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    2018 Tour de France

    Hi all. Will Froome be allowed to compete in freedom of reprisals from the French public?
    He has been cleared of any charges stemming from his use of approved inhaler and asks for "freedom" to compete".
    What do you think? The tour starts this Sat.

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    Re: 2018 Tour de France

    Froome won't have a lot of support from the crowds but should have a good race, despite some other contenders from team sky.

    This year I will be watching for Simon Yates to win.

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    Re: 2018 Tour de France

    I don't, as of now, have a fav. to win. I'll see after the 1st mountain stage.

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    Re: 2018 Tour de France

    Stage #1 of 21 to come. 22 teams - 176 riders in the 105th running of T D F
    A large portion of the program was an interview with and about Chris Froome. He was cleared of his use of an approved inhaler 9 m0nths after the investigation started which, to many of the announcers, was a really poor handling of this situation.
    The race was long in the 124.9 miles that was marred by a few crashes near the end dropping Froome -and other leaders some 61 seconds back at the finish.
    a sprint of the lead pack had Fernando Gairin in 1st with Peter Sagan in 2nd and Marcel Kittel 3rd.
    This was not the start the teams had planned for!!! This should become quickly interesting!

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    #2 87 degrees and sunny today for 114 miles. Rolund Molard falls to the street at 52 miles to go. with 25 to go the peloton is behind by2:17. Sanchez crashes hard at 24.7 to go and the sprinter from Astana is out! Yates crashes at 18 to go and the lone leader is caught at 7 to go. I really like the ORCA on the back of team Sky jersey since that is my nickname in swimming.The speed of the peloton is 35 mph. Marcel Kittel crashes at 4. 6 and a big crash on a tight right turn takes down about 20 riders.Peter Sagan takes advantage of the sprinters and wins it and also takes the yellow jersey!

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    Day #3 is a 22 mile team time trial in which the time is taken as the 4th rider crosses the finish line of the 8 that start.
    The team of B M C is fastest with a 34 mph speed over the distance. The yellow jersey on Sagan drops back from his team and is out of yellow. Team SKY is 2nd with Froome in the 4 pack. BMC rider Greg Van Avermaet now takes yellow with teammate from the USA, TeJay VanGarderen in 2nd.

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    Re: 2018 Tour de France

    Neat to see TeJay still in the mix. 🇺🇸
    ..<))><

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    #4 121.2 miles on a 84 degree day. The talk is about the last 2 1/2 miles of straight and flat road into the finish. 4 jump out to a lead and how it for along time.The road narrows at 30 mi. to go and 6 tangle up to the ground. the 4 hold a lead of 2:13 @24 to go. they had 7 min. at the largest gap. The peloton speed is 36.2 mph! with 8 1/2 to go. Quickstep team leads and no other team will help cuz they have the fastest sprinted in Gaviri. 10 K to go and the 4 have 67 seconds. At 3.1 a massive crash put 50 - 60 on the road or stopped! 2.2 mi to go - the 4 have 26 seconds. At 1 mile they are caught. The sprinters have a go at the finish with Gaviri doing it over 2nd sagan and 3rd Andre Greipel.
    The yellow jersey is on Grge van Avermaet 2nd is Tejay Vengarderen and 3rd Geraint Thomas.
    Stage 5 is to be on much more narrow roads and 5 more climbs to break things up. Will Froome take time back in these conditions?

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    Day # 5 127.1 miles in 73 temps. 1st 1/2 race open and rolling hills with 5 cat. climbs in the last 1/2 in the northwest of France about the same as Seattle. Sylvain Chavanel breaks from the 7 leaders to try to gain pts. in the King of the Mountain jersey. He takes pts. in 2 of the climbs then fades. At one point he is 4:03 ahead of the peloton.All are as a pack with 7 miles to go. Team Sky leads Froome to the front to stay out of any trouble. The last hill to the finish many of the sprinters are minutes behind but, Sagan is in the top 10. He does his thing and wins the stage, his 10 th of his tour history. The yellow is on VanAvermant with Tejay 2nd and 3rd Philippe Gilbert. Froome is 15th 57 seconds back.

