Tour De France 2019: That’s My Jaune

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A Froomless Tour, Sans Sherwen (RIP), with Babby Aussie goer Caleb Ewan (potentially) in the mix... let’s GOOO

Stage 1 Brussels proved pretty exciting!

Who else ITT is watching?

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 6 July 2019 18:52 (two weeks ago) link

Crazy finish!
Rotten luck for Groenewegen, looked a nasty crash

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 6 July 2019 18:58 (two weeks ago) link

bikecam footage

Also featuring Geraint Thomas, if you squint. https://t.co/BOPXaoQr2z

— Daniel Friebe (@friebos) July 6, 2019

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 6 July 2019 19:01 (two weeks ago) link

:(

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 6 July 2019 21:56 (two weeks ago) link

I'm watching, thx for starting the thread. Surprising TT but Jumbo are flying atm.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Sunday, 7 July 2019 16:55 (two weeks ago) link

I’m a bit behind the action but lol @ Movistar

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 7 July 2019 17:05 (two weeks ago) link

holy Jumbo! They smoked everyone O_O

be interesting to see how tomorrow shakes out now!

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 7 July 2019 22:13 (two weeks ago) link

I saw a tiny clip on Twitter & it looked v amusing

Stage 3 was quite enjoyable, esp once it was clear that Alaphilippe had it in the bag. What a great win for him!

Some nasty crashes on that stage though.

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 9 July 2019 13:57 (one week ago) link

"groenewegen's nickname is 'the atomic tadpole.' that's tour news for today. i'm bradley wiggins, back to you." *smokes cig*

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 16:07 (one week ago) link

STAGE 5 INCOMING

rigo is my outside bet here - yes, he has big nearly man energy but a lot of the others have equal doubts over their viability. bernal (untested defending the jersey over 3 weeks), thomas (too crashy), pinot (can’t go down hills, doesn’t do pressure), nairo (by all rights he should win this but lol)

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unconvinced by fuglsang over 3

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Tbfttl Fuglsang crashed pretty hard on day one. You (intentionally?) left out Nibali and Valverde. I'd put a fiver on the the old shark, even though I expect Bernal to win it? That is, if Iseos is strong enough. Not convinced yet but early days obv.

I'm wondering how long Alaphilippe can attain yellow. If he survives La Planche de Belle Filles, he could take it into the second week for sure.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 9 July 2019 16:42 (one week ago) link

valverde is a big [controversial moderator edit] so I refuse to countenance him winning. I'd love the shark to win it but he must be pretty goosed from his second at the giro

||||||||, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 17:37 (one week ago) link

plus movistar have too many cooks and valverde's only GT GC win came over ten years ago

||||||||, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 17:39 (one week ago) link

True, though having too many cooks is kind of Movistar's modus operandi. It helps to know Quintana isn't going to win it, him being Quintana and all. So he and Landa could help out the shark.

Also: It got me thinking, since Dumoulin is heavily linked to Jumbo atm and he wants out at Sunweb: You'll have Roglic, Kruiswijk and Dumoulin. That's veering into Movistar territory, and doesn't seem wise...)

Also also: Viviani's days were numbered (and it's not hard to see why) but I'm wondering how QS think of him after today.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 9 July 2019 17:45 (one week ago) link

i scanned that as "too many crooks," and was all "forget it jacques, it's PRO," but then re-read it.

1. yay today! watching the last 2km i could not imagine sagan NOT winning it the way he was stalking, but i was still v gratified.
2. since shit gets real tomorrow, bets are due, i guess. on gc i root for rigo for his seeming longplay legit-ness. but it's cool that balaverde has gone full-martian-- the last time i saw a non-sky rider go full-martian was chris horner at the vuelta way backinaday, and ay, results. so i think martian valverde is pretty interesting. (it cannot be him though, can it?)

for dough tho, i'm taking the odds and staying with bernal.

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 16:01 (one week ago) link

any given strong field and I admit uran doesn’t quite got it. this mob of nearly men, young dudes and crashers? vai rigo*

*ineos will no doubt soon instigate project imperial march and bernal will win

||||||||, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 16:17 (one week ago) link

Can someone explain the ski goggles thing? I know the US football team did this and now Sagan on the podium, but somewhere along the line I missed the memo.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 22:47 (one week ago) link

Finally some time to post here (been seeing it all but crazy few days). Honestly I'm just all about Sagan's proper reign of terror in the best way. But stage 3 was amazing/crazy for sure.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 23:16 (one week ago) link

tomorrow should be good :)

gbx, Thursday, 11 July 2019 01:12 (one week ago) link

i’ve loved everything so far but guys i’m already jonesing for the Pyrenees bcz i’m greedy

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 11 July 2019 03:05 (one week ago) link

