La Grand Boucle and La Course

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Lead Photo by Teocalli

It’s time for La Grand Boucle and La Course.  Is this year’s TdF more open than many a year?  We should be in with some interesting racing from Ineos, Jumbo Visma, UAE Team Emirates and Movistar as a minimum.  Will Pogacar repeat? Will Roglic get his second win?  Will Ineos be too strong and who will prove strongest from the team?  Will an “outsider” spring a surprise?

It is only certain that we will know at the end.

For La Course this may be the final year as, at last, we may see a Femmes Tour de France next year.

For TdF riders can be found here.

For La Course riders will hopefully be updated here.

 

Best of luck to all riders, keep the rubber side down.

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Cycling Monk
Cycling Monk(@cycling-monk)
July 26, 2019 7:41 pm

They just shortened Stage 20….!!!! 59 km sprint for yellow on sat….

RobSandy
RobSandy(@robsandy)
July 26, 2019 7:53 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

It’s still a long enough climb for a lot to happen. I can’t see Alaphillipe holding onto podium and I think G looks strong enough for 2nd. Battle for 3rd…

Rick
Rick(@rick)
July 27, 2019 11:39 am
Reply to  RobSandy

As of now Cyclingnews is reporting that even the shortened stage might still be cancelled. What drama, I hope the riders at least get a chance to improve their positions. If not tomorrow could be must see racing on the Champs.

Rick
Rick(@rick)
July 27, 2019 11:44 am
Reply to  Rick

Update, Le Tour is saying the stage will proceed in it’s shortened form. Damn the mudslides and full speed ahead.

Wiscot
Wiscot(@wiscot)
July 26, 2019 3:32 pm

Not the best way for Bernal to take yellow, but I doubt Ineos care.

Wiscot
Wiscot(@wiscot)
July 26, 2019 3:30 pm

Just saw pics of the hail and mudslide. No way could they race on those roads. Sorting out the timing is going to be interesting and who knows what JA might try tomorrow? He’s got nothing to lose by attacking Bernal.

Wiscot
Wiscot(@wiscot)
July 26, 2019 5:17 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

Yeah, it would be one thing for riders to tippy-toe through that, but no way for cars, vehicles etc.

Wiscot
Wiscot(@wiscot)
July 26, 2019 3:24 pm

Oh boy. This is going to get messy! What drama!

Cycling Monk
Cycling Monk(@cycling-monk)
July 26, 2019 3:27 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

Tomorrow is gonna be amazing I think with the short stage today and a close GC once they figure it out. I have to fly to and back from Charlotte, NC to NYC for work so I’ll be in airports and meetings most of the day, but can still see it….

Cycling Monk
Cycling Monk(@cycling-monk)
July 26, 2019 3:33 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

Thanks…but between a laptop, tablet, and airport bars I should be good. Should be over by the time I have to do any real work anyway…lol…

Wiscot
Wiscot(@wiscot)
July 25, 2019 7:23 pm

While I’d love to see G win a second Tour, I’d rather it not be Bernal for Ineos. I’d much prefer seeing JA win it – but that’s asking a lot. Can he hang on? If he does, it’ll be the gutsiest, and most deserved, Tour win in decades. If he doesn’t, he deserves a podium spot at the very least. Who knows who’s got what left in the tank. It’s been brutally hot in France. I heard riders were drinking 22 bottles per stage. Pinot might have something. G is going to have to attack. Kruisjwijk might have something.… Read more »

RobSandy
RobSandy(@robsandy)
July 25, 2019 2:55 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

I wonder if they might all end up back together by the finish…

dancollins
dancollins(@dancollins)
July 25, 2019 10:09 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

I’m starting to think Alaphilippe might do this. The first climb on Friday’s stage is 12.9K at 7.5%, then there is a 30K descent followed by a second climb of 7.4K at 7%. That isn’t really any harder than today’s stage. Theoretically he could still take a one minute lead into Saturday. I wouldn’t bet on it, but depending on how everyone’s legs are on Saturday, he might stay within a minute. Everyone will be chasing down attacks, so maybe he can just sit on wheels. Should be a great two days of racing!

RobSandy
RobSandy(@robsandy)
July 25, 2019 8:52 am
Reply to  Teocalli

Roid Rage, clearly.

In all seriousness, if it had been a French rider or a French team, would the same have happened?

RobSandy
RobSandy(@robsandy)
July 25, 2019 1:34 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

Any idea what Movistar are up to today?

RobSandy
RobSandy(@robsandy)
July 25, 2019 2:05 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

Seemed like they were chasing the break with Quintana and Amador in it…and then they stopped riding.

