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Tour de France 2017 ***SPOILERS***

Discussion in 'Pro Cycling (Road and Track Racing)' started by brommers, 12 Jun 2017.

  1. brommers

    brommers Years beyond my wisdom

    Location:
    Bromley
    With less than three weeks to go teams will be looking to finalise their riders and many will be concerned or undecided about their line-ups. Orica, for example have Chavez, who didn't show much on his return and Simon Yates who got dropped on several climbs - should they revert to Adam Yates? Froome, Contador and Valverde didn't inspire, whilst Fuglsang and Porte were superb and Buchmann made a big breakthrough.
     
  2. Milkfloat

    Milkfloat Veteran

    Location:
    Warwick
    I am struggling to pick anyone in the top 3, too many of my favourites seem to be struggling. Hopefully this will make the race more interesting and less of a procession.
     
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  3. I go wildly out on a limb and back Sagan for the green jersey. You never know ...
     
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  4. jarlrmai

    jarlrmai Veteran

    Man a wide open race would be awesome
     
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    brommers

    brommers Years beyond my wisdom

    Location:
    Bromley
    There's a few riders who won't fancy this!

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    brommers

    brommers Years beyond my wisdom

    Location:
    Bromley
    Looks like a night stage :laugh:
     
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  7. smutchin

    smutchin Cat 6 Racer

    Location:
    The Red Enclave
    Fuglsang can't be ruled out as a genuine contender after his performance in the Dauphiné.

    Dan Martin could be in the mix as well. He's climbing very strongly and shouldn't lose too much time in the two short time trials.

    Bardet will be an interesting one to watch - his time-trialling is still shocking but there are plenty of lumpy bits where he should shine.

    Shame we won't be seeing Alaphilippe - this Tour could have been made for him.

    Stage 13 looks like it could be a humdinger - 101km with three 1st cat climbs and then downhill all the way to the finish.
     
  8. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    @brommers - might be worth changing the title to Tour de France 2017 ***SPOILERS*** ^_^

    It will save someone else starting the thread!
     
  9. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    S Yates was slightly disappointing but he has time on his side.
    It seems as if it will be an open race, and it could well be if Dan Martin gets his wish, and people ignore reputations, and race aggressively.
    I'd rule out Contador and Valverde (the latter is there to help Quintana, in theory).
    Hard to spot the differences in current condition and form between Quintana, Froome, Bardet, Martin, Fuglsang et al.
     
  10. Whatever happens, the Giro has set the bar high for drama with cop-moto-gate and poo-gate.
     
  11. ColinJ

    ColinJ Hillfinder General

    A friend has just suggested that maybe Froome is timing his form to come on during the Tour this year and then last through for a serious go at the Vuelta too, rather than his more usual Dauphine & Tour, and starting to get tired in the Vuelta. That actually sounds plausible.
     
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  12. Adam4868

    Adam4868 Über Member

    Been a great giro and dauphine so far.I see Froome has said Porte will be favourite for the Tour.I agree he was great in dauphine.It's a tough choice as I wouldn't like to dismiss any of the GC favourites.I still wouldn't back against Froome,guarantee he will be in top form by July and a amazing team with him,stronger than BMC ? I think so.Tactically.Porte had no team yesterday which made it a great comeback ride,I think he just took his eye of the race and got left.Fuslgand,a deserved winner showed how strong he was yesterday.Looking forward to it.
     
  13. jarlrmai

    jarlrmai Veteran

    Maybe Sky know Porte's mind and this is just to put the pressure on, coming into the Tour as favourite.
     
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  14. dragon72

    dragon72 Veteran

    Location:
    Mexico City
    Could be mindgames from Froome, lulling the others into a false sense of security so they don't man-mark him all the way round France.
    Or maybe not. I think he looked like he was genuinely struggling to keep up in the CdD.
    If that's the case, he's not go much time to recover his mojo.
    As mentioned by Adam4868 above, Froome does have the best team for support. And it will be a proper A team for the Grande Boucle.
     
  15. smutchin

    smutchin Cat 6 Racer

    Location:
    The Red Enclave
    It would be nice if he at least had a challenger this year - maybe Matthews?