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Just watched tonights highlight show on ITV4 and thought the joint interview with Froome and Thomas was quite revelling especially from Thomas's body language and lack of eye contact
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Korattt wrote:
Sun Jul 22, 2018 4:41 pm
just come down from trading & missus is watching the TDF, fair enough she enjoys watching it but for me it’s one of the most boring sports to watch ever, ok it’s hard work to participate but what’s there to watch?, you see one cyclist over take another you’ve seen them all, ditto with collisions
I would watch every stage from start to finish if I had the time. The flat stages are just a build up towards the mountains. :)
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Gilbert doing a bit of stunt riding on one of the descents this afternoon showed so great skill in going into the wall sideways rather than head on!
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Question for Halliday/Dallas:

When you trade the TDF or other cycling event, how do you approach it? Would you do a B2L or L2B at the start on selected riders or just trade what you see on each individual stage?

Do you have any sites you use for stats?

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iambic_pentameter wrote:
Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:58 pm
Question for Halliday/Dallas:

When you trade the TDF or other cycling event, how do you approach it? Would you do a B2L or L2B at the start on selected riders or just trade what you see on each individual stage?

Do you have any sites you use for stats?

Iambic
TBH Its more a sport I spectate and rarely trade, when I do im almost always looking to oppose the fav usually ahead of a tricky stage/couple of days.
I have tried B2L a few times in the past but never got any real pay off from it
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iambic_pentameter wrote:
Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:58 pm
Question for Halliday/Dallas:

When you trade the TDF or other cycling event, how do you approach it? Would you do a B2L or L2B at the start on selected riders or just trade what you see on each individual stage?

Do you have any sites you use for stats?

Iambic

Don’t trade any cycling events .. just enjoy watching
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Korattt wrote:
Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:12 pm
Halliday wrote:
Sun Jul 22, 2018 11:44 pm
Korattt wrote:
Sun Jul 22, 2018 4:41 pm
just come down from trading & missus is watching the TDF, fair enough she enjoys watching it but for me it’s one of the most boring sports to watch ever, ok it’s hard work to participate but what’s there to watch?, you see one cyclist over take another you’ve seen them all, ditto with collisions

Bit of a generalisation me thinks, but I suspect you know very little about the sport ( similar to your self confessed lack of understanding of horse racing ?) .Like most sports it can have it monotonous moments , but if you’ve ever watched any of the spring classics, or the epic stage in this years Giro that Froome won , or rides by the likes of Cancellara and Contador, you might think differently .

Give it another try you might be pleasantly surprised.
fair enough, I’ll see if I can YouTube any of these dramatic moments

Just a few links to some memorable moments .. might whet your appetite Korattt

https://youtu.be/YBh9c_PXkVQ. Nibali winning Giro stage in Blizzard

https://youtu.be/z6z7uUe0tVA Cancellara / Boonen on the Mur Tour of Flanders

https://youtu.be/-_3P7Scv1Gw Froome and “that amazing stage “ in this years Giro

https://youtu.be/zDdRUjMFhQo Cancellara best wins

https://youtu.be/WPvM6R0Kl2Q Paris Roubaix 2016 from team car ... just shows the speeds they travel and how difficult it is to ride on cobbles, crashes not for the faint hearted
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Bluesky wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:51 pm
Going from memory alone, doesn't Thomas have at least one really bad day in the mountains on a 3 week tour? I seem to remember him blowing up in the 3rd week on more than one occasion in the past. Unless things are different this time, I think Froome is probably more likely to win out at the end.
Just one more day of mountains to go. I really hope Thomas comes through it fine, he has really surprised me this year, I thought sure he would have blown up by now. I wonder if the difference this year compared to all the other years is that he has been a protected rider and hasn't had to do any pulling at the front, or going back to the car for bottles etc.
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Dallas wrote:
Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:26 pm
Just watched tonights highlight show on ITV4 and thought the joint interview with Froome and Thomas was quite revelling especially from Thomas's body language and lack of eye contact
Bluesky wrote:
Thu Jul 26, 2018 6:49 pm
Just one more day of mountains to go. I really hope Thomas comes through it fine, he has really surprised me this year, I thought sure he would have blown up by now. I wonder if the difference this year compared to all the other years is that he has been a protected rider and hasn't had to do any pulling at the front, or going back to the car for bottles etc.
I am currently reading The Tour According to G: My Journey to the Yellow Jersey

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tour-According ... 07GBBCVHD/

I am about halfway through and it is an excellent read. I read Froome's book, The Climb, last year but enjoying this more. It gives a really enjoyable read about just the Tour. Feels like you are back there with him, hearing the tactics on the bus before the stage and what it was like to be the "2nd" rider, e.g. when all the riders turned on their air con in the hotel and it tripped the electric, only Froome was allowed it back on, G put his on anyway!

I would still recommend Froome's book though.

One of my next books to read is David Millar's The Racer: Life on the Road as a Pro Cyclist which is supposed to be another excellent book for giving you an idea of what it is like to be in the pack.
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This was a decent podcast .. high production quality etc :

https://gimletmedia.com/shows/without-f ... whistle-on
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