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TDF 2020 - Stage 9: Pau - Laruns 153 km *Spoilers*

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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 60,998 Lives Here

    WvA was in the break and talk of a clear stage win but now dropped back to join the mountain train

    Cheers
  • Aru abandons. No surprise
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 11,085
    Aru climbs off
    "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: 11,085
    Reichenbach not great at descending either. Gets stick for it .
    "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
  • Aru has climbed off
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  • ProssPross Posts: 31,634

    Reichenbach not great at descending either. Gets stick for it .

    It's a tricky one to improve too as it's probably a self-preservation instinct rather than a failure to work on technique. The same with sprinters who have a bad crash and lose the nerve to take the risks needed to win even though they still have the speed.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 60,998 Lives Here
    The road surface on those climbs is quite good in the wet, relatively speaking.
  • Reichenbach not great at descending either. Gets stick for it .

    Are you suggesting his final problem is that (yes, I'm going there) Reichenbach falls?
  • Get out
  • ProssPross Posts: 31,634
    Pinot group holding the yellow jersey group at 1 minute while the chase group has reopened the gap to the peloton.
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 11,085
    Pross said:

    Reichenbach not great at descending either. Gets stick for it .

    It's a tricky one to improve too as it's probably a self-preservation instinct rather than a failure to work on technique. The same with sprinters who have a bad crash and lose the nerve to take the risks needed to win even though they still have the speed.
    I have off days .. the skill I tell youngsters is learn mini drills to relax if you tighten up and get in the drops ( unless you have some stupid slammed stem ) . Consider myself a average descender which is elite status compared with what I see out there in rapha land .
    "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: 31,634
    Yellow jersey group much bigger too so definitely taking it fairly easy.
  • I hope Wout van Aert rips the legs off his climbing team mates again as it makes the race much more open and exciting.
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  • Pross said:

    Reichenbach not great at descending either. Gets stick for it .

    It's a tricky one to improve too as it's probably a self-preservation instinct rather than a failure to work on technique. The same with sprinters who have a bad crash and lose the nerve to take the risks needed to win even though they still have the speed.
    I have off days .. the skill I tell youngsters is learn mini drills to relax if you tighten up and get in the drops ( unless you have some stupid slammed stem ) . Consider myself a average descender which is elite status compared with what I see out there in rapha land .
    Rapha land?
  • Gaudu goes off road into a spectator
  • The good news for Gaudu is that he's getting lots of TV coverage. The bad news...
  • Groupama FDJ's Gaudu with a passable impression of "Death Race".
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  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 11,085

    Pross said:

    Reichenbach not great at descending either. Gets stick for it .

    It's a tricky one to improve too as it's probably a self-preservation instinct rather than a failure to work on technique. The same with sprinters who have a bad crash and lose the nerve to take the risks needed to win even though they still have the speed.
    I have off days .. the skill I tell youngsters is learn mini drills to relax if you tighten up and get in the drops ( unless you have some stupid slammed stem ) . Consider myself a average descender which is elite status compared with what I see out there in rapha land .
    Rapha land?
    It boarders with the cycle republica .
    "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
  • davidofdavidof Posts: 2,716

    Gaudu goes off road into a spectator

    French commentators mocking him "he's gone mushroom hunting"
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  • Probably just me but the flags seems very close to hirschi!!
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 16,177

    Never stops being annoying that stage profile graphics indicate KM travelled rather than KM to go.

    One of things that you can't ignore once you've seen it.

    Similarly, in football, the way the extra referee stands on the same side as the linesman. Makes no sense, and I can't unsee it now.
  • Lovely weather.
    Correlation is not causation.
  • That descent looks horrible
  • ProssPross Posts: 31,634
    Are we sure Yates is joining Ineos and not Jumbo next season? He seems to already be using Jumbo as his domestiques.
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 24,078
    I just don't get that Volvo Advert...
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  • I see Reichenbach still descends like a discombobulated lobster.
    Correlation is not causation.
  • N0bodyOfTheGoatN0bodyOfTheGoat Posts: 4,862
    edited September 2020

    I see Reichenbach still descends like a discombobulated lobster.

    Is that worse than descending like a goat? :D
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  • ProssPross Posts: 31,634
    ddraver said:

    I just don't get that Volvo Advert...

    Yet another advert using a female singer performing a slowed down acoustic version of a classic song. There really seems to be a lack of originality in the advertising industry.
  • ProssPross Posts: 31,634

    Pross said:

    Reichenbach not great at descending either. Gets stick for it .

    It's a tricky one to improve too as it's probably a self-preservation instinct rather than a failure to work on technique. The same with sprinters who have a bad crash and lose the nerve to take the risks needed to win even though they still have the speed.
    I have off days .. the skill I tell youngsters is learn mini drills to relax if you tighten up and get in the drops ( unless you have some stupid slammed stem ) . Consider myself a average descender which is elite status compared with what I see out there in rapha land .
    Boardman just echoing my own experience, as soon as you start thinking about the consequences you lose the ability to descend fast.
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