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    Re: 2018 Tour de France

    Sky is doing well to keep Froome in the race. Just positioning before the mountains appear in force
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    Re: 2018 Tour de France

    Agreed. Froome is waiting for the tough mt. stages I think.

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    Day #6 112.5 in 76 temps. 5 off the front at the start as usual. Dion Smith takes sprint points during the day . Bob Roll explains that a larger "jockey" ring at the bottom of the derailed system reduces stress on the chain links and allow for a better gear change. The 5 move out to a 7 min. lead but are just looking for KO M or sprint pts. At 60 to go the wind changes across an open area and BMC rips apart the peloton into 5 groups. every 10 K the lead is reduced by the time they get to 43 mi. it's 1:54 and closed at 20 mi. The last 2 climbs are tough ones that are repeated to the finish. Jack Bauer leads out but is caught by Dan Martin that takes the stage 2nd {ire La Tour[cool name] and 3rd Valverde. Still in yellow is Avermaet. Froome is 62 back.

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    #7 Long day of 143 miles. Laurent Pichon was off the from most of the day only to be caught. Team Sky is just holding pace with Froome it seems till the mts. Quick Step brought on the lead train near the finish in the last 500 M. Lotto Jumbo rider Dylan Groenwegen was not boxed in like Cav. and wins the stage. 2nd was Peter Sagan and 3rd was Fernando Gaviria who seems ready to win each sprint but,falls short today

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    Re: 2018 Tour de France

    #8 A mostly quiet day till the close. With 10 miles to go a big crash that leaves Andre' Greipel down for a while and turns out to deal him a 1:15 time drop at the finish of the race. The sprint finish was a bang fest with Gaviria being the head butting offender that caused he and Greipel to be "Relegated" [moved down in the finish order]
    1st was Groenwegen 2nd Sagan 3rd Degenkolb. Still in the Yellow is Avermaet.
    The cobblestones are coming the next and seems to be a place where teams are going to push hard to gain some time back

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    Re: 2018 Tour de France

    Sunday's stage 9 with the cobblestones is sure to effect everyone. Teams are looking to use bikes with slightly wider tires to help them get through with minimal crashes.
    ..<))><

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    Yeah. No disk wheels for high speed needed. Stronger wheels are needed and maybe runlet" tires !!!

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    Day #9 and 97.2 miles for road and 100 year old granite cobblestones that will tear up wheels,tires and riders arms!. All are off to a fast start to stay in the lead when they get to the cobbles. So fast that the 1st crash happens just 6 miles into the race that puts Richie Porte out of the BMC leader's race! 8are out front for a while then it starts to take effect, that drops it to 6 then 4 and near the end only 3. Each section of cobbles range from 1/2 mi. to 2 mi. long with road sections in between them. There are 15 sections that they count down in the race. At 40 mi. to go, 27 riders go down. Team Sky takes advantage of this and buses the pace to keep Froome up near the lead. Now the yellow jersey , who has won on the cobbles before, goes to lead the race! He ends up 2nd on the stage. 1st to cross the finish is Degenkolb and 3rd is Yeve Lamparet

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    Those cobbles were brutal! Can you imagine the impact they would have on not only your arms, but your spine and rear end? How about the dust? What a killer on the lungs! It also made for slippery surfaces on the pavement.

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    Yeah, the guys looked a little worse for the wear climbing off the team buses before today's ride
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    Re: 2018 Tour de France

    It's no wonder that the cobbles were not in the T D F for many years. Just watching the up & down jumping of the handlebars was an indication of how rough the cobbles are on rider & machine! The much needed rest day on mon. will help in the tue. mt. stage that is sure to move Froome up in the G C standings. VanAvermaet is not a great climber. Geaint Thomas is a rider to watch since he is also ahead of Froome.

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