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13/07/2013 at 10:47

OK, so the the finish of  second stage of the Tour de Bretagne feminin (a time trial) was at the bottom of the road where my parents live so I figured I'd go watch the ladies live and check out the TDF on the highlights. It's going to be a dull sprinters stage after all. What have I got to lose. Fortunately the folks got bored of the ladies, went home and switched on the telly and insisted I should watch the entire stage 'as live' which I've just finished doing.

What a corker. One of the best GT stages in recent years in my opinion. I've not read any of this thread yet but I'm guessing that there has been a fair amount of controversy. In anticipation, some thoughts:

OPQS deserved that victory for forcing the split in the first place. Kudos to them.

I'm not a Valverde fan in the least but can't help feeling sorry that he lost time in the way that he did. Belkin were working the front before he had his mechanical but had seemed to have lost a little bit of heart only to re-gain it following his mechanical. Unsporting from Belkin? Payback for previous Movistar shenanigans? I'm not convinced either way. In any event, I suspect it will have a detrimental effect on the race for yellow now that Valverde and Costa (whose team is probably the strongest in the race when the road goes uphill) are effectively out of it.

Froome was incredibly lucky that JC Peraud and J-Rod didn't make the Contador split. If they both had, he wouldn't have been in yellow tonight. If one of them had, he'd have lost at least another minute to the front group. That is how weak Sky are at the moment.

19/07/2013 at 08:07

So, as we head into the final weekend with 2 mountain stages before the final sprint, there's only 50 points between the top 3. My lead's been whittled right down this week and I reckon I'll lose it today or tomorrow with Quintana performing well, before Cav drags me over the line on Sunday evening. Squeaky bum time.


Pudge    pirate
19/07/2013 at 08:28

I have Quintana, so don't be at all surprised to see me storming up the table into the top 3!!!

What a feckin' disastrous campaign from me.  

19/07/2013 at 09:03

Me an Gladys are having a scrap for last, thanks to TJ I'm off the bottom for the first time since Corsica ! 

cougie    pirate
19/07/2013 at 09:27
Lawks - it is tight isnt it !
20/07/2013 at 22:14

A good race. not as GCtastic as 2011 but froome was a lot closer to losing it than the 5mins would have you believe. so room for years of argument there over stage 9 and whether froome could have lost the jersey.
Some good stages and good attitude. all obvious performances people have pointed out but in general the riders rose to the challenge and gave it a good go. a lot of teams underperformed or failed to show but plenty tried. BMC punched below their weight but tried  Good to see the sprints shared about.
Europacar were moronic at times and made poor use of what they had. feel sorry for thibout and fdj. just fell apart. Astana were poor. birdsong was just left to it on his own.
+ marks for saxo and garmin really making a race of it at times along with quickstep/belkin. shame for them that the dutch challenge faded in the alpes.
the suffering on the alpe looking very convincing all round. the sharp end of that day took years off riders. Young men at bottom where middle aged at the top
the structure of the race was good...tweak it here and there.  shout out for the second technical  hilly tt which was  very successful at producing a close stage and decent spectacle.
the whole day on the alpe was pretty memorable as stages go. ...
overall not 1987 or 89 but a hell of a lot better than 2008, 2012, 2004, 2005 and a host of others
ok better or worse than 2011?... I would say better because it was more engaging the whole way through where as 2011 didn't come alive until the 3rd.

cougie    pirate
21/07/2013 at 01:26
I shall enjoy my brief stay at the top. I don't think my team will keep me there tomorrow but it's been fun !
21/07/2013 at 13:48

I've 500 points to make up before the OH beats me...

22/07/2013 at 08:31


cougie    pirate
24/07/2013 at 17:40
Well played Mr OC ! 9 points in it at the end ! Chapeau !

And Gladys is the Lanterne Rouge !
24/07/2013 at 17:45

I just missed out on the Lanterne Rouge.. Just imagine I could be earning a fortune as the LR doing crits at the moment 

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