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TDF 2021: Stage 19, Mourenx > Libourne 207 km **Spoilers**

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  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 12,908
    Weird explanation
    "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
  • focuszing723focuszing723 Posts: 4,702
    ddraver said:

    Statement from UAE across the line too...

    What was that?
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 12,908
    ddraver said:

    Statement from UAE across the line too...

    What did they do ?
    "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
  • above_the_cowsabove_the_cows Posts: 11,406

    It wasn't "Omerta", it was "stop talking sheet". His post stage interview was very good.

    But how many are going to watch the explanation and how many are just going to interpret the photos considering the history and recent events.

    If I was the team PR person I'd be livid.
    Correlation is not causation.
  • focuszing723focuszing723 Posts: 4,702


    The team sat at the front in charge perhaps?
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 11,918

    It wasn't "Omerta", it was "stop talking sheet". His post stage interview was very good.

    But how many are going to watch the explanation and how many are just going to interpret the photos considering the history and recent events.

    If I was the team PR person I'd be livid.
    Oh it was stupid to do, and yeah, if I was the team PR I wouldn't be happy. But "omerta" is a very specific interpretation - silencing witnesses - whereas "shut your mouth" is a far more universal concept and uses the same zip gesture. While he should probably have thought about how saying "stop talking sheet about me" would have caused *more* talking about him I doubt "Omerta" even crossed his mind

    “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’.”

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  • ProssPross Posts: 33,505
    Trek made a mess of that considering their numbers in the break.
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  • gsk82gsk82 Posts: 3,213
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  • DeVlaeminckDeVlaeminck Posts: 8,132
    gsk82 said:

    What's that about then?
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  • ProssPross Posts: 33,505
    gsk82 said:
    As if the stage wins weren't enough we now know Cav is back to his old self!
  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 17,797
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  • alan_aalan_a Posts: 1,503

    If there were other sprinters confident they had a decent chance it’d be a sprint.

    It’s all on one team so they can’t control it all the time.

    Especially as one of them rides like he’s tigger so he’s spent on the flat days

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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 63,508 Lives Here
    Just watched this.

    A lot of tired legs in that break.

    Was a bit weird to watch
  • DeVlaeminckDeVlaeminck Posts: 8,132
    So Cav's little tantrum was pre stage - looks like the headset was too tight or too loose, in Cav's mind at least, from the way he turns the bars then slams the front end down.
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  • larkimlarkim Posts: 2,450
    And he'd put on his special party suit too.
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  • Lanterne_RogueLanterne_Rogue Posts: 3,688
    larkim said:

    And he'd put on his special party suit too.

    Probably just manufactured a scene because he realised he'd forgotten to go for a pee beforehand.
  • mrfpbmrfpb Posts: 4,561
    9 out of 18 road stages have been won by the breakaway this year. Is this more than usual?
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 11,918
    mrfpb said:

    9 out of 18 road stages have been won by the breakaway this year. Is this more than usual?

    Yes, much more. There are usually 3 or 4 stages that are definitively targeted for breaks, plus a chance at a high mountain stage or tricky to control sprint stage if you get lucky. UAE haven't wanted to control many stages as Sky used to, and only DQS have shown much commitment to controlling sprint stages.
    “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!
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 11,918
    Also worth noting that Jumbo last year controlled pretty much everything, looking for time bonuses on mountain stages and van Aert in sprints
    “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: 12,908
    Lot of tantrums in the bunch yesterday .
    "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: 12,908
    Cav being a d1ck . Good sign for Paris
    "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
  • DeVlaeminckDeVlaeminck Posts: 8,132
    I wonder if he wanted the team to control for a sprint and had been told no - pure speculation of course - I can't imagine the problem with the bike was significant the mechanic seemed to hand it him as if to say see what you think.
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  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 20,291
    edited July 2021
    mrfpb said:

    9 out of 18 road stages have been won by the breakaway this year. Is this more than usual?


    9 out of 18 stages were also won from the breakaway in last September's Tour, too.
    6 or 7 in 2019, depending how you view the truncated Tignes stage.
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  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 11,918

    mrfpb said:

    9 out of 18 road stages have been won by the breakaway this year. Is this more than usual?


    9 out of 18 stages were also won from the breakaway in last September's Tour, too.
    6 or 7 in 2019, depending how you view the truncated Tignes stage.
    Weird, feels like far more than other years
    “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: 20,291
    edited July 2021

    mrfpb said:

    9 out of 18 road stages have been won by the breakaway this year. Is this more than usual?


    9 out of 18 stages were also won from the breakaway in last September's Tour, too.
    6 or 7 in 2019, depending how you view the truncated Tignes stage.
    Weird, feels like far more than other years
    That's why I checked.
    I too thought it was an anomaly, but then Kamna and Hirschi came into my head....

    I doubt it was more than 3, back when US Postal were ruling the roost.
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  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 11,918

    mrfpb said:

    9 out of 18 road stages have been won by the breakaway this year. Is this more than usual?


    9 out of 18 stages were also won from the breakaway in last September's Tour, too.
    6 or 7 in 2019, depending how you view the truncated Tignes stage.
    Weird, feels like far more than other years
    That's why I checked.
    I too thought it was an anomaly, but then Kamna and Hirschi came into my head....

    I doubt it was more than 3, back when US Postal were ruling the roost.
    But re. Tignes 2019, would you class Bernal's attack as winning from the break (if he'd gone on to win the full stage)? That doesn't quite feel right imo. Not sure I could tell you a definitive difference between an attack and a break though
    “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: 33,505
    Yeah, my first thought was that there were a lot last year. I think it is probably higher than in recent years where the likes of Sky controlled the mountain stages and there were string sprint teams but my memory of my early Tours (late 80s / early 90s) are of breakaway wins being fairly common, especially in the second and third weeks.
  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 17,797
    Fewer MTFs?
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  • ProssPross Posts: 33,505
    What are we counting as a breakaway win in the mountains by the way? Reaching the final climb ahead of the yellow jersey group?
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