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Post by Lowlandbrit on Thu Jun 26, 2014 1:09 pm

It's nearly time for the biggest race of the year, the event that has everyone so excited that the England football team made sure they'd be back in time to see the start in Leeds. Froome and Contador are the big favourites for yellow, with Nibali as biggest outsider. Meanwhile Sagan is the favourite for green, just ahead of Cavendish and Kittel.

Teams (riders left):
Sky (7):
1. FROOME Christopher (GBR)
2. EISEL Bernhard (AUT)
3. KIRYIENKA Vasil (BLR)
4. LOPEZ David (ESP)
5. NIEVE Mikel (ESP)
6. PATE Danny (USA)
7. PORTE Richie (AUS)
8. THOMAS Geraint (GBR)
9. ZANDIO Xabier (ESP)
Movistar (8):
11. VALVERDE Alejandro (ESP)
12. ERVITI Imanol (ESP)
13. GADRET John (FRA)
14. HERRADA Jesús (ESP)
15. INTXAUSTI Beñat (ESP)
16. IZAGIRRE Ion (ESP)
17. PLAZA Rubén (ESP)
18. ROJAS José Joaquín (ESP)
19. VISCONTI Giovanni (ITA)
Katusha (6):
21. RODRíGUEZ Joaquim (ESP)
22. ISAYCHEV Vladimir (RUS)
23. KRISTOFF Alexander (NOR)
24. PAOLINI Luca (ITA)
25. PORSEV Alexander (RUS)
26. SILIN Egor (RUS)
27. SMUKULIS Gatis (LAT)
28. ŠPILAK Simon (SLO)
29. TROFIMOV Yuri (RUS)
Tinkoff-Saxo (7):
31. CONTADOR Alberto (ESP)
32. BENNATI Daniele (ITA)
33. HERNáNDEZ Jesús (ESP)
34. MAJKA Rafal (POL)
35. MøRKøV Michael (DEN)
36. PAULINHO Sérgio (POR)
37. ROCHE Nicolas (IRL)
38. ROGERS Michael (AUS)
39. TOSATTO Matteo (ITA)
Astana (9):
41. NIBALI Vincenzo (ITA)
42. FUGLSANG Jakob (DEN)
43. GRIVKO Andriy (UKR)
44. GRUZDEV Dmitriy (KAZ)
45. IGLINSKIY Maxim (KAZ)
46. KANGERT Tanel (EST)
47. SCARPONI Michele (ITA)
48. VANOTTI Alessandro (ITA)
49. WESTRA Lieuwe (NED)
Cannondale (8):
51. SAGAN Peter (SVK)
52. BODNAR Maciej (POL)
53. DE MARCHI Alessandro (ITA
54. KING Edward (USA)
55. KOREN Kristijan (SLO))
56. MARCATO Marco (ITA)
57. MARINO Jean-Marc (FRA)
58. SABATINI Fabio (ITA)
59. VIVIANI Elia (ITA)
Belkin (8):
61. MOLLEMA Bauke (NED)
62. BOOM Lars (NED)
63. CLEMENT Stef (NED)
64. KRUIJSWIJK Steven (NED)
65. LEEZER Tom (NED)
66. TANKINK Bram (NED)
67. TEN DAM Laurens (NED)
68. VANMARCKE Sep (BEL)
69. WYNANTS Maarten (BEL)
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step (8):
71. CAVENDISH Mark (GBR)
72. BAKELANTS Jan (BEL)
73. GOłAś Michał (POL)
74. KWIATKOWSKI Michal (POL)
75. MARTIN Tony (GER)
76. PETACCHI Alessandro (ITA)
77. RENSHAW Mark (AUS)
78. TERPSTRA Niki (NED)
79. TRENTIN Matteo (ITA)
AG2R-La Mondiale (9):
81. PERAUD Jean-Christophe (FRA)
82. BARDET Romain (FRA)
83. CHEREL Mikael (FRA)
84. DUMOULIN Samuel (FRA)
85. GASTAUER Ben (LUX)
86. KADRI Blel (FRA)
87. MINARD Sébastien (FRA)
88. MONTAGUTI Matteo (ITA)
89. RIBLON Christophe (FRA)
Garmin Sharp (7):
91. TALANSKY Andrew (USA)
92. ACEVEDO Janier Alexis (COL)
93. BAUER Jack (NZL)
94. HOWES Alex (USA)
95. KING Ben (USA)
96. LANGEVELD Sebastian (NED)
97. NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas (LTU)
98. SLAGTER Tom-Jelte (NED)
99. VANSUMMEREN Johan (BEL)
Giant Shimano (8):
