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kabbott
25-06-2016, 12:47 PM
With all the excitement of the European championships going on, let's not forget Le Tour!
Feel free to add links to sites worth visiting ...

Velogames mini league set up:
CPFC BBS
64251303448

kabbott
25-06-2016, 12:52 PM
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kabbott
25-06-2016, 01:08 PM
http://www.cyclingnews.com/tour-de-france/

http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/racing/tour-de-france/tour-de-france-route-192041

pauldrulez
25-06-2016, 01:51 PM
With all the excitement of the European championships going on, let's not forget Le Tour!

Feel free to add links to sites worth visiting ...



Velogames mini league set up:

CPFC BBS

64251303448

I am in!

Tried my best to fit Kittel in but didn't manage it.

I'm sure I'll give it another go!

singapore eagle
25-06-2016, 02:22 PM
Hooray! Always good when this thread comes along.

Check out The Inner Ring preview here: http://inrng.com/2016/06/tour-de-france-guide-2016/

The team's are slowly coming in too: http://www.procyclingstats.com/race/Tour_de_France_2016_Startlist

Froome starts as favourite with Quintana and Contador the most obvious challengers. Aru, Pinot, Porte, Bardet and Van Garderen will fancy the podium. And what might Adam Yates be able to do?

kabbott
25-06-2016, 02:52 PM
Hooray! Always good when this thread comes along.

And what might Adam Yates be able to do?

I, for one, hope he stays/has stayed clean! :rolleyes:

kabbott
25-06-2016, 02:55 PM
I am in!

Tried my best to fit Kittel in but didn't manage it.

I'm sure I'll give it another go!

Problem is if you take (at least) three big hitters out of the all-rounders and climbers and also an expensive sprinter, you have to start looking at the 6/4 pointers for a little bit of value for money for 2 or 3 riders!

Pat of the Palace
25-06-2016, 02:57 PM
I'll probably go to the 9th of July stage, it's not far from me.

kabbott
25-06-2016, 03:25 PM
Stage 14 for me finishes just north of Lyon.

pauldrulez
25-06-2016, 03:38 PM
Problem is if you take (at least) three big hitters out of the all-rounders and climbers and also an expensive sprinter, you have to start looking at the 6/4 pointers for a little bit of value for money for 2 or 3 riders!


It's a difficult matter! I've found a couple of low pointers, but even then, it's getting really difficult.

Having to try and balance it, while trying to find one or two who might go off in a breakaway 4-5 times and pick up a few points that way.

I've relied heavily on Froomey in previous years, and his finale to the Criterium showed excellent form. Tough to sacrifice over a quarter of the points though!

GreatGonzo
25-06-2016, 04:53 PM
Problem is if you take (at least) three big hitters out of the all-rounders and climbers and also an expensive sprinter, you have to start looking at the 6/4 pointers for a little bit of value for money for 2 or 3 riders!

If you take four 4 pointers, your sprinter will be at least 8, and you take an 8 pointer climber, then you can afford Froome, Quintana and Contador.

I am sure in the past few years it has not quite been that extreme.

pauldrulez
26-06-2016, 08:27 AM
If you take four 4 pointers, your sprinter will be at least 8, and you take an 8 pointer climber, then you can afford Froome, Quintana and Contador.



I am sure in the past few years it has not quite been that extreme.


Last year, I was able to take Froome, Sagan, Greipel and I think either Rodriguez or Pinot, that would be near impossible this year!

LSEagle
26-06-2016, 09:09 AM
Problem is if you take (at least) three big hitters out of the all-rounders and climbers and also an expensive sprinter, you have to start looking at the 6/4 pointers for a little bit of value for money for 2 or 3 riders!

That's what I've done, gone for some big names and 3 x 4 pointers. Probably going to crash and burn but what the hell.

gjohnk
26-06-2016, 07:40 PM
I'm in. Not sure about my team and cant say ive thought about it that much but always good to join.
Good luck!

Captain Pizza
28-06-2016, 05:54 AM
I'm in

singapore eagle
28-06-2016, 01:54 PM
It looks like we have a full set of team line-ups: http://www.procyclingstats.com/race/Tour_de_France_2016_Startlist

GJN
28-06-2016, 03:52 PM
As I fail so hard every year in this, just giving you a heads up on who not to pick :D

Kelderman
Contador
Landa
Nibali
Bouhanni
Kreuziger
Cancellara
Cummins
Martin

GreatGonzo
28-06-2016, 03:54 PM
As I fail so hard every year in this, just giving you a heads up on who not to pick :D

Kelderman
Contador
Landa
Nibali
Bouhanni
Kreuziger
Cancellara
Cummins
Martin

Which one? ;)

jazman
28-06-2016, 04:30 PM
This is exceptionally tough to pick a squad this year. I'll get mine submitted at some stage!

pauldrulez
28-06-2016, 05:50 PM
Is it frowned upon to enter 2 teams? ;)

That's how tough I'm finding it!

meee
28-06-2016, 10:32 PM
Probably the hardest selection for ages.Hoping to bounce back from my dismal Dauphine performance.

Jaserob
28-06-2016, 11:29 PM
I'm in!!!

Captain Pizza
29-06-2016, 05:34 AM
I've changed my selection at least 5 times already

Beckenham Boy
29-06-2016, 08:16 AM
I'm in!

Indurain in the rain

robcmitchell
29-06-2016, 08:56 AM
I'm in.
Buckled Wheelers
Inspiration taken from the England football team..............

GreatGonzo
29-06-2016, 09:02 AM
Need to change mine as i know 1 is a non runner already so need to try and avoid too much of a tinker.

kabbott
29-06-2016, 09:20 AM
I've changed my selection at least 5 times already

Only 5. I change mine 5 times a day!

kabbott
29-06-2016, 09:22 AM
Need to change mine as i know 1 is a non runner already so need to try and avoid too much of a tinker.

Castroviejo? (a value-for-money 4-pointer)

kabbott
29-06-2016, 09:37 AM
16 teams in so far:

0 points
OPH
3 Beers at HT

0 points
Wheeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaagles 3
Dave

0 points
meeee
meeee

0 points
Fekir Fanatics
kabbott

0 points
Team gjohnk
John Ellery

0 points
Turd Aye Franz
Jason Hughes

0 points
CPFCPatriots
Paul D

0 points
Toueasy Toulouse
James Webb

0 points
Roadrash Procycling
Mark

0 points
Indurain in the rain
Dan Lane

0 points
Mont-Saint-Michel / Utah Beach
Piaktow

0 points
LottoUK Pizza
Captain Pizza

0 points
Zoot Allures
Lucky Old Gladys

0 points
Buckled Wheelers
Rob Mitchell

0 points
Team LSEagle
Chris Daniels

0 points
Sky Eagles
GJN

BR5 Eagle
29-06-2016, 10:18 AM
Just thrown mine in there. After a successful Giro campaign feel that normal service is about to resume. That was tough work. Once you pick Froome you are really against it on points.

It seems impossible to have Froome and Sagan in the same team which is a shame but should make for more variable teams.

suits_you
29-06-2016, 10:33 AM
Don't think i'll bother with the mini league this year, I really haven't been paying any attention to the season so far and so I'll be just guessing.

Finbar
29-06-2016, 10:38 AM
I'm in, no doubt I'll fare as badly as I always do in this comp :lux:

Bones14
29-06-2016, 10:49 AM
Bet the bloke that was found to have a motor in his bike will be popular.:supergrin:

kabbott
29-06-2016, 10:50 AM
Don't think i'll bother with the mini league this year, I really haven't been paying any attention to the season so far and so I'll be just guessing.

Doesn't make much difference if you compare with people who follow cycling all year! :p:rolleyes:

GreatGonzo
29-06-2016, 10:50 AM
Castroviejo? (a value-for-money 4-pointer)

Spot on.

kabbott
29-06-2016, 10:51 AM
Bouhanni out!

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/bouhanni-to-miss-the-tour-de-france/

kabbott
29-06-2016, 10:56 AM
As an aside, I've just come across this! :D

http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/latest-news/floyd-landis-david-zabriskie-launch-new-cannabis-company-235498

stange555
29-06-2016, 11:59 AM
I'm in.

Captain Pizza
29-06-2016, 12:04 PM
Bouhanni out!

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/bouhanni-to-miss-the-tour-de-france/

Change no 6 coming up then.....!

