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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
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Location: Portland, OR

7/6/19 2:00 PM

TDF [no spoiler]

Phil/Bobke? I like it...


Bobke gaff: mixed Hats Off and Asset = Ass Off

LOL


>>So opinions of the Liggett/Roll dynamic???


Cofidis Kuota group?? RD pulleys are huge!

Some googling: Campagnolo Super Record EPS with CeramicSpeed OSPW system??

Not just campy apparently.

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Sparky
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7/7/19 5:26 PM

OK, I gotta ask. 2019 TTT 4 rider across line ?? Not seen UCI rule change about this?


Did on the other hand see a few other UCI rule changes for 2019. The most interesting of which pertains to woman's World tour team riders. Maternity and minimum wage rules, about time...

Now that a lot of them won't have to be barista'a while training, there are likely to get faster even yet. ;)

https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/racing/11-changes-uci-rules-regulations-need-know-2019-season-397543

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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
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Location: Nashua, NH

7/7/19 7:14 PM

They probably changed the rule last year when they reduced the team size from 9 to 8.

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Sparky
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7/7/19 7:25 PM

Wasn't the Giro TTT in May 5x/line.

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Brian Nystrom
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7/7/19 7:35 PM

I don't know and really didn't think about it at the time.

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PLee
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Location: Brooklyn, NY

7/10/19 11:20 AM

Good stage 5 today, but stage 6 tomorrow will be a killer. 157 km packed with 5 climbs with an uphill finish including some 20% sections at the end.

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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
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Location: Nashua, NH

7/11/19 8:15 AM

Which NBC Sports option are you watching?

For those of you watching through NBC Sports Gold, which coverage option are you watching?

At first, I didn't realize that there were two options and had been watching the "ad-free" coverage with Matthew Keenan and Robbie McEwen. Today, I started watching Phil & Bob and while I like the job that the NBC Sports team does, the constant commercials were really irritating and I switched back.

What say all of you?

EDIT: I switched back to NBC Sports once they got to the no-commercial point.

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Kramer
Joined: 12 Jan 2004
Posts: 111
Location: Richmond, VA

7/11/19 10:14 AM

Prefer the AD-free feed too

I'm with you, too much fluff and commercials on the NBC coverage.

The AD-free has been my choice for 3 years.

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PLee
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Location: Brooklyn, NY

7/11/19 10:28 AM

Stage 6

Now THAT's racing!

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henoch
Joined: 12 Jan 2004
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7/11/19 11:52 AM

Man that last K was nuts

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Sparky
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7/11/19 5:50 PM

Needed a steeper lead up to the line. ;0

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PLee
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7/12/19 6:48 AM

And it looks to me like the leaders weren't even close to using their biggest cog! What animals.

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Sparky
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7/12/19 7:27 AM

And a 230KM stage today instead of a rest day too. ;)

No rest until 16th

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henoch
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7/12/19 7:52 AM

I think today the peloton will be taking it easy and let a break get away.
So they might have a defecto "rest day"

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henoch
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7/12/19 9:17 AM

Looks like I will be wrong

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Sparky
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7/14/19 11:39 AM

So no comment regarding the Bobke/Phil dynamic?

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Brian Nystrom
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7/14/19 12:08 PM

They seem to be doing fine, based on what I've seen. Was there something I missed?

Stage 8 yesterday was a somewhat boring stage with an awesome outcome. Couldn't have been better!

Stage 9 today was somewhat of a snoozefest ending with an exciting finish that saved the day.

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Sparky
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7/14/19 12:16 PM

So much for Van Garderen's TDF...

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Brian Nystrom
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7/14/19 1:49 PM

Yeah, it's too bad, but crashes happen. He seems like a really great guy and you gotta' root for him, but frankly, I think he should give up on Grand Tours and concentrate on races that he could actually win, unless he's willing to be a GT domestique. He hit the peak of his GT prowess years ago and hasn't been the same since. It happens to a lot of riders, like Fabio Aru for example. Sometimes they just have a short window where they're at their peak and once it's passed, they're done and it's time to change focus.

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dan emery
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
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Location: Maine

7/14/19 3:06 PM

Tejay

I have not followed his career at all, but when I did the Dempsey Challenge 2 day with Jens a few years ago, at a dinner presentation someone asked him about Tejay’s tour prospects. Jens immediately said Tejay was very good, but couldn’t get through a Tour without a bad day or two. Of course, that puts him in very good company, and it was obvious Jens liked and respected Tejay. Ask Jens a question, you get an answer....

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Pino
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
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Location: Apeldoorn - The Netherlands

7/16/19 11:26 AM

Unfortunately, the issue with TJ van Garderen and Richie Porte seems to be that the question is not if they're going to crash, but when.

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Sparky
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7/16/19 11:51 AM

Don't forget to put Froome on that list...

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Pino
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7/16/19 2:58 PM

Froome managed to get through several Grand Tours without major incidents.

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henoch
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7/16/19 8:59 PM

Seriously your comparing TJ. to Froome? This is so far from reality I don't even know where to begin

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Sparky
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7/16/19 9:20 PM

"Froome managed to get through several Grand Tours without major incidents."

As one of the most protected riders with huge budget for protection, no?

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