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Post by Azabache on Fri 31 Jan 2020, 11:12 am

Greetings, and awake from hibernation!

This thread opened for a season when we might see Ineos win all 3 Grand Tours?

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Post by Lowlandbrit on Fri 31 Jan 2020, 5:10 pm

Jumbo-Visma are taking over Movistar's position: they've already announced they're taking Dumoulin, Roglic and Kruijswijk to the Tour.

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Post by Soul Requiem on Sat 01 Feb 2020, 8:46 am

Lowlandbrit wrote:Jumbo-Visma are taking over Movistar's position: they've already announced they're taking Dumoulin, Roglic and Kruijswijk to the Tour.

Ineos could well fight fire with fire and take Bernal, Thomas and Froome if he's recovered enough.

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Post by Just John on Sun 02 Feb 2020, 10:59 am

Jesus, that would be fireworks if those six are all going. Chuck in Alaphillipe & Pinot too, and it could be mouthwatering.

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Post by Azabache on Mon 03 Feb 2020, 10:16 am

Predictions (slightly in jest):
Roglic - flatters to deceive; arrogance at some point alienates fans
Dumoulin - catches something, or has an "incident" at some point; loved by all though
Alaphillipe - similar, some fantastic, heroic stages, leads until it gets important; loved by all
Pinot - bookies will take bets on what stage he has a dramatic collapse and then cries; loved by the French
Kruijswijk - may very well go all the way
Froome and Thomas -  have an altercation and are ejected from the Tour (sorry-couldn't resist!)
Bernal - wins Tour and Vuelta
An Italian wins the Giro

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Post by dummy_half on Mon 03 Feb 2020, 1:56 pm

Azabache wrote:Predictions (slightly in jest):
Roglic - flatters to deceive; arrogance at some point alienates fans
Dumoulin - catches something, or has an "incident" at some point; loved by all though
Alaphillipe - similar, some fantastic, heroic stages, leads until it gets important; loved by all. Wins Fleche Wallonne but otherwise keeps getting out-sprinted by MvdP
Pinot - bookies will take bets on what stage he has a dramatic collapse and then cries; loved by the French
Kruijswijk - may very well go all the way
Froome and Thomas -  have an altercation and are ejected from the Tour (sorry-couldn't resist!)
Bernal - wins Tour and Vuelta
An Italian wins the Giro

Matthieu van der Poel: Wins every Classic he 's entered into except Fleche Wallonne (see Alaphillipe). Wins the Olympics for both MTB and road. Single handedly solves climate change. His Grandad is still loved and mourned by everyone

Remco Evenepoel: Continues to be identified as the Second Coming (of Merckx). Rides and wins Paris Nice by soloing off the front in the first km of each stage.

Jacob Fuglsang: Sets a new record for coming second in races across the season, without winning a single race.

Barguil and Bardet: Win a mountain stage of the Tour. Fight for the polka dot jersey. Hold top 5 positions in the Tour until the last mountain of the race, when Sky Ineos team time trial up at an average of 45 km/h, meaning everyone else misses the time cut. Rumours of team-wide doping are vehemently denied

Sagan: Gets his hair cut and loses all his strength. Loved by all

Cavendish: Actually finishes a race.

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Post by dummy_half on Fri 06 Mar 2020, 12:36 pm

Well, Covid-19 is certainly playing havoc with the early season - Tour of the Emirates shortened after 2 cases amongst team personnel, and now Strada Bianchi, Tirreno-Adriatic and Milan-San Remo at least postponed because of the problems in northern Italy.

Currently looking like the French and Flandrian races will be going ahead, but it's going to be an odd spring.

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Post by Azabache on Fri 06 Mar 2020, 2:51 pm

Have entered the Nove Colli (Italy) end of May this year as the other ones I was interested in (Etape, Maratona, Marmotte) are all on the same day in July, which I can't make; they've brought everything forward-including the Tour-this year to avoid the Olympics.

Let's hope this is all sorted by then!

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Post by No name Bertie on Thu 26 Mar 2020, 1:43 pm

It is possible the Tour de France could go ahead if there are measures put in place to prevent any crowds forming / people mixing.  Cyclists tend to be young and healthy and hence not at high risk of getting the severe form of coronavirus.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/52050109

France could be heading the same way as Italy and Spain.  France went on a national lockdown from 17 March, a week earlier than Britain, and has seen daily deaths increasing to above 200 over the past two days.  That lockdown will be reviewed at the end of March.  The way things  are progressing in France I see that lockdown being extended.

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Post by Good Golly I'm Olly on Thu 26 Mar 2020, 3:48 pm

Highly doubt a bike race will happen. Might be pushed to September/October at best
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Post by Soul Requiem on Thu 26 Mar 2020, 3:56 pm

No name Bertie wrote:It is possible the Tour de France could go ahead if there are measures put in place to prevent any crowds forming / people mixing.  Cyclists tend to be young and healthy and hence not at high risk of getting the severe form of coronavirus.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/52050109

France could be heading the same way as Italy and Spain.  France went on a national lockdown from 17 March, a week earlier than Britain, and has seen daily deaths increasing to above 200 over the past two days.  That lockdown will be reviewed at the end of March.  The way things  are progressing in France I see that lockdown being extended.

Aside from the crowd of 180+ cyclists and their teams. I can't imagine Froome with fairly severe asthma is looking forward to getting it.

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Post by Azabache on Thu 26 Mar 2020, 11:49 pm

Yep-it's looking pretty grim.

Best we can hope for is rescheduling to the Autumn-but which one? If the Giro and Tour were both rescheduled there would be a clash between them and also with the Vuelta-assuming that is going ahead still-rather unlikely I would have thought with Spain in a crisis at the moment. At least there would be no conflict with Olympic duties, as the Games are now put back to 2021.

As for Froome...there are two ways of looking at this:
. a longer break gives him even more time to recover from that crash, assuming he continues training (but that presumably couldn't be in peloton mode);
. he's ageing (though he has relatively modest miles on the clock) and he is superhuman!

Maybe it's destiny never to get the 5 victories...

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