GanbareWashi
29-06-2016, 12:24 PM
I'm in. Not really sure what I am doing, I just picked the names of riders that I had heard of!

singapore eagle
29-06-2016, 01:30 PM
Perusing the route again, I hadn't realised how many likely bunch sprint stages there are this year.

catty
29-06-2016, 02:50 PM
Tough this year.

Done.

Stupid People Make Me Sad.

GreatGonzo
29-06-2016, 02:57 PM
Perusing the route again, I hadn't realised how many likely bunch sprint stages there are this year.

Makes taking a 2nd sprinter as the wild card an attractive option but 2 sprinters likely to contest and 1 of the top 3 riders (especially if you have taken Sagan) makes like pretty impossible too.

Captain Pizza
29-06-2016, 03:04 PM
I've got two sprinters in at the moment, but I am worried that I'll have picked ones who aren't going to bother hanging on until Paris. Other than sagan, which sprinters will stay the full three weeks?

kabbott
29-06-2016, 04:13 PM
Perusing the route again, I hadn't realised how many likely bunch sprint stages there are this year.

Yes, but I would also add that there is quite a lot of tough climbing to do (lesser known climbs but harder than the classic ones).

Little Fozzie
29-06-2016, 08:30 PM
Fozzie's Flyers are in. Tough selection!

Captain Pizza
29-06-2016, 09:45 PM
Changed my team another 4 times this evening, decided I had to get sagan in....

GTR
30-06-2016, 08:15 AM
I've got two sprinters in at the moment, but I am worried that I'll have picked ones who aren't going to bother hanging on until Paris. Other than sagan, which sprinters will stay the full three weeks?

Looks like Bouhanni won't start let alone make it to Paris

kabbott
30-06-2016, 12:22 PM
Changed my team another 4 times this evening, decided I had to get sagan in....

I have also changed my team to accommodate Sagan. Death wish!

jazman
30-06-2016, 01:55 PM
Signed up - Chasing The Peloton :p

ardeo
30-06-2016, 02:03 PM
I'll be in, looking forward to it.

Does it all kick off on Saturday and is that the deadline?

singapore eagle
01-07-2016, 04:00 AM
Yep, stage 1 is on Saturday. The deadline for velogames is 11.50am UK time.

26 of us in so far. Which suggests that a good few regulars are still to join. Better get a move on!

ardeo
01-07-2016, 06:45 AM
Yep, stage 1 is on Saturday. The deadline for velogames is 11.50am UK time.

26 of us in so far. Which suggests that a good few regulars are still to join. Better get a move on!

Ta, will be spending Saturday morning sorting out my team!

Palestinian
01-07-2016, 11:55 AM
I'm in with "We`ll keep the flamme rouge flying here" still dithering about a second sprinter or another climber - currently with the former, but will probably wreck the balance by making some stupid change to find space for Frank Schleck (or maybe not....) My tinkerings never go well.

Captain Pizza
01-07-2016, 02:36 PM
I've had my last tinker. Probably.

Jammy
01-07-2016, 02:47 PM
Funny old classifications.

Quintana and Froome kept apart?

GreatGonzo
01-07-2016, 05:34 PM
Funny old classifications.

Quintana and Froome kept apart?

That's reasonable. Quintana is a climber. In a TT who would back him over Froome for example? This years parcours makes it a very close battle between those 2 because of the profile of the TTs.

Kemper
01-07-2016, 08:16 PM
I'm in. No idea with my choices, a lot of guess work middle value picks.

FORZA SELHURST
01-07-2016, 09:11 PM
Am in. 'Un sang impur', made a quick selection but need to have a closer look before tomorrow.

FourtyTwo
01-07-2016, 09:14 PM
Tour de Farce entered. Long time watcher, first time player.

Perky
01-07-2016, 09:34 PM
I'm in - really really difficult this year

THB
01-07-2016, 09:37 PM
sweet mimsy is in.

Tough selection this year!!

Some potential bargains in the IAM and Direct Energie teams though, but what do I know?

Enfield eagle
01-07-2016, 10:44 PM
I'm in the bbs league. First time on velogames. Bit harder than the Suns dream team.

"And you join me in the helicopter looking down on the peloton, which look like cattle in a mad way, but like cattle on bikes". Alan Partridge 1994.

AddiscombeEagle
01-07-2016, 11:00 PM
I'm in

maestro
01-07-2016, 11:13 PM
Im in

Ive done the usual of picking my superstars and then scratching around looking at the 4 pointers!

oh well

singapore eagle
02-07-2016, 04:17 AM
38 entries now. That's more like it.

0 points
Chasing The Peloton
Jay Crame

0 points
Buckled Wheelers
Rob Mitchell

0 points
Fozzie`s Flyers
Stephen Foss

0 points
Team Pie
Graham Carter

0 points
Tour de Farce
Oli

0 points
Team Belgrave
singapore eagle

0 points
Sky Eagles
GJN

0 points
Mont-Saint-Michel / Utah Beach
Piaktow

0 points
OldGits
Old Git

0 points
Wiggos Rear Derailleur
prs100

0 points
#SbSNEWS Canoe and Cycling Club
Steve Sugg

0 points
Zoot Allures
Lucky Old Gladys

0 points
Sweet Mimsy
sweetus mimsyus

0 points
Stupid People Make Me Sad
Catty

0 points
meeee
meeee

0 points
Team LSEagle
Chris Daniels

0 points
We`ll keep the flamme rouge flying here
Palestinian

0 points
Petts Wood Pedallers
Jonathan Dobson

0 points
Penge Peddlars
Graham

0 points
OPH
3 Beers at HT

0 points
Cattle on Bikes
Enfield eagle

0 points
Splodge
Excowboy

0 points
Turd Aye Franz
Jason Hughes

0 points
Wheeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaagles 3
Dave

0 points
Un sang impur
forza selhurst

0 points
Charmless Men
Finbar

0 points
Toueasy Toulouse
James Webb

0 points
Fekir Fanatics
kabbott

0 points
Viktoria
Steve Phillips

0 points
Perky Legends
Martyn

0 points
Indurain in the rain
Dan Lane

0 points
Team gjohnk
John Ellery

0 points
Roadrash Procycling
Mark

0 points
Saddle sore
Kemper

0 points
Washiiiii
Ganbarewashi

0 points
LottoUK Pizza
Captain Pizza

0 points
CPFCPatriots
Paul D

0 points
Maestro madness
Maestro

spunky
02-07-2016, 07:39 AM
Finally entered my team

ardeo
02-07-2016, 08:12 AM
I'm in, was really tough to decide, lots of riders I couldn't fit in.

Looking forward to the race starting today!

MasterYoda
02-07-2016, 08:45 AM
hard to fit in within the 100 points. I ended up with two very different teams and submitted one on the toss of a coin.

KP8
02-07-2016, 09:27 AM
How do I enter this?

singapore eagle
02-07-2016, 09:38 AM
Go to www.velogames.com and hit the Enter Now! button.

When you finalised your entry, join the BBS mini league by entering the code 64251303448.

Be quick, though - entries close in just over an hour.

Captain Pizza
02-07-2016, 09:43 AM
I must have changed my team literally 25 times. Only Quintana and Bardet stayed in it throughout

Captain Pizza
02-07-2016, 09:44 AM
I always think a large amount of it hangs on lucking out with the early wearer of the maillot jaune

kabbott
02-07-2016, 09:54 AM
42 teams in with around an hour to go. Would be good to get up to 50!

kabbott
02-07-2016, 09:54 AM
Only Quintana and Bardet stayed in it throughout

Too much information!

singapore eagle
02-07-2016, 09:59 AM
I always think a large amount of it hangs on lucking out with the early wearer of the maillot jaune

In the Tour, it's usually the crashes. Hopefully everyone will make it through unscathed today.

GreatGonzo
02-07-2016, 10:19 AM
In the Tour, it's usually the crashes. Hopefully everyone will make it through unscathed today.

Yeah i think in recent years i have been down to 5 or 6 riders after the first week or two.

I always think that the end of tour points are a big swing. Tomorrows stage will shake up the Yellow early on so will be a big guess who will hold it through this first week. Unlikely to be a pure sprinter. Sagan? Possibly.

Another shake up on Wednesday too.

GreatGonzo
02-07-2016, 10:33 AM
High risk of cross-winds today - should make for an interesting opening stage.

kabbott
02-07-2016, 10:46 AM
High risk of cross-winds today - should make for an interesting opening stage.

