Tour De France 2013

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timyone
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Postby timyone » 23 Jun 2013, 13:10

There have been some interesting chats going on surrounding this years tour, with the fall from grace of Bradley Wiggins who has gone from being crowned one of England's greatest (the greatest?) cyclists of all time, to dropping out of the Giro, and now the Tour, and being replaced by Chris Froome, who is the new favorite for the title.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/report- ... o-strength

Evans has come into the race after a strong finish in the Giro, bringing a team that doesn't include Thor Hushovd, hinting that it is all about taking the tour and not stage wins (though Gilbert is still in there).

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/familia ... -for-evans

Though Tejay van Garderen says he is behind Evans in the mountains for the tour, he has been riding strong and is also a prospective back up.

http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/06/ ... sse_290169

Contador is coming into the tour with a team that his manager has labeled a "really strong lineup, a great all-round team with a lot of valuable grand tour experience", including Australia's Michael rogers and Ireland's Nicholas roache.

http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/06/ ... uad_291437


What could be a more exciting battle, is that of the green jersey, with an;

altered the scoring system for the points competition ahead of the 2011 Tour de France, it appeared to mark a discernible shift in the philosophy behind the green jersey. Rather than ostensibly rewarding consistency over all terrains, the structure now seemed weighted very explicitly in favour of the pure sprinters, with the points for a flat stage win increased to 45 and with one “super” intermediate sprint worth 20 points replacing the traditional brace of sprints worth six points apiece.



This puts Cavendish and André Greipel in the driving seat up against Sagan, and should lead to an exciting tour!

http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/tou ... een-jersey

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Postby timyone » 25 Jun 2013, 20:54

most importantly the tour tracker app!
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/cycling ... acking-app

RaboBank used to have an app that showed the gaps between leader, bunches yellow jersey etc, I think this may have all that, which would be good

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Postby timyone » 30 Jun 2013, 14:51

Crash report for stage 1;
World time trial champion Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) : suspected fractured collarbone.

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) hitting the ground.

Alberto Contador made contact with the pavement.: "we think I've nothing broken, now a lot of ice and rest. French asphalt is very hard!" Contador tweet.

Sky had at least two riders involved. Geraint Thomas had to be taken to hospital, and Ian Stannard was also involved.

Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil-DCM): team doctor stitched up his elbow and he had abrasions on his shoulder and legs, but did not need to go to hospital.

Chris Froome was the earliest victim of the day,, as he apparently got too close to the curb in the neutralized section.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/tour-de ... er-stage-1

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Postby JoTheBuilder » 03 Jul 2013, 08:16

Has anyone been reading Michael O'Reilly's (fellow DHBC member) blog on the SMH?

http://www.smh.com.au/sport/cycling/tou ... .html#poll

A few mentions of other DHBC riders (Timothy Clifford, I mean you)... And possibly Eleri (if you were the one pointing out Michael's spelling mistakes)?

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Postby timothy_clifford » 03 Jul 2013, 09:46

JoTheBuilder wrote:A few mentions of other DHBC riders (Timothy Clifford, I mean you)... And possibly Eleri (if you were the one pointing out Michael's spelling mistakes)?


Guilty. I do enjoy Mr O's writing. I also Strava-stalk him. I like having the commentary running with the Tour tracker while watching the stages.

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Postby timyone » 03 Jul 2013, 10:54

lol I haven't been, but will check it out!

first glimpse

1:14am: Mike Tomalaris has thankfully buttoned up his shirt and he's yarning to Scott McGrory, they are managing to keep it to a beaming delight.


lol!!

but yeah, nice pics etc, will try and keep up a bit.

Man I picked the right few stages to stay up for! its been pretty good even if we haven't gotten to see Cavendish etc in a big man sprint yet! At the moment it looks like Cadel, Contador, and Froom are all on a nice even keel. I never thought I would want to see Contador go well until last year when I started going to bed early during stages that were controlled so well by the skyline.

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Postby timyone » 03 Jul 2013, 10:56

The green edge back stage pass from last night

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=p ... 4O0YdezehA

and for stage three while we are at it
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=p ... UbZqX7cxpM

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Postby Eleri » 03 Jul 2013, 20:48

JoTheBuilder wrote:Has anyone been reading Michael O'Reilly's (fellow DHBC member) blog on the SMH?

http://www.smh.com.au/sport/cycling/tou ... .html#poll

A few mentions of other DHBC riders (Timothy Clifford, I mean you)... And possibly Eleri (if you were the one pointing out Michael's spelling mistakes)?


Definitely not me pointing out spelling mistakes. But I know who it is.

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Postby JoTheBuilder » 08 Jul 2013, 10:11

For those who are on Strava, Laurens tem Dam, a member of the Blanco team, is posting his rides each day. Makes for pretty impressive reading. And 45 pages of KOM's!

http://app.strava.com/pros/186522

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Postby rhys » 08 Jul 2013, 10:17

Also of note is that Froome's time up to Ax yesterday was the 3rd fastest in history...a small margin behind some guy named Lance from 2001.

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Postby Peter T » 08 Jul 2013, 15:19

WOW!

Thanks Mike, that's a blast.

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Postby anna_g » 08 Jul 2013, 15:21



I want that guitar on the zipp wheel at 0:14 !!!

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Postby mikesbytes » 08 Jul 2013, 20:02

One for your less knowledgeable friends

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-23222240

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Postby timyone » 09 Jul 2013, 23:27

loving the Green Edge star studded video, and the Strava lads stats, but Mike, I don't get the link with the Chinese lad. It is informative, but I didn't find the link to cycling!

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Postby mikesbytes » 10 Jul 2013, 11:18

Opps, wrong link... I blame cheap champagne

The Tour De France Explained in Animation

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Postby timyone » 15 Jul 2013, 19:59

lol man! great vid! I only just noticed you had posted the real link.

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Postby James Rogers » 18 Jul 2013, 12:39

Image
From Team Sky's gallery

Sums it up, really.


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