101. KITTEL Marcel (GER)
102. CURVERS Roy (NED)
103. DE KORT Koen (NED)
104. DEGENKOLB John (GER)
105. DEVENYNS Dries (BEL)
106. DUMOULIN Tom (NED)
107. JI Cheng (CHN)
108. TIMMER Albert (NED)
109. VEELERS Tom (NED)
Lampre-Merida (5):
111. COSTA Rui (POR)
112. CIMOLAI Davide (ITA)
113. DURASEK Kristijan (CRO)
114. HORNER Chris (USA)
115. MODOLO Sacha (ITA)
116. OLIVEIRA Nelson (POR)
117. RICHEZE Ariel Maximiliano (ARG)
118. SERPA Jose Rodolfo (COL)
119. VALLS Rafael (ESP)
FDJ.fr (8):
121. DéMARE Arnaud (FRA)
122. BONNET William (FRA)
123. DELAGE Mickaël (FRA)
124. JEANNESSON Arnold (FRA)
125. LADAGNOUS Matthieu (FRA)
126. PINEAU Cédric (FRA)
127. PINOT Thibaut (FRA)
128. ROY Jérémy (FRA
129. VICHOT Arthur (FRA))
Lotto Belisol (7):
131. VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen (BEL)
132. BAK Lars Ytting (DEN)
133. DE CLERCQ Bart (BEL)
134. GALLOPIN Tony (FRA)
135. GREIPEL André (GER)
136. HANSEN Adam (AUS)
137. HENDERSON Gregory (NZL)
138. ROELANDTS Jurgen (BEL)
139. SIEBERG Marcel (GER)
BMC (8):
141. VAN GARDEREN Tejay (USA)
142. ATAPUMA John Darwin (COL)
143. BURGHARDT Marcus (GER)
144. MOINARD Amaël (FRA)
145. OSS Daniel (ITA)
146. SCHAR Michael (SUI)
147. STETINA Peter (USA)
148. VAN AVERMAET Greg (BEL)
149. VELITS Peter (SVK)
Europcar (9):
151. ROLLAND Pierre (FRA)
152. ARASHIRO Yukiya (JPN)
153. COQUARD Bryan (FRA)
154. GAUTIER Cyril (FRA)
155. GENE Yohann (FRA)
156. PICHOT Alexandre (FRA)
157. QUEMENEUR Perrig (FRA)
158. RéZA Kévin (FRA)
159. VOECKLER Thomas (FRA)
Trek (6):
161. SCHLECK Fränk (LUX)
162. BUSCHE Matthew (USA)
163. CANCELLARA Fabian (SUI)
164. IRIZAR Markel (ESP)
165. RAST Gregory (SUI)
166. SCHLECK Andy (LUX)
167. VAN POPPEL Danny (NED)
168. VOIGT Jens (GER)
169. ZUBELDIA Haimar (ESP)
Cofidis (7):
171. NAVARRO Daniel (ESP)
172. EDET Nicolas (FRA)
173. GARCíA Egoitz (ESP)
174. LEMOINE Cyril (FRA)
175. MATE Luis Angel (ESP)
176. MOLARD Rudy (FRA)
177. PETIT Adrien (FRA)
178. SIMON Julien (FRA)
179. TAARAMäE Rein (EST)
ORICA-GreenEDGE (6):
181. GERRANS Simon (AUS)
182. ALBASINI Michael (SUI)
183. CLARKE Simon (AUS)
184. DURBRIDGE Luke (AUS)
185. HAYMAN Mathew (AUS)
186. KEUKELEIRE Jens (BEL)
187. MEIER Christian (CAN)
188. TUFT Svein (CAN)
189. YATES Simon (GBR)
IAM (6):
191. FRANK Mathias (SUI)
192. CHAVANEL Sylvain (FRA)
193. ELMIGER Martin (SUI)
194. HAUSSLER Heinrich (AUS)
195. HOLLENSTEIN Reto (SUI)
196. KLUGE Roger (GER)
197. PINEAU Jérome (FRA)
198. REICHENBACH Sebastien (SUI)
199. WYSS Marcel (SUI)
NetApp-Endura (8):
201. KöNIG Leopold (CZE)
202. BáRTA Jan (CZE)
203. DE LA CRUZ David (ESP)
204. DEMPSTER Zakkari (AUS)
205. HUZARSKI Bartosz (POL)
206. MACHADO Tiago (POR)
207. MENDES José (POR)
208. SCHILLINGER Andreas (GER)
209. VOSS Paul (GER)
Bretagne-Séché (9):
211. FEILLU Brice (FRA)
212. BIDEAU Jean Marc (FRA)
213. DELAPLACE Anthony (FRA)
214. FEILLU Romain (FRA)
215. FONSECA Armindo (FRA)
216. GERARD Arnaud (FRA)
217. GUILLOU Florian (FRA)
218. JARRIER Benoit (FRA)
219. VACHON Florian (FRA)