Yes, a gusty westerly wind blowing in from the Atlantic!

kabbott
02-07-2016, 10:48 AM
http://www.letour.fr/PHOTOS/TDF/2016/100/PROFIL.png

Final run-in:

http://www.letour.fr/PHOTOS/TDF/2016/100/PROFILKMS.png

kabbott
02-07-2016, 11:08 AM
Had so many tweaks this week but am regretting not having a second sprinter, Coquard, with Sagan. I've just seen how I could have done it, but it's too late!
I'm curious to see how Konrad (4 pts) and Buchmann (6 pts) do as possible decent "cheapos". You can sometimes pick out a decentish sprinter in the unclassified riders but I couldn't find any this time!

GreatGonzo
02-07-2016, 11:49 AM
Gutted i put Tosatto in for his assist points on Contador and Sagan instead of a gamble on Voss who will now have the polka dots for the first few days.

weltklasse
02-07-2016, 12:21 PM
Missed putting team in Damn.

Palestinian
02-07-2016, 01:30 PM
Had so many tweaks this week but am regretting not having a second sprinter, Coquard, with Sagan. I've just seen how I could have done it, but it's too late!
I'm curious to see how Konrad (4 pts) and Buchmann (6 pts) do as possible decent "cheapos". You can sometimes pick out a decentish sprinter in the unclassified riders but I couldn't find any this time!

Bozic was the nearest I found in terms of a unclassified sprinter but I was probably 5 years late picking him.

pauldrulez
02-07-2016, 01:39 PM
Bertie has taken a bit of a spill. Looks in quite a bit of pain.

Though considering he carried on with a broken leg previously, I'm sure he'll be fine!

MasterYoda
02-07-2016, 02:39 PM
He'll just have to burn a bit more battery today

pauldrulez
02-07-2016, 03:11 PM
Super Cav!

Big crash in the run-in, I hope that the Katusha rider is ok as he took a hell of a whack off the railings.

maestro
02-07-2016, 03:13 PM
I ditched Cav last minute, thought he was finished and really concentrating on the track :D oops

BR5 Eagle
02-07-2016, 03:17 PM
He might not be in my team but delighted to see Cav do that...

maestro
02-07-2016, 03:18 PM
He might not be in my team but delighted to see Cav do that...

agree

Be great to see him in yellow, possibly the last time.

3 Beers at HT
02-07-2016, 03:27 PM
Juan Antonio Flecha needs to pack a travel iron.

Palestinian
02-07-2016, 03:34 PM
He might not be in my team but delighted to see Cav do that...

This - Cav has done so much for the sport; so, so pleased for him to get a yellow jersey.

BR5 Eagle
02-07-2016, 03:41 PM
This - Cav has done so much for the sport; so, so pleased for him to get a yellow jersey.

Genuinely my favourite British sports person in my life. Some of friends were in Paris the year Wiggins won the tour and lead Cav out on the Champs Elysees and described it as a moment they'd never forget. I remember not really getting over my sadness of him not winning the Olympic Road Race for the rest of the Games or taking yellow in Harrogate.

KP8
02-07-2016, 04:15 PM
Genuinely my favourite British sports person in my life. Some of friends were in Paris the year Wiggins won the tour and lead Cav out on the Champs Elysees and described it as a moment they'd never forget. I remember not really getting over my sadness of him not winning the Olympic Road Race for the rest of the Games or taking yellow in Harrogate.
Got to love Cav, as a cyclist and for his straight talking. Read that he said this in an interview after the race:

Is it nice to have respect of the other riders in the peloton?
Cav: 'To be fair there's a lot of guys who ******* hate me in the peloton'

pauldrulez
02-07-2016, 04:42 PM
Would love him to finally get his Gold in Rio as well. Seemed like the only one who missed out in London a few years back and you could just tell how gutted he was on commentary.

Seemed an emotional day for him, very pleased.

THB
02-07-2016, 04:49 PM
Seemed an emotional day for him, very pleased.

I get the feeling every day is an emotional day for him.

Swapped him out for Greipel at the last minute. Time will tell whether that was a sensible move....

kabbott
02-07-2016, 05:00 PM
One happy man!

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CmXnofKWYAA4E4K.jpg

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CmXrkiIWYAEPByK.jpg

GreatGonzo
02-07-2016, 05:01 PM
Glad he got yellow. Amazing it is his first one. I am sprinter light in velogames so had to rely on the pornstar in 7th.

kabbott
02-07-2016, 05:03 PM
Bozic was the nearest I found in terms of a unclassified sprinter but I was probably 5 years late picking him.

Laporte (Cofidis) could be the "cheapo" unclassified sprinter I was talking about. With Bouhanni out, he could step up. I'm a bit gutted I didn't think of him. Having said that, he's surprisingly a 6-pointer not a 4-pointer.

kabbott
02-07-2016, 05:06 PM
Place Coureur Temps / Ecart
1 M.CAVENDISH (DDD - GBR) à 04h14'05''
2 M.KITTEL (EQS - ALL) m.t.
3 P.SAGAN (TNK - SLQ) m.t.
4 A.GREIPEL (LTS - ALL) m.t.
5 E.THEUNS (TFS - BEL) m.t.
6 C.LAPORTE (COF - FRA) m.t.
7 B.COQUARD (DEN - FRA) m.t.
8 A.KRISTOFF (KAT - NOR) m.t.
9 D.MCLAY (FVC - GBR) m.t.
10 S.ENGER (IAM - NOR) à 03''

kabbott
02-07-2016, 05:07 PM
GC:

Place Coureur Temps / Ecart
1 M.CAVENDISH (DDD - GBR) à 04h13'55''
2 M.KITTEL (EQS - ALL) à 04''
3 P.SAGAN (TNK - SLQ) à 06''
4 A.GREIPEL (LTS - ALL) à 10''
5 E.THEUNS (TFS - BEL) m.t.
6 C.LAPORTE (COF - FRA) m.t.
7 B.COQUARD (DEN - FRA) m.t.
8 A.KRISTOFF (KAT - NOR) m.t.
9 D.MCLAY (FVC - GBR) m.t.
10 G.HENDERSON (LTS - NZL) à 13''

Palestinian
02-07-2016, 06:45 PM
As one of my friends observed earlier, it was great being able to shout at the TV, not because it's someone like Boris talking rubbish, but with joy and pride that one of ours was winning.

pauldrulez
02-07-2016, 10:13 PM
46809

I can barely itch my nose when I'm cycling without causing an incident.

He's fallen, smashed his arm and back and is changing his shoe while cycling.

Incredible toughness and teamwork.

singapore eagle
03-07-2016, 12:33 AM
I'm with BR5 Eagle, Cav is one of my heroes (if a grown man is allowed to have heroes). He is beautiful to watch, and today was one of his best with the way he skipped wheels and took shelter from the wind in the final metres. So pleased for him.

7Viey81Lg90

singapore eagle
03-07-2016, 12:34 AM
Here's velogames. Still a long way to go, but congrats to 3 Beers at HT for the first maillot jaune.

360 points
OPH
3 Beers at HT

347 points
Stupid People Make Me Sad
Catty

336 points
OldGits
Old Git

333 points
Team LSEagle
Chris Daniels

285 points
Washiiiii
Ganbarewashi

279 points
Spunky`s superstars
Duncan Inglis

273 points
Tour de Farce
Oli

272 points
If only....
Shep

269 points
Ardeo`s mid-peloton maestros
Tom Olney

268 points
meeee
meeee

263 points
Penge Peddlars
Graham

259 points
Charmless Men
Finbar

252 points
Team gjohnk
John Ellery

248 points
Zoot Allures
Lucky Old Gladys

238 points
Team Belgrave
singapore eagle

235 points
Petts Wood Pedallers
Jonathan Dobson

228 points
Perky Legends
Martyn

224 points
Un sang impur
forza selhurst

223 points
We`ll keep the flamme rouge flying here
Palestinian

209 points
Fozzie`s Flyers
Stephen Foss

209 points
Maestro madness
Maestro

206 points
Chasing The Peloton
Jay Crame

199 points
No room for Froome
James Murley

193 points
Team Pie
Graham Carter

189 points
Viktoria
Steve Phillips

187 points
The motor in the hub goes round n round
David Manley

187 points
Saddle sore
Kemper

185 points
Fekir Fanatics
kabbott

185 points
Buckled Wheelers
Rob Mitchell

183 points
Splodge
Excowboy

183 points
Wiggos Rear Derailleur
prs100

181 points
CPFCPatriots
Paul D

181 points
Mont-Saint-Michel / Utah Beach
Piaktow

174 points
Team Pamplemousse
Kevin

172 points
Indurain in the rain
Dan Lane

164 points
Toueasy Toulouse
James Webb

153 points
#SbSNEWS Canoe and Cycling Club
Steve Sugg

152 points
Cattle on Bikes
Enfield eagle

151 points
Turd Aye Franz
Jason Hughes

145 points
Sweet Mimsy
sweetus mimsyus

82 points
Roadrash Procycling
Mark

82 points
LottoUK Pizza
Captain Pizza

34 points
Sky Eagles
GJN

20 points
Wheeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaagles 3
Dave

singapore eagle
03-07-2016, 12:39 AM
Unfortunately for Cav, it will be just the one day in yellow, because the final 3km of stage 2 pack a nasty little punch.

