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Contador's options for stage 18 - slight spoiler
Last Post 07/19/2013 11:34 AM by Orange Crush. 43 Replies.
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Entheo

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07/18/2013 10:19 AM
the second time up should be pure magic
jrt1045

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07/18/2013 11:06 AM
Porte bridges then stretches it out, ok then
Entheo

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07/18/2013 12:09 PM
porte needs to move to the new Trek team and become the GC guy because he is.
jrt1045

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07/18/2013 12:20 PM
color me skeptical
Entheo

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07/18/2013 12:24 PM
Posted By j t on 07/18/2013 12:20 PM
color me skeptical


you don't think porte's a GC contender?
Cosmic Kid

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07/18/2013 01:38 PM
Epic stage...great racing. Oh-So-close for Teejay, Froome finally cracks, but too late for AC to do anything about it, race for the podium tightens.

Froome needs to learn how to race like a leader. Chasing down early attacks and then attacking on l'Alpe when he did not need to. Net result is that he coulda lost massive time today. He was lucky that AC had already gambled and lost.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
jmdirt

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07/18/2013 02:57 PM
AC options now...keep attacking.
Orange Crush

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07/18/2013 03:12 PM
ACs move was tactial suicide today; no way that was going to work. I think he's done with options and can only hope to consolidate 2nd spot.

Movistar looks to be the team that could still bring some excitement over next 2 days.

Froome looking patently human today (and yesterday). Still on fence.
jpouchet

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07/18/2013 03:51 PM
+1 OC - yes he looked human. Very close to a 'bonk' and fine or no fine that was a smart move to get some fuel into his body in the last 10 k. Too bad TeJay didn't grab a few hundred grams of Carbs and 200 mg of caffine when he had his mechanical tended to. Well if he did, it didn't show. That poor guy was totally spent in the last 5k. Willpower alone to even come in 2nd.
Entheo

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07/18/2013 04:01 PM
feel bad for TJ -- so close to immortality. he'll probably lay awake tonight thinking 'if only my bike hadn't f'd up'.
CERV

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07/18/2013 09:23 PM
Posted By Orange Crush on 07/18/2013 03:12 PM
ACs move was tactial suicide today; no way that was going to work. I think he's done with options and can only hope to consolidate 2nd spot.

Movistar looks to be the team that could still bring some excitement over next 2 days.

Froome looking patently human today (and yesterday). Still on fence.


I still don't understand exactly what happened with the bike change, etc. I'll have to watch again. AC and RK were off the front, then suddenly off the back chasing back to the yellow group? Did Ac do two bike changes? I wonder if his bike was not within the weight limit and he knew it?
Cosmic Kid

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07/18/2013 09:54 PM
He made two changes....started on one bike, sketched to another at some point and then finished on the first bike.

Even if he thought he was pulling a fast one, it didn't matter. UCI weighed both bikes and they were at the weight limit. However, not all the bikes were weighed immediately, nor were they quarantined at the end of the race. Sme bikes weren't tested until 45' after the finish. Plenty of tme for wrenches to add weight, if it was necessary.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
jookey

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07/18/2013 10:15 PM
This stage was EPIC. Loved the decent. Climbs are tough. Why not make descents tough as well. They should do it again in the future. How about a circuit race? No flats. Just do it four times...
Orange Crush

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07/19/2013 11:34 AM
Today was a bit of a snoozer; bummer.

Good to see Mollema rebound after 2 days of struggling with illness (reported fever) that cost him the podium.
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