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The 2021 Tour de France thread (spoilers!)
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Cosmic Kid

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07/01/2021 09:44 AM
French police arrested woman who caused massive crash during stage 1......


Insane....she is an idiot, not a criminal.

(Update-ASO is not pressing charges and she is to be released)

Whether she will eventually be sued remains to be seen....but if it ASO that sues her, good freakin' luck. If I am her attorney, I am just playing clips of worse behavior that has been going on for years w/o a peep from ASO. The reality is that they have been tacitly endorsing this behavior for decades because it is good for TV viewers to see lots of people on the roadside.
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zootracer

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07/01/2021 10:32 AM
They dropped lawsuit. She could be prosecuted criminally. Probably not...note she has not been named.
79pmooney

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07/01/2021 10:51 AM
Cav, D-QS, one hell of a late pull from Alaphilippe. We've seen it before but still a good show.
Dale

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07/01/2021 12:46 PM
Posted By Cosmic Kid on 07/01/2021 09:44 AM
...if it ASO that sues her, good freakin' luck. If I am her attorney, I am just playing clips of worse behavior that has been going on for years w/o a peep from ASO. The reality is that they have been tacitly endorsing this behavior for decades because it is good for TV viewers to see lots of people on the roadside.


I said the same thing to some buddies. The other evidence I'd trot out would be the wrecks caused by poorly placed barriers, tight chicanes on narrow roads, and downhill finishes that have all led to missive pileups. This years wrecks alone would get any legal action against her dismissed.
Cosmic Kid

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07/01/2021 12:55 PM
They dropped lawsuit. She could be prosecuted criminally.


No, it is vice-versa....criminal charges have been dropped but she is still subject to civil cases, either by the ASO or individual riders.

That was a full-on gallop today....can only tip my hat to Cav (and continue to chew on the shoe in my mouth).
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longslowdistance

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07/01/2021 03:06 PM
Revision of my earlier post:
Ewan taking himself and Sagan out is a big boost to Cav’s (not Alaphilliipe’s) green jersey run. Wow.
zootracer

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07/01/2021 03:08 PM
c.k. it's all over the internet. The Tour De France withdrew the lawsuit. She can be fined for causing the crash....
79pmooney

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07/01/2021 05:36 PM
zoot, ASO chose to withdraw the lawsuit. Soler and others still might go ahead.
Dale

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07/02/2021 09:48 AM
Stage 7.... (insert jaw dropping emoji here)

79pmooney

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07/02/2021 11:29 AM
Posted By Dale Dale on 07/02/2021 09:48 AM
Stage 7.... (insert jaw dropping emoji here)


I saw that break with so many names in it go and thought "this is going to be a very long day for a whole bunch of domestiques".  A "why did I pick this profession?" kind of day.  A quiet dinner table tonight.

Van Aert and Van der Poel are gifts to today's racing.  They come to play.  So far from 3-week Skybots!  I'd love to see JA up there with them but between tomorrow's mountains and the pulls he's done for his teammate, I'll give him a pass.

As I see it, winners today - Nibali and Thomas.  (Thomas,"st" - same time - for not doing a whole lot in today's crazy race; pretty close to priceless.)  Losers - Roglic obviously and Carapaz; a whole lotta work for nothing.  I'm guessing Capapaz can hold his own tomorrow but he really needs to shine when the opportunity is there.

Edit: funny, I was thinking as I made coffee before firing up the computer that the this week tours, the TdF, is the physically hardest regularly scheduled athletic event on the planet and recalled seeing the bare chested Greg Lemond after his win looking emancipated.  Then, but the domestiques don't have it so bad.  They have their hard moments and hours but also get some not so hard days.  (Well there are the Tony Martins and Tim Declercqs of the peloton.)

Get on-line and watch this!  A break with the Vans, Nibali, Yates, Asgreen ...  The GC front runner not on a team that can Postal/Sky pull the peloton forever.  Didn't matter where you were in the peoloton.  As soon as you saw that break go, you knew today is not going to be fun.  But for us fans?  Gold!  Real bike racing!
Cosmic Kid

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07/02/2021 05:35 PM
I don’t see Nibali as a winner today…actually the opposite. He went for a stage win and didn’t even come close and he’ll lose massive time tomorrow. He was never a GC contender in this race.

But damn what a great stage…full on racing across the board. For the stage, for the (temporary) yellow jersey and for the GC.

Carapaz burned a bunch of marches and got nothing for it….Pog played it smart, kept his cool and let the race play out. Very mature racing.

JV needs to pull Rog and get him set for a Vuelta defense. There is nothing to be gained from keeping him in the Tour now. Better a Vuelta win than maybe a Tour stage later in the race. And with this weekend’s courses, he is just gonna dig himself into a deeper hole.

More stages like this, please!!!
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Orange Crush

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07/02/2021 06:49 PM
Nibali didn’t go for a stage win. He didn’t figure his odds to be very good but when a big group went he talked himself into joining. Not sure what he is hoping to get out of this tour, he seems a little lost. As is Yates.

Pog got lucky that Movistar still carries a grudge on Carapaz. They messed up letting a big group get that far away and made life unnecessary hard on themselves. In the end UAE were burned but Movistar picked up the slack. https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/tour-de-france-favourite-pogacar-says-29-rider-break-was-really-unlucky/

Agreed on Roglic. JV still has options. Roglic isn’t one of them.

Van Aert wanted to go for yellow but could not drop VDP. VDP joined to protect yellow and just to make things less boring. Mission accomplished.
Cosmic Kid

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07/02/2021 08:39 PM
Pog got lucky that Movistar still carries a grudge on Carapaz.


Oh, agreed 100%. But he was still smart to not overreact and see how the race played out.
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longslowdistance

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07/02/2021 08:44 PM
I surely was entertained. WvA and VDP in full beast mode made for quite a show. And an excellent ride by the winner.
Very curious how efforts expended today will play out going forward.
mondonico

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07/02/2021 11:00 PM
No matter the outcome has been one of the best Tours to watch in a long time. A very much changing of the guard for cycling going forward.
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