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    I do hope Egan wins another tour.
    He appears a cheerful little chappy with excellent climbing ability.

    I do understand your displeasure in sky/ineos and out off all the riders I would have preferred Alaphilippe to win the race.

    Panache is a thing of the past. Science has taken it away.

    Not as many drug failures this year yet which has to be a positive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Breeze View Post
    Well thank you. I am great. I pointed out earlier how rare it is for a first time Tour winner (like Thomas) to win the following year. So right again Graham? But I am not paid to hype for a TV audience who watch one bike race a year.

    And I like Nibali - always have. He has panache and he doesn't ride for We-Can-Buy-The-Tour-Sky/Ineos.

    Age (and intelligence) provides perspective. Everyone is now praising Bernal and forecasting how many Tours he will win blah blah blah because he is "only 22" and wow! Thomas was 32.

    Well, unlike most of today's TV pundits I remember Laurent Fignon winning his first Tour - at 22. Now he had panache - he traded his Renault (his then Team) for a Ferrari after his win.

    Fignon won again a year later at 23. So pretty good eh? And he won a Giro.

    But then he had to have surgery and he was never the same rider.

    So Bernal has won a Tour. Good. But it is one Tour. Lots of people have won one Tour. Mostly forgotten.

    So watch this space. The next Tour is in 2020.
    I was hoping you'd be alright.

    Seemingly not though
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    Quote Originally Posted by Witton Park View Post
    I was hoping you'd be alright.

    Seemingly not though
    On the contrary WP I'm good, so fear not.

    Just filling my borraccia for a long ride. Choices, choices...should I be nostalgic and take my Bouygues Telecom or Euskaltel Euskadi...with genuine scratches from bouncing down a French road after disposal? Of course one I will not be using is Team Sky sent to me by SIS with some gels. It's a nice one - made in Italy by Elite (who also do Bianchi) - but, I am sure you will agree, a man has to uphold his principles.
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    "...as dry as the Atacama desert".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Breeze View Post
    Just filling my borraccia
    I like them warmed in the oven, drizzled with olive oil.
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    The very thought of Graham's borraccia

    Quote Originally Posted by Witton Park View Post
    I like them warmed in the oven, drizzled with olive oil.
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    Well done Brailsford and Ineos.
    They might have the brass but they have still to deliver.

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    Do boraccia prefer shade or full sun? Also do they need regular watering? 🧐

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derby Tup View Post
    Do boraccia prefer shade or full sun? Also do they need regular watering? 🧐
    I saw them. One dark night. I think it was while looking for a trig point.

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