RobSandy
RobSandy(@robsandy)
July 25, 2019 2:49 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

maybe. Go GO G!

chuckp
chuckp(@chuckp)
July 23, 2019 5:44 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

FYI, I have a post that says “Comment awaiting moderation.” I assume that’s you who needs to moderate and approve?

chuckp
chuckp(@chuckp)
July 23, 2019 12:32 pm

I love the Movistar team (especially their kit). I love Quintana, Valverde, and Landa as riders. But they are one f*cked up team when it comes to racing this TdF. Yesterday, Movistar had Mikel Landa, Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde meet the press separately, with each man giving his own account of the team’s bizarre tactical approach to Saturday’s stage 14. Alasdair Fotheringham has the gospels according to Quintana and Valverde here, and a reading from the book of Landa here. This morning, the telecommunications company scrambled to have their riders ham up a show of unity for this video… Read more »

chuckp
chuckp(@chuckp)
July 23, 2019 12:29 pm
RobSandy
RobSandy(@robsandy)
July 23, 2019 12:30 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

I wonder if it the Tour might be decided on the last climb to Val Thorens.

Wiscot
Wiscot(@wiscot)
July 21, 2019 3:36 pm

Great stage today. Some have been casting aspersions on JA and his performances. Never mind that. Valverde in the top 10 on GC. WTF? A well-deserved rest day coming up and this race is far from over. Pinot is ascendant. G looks frail, JA is hanging in there too. What about the Dutch Shoulders? Looking ominous . . .

dancollins
dancollins(@dancollins)
July 21, 2019 10:45 pm
Reply to  Wiscot

That was one of the best stages I have watched in years. Several guys could still win this race. I’m guessing JA won’t last in the Alps, but he has been fun to watch. I still think GT has something left. He is a smart rider. Pinot is the big question mark in my mind. Looked very strong in the last two stages, but somehow he always seems to misjudge something and blow up. Maybe this is his year. Kr and Bernal certainly look good so far too. Thursday, Friday and Saturday should be exciting.

RobSandy
RobSandy(@robsandy)
July 22, 2019 9:04 am
Reply to  Teocalli

I don’t think JA can stick with the front group all the way through the Alps. But I’d love him to prove them all wrong. He’s a fighter, no doubt. I’m even more of a fan of him than I was.

Also, anyone able to provide more insight into Movistar’s tactics?

RobSandy
RobSandy(@robsandy)
July 22, 2019 9:07 am
Reply to  Teocalli

4 riders up the road, none of them able to challenge for GC OR the stage win. Now 2 riders in the top 10, both nowhere near being able to challenge for the podium. But they still come to the front and ride hard on all the climbs.

It makes no sense at all; David Millar was baffled on commentary about it too.

chuckp
chuckp(@chuckp)
July 22, 2019 12:12 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

#FreeLanda

chuckp
chuckp(@chuckp)
July 22, 2019 12:33 pm
Reply to  RobSandy

No one would’ve picked Alaphilippe to be in yellow at this point in the race. He went deep yesterday, but rest day today and then an “easy” stage on tomorrow, so he can recover. Transition stage. Mountains on Thursday but not a a mountain top finish. Friday and Saturday will be the deciding stages. Alaphilippe may yet surprise use! This is going to be FUN to watch!

chuckp
chuckp(@chuckp)
July 22, 2019 12:12 pm
Reply to  dancollins

I couldn’t agree more! Whatever the outcome of this year’s TdF, at least it’s been a real race for a change of pace. I’m sure I will do crap in terms of my OTF picks, but I am loving watching a more wide open race. Alaphilippe is like a better version of Tommy V! If Pinot can hold his form in the Alps, he may be able to be the first French winner since Hinault.

Wiscot
Wiscot(@wiscot)
July 25, 2019 11:59 am
Reply to  dancollins

Hey Dan, I’ll try and get your bottles out to you next week.

dancollins
dancollins(@dancollins)
July 25, 2019 1:15 pm
Reply to  Wiscot

Wiscot: Since I already won 2 of the bottles in a previous race, it would be no problem with me if you save these and give them out as a prize for an upcoming race. The bottles are great and your generosity in offering them is much appreciated. Dan

RobSandy
RobSandy(@robsandy)
July 20, 2019 7:39 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

Once again superb tactics from Movistar. Ride your time leader out the back of the bunch, send a domestique back to help him, who gets dropped.
Astonishing ride from Alaphilippe. Can he do it day after day? Can G come back? Utterly intriguing.

chuckp
chuckp(@chuckp)
July 19, 2019 4:21 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

EF and Uran have to be kicking themselves over their day in the crosswinds!

chuckp
chuckp(@chuckp)
July 19, 2019 2:46 pm

Schachmann has hit the deck too

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