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Post by Good Golly I'm Olly on Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:38 pm

Will be interesting to see whether someone like Pinot, Van Garderen, Mollema, Konig, Talanksy, Van den Broeck can make the podium because I don't think Nibali is in top shape climbing and isn't as good as he was.

If he wasn't riding for Froome, Pete Kennaugh would be my tip for an outsider top 10, but as it is it'll have to be Kwiatkowski or Konig. 

I fancy Contador to take the victory overall, don't think Sky have a strong team with Porte struggling all season and Henao injured. 

What do you guys think?

Also Cav to pick up 4 stage wins, Sagan for green tho
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Post by Lowlandbrit on Fri Jun 27, 2014 12:43 pm

Olly wrote:If he wasn't riding for Froome, Pete Kennaugh would be my tip for an outsider top 10
Actually, Sky have announced their team and he isn't riding at all.

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Post by Good Golly I'm Olly on Fri Jun 27, 2014 12:45 pm

Lowlandbrit wrote:
Olly wrote:If he wasn't riding for Froome, Pete Kennaugh would be my tip for an outsider top 10
Actually, Sky have announced their team and he isn't riding at all.
I saw and was shocked, but it seems both he and Stannard are struggling with illnesses
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Post by Lowlandbrit on Fri Jun 27, 2014 4:40 pm

Belkin have been working hard to get ready:


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Post by Good Golly I'm Olly on Mon Jun 30, 2014 6:45 pm

Dave Millar dropped from the Garmin squad

Disappointing from them
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Post by Dave. on Mon Jun 30, 2014 8:52 pm

Pah, the Belfast Giro was better, so it was.

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Post by Lowlandbrit on Mon Jun 30, 2014 9:59 pm

One British rider for every stage in Britain is pretty ridiculous, especially with a British team involved. Kennaugh's omission in particular looks stranger by the day. Maybe all the teams just really value the Commonwealth Games?

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Post by Lowlandbrit on Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:36 pm

Scratch that; Orica have pulled a late surprise and included Simon Yates. All squads are now confirmed.

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Post by Guest on Sat Jul 05, 2014 11:59 am

We're under way.....

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Post by Duty281 on Sat Jul 05, 2014 12:06 pm

Ah God's county is truly, truly beautiful.

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Post by Good Golly I'm Olly on Sat Jul 05, 2014 12:08 pm

Kittel to win today

Cav never starts well
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Post by Guest on Sat Jul 05, 2014 12:12 pm

Yeah, Cav always takes a good three or four stages to find his speed. What does he need, three or four stage wins to leapfrog into second in the all-time 'stage wins' list?