Loved the Alsace scenery today (and umbrella hijinx lol) - really felt for the peloton having to go flat stack the whole way, breakaway put them through their paces for sure

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 11 July 2019 03:33 (one week ago) link

oh and gbx otm - tomorrow looks like a corker

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 11 July 2019 04:57 (one week ago) link

Staying up tonight, Cold and all, because this is a pretty brutal stage to have on the first Thursday of the tour.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Thursday, 11 July 2019 09:04 (one week ago) link

thomas eh.....? who knew

||||||||, Thursday, 11 July 2019 17:31 (one week ago) link

My cold caught up with me so now I am catching up with the stage. I’m watching through France TV for the first time this tour and, shock horror, they have managed to find a woman to sit next to JaJa and do some punditry. Former French national road race champion, Marion Rousse. She’s also married to Tony Gallopin.

Other broadcasters should take note. (Also to broadcast the Giro Rosa)

It’s been interesting watching Pete Kennaugh, though; seeing the race a a spectator for the first time.

Still haven’t managed to catch Wiggo and contador on the backs of their respective motorbikes.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Thursday, 11 July 2019 22:15 (one week ago) link

Thibau Pinot is looking good. Super relaxed before the TTT as well.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Friday, 12 July 2019 01:24 (one week ago) link

pinot looking good. hincapie tipping alaphilippe for podium (don’t see it)

bardet and nibbles dans la queue

||||||||, Friday, 12 July 2019 07:27 (one week ago) link

BIG statement of intent from thomas

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Bardet had a crappy day he was swapping bikes and wheels at every opportunity. Definitely the sign of a rider who’s not comfortable.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Friday, 12 July 2019 08:02 (one week ago) link

classic thomas.

Fizzles, Saturday, 13 July 2019 15:07 (one week ago) link

go de gendt! nibali! alaphilippe! great stage.

Fizzles, Saturday, 13 July 2019 15:11 (one week ago) link

nibbles looks like he has turned to stone on this climb.

Fizzles, Saturday, 13 July 2019 15:11 (one week ago) link

what. a. fucking. stage.

Fizzles, Saturday, 13 July 2019 15:25 (one week ago) link

yeah that had everything. bit sad that the ciccone youth had so little support, but what a finish

Br. Des Shadows (NickB), Saturday, 13 July 2019 15:54 (one week ago) link

love de gendt, love JA, great frikkin race

gbx, Saturday, 13 July 2019 18:24 (one week ago) link

Just watched the highlights, want to see the whole thing now! This year feels very different and I’m really enjoying it so far.

Madchen, Saturday, 13 July 2019 19:09 (one week ago) link

If you are in France or can VPN there. France TV has whole stage replays.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Saturday, 13 July 2019 21:48 (one week ago) link

cyclingtorrents

gbx, Saturday, 13 July 2019 21:58 (one week ago) link

Goddamn. De Gendt! Fucking hero for that.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 13 July 2019 22:39 (one week ago) link

Alaphilippe keeping it close, amazing work.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 13 July 2019 22:40 (one week ago) link

bike racing!!!

gbx, Saturday, 13 July 2019 22:44 (one week ago) link

Also Sagan just doing the business again, sorry Matthews.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 13 July 2019 22:52 (one week ago) link

That last climb! Deceptively hard, Nibali was absolute cooked and then Pinot move to jump onto the wheels of Alaphilippe! Thanks some good racing. Some significant confusion from the peloton, it seemed like they were halfway down before they’d sorted out who was going to ride to pull them back. Too much looking around for Ineos to do the work?

I’m all in for a Thibaut Pinot. That descent with Alaphilippe was some amazing stuff. Not hugely technical, but wasn’t he known as a nervous descender a few years back.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Sunday, 14 July 2019 02:02 (one week ago) link

de gendt is a fucking legend, what a motor he has to pull that off today. magical stuff.

and pinot hanging with alaphillippe the whole way for those last few kms was awesome! good on him. way to show up for bastille day, good job to both frogs

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 14 July 2019 05:12 (one week ago) link

Offredo’s stage 8 experience was completely O_o

"I had to shit all day," Offredo said frankly to France TV. "I was sick all night, like a few members of my staff. I was suffering even in the neutral start, I found myself with Christophe Laporte, I tried to motivate him but he too was empty. Like me, he had nothing left in his legs, he was sick two days ago."

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/offredo-perseveres-through-nightmarish-tour-de-france-stage/

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 14 July 2019 05:38 (one week ago) link

That is awesome, not the sickness but the endurance, especially having been at both ends of the race.

