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The 2021 Tour de France thread (spoilers!)
Last Post 07/21/2021 10:56 AM by Orange Crush. 156 Replies.
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zootracer

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06/28/2021 11:00 AM
Rumor has it that the French are debating about changing the title of "The Tour De France" to "Derby De Demolition".
79pmooney

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06/28/2021 01:16 PM
The Tour de France. Brought to you by the inventors of the guillotine and promoters of jousting.
longslowdistance

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06/28/2021 01:55 PM
Ewan taking down Sagan was a big gift to Alaphillipe’s green jersey run.
6ix

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06/28/2021 03:20 PM
In all seriousness, when do you think key sprinters will start strapping on some G-Form body armor before the final 20km when it's expected to end in a sprint finish?

It's not really a bad idea. For those not taking part in the potential carnage, just soft-pedal in the final 3 or 5km. Stay out of trouble.

Can't imagine how much skin Caleb lost during that LONG slide. Ugh.
Cosmic Kid

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06/28/2021 04:25 PM
Can't imagine how much skin Caleb lost during that LONG slide. Ugh.


Looks like he had a base layer on, which helped reduce the road rash he got....but it is still pretty damn nasty. But based on that slide, I was expecting much worse.

Unfortunately, the GC is almost all but done now....no way Rog can make up a minute on Pog, especially given how he landed on his ass. Carapaz can't TT with the likes of Pog and can't drop him in the mountains.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Cosmic Kid

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06/28/2021 04:27 PM
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
79pmooney

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06/28/2021 04:47 PM
Posted By Cosmic Kid on 06/28/2021 04:27 PM
Doesn't compute.  (I just see a broken link.)

Ewan - I wish him an acre of road rash.  (Less, like the lot of my domicile and some of it's gonna be very deep.)

zootracer

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06/28/2021 04:48 PM
What is the update on Ewan? It looked bad....
Orange Crush

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06/28/2021 04:57 PM
Posted By ed custer on 06/28/2021 04:48 PM
What is the update on Ewan? It looked bad....


Collarbone. Same for Gesink earlier.
mondonico

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06/28/2021 07:13 PM
I don't know how anyone can say this tour is over. Based on the first three days alone things could just hit the crapper again and again. There might be someone we never would thought of come to the front in a week or two.
79pmooney

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06/28/2021 07:17 PM
Posted By Orange Crush on 06/28/2021 04:57 PM
Posted By ed custer on 06/28/2021 04:48 PM
What is the update on Ewan? It looked bad....


Collarbone. Same for Gesink earlier.

Collarbone - no big deal.  (But better if you drive to your job and do office work.)  That said, it took me 4 to get my symmetry back.

Edit:  I see I"m the thread page turner.
Cosmic Kid

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06/29/2021 09:25 AM
Based on the first three days alone things could just hit the crapper again and again.


Sure, things could go pear-shaped for Pog....but it would have to be a crash or something catastrophic. Leaving that to the side, I don't see anyone coming close to him now.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
79pmooney

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06/29/2021 10:36 AM
Well, we got the feel good story today. Cav sitting on the road in tears after winning his 31st stage; after 5 years and thinking he was never seeing the Tour again. Now getting to benefit from one of the best teams ever at winning single day races and stages. Getting to benefit from stars lining up. (I don't know what's happening between Sam Bennett and Lefevre but its a blessing for Cav and he's stepped up to it.)

Best part (IMO): doing this as a fairly modest, likable guy. Who'd a thunk anyone would ever say that about Mark Cavendish?
Cosmic Kid

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06/29/2021 10:42 AM
I didn't rate Cav's chances for a stage win, so well done in him proving the doubters wrong.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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06/29/2021 11:06 AM
Instant karma for Cavendish. He made a point of stopping to check on Ewan yesterday before crossing the line. Major props for what seemed like an impossible comeback.
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