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Bastille of Grenoble was a career defining moment for Bernard Hinault. He crashed on the descent of the Col de Porte and was still able to win at the Bastille.
Was also one of the few races, where Merckx and Hinault raced against each other for the victory.
Thanks for sharing. That was good. Gosh, the gear ratios hurt my eyes. So much have changed.
The badger had to walk in some parts of the final ramp. Slopes like these 50 years were quite special. And that stage back then was 220k and 6:30hrs. Really something special with blood all over his body and the bruises from this hard crash on the Porte descent.
After Hinault won the Dauphiné 8 seconds ahead of Bernard Thévenet, all of France discussed that he had to go to the Tour. It was decided to wait another year.
He said he still has improvement in his legs before the Tour so it sounds like he won't die wondering. No one can cope with his accelerations anyway. The final descent is a tricky one and he won't take any risks on that you would think.So the Skeletor tested his engine a bit and crushed the field at the end. Surprise! 1830 m/h of VAM (circa 6.5 or so w/kg) in the last 18 minutes at avg. elevation of 1800 m ASL is TdF winning stuff. Yates was strong but probably paid for too high tempo at the end - Hindley and even O'Connor reduced the gap in the last couple of km. This was a great form test for strongest TdF guys, they were finishing alone, one by one. Tomorrow is a crazy day - great fight for the 2nd in the GC. Not sure what the Skeletor will do: following wheels or going thermonuclear 50 km from the line?
Gaudu attacking early is hardly a worse sign than him waiting to get dropped by 20 riders on the final climbs.Gaudu on the attack already.
Which isn't a good sign tbh. I saw a post here yesterday (I'd need to check back to see the poster) who asked whether anyone knew what was 'normal' for this rider.
Well, what we're seeing right now is not his usual level at all - even though he can be very inconsistent.
Right now (& since April) he's been consistently terrible & he seems to be getting worse. And this is a topic of conversation in some parts right now because Gaudu wants FDJ to work entirely for him in the TdF (& there was a weird communications mishap last week when Gaudu made remark which sounded like he didn't want Pinot on the TdF team).
And then there's the fact Lenny Martinez looks better than he does at the moment, which is awkward as well.
Gaudu attacking early is hardly a worse sign than him waiting to get dropped by 20 riders on the final climbs.
But now that he's proven that he's not able to stay witht he best riders, going for a possible stage win at least show that he's still alive. But the team can of course not be satisfied with his performances here, and Madouas doesn't look to be at his best either.I think it is a bad sign because his only purpose here is to test himself against the best before the Tour, not ride up the road & pray he can take some time back in GC by getting a headstart (or getting a top 10).
But now that he's proven that he's not able to stay witht he best riders, going for a possible stage win at least show that he's still alive. But the team can of course not be satisfied with his performances here, and Madouas doesn't look to be at his best either.