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Mr Larrington

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Karla

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Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #51 on: August 21, 2020, 08:01:49 pm »
What does Bethany think about the withdrawal by Steve K-Wipe?

Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #52 on: August 21, 2020, 08:35:49 pm »
Apparently the worst sponsor ever was ADR, who Greg LeMond says never paid him for winning the Tour in their kit.  Or anyone else that year.  They were a Belgian car rental firm.

There’s a lot of contenders in the worst team competition. TJ Cycles/ Glemp even worked over one of the sponsors ( Trevor Jarvis who built Flying Gate frames for the team). Belgium was awash with dodgy teams back in the 80s and beyond. Graham Webb, the last UK amateur world champion, wasn’t treated well when he turned pro.
There is an apocryphal story of the ADR team owner driving through the night in his Merc with a suitcase full of cash, incurring thousands of Belgian francs in speeding fines, to try to pay LeMond what he owed in one lump sum at the arse-end of 1989, in the hope he would ride for ADR again.  It didn't work.
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Karla

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Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #54 on: August 21, 2020, 09:38:47 pm »
Did you see that massive truckload of Dexamethasone being shipped to Sky HQ?

Mr Larrington

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Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #55 on: August 21, 2020, 11:03:11 pm »
What does Bethany think about the withdrawal by Steve K-Wipe?

Bethany (10):As long as W Barguil & mi Da… R Uran r still there, I doan care! Oh, an' TD Gendt 4 teh lolz0rz!
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Pingu

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Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #56 on: August 21, 2020, 11:37:05 pm »
I see the Grand Départ is in Nice. My memories of Nice are of seeing our bike tour leader's thong poking out above his shorts and the old ladies with walnut boobies on the beach. Oh, and the plane landing being a bit reminiscent of Sumburgh.

Mr Larrington

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Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #57 on: August 22, 2020, 10:14:15 am »
I went there in 1985 prior to starting a terrible overnight train journey to Dijon.  My bike travelled separately, and rather more slowly :(. Let's have these so-called “cyclists” in the so-called “Tour” de France [“Back in your box, laddie! – Ed.]
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Mr Larrington

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Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #58 on: August 22, 2020, 05:50:04 pm »
Last stage before Paris: ITT finishing on La Planche des Belles Filles.  That could liven things up a bit :thumbsup:
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Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #59 on: August 22, 2020, 06:17:09 pm »
Or be a case like e.g. 2009 where everyone just sits on each other and waits for the last stage?

Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #60 on: August 22, 2020, 07:39:04 pm »
On an ITT?

Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #61 on: August 22, 2020, 09:56:29 pm »
Basso of INEOS has been tested positive for Covid. I guess it depends who else was at the same training camp how much effect this might have.

Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #62 on: August 24, 2020, 08:39:09 am »
With almost 5000 new Covid 19 cases confirmed in France in the last 24 hours, I really think France needs to be considering another national lockdown and cancelling this year's Tour.

Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #63 on: August 24, 2020, 08:41:04 pm »
It's the end of stage 20 and Carapaz is 3 minutes in the lead. He just needs to cross the line in Paris the following day and the GC is his.

That night, a second member of Ineos tests positive for Covid-19.

Discuss.

Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #64 on: August 24, 2020, 09:07:38 pm »
[A couple of days later] What did Brailsford know and when did he know it?

Mr Larrington

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Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #65 on: August 24, 2020, 09:40:36 pm »
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Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #66 on: August 26, 2020, 06:06:29 pm »
That night, a second member of Ineos tests positive for Covid-19.

Seems that is going to change: https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/tour-de-france-ready-to-ease-covid-19-exclusion-rules/

I saw two problems

a) Teams not getting people tested for fear of getting booted
b) Team gets booted & then a day or so later a second test on the same person comes back negative. Oops. Shouldn't have removed said team

In regards to France, cases are increasing but only in certain areas. But I do think there's a high chance the race won't see Paris, or it will see Paris but will have skipped some stages in the approach.
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Jack_P

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Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #67 on: August 26, 2020, 09:38:12 pm »
Two potentials for the Covid tour.
1. Pinot goes nuts for 10 days to take the yellow jersey, ASO then stop the race due to the risk because of too many spectators, Pinot declared the winner for France 😁

2. Testing scandal uncovered by the press when riders failing tests are mysteriously pulled from the race with mystery injuries, or failed tests are just bribed to disappear  ::-)

Mr Larrington

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Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #68 on: August 27, 2020, 12:42:28 am »
We at P@nd3m1c Pr0duckt10nzTM® are SO stealing idea #1, but substituting J Alaphilippe to make it look original  ;)
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Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #69 on: August 27, 2020, 07:48:41 pm »
Crikey.  “Team B&B HOTELS - VITAL CONCEPT P / B KTM“ is going to be a source of RSI if they actually achieve anything.
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Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #70 on: August 27, 2020, 08:05:05 pm »
That night, a second member of Ineos tests positive for Covid-19.

Seems that is going to change: https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/tour-de-france-ready-to-ease-covid-19-exclusion-rules/

I saw two problems

a) Teams not getting people tested for fear of getting booted
b) Team gets booted & then a day or so later a second test on the same person comes back negative. Oops. Shouldn't have removed said team

In regards to France, cases are increasing but only in certain areas. But I do think there's a high chance the race won't see Paris, or it will see Paris but will have skipped some stages in the approach.

The DS of Bora-Hansgrohe was waxing wroth about that issue after it happened to one of his riders at the Bretagne Classic earlier this week.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/53916524
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Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #72 on: August 27, 2020, 10:22:58 pm »
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Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #73 on: August 28, 2020, 11:12:06 am »
Tour de France in doubt after Covid red alert issued before Grand Départ in Nice

They've said it's going ahead but under strict oversight from the plague police.  On the radio this morning they interviewed a couple of thickos who were all "I don't understand.  I've bought the maillot jaune and the cap and now they say we can't watch it. I don't understand. It's the Tour de France, Covid or not. I don't understand. It's the greatest sporting event of [thing]. I don't understand. They can't do this. I don't understand. I don't understand. I don't understand." Da capo.
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Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #74 on: August 28, 2020, 04:10:30 pm »
They must have been English?