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    RBR TdF 2019 Predictions! Post by Start Time 2019

    RBR TdF 2019 Predictions! Post by Start Time 2019!

    Hello, everyone. Since we are all so smart about road racing, let's show it off: post your predictions before start time for the 2019 Tour de France. Talk is cheap. Can you call it a month before the final stage? A year?

    [In 2006, I reviewed whatever posts we had with any type of prediction, and noted how lousy we were. After that, I have done this "Predictions" post since 2007 TdF. If you do "advanced search" for "Predictions" and "Pjay" as the poster, you can see all of these.]

    At the end of the 2019 TdF, I will review how well we did. Historically, we have been pretty lousy, with some moments of brilliance. Bon chance!

    Call first, or try first, second, or third-
    Yellow/Podium/GC:
    Green/points:
    Polka-Dot/climber:
    White/youth:
    Red/combatif:
    Team:

    Lantern Rouge:
    DNF:
    Brown/Douche:
    Honorable Mention:

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    OK, I will start: LA!

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    Lawson Craddock will do better than he did in 2018.

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    Richie Porte DNF.
    Douche: some drunk, stupid fan.

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    With Froome's Dauphine crash apparently putting him out of TdF, predictions for MJ are wide open.

    I bet a lot of teams who have been evaluating what TdF table scraps to go for are now reconsidering a run for the MJ.

    I hope Froome is OK, and heals up just fine.

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    They may want to continue thinking about scraps. The defending champ is actually Geraint Thomas and he will be back with no questions surrounding leadership and the full support of guys like Bernal, Poels, Kwiatkowski, etc. Ineos will be tough to beat again I bet.
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    Now playing the role of the naive guy that posts waaay too early before all of prediction analysis comes out and the tune up races have finished is Rashad....

    My way too early guess at this is as follows

    Winner- J Fuglsang ( yep, you read that right). Heís been on fire all season and I think it could all come together for him this year.

    Other two podium spots- Bernal and Yates. I am going out on a limb and saying Thomas cracks or crashes at some point and Bernal takes over Ineos leadership. He almost beats Fuglsang too, but the Dane holds him off. Yates has his best grand tour yet. Also in the mix are Dumoulin and T Pogacar.

    Mountains- Bernal regardless of what else happens.

    Youth- tough one, but Pogacar

    Team- Jumbo-Visma

    Green- Viviani

    Combative-Michael Woods or Alaphilippe

    Not sure about the rest yet
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    Quote Originally Posted by PJay View Post
    I hope Froome is OK, and heals up just fine.
    Reports of femur break or possibly hip girdle. Everybody is just like "oh heal up fast!"
    "That pretty much sums it up. I'm 43 and my max is ~178-180. If that HR chart was mine or Froome's, we'd be on the verge of death. But for you it probably looks like a normal workout." -TLG

    LOLOLOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by 9W9W View Post
    Reports of femur break or possibly hip girdle. Everybody is just like "oh heal up fast!"
    Thereís a chance he may not be back this season to be honest. After an injury like that, itís not just the healing, you also have to rebuild form. Doubt he will be ready by the Giro or for any of the remaining big races.
    Every climb has its end, for verily with difficulty there is relief...

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    My predictions that aren't part of the list predictions:

    Craddock gets through the Tour without getting injured.

    Valverde plays referee between Landa and Quintana again. (Not something your 39 year old team leader should be having to do.)

    Porte will crash at some point during the Tour. If he's lucky he won't have to abandon.


    I'll make category predictions once teams are finalized.

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