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longslowdistance

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06/02/2022 04:28 PM
Pre-Tour intrigue on cycling news that JV has not picked most support riders because supporting WvA for green is a priority. Sorry Sepp?
longslowdistance

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06/02/2022 04:38 PM
Primaz for yellow vs Wout for green.
Primaz for podium vs Wout for green.
I’d support Wout for the first goal given Roglic’s track record but the second is more a tossup. IF Roglic stays upright he’s likely for the podium.
Orange Crush

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06/06/2022 12:01 AM
It’s not so much about green versus yellow as it is about new hires (mostly classics guys) being possibly more useful or reliable support for either quest than the likes of Kruijswijk or Kuss. Dennis is odd though, he’s pretty versatile. Along lines of Kwiat being a great TdF support at Ineos.
Cosmic Kid

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06/06/2022 07:26 AM
In the end, it won’t matter..no one can touch Pog.

This is possibly gonna be the most anti-climatic tour in a generation.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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06/14/2022 11:22 AM
The fish guy is looking good. He may be able to hang with Pog in the mountains. Looking better than Roglic.

With the amount of climbing VDP is currently doing in training I sense he will try to take it to Wout for green. That would be a fine battle. Perhaps better than yellow.
Dale

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06/14/2022 11:38 AM
In other news it appear Sagan isn't as irrelevant as previous reported. Granted Tour de Suisse isn't Flanders but he beat a few fast finishers.

In more other news, according to Carl Strong in a recent podcast T.J Vangarteren will be on one of Carl's Pursuit frames this season. TJ got permission to use one of his former employers new carbon frames.
79pmooney

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06/14/2022 12:31 PM
Posted By Orange Crush on 06/14/2022 11:22 AM
The fish guy is looking good. He may be able to hang with Pog in the mountains. Looking better than Roglic.

With the amount of climbing VDP is currently doing in training I sense he will try to take it to Wout for green. That would be a fine battle. Perhaps better than yellow.

The fish guy?  Who's that?


Funny, I'm reading about "fish guys" that tried to look the part but weren't.  Germans on WW2 on trawlers that run fuel, torpedoes and food out to U-boats and report enemy activity.  The intelligence aspect backfired.  The Allies captured a few and grabbed enough code books and a code machine or two to swing the battle of the Atlantic.

Fish, intelligence, bike racing.   Yeah, it all makes sense.

Orange Crush

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06/14/2022 12:37 PM
The fish guy is Vingegaard. He was working at a fish market and part time racing until recently. JV headhunted him. Good find.
79pmooney

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06/14/2022 01:42 PM
I guessed Vingegaard but merely as a hunch. Didn't know about the fishmarket job. Thanks.
Cosmic Kid

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06/15/2022 12:37 PM
The fish guy is looking good. He may be able to hang with Pog in the mountains.


But he can't match him in the TT's...and yeah, I know he took time out of Pog in the final TT last year, but I don't think Pog was racing all-out, but just racing not to lose.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
longslowdistance

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06/15/2022 09:27 PM
Vuelta for Primaz again?
Cosmic Kid

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06/16/2022 09:04 AM
Who knows...does a 4th Vuelta do anything for him? Does it even motivate him?

But I do think this is his last shot at the Tour....after this, J-V is gonna have to focus on Vingegaard.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Habanero

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06/17/2022 09:01 AM
100% this. All this talk of GC guys ignores that Pog is playing on a different level. The exciting thing to watch will be how he breaks down any challengers to his supremacy.
Orange Crush

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06/17/2022 09:33 AM
“F%*%CK these tyres”. Pirellis apparently?!

https://mobile.twitter.com/lanternerougeyt/status/1537782293007372290
79pmooney

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06/17/2022 11:17 AM
The Tour organizers are going to have bigger issues than tires. Like what mandates do they have to put in place to stave off a COVID disaster. A day like today at the Tour du Swiss with Le Tour's far bigger entourage and spectators is going to have long term consequences. Can they ban spectators at this late date?

Slightly off-topic but maybe not so - I've been wondering just how smart dropping masks, etc, and "getting back to normal" really is. I guess in August when the hospitalizations and deaths in Europe have been tallied, we'll know.

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