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  • Pross said:

    The best Tour stages in recent years have been flat 'sprinters' stages where there has been a cross wind and the organisers should have fewer mountain stages to concentrate on riding around the coastal areas.

    Pross said:

    The best Tour stages in recent years have been flat 'sprinters' stages where there has been a cross wind and the organisers should have fewer mountain stages to concentrate on riding around the coastal areas.

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  • m.r.m.m.r.m. Posts: 2,007
    RichN95. said:

    The Move is the best English language Tour de France podcast

    No longer true. The Lanterne Rouge podcast has overtaken it imho.
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  • 50x1150x11 Posts: 280
    m.r.m. said:

    RichN95. said:

    The Move is the best English language Tour de France podcast

    No longer true. The Lanterne Rouge podcast has overtaken it imho.
    Is that the same guy who runs the Youtube channel of the same name? He's insufferable. Used to just make a load of alluding statements about Sky in his early videos for views.
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 24,086
    50x11 said:

    m.r.m. said:

    RichN95. said:

    The Move is the best English language Tour de France podcast

    No longer true. The Lanterne Rouge podcast has overtaken it imho.
    Is that the same guy who runs the Youtube channel of the same name? He's insufferable. Used to just make a load of alluding statements about Sky in his early videos for views.

    He was on some ITV preview show. He was dull as anything. They haven't used him since.
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  • m.r.m.m.r.m. Posts: 2,007
    edited 4 September
    While that may all be the case I find the analysis decent enough with the Belgian co-host. The move podcast is getting rather mediocre because Armstrong doesn't even pretend to care anymore. The podcast would probably be better focusing on Hincapie and Bryuneel. Bruyneel's podcast on the same channel is better.

    The amount of advertising minutes on The Move is rather grating at times as well.

    For me it's currently:
    1. Lanterne Rouge
    2. The Move preview Bruyneel podcast
    3. The Move Armstrong
    4. Rest

    I wish Cosmo Catalano did more in the format. His 'How the race was won' videos are still the gold standard.
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  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 24,086
    m.r.m. said:

    While that may all be the case I find the analysis decent enough with the Belgian co-host. The move podcast is getting rather mediocre because Armstrong doesn't even pretend to care anymore. The podcast would probably be better focusing on Hincapie and Bryuneel. Bruyneel's podcast on the same channel is better.

    The amount of advertising minutes on The Move is rather grating at times as well.

    I was including Bruyneel's one as part of the same podcast. The adverts are OK. They're at the beginning so easy to scroll past.
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  • m.r.m.m.r.m. Posts: 2,007
    Ok that is true.
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  • DeadCalmDeadCalm Posts: 3,676
    RichN95. said:

    m.r.m. said:

    While that may all be the case I find the analysis decent enough with the Belgian co-host. The move podcast is getting rather mediocre because Armstrong doesn't even pretend to care anymore. The podcast would probably be better focusing on Hincapie and Bryuneel. Bruyneel's podcast on the same channel is better.

    The amount of advertising minutes on The Move is rather grating at times as well.

    I was including Bruyneel's one as part of the same podcast. The adverts are OK. They're at the beginning so easy to scroll past.
    The Bruyneel one is very good. The Armstrong one is okay but suffers from a surfeit of Armstrong.
    I'd not heard of the Lanterne Rouge podcast before, but a quick 10 minute listen to yesterday's episode suggests that it may be worth checking out.
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  • 50x1150x11 Posts: 280
    RichN95. said:

    50x11 said:

    m.r.m. said:

    RichN95. said:

    The Move is the best English language Tour de France podcast

    No longer true. The Lanterne Rouge podcast has overtaken it imho.
    Is that the same guy who runs the Youtube channel of the same name? He's insufferable. Used to just make a load of alluding statements about Sky in his early videos for views.

