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    2019 Amgen Tour of California

    Route announced:
    https://www.amgentourofcalifornia.co...route-overview

    "Throughout seven stages over seven days (May 12-18, 2019), the world’s elite professional cyclists will contest mountain roads, highways and coastlines from Sacramento to Pasadena. The 777.6-mile course through 13 Host Cities will ante up 14 Sprints, more than 68,000 feet of elevation gain and 25 King of the Mountain (KOM) climbs, the most in race history, and a fan-favorite Mt. Baldy summit finish. More than half of the seven stages feature 120+-mile courses."
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    Velonews article following route announcement:

    https://www.velonews.com/2019/02/ana...ifornia_483194

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    Interesting Stage One finish even if the winner wasn't a surprise...

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    4 stages in the books... Lots of Team USA in breakaways for obvious reasons, lots of Deceuninck - Quick-Step wins

    So Teejay retains the yellow jersey despite coming in a minute back after crashes... this sort of thing has happened before (Chris Froome running up Ventoux as an example) but the jury basically said he would have caught up with the main bunch if not for the crash just outside of 4km that slowed his team down.

    OK, but it was outside of 3k for sure... and if he hadn't crashed around 10k and also ridden off the road because his teammate's brakes were set up differently than they also never would have been in that situation to begin with. So I find it hard to swallow that the situation was due to no fault on the rider.

    I actually hope he wins... but banking on Teejay hasn't proven to be a good choice in last few years.
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    I didn't know that Rachel Maddow has such high athleticism!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetdog9 View Post
    4 stages in the books... Lots of Team USA in breakaways for obvious reasons, lots of Deceuninck - Quick-Step wins

    So Teejay retains the yellow jersey despite coming in a minute back after crashes... this sort of thing has happened before (Chris Froome running up Ventoux as an example) but the jury basically said he would have caught up with the main bunch if not for the crash just outside of 4km that slowed his team down.

    OK, but it was outside of 3k for sure... and if he hadn't crashed around 10k and also ridden off the road because his teammate's brakes were set up differently than they also never would have been in that situation to begin with. So I find it hard to swallow that the situation was due to no fault on the rider.

    I actually hope it wins... but banking on Teejay hasn't proven to be a good choice in last few years.
    and then there was Mount Baldy ;)

    Honestly the sport would be best off if Teejay and his pouty countenance just retired NOW
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    The Baldy finish was fun, that bad line on the last corner essentially costing 8 seconds or whatnot on bonus points...

    For all they said about this year's course being the most challenging ever and that the race would be shaken up, and no time trial... actually something felt lacking. It was awesome to see the race live as I live in California and I always enjoy this event but compared to some other years it just wasn't quite the same.

    Pouty countenance... love it.

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    I liked Cavagna’s descent from Mt. Hamilton - like watching a car wreck. You don’t want to look, but you just gotta. Apart from that Mr. Cavagna had a brilliant race.

    BTW - exactly how many guys on Quickstep can win on a given day? ‘Leventy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSR View Post
    I liked Cavagna’s descent from Mt. Hamilton - like watching a car wreck. You don’t want to look, but you just gotta. Apart from that Mr. Cavagna had a brilliant race.

    BTW - exactly how many guys on Quickstep can win on a given day? ‘Leventy?
    They lose stars like every single year and find young guys to replace them every single year. It’s amazing when you think about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jetdog9 View Post
    The Baldy finish was fun, that bad line on the last corner essentially costing 8 seconds or whatnot on bonus points...

    For all they said about this year's course being the most challenging ever and that the race would be shaken up, and no time trial... actually something felt lacking. It was awesome to see the race live as I live in California and I always enjoy this event but compared to some other years it just wasn't quite the same.

    Pouty countenance... love it.
    they Baldy finish this year was the best stage finish of the Amgen history, IMO

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    That was a good finish, and Baldy does deliver. I'm a Sagan fan so personally my favorite is 2015 when he went deep and only lost 45 seconds to set up a chance at the overall. The video of him laying on the ground coughing up a lung...

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    Sagan and Alaphilipe made it into an epic battle. It was exciting.

    But this year's Baldy finish was freakin fast as the top GC contenders duked it out, especially Higuita from Columbia. Shame that Higuita went wide at the final corner, probably because he was following the camer motorcycle, only to have the moto suddenly stopped in that corner which then threw Higuita off his line.
    And oddly enough, after Pogacar and Higuita passed the moto, the moto started rolling again, right before the finishline! Very inexperience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetdog9 View Post
    That was a good finish, and Baldy does deliver. I'm a Sagan fan so personally my favorite is 2015 when he went deep and only lost 45 seconds to set up a chance at the overall. The video of him laying on the ground coughing up a lung...
    Yes! That was the type of riding that helped make SAGAN a legend. Amazing effort and the agony of that effort captured on video, puking and all is the definition of giving 110%!

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