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16 Sep 2018 18:45

Nice the TnotsoGBM wins Combative, DeGendt the Mountains and Bala the Points. The 3 bright youngsters on the podium is refreshing :).
Alberto Contador=Legend!

Nibali becomes only the 6th winner of all 3 GTS (2014)!
Nibali joins Gimondi, Merckx and Hinault as only the 4th man to win all 3 GTS and 2 different Monuments (2018). A throwback rider in this age of specialization. Bravo!
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16 Sep 2018 18:49

How on earth do they have Simon Yates coming 32nd on that stage, and Adam apparently waving to everyone at 1:04. Twin doping?
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16 Sep 2018 18:57

Armchair cyclist wrote:How on earth do they have Simon Yates coming 32nd on that stage, and Adam apparently waving to everyone at 1:04. Twin doping?


I don't know what you think you saw, but Simon definitely was in the peloton, just before Gorka. Adam just rolls in a minute later but doesn't wave to anyone. Mollema does right behind him in his red jersey.
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16 Sep 2018 19:01

Only 18 abandons throughout the race must be close to a GT record. In fact, 158 riders finished the race - exactly the same as last year (curiously, this number have been either 158 or 159 for the last five years) despite 22 fewer participants.
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16 Sep 2018 19:22

tobydawq wrote:Only 18 abandons throughout the race must be close to a GT record. In fact, 158 riders finished the race - exactly the same as last year (curiously, this number have been either 158 or 159 for the last five years) despite 22 fewer participants.


Considering all the guys recovering and with "one eye on the Worlds", 18 was a lot less then I expected.

If Yates had gone to Sky back in the past, Sky would have won all 3 GTs with 3 different riders.

(Thanks for all the kind words too on the stage threads :))
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16 Sep 2018 19:24

It's always beautiful to see another Grand Tour winner that has some Madison results on his palmares
to join the legends of the sport like SuperG, Wiggo (the kid from Kilburn) and, of course, Eddy Merckx.
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16 Sep 2018 20:25

tobydawq wrote:
Armchair cyclist wrote:How on earth do they have Simon Yates coming 32nd on that stage, and Adam apparently waving to everyone at 1:04. Twin doping?


I don't know what you think you saw, but Simon definitely was in the peloton, just before Gorka. Adam just rolls in a minute later but doesn't wave to anyone. Mollema does right behind him in his red jersey.


Simon very clearly came in behind the main bunch, waving and celebrating. They didn't let him back out on the course so quickly to gain the applause did they?
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16 Sep 2018 20:28

Armchair cyclist wrote:How on earth do they have Simon Yates coming 32nd on that stage, and Adam apparently waving to everyone at 1:04. Twin doping?


I wonder how possible something like this is...

Simon did crack big time in the only race where he didn't ride with his brother.
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16 Sep 2018 20:40

El Pistolero wrote:
Armchair cyclist wrote:How on earth do they have Simon Yates coming 32nd on that stage, and Adam apparently waving to everyone at 1:04. Twin doping?


I wonder how possible something like this is...

Simon did crack big time in the only race where he didn't ride with his brother.


We'll see in GTs to come... but seriously it would be the greatest scheme ever
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16 Sep 2018 20:41

El Pistolero wrote:
Armchair cyclist wrote:How on earth do they have Simon Yates coming 32nd on that stage, and Adam apparently waving to everyone at 1:04. Twin doping?


I wonder how possible something like this is...

Simon did crack big time in the only race where he didn't ride with his brother.


I think it could be possible but not in this case. Adam has a scar on the chin from some crashes and they aren't identical anyway, even if they look very much alike.
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16 Sep 2018 20:49

They're not even identical twins ffs
Veni, Vidi, Kirby

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16 Sep 2018 20:57

I did (not very seriously) raise the idea of twin swapping back during the Giro, but that throwaway line was an unnecessary distraction in the comment here.

Simon, in red jersey, was well behind the bunch, milking the applause. I noticed, because I wondered how much of his winning margin was remaining. It is being replayed on ES at the moment, I'll double check in 9.7 km.
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16 Sep 2018 21:24

Well that's rather embarrassing: apologies to Tobydawq for rebutting his correction. What in fact I saw was not SY waving to the crowd, but Bauke Mollema sitting up and wiping his nose. The commentary was talking about Yates swelling with pride, and I guess I was expecting to see some kind of triumphal salute, but not looking closely at what red jersey the camera was zooming in on.

I must pay closer attention.
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16 Sep 2018 21:36

Armchair cyclist wrote:Well that's rather embarrassing: apologies to Tobydawq for rebutting his correction. What in fact I saw was not SY waving to the crowd, but Bauke Mollema sitting up and wiping his nose. The commentary was talking about Yates swelling with pride, and I guess I was expecting to see some kind of triumphal salute, but not looking closely at what red jersey the camera was zooming in on.

I must pay closer attention.

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