    He was on some ITV preview show. He was dull as anything. They haven't used him since.
    Yeah he's poor and often does his videos months down the line when he's had time to read everything that's been written/watch others videos. May not be the case now if he's more active.
  • jimmyjamsjimmyjams Posts: 151
    Based on some I've read above early on, I think I'm on firm (unpopular) ground claiming LBL is actually the best classic.

    Reminded of him from Blazing Saddles Stage 8 preview, I'd claim that Virenque was actually good. In the same way RichN95 has suggested Armstrong (without doping) would still have won some Tours, I think Virenque would have still won many KOMs.

    There is too much differentiation for points on climbs, the cat 3 and 4 climbs should be upgraded to cat 2.

    A combination jersey should be introduced (like some races had in the past) – although I suspect this may not be that unpopular.
  • Kauto5Kauto5 Posts: 55
    On the podcast theme, Chris Horner has started putting a few post stage thoughts on YouTube which have been worth a listen.
  • RichN95. said:

    50x11 said:

    m.r.m. said:

    RichN95. said:

    The Move is the best English language Tour de France podcast

    No longer true. The Lanterne Rouge podcast has overtaken it imho.
    Is that the same guy who runs the Youtube channel of the same name? He's insufferable. Used to just make a load of alluding statements about Sky in his early videos for views.

    He was on some ITV preview show. He was dull as anything. They haven't used him since.
    My favourite part was when they were all laughing at some David Millar quip and he was sat there stoney faced.

    His insight is generally quite good, and he finds videos from obscure races, but his delivery is so ridiculously monotone it's off putting
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  • DeVlaeminckDeVlaeminck Posts: 6,148
    Have we had this one yet ? The Tour should scrap the yellow jersey.

    Scrap it and until a genuine GC contender gets established in the lead nobody has such an incentive to control the race just to keep "the jersey" - and that makes the racing less predictable which is generally seen as a good thing.
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  • ProssPross Posts: 24,271
    Eh? You'll still have a race leader whether they have a special jumper or not and having a once in a lifetime chance to wear it livens up the early stages.
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 10,951
    Which young riders have won a GT recently? Bernal and Carapaz?
  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 15,506
    There's absolutely nothing wrong with the Green Jersey competition
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  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 9,037
    Pross said:

    Eh? You'll still have a race leader whether they have a special jumper or not and having a once in a lifetime chance to wear it livens up the early stages.

    But. People race to "keep the yellow jersey" for another stage even when they have absolutely zero chance if holding it to Paris. This is silly.
  • DeVlaeminckDeVlaeminck Posts: 6,148
    edited 12 September
    Pross said:

    Eh? You'll still have a race leader whether they have a special jumper or not and having a once in a lifetime chance to wear it livens up the early stages.

    Yeah but the jersey makes an early race lead a goal in itself - if a GC no hoper holds the jersey for a week that can make the Tour for a lot of teams - even though they know they can't win in the end.

    If a 2:15 marathon runner sprints off for the first 5k before dying in their censored nobody would say they had a great race.

    Edit : or what Bob said
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  • webboowebboo Posts: 2,892
    But a 2:15 marathon runner is competing for 2:15 not 3 weeks.
  • Pross said:

    Eh? You'll still have a race leader whether they have a special jumper or not and having a once in a lifetime chance to wear it livens up the early stages.

    Yeah but the jersey makes an early race lead a goal in itself - if a GC no hoper holds the jersey for a week that can make the Tour for a lot of teams - even though they know they can't win in the end.

    If a 2:15 marathon runner sprints off for the first 5k before dying in their censored nobody would say they had a great race.

    Edit : or what Bob said
    That's not the comparison though, is it? It's twenty-one marathons back to back, with the accumulated time at the end determining the winner. Someone completing the first one, two or three races is still having a great race at that point in time, even if - in fact particularly if - they're not expected to still be there at the end.

    Anyway, you can't just declare the yellow jersey doesn't exist. The Lanterne Rouge has never been an official competition, and has even been deliberately suppressed in the past by kicking off the slowest rider each day. That hasn't stopped people actively racing for it.
  • ProssPross Posts: 24,271

    Pross said:

    Eh? You'll still have a race leader whether they have a special jumper or not and having a once in a lifetime chance to wear it livens up the early stages.