http://i.imgur.com/1pi3FAK.jpg

MasterYoda
03-07-2016, 08:30 AM
Plan is for Sagan to take it today

3 Beers at HT
03-07-2016, 08:46 AM
Here's velogames. Still a long way to go, but congrats to 3 Beers at HT for the first maillot jaune.

360 points
OPH
3 Beers at HT

.....



:lux:

kabbott
03-07-2016, 09:05 AM
Plan is for Sagan to take it today

I would think/hope so. Plenty of other "puncheurs" interested in the stage victory: Valverde, Rodriguez, Dan Martin, Alaphilippe, Zakarin, Costa. Coquard also says he's up for this.

http://www.letour.fr/PHOTOS/TDF/2016/200/PROFILCOLSCOTES_1.png

maestro
03-07-2016, 09:16 AM
I reckon it might be too hard for sagan, that 14% bit may see him dropped.

kabbott
03-07-2016, 11:24 AM
I reckon it might be too hard for sagan, that 14% bit may see him dropped.

The weather could also make things more fun: cool, wet and windy is the forecast!

pauldrulez
03-07-2016, 12:50 PM
Another crash. Some big names involved including Contador again!

maestro
03-07-2016, 12:53 PM
Another crash. Some big names involved including Contador again!

Ouch, can you imagine the pain of falling on that side again.

kabbott
03-07-2016, 12:57 PM
Other riders in the crash: Joaquim Rodriguez, Warren Barguil, Tony Martin, Michael Matthews, Rui Costa.

Excowboy
03-07-2016, 01:18 PM
I haven't been paying much attention recently - is there a reason no one's mentioning Van Avermaet today or much at all for the tour? Is he still not 100% from the collarbone injury?

kabbott
03-07-2016, 02:19 PM
I haven't been paying much attention recently - is there a reason no one's mentioning Van Avermaet today or much at all for the tour? Is he still not 100% from the collarbone injury?

You're right. He should have been on my list. According to recent interviews over here he fancies taking the maillot jaune today.
They're saying the climb is not hard enough for the climbers but too hard for the sprinters. It'll be very interesting to see what happens.

JamTheEagle
03-07-2016, 03:20 PM
Sagan too damn good.

pauldrulez
03-07-2016, 03:21 PM
Gutted for Stuyven, so close!

Congrats to Sagan. He was almost toying with them at the end.

kabbott
03-07-2016, 03:24 PM
Cracking finish!
Now off to BBQ and France v Iceland!

maestro
03-07-2016, 03:25 PM
Feel sorry for Porte, he lost 1 min 45 because of a late puncture.

Contador lost nearly a minute

MasterYoda
03-07-2016, 03:48 PM
1-2 in the race and gc but my gamble on Porte looks like it will cost me long term

3 Beers at HT
03-07-2016, 05:03 PM
http://www.tredz.co.uk/prodimg/78800_1_Large.jpg

http://www.tredz.co.uk/prodimg/78800_1_Large.jpg

:lux:

Jammy
03-07-2016, 08:06 PM
1-2 in the race and gc but my gamble on Porte looks like it will cost me long term

Yep, thought it might be the Grand Tour that it clicked in to place for Porte. Still long way to go and the misfortune can happen to others.

BMC's split leadership is a nightmare though.

GreatGonzo
03-07-2016, 08:19 PM
1-2 in the race and gc but my gamble on Porte looks like it will cost me long term

Took the opposite gamble and went without a top sprinter. Coquard is in but thats it.

Conversely i have Froome, Quintana, Bardet and Yates sitting on 14s and Patano within a minute.

Tomorrow is pan flat so i will lose more ground but Wednesday and Friday should shake up the GC.

singapore eagle
04-07-2016, 05:34 AM
Yesterday's top ten

1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team 4:20:51
2 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step
3 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team
4 Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx - Quick-Step
5 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange
6 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
7 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal
8 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
9 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
10 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky

And GC

1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team 8:34:42
2 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:08
3 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:10
4 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:00:14
5 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky
6 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
7 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team
8 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff Team
9 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange
10 Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx - Quick-Step

62 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team 0:01:02
81 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:01:59

singapore eagle
04-07-2016, 05:38 AM
http://www.tredz.co.uk/prodimg/78800_1_Large.jpg

http://www.tredz.co.uk/prodimg/78800_1_Large.jpg

:lux:

Top ten in velogames

843 points
OPH
3 Beers at HT

757 points
Stupid People Make Me Sad
Catty

742 points
Saddle sore
Kemper

720 points
Splodge
Excowboy

699 points
Penge Peddlars
Graham

668 points
Wiggos Rear Derailleur
prs100

639 points
Team LSEagle
Chris Daniels

630 points
Zoot Allures
Lucky Old Gladys

626 points
Charmless Men
Finbar

624 points
The motor in the hub goes round n round
David Manley

singapore eagle
04-07-2016, 05:41 AM
Today should be a bunch sprint. Unless the teams get the calculations wrong, as it looked for a while like they had yesterday...

http://www.letour.fr/PHOTOS/TDF/2016/300/PROFIL.png

MasterYoda
04-07-2016, 10:03 AM
Incidentally - I'm impressed our leader managed to get Froome, Kittel and Sagan into a team that still looks like it has other points in it.

MasterYoda
04-07-2016, 10:07 AM
Also for all the stick Froome gets over his bike skills he's the main GC contender still upright and Bertie can't stay on for love nor money.

maestro
04-07-2016, 10:09 AM
Also for ll the stick Froome gets over his bike skills he's the main GC contender still upright and Bertie can't stay on for love nor money.

You have jinxed it now

MasterYoda
04-07-2016, 10:56 AM
You have jinxed it now

ideal - I picked Quintana :P

Adlerhorst
04-07-2016, 02:32 PM
First time on a bike in about two years (due to injury) earlier today. Did about 50ks. I have a sore arse.

maestro
04-07-2016, 02:33 PM
ideal - I picked Quintana :P

ive got Qunitana and Froome and hardly anyone else :D

JamTheEagle
04-07-2016, 04:01 PM
That awkward moment when you celebrate and haven't actually won... Hahahahahahaha

KP8
04-07-2016, 04:03 PM
That awkward moment when you celebrate and haven't actually won... Hahahahahahaha
[emoji1]

It couldn't have been any closer though. Not sure how either of them could have known.

Great finish by Cav again

BR5 Eagle
04-07-2016, 04:03 PM
Get in....

pauldrulez
04-07-2016, 04:13 PM
Brilliant yet again.

He was a big price again.

I missed the last 5km, why was Kittel so far back? Fully expected him to be alongside Greipel and Cav at the end

maestro
04-07-2016, 04:46 PM
Even though he isnt in my team im really pleased for Cav, I thought wins like this were long behind him!

KP8
04-07-2016, 05:04 PM
A

singapore eagle
05-07-2016, 01:47 AM
Top ten on the stage

1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data 5:59:54
2 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal
3 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie
4 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team
5 Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
6 Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling
7 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step
8 Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
9 Daniel Mclay (GBr) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
10 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo

And GC

1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team 14:34:36
2 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:08
3 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:10
4 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:14
5 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin
6 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team
7 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff Team
8 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal
9 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team
10 Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx - Quick-Step

singapore eagle
05-07-2016, 01:50 AM
This is all there was in it!

