation.
  • Lanterne_RogueLanterne_Rogue Posts: 3,330
    Hang on, this is important news - what type of geraniums?
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 11,192
    I've got a huge man crush on Mørkøv. To have never won a tour stage, but to look over and make sure you don't take the win from your teammate, who's won 33, before you throw your bike ...That's dedication to your art, that's supreme teammateship. Mørkøv, you beautiful beautiful man.
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  • above_the_cowsabove_the_cows Posts: 11,318
    edited 9 July

    Hang on, this is important news - what type of geraniums?

    Tiny monsters. Quite fitting actually.
    Correlation is not causation.
  • Lanterne_RogueLanterne_Rogue Posts: 3,330
    Ooh, nice. Geraniums are one of the few things that don't get chomped by the slugs in my garden, so we've got loads. Don't think I've got any geraniums with a cycling angle, although I've got plenty of climbers...
  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 16,674
    ITV 4 highlights show discovering an earnest enthusiasm for discussing if we can believe *this* winner given the history of the Tour. Presumably a history which doesn't include a decade of success for British riders and a British team.

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  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 14,070

    ITV 4 highlights show discovering an earnest enthusiasm for discussing if we can believe *this* winner given the history of the Tour. Presumably a history which doesn't include a decade of success for British riders and a British team.

    I thought the bit with the academic was interesting.
  • amrushtonamrushton Posts: 1,040
    dabber said:

    What a combo....Morkov and Cav....just brilliant

    Before that it was Renshaw. Lucky to find those riders.
  • ProssPross Posts: 29,619
    amrushton said:

    dabber said:

    What a combo....Morkov and Cav....just brilliant

    Before that it was Renshaw. Lucky to find those riders.
    Was going to say earlier which is the better lead out man, Renshaw or Morkow?
  • ProssPross Posts: 29,619
    I don't get the point in changing the 3km point today. Seems to make no sense unless you take the GC time at that point otherwise the GC riders are still fighting to make sure they don't let a gap go.
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 14,070
    Pross said:

    amrushton said:

    dabber said:

    What a combo....Morkov and Cav....just brilliant

    Before that it was Renshaw. Lucky to find those riders.
    Was going to say earlier which is the better lead out man, Renshaw or Morkow?
    Renshaw's reviews of the sprint stages are quite interesting.
  • above_the_cowsabove_the_cows Posts: 11,318

    Ooh, nice. Geraniums are one of the few things that don't get chomped by the slugs in my garden, so we've got loads. Don't think I've got any geraniums with a cycling angle, although I've got plenty of climbers...

    You need some Escar-Go. The only thing that's been got in my garden is one hosta where the fokkers launched an aerial attack via some ornamental nettles.

    Aaaaaand, back to the cycling... wow, still can't believe Cav this Tour, damn boring stage, marred with abandons (RIP Kluge and your hopes for the Lanterne) ended in making hisotry.
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  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 10,448
    daniel_b said:

    andyp said:

    daniel_b said:

    Lloydy taking about Blythe "Our sometime colleague, and current traitor"

    Is he commentating\presenting for someone else then?

    NBC for the US. He's doing the same role for them as Wiggins is doing for GCN/Eurosport. By all accounts he's very good. Which doesn't surprise me, but I still struggle to believe that a US audience would understand his accent.
    What a shame, he is missed on ES, I hope he returns.
    Very Adam Blythe thing to do thou ... LOL
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  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 10,448
    I remember when we called him more kov not merku
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  • ProssPross Posts: 29,619
    Never realised how few Tours Merckx rode
  • ProssPross Posts: 29,619
    Seeing the highlights Ballerini did a good job in forcing the other sprinters to open up quite early. Garcia did a very good long sprint
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 25,497
    The crash from the point of view of the DSM mechanic

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  • Lanterne_RogueLanterne_Rogue Posts: 3,330
    Somewhat heartened by watching him punch that saddle back into approximately the correct orientation. Glad to know that I've been applying a professional technique for years.
  • above_the_cowsabove_the_cows Posts: 11,318
    Avondettape has Marcel Kittel on, the respect he is showing is really lovely to see.

    As an aside he's totally fluent in Dutch.
    Correlation is not causation.
  • notquite6footnotquite6foot Posts: 204
    Equals Merckx record in stage 13 - during his 13th Tour - 13 years to the day after his first stage win

    The stars really have aligned, haven't they?
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 25,497
    For all the talk of him matching Eddy Merckx, comparison to other sprinters is ludicrous. It's an outlier to match Don Bradman's Test batting average

    34 Cavendish
    22 Darrigade
    15 Maertens (includes 3 TTs)
    14 Kittel
    12 McEwen, Zabel, Sagan
    11 Greipel
    10 Hushovd

    And most of them were his rivals
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  • above_the_cowsabove_the_cows Posts: 11,318
    RichN95. said:

    For all the talk of him matching Eddy Merckx, comparison to other sprinters is ludicrous.

    Won't stop some (internet forum people) from trying though...
    Correlation is not causation.
  • Lanterne_RogueLanterne_Rogue Posts: 3,330
    edited 9 July
  • andyracandyrac Posts: 626

    Ooh, nice. Geraniums are one of the few things that don't get chomped by the slugs in my garden, so we've got loads. Don't think I've got any geraniums with a cycling angle, although I've got plenty of climbers...

    Weird..... this was on Gardeners World tonight......

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  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 25,497
    dabber said:

    Morkov comes across and a really classy and nice guy.


    He also comes across someone who knows his excellence and gently reminds you of it in a quite passive way.
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