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  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 10,448
    Only 2 teams have made it clear !? FFS they must be rife with 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
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 25,497
    edited September 2020

    Only 2 teams have made it clear !? FFS they must be rife with it


    Those teams got Ferrari and Leinders in to tell them how to pass the tests. Every rider has it apart from the French ones who have set up the MPCC (Mouvement Pour Contra Covid) and awarded themselves clean tests because they promised to wear a mask
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  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 10,448
    Seriously what are they going to 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
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 25,497
    edited September 2020

    Seriously what are they going to do ?

    The others may be clear too. Astana and Ineos just got tested early and seemingly made their results public
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  • davidofdavidof Posts: 2,578
    edited September 2020

    News reaches me of a huge abandon:

    Antoine Vayer (festinaboy), the jumped up PE teacher of pointy-fingered power-data hysterics and snidey insinuation fame, has deleted his Twitter account. Seems to have been caught on the wrong side of a controversy regarding an extremely sexist cartoon of Marion Rousse. Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.


    The cartoon is clearly wrong. In general French women are comfortable with their sexuality so it is important not to judge these things from a repressed uptight anglo-saxon viewpoint but the image is purile and as said above is pretty disrespectful of Alaphilippe too.

    Marion has posed in some fairly titillating clothing for photo shoots in the past so is clearly happy using her looks, but obviously on her terms.
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  • An hour and a half until the censored hits the fan (potentially). Must be some very, very nervous teams out there right 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’.”

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  • alan_aalan_a Posts: 1,417
    Marion joined us for a bit in the lead car at Glasgow Euro Champs 2018. Utterly utterly charming and knowledgable. How you would want to take the piss out of her, or piss her off, I have no idea.

    ... except she inadvertently sat on my Oakley Jawbones and broke them :'(
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,380 Lives Here
    Some justified concerns in Holland that jumbo have spent too much in the first 9 days, given from stage 14 onwards it’s always tough
  • Some justified concerns in Holland that jumbo have spent too much in the first 9 days, given from stage 14 onwards it’s always tough

    Fancy that, I am shocked.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • An hour and a half until the censored hits the fan (potentially). Must be some very, very nervous teams out there right now.

    So it seems:

    "Team doctors will be able to access test results at 9am (BST) on Tuesday"

    Pinot desperately hoping his excuse is in the mail?
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • Is this going to be the first time a rider with a positive test says "I have no idea how it got into my system" and we believe them?

    Really hoping this doesn't turn into a farce.
  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 5,254

    Is this going to be the first time a rider with a positive test says "I have no idea how it got into my system" and we believe them?

    Really hoping this doesn't turn into a farce.

    Well we know that the Gasquet excuse would not work in this context...
  • dish_dash said:

    Is this going to be the first time a rider with a positive test says "I have no idea how it got into my system" and we believe them?

    Really hoping this doesn't turn into a farce.

    Well we know that the Gasquet excuse would not work in this context...
    If the punchline to this isn't "he must have blown a Gasquet" I don't want to know.
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 10,448
    All clear I hear on covid ? More or less
    "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
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  • Matti66Matti66 Posts: 188
    Will Bernal withdraw now as out of it and maybe injured or just beaten up to recoup / has a previous winner won the tour again after being defeated on the road /
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 25,497
    Matti66 said:

    Will Bernal withdraw now as out of it and maybe injured or just beaten up to recoup / has a previous winner won the tour again after being defeated on the road /


    I think Hinault would have been the last in 1985
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  • Matti66Matti66 Posts: 188
    Oh okay thanks
    RichN95. said:

    Matti66 said:

    Will Bernal withdraw now as out of it and maybe injured or just beaten up to recoup / has a previous winner won the tour again after being defeated on the road /


    I think Hinault would have been the last in 1985
    Oh Okay thanks, , thats a different beast though!
  • To be fair, not many riders have won it when they're scarcely out of the jnr ranks. He has a LOT of time on his side.
    “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!
  • Yeah, the idea that he's somehow a busted flush for the rest of his career seems distinctly premature.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,380 Lives Here
    edited September 2020

    To be fair, not many riders have won it when they're scarcely out of the jnr ranks. He has a LOT of time on his side.

