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19 May 2017 12:24

Talking about Gesink, he is incredibly weak this season in mt stages, even more so than normal. I mean he should at least be able to finish with Bookwalter...

In this climbing form I can't see him win a stage in the attack. He's going more and more the Jurgen Vandenbroeck road. Retirement by 2020?
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19 May 2017 15:47

Interesting to see how Talansky performs in the TDF - Did a good Vuelta last year and feel he is better suited to that race or the Giro.
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19 May 2017 16:37

yaco wrote:Interesting to see how Talansky performs in the TDF - Did a good Vuelta last year and feel he is better suited to that race or the Giro.


Hopefully he goes well in July. He has the talent to do a good result.
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19 May 2017 19:30

Jaco0505 wrote:Stake Laengen doing the climb of his life. 11th at the stage and sitting and 10th in the GC is above all expectations.
Pretty decent for a 1.93m 77kg rider.
He should also be able to take some time in the ITT, maybe coming close to top 5 in the final GC.

For someone his size he can actually defend himself pretty well on the climbs, he finished 4th in the 2011 Tour de L'avenir (ok, it was a rather easy route) and won the 2010 Giro della Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia. For someone his size he's actually a good climber, his engine is great.
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19 May 2017 20:22

Good on Talansky. I have a hard time with Cannondale in general, I don't really like Vaughters and the likes, but its nice to see them finally win on a WT-stage. Maybe TJ's cracking in Italy inspired him to grab the spot as the leading stage racer of the States. Lmao.

Is the MTF worth watching? Wondering if I should watch it before the TT on such an evenfull friday evening.
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19 May 2017 20:27

Valv.Piti wrote:Good on Talansky. I have a hard time with Cannondale in general, I don't really like Vaughters and the likes, but its nice to see them finally win on a WT-stage. Maybe TJ's cracking in Italy inspired him to grab the spot as the leading stage racer of the States. Lmao.

Is the MTF worth watching? Wondering if I should watch it before the TT on such an evenfull friday evening.

It wasn't a great MTF.
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19 May 2017 21:10

Mayomaniac wrote:
Valv.Piti wrote:Good on Talansky. I have a hard time with Cannondale in general, I don't really like Vaughters and the likes, but its nice to see them finally win on a WT-stage. Maybe TJ's cracking in Italy inspired him to grab the spot as the leading stage racer of the States. Lmao.

Is the MTF worth watching? Wondering if I should watch it before the TT on such an evenfull friday evening.

It wasn't a great MTF.


It's better than the early parts of a TT anyway. It was good in the sense that action happened earlyish. It was mediocre in the sense that the principals were too evenly matched to shed each other.
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19 May 2017 21:20

Valv.Piti wrote:Good on Talansky. I have a hard time with Cannondale in general, I don't really like Vaughters and the likes, but its nice to see them finally win on a WT-stage. Maybe TJ's cracking in Italy inspired him to grab the spot as the leading stage racer of the States. Lmao.

Is the MTF worth watching? Wondering if I should watch it before the TT on such an evenfull friday evening.

I think it's worth watching. I thought it was quite entertaining. That said, I used to ride those roads all the time so I'm sure that helped my enjoyment. Anyway, there were several attacks, even if very few stuck.
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19 May 2017 21:23

Ganna leading right now, 2 seconds ahead of Bodnar, Elmiger 3rd, Phinney 4th.
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19 May 2017 21:34

Dibben with new fastest time. Apparently 21 seconds faster than Ganna :O
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19 May 2017 21:38

Who's the best tt'er of the top 3, Boswell? Any chance one of those three maintains in lead over Talansky?

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19 May 2017 21:57

Sagan same time as Bodnar, good enough for provisional 3rd place.
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19 May 2017 22:10

What the hell happened there?
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19 May 2017 22:18

Morton with a second bike change. Poor bloke.
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19 May 2017 22:22

Talansky will catch Morton soon.

edit: Schachmann ahead of Sagan with a time of 28:48
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19 May 2017 22:28

Talansky turned at the halfway intermediate split in approximately 14.53 if my calculated timing is correct. Sagan was there at 14.45 to give a reference.
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19 May 2017 22:29

Boswell looks terrible TT'ing. Wobbling around the whole time.
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19 May 2017 22:31

Talansky has crazy calves
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19 May 2017 22:34

Gesink finished on a road bike.
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19 May 2017 22:34

What happened to Gesink?
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