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Tour de France 2019 (6-28 July)
#1
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Place where to discuss TdF.
Froom is out (thank God that fall was not even more serious) of the race, so who's your bet? Will Thomas defend the title? First title for Colombians? Share your predictions below. I'lll reply in couple days, have to do tiny research.

- TOP3 general
- best sprinter (points classification)
- best young rider
- best climber (polka dot)
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#2
Here is my list and will be waiting for yours. Not sure who will lead INEOS as Thomas has been quiet while the young Colombian can strike strongly but his experience is questionable.

Top three general -> 1. Bernal 2. Pinot 3. Fuglsang
Sprinter jersey -> Sagan
White jersey -> Bernal
KOM -> Landa
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#3
Tour without Cavendish? o_O
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#4
(07-03-2019, 06:35 PM)Zviedrs Wrote:  Tour without Cavendish? o_O

Unfortunately he's on obvious decline right now, plus the virus didn't do any favour. Last victory: February 2018 in Dubai (2. HC cat.) ... I still hope that he hasn't said his last word at TdF.


Soo, my TOP3 general:
1) Geraint Thomas
2) Adam Yates
3) Egan Bernal

Points:
1) Peter Sagan

Best young:
1) Egan Bernal

Polka dot:
1) Warren Barguil
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#5
(07-06-2019, 09:52 AM)Sagan97 Wrote:  ....

Ahh, almost forgot. In GC it will depend on who has the better legs between Thomas & Bernal, within the first week. I would bet on Thomas and back-to-back victory, but let's see. Pinot, Quintana & Bardet could all sneak in between them and be a solid contenders.

Seems like green jersey unanimously goes to Sagan, while Bernal takes white on, but polka dot ... will choose the local, Alaphilippe.
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(07-06-2019, 10:08 AM)Zviedrs Wrote:  Ahh, almost forgot. In GC it will depend on who has the better legs between Thomas & Bernal, within the first week. I would bet on Thomas and back-to-back victory, but let's see. Pinot, Quintana & Bardet could all sneak in between them and be a solid contenders.

Seems like green jersey unanimously goes to Sagan, while Bernal takes white on, but polka dot ... will choose the local, Alaphilippe.

Solid! Wink

Viviani or Ewan, or Groenewegen pulls it in Brussels?
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#7
(07-06-2019, 10:13 AM)Sagan97 Wrote:  Viviani or Ewan, or Groenewegen pulls it in Brussels?

The Aussie
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#8
(07-06-2019, 10:13 AM)Sagan97 Wrote:  Viviani or Ewan, or Groenewegen pulls it in Brussels?

neighbour Groenewegen (y)
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#9
Surprise, surprise!
I didn't expect Peter to be in top trio. The Dutch guy was among the dark horse contenders, but I'm still very surprised :o
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#10
(07-06-2019, 11:16 AM)Sagan97 Wrote:  Surprise, surprise!
I didn't expect Peter to be in top trio. The Dutch guy was among the dark horse contenders, but I'm still very surprised :o

Sorry to say -> but that is another 2nd for Sagan Big Grin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjXiOIETeRo
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#11
Didn't take long for Viviani to score that 1st W
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#12
(07-09-2019, 05:15 PM)Sagan97 Wrote:  Didn't take long for Viviani to score that 1st W

It was a great finish! I was sure that Kristoff will come on top, but seems like he started the sprint a tiny bit too early ...
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#13
My mate Skujins working hard today Smile Dropped the other breakaway guys and opened some gap, 25km to go.
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#14
(07-10-2019, 11:03 AM)Zviedrs Wrote:  My mate Skujins working hard today Smile Dropped the other breakaway guys and opened some gap, 25km to go.

Already caught by the peloton ...
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(07-10-2019, 11:15 AM)Sagan97 Wrote:  
(07-10-2019, 11:03 AM)Zviedrs Wrote:  My mate Skujins working hard today Smile Dropped the other breakaway guys and opened some gap, 25km to go.

Already caught by the peloton ...

btw , congrats with the victory -> perfectly timed sprint from the 4th position (starts ar around 0:55 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVqg_p2iUGU)
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(07-11-2019, 07:42 AM)JoJoJo Wrote:  btw , congrats with the victory -> perfectly timed sprint from the 4th position (starts ar around 0:55 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVqg_p2iUGU)

Smile Smile Smile it's just the beginning, green jersey all the way!

Yesterday was a fun uphill finish stage and we could already see some Thomas/Bernal interaction there. Alaphilippe looks solid!
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#17
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Alaphilippe taking over the yellow jersey. Is he the dark horse GC contender or just kicking those stages and gathering points? Definitely the latter for me, but not sure what the others think?
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#18
(07-14-2019, 07:40 AM)Zviedrs Wrote:  Alaphilippe taking over the yellow jersey. Is he the dark horse GC contender or just kicking those stages and gathering points? Definitely the latter for me, but not sure what the others think?

Yeam, it's very unlikely. We'll see if he can keep it until the Pau ITT

He himself said: "I'm just going to try to keep the jersey as long as I can and test my limits" (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/alaphilippe-shrugs-off-overall-ambitions-in-the-tour-de-france/)
"Uphill, downhill, I like that"
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Big Grin

This didn't happen today though, very impressed by the yet another cyclo-cross star - outsprinted all the top guns including Viviani. But it was a super tight finish. Great decision of Jumbo to take van Aert to the Tour.
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(07-15-2019, 06:01 PM)Zviedrs Wrote:  This didn't happen today tough, very impressed by the yet another cyclo-cross star - outsprinted all the top guns including Viviani. But it was a super tight finish. Great decision of Jumbo to take van Aert to the Tour.

Haha Big Grin Big Grin
How about Thomas + Bernal opening that -1.40 gap against Fuglsang, Pinot, Porte and other on such supposedly relaxing pre rest day?
"Uphill, downhill, I like that"
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