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    2019 Tour de France

    Well it's that time again for you pre race favorites in the T D F.
    With Froome out for major surgery and others not up to top form, who do you think will be in the top G C places?

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    Re: 2019 Tour de France

    Stage #1 The famed Eddy Merx leads out this year's tour start! 3 crashes take place to shape the tour in the 1st stage!
    Jacob Fulsang crashes hard & is bloodied as he rides at the last 10 mile mark . His heat pulls him back into the peloton to finish in the pack time. In the last 1K - Geraint Thomas also crashes into a metal barrier because of a policman being on the inside of it in the racing line! The cop tries to push the barrier back to get out of the way only to bend the other end out and into Geraint!
    a pack sprint goes to the line with Mike Teunissen winning with PETER SAGAN 2nd and Caleb Ewan 3rd.
    The famed sprinter Mark Cavindish was NOT selected to join the tour this year!!

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    Re: 2019 Tour de France

    #2 a T T T = team time trial of all 8 riders on the team. The finish time is calculated when the 4th rider crosses the line. 22 teams are in this year's tour. Team Ineos chooses to go 1st rather than the traditional last starting position and posts the best time of 29:17 that holds thru the entire race till team Visma breaks it with a time of 28:57 at average speed of 35.5 MPH !
    The USA team of E F education First is 5th at 29:25
    Teuniessen on team Visma holds the yellow jersey with 10 second lead.

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    Re: 2019 Tour de France

    Stage #3 72 temp. at the start of 134 miles from Belgium to Eperna,France. The last time the finish was here was in 1963. Flat roads for the 1st 1/2 then into narrow and steeper climbs near the end. A 5 man breakaway forms quickly and holds for more than 100 miles till a climb where Wellens pulls out to lead at the 27 mile marker. The pelotons 45 seconds back till the last steep climb of 14 % grade drops more than 50 + riders along with the Yellow jersey! On the down hill Alaphillipe jumps out and goes all in to lead by 41 seconds at 12 mi. to go. He hits 48.3 M P H on his decent and holds off the Peloton. He has 35 sec. with 1.2 miles to go and wins by 26. This gives him the lead and the Yellow jersey!

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    Re: 2019 Tour de France

    Stage #4 75 is the temp for the 137 mile stage today.
    a 3 man B A [break away] forms quickly and they stay out to 3:18 @97 miles -3:17 @60 mi. -2:21@45mi. - :50 @33mi and :21 @20 mi.
    They get caught by the rushing peloton. Michael Schar tries a B A of his own for 10 miles only to be caught again @ 10.1 mi.
    The sprint teams are in full rush as they bring Elia Vivianni to finish1st with Kristoff 2nd - 3rd is Caleb Ewan with Sagan 4th.
    Still in Yellow is Alaphippe

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    Stage # 5 108.8 miles nice 75 degree temps. 3 mt. climbs in the second half today.
    4 make a B A @ 75 mi. to with a time gap of 1:54. B A still away with 24 mi. to B A now 3 - 2 - and one off the front [ Skullins] with 1:07.
    With 13.6 to all back in peloton. Rui Costas tries to break out and gets 12 sec. on the field for a while
    . Peloton is ramping up with 34 M P H now trying to gets the leadout trains for the few sprinters left to get in aero sheltering positions to launch the attacks.
    Sagan pulls out from 7th place in the pack to win the stage.
    Yellow is still on Alaphilippe with 2nd place Van Aert +14 sec. and 3 Kruijsuilk + 25 sec. back.

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    Re: 2019 Tour de France

    With four-time winner Chris Froome out, nursing broken bones, two of the big questions at this Tour de France have been whether other contenders who’ve long ridden in his shadow will now be more willing to attack and who, on his team, will fill the vacuum left by the British rider’s absence.
    Today, the Tour is expecting some answers.
    A fiercely steep climb on Stage 6, with an eye-popping 24% gradient at the top, should separate genuine contenders for the Tour title from also-rans.
    On the 4-mile uphill to the Planche des Belles Filles ski station, scaled with legs already stinging from a succession of climbs earlier in the day, there’ll be no hiding places for riders who aren’t in tip-top shape.I'm trying some additional info from the paper today. ORCA

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    Stage #6 99.7 miles today with 7 mt. climbs and a summit finish that added even more pain to the riders. A B A forms with 14 away.
    14 @77 miles lead - 7:08 14 \@56 mi. - 7:28 13/ @39 mi. 9:24 11/ @15 mi. - 5:19 6/@ 12 mi. - 4:36 2 @ 4 miles to the summit.
    Now the long peloton breaking climb starts in earnest! The last 500 yards are not paved but,gravel!! Only 2 now at the front.
    Giulio Ciccone and Dylan Teuns. Teuns wins at almost a standstills of motion as Ciccone can't pull any more out of his legs to get the win. BUT Alaphilippe is more than 1:46 back and loses the yellow to Ciccone who is now the T D F leader in his 1st year as a rider in the race!! WOW - what a climb and finish. Many of the tour's pre race leaders are spread all over the mountain.

