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Stage 21: Rambouillet > Champs-Elysees
« on: July 26, 2019, 23:43 »
It has some lumps, but would, in almost every other year, be one for the sprinters.

 #deceuninck WILL see if they can make a selection in favor of Alaphillipe. The question is, will the sprinters' teams allow it?

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    Re: Stage 21: Rambouillet > Champs-Elysees
    « Reply #1 on: July 27, 2019, 04:11 »
    I've tried to follow the road book, but I find it quite difficult. More like impossible. However, the climbs at les Chevreuse and Chateaufort do not look selective to me, in the classics sense. Some of the roads are narrow, so there is a chance, but it doesn't look good to me.

    My bet would have to be that the standings at the finish are as they are today. Bernal - Alaphillipe - Thomas. My heart says Alaphillipe, and nothing else matters.

    Egan Bernal is obviously going to be with us for a long time to come. I may have a change of heart, but you won't catch me cheering for him in this Tour.
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    Re: Stage 21: Rambouillet > Champs-Elysees
    « Reply #2 on: July 27, 2019, 19:43 »
    After stage 20:
    Well, Alaphillipe fully cracked today, which I did not expect. He is far enough down I doubt that DQS will make any attempt to move him back up tomorrow.
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    Re: Stage 21: Rambouillet > Champs-Elysees
    « Reply #3 on: July 27, 2019, 20:46 »
    Plus, it's an evening stage (which I only just discovered) set to wrap up around 9:30pm CEST / 3:30 pm EST?

    Seems to be little info about this.

    When was the last time they ended in the evening? I can't even recall now. Recently?
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    Re: Stage 21: Rambouillet > Champs-Elysees
    « Reply #4 on: July 28, 2019, 01:17 »
    Should be perfect weather for the Parisian Parade.

    Partly cloudy; no rain

    Temps: topping out at 75ºF/ 24ºC

    Wind: 12mph/20kph

    Start time: 6:00 pm CEST




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    Re: Stage 21: Rambouillet > Champs-Elysees
    « Reply #5 on: July 29, 2019, 02:09 »
    Caleb...

    That's all you need.

    But before we get there, this looked sketchy AF at times.  :o

    Are they trying to crash someone out in the final hour?

    https://twitter.com/LeTour/status/1155591258271866881
    What are they being forced to hop over @0:30...with the setting sun in their eyes. :slow

    I was hoping to include some Velon clips, but they seem to have gotten progressively worse as the race went on. I'm not sure exactly what their hoping to achieve with their "content." Most of it leaves me wanting. In fact, it's been difficult to find any really decent highlight/summary clips from each day. Either they just don't convey much, or the voiceover is unbearable.

    This one, sans any commentary, is interesting though. The on-screen stats are noteworthy.

    https://twitter.com/LeTour/status/1155565821437067272

    Boasson Hagen jumps with about 300 meters (approx 18 seconds) to go, which seems way too early. I don't know how, or why, he thought he'd be able to hold off one of the most determined sprint fields one would ever encounter in pro cycling from that distance.

    From the overhead (not shown here) both Ewan and Groenewegen brilliantly split the riders in front of them, charging up opposite sides of the road. It seems that Caleb was just a bit craftier in taking short drafts from each rider he passed, and timed his effort perfectly.

    Brilliant win for him. Truly.

    https://twitter.com/letourdata/status/1155561515421974533

    My money had been on him for this stage since Week One. I figured that his diminutive stature might help him get up and over the mountains, and given the long-range attack style that the Champs-Élysées practically begs for, I imagined that he'd have just enough time to position himself for well-deserved victory.

    He just got better as the race went on, which is even more impressive given that it's his first outing at Le Tour.

    3rd on Stage 1
    3rd on Stage 4
    2nd on Stage 7
    3rd on Stage 10

    Then finally...
    1st on Stage 11
    1st on Stage 16
    1st on Stage 21

    Pretty impressive debut! :win


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    Re: Stage 21: Rambouillet > Champs-Elysees
    « Reply #6 on: July 29, 2019, 03:16 »
    Now on to the bigger story of the day...

    *co *co *co *co *co *fr #white :win #yellow *fr *co *co *co *co *co



    He really does seem composed and mature well beyond his twenty-two young years.

    https://twitter.com/LeTour/status/1155571339668971520

    A very telling quote from everyone's favorite DS:
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    The reason why I say this is the beginning of the ‘Bernal era,’ is that I see a really grounded young guy. The way he talks, the way he explains himself—this guy knows that this is his playground.

    And something remarkable, actually, also in a post-race interview, he didn’t say,  "I’m happy that I won the Tour de France," he said, "I’m happy I won my first Tour de France.’"
     ;)

    Spoiler (hover to show)

    *co #white Egan Bernal #yellow  #ineos

    ● Third Colombian to ever wear the maillot jaune
    (Víctor Hugo Peña 2003; Fernando Gaviria 2018).
    ● First Colombian to ever win Le Tour.
    ● First Latin American to ever win Le Tour.
    ● Youngest rider to ever win the maillot jaune.
    (Henri Cornet and François Faber, while younger than Bernal, won the TdF 15 and 10 years, respectively, prior to the introduction of the Yellow Jersey.)

    At only half-way through his 22nd year, one can only imagine what his future may hold.
    https://twitter.com/LeTour/status/1155576982022868992

    *co *co *co *co *co *co *co *co *co *co *co *co *co *co *co

    In a post-race interview on NBC with Rigoberto Urán #ef there was nothing but smiles and uproarious laughter as a Colombian victory was celebrated by all. With an adoring and ecstatic crowd of countrymen and women behind him, Urán said, "Today I no win...but I still 'win.' Hahahaha!" Which was immediately met with chants from the crowd of "Rigo! Rigo! Rigo!"



    Today, they all win.  :cool

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    Re: Stage 21: Rambouillet > Champs-Elysees
    « Reply #7 on: July 29, 2019, 08:51 »
    ● Third Colombian to ever wear the maillot jaune
    (Víctor Hugo Peña 2003; Fernando Gaviria 2018).
    ● First Colombian to ever win Le Tour.
    ● First Latin American to ever win Le Tour.
    ● Youngest rider to ever win the maillot jaune.
    (Henri Cornet and François Faber, while younger than Bernal, won the TdF 15 and 10 years, respectively, prior to the introduction of the Yellow Jersey.)
    Not to forget:
    ● First Sibiu Tour winner to win Le Tour! :D
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