    We all thought that about Ullrich, IIRC ;-)
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,380 Lives Here
    edited September 2020

    Yeah, the idea that he's somehow a busted flush for the rest of his career seems distinctly premature.

    No, for sure. At the same time, the Belgians were saying the other day that just because they win early doesn't mean necessarily they will continue to do so.

    They highlighted (in good parochial fashion) how Boonen almost didn't got to the Madrid worlds in 2005 for various reasons but also that, after all, he'll have plenty of opportunities in the future.

    He ended up only getting on the World's podium once more and that was right at the back end of his career in the desert.
  • DeadCalmDeadCalm Posts: 3,760

    To be fair, not many riders have won it when they're scarcely out of the jnr ranks. He has a LOT of time on his side.

    We all thought that about Ullrich, IIRC ;-)
    I'm putting this one down to probable illness until I hear otherwise. But someone (RichN95 I believe) once posited a theory that Colombians peak and then decline earlier than European riders, possibly due to having an advantage growing up at altitude that diminishes the longer they spend riding in Europe. I do think that theory has merit, I wouldn't be at all surprised if Bernal was a one-time winner of the Tour.
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,380 Lives Here
    DeadCalm said:

    To be fair, not many riders have won it when they're scarcely out of the jnr ranks. He has a LOT of time on his side.

    We all thought that about Ullrich, IIRC ;-)
    I'm putting this one down to probable illness until I hear otherwise. But someone (RichN95 I believe) once posited a theory that Colombians peak and then decline earlier than European riders, possibly due to having an advantage growing up at altitude that diminishes the longer they spend riding in Europe. I do think that theory has merit, I wouldn't be at all surprised if Bernal was a one-time winner of the Tour.
    It looked to me like he just bonked or ran out of food or something.
  • DeadCalmDeadCalm Posts: 3,760

    DeadCalm said:

    To be fair, not many riders have won it when they're scarcely out of the jnr ranks. He has a LOT of time on his side.

    We all thought that about Ullrich, IIRC ;-)
    I'm putting this one down to probable illness until I hear otherwise. But someone (RichN95 I believe) once posited a theory that Colombians peak and then decline earlier than European riders, possibly due to having an advantage growing up at altitude that diminishes the longer they spend riding in Europe. I do think that theory has merit, I wouldn't be at all surprised if Bernal was a one-time winner of the Tour.
    It looked to me like he just bonked or ran out of food or something.
    Bonking is a possibility but would be downright amateur. Surely a team like Ineos (remember all the guff about their feeding strategy on the Froome wonder stage in the Giro) would never let that happen?

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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,380 Lives Here
    edited September 2020
    DeadCalm said:

    DeadCalm said:

    To be fair, not many riders have won it when they're scarcely out of the jnr ranks. He has a LOT of time on his side.

    We all thought that about Ullrich, IIRC ;-)
    I'm putting this one down to probable illness until I hear otherwise. But someone (RichN95 I believe) once posited a theory that Colombians peak and then decline earlier than European riders, possibly due to having an advantage growing up at altitude that diminishes the longer they spend riding in Europe. I do think that theory has merit, I wouldn't be at all surprised if Bernal was a one-time winner of the Tour.
    It looked to me like he just bonked or ran out of food or something.
    Bonking is a possibility but would be downright amateur. Surely a team like Ineos (remember all the guff about their feeding strategy on the Froome wonder stage in the Giro) would never let that happen?

    Ah it happens. You can also just properly crack and have a shocker.

    I know we've not seen it in a long time from the top top riders, but it can definitely happen.
  • DeadCalmDeadCalm Posts: 3,760

    DeadCalm said:

    DeadCalm said:

    To be fair, not many riders have won it when they're scarcely out of the jnr ranks. He has a LOT of time on his side.

    We all thought that about Ullrich, IIRC ;-)
    I'm putting this one down to probable illness until I hear otherwise. But someone (RichN95 I believe) once posited a theory that Colombians peak and then decline earlier than European riders, possibly due to having an advantage growing up at altitude that diminishes the longer they spend riding in Europe. I do think that theory has merit, I wouldn't be at all surprised if Bernal was a one-time winner of the Tour.
    It looked to me like he just bonked or ran out of food or something.
    Bonking is a possibility but would be downright amateur. Surely a team like Ineos (remember all the guff about their feeding strategy on the Froome wonder stage in the Giro) would never let that happen?

