Tour de France 2018

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It's not really TdF season until Tour day Schmalz posts a race preview

This Tour really has an “up for grabs” feel to it, and on paper, there’s no reason why Porte shouldn’t win. He won the Tour de Suisse. He can climb, he’s can time trial and he has a strong team, he’s backed by Tejay “Bad Day” Van Garderen, and they have a strong TTT team. It’s just that Porte has had tremendously bad luck: crashes, ill-timed punctures, running into motorcycles, he’s really done it all. If he doesn’t spontaneously combust, he has a good shot.
 

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Can’t wait. I just assume everyone’s cheating and enjoy the ride. For US folks, see you at 5 am on Saturday on NBCSN!!!
 
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I'm staying with my dad this weekend (he began my love of the tour) and he woke up with about 15K left. He was like "how is it going?" and I said "boring." Oops! Drama and time losses everywhere!
 

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I'm staying with my dad this weekend (he began my love of the tour) and he woke up with about 15K left. He was like "how is it going?" and I said "boring." Oops! Drama and time losses everywhere!
Turned it on too late to listen to the pre-stage summary. Did they mention Craddock’s status? Team EF will be sol in the time trial without him.
 

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Just curious, why would it ever be anything but completely positive?
Doping drama leading up to the TdF. He tested last year during the Vuelta and was flagged for excessive salbutamol. The follow up PK sample wasn’t collected. Only last week did UCI make a decision and drop the case.

You don’t win as much as Froome has or have a team as wealthy as Sky without the cycling fans and reporters grumbling about cheating -fair or not.

He’s been booed at the start of both stages. Better than a couple of years ago when a spectator threw a cup of urine at him.


Anyway, happy that Sagan won today’s stage!
 

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So, are Gaviria and Greipel out of the tour due to today’s mash up in the sprint? Or is there some sort of other punishment. The article I read said that they were “disqualified from their places on the podium” but little else.
 
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So, are Gaviria and Greipel out of the tour due to today’s mash up in the sprint? Or is there some sort of other punishment. The article I read said that they were “disqualified from their places on the podium” but little else.
I've been on vacation this past week, so I haven't been following as closely as usual. However, the typical punishment for "bad" sprinting is relegation in which they basically penalize you by moving you down the placement list for finishers, so the sprinter loses any points they may have earned on that stage (and this hurts their chance of winning the green jersey). Kicking you out of the tour typically requires something perceived as egregious. Sagan was kicked out last year for reportedly causing a collision that got Cavendish injured and out of the tour. Most people thought that punishment was unusually harsh because on review the Sagan sprint may not have seemed so bad (and a high profile rider usually gets the benefit of the doubt whether that's fair or not). Most people thought Sagan would have been simply relegated for the stage, so being kicked out was fairly surprising.

I saw some tweets from Greipel that seemed a bit annoyed but not really angry, so I suspect they were relegated for the stage (losing the points they won) and not kicked out.
 
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Watched the cobble stage yesterday with my brother. Sorry to see Richie Porte crash out again on Stage 9, but what a great win by Degenkolb!
BMC is such a mess. The second Tejay became team leader, he crashed and took himself out of the contention. I like Richie and Tejay, but it's so frustrating to watch talented cyclists struggle with mental focus/bike handling.
 

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BMC is such a mess. The second Tejay became team leader, he crashed and took himself out of the contention. I like Richie and Tejay, but it's so frustrating to watch talented cyclists struggle with mental focus/bike handling.
The cobbles really show who came up in the velodrome/flat road system vs. those with extensive off road experience. From what I saw, TeeJay just ran into someone. Richie’s was more his error.
 
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The cobbles really show who came up in the velodrome/flat road system vs. those with extensive off road experience. From what I saw, TeeJay just ran into someone. Richie’s was more his error.
I'm being unfairly hard on Tejay out of frustration; although I do question his mental toughness when it comes to expectations and being a leader. Certainly every rider's body is tense and nervous with the cobbles.

Ochowicz's comments on Porte's injury seemed a bit cold to me. He mentioned a couple of times that it wasn't a fracture and that he'll be back on his bike in a couple of days.
 

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I'm being unfairly hard on Tejay out of frustration; although I do question his mental toughness when it comes to expectations and being a leader.
My brother and I talked about that as we saw the Porte crash. When he crashed, my first response was: 'Already the pressure of being team leader is getting to him'. And yes, I like Tejay, too.
 

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