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79pmooney

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07/13/2017 06:17 PM
Posted By Frederick Jones on 07/13/2017 05:24 PM
Just another example of the home cooking double standard, French rider vs not French rider. I don't care if the race jury is composed of Elbonians. They know how it works.

Froome was born and raised in the ancient tribal lands of the Elbo's wasn't he?  (now called Kenya.)  I don't pretend to get how this could work genetically but he does to this day still have some Elbo in him.  (Easily seen every time he gets out of the saddle.)

Ben
longslowdistance

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07/13/2017 07:11 PM
Looks more like Napoleon Dynamite to me. I like the guy now, especially after his well desrved win last year and his likeable interviews. But the elbows out - knees out - spaz out - Froome Zoom spin is still a bit there. Except now it's slower. If he was acting today, I'll eat my hat. He has won 0 zero races this year. He's not the same.
Cosmic Kid

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07/13/2017 08:28 PM
Posted By Frederick Jones on 07/13/2017 05:24 PM
Just another example of the home cooking double standard, French rider vs not French rider. I don't care if the race jury is composed of Elbonians. They know how it works.


The race jury is made up of UCI officials. They are paid by the UCI, not ASO. They are re international, not French. The ASO has no control over them whatsoever. These be the facts. Yes, they are being wildly inconsistent....but there simply is no grand, nationalist scheme going on.
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79pmooney

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07/14/2017 12:47 AM
Posted By Cosmic Kid on 07/13/2017 08:28 PM

Yes, they are being wildly inconsistent....but there simply is no grand, nationalist scheme going on.

It looks like a duck and quacks like a duck.  (Amare nearly taking out Brouhanni and winning, Sagan tossed, Bardet taking a bottle and winning, Aru and Bennet docked for taking bottles.)

So the genetics experts have run the DNA and verified that indeed, this is not a duck despite its flat bill and webbed feet.  Might take some work to convince the skeptical non-French world.

Ben
79pmooney

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07/14/2017 01:03 AM
Can the waterbottle issue be taken to CAS? Looks pretty clear cut. Maybe there isn't a mechanism to address Bardet but couldn't Uran and Bennett appeal based on precedence?

Ben
longslowdistance

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07/14/2017 08:03 AM
The official explanation: we didn't see the French rider actually drink from the illegally taken bottle (he didn't inhale). But the rule is about taking the bottle, not drinking from it. Pure BS.
Cosmic Kid

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07/14/2017 08:06 AM
Race jury reversed their decision this AM....but rather than just admit they were wrong, their came up with some BS reasoning that no one was arguing.

http://www.velonews.com/2017/07/tour-de-france/uci-jury-erases-penalties-for-3-riders-after-tour-de-france-bottle-flop_443708

Race is in today from KM 0...Voeckler and Barguil attack from the gun. Coulda scripted those two guys attacking today from the gun. Voeckler because Voeckler and Barguil to get Mountain points.
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Dale

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07/14/2017 09:42 AM
"Voekler because Voekler" hahahaha.... exactly.
longslowdistance

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07/15/2017 02:22 PM
We have a race!
Cosmic Kid

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07/15/2017 04:16 PM
Today was a great example of why SKY dominates....strong team, dedicated to one goal. Had Froome well positioned, allowing him to grab the jersey back.

Aru had no teamates all day practically and was TOTALLY out of position going into that final hill.....boom. Game over.
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Cosmic Kid

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07/17/2017 11:55 AM
I hate rest days.
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79pmooney

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07/18/2017 12:28 AM
CK, I actually like them. I get to sleep in!

Ben
Cosmic Kid

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07/19/2017 08:54 AM
Kittel abandons on stage 17 after crashing earlier in teh stage....

Damn shame...Matthews was making it race for the maillot vert, but now will win it by default.
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Orange Crush

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07/19/2017 11:31 AM
Agreed. But Kittel had been looking at limit so maybe a logical consequence.

Liking how this tour is turning out although I think Sky will kill it tomorrow.

Today was haute route alps stage 4 in reverse although we tagged les deux alpes on as cherry on the pie.
longslowdistance

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07/20/2017 08:40 AM
Big day today or skybot strangulation? Here's hoping for a real spectacle.
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