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CmiF0w4WcAEL83E.jpg:small

You can see in the video that Cav positioned himself beautifully while Kittel got completely lost after sitting in pole position at the flame rouge.

ngx5U5-7ryM

singapore eagle
05-07-2016, 01:55 AM
And top ten in velogames. We may need a steward's inquiry into Duffle Coat's sudden appearance!


1142 points
Duffle Coat Supreme
Myke

1110 points
OPH
3 Beers at HT

1013 points
Penge Peddlars
Graham

1004 points
Stupid People Make Me Sad
Catty

976 points
Zoot Allures
Lucky Old Gladys

945 points
Saddle sore
Kemper

945 points
Charmless Men
Finbar

937 points
OldGits
Old Git

922 points
Splodge
Excowboy

900 points
Wiggos Rear Derailleur
prs100

kabbott
05-07-2016, 10:18 AM
Today's stage. I'm almost glad I'm working today (a bit) otherwise I could have got seriously bored. I think tuning in to the final 10 kms should be enough!

http://www.letour.fr/PHOTOS/TDF/2016/400/PROFIL.png

kabbott
05-07-2016, 10:19 AM
The final km looks very similar to yesterday's so I would expect the usual suspects to be there or thereabouts!

http://www.letour.fr/PHOTOS/TDF/2016/400/PROFILKMS.png

MasterYoda
05-07-2016, 03:09 PM
Well that was amazing - even closer than yesterday and the winner was nowhere to be seen at the flamme rouge.

MasterYoda
05-07-2016, 03:15 PM
this is crazy https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CmnCxtlXYAAdbaH.jpg

spunky
05-07-2016, 03:37 PM
what a finish!!!

Jammy
05-07-2016, 03:45 PM
Even closer than yesterday.

Shame for Coquard, he gave it all.

meee
05-07-2016, 07:02 PM
Six thousandths.Two thousandths.I sense a pattern emerging.We'll have a dead heat in Paris.

Beckenham Boy
05-07-2016, 07:54 PM
qKhrr8yoSiw

3 Beers at HT
06-07-2016, 12:41 AM
http://www.tredz.co.uk/prodimg/78800_1_Large.jpg http://www.tredz.co.uk/prodimg/78800_1_Large.jpg

http://www.tredz.co.uk/prodimg/78800_1_Large.jpg


:lux:

GreatGonzo
06-07-2016, 08:36 AM
Gutted for Coquard (and my velogames) he was motoring at teh end and if the line was a few inches further away or he has started his charge a split second earlier he would have made it.

Will be an interesting day today. Will the pace over the Cat 2's be sedate enough to allow the sprinters, including Sagan, to stay on or will the climbers stretch their legs and distance them? Will be interesting to see if any fast men try and make the break, and if they are allowed to, with the hope of getting over Col du Perthus in contention?

Doubt a photo will be needed today though.

JamTheEagle
06-07-2016, 08:48 AM
Little bet on Cummings today at 25/1 - seems decent to me.

singapore eagle
06-07-2016, 10:05 AM
It's hard to know what to expect today

http://www.letour.fr/PHOTOS/TDF/2016/500/PROFIL.png

GreatGonzo
06-07-2016, 12:10 PM
Little bet on Cummings today at 25/1 - seems decent to me.

Didn't make the break today. Probably a little early in the race, still so many riders with a chance of Yellow. Weeks 2 and 3 i think he will be more involved in making a break or 2.

GreatGonzo
06-07-2016, 12:13 PM
It's hard to know what to expect today

Think the GC riders will come through for the majority of the top 10-15 places. Maybe a late attack paying off for a solo win or small group.

Can't see the break surviving as it has spit up and they only have 6 minutes.

spike
06-07-2016, 01:12 PM
Up to 15min now, can't see that coming back.

spike
06-07-2016, 02:20 PM
Well, Movistar pulled over half of it back on the Cat 2 climb.

Sagan and Nibali out of the back of the peleton too.

GreatGonzo
06-07-2016, 02:25 PM
Yeah i was just after i posted they went through the feedzone i think and it ballooned from 6 to 15 minutes.

Be interesting to see with a couple more climbs how close the GC riders can get and if they can win it.

Adlerhorst
06-07-2016, 02:43 PM
15km to go and there's still a 6 min gap from van Avermaet to the main GC contenders

in-exile
06-07-2016, 03:03 PM
French Road surface so much better that ours!

GreatGonzo
06-07-2016, 03:05 PM
French Road surface so much better that ours!

They redo so many of them specifically because the tour is coming.

Adlerhorst
06-07-2016, 03:08 PM
Brilliant ride

Adlerhorst
06-07-2016, 03:09 PM
Quintana has broken away. Froome chasing, contador left behind

BR5 Eagle
06-07-2016, 03:09 PM
Subbed out GVA for Alaphillipe in my final tinker. Be interesting to see how that pans out over the Tour now. Pay off was Richeze for Lindeman which is also not working out.

ChickenDipper
06-07-2016, 03:11 PM
This tour needs more breaks. Its boring til the last week and by then they are all knackered and the fittest wins, most likely froome

Adlerhorst
06-07-2016, 03:11 PM
German commentary is hilarious

ChickenDipper
06-07-2016, 03:12 PM
Contador is shot, not sure why I chose him in the end!

in-exile
06-07-2016, 03:14 PM
They redo so many of them specifically because the tour is coming.True, but I did 2014 Haute route Pyrenees, Barcelona to Biarritz..... didn't hit one pothole on the ride!

in-exile
06-07-2016, 03:17 PM
Contador is shot, not sure why I chose him in the end!Needs some of that Spanish beef...

GreatGonzo
06-07-2016, 03:17 PM
GVA in Yellow for 2 days - fair play to him.

maestro
06-07-2016, 03:46 PM
Froome coughing at the end, didnt look 100%

I think Quintana is a good bet for this tour.

Zulu84
06-07-2016, 03:58 PM
Froome coughing at the end, didnt look 100%

I think Quintana is a good bet for this tour.

Coughing is nothing to worry about it was just from the excursion. Would definitely not bet against froome.

GreatGonzo
06-07-2016, 04:32 PM
Coughing is nothing to worry about it was just from the excursion. Would definitely not bet against froome.

I would not bet against Froome or Quintana. In fact I bet about half my velogames credits on a 1-2 for them lol

WLYWLYAWYPWF
06-07-2016, 11:44 PM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/36719488

3 Beers at HT
07-07-2016, 12:09 AM
http://www.tredz.co.uk/prodimg/78800_1_Large.jpg http://www.tredz.co.uk/prodimg/78800_1_Large.jpg

http://www.tredz.co.uk/prodimg/78800_1_Large.jpg http://www.tredz.co.uk/prodimg/78800_1_Large.jpg

:lux:

singapore eagle
07-07-2016, 07:05 AM
A bit of an odd day I felt. About 20 riders in the front group all the way to the end, so no real clues yet as to who the likely contenders are - although I suppose we can now categorically rule out all the riders from the Giro.

1 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 5:31:36
2 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:02:34
3 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff Team 0:05:04
4 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha
5 Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:05:07
6 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Bora-Argon 18
7 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step
8 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchange
9 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky
10 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
11 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-Drapac
12 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team
13 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
14 Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ
15 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team
16 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
17 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
18 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team
19 Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky
20 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin
21 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ
22 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team
23 Louis Meintjes (RSA) Lampre - Merida

Top ten on GC

1 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 25:34:46
2 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:05:11
3 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:05:13
4 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:05:14
5 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 0:05:17
6 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin
7 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team
8 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team
9 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-Drapac
10 Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx - Quick-Step

singapore eagle
07-07-2016, 07:11 AM
In velogames, no guesses as to who is leading still!

Looking through the list, it's noticeable that none of the unclassified riders are really scoring points, either in the sprints or in the mountains. There's normally a gem or two in this category, but not this time it would appear.

1725 points
OPH
3 Beers at HT

1712 points
Duffle Coat Supreme
Myke

1618 points
Splodge
Excowboy

1593 points
Penge Peddlars
Graham

1577 points
Stupid People Make Me Sad
Catty

1477 points
Zoot Allures
Lucky Old Gladys

1462 points
Un sang impur
forza selhurst

1459 points
Charmless Men
Finbar

1400 points
Wiggos Rear Derailleur
prs100

1361 points
Saddle sore
Kemper

FourtyTwo
07-07-2016, 07:12 AM
Having picked Nibali and Contador, I suspect I am going to be nowhere near the top of the table.

