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Chris Froome out of Tour De France after very serious crash

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That will be sickening for him. I know he skipped a lot of earlier races this year to fully focus on the TDF
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Alaphilippe has been robbed. His descent yeasterday was ace. And today he was reeling them in before the neutraiisation. Tomorrow is really big. Bernal, Thomas with Alaphilippe trying to defy physics.
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greenmark wrote:
Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:43 pm
Alaphilippe has been robbed. His descent yeasterday was ace. And today he was reeling them in before the neutraiisation. Tomorrow is really big. Bernal, Thomas with Alaphilippe trying to defy physics.
Only just seen the highlight, bizarre set of events.
Been a great race this year with it been so wide open
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greenmark wrote:
Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:43 pm
Alaphilippe has been robbed. His descent yeasterday was ace. And today he was reeling them in before the neutraiisation. Tomorrow is really big. Bernal, Thomas with Alaphilippe trying to defy physics.
Robbed by who? They had no option but to cancel the stage.

Yes he is a good at descending and was making some of the time back on the last decent of the day but they still had the final climb to do which he is most likely to have lost a lot more time on. If anything he was done a massive favour as it stopped Bernal and to a lesser extent Thomas put more time into him during the final climb. Bernal had help for the final climb with Yates who was looking for the stage win and Bernal is the best climber on the tour so the time taken could have been considerably more than what it ended up being. Add in the bonus seconds that Bernal would have taken as well for finishing first or second and it favoured Alaphilippe even more it being stopped.

Had it been known earlier that the second last climb of the day would actually be the final climb he is likely to have been punished even more as the riders would have gone much harder and earlier in their attacks which he was unable to keep with.

Add in the harsh treatment yesterday with the two riders being banned which massively helped Alaphilippe and you would be hard pressed not to actually say the events of the last two days have been to help him not rob him.

If he manages third on the podium he should think himself massively lucky this year as without today's abandonment he would have stood no chance of being on the podium.

Also for anyone interested Geraint Thomas and Luke Rowe (before he got sent home) started their own podcast at the start of the Tour, it is called 'Watts Occurring'.

Hopefully they will continue it after the Tour for future races, they don't hold back with their opinions. To quote Geriant, its bollox Luke got sent home :lol:
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PDC wrote:
Sat Jul 27, 2019 3:09 am
greenmark wrote:
Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:43 pm
Alaphilippe has been robbed. His descent yeasterday was ace. And today he was reeling them in before the neutraiisation. Tomorrow is really big. Bernal, Thomas with Alaphilippe trying to defy physics.
Robbed by who? They had no option but to cancel the stage.

Yes he is a good at descending and was making some of the time back on the last decent of the day but they still had the final climb to do which he is most likely to have lost a lot more time on. If anything he was done a massive favour as it stopped Bernal and to a lesser extent Thomas put more time into him during the final climb. Bernal had help for the final climb with Yates who was looking for the stage win and Bernal is the best climber on the tour so the time taken could have been considerably more than what it ended up being. Add in the bonus seconds that Bernal would have taken as well for finishing first or second and it favoured Alaphilippe even more it being stopped.

Had it been known earlier that the second last climb of the day would actually be the final climb he is likely to have been punished even more as the riders would have gone much harder and earlier in their attacks which he was unable to keep with.

Add in the harsh treatment yesterday with the two riders being banned which massively helped Alaphilippe and you would be hard pressed not to actually say the events of the last two days have been to help him not rob him.

If he manages third on the podium he should think himself massively lucky this year as without today's abandonment he would have stood no chance of being on the podium.

Also for anyone interested Geraint Thomas and Luke Rowe (before he got sent home) started their own podcast at the start of the Tour, it is called 'Watts Occurring'.

Hopefully they will continue it after the Tour for future races, they don't hold back with their opinions. To quote Geriant, its bollox Luke got sent home :lol:
On reflection PDC your analysis is pretty spot on. Given the near unrelenting ascent today he's in for a tough one you'd think.
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60km sprint today due to shortened stage.
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greenmark wrote:
Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:28 am
On reflection PDC your analysis is pretty spot on. Given the near unrelenting ascent today he's in for a tough one you'd think.
The one thing I forgot to include was the retirement of Thibaut Pinot which also helped Alaphilippe.

I think the final mountain stage, despite being shortened just went to show that Alaphilippe was massively helped the last few days, particularly by the shortened stages on Friday and Saturday. Had it not been I think he would have lost some serious time.

He did a good ride on Saturday to not lose more time than he did but I think had he had to have done a full stage on both Friday and Saturday he would have really struggled.

He should deem himself massively lucky to walk away with 5th place as but for the retirement of Pinot he wouldn't have managed even that, even with these shortened stages.

It has been a great tour with so much going on and was good to see it still open going into the 'final' stage.

I think we may well have seen in Bernal the winner of the Tour for the next decade potentially!
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Bjorg has died following a crash at the Tour de Pologne
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Coronavirus has put an end to the UAE tour after two cyclists have tested positive for the virus, Chris Froome and the rest of the riders are awaiting tests
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