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    But still no discussion of this years tour? Just endless rehashing of the drugs in sport debate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    The fact that Juan José Cobo was stripped of the 2011 Vuelta a España title in 2019 will have made it clear to the top riders that they will be caught eventually. For this reason I believe that, (at the top level of cycling anyway),this tour is probably the closest to a clean tour there has ever been.
    I concur.
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    Great days racing yesterday. I think Sagan really wants that Green Jersey. He messed up the final sprint though trying to lean on another rider and came off worst unbalancing himself.

    I was a bit gutted for Eddie Boss. He's getting on a bit now and was so close.

    Not sure how the Pyrenees will work out without an uphill finish on either day.

    I've only been over once to watch the TdF in 2014. It doesn't seem like 6 years ago. I was lucky enough to watch them go over today's HC and then follow the race down to Bagneres.
    I'm not a cyclist at all, but the descent of the Port de Bales was an unbelievable surface and I loved it.

    Those guys made it look so easy going up the climb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattPo View Post
    But still no discussion of this years tour? Just endless rehashing of the drugs in sport debate.
    I said last month that I thought Primož Roglič would win it, as he was on form and had a stronger team than Ineos. They've won 3 of the last 4 stages, and look dominant.

    Today's stage is not too brutal. I've ridden the first climb, the col de Mente (where Luis Ocaña famously crashed in 1971 - they even have a plaque on the wall), and also the last one, the Col de Peyresourde. I'd describe them as fairly straightforward, as mountain climbs go.

    I don't know the Port de Bales, but that looks like the hardest climb where the race will split. It's too far from the finish to make a winning move, however. Looks like a stage that would suit Alaphilipe, and Bardet and Roglič

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    I said last month that I thought Primož Roglič would win it, as he was on form and had a stronger team than Ineos. They've won 3 of the last 4 stages, and look dominant.

    Today's stage is not too brutal. I've ridden the first climb, the col de Mente (where Luis Ocaña famously crashed in 1971 - they even have a plaque on the wall), and also the last one, the Col de Peyresourde. I'd describe them as fairly straightforward, as mountain climbs go.

    I don't know the Port de Bales, but that looks like the hardest climb where the race will split. It's too far from the finish to make a winning move, however. Looks like a stage that would suit Alaphilipe, and Bardet and Roglič
    The Bales was a pristine surface and fast decent. I reckon the decent might break things up.
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    Another good day racing, all very unpredictable and I certainly wouldn't want to put my money on who will be in yellow approaching Paris (not that I know much about them all). Good race and loads more to come, heaven knows what will hapen.
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    Good stage today.

    Not as many in contention now and pre race favourite will be dropping out soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stagger View Post
    and pre race favourite will be dropping out soon.
    Do you mean Pinot? I doubt even the French had him as favourite

    It was an odd one today. Roglic, Pogacar and Quintana got a gap and they dithered allowing the rest including Yates to get back in.

    I know Pogacar went again, but Quintana has done this many times, looking like he could go, but not wanting to expose himself.

    If he's ever going to win a TdF he really has to have a go on stages like today.

    Roglic still looks like he has something in hand.
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    How do you follow it?
    Back in the UK I used to watch the ITV highlights and it was great. But not reacheable here in Germany. The best I got (without paying, I'm cheap) is from 20min highlights from nbc
    https://www.nbcsports.com/video/2020...lights-stage-6
    could be better but not bad

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    My money would be on Pogacar to be wearing yellow in Paris.

    I thought Yates had a good ride today especially as he was on his own and battled well to keep the yellow jersey.
    I am afraid he will lose some admirers when he joins Ineos Grenadiers.

    Having said that the Ineos Grenadier looks a nice motor.
    Last edited by Llani Boy; 20-09-2020 at 11:57 AM.
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