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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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    Re: 2018 Tour de France

    #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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    Re: 2018 Tour de France

    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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