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Dauphine du Libre 2022
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Cosmic Kid

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06/05/2022 09:29 AM
I refuse to use the “correct” name…🤪

Wout made that look easy.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
79pmooney

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06/05/2022 10:35 AM
The start of summer. Spring (the Giro) is over. Yeah, Solstice isn't for a few days but we all know the celestial stuff takes a back seat to the Tour. Today it drizzled at Dauphine at 73F. Yup, summer! Now the mini tours; the little warm-up vacations leading up to the big vacation we spend all year waiting for.

Last night was Portland's Rose Parade. (Joke - it's that time when the squid go up-river to spawn every year. Squid - sailors. I used to live next door to the Navy base in Alameda. One or more warships, both US and Canadian, sail to Portland for the Rose Festival every year. There's a baby bump every March.) Rained as usual. (This spring is looking surprisingly weather normal; not very different from my welcome to Oregon 24 years ago. Sadly not true in southern Oregon.)

So, Dauphine is on. Days are long. Life is good. (Well, we have to try to make it so. There are shades of post world wars and cold war tensions but bike racing is happening and fairly normally.)
Habanero

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06/05/2022 05:05 PM
Jumbo should go all-in for Wout for the Tour for yellow and green. He can do it all and can stay on his bike during the third week to clinch the deal.

Takers?

:-)
Cosmic Kid

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06/05/2022 05:08 PM
Wout simply can’t last in the high mountains to contend for yellow…he can pop off the occasional good performance, but day after day and, more importantly, still be with the Gc leaders at the end? Not your guy…
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
longslowdistance

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06/05/2022 05:58 PM
Wout for Green in Paris is a real opportunity for JV. Yellow of course would be Roglic, not Wout. That’s a longer shot for a bigger prize.
I started another thread on this topic, sorry that this is redundant.
PS: stupid spell checker sees Wout and replies with Won’t. Spell checker often is right, but not always. Ask me in a month if it was right this time.
Cosmic Kid

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06/05/2022 06:03 PM
Nah…your thread is for Le Tour. No redundancy, just a little crossover.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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06/05/2022 11:58 PM
Posted By Cosmic Kid on 06/05/2022 05:08 PM
Wout simply can’t last in the high mountains to contend for yellow…he can pop off the occasional good performance, but day after day and, more importantly, still be with the Gc leaders at the end? Not your guy…


It’s something like this https://www.archysport.com/2022/05/contador-indurain-and-beloki-believe-in-wout-van-aerts-tour-victory-but-cycling-would-be-a-big-loser-tour/
Cosmic Kid

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06/06/2022 07:30 AM
I disagree with their assessments, but Big Mig is looking pretty damn good at his age…nice to see a top ex-pro not blow up like a tick on a dog!

Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Cosmic Kid

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06/06/2022 09:49 AM
Welp....the sprinters' teams really cocked that one up. Had the break down to ~1 min with 12km to go and then down to 30" with 8km to go. Should have easily reeled them in and was setting up perfectly.....but no one wanted to finish it off and the gap went back out.

break held on by about 100m with Vuillermoz taking the win for Total Energies....

good stage!
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longslowdistance

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06/06/2022 09:03 PM
Agree
79pmooney

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06/06/2022 10:26 PM
We saw racing a-la-Yugo. "You go!" "No, you go!" And guess what. 5 tired bike racers were faster!
79pmooney

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06/07/2022 10:25 AM
Posted By Cosmic Kid on 06/05/2022 09:29 AM


Wout made that look easy.
This one wasn't so easy but he still had time to sit up and ... oops!

Cosmic Kid

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06/07/2022 03:00 PM
Wout....c'mon, man.

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

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06/07/2022 08:56 PM
The list of ignominious finishes is rather long
Habanero

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06/08/2022 01:36 PM
I've been following him for a long time, and he is always participating in charity rides and the like. His numbers are pretty damn great for a guy his age. https://www.granfondoguide.com/Contents/Index/1944/miguel-indurain-rides-at-an-average-speed-of-456km/h-at-age-52 He simply loves cycling and is often found roadside in the Basque Country cheering on juniors. Always pure class!
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