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mondonico

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07/22/2021 05:42 PM
My choices for winning in road race. Gold. Pogacar. He just wants to win every race he enters. Silver. WvA. Just to much climbing Bronze. Valverde. Don't know his secret is but it's working
Orange Crush

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07/22/2021 06:48 PM
For WVA he’s either of podium because climb at 40 to go is too hard or he wins it. I don’t see a middle ground of a lesser spot on podium. If he makes it over that steep climb it’s his to lose the run in to finish is perfect for him.

That’s my only prediction.

The whole event seems like a gong show of covid positives and premature abandons. Cycling seems to have been spared so far but plane Dumoulin was on had three people in isolation now.
longslowdistance

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07/23/2021 09:31 PM
Men’s RR has started! Was just checking for tv coverage before nodding off here us east coast. Should be a great race but alas will run very late, too late for me. Maybe not too early for Western Europe to enjoy the finale ? Respect the predictions by fellow forumites . My 2 cents is a Tour finisher will be too tired. I may eat this prediction for breakfast tomorrow, or not. Great chance for redemption by Roglic.
Orange Crush

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07/23/2021 09:37 PM
It should be about 4 am in Western Europe now will finish early morning for them.

Should finish 10 pm west coast time here but no functioning TV at moment.
longslowdistance

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07/23/2021 09:40 PM
Peacock has it.
Orange Crush

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07/23/2021 10:30 PM
Sounds like current lead group contains: Nic Dlamini (Zuid-Afriki), Michael Kurkle (Tsjechië), Polychronis Tzortzakis (Griekenland), Juraj Sagan (Slowakije), Eduard Grosu (Roemenië), Orluis Aular (Venezuela), Elchin Asadjov (Azerbeidjan) en Paul Daumont (Burkina Faso).

Early action lol. Still many hours to go and almost bedtime.
Dale

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07/24/2021 06:13 AM
Great finish.

The post race NBC commentators… painful!
“145 miles. How do the go to the bathroom?”
“Carapaz fresh off wining the Tour de France… no, (world salad here).”

I get that someone might be curious about the toilet habits of pro riders but that was just idiotic.
longslowdistance

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07/24/2021 07:43 AM
Some pretty good predictions here (not mine). Peacock will have the replay available beginning tomorrow 6am EDT.
79pmooney

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07/24/2021 09:41 AM
I saw the Sky/Ineos connection in force here and not for the good. Yes, Carapaz won and Kiatkowski did some real work, but the Great Britain part? GB had 4 riders I believe. Two crashed early in a 4 rider pileup. Geoghegan Hart and Thomas. Thomas dropped out later. I won't say that the GB riders caused the crash; I didn't see it but I was taught to always be aware of the riders around me and to put myself someplace else if here or the riders around me seemed shaky. Of course, for Ineos, this brings up a fundamental conflict. Their teammates are likely the most shaky!

When is Ineos going to hire that riding coach who will preach the mantra - you cannot win unless you finish. And to finish, keep the rubber down, shiny side up!
79pmooney

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07/24/2021 09:46 AM
And after the above rant - good job by Carapaz! Well earned gold.
Dale

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07/25/2021 09:59 AM
The women's race underscored the fact that racers don't seem to be as tactically savvy as they once were- too much reliance on someone screaming in their ear.
eurochien

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07/25/2021 10:43 AM
Posted By Dale Dale on 07/25/2021 09:59 AM
The women's race underscored the fact that racers don't seem to be as tactically savvy as they once were- too much reliance on someone screaming in their ear.


I agree, and I wish racing was still done this way, without the ear pieces, the "communication" from team directors and the technology. It reminds me of the Sydney Olympics where Hincapie told Armstrong the break was back when in fact Vinokourov, Ulrich and Klöden were up the road.
79pmooney

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07/25/2021 12:35 PM
The women's race! Great ride by Austrian Anna Kiesenhofer. But the Dutch - failure to count heads. Apparently Vos was the only one aware that Kiesenhofer was still away and she didn't mention this to her teammates, probably assuming they knew also. Vos was also doing WB duty. As the designated domestique, it wasn't her job to be counting the heads coming back from the break.

I find it fun to see the gold go to a true amateur in the spirit of the Olympics I grew up knowing.
longslowdistance

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07/25/2021 02:13 PM
Quite a story.
Orange Crush

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07/25/2021 07:53 PM
Major screwup not just by Dutch women but also organizers. Apparently the other Dutch women were going by gap shown on board which was gap to chase not leader. Only Vos checked in w coach on final pass of finish which is the old school way that perhaps only she is properly attuned to.
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