I am not saying that your rating is wrong, although we differ, I was just extrapolating from some of the boring first 10 plus days we have seen in the last several decades along with the bad designs in many of them, that it would seem that your expectations might be a bit harsh/lowered from being exposed to the ideal designs which Libertine and other have proposed and the best cadence as well and we are getting spoiled by unrealistic expectations without knowing what challenges the designers face. There was something going on in the race most days whether it was GC, Green, crosswinds or good breakaways. Even if the cadence and designs weren't as good as they could have been and with the very flawed designs in the last 20 plus years. Hoping you aren't getting disillusioned by impossible expectations. Hoping we don't lose you or other when you and Great contributors like Libetine, who I often agree with and often disaagree with, and this place would lose some awesome conversations.Not at all.
As I said in my previous post- I can't remember any other GT in which the mountain stages were so stale among GC contenders.
Here we go again: all the bad votes from members who spent three weeks typing and posting like they were Bruce Almighty answering prayers: saying that it sucked. as always.
France under-delivered and this time the Colombian coffee was cold, wasn't it ? But all in all it was a good Tour, particularly considering the circumstances. The first GT in the Covid era, riders missing their peak, hurt, I still I give it an 8. Yes, that's just bait for Netserk. More like a 6 in reality.
Rain on stage 1 ruined my Tour. After all the crashes when the season resumed, with a grouped peloton, ASO had one choice to make: neutralize the stage. Business over safety, the circus, "The show must go on".
So many riders licking their wounds affected week 1 and the way it was raced. That made stage 4 irrelevant, big pace but no big attack. And it was nice to see the riders, if not take power, at least refuse the "panem et circenses" spectacle.
Note: Bugno has to go. That union is not a union, never was. Joke union needs to go, be replaced.
Stages 7-8-9 were really good, way beyond my expectations. Puy Mary was placed well, it didn't deliver. Great climb though. Stage 15 was a design fiasco, the Grand Colombier via Culoz...WTF!
By then all were sold on the idea that JV was the best team ever (Liggett even said it today), Ineos was humbled but Pog was lurking in the shadows. The Col de la Loze is a keeper, maybe not as a MTF.
It was all set for what I think was a great ITT, balanced, and it went nuclear. The last time I was so stunned was at work like this time and Landis did his thing: I'm uneasy here. I had to explain to novices what I saw and justify it. A bit too much, post-traumatic disorder, I don't know.
Meanwhile, Adam is no Simon, Mas, Uran, and others played the Meintjes game, Landa was willing but unable, yet he did well as a team leader. Porte got something and I'm happy for him.
No Bernal, no Pinot...bummer, they were the best last year. How good was this really?
As the #1 Tibopino fanboy, it sucked.
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