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    Le Tour

    It gets underway tomorrow.

    What's people's thoughts? Who's going to challenge the Ineos "Grenadiers"?

    I have a wee sneaky feeling about Carapaz. I know he's supposed to be there to support Bernal, but it wouldn't be out of character for Sky/Ineos to change horses mid-race.


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    Jumbo-Visma should give Ineos a run for their money. With Roglic as their main man and a very strong team, I expect them to do well.

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    Love a vibrant discussion:)

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    Been really enjoying it so far. Definitely have a new favourite rider in Hirschi. Seems to be a definite changing of the guard some unbelievable young riders.

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    Been superb this year so far and yesterdays summit finish was excellent.

    TJV with Roglic, Dumoulin, Martin and Cuss look very strong.

    If Bernal and Ineos have any aspersions of winning they really need to start showing a bit more. Long way to go but barring a crash/injury I cannot see past Roglic for the Maillot Jaune in Paris


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    It looks like Egan is out of it after yesterdayís stage, and itís a battle between Roglic and Pogacar - both of whom are in the running for the KoM as well. Itís hard to see beyond Roglic given the strength of the Jumbo Visma team.

    The green jersey is interesting this year - Sam Bennett has been riding well and Sagan hasnít looked as strong as in previous years, also losing a number of points after the incident with van Aert. I think that contest could be settled on the final stage.

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    Bernal has withdrawn with a back injury. Not a good tour for him, but Iím sure heíll be back to his best soon. I think there are bigger worries for Ineos as a team, with no clear strategy other than spending lots of money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Man View Post
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    Bernal has withdrawn with a back injury. Not a good tour for him, but Iím sure heíll be back to his best soon. I think there are bigger worries for Ineos as a team, with no clear strategy other than spending lots of money.
    When was the last time Ineos/Sky didn't have anyone in the top 10, let alone contending?

    Carapaz obviously felt the weight of my expectation 🙄

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    Finally something to celebrate for Ineos. Carapaz has come to the fore since Bernal fell out of the reckoning, and he and Kwiatowski rode brilliantly today. Iím pleased for Kwiatowski, every tour he rides in support of his team, today is a well deserved first stage win for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Man View Post
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    Finally something to celebrate for Ineos. Carapaz has come to the fore since Bernal fell out of the reckoning, and he and Kwiatowski rode brilliantly today. Iím pleased for Kwiatowski, every tour he rides in support of his team, today is a well deserved first stage win for him.
    Carapaz gives me the "up yours" 😂 Think he's on for KOM?

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    Carapaz gives me the "up yours" 😂 Think he's on for KOM?
    Todayís stage and the final stage only have 1 KOM point each, so itís all down to tomorrowís time trial, where 10 points are on offer for the fastest on the final section up the climb. That suits Carapaz, as he can take it easy then sprint up the hill, whereas Pogacar is still in GC contention so heíll have to give it full gas all the way. Itís great to have the race still so interesting in the final few stages.

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    What a ride from Pogacar. Absolutely incredible.

    Pretty sure heís won the yellow, white and polka dot jerseys.

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    Today was sensational what a ride and what a finish to the tour.

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    Pogacar and Bernal are both in their early 20s. Looks like they are going to dominate cycling for years to come. Can you imagine what Pogacar would be like with a strong team behind him ? Nothing against UAE but they donít appear to have a deep squad of riders.

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    Well, I picked the wrong weekend to go away to a caravan and miss the last three days of Le Tour! I did manage to see the final sprint in Paris, Sam Bennett rounded off his tour in style and showed how much he deserved the green jersey.

    Iíve only just caught up with the time trial coverage. What a ride from Pogacar, he was on it from the word go and incredible up the hill at the end. Yellow, polka dot and white jerseys. What an achievement.

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