GreatGonzo
07-07-2016, 07:55 AM
Looking through the list, it's noticeable that none of the unclassified riders are really scoring points, either in the sprints or in the mountains. There's normally a gem or two in this category, but not this time it would appear.

Paul Voss and Greg Henderson are the top 2 4 pointers and they have 62 and 55 pts. It seems rare not to have one that has done something more special. Pauwels is best placed unclassified rider in 24th.

prs100
07-07-2016, 08:10 AM
Pauwels is best placed unclassified rider in 24th.
I have Kreuziger in 18th who was unclassifed (although an 8 point pick).

I also have Contador so could do with him either losing a heap of time to allow Kreuziger to have a free run or finding his form very quickly.

Most of my team are showing some kind of potential except Beefy and the low point picks:
Alberto Contador 20
Julian Alaphilippe 10
Romain Bardet 14
Pierre Rolland 10
Peter Sagan 20
Roman Kreuziger 8
Stef Clement 4
Alexis Vuillermoz 6
Dylan Groenewegen 8

kabbott
07-07-2016, 10:39 AM
A bit of an odd day I felt. About 20 riders in the front group all the way to the end, so no real clues yet as to who the likely contenders are - although I suppose we can now categorically rule out all the riders from the Giro.



Yes!
Firstly, hat to Van Avermaet for the stage victory and the maillot jaune. Well deserved. As an aside, I couldn't really understand why he was classed as a sprinter in Velogames.
Secondly that Thomas de Gendt is a real enigma. I would have put my shirt on him winning the stage when those three broke away, and then all of a sudden he had nothing left in the tank when Van Avermaet attacked.
Thirdly why did the good climbers in that break let those three get away? Did they think they would pull them back in the final Cat 2 climb. Majka disappointed me immensely.
Thirdly Movistar certainly upped the pace and you were expecting an attack from Quintana at one point, but then nothing happened. It certainly contributed to Contador losing time at the end of the stage. I can't see Beefy finishing TBH. He looks to have something seriously wrong with his shoulder/collarbone.
Admittedly there were still 20 riders in the group at the end, but it's very rare to have so few riders in contention for the overall GC even before they've hit the big mountains.

I still hope (not only for Velogames) that Froome falls off his bike 'cos it would make the Tour more open as opposed to seeing the Sky train at the front of the leading group every day in the mountains!
I also hope Valverde rides to help Quintana trouble Froome rather than ride to finish 4th or 5th, which IMO would be a shame from a strategic and tactical point of view.

kabbott
07-07-2016, 10:42 AM
PS Pinot didn't look too great yesterday. Rolland, however, did! Strange that considering he's riding for the first time for a non-French team! :rolleyes:

kabbott
07-07-2016, 10:46 AM
It's the last chance for the sprinters for a while today. There'll be a breakaway but I doubt they'll be given more than 5 minutes. Greipel? Coquard? Cav? Kittel? Sagan? It's going to be very hot today down there (+35°)! :eek:

http://www.letour.fr/PHOTOS/TDF/2016/600/PROFIL.png

GreatGonzo
07-07-2016, 01:08 PM
It's the last chance for the sprinters for a while today. There'll be a breakaway but I doubt they'll be given more than 5 minutes. Greipel? Coquard? Cav? Kittel? Sagan? It's going to be very hot today down there (+35°)! :eek:

http://www.letour.fr/PHOTOS/TDF/2016/600/PROFIL.png

Surely Cav, Greipel or Kittel with the fact it is so flat in the finale? This year no-one is really dominating the sprints so it should be any of those 3 but a few others capable of upsetting the apple-cart.

Apparently 1949 was the last time someone had a 5 minute lead at this stage in the TdF and back then it was close to 15 minutes.

GVA suggests he will not only keep it today but might keep it tomorrow :eek: Cannot see him getting up the Col D'Aspin with 5 minutes of the GC who will be battling no doubt up the first major climb of the tour.

GreatGonzo
07-07-2016, 01:11 PM
I have Kreuziger in 18th who was unclassifed (although an 8 point pick).

I also have Contador so could do with him either losing a heap of time to allow Kreuziger to have a free run or finding his form very quickly.

Most of my team are showing some kind of potential except Beefy and the low point picks:
Alberto Contador 20
Julian Alaphilippe 10
Romain Bardet 14
Pierre Rolland 10
Peter Sagan 20
Roman Kreuziger 8
Stef Clement 4
Alexis Vuillermoz 6
Dylan Groenewegen 8

I missed Kreuiger as an unclassified, i think he is usually in the top 2 categories.

Will be interesting to see what Tinkoff do, lots of reports today that Roman was told to wait for Bertie and didn't etc. Contador has a day to rest today but if he is not on it tomorrow they will blow him away on the Col D'Aspin. If Kreuziger waits for him then Tinkoff will only have Sagan to work for so you will surely get your answer tomorrow.

BR5 Eagle
07-07-2016, 03:42 PM
Get in Cav!

KP8
07-07-2016, 03:44 PM
Get in Cav!
Amazing, I can't stop smiling. Great timing and the speed was impressive. Great to see mclay finish third as well

GreatGonzo
07-07-2016, 03:44 PM
Impressive by McLay

maestro
07-07-2016, 03:50 PM
Like the Cav of old going past people like they are standing still

KP8
07-07-2016, 04:04 PM
Like the Cav of old going past people like they are standing still
That is what I was thinking.

So is the 2016 Cav faster than the last couple of years or is the 2016 Kittel slower than 2014? I was thinking that it was a bit of both

FourtyTwo
07-07-2016, 04:17 PM
I thought Cav looked impressive on the uphill finish a couple of days back, where he got boxed in but still looked to be gaining on everyone, even with the gradient, once he got free. I wonder if his track work has improved his power over shorter distances, therefore helping him out in the early sprints?

MasterYoda
07-07-2016, 04:30 PM
Anyone else think Cav wouldn't really feature in the sprints this year?

Oops

maestro
07-07-2016, 04:33 PM
Anyone else think Cav wouldn't really feature in the sprints this year?

Oops

Yep

I havent really followed cycling this year, I put Cav in my team and then I thought I better look at his form and when looking even Cav said he didnt know how he would go, so I ditched him for Kitel :frown:

Delighted to see him win though

KP8
07-07-2016, 04:33 PM
Anyone else think Cav wouldn't really feature in the sprints this year?

Oops
I thought he would feature but just didn't anticipate him dominating the sprint finishes like he has.

When I go our for a ride tonight I am going to feel ridiculously slow in comparison to what I jus saw [emoji1]

KP8
07-07-2016, 04:43 PM
Does anyone else on here ride?

I stay in Croydon once a week and normally go for a ride after work. Looking for some alternative 25-35 mile routes. I've probably only got 90 minutes tonight so need something under 30 miles.

The one I ride most regularly is up to West Wickham, up Layhams Road and then a loop that starts by going down Beddlestead Lane. Any other suggestions for good loops out of Croydon?

luckyoldgladys
07-07-2016, 05:57 PM
The Velogames King of the Mountains game has opened.

I have set up a mini league with this entry code

07184352

You get the chance to change your riders and it covers the nine mountain stages.
Closing time is 12.15 tomorrow

3 Beers at HT
07-07-2016, 11:17 PM
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singapore eagle
08-07-2016, 04:12 AM
That is what I was thinking.

So is the 2016 Cav faster than the last couple of years or is the 2016 Kittel slower than 2014? I was thinking that it was a bit of both

I think a bit of both too. But this quote from Kittel also tells a story:

"To be very honest, in the finals this year, there is no tactic. It's impossible to ride with a team here. I don't know why the organisers do it like this with downhills in the city, we have all those small roads and corners. It goes wide, narrow, wide again and every team is struggling at this stage to be at the front," Kittel said. "The GC teams are also holding their wheels until the finish line. It's pure chaos and that's why you can win here with really smart positioning. The team only has to bring you forward at a certain moment and that's it and then you have to go out of the wheel of someone at a certain point."

Cav is the smartest sprinter in the bunch, and the fact that he hasn't really got a lead out train on his team is probably a positive rather than a negative at the moment.

OOSAsizGpNY

Adlerhorst
08-07-2016, 04:14 AM
Does anyone else on here ride?

I stay in Croydon once a week and normally go for a ride after work. Looking for some alternative 25-35 mile routes. I've probably only got 90 minutes tonight so need something under 30 miles.

