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The 2021 Tour de France thread (spoilers!)
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Cosmic Kid

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06/22/2021 09:54 AM
And so it begins......
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Cosmic Kid

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06/22/2021 09:57 AM
My podium:

Pog
Carapaz
Maybe Lopez?

Green:
Sagan

Mountains:
Who knows...some GC favorite who needs to redeem himself.

Rog crashes out in the first week. Thomas flops in the mountains. MvP takes an early yellow jersey (not much of a prediction...first two days are perfect for him and he wants yellow to honor Poulidor).
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
huckleberry

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06/22/2021 01:15 PM
Just to mix it up... although I have a feeling that Pogacar will take it again.

Roglic
Pogacar
Thomas

Sagan

Pogacar

Orange Crush

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06/22/2021 02:59 PM
Roglic (can TT and climb)
Thomas (TT on par w Roglic but not as good in mountains)
Pogacar (only 3rd in TT nationals may be a bit forthtelling)

The other jerseys don't matter.

van Aert or JA may snatch that early yellow from MVDP. Wout on hot form in nationals, Matje not so much. Oh and I saw a local guy mentioned who lives next to Mur de Bretagne and who is good at this terrain (forget his name). Too tough too call.
Orange Crush

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06/24/2021 12:37 PM
Posted By Cosmic Kid on 06/22/2021 09:57 AM
and he wants yellow to honor Poulidor).


Some nice photos posted today under the #mercipoupou hashtag on the insta. Looks like AF may be riding with vintage inspired purple/yellow jerseys. Oh and a nice vintage Peugeot; hope they don't use that one as support vehicle. Or maybe they should... https://sporza.be/nl/2021/06/24/alpecin-fenix-eert-raymond-poulidor-met-uniek-shirt-merci-poupou~1624553379433/
Cosmic Kid

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06/24/2021 02:16 PM
A-F knocked the ball out of the park with those kits....UNTIL THEY SAID THEY WERE FOR TEAM PRESENTATION ONLY!!

Seriously...WTF? pay the damn UCI fine and rock those things for at least the first weekend!!

Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Dale

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06/25/2021 01:34 PM
If it wasn’t 20 euros to ship a 30 euro tee shirt I’d get one in black… maybe a jersey as well. Those are sweet! Totally agree, pay the fine and roll out in those kits. Super Mario garnered way more publicity than his team paid in fines.
79pmooney

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06/25/2021 08:16 PM
Posted By Cosmic Kid on 06/24/2021 02:16 PM
A-F knocked the ball out of the park with those kits....UNTIL THEY SAID THEY WERE FOR TEAM PRESENTATION ONLY!!

Seriously...WTF? pay the damn UCI fine and rock those things for at least the first weekend!!



Saw that and agree completely!  The first photo of CyclingNews' story of Van der Poel sitti on the Peugeot hood - wow!  He looks like a young/future true hard man in the honored tradition.

https://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/6mp5PCojdLrRvzHHKi43AP-970-80.jpg.webp  (Have no idea how to deal with the .jpg.webp)
longslowdistance

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06/25/2021 09:41 PM
Great fun to feel the retro vibe here. Those riders need some Vit. D supplements, just sayin. And this old codger can see the difference between wool and lycra. My loss, I guess. Let them race and have some fun!
longslowdistance

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06/25/2021 09:51 PM
Great fun to feel the retro vibe here. Those so pale riders need some Vit. D supplements, just sayin. Or if you are a medical history nerd like me look to 1918, Also this old codger can see the difference between wool and lycra, perhaps my loss. Whatever, let them race and sell some tickets, as we all know this is legit race and at the same time least as much a show.
Cosmic Kid

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06/26/2021 06:52 AM
Alpecin-Fenix asked for and received permission to wear the new kit in the race…excellent.

Peacock has the commercial-free feed…and also an Uncle Phil / Bobke-free feed as well!!
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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06/26/2021 09:27 AM
Crazy crash due to idiotic supporter, welcome to tour.
Cosmic Kid

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06/26/2021 10:16 AM
Great win for Allaphillipe…I always thought that final climb was going to be a bit too much for MVP.
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Dale

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06/26/2021 11:00 AM
Surprised there were only three DNF. I wonder if they’ll be a few DNS tomorrow. Those were a couple of nasty pileups.

A well earned win by JA, he was set up nicely and drilled it.
Orange Crush

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06/26/2021 12:14 PM
Posted By Cosmic Kid on 06/26/2021 10:16 AM
Great win for Allaphillipe…I always thought that final climb was going to be a bit too much for MVP.


VDP himself rated it as too hard earlier this week and tomorrow is even more difficult. His eyes supposedly are on some stages later this week.
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