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Post by Good Golly I'm Olly on Sat Jul 05, 2014 12:20 pm

Something along those lines, think he needs 8/9 to catch up with Mercx, Cav's on 25 atm

Anyways watch it on Eurosport if you can, coverage is 1000 times better and you dont have to listen to the Armstrong fanboy Liggett
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Post by Guest on Sat Jul 05, 2014 12:33 pm

Yeah, usually always watch it on Eurosport with Kirby & Sean Kelly

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Post by Good Golly I'm Olly on Sat Jul 05, 2014 4:46 pm

Olly wrote:Kittel to win today

Cav never starts well
There we have it

Cav falls, looks like a broken collarbone.
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Post by Good Golly I'm Olly on Sat Jul 05, 2014 4:46 pm

All his own fault, leaning into Gerrans. Stupid
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Post by Guest on Sat Jul 05, 2014 4:48 pm

occassion got to him, trying too hard

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Post by Duty281 on Sat Jul 05, 2014 7:56 pm

Cavendish was straining every sinew, and my own humanity bounds me to feeling sorrow on his part.

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Post by Guest on Sat Jul 05, 2014 8:10 pm

dislocated shoulder, announcing tomorrow his future in the tour. Can't see him doing much if he continues.

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Post by Good Golly I'm Olly on Sat Jul 05, 2014 8:14 pm

I can't feel to much sympathy for him, it was an incredibly silly and dangerous move to lean on Gerrans like that, especially when in a full sprint.

These things happen far too often with Cav, causes himself so many issues

Anyways I don't think he'd have won, not his sort of sprint and Kittel is a monster (who has already covered my world cup losses!!)
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Post by Good Golly I'm Olly on Sat Jul 05, 2014 8:14 pm

I'd also get all over Contador whilst his odds are high, strong team, in great shape, Sky are weak, worth a punt and a certainty for a top 3
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Post by Good Golly I'm Olly on Sun Jul 06, 2014 10:11 am

Cav out of the Tour

Gutting
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Post by Lowlandbrit on Sun Jul 06, 2014 4:25 pm

This first week is starting to look like that Giro from a few years ago, that everyone said was going to ruin the race but ended up being fantastic.

Great win by Nibali, shame Astana managed to mess up the Italian jersey. Just horrible.

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Post by Guest on Tue Jul 08, 2014 2:34 pm

Froome went down, looks a nasty hip graze but he should be alright. Andy Schleck has quit already, due to a knee injury.

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Post by Lowlandbrit on Tue Jul 08, 2014 3:32 pm

John wrote:Andy Schleck has quit already, due to a knee injury.
Hard to understand why they even brought him, he's barely even been peloton-filler for a while now. Sad to see such a talented rider completely break down.

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Post by Good Golly I'm Olly on Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:58 pm

A real shame Cav got injured and we lost the battle between him and Kittel. With him out Kittel is just far too good for this field
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Post by Guest on Wed Jul 09, 2014 1:37 pm

expecting fireworks on the cobbles, it's wet aswell. froome already looking uncomfortable.

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Post by Guest on Wed Jul 09, 2014 2:44 pm

Froome has abandoned. Oh dear british sport.

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Post by Lowlandbrit on Wed Jul 09, 2014 2:49 pm

After all that talk of the cobblestones putting him in danger, he doesn't even make it that far. You know who would have enjoyed this stage? Bradley Wiggins.

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Post by Azabache on Wed Jul 09, 2014 3:32 pm

Unfortunately rather predictable if you believe in The Curse of Wiggo, the power of Voodoo etc. Awesome responsibility now on the no. 2. Shall we laugh or cry? It's certainly one of those years for Great British Sport.

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Post by Lowlandbrit on Wed Jul 09, 2014 4:07 pm

This stage is absolute carnage, but it's great seeing some proper racing in the Tour.

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Post by Guest on Wed Jul 09, 2014 4:33 pm

Nibali taking more than 2 mins off Contador.

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Post by Good Golly I'm Olly on Wed Jul 09, 2014 8:16 pm

A fantastic stage, good to see a cobbled stage in a grand tour. Too often its all time trial and mountains but good to see that the winner will be able to make/take time on a different terrain.

