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Cosmic Kid

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10/22/2020 03:35 PM
Sunweb played the tactics perfectly today…Kelderman had minutes in hand, so they could afford to have Hindley stay with TGH. Since he was not contributing to the pace, he got a free ride and managed to take the stage win.

If he had dropped back to pace Kelderman he too would have lost time, which almost certainly would have guaranteed an Ineos win.

Did anyone else notice Kelderman’s chain and how short it was? Go look at him around 14.5km to go…he is cross-chaining big-big and his RD is damn near horizontal. Horrendous setup and definitely not efficient.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
longslowdistance

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10/23/2020 04:23 AM
Some interesting off the bike fireworks today. Power to the people!
79pmooney

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10/23/2020 09:32 AM
Fireworks? I heard was so wet they couldn't light the fuse and had to use water cannons.

Racing the Stelvio, then transferring through rush hour traffic to ride one of the longest stages the next day? Suppressed immune systems and a pandemic? Never mind the rain, this isn't thinking much about the riders, team employees without whom none of this happens.

Race director says he never was told of the rider demands the night before and that after the Giro is over, somebody is going to pay. If he was never told, that sounds like an inside issue. (Giro employees afraid of his anger?) That someone is going tot pay? Race planners and everybody above them that approved the route? Doesn't the buck stop at his desk?
Orange Crush

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10/23/2020 09:50 AM
Ben - by someone is going to pay he meant Lotto Soudal. Vegni is under mistaken impression that Adam Hansen spoke on behalf of team. He spoke on behalf of riders union while in team kit. Maybe Vegni will redirect his anger to riders union. Yes poor planning. He should really be looking in mirror.
79pmooney

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10/23/2020 10:02 AM
OC, Vegni may be pissed at whoever started the protest but I am saying he needs to look at what the Giro was asking of the riders with the course layout. Two days of mountain finishes, the Stelvio, late in week three, and a long transfer delaying hotel arrival and dinner on top of the pandemic - that the riders wouldn't be happy could have been predicted months ago.
Cosmic Kid

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10/24/2020 09:15 AM
Damn....Giro ties going into the final stage. Hindley gets the jersey on count back.

He did everything he could to get rid of TGH. Gonna be a nail biter tomorrow!
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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10/24/2020 10:04 AM
Hart should have this in the bag.
longslowdistance

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10/24/2020 05:27 PM
Just watched the replay. Bad Boy Dennis smashed the race wide open. Good move by Ineos to pick him up.
longslowdistance

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10/24/2020 08:12 PM
Just watched the main bits yet again. It was basically motor pacing vs mortal humans.
This year's winner will have to endure an asterisk, but RD should get a star.
Cosmic Kid

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10/25/2020 10:25 AM
Hart should have this in the bag.


Yup...was over before it even began. Hindley was never in it...losing chicks of time from the start.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
79pmooney

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10/25/2020 10:49 AM
Well, rats. Worthy winner though. (I'm still high on Tampa Bay's unlikely win last night. I was never a Tampa Bay fan, but always anti-LA anything. And rooting for the third lowest payroll in the MLB jut feels right.)

Now, Almeida - what a week! Yes he failed on the big stage. But like Alaphillippe in the Tour last year, we all knew that going all the way was as as likely as flying a paper airplane to the moon. I hope, like Alaphillippe, we get to watch him in the future do some big things. (I have a soft spot for Portuguese riders.)

Ganna and Dennis, a couple of TTers who can turn a road race around! Going uphill too.
79pmooney

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10/25/2020 10:52 AM
Posted By Cosmic Kid on 10/25/2020 10:25 AM
Hart should have this in the bag.


Yup...was over before it even began. Hindley was never in it...losing chicks of time from the start.

"losing chicks of time"  Yup.  By posting a lower time, Hart collects all the chicks. 
Cosmic Kid

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10/25/2020 10:59 AM
I HATE AUTOCORRECT!!!

DAMN YOU, STEVE JOBS!!
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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10/25/2020 11:15 PM
TT was a bit of a yawner since outcome was already written.

Still a good result for Sunweb. Not much they could have done different. Well played by Hart and Rohen.

Nibali was never a factor. In years past even if he wasn’t in it for GC he could still be trusted to throw in a stage hand grenade. Passing of the torch.
79pmooney

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10/26/2020 12:09 AM
So Roglic had issues with his rain jacket. Thursday several riders (from Sunweb? JV? I'm losing track) had zipper issues with several tossing their jackets and riding down Stelvio without.

Wow! Clothing failures adding up to big money! Good zippers aren't rocket science. Any grand tour jersey or jacket should have a good one, if for no other reason than to have it zip up properly for the finish photo. But a zipper that keeps a rider off the podium? What does that cost? (Especially if word gets out.)
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