• 09-05-2020
    PJay
    TdF '20 Discussn Thread Stage 9 Sep 6 Spoiler Alert
    TdF '20 Discussn Thread Stage 9 Sep 6 Spoiler Alert

    This is a 90-miler with one significant climb mid-way, Col de Soudet, over 1,000 of elevation gain and with twin peaks, then a couple more modest climbs in the second half. After cresting the second of these, the riders have a 6 mile down hill and then a 5 mile run-in to the finish. The downhill has a lot of sharp bends, but the run-in is peaceful - just a straight two-lane country road.

    Besides the downhill after peaking Col de Soudet, there is not much terrain that is favorable for the riders to reform a strong peloton to swallow up any escapees. Something big will happen. Someone is going to get a lot of glory. Things are far enough along to where a GC contender might try to open things up. However, it would be a great day for a great rider who is not threatening the GC to go for the glory. With a lot of spread in the overall standings, plenty of riders fit that description. Hopefully, it will be one of your fantasy picks going for the win.
  • 09-05-2020
    KoroninK
    This could be easily be a day for another break and we could see a very large break go up the road.
  • 09-06-2020
    PJay
    Wow! Tough day - the TdF we all have hoped for
    Wow! Tough day - This is the TdF we have all have hoped for. Well, almost.

    We seem to love big names performing really well, so that we can cheer our guy on, plus we love a good, healthy competition all the way.

    We get frustrated by weak first-weeks that give little to watch except a sprint finish, and we get upset when a team boldly comes out in the first week and dominates.

    We get upset when the entire tour is a waiting game for one, maybe two major climbing days before the gentleman's game ride into Paris.

    We have to appreciate that we are getting a lot of what we have hoped for. A healthy competition. Young and old mixing it up. No SkyNEOS or US Postal dominating right off the bat.

    The group to look at for podium is quite narrowed, but within that score of riders, there is plenty of room for debate over who might be on that podium.

    Nice.

    What do we not have? We don't have cobbles, we don't have a good run through another country, we don't have TTT. Aside from that wish list, most importantly we are getting a great competition.

    Today was great sport viewing.
  • 09-06-2020
    upstateSC-rider
    Great stage today, would've loved to have seen Hirshi pull it off after he was pulled back with 2k to go...such a heartbreaker, but to be in a break with at least 3 current and probably future Tour winners (Bernal, Roglic, Pogacar) I'm sure is a dream come true.
    Would be for me anyway.
    Kudos to Quintana, riding so strong, and Landa/Valverde too.
  • 09-06-2020
    bvber
    Tadej Pogacar
    Is it Po-ja-kar or Po-ga-char? Or are there 2 riders with same name but different pronunciations? :skep:
  • 09-06-2020
    upstateSC-rider
    If I had to guess I would've thought Roglic would've had a better sprint, kudos to Pogacar for riding like a boss.
  • 09-06-2020
    KoroninK
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bvber View Post
    Is it Po-ja-kar or Po-ga-char? Or are there 2 riders with same name but different pronunciations? :skep:


    I asked this on another forum with multiple European posters. They said the correct pronunciation is the second one you posted: Po-ga-char. Unfortunately we have multiple riders where are commentators all pronounce the sames differently.
  • 09-06-2020
    KoroninK
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    Pogacar impressive again (similar to last year's Vuelta). Roglic so far doing what he needs to. Landa again trying to make up time lost in week one. Enric Mas trying to learn how to ride for GC. Although the entire team is trying to find form and he, Valverde, and Verona have been improving their form as they get more racing KMs in their legs.

    Jumbo Visma is doing a good job so far for Roglic, who appears to be strong. Pogacar appears to be the strongest. After last year's Vuelta I'm not going to underestimate him again.

    Movistar came into the Tour seemingly with no idea what they were doing. Before the Tour they said they would be stage hunting. Well Verona has tried. I expect more attempts for that in the next two weeks. Valverde's comment was their form was too bad to do anything at all. Mas said he and Valverde's form was improving and they'd be fighting for GC top 10. What they are doing, still not fully sure although it looks like they are going to let riders go stage hunting while Mas learns to ride for GC. It appears that Valverde's self decided role is to be Mas's last man standing, guide, helper, teacher, rider coach/DS.

    Movistar posted this picture and Mas posted this picture on his Instagram feed (where you click his avater) with the words (@alejandvalverde) Gracias Capo.
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  • 09-07-2020
    bvber
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by KoroninK View Post
    I asked this on another forum with multiple European posters. They said the correct pronunciation is the second one you posted: Po-ga-char. Unfortunately we have multiple riders where are commentators all pronounce the sames differently.

    Interesting... So, when talking about a famous astronomer, (late) Carl, it's "Say-gan" but when talking about a pro cyclist, Peter, it's "Sa-ghan" :idea:
  • 09-07-2020
    aclinjury
    good racing so far.

    But this is only stage 9. Everyone knows that the third week, the Alps, is the moneymaker. Can Roglic last in the Alps? I expect Bernal and Pogacar to out ride Roglic in the Alps. We'll see...
  • 09-08-2020
    il sogno
    What a great finish. I love that Pogacar won the sprint.