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    Re: 2019 Tour de France

    Some info on the current T D F leader.
    Given the flat profile of Friday’s 230-kilometer stage, Ciccone has good chances to stay in the lead until the weekend. Despite his ambition to challenge for the overall win at a Grand Tour in the near future, he’s well aware of his current limitations.
    “For sure the yellow jersey does not change our plans. Richie is our leader,” he said. “We also have another card to play with Bauke Mollema. I’m going to honor this jersey and try to keep it, then I’ll get back to my teammate work for Richie Porte.”

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    Re: 2019 Tour de France

    I will be on vacation for 7 days. I will try to get info and post if I can. If anyone else can look up the stage results and post them - that would be great!

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    Re: 2019 Tour de France

    results from #7 Dylan Groenewegen wins.

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    Re: 2019 Tour de France

    Stage #8 Thomas De Gendt takes it today.

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    Re: 2019 Tour de France

    Stage #9 has Daryl Impy as the 1st in this stage.

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    Re: 2019 Tour de France

    #10 Wout Van Aert the daily winner.

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    Re: 2019 Tour de France

    # 11 Caleb Ewan wins today

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    Re: 2019 Tour de France

    Day # 12 Simon Yates wins, Alaphillipe still in yellow.

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    Re: 2019 Tour de France

    #13 a time trial of 16.9 with 2 steep hills near the finish.
    Geraint Thomas has the best time for hours with 35:14.91 until the last rider Alaphillipi has the surprise ride of the tour and
    wins the T T in 35:00 to even extend his yellow jersey lead more!!

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    Re: 2019 Tour de France

    #14 a mountain finish that may be the toughest of this year's tour!
    The Tourmalet mt. allowed Alaphillipi to finish 2nd and add to his now 50 second lead over all!
    With 6 more accents above 6.500 feet to come there is still lots of time gain/loss in the last 6 stages.

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    Re: 2019 Tour de France

    Stage # 15
    Pinot strikes again in Pyrenees; Alaphilippe stalls
    By Samuel Petrequin and John Leicester (AP Sports Writer)
    FOIX, France — When one French rider starts to fade, another comes to the fore. One way or the other, France may still be on course for its first Tour de France winner since 1985.
    Dancing over his saddle, his mouth wide open and gasping for air, Thibaut Pinot launched a ferocious attack Sunday and profited from the first signs of weakness in the high mountains from French race leader Julian Alaphilippe to edge closer to the yellow jersey in the overall standings.
    Ascending the last uphill finish in the Pyrenees with a display of power and fluidity that signaled that he’ll also be a major contender to win the Tour, Pinot gained time on all his rivals for the second consecutive day following his triumph at the famed Tourmalet mountain in the previous stage.
    Heading to the second and final rest day Monday ahead of what promises to be a climactic final week in the Alps, the race is exquisitely poised. Six riders are all within 2 minutes, 14 seconds of each other at the top of the standings.
    The six terrible ascents above 2,000 meters (6,500 feet) in the Alps, peppered over three mountain stages, will likely decide who will stand on top of the podium on the Champs-Elysees next Sunday.
    “The high mountains have only just begun,” said Alaphilippe. “The Alps are going to be a big mouthful.”
    Surging from the mist and rain, Pinot crossed the finish line of Sunday’s Stage 15 in second place, 33 seconds behind Simon Yates, who posted a second stage win after a long solo raid, three days after his first stage victory in the southwestern mountain range.
    The 29-year-old Pinot was irresistible when he made his move seven kilometers from the summit. Only Emanuel Buchmann and defending champion Geraint Thomas’ teammate Egan Bernal could follow. But Pinot accelerated again about 2 kilometers later to drop them for good.
    Pinot moved to fourth place overall, 1 minute, 50 seconds behind Alaphilippe.
    “The weather conditions and the stage were good for me, I had good sensations, I needed to make the most of it,” said Pinot. “I need to keep going up in the general classification, the most difficult stages are looming.”
    Thomas, who had already conceded time to Pinot at the Tourmalet, remained second in the general classification. He got dropped when Pinot took the lead from a reduced group of contenders but did not panic. He rode at his pace until he accelerated with 1.5 kilometers left to cut the overall gap on Alaphilippe from 2 minutes, 2 seconds to 1:35. Steven Kruijswijk of the Netherlands stood third overall, 1:47 off the pace.
    Thomas said after the stage he could have tried to follow Pinot earlier but instead opted for a conservative approach because he did not want to bring back Alaphilippe to the front. Bernal was with Pinot and the Welshman would not take the risk of chasing down their common rival. Bernal, a Colombian with excellent climbing skills, remains involved in the fight for the yellow jersey, 2:02 behind Alaphilippe. Plucked from my local paper.

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    Re: 2019 Tour de France

    Mon. is a rest day - finally !!

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