Tour De France - 2017

  • Last Post 23 July 2017
lifeintheslowlane posted this 01 July 2017

I shouldn't be starting this...I don't have a bike and haven't had one for 20 years.

However I do enjoy The Tour and I will no doubt watch large chunks of it live on ITV4.

It's already started...the time trial around Dusseldorf being the opener. The leading contenders don't push-off until around 4.30pm onwards...

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Rallyboy posted this 01 July 2017

Interested to see a Kraftwerk-designed livery for Martin's time trial bike today.

Something a bit different.

lifeintheslowlane posted this 01 July 2017

Brits off to a winning start, Geraint Thomas wins the time trial, Froome 4th. lou_lol

Sfcsim posted this 01 July 2017 - Last edited 01 July 2017

Bit behind with my cycling, need to play catch up. Bit out of touch, which makes me sad 😭 

Rallyboy posted this 01 July 2017

G in yellow - tidy!

CB Saint posted this 01 July 2017

And Frome put a ton on time into his rivals

Sfcsim posted this 02 July 2017

So the Brits to look out for. 

Hugh Carthy - Cannondale-Drapac

Daniel McLay - Fortuneo-Vital Concept - also I think one of the riders who will come on this tour. 

Alex Dowsett - Movistar 

Adam & Simon Yates - Orica-Scott - this were on my ones to look out for last tour and will improve again this tour. 

Mark Cav - Team Dimension Data - Think this guy will not be up to much at your own peril as I found out last tour. 

Scott Thwaites - Team Dimension Data 

Chris Froome - Team Sky - he will be the main man, cannot see anyone beating him. 

Peter Kennaugh - Team Sky

Luke Rowe - Team Sky 

Ian Stannard - Team Sky 

Geraint Thomas - Team Sky 

Owain Doull - Team Sky

Ben Swift - UAE Abu Dhabi Do 

Mark McNally - Wanty-Group Gobert 




Sfcsim posted this 02 July 2017

Great sprint finish today and win for our favourite German Kittel. 

Sfcsim posted this 02 July 2017

My top 5 for this tour, in no particular order. 

Froome - Sky 

Talansky - Cannondale 

Demare - FDJ 

Quintana - Movistar 

Bardet - AG2R 

one of my favourites and someone who I love to watch sprint is Sagan. He will take Green, but I am hoping the stage wins stack up for him this time. 

Looking forward to this now after cramming my revision in over the last 24 hours. 

Sfcsim posted this 02 July 2017

There is one more rider I really like and that is Wouter Poels- If this bloke left sky he would be the lead rider in any other team. Sky of course keep hold of him, as they have a little money, but he will get his chance as lead man in a couple of years, if not at Sky then somewhere else. 

Seriously think this guy would be the nearest threat to Froome's crown if in opposing team and probably another reason Sky keep him at all costs! 

Sfcsim posted this 02 July 2017

Stage 3 - Monday 3rd July - Verviers - Longwy 

the peloton will cross over from Belgium to Luxembourg and finishing in France, in this 212.5km stage. Gradient 11% and 5 categorie climbs. 

BTripz posted this 02 July 2017

Spoiler alert :-

I'm glad to see Froome survived after being involved in that crash, it looked pretty nasty, especially for the rider who used his back against the kerb to stop him.

Sfcsim posted this 03 July 2017

Here are the day 3 top 5. 

1. Peter Sagan (Svk/Bora) 5hrs 07mins 19 secs

2. Michael Matthews (Aus/Team Sunweb) Same time

3. Dan Martin (Ire/Quick-Step Floors)

4. Greg van Avermaet (Bel/BMC Racing)

5. Alberto Bettiol (Ita/Cannondale-Drapac) +02secs


Rallyboy posted this 04 July 2017

Cav just had an awful crash as Sagan elbowed him into a barrier.

Unless he was shoved over there by someone else he should be chucked off the event for that.

BTripz posted this 04 July 2017

Nope, clear as day Sagan moved over and then elbowed Cav, he should be removed forthwith.

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Rallyboy posted this 04 July 2017

I thought I'd be a little generous as the TV guys are pretending it was an accident.

Bearing in mind I've seen Renshaw get chucked out for way less, that was what they call in sprintng, fucking naughty.

Sagan knew Cav had momentum and tried to block him.

I can't see how he can defend it.

Chuck him out.

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Rallyboy posted this 04 July 2017

Au revoir Peter!

See you next year.

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Sfcsim posted this 04 July 2017 - Last edited 04 July 2017

Officials got that wrong. He moved his elbow to keep balance, as Cav was already going down. These guys are moving fast. 

To chuck him out is wrong. The initial punishment was enough, it is because it s Cav in my opinion.