The one I ride most regularly is up to West Wickham, up Layhams Road and then a loop that starts by going down Beddlestead Lane. Any other suggestions for good loops out of Croydon?

You are better off asking that here

http://www.cpfc.org/forums/showthread.php?t=189675

Personally i posted this earlier this week (though I was halfway up a mountain in Italy, not in Croydon).

First time on a bike in about two years (due to injury) earlier today. Did about 50ks. I have a sore arse.

singapore eagle
08-07-2016, 04:14 AM
:lux:

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singapore eagle
08-07-2016, 04:19 AM
In previous Tours, Sky have set out to annihilate their opponents on the first big mountain. Is that what we will see today, I wonder?

http://www.letour.fr/PHOTOS/TDF/2016/700/PROFIL.png

Adlerhorst
08-07-2016, 04:45 AM
Dunno, think Movistar did enough of a job of that the other day such tag GC is already thinned out a bit. Plus rain in the descent won't be fun.

kabbott
08-07-2016, 07:59 AM
The Velogames King of the Mountains game has opened.

I have set up a mini league with this entry code

07184352

You get the chance to change your riders and it covers the nine mountain stages.
Closing time is 12.15 tomorrow

Hurry up ...

So far:

0 points
Sisyphus
Lucky Old Gladys

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Wheeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaagles 4
Dave Mc

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kabbott

kabbott
08-07-2016, 08:05 AM
Today's stage is a little bit lumpy in the middle and basically one hard climb with a descent at the end! I know Sky normally hit hard on the first mountainous stage, but they'll probably wait until tomorrow with a lot of different climbs. The descent plus possible storms at the end of the afternoon might make this more interesting!

http://www.letour.fr/PHOTOS/TDF/2016/etape_7.png

http://www.letour.fr/PHOTOS/TDF/2016/700/PROFILCOLSCOTES_1.png

kabbott
08-07-2016, 08:07 AM
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FourtyTwo
08-07-2016, 08:16 AM
Contador
Costa
Nibali
Martin
Cav
Chavanel
Voeckler
Albasini
Barguil

Fingers crossed I start to pick up some points, and both Contador and Nibali have been playing possum so far ;)

GreatGonzo
08-07-2016, 12:19 PM
Chicken or Egg or coincidence?

So the sprint teams have been moaning tha the GC teams have been riding at the front on sprint stages in the past week.

Today we have a mountain stage and with Sagan and Cav up the road the sprint teams have put a fierce pace on at the front to prevent a break with the Col d'Aspin for everyone to get up in a couple of hours time.

Pace today is much higher then it has been for many flatter stages.

CedarEagle
08-07-2016, 12:24 PM
Hopefully a few cyclists will go and watch it in France making it safer to cross the street in London for 3 weeks.

Excowboy
08-07-2016, 03:15 PM
Only read updates, but what a stage. Who would've predicted GVA extending his lead?

GreatGonzo
08-07-2016, 03:21 PM
Only read updates, but what a stage. Who would've predicted GVA extending his lead?

Big GC riders i think were not riding this stage hard with tomorrow and sunday in mind. No-one really tried to gain time.

Excowboy
08-07-2016, 03:26 PM
Hard enough for Pinot to crack. Wonder what happened there.

maestro
08-07-2016, 03:37 PM
Adam Yates got injured due to that stupid flamme rouge collaspsing

kabbott
08-07-2016, 08:09 PM
This is not totally correct:

Place Coureur Temps / Ecart
1 S.CUMMINGS (DDD - GBR) à 03h51'58''
2 D.IMPEY (OBE - AFS) à 01'05''
3 D.NAVARRO (COF - ESP) m.t.
4 V.NIBALI (AST - ITA) à 02'14''
5 G.VAN AVERMAET (BMC - BEL) à 03'04''
6 L.MATE (COF - ESP) à 04'29''
7 G.THOMAS (SKY - GBR) m.t.
8 W.POELS (SKY - HOL) m.t.
9 G.IZAGIRRE (MOV - ESP) m.t.
10 A.VALVERDE (MOV - ESP) m.t.

kabbott
08-07-2016, 08:12 PM
I believe Yates had a 7 second advantage at the km. mark which hasn't been taken into account. Yates also has the White Jersey!

GC:

Place Coureur Temps / Ecart
1 G.VAN AVERMAET (BMC - BEL) à 34h13'40''
2 J.ALAPHILIPPE (EQS - FRA) à 06'36''
3 A.VALVERDE (MOV - ESP) à 06'38''
4 J.RODRIGUEZ (KAT - ESP) à 06'39''
5 C.FROOME (SKY - GBR) à 06'42''
6 N.QUINTANA (MOV - COL) m.t.
7 W.BARGUIL (TGA - FRA) m.t.
8 P.ROLLAND (CDT - FRA) m.t.
9 D.MARTIN (EQS - IRL) m.t.
10 F.ARU (AST - ITA) m.t.

kabbott
08-07-2016, 08:14 PM
KOM:

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Fekir Fanatics
kabbott

216 points
Roadrash Procycling
Mark

175 points
Sisyphus
Lucky Old Gladys

147 points
Wheeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaagles 4
Dave Mc

65 points
OPH
3 Beers at HT

Excowboy
08-07-2016, 08:15 PM
This is what they've got on the official site

Stage:

1. GBR CUMMINGS Stephen 104 TEAM DIMENSION DATA 03h 48' 09''
2. RSA IMPEY Daryl 205 ORICA-BIKEEXCHANGE 03h 49' 13'' + 01' 04''
3. ESP NAVARRO Daniel 191 COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 03h 49' 13'' + 01' 04''
4. ITA NIBALI Vincenzo 22 ASTANA PRO TEAM 03h 50' 07'' + 01' 58''
5. BEL VAN AVERMAET Greg 98 BMC RACING TEAM 03h 51' 06'' + 02' 57''
6. ESP MATE MARDONES Luis Angel 198 COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 03h 51' 46'' + 03' 37''
7. GBR THOMAS Geraint 9 TEAM SKY 03h 51' 46'' + 03' 37''
8. NED POELS Wouter 6 TEAM SKY 03h 51' 46'' + 03' 37''
9. ESP IZAGUIRRE Gorka 16 MOVISTAR TEAM 03h 51' 46'' + 03' 37''
10. ESP VALVERDE Alejandro 12 MOVISTAR TEAM 03h 51' 46'' + 03' 37''

Excowboy
08-07-2016, 08:16 PM
GC from official site:

1. BEL VAN AVERMAET Greg 98 BMC RACING TEAM 34h 09' 44''
2. GBR YATES Adam 209 ORICA-BIKEEXCHANGE 34h 15' 34'' + 05' 50''
3. FRA ALAPHILIPPE Julian 182 ETIXX-QUICK STEP 34h 15' 35'' + 05' 51''
4. ESP VALVERDE Alejandro 12 MOVISTAR TEAM 34h 15' 37'' + 05' 53''
5. ESP RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquin 141 TEAM KATUSHA 34h 15' 38'' + 05' 54''
6. GBR FROOME Christopher 1 TEAM SKY 34h 15' 41'' + 05' 57''
7. COL QUINTANA Nairo 11 MOVISTAR TEAM 34h 15' 41'' + 05' 57''
8. FRA BARGUIL WARREN 111 TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN 34h 15' 41'' + 05' 57''
9. FRA ROLLAND Pierre 81 CANNONDALE DRAPAC TEAM 34h 15' 41'' + 05' 57''
10. IRL MARTIN Daniel 184 ETIXX-QUICK STEP 34h 15' 41'' + 05' 57''

kabbott
08-07-2016, 08:17 PM
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spunky
08-07-2016, 08:39 PM
Customer came in today with a flag for me from the grand depart, little bit tatty at the corners as it's been in his rucksack for about 4 days riding round France and from Portsmouth back home, very happy with it

3 Beers at HT
08-07-2016, 09:52 PM
Hey, 3 Beers at HT!

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kabbott
08-07-2016, 10:29 PM
:lux:

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kabbott
09-07-2016, 08:51 AM
Today's stage. Time to put Froomey under pressure! I doubt very much will happen with another descent after the final climb. I wonder if a breakaway won't stay away again. One or two challengers will lose time but I expect the big favourites to still be in there!

http://www.letour.fr/PHOTOS/TDF/2016/800/PROFIL.png

http://www.letour.fr/PHOTOS/TDF/2016/800/PROFILCOLSCOTES_1.png

http://www.letour.fr/PHOTOS/TDF/2016/800/PROFILCOLSCOTES_2.png

http://www.letour.fr/PHOTOS/TDF/2016/800/PROFILCOLSCOTES_3.png

Palestinian
09-07-2016, 10:35 AM
Well, my team name worked well yesterday

We`ll keep the flamme rouge flying here
Palestinian

1185 points

Adlerhorst
09-07-2016, 10:37 AM
I like how Tourmalet is deemed to start at 705m and there is a sprint at 700m which appears to be halfway up a massive hill of which Tourmalet only accounts for half of it.

