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    Tour de France 2021

    Starts on Saturday, with highlights on ITV4 at 7pm for us tightwads

    Can anyone beat the Welsh scryer, who correctly predicted the winner after stage 8 last year?
    Last edited by Marco; 24-06-2021 at 06:26 PM.

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    My money is on Pogacar again!
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    It's hard to see past Rog/Pog for the win. Hopefully G will make the podium if he manages to stay on his bike.

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    From BBC sport website, he'll never catch the rest of them by running as they have bikes
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    Mathieu van der Poel is off his bike but nowt to worry about.

    Just a shoe change for the Dutch rider, who is now up and running again.
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    Own up whoever wrote him off the last couple of years?
    Don't roll with a pig in poo. You get covered in poo and the pig likes it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by molehill View Post
    Own up whoever wrote him off the last couple of years?
    Awesome that. Made my day.
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    Wish I had put a few ££s on him winning in Paris, would have been worth a punt 6 months ago and have got some very good odds. Bet that has changed at the bookies!
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    Well, that showed 'em 💪.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Totally agree that it's looking like a Slovenian one-two, the question is what the order will be. My head is saying Primož Roglič, but I much prefer the attacking style of Tadej Pogačar, so I'm going with a top 3 of Pogačar, Roglič, and someone from Ineos (I think Carapaz is their best bet)
    A lot of attention is being paid to Pogačar riding on the big ring, when he was on the biggest sprocket at the back.

    I recognise the "he's on the big ring!" psychology (after Riis) and far be it from me...but I would have thought it was mechanically slightly more efficient for him to have got his chain more in-line?

    After all, the boy clearly needs all the help he can get
    "...as dry as the Atacama desert".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Should, in theory, be the hardest day so far today, with the first Hors catégorie (HC) climb of the race the Col du Pré, as well as the Col des Saisies, Cormet de Roselend and the climb to Tignes.

    Amazingly, I've ridden all of them, so to get you in the mood here are a couple of old photos from the Col du Pré



    This is from near the summit, note the absence of any meaningful type of barrier. It was narrow, bumpy and twisty if I remember correctly too, but at least they won't have to contend with cars coming the other way



    And here's the bottom by the Lac de Roselend, the white at the background is Mont Blanc, on the way to the Cormet de Roselend

    I reckon you are still good enough to ride for Team Ineos Grenadiers.

    If that isn't insulting you.
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