    But. People race to "keep the yellow jersey" for another stage even when they have absolutely zero chance if holding it to Paris. This is silly.
    But that's just shorthand for holding the race lead so I don't see taking away the visual representation would be any different.

    You would also have to take away the other jerseys by that rationale. It makes even less sense classifying a bridge on an otherwise pan flat stage as a climb in the King of the Mountains competition just to get a few suicide attacks up the road.
  • salsiccia1salsiccia1 Posts: 3,520

    There's absolutely nothing wrong with the Green Jersey competition

    I'd like to see the green jersey changed so every stage gave the same points, and stop it being the "sprinters' jersey", and maybe introduce a real sprinters competition for points mid-stage (like currently) and points at the end of just the flat stages.
    It's only a bit of sport, Mun. Relax and enjoy the racing.
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 9,037

    Pross said:

    Eh? You'll still have a race leader whether they have a special jumper or not and having a once in a lifetime chance to wear it livens up the early stages.

    Yeah but the jersey makes an early race lead a goal in itself - if a GC no hoper holds the jersey for a week that can make the Tour for a lot of teams - even though they know they can't win in the end.

    If a 2:15 marathon runner sprints off for the first 5k before dying in their censored nobody would say they had a great race.

    Edit : or what Bob said
    That's not the comparison though, is it? It's twenty-one marathons back to back, with the accumulated time at the end determining the winner. Someone completing the first one, two or three races is still having a great race at that point in time, even if - in fact particularly if - they're not expected to still be there at the end.

    Anyway, you can't just declare the yellow jersey doesn't exist. The Lanterne Rouge has never been an official competition, and has even been deliberately suppressed in the past by kicking off the slowest rider each day. That hasn't stopped people actively racing for it.
    But you're talking about stage wins - which would still exist! You can win 3 stages and have a great race without doing loads of weird perverse sh!t to try and maintain something which you never really had.

    We all know the "leader in the clubhouse" concept - that is much more relevant than someone clinging to the yellow jersey who's 85 kilos and we all know won't last past the first hill.
  • ProssPross Posts: 24,271

    Have we had this one yet ? The Tour should scrap the yellow jersey.

    Scrap it and until a genuine GC contender gets established in the lead nobody has such an incentive to control the race just to keep "the jersey" - and that makes the racing less predictable which is generally seen as a good thing.

    Another flaw in this is when would you consider someone a "genuine contender"? We could have had most on the 1990 Tour without a yellow jersey and up until Stage 19 in both 2011 and 2019. In 1991 would it have been awarded to Lemond then stopped again when Delgado's domestique took it over and held it until the end?

  • But you're talking about stage wins - which would still exist! You can win 3 stages and have a great race without doing loads of weird perverse sh!t to try and maintain something which you never really had.

    No, I'm not. Someone who has the best time in three consecutive marathons despite coming second in all of them is having a heck of a run if you were expecting him to come 123rd. No stage wins required, and that situation is very different to the hypothetical marathon runner sprinting a few km and then blowing up - the cycling equivalent of that is the guys going out in the break, and as cycling doesn't currently insist that the leader in the break pulls over to change jerseys we can discount it as a comparison.
  • Also the contention that "it's silly" holds no water. Sport itself is silly. The Tour frequently ends up less than a couple of hundred miles from where it started. Cycling 3,800km to get there is just nuts. Get the bus to Paris instead, you fools.

    Any appeal to rationality in sport - especially cycling - is doomed to failure. There - now that's a properly unpopular opinion. :D
  • So, since Oscar Pereiro was not considered to be a genuine GC contender, he would never have got to wear the yellow jersey.

    Or have I got this idea wrong?
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 50,728 Lives Here
    I’m sort of coming around to the idea that maybe Armstrong was net good for cycling
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 10,951
    This forum spends far too much time talking about Sky/Ineos
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