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Old October 26th 18, 03:26 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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Old October 26th 18, 08:13 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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On Friday, October 26, 2018 at 7:26:37 AM UTC-7, AMuzi wrote:
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That sure looks like they designed a course for Valverde.
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Old October 27th 18, 05:36 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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On Friday, October 26, 2018 at 12:13:54 PM UTC-7, wrote:
On Friday, October 26, 2018 at 7:26:37 AM UTC-7, AMuzi wrote:
https://www.letour.fr/en/


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That sure looks like they designed a course for Valverde.


Doping or not, a victory by a 39 year old would be unprecedented. It's a climbers race with fewer TTs to slow the Sky train. My son is convinced the course was picked to favor a Frenchman like Bardet or Alaphilippe or Thibaut Pinot. The mountain top finish on the Bastille Day stage is in Bardet's home town. Froome and Thomas get too much time in time trials and are not specialist climbers, but I still think they are strong contenders. My dark horse bet would be Quintana or a break out performance by one of the other Colombian climbing aces.

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Old October 27th 18, 09:52 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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We mustn't forget that it is the business of sports regulators to make rules that level down the competition, so that one or a handful of teams don't win all the time and thereby make the races dull and turn off the public and, with the public, the spout of TV money into the sports body's coffers. That said, French regulators are something else again.

On Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 5:36:39 PM UTC+1, jbeattie wrote:
It's a climbers race with fewer TTs to slow the Sky train. My son is convinced the course was picked to favor a Frenchman like Bardet or Alaphilippe or Thibaut Pinot. The mountain top finish on the Bastille Day stage is in Bardet's home town.


Wouldn't surprise me at all. The French have a long, inglorious, history of rewriting the rules at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, an automobile race, to give a French team the victory, preferably a French équipe based in Le Mans itself. Why not in cycling, in which the French are even more xenophobic -- remember when they spat on Eddie Merckx, who was a Belgian, the next best thing to a Frenchman?

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Old October 28th 18, 08:40 AM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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On Friday, October 26, 2018 at 9:13:54 PM UTC+2, wrote:
On Friday, October 26, 2018 at 7:26:37 AM UTC-7, AMuzi wrote:
https://www.letour.fr/en/


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That sure looks like they designed a course for Valverde.


To win the TdF? Nah, I don't think so.
My guess? I really don't know. We will see. Tom was a bit disappointed by the 2019 course.

Lou
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Old October 28th 18, 08:41 AM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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On Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 6:36:39 PM UTC+2, jbeattie wrote:
On Friday, October 26, 2018 at 12:13:54 PM UTC-7, wrote:
On Friday, October 26, 2018 at 7:26:37 AM UTC-7, AMuzi wrote:
https://www.letour.fr/en/


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Andrew Muzi
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That sure looks like they designed a course for Valverde.


Doping or not, a victory by a 39 year old would be unprecedented. It's a climbers race with fewer TTs to slow the Sky train. My son is convinced the course was picked to favor a Frenchman like Bardet or Alaphilippe or Thibaut Pinot. The mountain top finish on the Bastille Day stage is in Bardet's home town. Froome and Thomas get too much time in time trials and are not specialist climbers, but I still think they are strong contenders. My dark horse bet would be Quintana or a break out performance by one of the other Colombian climbing aces.

-- Jay Beattie.


Pinot was very strong at the end of last season.

Lou
 




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