I guess Sagan will be in any break attempting to pick up those points.

kabbott
09-07-2016, 12:58 PM
Adam Yates got injured due to that stupid flamme rouge collaspsing

Blimey, didn't see these pictures yesterday:

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Zulu84
09-07-2016, 02:58 PM
I can't help but think valverde is still doped to the gills

kabbott
09-07-2016, 03:25 PM
Froome was just "having a bit of fun!"

Little Fozzie
09-07-2016, 03:27 PM
Amazing descent. Can't believe Quintana sat up and watched him go though!

GreatGonzo
09-07-2016, 03:36 PM
Amazing descent. Can't believe Quintana sat up and watched him go though!

Was clever.

Going for 'the points' over the previous climb he duped the favourites into thinking he went for the points over the final climb. By the time they realised he was not sitting up and was going for it he was gone and they took time to organise. Brave and bold considering it is only stage 8.

Hopefully i can start picking up some points and start clawing my way back into the pack on velogames. 1,4,7,11 on the stage and 1,2,6,9 on GC.

GreatGonzo
09-07-2016, 03:59 PM
Looks like Cav has survived by getting himself onto the back of a big group. Detached from that and he was gone!

Assumes the commisaires keep the big group n which included the likes of Greipel and i think Kittel etc. even though just outside the time limit.

Zulu84
09-07-2016, 04:24 PM
Amazing descent. Can't believe Quintana sat up and watched him go though!

Amazing that Froome has learned how to decend, he used to be terrible.

biggus mickus
09-07-2016, 04:40 PM
Wow.

GJN
09-07-2016, 04:40 PM
Amazing from Froome. Maybe an indication he feels he needs to take time from Quintana outside of ITT? Just to mitigate a bad day in the mountains.

GreatGonzo
09-07-2016, 05:47 PM
Amazing from Froome. Maybe an indication he feels he needs to take time from Quintana outside of ITT? Just to mitigate a bad day in the mountains.

No long flat TT for him to take significant time. Be interesting to see those 2 go at it on an uphill finish tomorrow.

It will also be interesting to see how Yates and Martin go tomorrow too after stellar rides today.

OldPeanutSeller
10-07-2016, 12:04 AM
Great tactics from Froome. As Gonzo says, he sold them all a dummy on the penultimate climb and then kept going after the last. And Cav managed to get back to the group having been 4 minutes down (apparently) with only one helper. Great days racing.

So we have had 3 different Brits winning 5 of 8 stages, we're 1st and 2nd in the GC and hold 3 of the 4 jerseys - you can read all about cycling on the BBC sport page under "other sport".

kabbott
10-07-2016, 08:56 AM
Yesterday's stage:

Stage 8 Results
1 FROOME, Christopher (SKY) 4:57:33
2 MARTIN, Daniel (EQS) + 13
3 RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, Joaquin (KAT)
4 BARDET, Romain (ALM)
5 KREUZIGER, Roman (TNK)
6 ARU, Fabio (AST)
7 YATES, Adam (OBE)
8 VALVERDE BELMONTE, Alejandro (MOV)
9 MOLLEMA, Bauke (TFS)
10 PORTE, Richie (BMC)
11 QUINTANA ROJAS, Nairo (MOV)
12 VAN GARDEREN, Tejay (BMC)
13 MEINTJES, Louis (LAM)
14 HENAO MONTOYA, Sergio Luis (SKY)

kabbott
10-07-2016, 08:57 AM
General Classification after Stage 8

1 FROOME, Christopher (SKY) 39:13:04
2 YATES, Adam (OBE) + 16
3 RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, Joaquin (KAT)
4 MARTIN, Daniel (EQS) + 17
5 VALVERDE BELMONTE, Alejandro (MOV) + 19
6 QUINTANA ROJAS, Nairo (MOV) + 23
7 ARU, Fabio (AST)
8 VAN GARDEREN, Tejay (BMC)
9 BARDET, Romain (ALM)
10 MOLLEMA, Bauke (TFS)
11 HENAO MONTOYA, Sergio Luis (SKY)
12 KREUZIGER, Roman (TNK) + 34
13 MEINTJES, Louis (LAM)
14 BARGUIL, Warren (TGA) + 1:51
15 ROLLAND, Pierre (CDT) + 1:55
16 KELDERMAN, Wilco (TLJ)
17 VAN DEN BROECK, Jurgen (KAT) + 2:00
18 PORTE, Richie (BMC) + 2:08
19 THOMAS, Geraint (SKY) + 2:31
20 CONTADOR VELASCO, Alberto (TNK) + 3:12

kabbott
10-07-2016, 09:03 AM
Today's stage will certainly sort out the men from the boys. The Sky team looks very strong. I hope, in the interests of the race, that some of the other riders will give it a go. If not, it could be a long trip to Paris.

http://www.letour.fr/PHOTOS/TDF/2016/etape_9.png


Km 19.0 - Port de la Bonaigua (2 072 m)13.7 km de montée à 6.1% - catégorie 1
Km 87.5 - Port del Cantò (1 721 m)19 km de montée à 5.4% - catégorie 1
Km 143.0 - Côte de la Comella (1 347 m)4.2 km de montée à 8.2% - catégorie 2
Km 157.0 - Col de Beixalis (1 796 m) (CS210-CS310)6.4 km de montée à 8.5% - catégorie 1
Km 184.5 - ANDORRE ARCALIS (2 240m)10.1 km de montée à 7.2% - catégorie H

http://www.letour.fr/PHOTOS/TDF/2016/900/PROFILCOLSCOTES_1.png

kabbott
10-07-2016, 09:10 AM
http://www.velogames.com/tour-de-france/2016/leaguescores.php?league=64251303448

2446 points
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3 Beers at HT

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Spunky`s superstars
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2424 points
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Excowboy

2360 points
Duffle Coat Supreme
Myke

2341 points
Penge Peddlars
Graham

2332 points
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Ganbarewashi

2264 points
Zoot Allures
Lucky Old Gladys

2177 points
If only....
Shep

2170 points
Stupid People Make Me Sad
Catty

2162 points
Un sang impur
forza selhurst

kabbott
10-07-2016, 09:12 AM
KOM

704 points
Fekir Fanatics
kabbott

651 points
Roadrash Procycling
Mark

629 points
Sisyphus
Lucky Old Gladys

487 points
Wheeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaagles 4
Dave Mc

482 points
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GreatGonzo
10-07-2016, 09:20 AM
Think everyone will keep heir powder dry for the final climb. No one wants to gamble from the front group till next Saturday unless they have significant time to make up.

kabbott
10-07-2016, 09:23 AM
Well played Froome for this! There really are too many idiots on the roadsides:

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stinky
10-07-2016, 11:16 AM
Watching yesterday's stage now. This descending from Froome is unreal. And makes me feel incredibly nervous watching it. 90km/hr!!

GreatGonzo
10-07-2016, 11:48 AM
Watching yesterday's stage now. This descending from Froome is unreal. And makes me feel incredibly nervous watching it. 90km/hr!!

Sagan has apparently hit 97km/h on today's first descent! Scary speeds.

kabbott
10-07-2016, 11:52 AM
Sagan has apparently hit 97km/h on today's first descent! Scary speeds.

I think some topped 100km/h during the Dolphin!

kabbott
10-07-2016, 11:57 AM
Not looking good for Beefy!

kabbott
10-07-2016, 12:24 PM
Beefy off his bike and home!

Little Fozzie
10-07-2016, 12:56 PM
I think it's nice that they have a LeMond alert countdown clock to give you time to leave the room

kabbott
10-07-2016, 01:05 PM
41°C out there! :eek:
In Lyon it's a relatively cool 36°C!