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Dan M 12:26 Mon Apr 30
2018 Cycling & Fantasy Leagues
For the first time ever, in association with Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo, QuikStep Floors and the Kingdom of Bahrain...

the WHO Giro d'Italia fantasy league.

velogames.com

League ID: 608151613

Forza il Giro!

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Vexed 8:04 Mon Jul 30
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Dan M 1:17 Mon Jul 30

Oh, and that ride sounds brilliant. Fair play to you.

Vexed 8:03 Mon Jul 30
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Cheers Dan, ended up finishing 35th in the world which is certainly a lot better than I was expecting. No idea how many people entered though, probably about 200 or something.

Cheers again for organising it. See you for the vuelta? Not sure if Velogames will be doing it, got a cryptic message saying they still existed but begging for cash. Doesn't sound good.

El Scorchio 2:17 Mon Jul 30
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Also, massive congrats to G. What a race he rode!

Got to give props to Froome for taking it like a man, evidently admitting he didn't have the legs and being a team player. Looked happy for G.

El Scorchio 2:14 Mon Jul 30
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That grid start was fucking retarded and utterly pointless. Hope they move on from that and never do it again.

Dan M 1:17 Mon Jul 30
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Well done Vexed for leading from the 1st stage to the last. Chapeau also to zeb for a spirited second place.

As for me, on Saturday I rode in a 200-strong peleton around the Arc de Triomphe, down the Champs and round to the Tower )https://twitter.com/SirArthurIndeed/status/1023195953287888897) as the gendarmerie stopped the traffic for us. People waving, cheering, high fiving and taking photos and videos. One of the greatest experiences of my life, though trying to control a road bike over cobbles while crying is a tad difficult.

On top of that, our gathering point to form the peleton coincided with a wedding, so for a mile or so we were lead out by the bride and groom dancing in a convertible Rolls-Royce.

If you enjoy riding a bike I thoroughly recommend doing a London to Paris tour. Not sure I fancy following two of the group by continuing to Geneva and then to Nice. Bon chance to them.

zebthecat 1:57 Sun Jul 29
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I read that AG2R had the wrong tyres on for the pave stage hence all the punctures and crashes.
Also the one time they tried to animate the race Pierre Latour ended up blowing Bardet's legs off.
The marginal losses tactic.

SurfaceAgentX2Zero 1:45 Sun Jul 29
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Losing all the sprinters was fucking stupid, though

SurfaceAgentX2Zero 1:44 Sun Jul 29
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Vexed 1:36 Sun Jul 29

Agreed, the short stages and the pave were excellent innovations - too much flat at the start, but that's par for the course, on reflection. All in France is a bit deflating, too. It's good when they start elsewhere

, 1:40 Sun Jul 29
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What is coming out at Sky is that the team knew, after the Alps stages, that Thomas was the stronger of the two but kept up the two pronged facade in order to keep rival teams guessing. Brailsford has high regard for the way that the team and Froome/Thomas in particular played this.

Vexed 1:36 Sun Jul 29
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, 12:54 Sun Jul 29

I thought the cobbled stage was brilliant and much needed after a fucking hideous first week of boring as hell sprint stages. It's not the lottery it used to be with pretty much everyone in the GC surviving in the front group with not too many problems. Notable exceptions being Bardet who had about five punctures and Porte who crashed yet again before the pave even started. These can both be put down to poor riding/tactics in my opinion, one puncture is unlucky, four or five and you're doing something wrong. Porte is always crashing out, it's too often to be just bad luck.
The stiff mountain stages were there to try to stop Sky winning a few years back but ultimately have killed the sprinters making today's stage a bit pointless as everyone is out except Sagan who is injured. Think the flat stage in the Pyrenees was just to give everyone a rest after their weird moto GP grid start pointlessness. Thought the short stage was a good idea though, should have started everyone in reverse order to make it more interesting.

I think its been quite an interesting TDF, not the best but not the worst either. Colbrelli for me today.

SurfaceAgentX2Zero 1:02 Sun Jul 29
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The itinerary was a mess, but that doesn't detract from Thomas's achievement. If he'd been ordered to work for Froome, Froome would have looked a cunt as Thomas was immensely stronger than him

, 12:54 Sun Jul 29
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If it was not for Demoulin this tour would have been even more of a cakewalk for Sky and but for early stage crashes that team would have eased Froome to a fifth tour win.

I think that the tour itinerary had faults such as the pave stage which roughed people up too much ( and should be raced only in the classics ), the brutality of much climbing causing the almost complete eradication of the sprinters and finally why put in a flat stage in the middle of the Pyrenees section of climbs ( stupid because as it turned out front line sprinters had dropped out and the green jersey was Home and hosed ).

SurfaceAgentX2Zero 7:58 Sun Jul 29
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Dr Matt 1:38 Sun Jul 29

'3 A relatively flat parcours with two ITTs for Dumoulin.'

Maybe. But Thomas smashed him yesterday until he basically pulled up for the last 5km.

Dr Matt 1:38 Sun Jul 29
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With Bernal around the only ways Sky won’t win the TDF for the next 10 years will be:

1. Severe bad luck.
2. Chaves and Yates x 2 all go for it in one go on a hilly parcours.
3. A relatively flat parcours with two ITTs for Dumoulin.

zebthecat 10:57 Sat Jul 28
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Then there was this.

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

Takashi Miike 10:41 Sat Jul 28
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cheers, for the info. i was wondering how long id been watching thomas so had a look. all the way back to the 2006 commonwealth games in melbourne. what an achievement and a top bloke :.)

, 10:29 Sat Jul 28
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The 1989 TdF broke with tradition and had a final day TT ending on the Champs E. Lemond was some 50 odd seconds behind Fignon but won the TT and finished with a combined time just 8 seconds ahead after 21 stages.

Fignon was the last Frog to win the tour.

Vexed 10:16 Sat Jul 28
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Last year was the closest it had been for a while and that was 50 odd seconds. I think Lemond beat Fignon by 8 seconds or something similar but that was late 80s. It's almost impossible to gain time on the Champs Elysee without a crash and to do so would be considered seriously bad form. The peloton probably wouldn't have it.

Takashi Miike 8:50 Sat Jul 28
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yes, they'd be riding it out to finish in front of each other but the sprint teams would still dominate. not sure the last time it was close going in to the last stage?

Gaffer58 8:46 Sat Jul 28
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So as Thomas is leading by approximately 2 minutes tomorrow evidently is just a procession, but what if there was only 10 seconds between first and second would it become a proper race?

Vexed 6:10 Sat Jul 28
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It has to be the French tv firm's timings being out, the useless fucking peasants.

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