Today looks supper fun. This is the France of my childhood holidays and it looks like there’s another’s cat three with a potential little wall in the middle of it right before the finish. Alaphilippe to win in yellow on Bastille day, I wouldn’t bet against it.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Sunday, 14 July 2019 07:03 (one week ago) link

Mike Woods stars in the second episode of #EFGoneRacing out of the Tour de France. @rusty_woods, 32, is the oldest @LeTour debutant in the 106th edition of the race and likely the only rider in the bunch to break a four-minute mile.#EFGoneRacing #exploretheworld

📹: @Rapha pic.twitter.com/4QaxrwkWuj

— EF Education First Pro Cycling (@EFprocycling) July 14, 2019

ep 2 is nice as a sorta narrativeless slice of stuff

Hunt3r, Sunday, 14 July 2019 09:10 (one week ago) link

Interesting insight on today’s Costa breakaway attempt

Flecha saying the break didn't want Costa to catch the break because he's not a nice guy to have in the breakaway, he'll sit on wheels, do nothing and then attack you..

— Ian (@cyclingbetting) July 14, 2019



Thomas De Gendt said that of Costa in @petercossins Full Gas book. Said he's not a great guy to have in the break because he never fully commits

— Iain Sisson (@i_am_iain) July 14, 2019

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 14 July 2019 17:14 (one week ago) link

man he just fukkin owns

gbx, Friday, 19 July 2019 18:28 (two days ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsPlwbPigOY

Hunt3r, Friday, 19 July 2019 23:50 (two days ago) link

crushed for sweet baby Wout ;_;
what a horror crash that was

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 20 July 2019 02:48 (yesterday) link

Terrible.

BTW there is no way I see King Julian holding the jersey after stage 15. The Peguere is not too hard sounding at 9.3km and 7.9%, but the final 3km of that is 16-18%.

I was impressed by uran today, bur he’s STILL almost 4 min back. ☹️

Hunt3r, Saturday, 20 July 2019 03:22 (yesterday) link

holyyyyyyy shit that was some finish. King Julian!! That was a goosebumps performance, cannot wait for these mountains now

Get yr popcorns

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 20 July 2019 04:41 (yesterday) link

And yeah, Rigo putting himself back up in the standings was an impressive effort, though being that far back still is gonna suck. Nairo & Yates kinda sucking wind atm now too.

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 20 July 2019 04:43 (yesterday) link

rest in power sweet baby wout

Hincapie (shhhhh) thinks our dude JuliA could take it all if the also ran French teams started doing the work that QS didn't come prepared for

He might be right

gbx, Saturday, 20 July 2019 04:45 (yesterday) link

imagine that

:D

guys lets quit our jobs and watch prof cycling races forever

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 20 July 2019 05:19 (yesterday) link

A fine idea

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 20 July 2019 05:19 (yesterday) link

cool cool cool

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 20 July 2019 05:26 (yesterday) link

I’ll buy us a camping car with cassoulet trailer.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Saturday, 20 July 2019 06:19 (yesterday) link

now we’re talking

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 20 July 2019 06:24 (yesterday) link

Caught up with the TT and what a ride from Alaphilippe and de Gendt. Definitely one for the puncheurs as Vos demonstrated in the morning. Maybe that went in Alaphilippe’s favour a little but there was plenty of regular time trial as well.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Saturday, 20 July 2019 10:53 (yesterday) link

Lala up the final steep section was some jordanesque shit, someone superperforming in your FACE.

Hunt3r, Saturday, 20 July 2019 12:08 (yesterday) link

Half of Directe Energie in the break today. Rocket in the team bus this morning.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Saturday, 20 July 2019 12:15 (yesterday) link

Half of Directe Energie in the break today. Rocket in the team bus this morning.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Saturday, 20 July 2019 12:15 (yesterday) link

Where is Alaphilippe hiding? I haven’t seen him since switching on.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Saturday, 20 July 2019 12:43 (yesterday) link

what the - and I cannot emphasise this enough - FUCK is wiggo wearing

||||||||, Saturday, 20 July 2019 13:15 (yesterday) link

union jack hoodie... christ

||||||||, Saturday, 20 July 2019 13:16 (yesterday) link

For posterity

It’s showtime people ✌️🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/xbfK4v82G8

— Brad Wiggins (@SirWiggo) July 20, 2019

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Saturday, 20 July 2019 13:18 (yesterday) link

ala already a little isolated, though looks comfortable. lots of ineos up front

||||||||, Saturday, 20 July 2019 13:22 (yesterday) link

bardet est lâché

||||||||, Saturday, 20 July 2019 13:25 (yesterday) link

juju quite far back in the group here...

||||||||, Saturday, 20 July 2019 13:58 (yesterday) link

Alaphilippe bunnyhopping the traffic island early in this stage was McEwanesque

Br. Des Shadows (NickB), Saturday, 20 July 2019 14:32 (yesterday) link

amador putting a shift in here... w/nairo near the back

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nairo distanced

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And Nairo is out the back.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Saturday, 20 July 2019 14:43 (yesterday) link

sight of valverde in the stripes still sickening

||||||||, Saturday, 20 July 2019 14:44 (yesterday) link

Well Movistar seem to have knackered themselves.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Saturday, 20 July 2019 14:45 (yesterday) link

