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TDF 2021: Stage 18, Pau > Luz Ardiden 129.7 km **Spoilers**

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  • Lanterne_RogueLanterne_Rogue Posts: 3,326
    edited 15 July
    Didn't realise that there's a Souvenir Jaques Goddet available at the top of the Tourmalet. On researching this, I discovered that there's a statue to commemorate the time he was put in a box and sawn in half by an illusionist.


  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,077

    neonriver said:

    First Tour since there founding that Ineos/Sky haven't won anything

    What did they win in 10 and 14?
    Weren't in the race in 10

    11 and 14 they took combativity awards on stages with Flecha and Nieve

    Unless I've missed something, nothing this year
    2011 EBH won two stages.
    Mea Culpa

    2010 was indeed the first Tour for Sky.

    Flecha took a combativity award that year

    Should he manage it, does not Carapaz finishing on the podium count as something?
    (not much I know but.....)
    Isn't a podium worth a lot more than a few combativity awards?

    I have absolutely no idea who's won any combativity awards in this Tour, although I would guess at Schelling having won a couple as he was in the break loads earlier on.

    I couldn't tell you any combativity award winners in last year's Tour, but I can name the podium.
    Worth more yes

    But it's not winning something

    There's no prize awarded
    Are you sure?


    Ineos win another Richie Porte so they have a matching set?
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  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 11,145
    RichN95. said:

    Macron at the race to escape the rioting

    "I do my best, but I just can't catch a break" he said.

    "know the feeling" replied the peloton
    “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!
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 10,262
    Short stages produce aggressive attacking racing I hear
    "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
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 11,145
    Madouas joining the panache group.


    VULTURES!
    “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!
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 10,262
    There cool those soaring birds
    "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
  • ProssPross Posts: 28,978
    8km into the climb and the DQS minibus has only lost just over 1:30 to the peloton.
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 11,145

    There cool those soaring birds

    There have been vulture visits to Northern Europe the last few years, including one that hung around in Yorkshire for ages. Think they came from Pyrenees. There's an issue there that for biosecurity they aren't allowed to leave carcasses out, so there's a lack of food sources.

    Obviously they'll be eyeing up the gruppetto
    “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!
  • ProssPross Posts: 28,978

    There cool those soaring birds

    I want to be reincarnated as a bird of prey. It looks a nice life soaring on thermals without a care in the world (not sure about the offal diet though).
  • Lanterne_RogueLanterne_Rogue Posts: 3,326
    Pross said:

    8km into the climb and the DQS minibus has only lost just over 1:30 to the peloton.

    Bol's noticed the danger and is now drifting back...
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 11,145
    Ineos at the front now
    “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!
  • DeVlaeminckDeVlaeminck Posts: 7,226

    There cool those soaring birds

    There have been vulture visits to Northern Europe the last few years, including one that hung around in Yorkshire for ages. Think they came from Pyrenees. There's an issue there that for biosecurity they aren't allowed to leave carcasses out, so there's a lack of food sources.

    Obviously they'll be eyeing up the gruppetto
    There was one in Derbyshire last year I think - not far from Sheffield.
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  • ProssPross Posts: 28,978

    Pross said:

    8km into the climb and the DQS minibus has only lost just over 1:30 to the peloton.

    Bol's noticed the danger and is now drifting back...
    He's added impetus, the gap has increased to 3 minutes in just 1km.
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 11,145

    There cool those soaring birds

    There have been vulture visits to Northern Europe the last few years, including one that hung around in Yorkshire for ages. Think they came from Pyrenees. There's an issue there that for biosecurity they aren't allowed to leave carcasses out, so there's a lack of food sources.

    Obviously they'll be eyeing up the gruppetto
    There was one in Derbyshire last year I think - not far from Sheffield.
    Yes, same bird. They can cover enormous distances.
    “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!
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 56,674 Lives Here
    Well JA doesn't have the excuse for 'training for the olympics'....
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 10,168
    What's that symbol that's been drawn on the road a lot mean? Like a stick man legs with a D for a head

    >--D
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 11,145

    What's that symbol that's been drawn on the road a lot mean? Like a stick man legs with a D for a head

    >--D

    I think that's the beginning stage of a butterfly that didn't manage to metamorphosise overnight to its end form, like most do.
    “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!
  • above_the_cowsabove_the_cows Posts: 11,278
    Henao has had an ouchy off by the looks of things.
    Correlation is not causation.
  • Lanterne_RogueLanterne_Rogue Posts: 3,326
    edited 15 July
    Diplocaulus, isn't it?

    Edit - for those of you that aren't massive paleontology nerds:


  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 56,674 Lives Here
    JA's hyperactivity always surprises me, especially on HC mountains
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 11,145

    Henao has had an ouchy off by the looks of things.

    Yeah, rode onto the verge on the way up a cat 4, took down one of those small team French riders as well
    “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!
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,077

    Short stages produce aggressive attacking racing I hear

    Shorter stages produce shorter siestas.
    I find the long Tour climbs ideal for a nap while the train covers the kms.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,077
    Ineos not exactly kicking the peloton’s bottom.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 11,145
    Uran in big big trouble
    “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!
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 56,674 Lives Here
    lights our uran
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 10,262
    Uran all over
    "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: 18,077
    I spoke too soon.
    Uran dead in the water
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • ProssPross Posts: 28,978

    There cool those soaring birds

    There have been vulture visits to Northern Europe the last few years, including one that hung around in Yorkshire for ages. Think they came from Pyrenees. There's an issue there that for biosecurity they aren't allowed to leave carcasses out, so there's a lack of food sources.

    Obviously they'll be eyeing up the gruppetto
    I did a run on a hot July day a few years ago (it was the last day of the Tour from memory). I was flagging a bit on a hilly route and had a Buzzard follow me for miles going from telegraph pole to telegraph pole as though it was sensing a potential feast coming up. It was quite disconcerting!
  • ProssPross Posts: 28,978
    Ineos are looking a bit stronger today.
  • bianchi_davebianchi_dave Posts: 441
    Uran dropped again
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