TdF 2019 positives and negatives!

Discussion in 'Pro Cycling (Road and Track Racing)' started by rich p, 28 Jul 2019.

  1. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    Positives...
    Bernal at only 22
    Thomas for his graciousness even it was hard to bear
    Dylan Van Barle
    Julian Alaphilippe
    Thibaut Peanut
    The parcours
    Caleb Ewan
    Sagan for being a beast

    Negatives...

    Bardet, Porte, Mollema, Porte, Quintana, Porte, Landa, Porte, Martin D,
    Movistar's unfathomable tactics
    The last 2 days weather
    Twats booing Geraint
    Lack of panache from Kruijswijk and Buchman
     
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  2. Crackle

    Crackle ..

    I think all the people persuaded to invest in their own funeral plan would have been better off saving for a Viking River Cruise or rescuing Manu or one of his mates.
     
  3. nickyboy

    nickyboy Norven Mankey

    Positives
    Full live coverage on ITV so I only have to put up with CK during the ad breaks
    Full cognisnace of Viking River Cruises, Funeral Plans, Eqity Release schemes etc
    JA making fun of President Macron
    Thomas de Gendt's twitter feed where he posts that evening's food

    Negatives
    Sean Kelly's dyed hair
    Me keeping on picking Viviani for the fantasy games, despite all evidence to suggest I shouldn't
    Thibot Pinot's fragile body
    Never heard "dish of the day", has that feature stopped?
    Steve Cummings, I would have been about as effective as a pro cyclist
     
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  4. mcshroom

    mcshroom Bionic Subsonic

    Location:
    Egremont, Cumbria
    At least we avoided the Watchfinder General this year
     
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  5. OP
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    rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    Adam has just reminded me that his namesake A Yates had a stinker
     
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  6. Crackle

    Crackle ..

    The pointlessness of Di Data continues except as a retirement plan for formerly great riders. A kind of Chinese league for cyclists. Yates A, did indeed have a stinker. George Bennets inexplicable trip back to the cars just as the race was splitting into echelons but for that, the last week might have been quite different. Fuglsang making history as a Criterium winner who did nothing in the Tour.

    I thought the bonus seconds on the penultimate climb were interesting. I think Van Aert is a future sensation who could challenge Sagan or even win the thing and I think we're seeing a changing of the guard in that respect. Mollema, Uran, Porte and a number of others looked to be fading. I though the onboard camera footage was the best ever this year. Some of the Velon highlights on Twitter were ace.
     
  7. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    The only real negative for me was the weather over the past 2 days and the change of route. Would it have made a difference, probably not but the timing couldn't have been worse.
     
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  8. alicat

    alicat Legendary Member

    Location:
    Staffs
    Yep, that was the biggest positive for me too.
     
  9. ColinJ

    ColinJ It's a puzzle ...

    I was pretty impressed by Movistar's ingenious "Let's chase Quintana's great escape down to stop other teams doing it" plan!

    I am amazed that nobody else noticed that Mitchelton-Scott kept swapping the Yates brothers' race numbers between stages... Do you actually believe that one brother was really good for the whole TdF, and the other was really bad? They were simply taking it in turns having extra rest days! :laugh:
     
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  10. Bonefish Blues

    Bonefish Blues Banging donk

    Location:
    52 Festive Road
    A negative for Cav not having the chance this year, sadly.
     
  11. Flying_Monkey

    Flying_Monkey Toll Collector on the Road to Nowhere

    I would agree with most of what's been said already. I'm going to add the stage wins from S. Yates, Quintana, Van Aert and De Gendt as highlights.

    As far as Dimension Data goes, I really wish they'd get back to their original mission of promoting African riders. I'd have much more respect for them as a genuine African team, rather than simply a team associated with an African charity. And the riders are still out there. DD is now letting them and African cycling down.
     
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  12. Adam4868

    Adam4868 Veteran

    POSITIVES.
    Bernal but I knew that anyway,and Geraint !
    Allaphillipe..nuff said
    Van Barle,De plus and Asgreen for services for their leaders.
    (Feel mean putting Thomas in the above)
    Pinot for being nearly there.
    Bardet for coming back from the dead
    Not forgetting Mike Woods who finished the Tour in admirable style with two broken ribs.(even though I had money on him at 300/1 to finish on the podium !)
    NEGATIVES....
    Not much,I didn't enjoy really...mmm
    Go on then Movistar tactics were shite.
     
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  13. dragon72

    dragon72 Guru

    Location:
    Mexico City
    +: Mother nature - what with the crosswinds and the mudslides, it added to the surprise and drama.
    Julian Alaphilippe's TT
    -: The needless expulsion of Rowe/Tony Martin.
    Fewer and less funny tweets from @ukcyclingexpert than usual
     
  14. CarlP

    CarlP La-Dee-Rhum-Buckedee-Ni-Ni-Nooo

    This a bit OT, but did I see a crash where a bike had broken in half?

    I’ve enjoyed the whole tour, no negatives for me, I just love the whole excitement, frustration and danger of it all.
     
  15. roadrash

    roadrash cycle chatterer

    Best tour for ages, I watched it all on itv 4 so didn't hear nob ed kirbys irritating voice once^_^
     
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