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  • Geeze, the Frenchies are having a good tour!!!! Now they just need a serious GC contender!

    • Notso Swift

       You need to walk before you can run!

    • Notso Swift

       You need to walk before you can run!

    • zoncolan

      Thibaut Pinot in a few years?

  • Deryck Walker

    Morkov is my new favorite rider. Panache seeping from every orifice. 

    Ew at myself.

  • Paolo

    Seems there is a bit of boredom settling in with the fans. The way Sky rides, the early losses or exits of GC guys ( Hesjedal, Sanchez, Gesink, no Andy, no Alberto) and the course design so far made some good races for stage wins, but the battle for GC is not really happening, especially with maybe the strongest climber riding for his leader. Hopefully the next two stages will shake things up. Another two mountain days of breakaways battling for the stage and GC guys following the Sky train without being able to attack seriously would be kind of a sad script for the biggest race in the world. Cadel seems to lack form, so its really only Nibali and VDB left to put up a fight. Somehow i hope Pinot can pull out a deGendt kind of ride, but he might be too young to do that.

  • jules

    great analysis CT. i love watching these breakaways and how the riders play off each other. i felt sorry for Demoullin though – Phil L was lamenting how the others worked him over as they feared his sprint. it seems Pedrigo benefited by flying under the radar a bit.

  • Atganirider

    Can I add my name to the huge list of folk praising your work?

    It’s very interesting to get a different perspective than that of the Uk press

    Wiggins success is down to his hard work and, of course, a great team, including some brilliant Aussies

    • Atganirider

      First to stop to try to aid Cadel after the tack outrage was my near neighbour, Steve Cumings

      Imagine how delighted the majority of your readers would be if Cadel’s name was substituted for Bradley’s…

      As I said, it’s good to get a different perspective, but I’m pleased it’s a “dull” Tour

      • JM

        Fair call Atganirider! Let our local Francophile Gabriel Gate give you a taste of local cycling culture down here in Melbourne http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8LK9pLZsi8

         

      • eatmorelard

        I don’t think anyone is questioning the hard work that Sky have done to get themselves where they are. It just doesn’t make for exciting racing. They set such a furious pace on the climbs (which in itself is admirable) that you get the feeling that any attack is never going to stick. Richie or Mick or Froome keep cracking along on the front and the attack is slowly pulled back in.

        Anytime someone goes up the road I sit there and think to myself “how many minutes before they are dragged back?”. I’m not criticising Sky for it but the other teams need to work out how to break the cycle and they don’t have many stages left to do it!

        • jules

          the only chance is fatigue – dodger and porte can’t keep pulling the peloton along at full pace forever. if nibali or hopefully cadel are saving up for the 3rd week, it could break open a bit in the pyrenees.

          or froome could rip out his ear piece and attack, neutralising the sky train. we can only hope :)

        • Anonymous

          Its a great tactic to win, but its so clinical and mathematical that it doesn’t make good viewing. As a team though to execute that kind of preparation is pretty amazing and hats off to them.

  • mutex

    Newbie here, I’ve a question – Are the front and rear wheels of the bikes interchangeable ? If so, couldn’t Cadel Evans rear wheel been exchanged with his teammates front wheel ? 

    • Mark

      Nope, you can’t put a rear wheel on the front or a front on the rear because the cassette (the cogs for the gears) are attached to the rear wheel.  

      • mutex

        Thanks !

    • Joshua McDougall

      Short answer:  No. Front and Rear are not interchangeable.

  • Abdu

    That first photo is the Commissaire who docked Gossy the 30 points isn’t it…?

    • Paolo

      No. Gossy docked himself 30 points with not being able to ride his bicycle in a straight line.

      • Bracks_ashat

        Paolo, if there’s one thing I’ve learnt at my stay here at CT, its that you never question/mock Abdu’s posts. He will brutally humiliate you in the most amazing sense of humor.

  • Abdu

    That first photo is the Commissaire who docked Gossy the 30 points isn’t it…?

  • Robert Merkel

    OGE can’t be entirely happy with last night’s stage – didn’t get to sprint for the stage, and didn’t have anybody in the break either.

    • Timo

       Like the other teams; they have given up. All the big prizes are gone. Seems the tour is just ~150 guys riding leisurely to Paris.

      • Robert Merkel

        The first hour wasn’t exactly leisurely.  The attempts to get away and the determination with which they were chased down looked like a particularly vicious A grade crit at Port Melbourne.

    • Sean Doyle

       Apparently Matty White decided to rest them as they want to get through to the end with as many riders as possible. Probably aiming for the Champs win.

  • diamondjim

    Sorensen was dangling about 30 secs behind the break for what seemed like forever.  He had a chat with team car, and soon afterwards the rest of Saxo/Tinkoff started pulling on the front of the peleton. Phil and Paul speculated it was because Sorensen wasn’t going to catch the break.  It occurred to me that it would make much more sense for the break to wait for Sorensen (causing S/T to stop chasing, as their man was then in the break) than to be caught by the peleton.  No doubt the DS’s could see this on TV.
    I didn’t see or hear any analysis of this, but after the next ad break, Sorensen was safely in the break and S/T had disappeared back into the peleton.
    Any thoughts, or did anyone hear about this (eg. on a non Phil and Paul broadcast)?

    • Yep, this is more or less what happened – Dave Harmon and Sean Kelly on Eurosport talked about it quite a bit. Saxo-Tinkoff basically bullied the break into letting Sorensen in by threatening to shut the whole thing down altogether if they didn’t.

      Quite nice to see the team radios have an interesting tactical impact on the race for a change…

    • Eltham

      That’s exactly what happened I was surprised Phil and Paul didn’t pick that up

      • The inside word is that all the sprinters teams are not happy with Liquigas since they hold the green jersey and they haven’t been on the front the whole Tour. Yesterday was an example of the sprinter teams basically in a deadlock. OGE and LB started to chase but sat up since they’re not going to work for another Sagan win.

        • diamondjim

          Alasdair, Eltham – thanks for the feedback.  Must start watching Eurosport – Phil & Paul’s commentary frequently seems lacking these days. 
          CT – that’s interesting, and goes some way to explaining why the break wasn’t chased down on a day that seemed tailor-made for sprinters.  The only commentary I’d heard or read was that the peleton was tired, it was scorching hot, and there are no major prizes up for grabs.  Notwithstanding the crazy first 2 hours, it seems that 30c is relatively cool for the south of France in July, and the only prize that OGE can still win is a stage.  It’s not the Maillot Vert, but it’s nothing to be sneezed about and could save the Tour for OGE.

      • The inside word is that all the sprinters teams are not happy with Liquigas since they hold the green jersey and they haven’t been on the front the whole Tour. Yesterday was an example of the sprinter teams basically in a deadlock. OGE and LB started to chase but sat up since they’re not going to work for another Sagan win.

  • minor correction – Christian hasn’t won a Tour stage yet

    • He was part of a winning TTT last year (I think). Does that count?

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