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Orange Crush

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07/16/2022 06:04 PM
Yes good on Bling after being so close so many times in last couple years but never a win. Funny thing is he had a good chat with his wife who told him to take a risk. He obliged by attacking instead of waiting for sprint and it paid off beautifully.
Cosmic Kid

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07/16/2022 09:28 PM
Funny thing is he had a good chat with his wife who told him to take a risk


Oh god…..Can’t wait to see what he does in the Vuelta. (That is a Tommy D dig, for those who remember.) 🤣

Nice to see Matthews get a win again.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
longslowdistance

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07/17/2022 04:01 AM
Yo Le Tour:
Move the Sunday race to the early morning. It’s not so hot then.
Orange Crush

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07/17/2022 10:45 AM
That French moto ahead of final French escapee is a little too obvious.
longslowdistance

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07/17/2022 11:31 AM
Yes, that lone breakaway rider took a longer line through several curves to stay in the draft. Truly obvious. The sprint had some Deja Vu: Leader deviates from his line to slow an overtaking rider (WVA this time), which opened a wide door for the stage winner.
Orange Crush

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07/18/2022 02:29 PM
Posted By Frederick Jones on 07/17/2022 04:01 AM
Yo Le Tour:
Move the Sunday race to the early morning. It’s not so hot then.


This is probably not logistically feasible unless they build it into pre-determined schedule. Cancellation of the particular stage is probably the only option that could be executed on the fly. The heat seems to have moved to Europe this year; I am still wearing a a light sweater haha.
Orange Crush

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07/19/2022 10:10 AM
Huge win for Houle promise to his brother fulfilled. And first Canadian stage win since Bauer 1988.
huckleberry

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07/19/2022 10:50 AM
Was that 1988 or 1998?

An inside joke if you have to suffer through more of Phil...

Great win by Houle!
Orange Crush

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07/19/2022 07:52 PM
Sounds like Majka suffered a bum knee from that chain break, hit it on frame. That could be a big loss for Pog
mondonico

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07/19/2022 08:14 PM
A tour of attrition. Does everyone here fault Roglic for abandoning? Don't know the extant of his injuries. Never though of him quitting.
Orange Crush

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07/19/2022 08:30 PM
Posted By Bill H. on 07/19/2022 08:14 PM
A tour of attrition. Does everyone here fault Roglic for abandoning? Don't know the extant of his injuries. Never though of him quitting.


I don’t fault him at all. The Mende stage pretty much settled it. When Pog put in the early hand grenades Rog was in trouble from the start. The case of Bardet in 2020 tour (I think I got name and year right) shows what can happen continuing to ride on injury. He lost the entire next year and only came back into form this year. That old school paradigm of continuing to soldier on needs to go.
79pmooney

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07/19/2022 11:15 PM
Posted By Orange Crush on 07/19/2022 08:30 PM
Posted By Bill H. on 07/19/2022 08:14 PM
A tour of attrition. Does everyone here fault Roglic for abandoning? Don't know the extant of his injuries. Never though of him quitting.

... That old school paradigm of continuing to soldier on needs to go.

Also needs to go - basic parts breaking.  Majte's (sp) chain.  Oh I know why.  They are pushed to the max to get better shifting and more cogs.  But - the Tour should make it known that bikes not only have to be available to the public, they should also be safe to ride as intended.  I know the Tour cannot enforce this but they can rule that any name, model and manufacturer of any part that fails and causes injury will publicized.  Tell us who's chain that was.

I'd love to see KMC (or whoever) advertising that they sponsored three pro teams last year and broke no chains.  See technology that stressed reliability (now because it matters!)

And yes, when it's a team that screws up, that should get publicized.  (Hincapie's steerer, P-R)

Now, engineering at the pro level is driven by marketing that sees light, fast, wins and who cares about being responsible.  If marketing gets to look at being shown up publicly in a big way if they demand engineering skip good protocol, maybe we see a shift to better.  Oh I know this will never happen but I can dream.  And I'm not talking about less than pro racing.  The broken cranks I had to ride around BITD.  (Campys with almost certainly many miles and a fair share of abuse.  Though this "advertising" would have sped up Campy's design and machining practices right quick!)
Orange Crush

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07/20/2022 09:40 AM
Majka gone. McNulty steps up.

Thomas clearly establishing himself as best of rest. Podium spot now looks like a lock.
longslowdistance

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07/20/2022 10:10 AM
Big day tomorrow!
Orange Crush

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07/20/2022 10:48 AM
Jakobsen finished with 16 seconds to spare. He's scraped the bottom of barrel many times over already and is a complete wreck. His team mates had to leave him in end because it got too risky with time cut to loose multiple riders. Imagine how much time he spent on that final ramp.
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