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Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #225 on: September 16, 2020, 11:21:30 pm »
Bernal quits.
One down, Roglic to go.  (looks like my predictions will only be 50% accurate).
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Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #226 on: September 16, 2020, 11:45:10 pm »
Bernal quits.
One down, Roglic to go.  (looks like my predictions will only be 50% accurate).
It depends on whether he has the capacity to fully utilise his ‘diet’ and to a lesser extent if his super domestics can also do,so. 
Sorting my life out, one shed at a time.

Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #227 on: September 17, 2020, 09:51:01 am »
First stage that I've watched live this year. I was enjoying it most of the way up the final climb, thinking how much nicer it was without all the imbeciles in stupid costumes running alongside or in front of the riders waving flags in their faces.

And then....  :(
How come they let the spectators up there when they'd closed off the climb they did the other day?

Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #228 on: September 17, 2020, 09:54:37 am »
Because there is always a track, a little known back road and 'helpful' Gendarme
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Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #229 on: September 17, 2020, 10:37:05 am »
TIL that the Madone is not a col ridden in the Tour, it's just a favourite of Armstrong's for training. FFS.  :demon: Let's think of a new name for Trek's bike. It will have to be anagrammable so they can also rename the other two. Go on, have a go. Something for you to do during long breakaways.

Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #230 on: September 17, 2020, 11:32:09 am »
How come they let the spectators up there when they'd closed off the climb they did the other day?
In addition to the people who will just walk/ride up other routse up the mountain, lot s of people go up the day (or 2) before and camp on the mountainside. You can't close the road for a week in advance. It was quite dangerous the other year in the Giro when they skipped some of the alpine finishes because of snow - there were campervans stuck up there! Some would-be spectators also ended up missing the race when it was in Yorkshire thanks to the re-route - they had been camping on the original route!

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Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #231 on: September 17, 2020, 11:46:14 am »

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Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #232 on: September 17, 2020, 11:58:23 am »
He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.

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Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #233 on: September 17, 2020, 12:19:51 pm »
You just can’t see him.  He's behind the geezer on the donk, as instructed.
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Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #234 on: September 17, 2020, 01:31:52 pm »
Greipel has abandoned.  Surprised it took him this long.
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Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #235 on: September 17, 2020, 01:46:30 pm »
Rider the other day tossed his empty bidon to a bunch of kids instead of handing it into his team car and was fined 500 swiss francs. :o
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

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Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #236 on: September 17, 2020, 02:09:40 pm »
A Cv-19 related rule perhaps? Or anti-littering?
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Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #237 on: September 17, 2020, 02:46:50 pm »
Anti-littering. OK for bars, wrappers etc. but every discarded bottle on the TdF is snapped up.  The penalty was 200 Sfr to start with but the riders didn't take much notice so they doubled it and got 500.  Considering that I just saw an official car take half the road away from a rider in a hairpin bend I'm not surprised.

---o0o---

Meanwhile, France TV commentators, the S on the end of Aravis is pronounced.  We used to spend a week every year in that area.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #238 on: September 17, 2020, 03:22:38 pm »
Allan Peiper, with typical Australian relish, told a story about a rider who shat in a cotton cap and flung it into the hedge.  Unfortunately this was just after a feeding station, and fans were hanging around waiting to grab empty musettes  ;D
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Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #239 on: September 17, 2020, 03:44:32 pm »
If you are on a disk bike and get a rear puncture could you not use a neutral service rim brake only wheel just to get you through with only one brake or would it simply not fit in the frame or is it because of through axles?
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Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #240 on: September 17, 2020, 04:13:08 pm »
A QR hub is 135mm and fits between the dropouts. The dropouts in a disk frame are also 135mm apart but they have additional 3.5mm slots to hold a 142mm hub. A QR hub won't work in a through axle frame.

Some dropouts/hubs have adaptors to switch between the two systems, but not during a race.

Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #241 on: September 17, 2020, 04:20:14 pm »
Ah fair enough I'd forgotten about the extra 3.5mm each side
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Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #242 on: September 17, 2020, 04:32:55 pm »
Losing Bernal did Ineos a power of good.
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Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #243 on: September 17, 2020, 06:15:31 pm »
Have they opened the jiffy bags?
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Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #244 on: September 17, 2020, 06:48:12 pm »
The best laid plan at the finish seemed slightly unplanned...
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Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #245 on: September 17, 2020, 06:51:13 pm »
Rider the other day tossed his empty bidon to a bunch of kids instead of handing it into his team car and was fined 500 swiss francs. :jurek:
I've noticed lots of riders tossing their empty bidons by the roadside. Not convinced they all get
collected by roadside fans. Lots of gel wrappers being tossed on the road by riders too.


I suppose they do the same thing when they're on their long 5 => 6 hour training rides?

Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #246 on: September 17, 2020, 08:57:46 pm »
Curiouser and curiouser...

One of Jumbo-Visma's sports directors has been booted off the Tour after an altercation with a UCI bike-check official yesterday.

https://www.velonews.com/events/tour-de-france/jumbo-visma-sport-director-kicked-out-of-tour-de-france-following-stage-17-incident/
He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.

Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #247 on: September 17, 2020, 09:01:12 pm »
Allan Peiper, with typical Australian relish, told a story about a rider who shat in a cotton cap and flung it into the hedge.  Unfortunately this was just after a feeding station, and fans were hanging around waiting to grab empty musettes  ;D

Tom Simpson did this - in a team member’s hat!

Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #248 on: September 17, 2020, 09:05:16 pm »
Rider the other day tossed his empty bidon to a bunch of kids instead of handing it into his team car and was fined 500 swiss francs. :jurek:
I've noticed lots of riders tossing their empty bidons by the roadside. Not convinced they all get
collected by roadside fans. Lots of gel wrappers being tossed on the road by riders too.


I suppose they do the same thing when they're on their long 5 => 6 hour training rides?

The bidons are made with some sort of rice starch in the composition, so they naturally degrade over time I understand.

Re: Tour de France 2020
« Reply #249 on: September 17, 2020, 09:10:09 pm »
A QR hub is 135mm and fits between the dropouts. The dropouts in a disk frame are also 135mm apart but they have additional 3.5mm slots to hold a 142mm hub. A QR hub won't work in a through axle frame.

Some dropouts/hubs have adaptors to switch between the two systems, but not during a race.

Just an observation, more teams are using rim brakes again this year, and I guess this is part of the reason they’ve stood up to the manufacturers. Riders in 1 and 2 positions are on rim brakes.