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O/T Tour de France 2020
Posted by: leemingtyke (IP Logged)
Date: 20 August, 2020 23:27

So the pandemic has done it's worst but has only managed to delay this year's TDF rather than cancel it.

Sir Dave has left Chris Froome, who hadn't fully recovered from his horrific crash at last year's Dauphine, and perhaps more surprisingly Geraint Thomas out of his Ineos team.

So who do we reckon will shine in the French sunshine this summer?

Roglic is the bookies favourite for GC but there are plenty of others. Pinot or Alaphillippe could give France its first win since '85. Bernal or Carapaz could continue Sky/Ineos's recent domination. Could this be the year for Mikel Landa to deliver. Could Brit Simon Yates bag his second Grand Tour to add to his 2018 Vuelta win?

Could be the most open tour for a while, anyone else looking forward to it?

Re: O/T Tour de France 2020
Posted by: almostatyke (IP Logged)
Date: 21 August, 2020 09:00

Apparently the route has been designed to favour Alaphillippe and give France its first winner since Bernard Hinault.
Alaphillippe or Bernal for me.

Re: O/T Tour de France 2020
Posted by: leemingtyke (IP Logged)
Date: 21 August, 2020 10:07

Definitely won't be Simon Yates. Mitchelton Scott just announced their line up and it contains Adam but not Simon. Stated their intention to go for stage wins rather than GC.

Re: O/T Tour de France 2020
Posted by: Billy ba (IP Logged)
Date: 22 August, 2020 17:36

Going to have two each way bets. Enric Mas and Rigaberto Uran

Re: O/T Tour de France 2020
Posted by: leemingtyke (IP Logged)
Date: 23 August, 2020 09:00

Best of luck Billy. Uran has flattered to decieve a bit but could come in under the radar and Mas could be an inspired pick. Movistar are overdue a good showing at the TDF

Re: O/T Tour de France 2020
Posted by: Billy ba (IP Logged)
Date: 23 August, 2020 09:13

Would like to see Mikel Landa do well. He's worked hard for other riders over last few tears

Re: O/T Tour de France 2020
Posted by: leemingtyke (IP Logged)
Date: 23 August, 2020 09:42

Yeah he's had to move teams a lot so we'll see if he's found his place at Bahrain McLaren.

I'd like Pinot to do it, desperately unlucky last year when he was looking really strong.

Re: O/T Tour de France 2020
Posted by: leemingtyke (IP Logged)
Date: 24 August, 2020 16:41

Yorkshireman Connor Swift will ride in support of Nairo Quintana for Arkea Samsic. Go on Connor!

Re: O/T Tour de France 2020
Posted by: leemingtyke (IP Logged)
Date: 26 August, 2020 14:07

Looks like a total of 4 Brits this year.

Luke Rowe (Ineos)
Adam Yates (Mitchelton Scott)
Hugh Carthy (Education First)
Connor Swift (Arkea Samsic)

Re: O/T Tour de France 2020
Posted by: almostatyke (IP Logged)
Date: 26 August, 2020 21:22

The team presentations are tomorrow, although not something that I normally bother about, but maybe a positive sign that sport can move forward after our troubled times?

Re: O/T Tour de France 2020
Posted by: Albert Fishwick (IP Logged)
Date: 26 August, 2020 21:33

It was always going to be a challenging tour once they announced the route. The carnage wrought on the 2020 schedule has thrown the clunkiest of spanners in the works. It was evident from the few races since the resumption that neither Froome nor Thomas was anywhere near ready. Apart from Sivakov and Castroviejo I'm not sure that the rest of the Ineos selection are likely to do any better but at least the whole team will be at the service of Bernal. Given that he looks to be carrying an injury this may not be enough.

Jumbo Visma have been carrying all before them, notably Roglič. It's a shame that he also took a bad tumble in the Dauphiné and that Kruiswijk will be missing.

It could be one of the most open Tours for years. Mitchelton Scott have made it plain they are going for stage wins rather than GC and most other squads will be in the same boat. I can't see Alaphilippe repeating his heroics of last year though I'm sure he will pop up somewhere. Sagan has been quiet but should be favourite for another green jersey unless Van Aert lasts the distance better than his youth would suggest.

The relatively few sprint finishes should be more interesting with Groenewegen absent. It was no surprise that Cav didn't get a slot and I can't see him adding to his tally of stage wins now. Démare has been on good form lately but isn't going!

Despite the change of timing the usual scuttlebut will be swirling around. CCC won't be around next year and there are still lots of guys looking for a slot. McLaren have announced they are pulling out after one season so Bahrain will be looking for another headline sponsor. And, of course, there will be uncertainty until the last day as to whether the virus will knacker the job before its end.

I am looking forward to it and there should be plenty of surprises. It will be interesting to see how the technology holds up with virtually no presenters or commentators on the ground from UK broadcasters. Like Almo, I have the option of watching the French TV coverage which gives a decent preview and debrief but is unsurprisingly one-eyed when it comes to commentary.

Allez les gars!



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Re: O/T Tour de France 2020
Posted by: Albert Fishwick (IP Logged)
Date: 26 August, 2020 21:35

Quote:
almostatyke
The team presentations are tomorrow, although not something that I normally bother about, but maybe a positive sign that sport can move forward after our troubled times?

They could be even more stilted than usual given that everyone will be muffled by a mask!



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Re: O/T Tour de France 2020
Posted by: almostatyke (IP Logged)
Date: 27 August, 2020 19:05

Yes Albert it was even more naff than usual.......(Sm120)

Re: O/T Tour de France 2020
Posted by: Albert Fishwick (IP Logged)
Date: 27 August, 2020 21:20

Thanks, I won't bother watching on catch-up then!



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Re: O/T Tour de France 2020
Posted by: leemingtyke (IP Logged)
Date: 28 August, 2020 09:48

No I didn't watch the presentations either, I'll get into enough bother for watching the actual racing!

Nice little preview that Albert.

Re: O/T Tour de France 2020
Posted by: leemingtyke (IP Logged)
Date: 29 August, 2020 13:17

Lizzie Deignan looks right back to her best. Been a cracking week for her

Re: O/T Tour de France 2020
Posted by: Albert Fishwick (IP Logged)
Date: 29 August, 2020 15:07

That was a gutsy win two days after a bad crash. Luckily it stayed dry for the women, different tale now for the blokes.



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Re: O/T Tour de France 2020
Posted by: almostatyke (IP Logged)
Date: 29 August, 2020 20:59

Well done Lizzie, perfect race tactics resulting in a reversal of the 2012 olympics 1-2.

We are so lucky to have such a world class cycling athlete from our county.

Reminded me of Nicole Cooke winning a sprint against Vos to win the world championship a few years ago.

Re: O/T Tour de France 2020
Posted by: almostatyke (IP Logged)
Date: 29 August, 2020 21:05

The male race was a bit disappointing, I thought. OK there was a bit of rain, but the riders slowed down to let the sprinters in, when a good solo descending attack could have won.

Let's hope the race gets somewhere near to the end before it finishes. I was shocked to see the fans in Nice, which is red in the French Covid traffic lights system, show no regard whatsoever for social distancing.

Re: O/T Tour de France 2020
Posted by: almostatyke (IP Logged)
Date: 30 August, 2020 21:33

The punters on this forum seem to be doing pretty well so far, with Alaphillipe winning today and in yellow and Yates only 4 seconds behind him.

Lets hope the race continues, every day is a bonus.

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