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  • Chaos and sadness at Tour de France

    The morning of stage 19, day two in the Alps, promised to be epic. Well, it was epic but not on a sporting level. With the shocking abandon of Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), arguably the best climber in the race, the most open and exciting Tour in decades slammed shut. By the end of the day, the Tour had shifted back [...]

  • Alps GC cage match: who will win the Tour de France?

    First, a word of thanks to Chris Froome for crashing out on a recon of the Criterium du Dauphine. We wish you a speedy and full recovery but boy has this opened up a conservative and predictable race. Second, thanks Tour de France route planners who kept the action coming and gave plenty of riders -- that's you, Monsieur Alaphilippe [...]

  • Thoughts on the Tour’s Prat d’Albis stage

    First observation: What an amazing Tour de France so far. Experts who have followed Le Tour for ages say it's the best since 1989. That's thirty years, mes amis. We have something wild and unpredictable that could very well go down to the final day in the Alps. Wowza. There is something seriously wrong with Movistar team management or Nairo [...]

Chaos and sadness at Tour de France

The morning of stage 19, day two in the Alps, promised to be epic. Well, it was epic but not on a sporting level. With the shocking abandon of Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), arguably the best climber in the race, the most open and exciting Tour in decades slammed shut. By the end of the day, the Tour had shifted back [...]

July 26th, 2019|

Alps GC cage match: who will win the Tour de France?

First, a word of thanks to Chris Froome for crashing out on a recon of the Criterium du Dauphine. We wish you a speedy and full recovery but boy has this opened up a conservative and predictable race. Second, thanks Tour de France route planners who kept the action coming and gave plenty of riders -- that's you, Monsieur Alaphilippe [...]

July 24th, 2019|

Thoughts on the Tour’s Prat d’Albis stage

First observation: What an amazing Tour de France so far. Experts who have followed Le Tour for ages say it's the best since 1989. That's thirty years, mes amis. We have something wild and unpredictable that could very well go down to the final day in the Alps. Wowza. There is something seriously wrong with Movistar team management or Nairo [...]

July 21st, 2019|

GC destruction on Tourmalet as Pinot soars to victory

BOOM, went Romain Bardet, BOOM, Adam Yates and BOOM, Nairo Quintana. There was destruction all over the slopes of the fearsome Tourmalet as the Tour de France had its first big summit finish in the Pyrenees. Poor Romain Bardet (AG2R) had another jours sans and really, it's been a Tour sans for the diminutive French climber who has been on [...]

July 20th, 2019|

Simon Yates. Climber impersonates sprinter for Tour victory

Simon Yates is well-known as a top climber in the pro peloton. On today's Tour de France stage to Bagnères-de-Bigorre, he also proved he can play the role of sprinter. The Mitchelton-Scott rider used his legs and his head to outwit breakaway companions Pello Bilbao (Astana Pro Team) and Gregor Mühlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) in the race to the finish line. You'd [...]

July 18th, 2019|

Tour de france rest day ruminations

The Massif Central, the middle mountains, have had a massive effect on the Tour de France GC standings. The three stages that ran a diagonal line right to left, angling North to South, have severely dented the podium chances of Thibaut Pinot (Groupama FDJ), Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First) and pretty much killed the hopes of Mr. Hard Luck, Richie [...]

July 16th, 2019|
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