Le Tour 2018



  • Big news blokes, a kiwi is currently leading the King of the Mountain. Don't google why, just embrace our first ever leaders jersey.

    Sagan is leading. I love Sagan, he's amazing.

    The sprint speeds are fucking incredible



  • Some early gaps in the GC leaderboard that will get eaten away as the days progress but it is better to have some time up than be chasing.
    No doubt Sky will be targeting the team TT to get Froome back up but some will be happy the opportunity to put him out in a lead and protect it has diminished.



  • Not a lot clawed back for Froome in the Team TT.

    The GC starting to take some shape now with the likes of Van Garderen, Thomas, Dumolin within 10 seconds. A gap back to around a minute to Porte, Valverde, Yates, Nibali, Froome

    Edit: and of course NZ still holds King of the Mountain!



  • Patrick Bevin just won a stage which is quite cool for little ole NZ.

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  • @hooroo that is more than enough to update the famous people thread!! On ya bike!



  • @hooroo said in Le Tour 2018:

    Patrick Bevin just won a stage which is quite cool for little ole NZ.

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    how old's his sister??! must be a shitload older than him then?



  • King of the Mountain still with NZ! (flat stage)

    Only interest today was whether Sagan would keep the points jersey, which he has.



  • @williethewaiter said in Le Tour 2018:

    @hooroo said in Le Tour 2018:

    Patrick Bevin just won a stage which is quite cool for little ole NZ.

    tenuous link Used to date his sister tenuous link

    how old's his sister??! must be a shitload older than him then?

    He's actually a triplet with the other two being sisters. Yes, I dated his older sister.



  • @crucial said in Le Tour 2018:

    King of the Mountain still with NZ! (flat stage)

    Only interest today was whether Sagan would keep the points jersey, which he has.

    everyone focused on Smith keeping the jersey - but keeping it by a 9th place finish on a pure sprinters stage in the TDF isn't exactly something to be sneezed at.. is actually one of our best ever results..

    when you consider guys like Cav couldn't even get a top 20 finish!



  • A good finish to the stage after the leading 4 riders were caught with ~1 km to go. You could see Smith's polka dot jersey behind Sagan.



  • The cobbles were fun last night, with one GC contender gone (maybe 2?) and serious dents put in to a couple of others. Just fucking carnage everywhere.

    Rest day today, and then the real race begins tomorrow.



  • Porte gone again poor bastard. but from a selfish nz perspective it's awesome because it means that Paddy Bevin will have a chance to go for a stage win now that his team has no leader..
    will be looking for him to get in a break later in the tour and if he's in a break come near the finish he'll be nz's best ever chance of winning a stage - he's a VERY good sprinter.. and the best thing is he's not really well known as a sprinter so won't be marked as much



  • @williethewaiter said in Le Tour 2018:

    Porte gone again poor bastard. but from a selfish nz perspective it's awesome because it means that Paddy Bevin will have a chance to go for a stage win now that his team has no leader..
    will be looking for him to get in a break later in the tour and if he's in a break come near the finish he'll be nz's best ever chance of winning a stage - he's a VERY good sprinter.. and the best thing is he's not really well known as a sprinter so won't be marked as much

    Can we bet on that anywhere?



  • A bit shit for Porte. This tour doesn't have a lot of love for him. His former teammate on the other hand has a charmed life.



  • @hooroo said in Le Tour 2018:

    @williethewaiter said in Le Tour 2018:

    Porte gone again poor bastard. but from a selfish nz perspective it's awesome because it means that Paddy Bevin will have a chance to go for a stage win now that his team has no leader..
    will be looking for him to get in a break later in the tour and if he's in a break come near the finish he'll be nz's best ever chance of winning a stage - he's a VERY good sprinter.. and the best thing is he's not really well known as a sprinter so won't be marked as much

    Can we bet on that anywhere?

    not just a general 'will an nzer win a stage' bet you'd have to pick an individual stage.

    mind you only saying that from a TAB perspective... i'm an amateur punter!



  • Should be fun viewing tonight, 3 x Cat 1 climbs, and one HC



  • @mariner4life I rode this stage last week and it's tough. The HC climb is only 6 km but averages 11% and the road is not that wide. I wouldn't be surprised if there are GC gaps especially after the amount of energy both physical and mental that was expended on the cobbles.



  • @scribe said in Le Tour 2018:

    @mariner4life I rode this stage last week and it's tough. The HC climb is only 6 km but averages 11% and the road is not that wide. I wouldn't be surprised if there are GC gaps especially after the amount of energy both physical and mental that was expended on the cobbles.

    that's fucking cool! i noticed at one point speeds dropped to 10km per hour, which probably means at the point i would be off my bike and pushing

    Now, this comment is based purely on the part i watched to the top of the HC climb, but is this tour just going to be like what feels like the last 10, with Sky sitting on the front of the peleton in a group, and just dictating terms?

    Loved Van Avermaet having a crack to hold on to yellow for another day.



  • @scribe said in Le Tour 2018:

    @mariner4life I rode this stage last week and it's tough. The HC climb is only 6 km but averages 11% and the road is not that wide. I wouldn't be surprised if there are GC gaps especially after the amount of energy both physical and mental that was expended on the cobbles.

    That was L'Etape I am guessing? A friend of mine who I cycle with regularly did it as well, he's no slouch and got round in 9.5 hours......TDF winner yday did it in 4hrs 25!! Goes to show what a different level these guys are compared to weekend warriors. A 4hr+ average of 350W or something...



  • Not surprisingly, after last night's stage, Thomas and Froome are first and second and Sky has an iron grip on the race.

    What is good news (hopefully) is that George Bennett's Lotto Jumbo team mates, Primoz Roglic and Steven Kruijswijk are in 5th and 6th and have been pretty competitive. If you add in Robert Gesink, who can climb - Lotto Jumbo could potentially put out a really strong team for next year's TdF - hopefully with George as team leader.