    Ah it happens. You can also just properly crack and have a shocker.

    I know we've not seen it in a long time from the top top riders, but it can definitely happen.
    I know. Sorry, I was being facetious.

    I would question your terminology though. I've bonked once. I was literally on my hands and knees contemplating the energy I could get from the dandelions on the grass verge. Thankfully I was in France and a passing lady on her way back from a shopping trip understood my predicament and stopped and gave me dried fruit and a can of Coke. Otherwise I don't know how I'd have made it home. If Bernal had a feeding issue, I'd describe it as a possible hunger knock.
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  • ProssPross Posts: 29,622
    DeadCalm said:

    DeadCalm said:

    To be fair, not many riders have won it when they're scarcely out of the jnr ranks. He has a LOT of time on his side.

    We all thought that about Ullrich, IIRC ;-)
    I'm putting this one down to probable illness until I hear otherwise. But someone (RichN95 I believe) once posited a theory that Colombians peak and then decline earlier than European riders, possibly due to having an advantage growing up at altitude that diminishes the longer they spend riding in Europe. I do think that theory has merit, I wouldn't be at all surprised if Bernal was a one-time winner of the Tour.
    It looked to me like he just bonked or ran out of food or something.
    Bonking is a possibility but would be downright amateur. Surely a team like Ineos (remember all the guff about their feeding strategy on the Froome wonder stage in the Giro) would never let that happen?

    Froome bonked / nearly bonked on that stage where Porte?? got fined for going back to the car after the latest feed didn't he?
  • DeadCalmDeadCalm Posts: 3,760
    Pross said:

    DeadCalm said:

    DeadCalm said:

    To be fair, not many riders have won it when they're scarcely out of the jnr ranks. He has a LOT of time on his side.

    We all thought that about Ullrich, IIRC ;-)
    I'm putting this one down to probable illness until I hear otherwise. But someone (RichN95 I believe) once posited a theory that Colombians peak and then decline earlier than European riders, possibly due to having an advantage growing up at altitude that diminishes the longer they spend riding in Europe. I do think that theory has merit, I wouldn't be at all surprised if Bernal was a one-time winner of the Tour.
    It looked to me like he just bonked or ran out of food or something.
    Bonking is a possibility but would be downright amateur. Surely a team like Ineos (remember all the guff about their feeding strategy on the Froome wonder stage in the Giro) would never let that happen?

    Froome bonked / nearly bonked on that stage where Porte?? got fined for going back to the car after the latest feed didn't he?
    I was being facetious, making a little bit of fun out of the Ineos claim that they had so scientifically calculated Froome's calorific intake on that stage in the Giro.
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,380 Lives Here
    DeadCalm said:

    DeadCalm said:

    DeadCalm said:

    To be fair, not many riders have won it when they're scarcely out of the jnr ranks. He has a LOT of time on his side.

    We all thought that about Ullrich, IIRC ;-)
    I'm putting this one down to probable illness until I hear otherwise. But someone (RichN95 I believe) once posited a theory that Colombians peak and then decline earlier than European riders, possibly due to having an advantage growing up at altitude that diminishes the longer they spend riding in Europe. I do think that theory has merit, I wouldn't be at all surprised if Bernal was a one-time winner of the Tour.
    It looked to me like he just bonked or ran out of food or something.
    Bonking is a possibility but would be downright amateur. Surely a team like Ineos (remember all the guff about their feeding strategy on the Froome wonder stage in the Giro) would never let that happen?

    Ah it happens. You can also just properly crack and have a shocker.

    I know we've not seen it in a long time from the top top riders, but it can definitely happen.
    I know. Sorry, I was being facetious.

    I would question your terminology though. I've bonked once. I was literally on my hands and knees contemplating the energy I could get from the dandelions on the grass verge. Thankfully I was in France and a passing lady on her way back from a shopping trip understood my predicament and stopped and gave me dried fruit and a can of Coke. Otherwise I don't know how I'd have made it home. If Bernal had a feeding issue, I'd describe it as a possible hunger knock.
    Yeah I too have had a proper bonk where I was in a very very bad way.

    But then these riders are not mere mortals like you and me. Armstrong even had a bonk when he won his second Tour (on the Col du Joux-Plane no less)
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