Unlucky for Froome, but he's had a year like that with crashes, why I bet on Contador (although he didn't look great today, he'll obliterate Nibali in the mountains)
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Post by dummy_half on Thu Jul 10, 2014 12:03 am

I love the inclusion of a mini Paris-Roubaix stage, and God cooperated with some weather to make it a tough man's day. Awesome from Nibali to be up there with the big Classics guys. Good news for Contador though is that, excluding Nibali, he didn't lose much if any time to the guys he will be racing against later in the race.

I have a feeling that we might see a younger rider well up to the front of the GC at the end - Kwiartkowski for me is one to watch.

Not too upset by the abandon of Froome - hasn't been in great form in the last few weeks, so it was asking a lot for him to retain the title. Interesting now to see if Sky look for Porte to place high on GC, or if they just go stage hunting.

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Post by whocares on Thu Jul 10, 2014 12:53 am

Porte was strong last year bar one mountain stage where he lost 18 minutes or so. So he should fly the Sky flag. Shame for Froome but like others I enjoyed that mini classic as much as the Yorshire stages. It's very tough when it rains as most riders can be stuck in the wrong part of the peloton and have to wait a few miles to be able to move hence the big gaps despite it being a flat stage. Nibali mountain bike experience certainly helped him as well.

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Post by Good Golly I'm Olly on Thu Jul 10, 2014 6:54 am

Porte has been in horrific form all year, so unless there's been a change I hope SKY support geraint Thomas for some stage wins!

Talanksy is the one I have some money on as an outside bet to make the top three. Pinot might be another to keep an eye on
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Post by Azabache on Thu Jul 10, 2014 10:26 am

I didn't enjoy watching the stage at all. Rain or shine my view is that these cobbles should not feature in a Grand Tour-it's just too much of a lottery with a good chance of a pro getting seriously injured. It turns the Tour into a Freak Show.

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Post by Guest on Thu Jul 10, 2014 11:48 am

Nonsense, cobbles should be allowed. This is professional cycling, some of the best bike handlers in the world. If they can't ride on this & be tested, then its embarrassing. Livens up the show & the entertainment......its a grand tour, it shouldn't be easy with paved roads from start to finish.

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Post by Lowlandbrit on Thu Jul 10, 2014 4:30 pm

Fun finish, Kristoff must be wondering what he has to do to win a stage.

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Post by Lowlandbrit on Fri Jul 11, 2014 2:18 pm

No more Stef Clement means we're down 10 riders so far.

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Post by Guest on Fri Jul 11, 2014 4:01 pm

TJ's fallen. Interesting finish to come here

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Post by Guest on Fri Jul 11, 2014 4:13 pm

what a finish. Sagan got pipped. few crashes too.

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Post by Lowlandbrit on Sat Jul 12, 2014 3:17 pm

Looks like we could get two good finishes here. Five men in the breakaway to fight it out for the stage win (including Simon Yates), and then the main group with a chance to take a little time off each other. It's also started tipping it down.

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Post by Good Golly I'm Olly on Sat Jul 12, 2014 3:21 pm

Fancy Kadri from the breakaway

Nibali on these descents in this weather could be deadly
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Post by Lowlandbrit on Sat Jul 12, 2014 4:28 pm

Blel's spent the last 10km looking like he's about to topple off his bike, but that's a great win (and good shout by Olly). Lot of people behind him struggling with the first day of climbing.

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Post by Big on Sat Jul 12, 2014 9:28 pm

Great tour so far, and really enjoyed it today. Really pleased for Blel, that was a great win. Good showing by Chavanel and Yates as well.

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Post by Big on Sat Jul 12, 2014 9:29 pm

A shame there are no terrestrial highlights of the Giro Rosa, as I wouldn't have minded watching Pooley getting her stage win there!

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Post by Good Golly I'm Olly on Sat Jul 12, 2014 9:39 pm

Think today should set some alarm bells ringing in Astana, Nibali was left all alone on a relatively short climb. On longer stages we could see a situation where Nibali is all alone with ages left ala Froome last year
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Post by Lowlandbrit on Sun Jul 13, 2014 4:03 pm

What a ride this is by Tony Martin. Clearly decided to make today the second TT.

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