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Last Post 05/30/2017 07:14 AM by Cosmic Kid. 83 Replies.
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79pmooney

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05/04/2017 08:11 PM
Nick, once you get used to hockey skates, figure skates are dangerous! Those teeth up front? Kinda like having an auto-lock front brake on your bike.

Hockey skates go have the feature of rocker, the curvature of the blade. It runs the whole length whereas figure skated get progressively flatter at the back. All about turning really tight turns and stopping fast. (My dad used hockey skates to skate-sail on large ponds. He had the rocker taken out when they were sharpened to be more stable at very high speeds. He got clocked on police radar at 60 once. You would have found his skates a lot less exciting than standard hockey skates.)

Ben
79pmooney

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05/05/2017 03:56 PM
Oops! (Spoiler) The best laid plans of mice and men. Someone unhitched the lead out train. Everybody got dropped. The best day of his life for one rider and a lot of other sprinters and teams hanging their heads.

Good thing - day one was virtually crash free on a windy day.
Nick A

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05/06/2017 09:06 AM
Spoilage 2.0 below:






I just love, love, love, whenever the solo flyer works. I wish something other than Le Tour got a little more TV time in stati uniti.

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Cosmic Kid

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05/08/2017 08:38 AM
Crap....a rest day already?!?!?!

Yeah, I know they ahd to transfer off Sardinia, but I am realy looking forward to Mt. Etna....
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Dale

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05/08/2017 09:23 AM
Tuesday it's going to blow apart but I don't see why the transfer day has to be a rest day. Couldn't they swim to the mainland and count that time for the GC?
Spud

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05/08/2017 09:43 AM
That was a great finish yesterday. Dale, thought of how much you would have enjoyed riding in THAT wind :-) Kind of a let down, not seeing Brambi this year. I am looking forward to his first Tour de France, in July.
Cosmic Kid

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05/08/2017 10:05 AM
I only saw the highlights (was suffering through a 15 mile run while the stage was going on), but DAYUM that was some serious wind!!
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Dale

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05/08/2017 10:13 AM
Looked like a spring classic with the echelons forming! QS had the numbers in that break, didn't they?
79pmooney

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05/08/2017 11:38 AM
I love Quick Step. They race. Everybody knew the race was about to blow apart. They blew it apart. Everyone else reacted. (And even on the reaction side, QS did far better than all the rest of the peloton. Jungel's move was completely unscripted. 2 other QS riders were right there. Everybody else that got on did it as a reaction. 4 QS riders and 3 from the rest of the peloton.

So: 9 riders/team, a peloton of 190 (not including QS). Peloton gets 1 in 63 into the break. Of the 6 QS taken by surprise, 4 of them made it.

Jungel just moved up a bunch in my book.

Ben
Dale

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05/08/2017 12:47 PM
I think QS benefits from being a classics team that knows what to do on hard windy days.
79pmooney

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05/08/2017 01:13 PM
Oh yeah! Even though there are few of the classics guys on this squad, it is in Peeter's blood and it rubs off. Doesn't hurt that a one of the classics guys set some a great example not long ago. (Gilbert.)

Ben
Spud

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05/09/2017 08:41 AM
Hope we get to see some fireworks on the climb today.
Nick A

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05/09/2017 09:58 AM
I hope none of the buses fall off a ferry.
Cosmic Kid

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05/09/2017 10:20 AM
That was a bit of a snoozer....
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Spud

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05/09/2017 10:27 AM
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