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The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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Great OP! Everything's coming up Mulhouse.

I don't know who I'm going to be barracking for this time around so I'll probably be all Anyone But Froome. Nibali, maybe.

Also worth watching for: OGE's gimmick (aside from wedging buses and winning the first week's plaudits before buggering off.)

It appears I've got the day off after the queen stage so I'm happy about that.

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The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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I love Jensie.
http://www.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentra...voigt-interview

I kind of hope he goes into commentary or something after he's finally done racing.

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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Dirk Pitt posted:

Yeah. I remember stage 18 last year when they had to climb Alpe d'Huez twice. That was a loving stage. There was early coverage in USA for that stage.
Ha yeah. And the road behind the summit was almost a goat track. It's the sort of thing they'd only do for very special occasions, like the centenary last year.

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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I think it came when they increased the number of intermediate sprints or something.

Didn't the Giro have an extra points competition (not to be confused with the combination) which was basically based on stage finishes only or something? (It doesn't anymore as far as I know.)

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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I think there's concessions if the temperature's over a certain point like 30°. Don't know what the letter of the law is though.

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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Kittel doesn't need a green jersey to let everyone know he's the best sprinter.

His hair does that.

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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Silver was good enough for BMC to get Dennis a transfer from Garmin Sharp!

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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Skarsnik posted:

Well, until Africa gets around to producing bike riders
Cycling is pretty big in Eritrea for some reason. I thought Daniel Teklehaymanot was some weird anomaly but I have been informed there's quite a decent grassroots thing happening there.

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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Bottom right. Maybe it won't look so bad when they're on the bikes.

FDJ is also a bit hard to take, although that's just the white I think.

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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Heinrich Haussler (IAM) won the Australian road race championship. Caleb Ewan 2nd, made a nice move on the last climb about 10km out but Haussler hauled him in at the final sprint. I'm not sure what OGE's plans for him this year but I guess we might see him in a few classics to learn the ropes since he's still pretty young. (Gerrans was out injured after he buggered his shoulder before Xmas.)

Porte the national TT champion.

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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Pretty happy about MTN-Qubekha getting the invite at least.

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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MTN usually get a few invites in the calendar, Ciolek won the MSR a couple of years back during those insanely cold conditions. They also have Matty Goss and Daniel Teklehaymanot who is a pretty useful domestique.

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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It was mainly an Aussie-fest.

Rohan Dennis won it by 2s from Roomie (although Froome nearly caught him by winning the Old Willunga stage by 9s or something).

Cuddles' last race is actually next weekend in his own one-day event (it basically covers Geelong, Torquay and his hometown Barwon Heads). It's a UCI 1.1 tour event, I think the idea is to establish it so it attracts one-day specialists and give teams another reason to hang around after the TDU.

The Herald-Sun Tour's run February 4-8. Similar courses to last year. A prologue and four stages about 120-150km around Melbourne. Arthur's Seat is the last stage and is quite a steep hill.

I think there's the Tours of Qatar and Oman later in the month.

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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vikingstrike posted:

Porte not Froome.
Oh poo poo yeah. They all look the same in those Darth Vader suits anyway.

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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Interesting race to watch, anyway, a few world teams mixing with locals (which are usually used to limited traffic control). I'm not sure this is the exact same route as the Worlds a few years back but the final circuit has an interesting profile.

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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That one lane bridge is a bit but generally I liked the course.

I think the intent was to make the parcours resemble a good classic; there's a bit of debate about whether to push to make it a World Tour event (it's currently UCI 1.1) but the niche it's in isn't a bad one, you'll get a few World teams showing up for it since it sits neatly between the TDU and the Herald-Sun Tour but it also gives a good opportunity for continental and NRS teams to get some time in the spotlight as well.

A broader issue is whether the Australian schedule is too early in the year for the major teams. The TDU is when it is because it's usually the last week of the Australian school holidays, which makes things a bit easier for travelling fans and traffic arrangements, but usually it's stupidly loving hot here in January (this year has been fairly unusual in that it wasn't so), so there's a bit of a dilemma about weighing up about moving things later so it's closer to the European spring classics.

The Deadly Hume fucked around with this message at Feb 2, 2015 around 07:15

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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When's Wiggins scheduled for his hour attempt?

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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serious gaylord posted:

Tony Martin is the guy I want to see do it. He's metronomic and knows how to suffer.
Agreed here. I sort of dig everyone having a go at the record (I'd really like to see how Cancellara would go as well) but at some point you want someone to set a proper benchmark with the new rules and Martin would be the guy to do it.

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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Look, if doping was good enough for Eddy Merckx...

