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Posted Jul 5, '14 at 7:55pm

09philj

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So, today was the first stage of the world's greatest bicycle race. This thread is for discussing the tour as it progresses. I'd like to know who you think:

1. Will win the Tour.
2. Will win the Green Jersey.
3. Will win the King of the Mountains.
4. Will get caught doping.

I think:
1. With the only time trial an individual one after the mountain stages, and more stages spent in the hills, the odds look to be swung in the favour of Contador or Valverde, rather than Froome, the defending champion.
2. Cavendish would be the main contender, but he dislocated his shoulder today, so could be out of the running. That leaves Sagan, Greipel, and Kittel, who all have their individual strengths, but I think Sagan's superior tactics might clinch it.
3. No clue. This is often one of the more open competitions, in my opinion.
4. Whoever you least expect.

 

Posted Jul 5, '14 at 8:22pm

SSTG

SSTG

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Knight

I think it's too early to say who would win the yellow jersey.
I would bet on a French to get the polka dot jersey this year.
I also think Sagan could get the green jersey because he's much smarter than the other guys by winning many intermediary stages but I must say Kittel and his team look pretty solid so we'll see.

That's a shame what happened to Cavendish but he was a little reckless with his head butting business.
Candelara almost pulled it off by coming out of nowhere and trying to win the first stage in the last couple hundred meters, that would have been cool if he had succeeded.

 

Posted Jul 5, '14 at 11:25pm

SSTG

SSTG

11,915 posts

Knight

Candelara

Oops I misspelled his name, it's Cancellara.
 

Posted Jul 6, '14 at 5:37am

09philj

09philj

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Posted Jul 6, '14 at 10:23am

Seashark001

Seashark001

621 posts

I dont really understand why the tour de FRANCE starts in Yorkshire.

 

Posted Jul 6, '14 at 10:31am

09philj

09philj

2,074 posts

I dont really understand why the tour de FRANCE starts in Yorkshire.


Two reasons:
1. More money can be made.
2. Foreign excursions give a greater variety of environments.
 

Posted Jul 6, '14 at 11:13am

Seashark001

Seashark001

621 posts

I get what you are saying, but could this not be just the start of British capitalization of European sport?

 

Posted Jul 6, '14 at 12:36pm

09philj

09philj

2,074 posts

@Seashark001

Er, no. The Tour usually takes foreign excursions to Spain, Switzerland, Belgium and/or England. This year's are in England and Belgium.


last edited Jul 06 2014 12:41 pm by 09philj
 

Posted Jul 6, '14 at 4:13pm

SSTG

SSTG

11,915 posts

Knight

Nibali won stage 2 That was a nasty stage BTW with 9 climbs!
Even though they were small mountains, it's always fun to watch them fight each other while climbing and suffering.
Another thing I liked is when that old spectator with a camera learned his lesson.
Next time he'll keep his distance when the racers pass by.
Boom, there went the camera and the old guy! xD xD

 

Posted Jul 7, '14 at 4:08pm

pangtongshu

pangtongshu

9,824 posts

Go Armstrong! =D

 
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