1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Pro Cycling Discussion 2017

Discussion in 'Pedal Powered' started by Jonny69, Jan 11, 2017.

  1. touch

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Oct 28, 2006

    Posts: 9,838

    Location: Sufferlandria

    He might not have the yellow jersey but this is still Froome's race to lose. He was losing time to both Nairo Quintana and Dan Martin so they had to ride hard.
    IMO there was never any consideration of where Landa was or the time gap - they were purely focused on keeping their main GC contender high on GC.
     
  2. topgun06

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Mar 24, 2006

    Posts: 8,341

    Location: Leek, Staffordshire

    Very exciting stage there. Glad to see Alberto and Quintana finishing high up in the standings.
     
  3. zophiel

    Hitman

    Joined: Feb 3, 2006

    Posts: 743

    Location: Glastonbury

    i think thats the case that froome doesnt like the competition from his own team. He closed down so many attacks which kept the time at about 2 mins to Landa

    They commented in the commentary, wondering why froome kept closing the gaps back to Martin and Yates when he should have been letting aru chase them down.



     
  4. cheesyboy

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Dec 7, 2012

    Posts: 8,286

    Location: West Country

    Great stage, this.

    As a point of discussion, for those who are much more knowledgeable than I:

    In the 'post doping' era, should the Tour look to shorter stages in general to encourage exciting racing? The riders aren't the turbocharged machines they were even just 10 years ago. The long stages seem only to neutralise attacks, and allow for Sky in particular to just control the races
     
  5. One More Solo

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 29, 2004

    Posts: 14,770

    Location: Manchester

    Yes to shorter stages but the reason the race in the mountains is boring is Sky came in to it with a ridiculously strong team including three riders that could probably win this Tour (Froome, Landa, Thomas). Today was only exciting because one of said team decided they were tired of riding tempo up every mountain. :D
     
  6. #Chri5#

    Soldato

    Joined: Feb 27, 2003

    Posts: 5,937

    Location: Shropshire

    The RoadCyclingUK e-mails newsletter gave away one of the stages last week as well :rolleyes: They should know a lot of people will avoid the sports news until they've watched the ITV highlights slot!
     
  7. Bear

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 24, 2002

    Posts: 11,543

    Location: Bucks and Edinburgh

    Great finish to the race, bet he didn't expect that on a rolling sprint stage. :D
     
  8. physichull

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Sep 22, 2008

    Posts: 8,314

    Location: Warrington

    I know what you mean, but is it not down to other teams to bring it to Sky, as Boulting once said "out-Sky Sky".
     
  9. zophiel

    Hitman

    Joined: Feb 3, 2006

    Posts: 743

    Location: Glastonbury

    was a good stage. how did aru mess that up so badly.
     
  10. One More Solo

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 29, 2004

    Posts: 14,770

    Location: Manchester

    Bit hard to out-Sky them when they have the money to pay their domestiques more than other team's leaders, and cycling is definitely a sport where you can throw money at a problem to solve it.
     
  11. Nursie

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Dec 27, 2005

    Posts: 7,514

    Location: Worcester

    Was at the test match today, had the stage result ruined by a notification for a SIS email.
     
  12. #Chri5#

    Soldato

    Joined: Feb 27, 2003

    Posts: 5,937

    Location: Shropshire

    I got that as well - have moaned at SIS on Twitter. RCUK couldn't be assed to reply - see if SIS can be bothered...
     
  13. PlacidCasual

    Mobster

    Joined: May 13, 2003

    Posts: 4,733

    Quite a surprising result yesterday. I was amazed to see Aru so far back. It just goes to show what influence crosswinds make if you don't have the support. Really smart stuff from Sky, it's still tight though been an interesting tour so far some great attacks along the way too.
     
  14. Bear

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 24, 2002

    Posts: 11,543

    Location: Bucks and Edinburgh

    Holy moly, what an incredible recovery. How he managed to get back on to the group when AG2R were going flat out and burning team mates up, amazing.
     
  15. #Chri5#

    Soldato

    Joined: Feb 27, 2003

    Posts: 5,937

    Location: Shropshire

    I'd love to see the power outputs from Frome, Nieve and Landa on that climb, what a fight back to the GC group.
     
  16. PlacidCasual

    Mobster

    Joined: May 13, 2003

    Posts: 4,733

    Very impressive, after the mechanical I wondered if that was why he'd been having difficulty staying with the group beforehand. At first like the commentators I thought he was just suffering but the way he came back makes me wonder if the mechanical issue was building hence why he kept getting gapped.

    I'm loving this tour, tight going into the final week, still a chance for a few mountain attacks then the time trial very nervy.
     
  17. SoliD

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 25, 2004

    Posts: 12,958

    Location: Portsmouth

    Another good day, this tour reminds me of the one year before last where the day can be innocuous on the route profile, but provides all sorts of drama. I've been really surprised by how strong AG2R have looked throughout, always in the right places for Bardet and creating some alternative strategies to put the pressure on. their DS is doing a great job and this final week will have everyone on their toes.
     
  18. booyaka

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jan 19, 2006

    Posts: 10,579

    should be a good week - no team sky running away with this one. The short stages are superb, loads of action, drama etc.

    Stages 17/18 will be full of drama I think as Sky are struggling to maintain their normal iron grip on the peleton.

    Props to Froome yesterday battling back into that one.
     
  19. SoliD

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 25, 2004

    Posts: 12,958

    Location: Portsmouth

    Just seen Tim Wellens withdrew as he didn't want a TUE for Cortisone. Wonder if he'd have made that same decision if he was in the fight for any of the jerseys.
     
  20. PermaBanned

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jul 7, 2009

    Posts: 16,163

    Location: Newcastle/Aberdeen



Share This Page