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Into the mountains over the next 2 nights as well as next Thursday,  Friday & Saturday

Alaphilippe leads and he extended his lead last night after another slashing victory ... Richie Porte is 04.44 behind (overall)  But with 5 mountain stages to come,  anything is possible

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My predictions:

Alaphilippe won't be able to sustain this, and will crack at some stage, at least enough to lose the yellow.

Thomas is not as strong as last year, and will lose time in the Alps. It'll come down to Pinot vs Kruijswijk, but time gaps will be small.

 

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2 hours ago, bing181 said:

My predictions:

Alaphilippe won't be able to sustain this, and will crack at some stage, at least enough to lose the yellow.

Thomas is not as strong as last year, and will lose time in the Alps. It'll come down to Pinot vs Kruijswijk, but time gaps will be small.

Yes,  Alaphilippe faltered a bit last night

And with 3 tough mountain stages to come (Thurs,  Fri & Sat) it's all ahead of him

No real help from.his team forthcoming either ... he's done well to be going so well this far in though

 

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On 7/22/2019 at 9:21 AM, bing181 said:

My predictions:

Alaphilippe won't be able to sustain this, and will crack at some stage, at least enough to lose the yellow.

Thomas is not as strong as last year, and will lose time in the Alps. It'll come down to Pinot vs Kruijswijk, but time gaps will be small.

 

God, how did I ignore Bernal! Was always going to be there.

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13 hours ago, bing181 said:

God, how did I ignore Bernal! Was always going to be there.

Worked out alright for Bernal but he was on the attack and the rules fell in favour of the aggressive rider (or riders)  So no complaints from me. Mother nature intervened.

All to ride for later tonight though and they're still in the Alps with a category 2 climb as well as 2 category 1 climbs.  Including a gruelling one with a summit finish.  Not a lot separates the top 5 in the general classification so the tour is still up for grabs 

Meanwhile,  the Demons have started well and we're kicking straight! 

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Tonight's stage distance has been slashed due to landslides.  59k only although the last 35 kilometres is a category 1 climb covering close to 2ks in elevation.

There'll be lots of attacks and they'll come early you'd imagine. 

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The Tour de France starts tomorrow night with limited attendance at the event being somehow enforced ... it will be interesting to see it all unfolds nonetheless. 

Just catching up with the news but we won't see Chris Froome as he will be contesting the Vuelta (Oct 20 - Nov 8 )  Geraint Thomas will be contesting the Giro (Oct 3 - Oct 25) and will also not contest le tour.

8 mountain stages including one on day 2 (Sunday) ... Egan Bernal & Primoz Roglic are joint favourites to take out the event although Thibaut Pinot & Tom Dumoulin could easily be big players.  Quintana will be thereabouts whilst Richie Porte is listed at 100-1 to take out the prize. 

Anyway,  the best late night TV is back with us and I'm eagerly looking forward to it. 

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How good is Caleb Ewan!  2 stage wins now and he certainly knows where the finishing line is.  Times his run's to perfection.  He could win another stage or 2 as well just yet

However,  we now venture into the Hills,  Mountains & Alps for the next 7 stages.  Various category 1 climbs await as the tour hots up.

Richie Porte is 11th overall but is only 1'53" behind the leader (Primoz Roglic)  Top 5 might be his aim but the next few days might sort a few things out for the GC riders.  After the rest day on Monday we have 3 consecutive days in the Alps with some grueling climbs involved.

 

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Richie Porte up to 6th and riding really well.  Only 2'13" off the lead with a top 5 finish beckoning and a podium finish not far out of reach.  His team is working well for him too.

Pogacar looked strong last night and last years winner (Bernal) was dropped and is now out of contention.  Roglic still leads. 

In the Alps tonight as well as tomorrow and Thursday.  A flatter stage on Friday with the time trial on Saturday. 

There is still a lot to play out.

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Pogacar replaces Roglic as the leader and is the virtual winner of the Tour.  That was one hell of a time trial.  Pogacar just smashed his way through it.  Quite incredible!

And Richie Porte rides his way into clear 3rd position and an overall podium finish.  Only the 2nd Aussie to do so. 

An eventful night to say the least!

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Mens Road Race on SBS (Viceland) tonight ... World Championships

The winner gets to wear the rainbow jersey for the entire year.  8 Aussies competing (Porte & Matthews included)

Pogacar,  Roglic and a host of other big names are competing.  Should be a great race.

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