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Tour de France

Discussion in 'General Sports' started by Dernells Casket n Flagon, Jul 8, 2018.

  1. Dernells Casket n Flagon

    Dernells Casket n Flagon Member SoSH Member

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    This year's tour kicked off yesterday with a major controversy: Chris Froome who has won the last three tours and four out of the last five was reinstated after successfully challenging a ban for testing positive for Salbutamol, an allowed Asthma medication, but he was over twice the legal limit.

    He's being booed heavily along the course by fans so far. In perhaps a bit of karmic correction, he had a minor crash 5 km before the finish in the first stage and lost just over a minute.
     
  2. CheapSeats

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    Peter Sagan won Stage 5 today with a near-perfect sprint. The replay is a great watch. Easily (imo) the most enjoyable rider on the tour.

    In other news, American Lawson Craddock had a nasty crash in the first stage and broke his scapula in the process. He's decided to ride on, and pledged to donate $200 for every stage he finishes towards a local velodrome that was damaged during Hurricane Katrina. It's a little hard to watch him grind it out, but I can understand not wanting to go home after getting picked for a tour team.

    Tomorrow's profile is similar to today's, but with a tougher, steeper finish. Sagan could repeat, but will probably drop a bit on the second climb.
     
  3. Mr. Wednesday

    Mr. Wednesday Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Apparently it was a pretty good stage today. I can only read about it, because NBCSN doesn't seem to have had the usual primetime replay. Some MMA competition I've never heard of was on instead.
     
  4. CheapSeats

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    Cyclocosm put up a great "How the Race Was Won" video on the stage (click "no, please help!" if it doesn't play). The stage was good, even if it involved the inevitable Sky dominance.

    Quick hits for anyone curious (or for some inevitable HQ question):
    A bunch of sprinters have been dropped, making Peter Sagan the odds on favorite to win the green jersey.

    Geraint Thomas is in the yellow jersey, with Chris Froome 1:39 behind. As they're both on Sky, and Froome is the team leader this has lead to a fair amount of speculation about in-fighting, etc. There's a good chance that the most interesting thing about the GC in this tour will be two riders from the same time battling it out for the win (a situation Froome has been in before). Some people have observed Froome isn't at his peak after riding the Giro, but that may just be armchair riders.

    Lawson Craddock, the pride of Texas, still sits in last place but he has looked better over the past few days. He's 10 minutes off the next closest rider, so he continues to have the Lantern Rouge locked down, while also raising over $100k for his hometown Velodrome.
     
    #4 CheapSeats, Jul 21, 2018
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  5. Mr. Wednesday

    Mr. Wednesday Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Great video, thanks!

    Still highly annoyed with NBCSN, as they also forewent a primetime replay last night.
     

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