Well Movistar seem to have knackered themselves.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Saturday, 20 July 2019 14:45 (yesterday) link

ineos death march incoming

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don’t like juju’s position here. vulnerable to the inevitable accelerations

||||||||, Saturday, 20 July 2019 14:55 (yesterday) link

hwfg

||||||||, Saturday, 20 July 2019 15:07 (yesterday) link

seriously impressive ride from alaphilippe this

||||||||, Saturday, 20 July 2019 15:08 (yesterday) link

French 1-2

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Saturday, 20 July 2019 15:11 (yesterday) link

fucking hell

||||||||, Saturday, 20 July 2019 15:12 (yesterday) link

that was great

Br. Des Shadows (NickB), Saturday, 20 July 2019 15:14 (yesterday) link

alaphilippe wearing a casquette on the podium too - none of this baseball cap nonsense

||||||||, Saturday, 20 July 2019 15:33 (yesterday) link

great stage!

very strange tactics from Movistar.

good to see Ineos not-dominating a grand tour for once.

Ludo, Saturday, 20 July 2019 17:51 (yesterday) link

movistar imploding was amazing. tactics just completely fell apart because they couldn’t respond to quintana dying.

Fizzles, Saturday, 20 July 2019 18:20 (yesterday) link

that finale satisfied on so many levels, even the heli shots were rad.

Hunt3r, Saturday, 20 July 2019 18:56 (yesterday) link

Fkn Quintana, his team should just kick him off the side of the mountain - they busted their ass for him for nothing!

"Nairo was not going well, but he didn’t tell us a thing. We didn’t know he was going like that.” Movistar's hard pace on the Tourmalet shed its own leader, Nairo Quintana, from the bunch: https://t.co/kSCcGT1ne3

— VeloNews (@velonews) July 20, 2019

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 20 July 2019 22:58 (yesterday) link

King Julian still reigns, Pinot gets a stage win, and G cracked like an egg on the final climb! man I am loving this tour

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 20 July 2019 22:59 (yesterday) link

irl lol

Big shout out to Movistar today. Set up a great race for everyone............ else.

— Rob Hayles (@robhayles1) July 20, 2019

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 20 July 2019 23:00 (yesterday) link

and this made me teary, baby Wout is the best even when he’s out of the race

When you have no tv coverage in the teamcar and instead get updates from the hospital bed, then you know you have a real teamplayer in the house.
Thanks @WoutvanAert pic.twitter.com/hmef6IAE4X

— grischa niermann (@grischaniermann) July 20, 2019

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 20 July 2019 23:08 (yesterday) link

That was fantastic. What a race it would have been if Pinot hadn’t lost the time in the cross winds. As it stands i could see him getting back on the podium at this rate.

I wouldn’t write Thomas of yet. He limited his losses on an off day although he now needs to be on the attack every day and for Alaphilippe to have an off day. Ineos aren’t good at winning from this position.

Today will be interesting, this would normally be a good day for Alaphilippe to win from the breakaway. It could easily be a breakaway day so it will be up to Ineos and whoever fails to get in the breakaway to ride it down.

All in for Alaphilippe to get all the way to Paris in Yellow.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Saturday, 20 July 2019 23:17 (yesterday) link

yeah obv G’s still in the race for sure but I was surprised that he lost so much time

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 20 July 2019 23:21 (yesterday) link

Whew. Finally caught up on this, I honestly could barely watch the final kilometers, that was crazy fucking tense. Think I’ll rewatch it properly on Monday!

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 21 July 2019 00:35 (two hours ago) link

Maybe getting ahead of myself here, but as far as I can see the last rider to win a monument and the tour in the same year was Hinault in 1981 (Paris Roubaix) and the last person to win Milan San Remo and the the tour in the same year was Merckx in 1972.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Sunday, 21 July 2019 00:37 (two hours ago) link

as far as super aggressive puncheur types winning gts, the only guess i could make was like, vino. so when i got back to my computer i had to go look to see if he ever won a gt and...he won Vuelta 2006, which i don't remember offhand. he had a few one-week tours like suisse and paris nice and dauphine tho.

i had no idea he was 1.77m- i thought he was sorta bigger than that somehow. on second thought that make sense, because as relatively standard/solid as he was, if he was tall he'd have too much mass. (alaphillipe is listed at 1.73m 62kg. hfs that's 5'8" 136lbs. hfs. at that size i guess he can make it all the way to paris in yellow.

vino is _more_ than problematic, but he was a pretty merciless asskicker.

Hunt3r, Sunday, 21 July 2019 02:34 (thirty-five minutes ago) link


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