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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Cat Terrist posted:

The report is amazing - and to think cycling is doing probbaly more than any sport to get rid of doping. Can you imagine how bad it is in less regulated sports?
*side-eyes tennis*

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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Loving Africa Chaps posted:

Yeah but he's just fallen off going round a pretty unremarkable corner during a classic and is now having a wobble up some cobbles

Need to sprint home so I don't miss the koppernberg
Never quite got the hang of it, really.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pt5h-rnsF6I

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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TV coverage has just started here and they're doing a montage of all the stacks from the spring so far oh jaysus.

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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24 hours until COBBLEZ.

I'm probably going to hate myself on Monday because I'll probably get in only five hours of sleep (finish here is usually about 1am) but COBBLEZ. And the velodrome. And people getting hurt.

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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Aru's alright but basically I have an asterisk against the Astana team. Can't really barrack for Porte while he's a Skybot, which leaves Contador.

Pocket posted:

IMO Sagan should spend more time winning than trying to ruin others' celebrations.
He's just making sure he's got his hands where everyone can see them.

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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Tyler Hamilton managed to ride for two weeks on the Tour with a broken collarbone (and tonnes of EPO), I'm sure Contador will be fine.

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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Alternatively everyone lets Porte win the next stage by exactly 2 minutes. Have the peleton pull up just short of the line, let Richie go ahead, and then watch the timeclock.

I'm not a huge fan of Sky but this is pretty dumb, especially since Porte lost a heap of time already.

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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BMC is an American (registered) team with a Swiss brand and an Belgian culture. Huh.

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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Fair enough too. Never cross a picket line!

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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goatface posted:

You could be a beefy track sprinter type.
It'd be funny seeing Greipel stand next to Froome, for instance. Put one of the short jockey types like Gerrans next to them to complete the look.

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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It's flat but it looks pretty breezy so echelons galore, I hope.

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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Box Hill Strangler posted:

never fails to surprise me how 'professional' gc riders ALWAYS lose dumb time in crosswinds. without fail. the only other common theme is that it never happens to bert. he didnt get caught out in that belkin v movistar handbag slapfight in 13, and im pretty sure he caused the breaks/loses in that stage in 09(?)
Yeah, I think he's had tended to have a team organised enough to make sure he didn't get into any tight spots or leave his dick weaving in the breeze. I mean, you look at the weather forecast and the course, you KNOW echelons are going to be a thing at some point. Movistar should have known better.

Not to mention that if you get a chance to put some pain on GC rivals early in a race you take it.

Anyway it was a fun stage for a flat one. Lots to see off the road, big long drag for the final sprint - which is where I think Cav got unstuck, Renshaw just ran out of juice and bailed on the lead-out too early and left it right open for someone with trunk legs like Greipel to take the honours.

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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Just-In-Timeberlake posted:

wtf was that cable riding pedal thing?
Powerline maintenance workers, I think.

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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Well Teklehaimanot will have the KOM jersey, that's pretty cool.

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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Martin looks pretty crook.

I'm trying to remember the other recent Tour where there were shitloads of crashes in the first week, wasn't it 2008?

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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Gibbo posted:

2012 had that nuts 45 man pileup at 55km h pretty early. By the end of the first week something like 35 guys were dns
Yeah, this is probably the one I was thinking of. Had trouble recalling it because it was the year of the WIGGO.

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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I didn't mind that. I mean, yeah, Cav is a little prickly at times but it'd be sad if he just faded away.

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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dema posted:

Luca Paolini busted for coke and out of the tour.

Hah! Least shocking news ever.
That's a bit old school. Didn't some riders dabble in cocaine in the 60s as a performance enhancer until they worked out speed was more effective?

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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Who is lined up to contend for the Vuelta, anyway? Hopefully not any weird looking bald 40-somethings.

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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gabensraum posted:

I don't know how interested you all are in track cycling, but I have to share this with someone who might enjoy it. I grew up hearing about how Danny Clark won my home-town's annual marquee event from scratch after being half a lap behind at the bell. I always presumed it was exaggerated and have looked for the footage for years and it has recently been put on youtube. Also in the race is Bradley Wiggins' father, Gary.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnPp31peaYU
I think I probably got interested in track cycling first because of the Olympics, I mean things like the sprint or the team pursuit are pretty fun to watch.

They also had a sports carnival like Burnie's in my town, so you had cycling on the outside of the cricket oval, running in the middle, with straight sprint track as well as the long distance on the perimeter, AND they also had woodchopping. They later removed the cycle track and put in a proper velodrome next to the oval but it just wasn't the same after that.

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The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

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Xir posted:

Watching two people creep around the ring and then go balls out is both confusing and counterintuitive. Not a good combination if you want the general public to appreciate your sport.
Eh, I like it, it's like a poker game on wheels.

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