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Re: Tour Down Under *spoiler*

Postby Pross » Wed Jan 23, 2013 09:19 am

Can I be first to call 'curse of the rainbow jersey' please?

Frenchie is unusually quiet, not sure if it is because Sky won a stage or because people have been pointing out his usual response to sprint wins against his apparent new found love and respect for the discipline.

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Re: Tour Down Under *spoiler*

Postby Richmond Racer » Wed Jan 23, 2013 09:19 am

Great start to the day, thanks for that link

G bossed it big stylie

*wanders over to look up his odds for Flanders*

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Re: Tour Down Under *spoiler*

Postby Richmond Racer » Wed Jan 23, 2013 09:22 am

Pross wrote:Can I be first to call 'curse of the rainbow jersey' please?

Frenchie is unusually quiet, not sure if it is because Sky won a stage or because people have been pointing out his usual response to sprint wins against his apparent new found love and respect for the discipline.



First Lombardia and now this... :wink:

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Re: Tour Down Under *spoiler*

Postby Pross » Wed Jan 23, 2013 09:25 am

That was an impressive win by Geraint, very pleased for him. Looks like his form is promising for the spring. Is that his first professional 'road' win other than the nationals?

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Re: Tour Down Under *spoiler*

Postby Pross » Wed Jan 23, 2013 09:26 am

Richmond Racer wrote:
Pross wrote:Can I be first to call 'curse of the rainbow jersey' please?

Frenchie is unusually quiet, not sure if it is because Sky won a stage or because people have been pointing out his usual response to sprint wins against his apparent new found love and respect for the discipline.



First Lombardia and now this... :wink:


B***s, forgot about that - it was a long time ago and pre Oprah. OK, can I be the first to say it this year?

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Re: Tour Down Under *spoiler*

Postby Richmond Racer » Wed Jan 23, 2013 09:28 am

Pross wrote:
Richmond Racer wrote:
Pross wrote:Can I be first to call 'curse of the rainbow jersey' please?

Frenchie is unusually quiet, not sure if it is because Sky won a stage or because people have been pointing out his usual response to sprint wins against his apparent new found love and respect for the discipline.



First Lombardia and now this... :wink:


B***s, forgot about that - it was a long time ago and pre Oprah. OK, can I be the first to say it this year?



Are we now measuring cycling years as pre-Oprah and post-Oprah? Or pre-op and post-op for short? :)

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Re: Tour Down Under *spoiler*

Postby Alan A » Wed Jan 23, 2013 09:32 am

ad_snow wrote:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfnknLUEb0E


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Re: Tour Down Under *spoiler*

Postby Pross » Wed Jan 23, 2013 09:39 am

Richmond Racer wrote:
Pross wrote:
Richmond Racer wrote:
Pross wrote:Can I be first to call 'curse of the rainbow jersey' please?

Frenchie is unusually quiet, not sure if it is because Sky won a stage or because people have been pointing out his usual response to sprint wins against his apparent new found love and respect for the discipline.



First Lombardia and now this... :wink:


B***s, forgot about that - it was a long time ago and pre Oprah. OK, can I be the first to say it this year?



Are we now measuring cycling years as pre-Oprah and post-Oprah? Or pre-op and post-op for short? :)


No, it's just a measure of my memory span. I can only go back to the last big event. :lol:

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Re: Tour Down Under *spoiler*

Postby Richmond Racer » Wed Jan 23, 2013 09:40 am

Bestbetting have G at 66/1 for Flanders, boys

Just saying...

Highlights:
http://www.teamsky.com/video/0,27287,,00.html
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Re: Tour Down Under *spoiler*

Postby frenchfighter » Wed Jan 23, 2013 09:59 am

Well done Thomas (funny name). Nice win to have on his palmares.

I know the field is weak but I would have liked to have seen some interesting names competing. Did the crash take everyone but a few people out of contention?

Did they crash going up hill?

I thought this hill was supposed to be super tough and have 20% parts...

Andy Schleck?

Do these guys not have any support vehicles? I read Gilbert was pushed to the line with a broken rear derailleur.

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Postby frenchfighter » Wed Jan 23, 2013 09:59 am

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Re: Tour Down Under *spoiler*

Postby disgruntledgoat » Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:01 am

I think descending and then getting pushed a couple of KM would lose less time than waiting for the team car on a winding, narrow descent to swap bikes. Especially for a guy looking to win teh GC on a week long stage race.
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Re: Tour Down Under *spoiler*

Postby Pross » Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:04 am

frenchfighter wrote:Well done Thomas (funny name). Nice win to have on his palmares.

I know the field is weak but I would have liked to have seen some interesting names competing.


You didn't seem to have a problem with the strength of the field after Stage 1 :?

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Re: Tour Down Under *spoiler*

Postby frenchfighter » Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:05 am

A sprint is different to a steep climb - or do you want to disagree with me on that?
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Re: Tour Down Under *spoiler*

Postby frenchfighter » Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:09 am

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Re: Tour Down Under *spoiler*

Postby Richmond Racer » Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:12 am

frenchfighter wrote:A sprint is different to a steep climb - or do you want to disagree with me on that?



Interesting post of yours on the first page of the thread: 'Yeah some good names'

Give over Frenchie, you're too transparent on this one :wink:

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Re: Tour Down Under *spoiler*

Postby frenchfighter » Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:14 am

There are some good names but I would consider it a weak field for climbers - you disagree? I think you need to look at the Tour de San Luis if you disagree.

Slagter was in attendance and active.
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Re: Tour Down Under *spoiler*

Postby Richmond Racer » Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:18 am

Gerrova it

G won in fine style today

'nuff said

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Re: Tour Down Under *spoiler*

Postby Alan A » Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:20 am

frenchfighter wrote:
I thought this hill was supposed to be super tough and have 20% parts...

Andy Schleck?

Do these guys not have any support vehicles? I read Gilbert was pushed to the line with a broken rear derailleur.



IIRC The start of the climb proper has 2 short sections of 20% with several of the inside corners hitting close to 20% also. Majority of the climb is 8-10% so I'm very surprised PIp wasn't at or near the front thus avoiding crash.

Top of the climb at junction has a tight right hander going downhill. It was just after this turn that crash happened. Very easy to freewheel all but last km at speeds in excess of 50kph. G and the front group would have been hitting 90kph - 100kph plus easily.


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