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Great Britain WickedCossack
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02 Jul 2016, 08:05

Anyone following the TDF this year or just me ? :love:

Predictions?

I think Froome (the guy in the picture) is gonna win it again though Quintana will be real close. Contador is the only other rider that stands a chance tbh. France will be dissapointed again no doubt.

Starts today.

Would also be great to see Sagan pick up a fifth green jersey.

JRod to win polkadots.

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Ninja
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02 Jul 2016, 09:53

Is kruijsiwiek participating?

I seem to recall contador wasnt that great in the dauphine but its hard to predict. The tour is so lengthy that most cyclists cant keep top shape for the full three weeks. Last year for example we saw that froome peaked relatively early compared to quintana.

Also, no love for aru?
Great Britain WickedCossack
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02 Jul 2016, 10:08

Jerom wrote:Is kruijsiwiek participating?

I seem to recall contador wasnt that great in the dauphine but its hard to predict. The tour is so lengthy that most cyclists cant keep top shape for the full three weeks. Last year for example we saw that froome peaked relatively early compared to quintana.

Also, no love for aru?


Kruijswijk isn't, nor is Gesink. You've got Kelderman for GC though and Groenewegen for the sprints.

Well Aru sucked at the Dauphine even though he won a stage. He could be just copycatting Nibali though with some nice blood bags being taken out pre Dauphine and come good for the Tour. Very hard to tell. But even Aru in top Form can't beat the big 3.
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02 Jul 2016, 10:11

Oh so only mollema and dumoulin to root for, meh. Is there one of those paris-roubaix days? We have some cyclists that are decent at that.
Great Britain WickedCossack
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02 Jul 2016, 10:25

Nah no cobbles this year unfortunately.

I doubt Mollema will do anything as per usual and I'm not sure Dumo is going for GC. I really think Kelderman is your best bet for overall.
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02 Jul 2016, 10:36

Well thats less fun then, Kelderman isn't good enough, not better than Mollema. We need our Kruisiwiek.

Is froome actually someone you root for as brit?
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02 Jul 2016, 10:40

Who will be the most 'doped' this year? This noble sport is dead.
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Portugal sergyou
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02 Jul 2016, 10:51

quintana
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Romania Dolan
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02 Jul 2016, 11:08

Is it going to be again who's got the best doctor with the best lab behind them?
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02 Jul 2016, 12:49

I think Quintana will win if he is more agressive. He showed that he is able to beat Froome last year. Contador no way
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02 Jul 2016, 12:59

stronk wrote:I think Quintana will win if he is more agressive. He showed that he is able to beat Froome last year. Contador no way


Yea Quintana lacked balls last year and it cost him badly.

Froome is supposedly coming in to be fresher for the 3rd week which if accurate he should win. Quintanas probably better on the real tough mountain stages though of which there are many but I think Froome can take a minute out of him on the Ventoux.

Also jerom I do cheer for Froome, only cause so many people hate him I've come to like him !
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02 Jul 2016, 14:07

I dont cheer for sky movistar katusha astana tinkoff russian and italian cyclists personally, out of anti doping principle.
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03 Jul 2016, 10:44

Dolan wrote:Is it going to be again who's got the best doctor with the best lab behind them?
Still can be fun to watch. I mean who cares in the end. At least what the doctors are doing is somewhat sophisticated unlike training 10 hours a day and growing muscles. It's a shame we don't get to see what's going on behind the scenes though.
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03 Jul 2016, 11:19

Goodspeed wrote: what's going on behind the scenes


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Netherlands Goodspeed
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03 Jul 2016, 11:25

Yeah I meant the whole game of getting the best possible drug while keeping it undetectable
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03 Jul 2016, 11:28

They just hire very good biochemists and doctors. They're not stupid. They follow all the regulatory committee publications and check which substances are forbidden. Then make sure whatever they are using is either untraceable or its effect is short-lived and it's metabolised fast.

I think I read somewhere once that the guys from the regulatory bodies were amazed to see that cyclists had better professional chemists and doctors than they did. Basically they had top of the top doctors who knew how to dodge biological testing.
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Great Britain WickedCossack
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03 Jul 2016, 11:30

Cavendish won the opening stage. :kinggreen:

Good result.

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03 Jul 2016, 12:08

Sprints are boring. But well its tour de france so lets watch another 7 identical sprints.
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03 Jul 2016, 12:18

they should just allow it up to overdose levels. then the best druggee can win the race.
Great Britain WickedCossack
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03 Jul 2016, 12:57

Jerom wrote:Sprints are boring. But well its tour de france so lets watch another 7 identical sprints.


Well the actual sprint itself is always good, but yea sprint stages in general are the worst type of stage.

Last 1km of stage 1: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4jfvlx_tour-de-france-2016-hd-stage-1-finish_sport?start=991
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03 Jul 2016, 13:32

somoething something roids roids why the fuck do people even watch this shit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgyqAD5Z6_A
Great Britain WickedCossack
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03 Jul 2016, 14:35

iNcog wrote:somoething something roids roids why the fuck do people even watch this shit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgyqAD5Z6_A


It's probably cleaner than 99% of other sports ironically but of course because of the history and how it's all played out ...
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03 Jul 2016, 14:39

Its probably not clean at all given the level of those getting caught and the history of doping users which have been beaten by "clean" cyclists. Its naive to think that our detection methods have improved so much in 5-10 years. We probably just cant detect all sorts of things properly.

A serious question now, will the peleton catch the group of four? Im starting to be doubtful.
Great Britain WickedCossack
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03 Jul 2016, 14:40

Jerom wrote:Its probably not clean at all given the level of those getting caught and the history of doping users which have been beaten by "clean" cyclists. Its naive to think that our detection methods have improved so much in 5-10 years. We probably just cant detect all sorts of things properly.


My statement was more indicative of how fucked up other sports are rather than how clean cycling is.
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03 Jul 2016, 14:49

UCI is in cahoots with the cheaters.

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