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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 yesterday’s stage, and it’s a battle between Roglic and Pogacar - both of whom are in the running for the KoM as well. It’s 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 hasn’t 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    Bernal has withdrawn with a back injury.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 I’m sure he’ll 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    Bernal has withdrawn with a back injury.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 I’m sure he’ll 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. I’m 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. I’m 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?
    Today’s stage and the final stage only have 1 KOM point each, so it’s all down to tomorrow’s 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 he’ll have to give it full gas all the way. It’s 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 he’s 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 don’t 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.

    I’ve 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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    It's turning into a not bad year for Ineos after all.😆

    Geoghegan-Hart winning the Giro, and Carapaz leading the Vuelta.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lapsedhibee View Post
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    Superb

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    That is amazing! And all in one take as well, just wow.

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    Cav wins his first stage since 2016!

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    Brilliant for Cav, I never thought he had win number 31 in him. it shows what can happen when you are part of a good team
    First few days have been chaos with all the crashes !

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    Cav again 🙏

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    Cav again 🙏
    Last 3 times Le Tour has visited Châteauroux, Cavendish has won there, also marked the site of his first win back in 2008.

    Past few stages have proven that Cavendish has still got it, wonder if Deceuninck–Quick-Step might keep him on for next year and let him have another crack at Merckx's stage win record

    Fancy Cavendish for the Maillot Vert now

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    Showing how much it ment to him after the wins, brilliant stuff

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    Last 3 times Le Tour has visited Châteauroux, Cavendish has won there, also marked the site of his first win back in 2008.

    Past few stages have proven that Cavendish has still got it, wonder if Deceuninck–Quick-Step might keep him on for next year and let him have another crack at Merckx's stage win record

    Fancy Cavendish for the Maillot Vert now

    It's not impossible he could match or break the record this year. Imagine him getting #35 on the Champs Elysées, wearing green.

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    Well, barring accidents it looks like the tour is over after 8 stages !

    Pogacar in a class of his own, amazing ride today. Obviously injury to Roglic didn’t help, but even he would have struggled today I think.

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    Cavendish again !
    What a lead out by his quickstep team
    One more to match the most stage win record in history!!!

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    Cavendish does it again, what an incredible comeback from a guy who wasn't even supposed to be at Le Tour this year and almost quit the sport last year.

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    Cavendish again !
    What a lead out by his quickstep team
    One more to match the most stage win record in history!!!
    Incroyable!

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