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Tour de France 2017 Stage 16: Le Puy to Romans-sur-Isère

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Leinster said:
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Stybar and Vermote are sick, so it wasn't by choice that they were with Kittel
Bauer steaming ahead without checking if Martin was even on his wheel, and popping himself in the process, was one of the dumbest bits of bike racing I've seen in this Tour, and there's oodles of competition for that title.

That was the only way to make the split. If Bauer doesn't attack there the opportunity disappears.

Martin couldn't follow and that as that.
 
A nightmare stage for QS, but why the hell was Martin marking Matthews on the opening climb? Bling is just going to ignore him, but the strongest team of climbers is going to go full out to bring Martin back. Hence, Kittel gets dropped hard. Martin just didn't have the legs at the end. Aru didn't have strong support either, but he just managed to jump aboard the Sky train at the last moment.

EBH came through strongly at the end, but was out of position and so missed out by a small margin again.

The battle for green continues :) Congratulations to Bling. I didn't like him before, but he and Sunweb have been riding very agressively.
 
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DanielSong39 said:
Leinster said:
Eagle said:
Stybar and Vermote are sick, so it wasn't by choice that they were with Kittel
Bauer steaming ahead without checking if Martin was even on his wheel, and popping himself in the process, was one of the dumbest bits of bike racing I've seen in this Tour, and there's oodles of competition for that title.

That was the only way to make the split. If Bauer doesn't attack there the opportunity disappears.

Martin couldn't follow and that as that.
He didn't need to attack, that's the thing. He needed to ride steady, Meintjes had men in the same group, it would have been Bauer, plus a couple of UAEs, plus Louis and Dan, chasing together. But Bauer dropped the hammer, Martin couldn't hang on, and then Bauer blew up himself a couple minutes later. There was still 10km to go at that point, they probably weren't getting back on, but with a big engine like Bauer inside the tent peeing out the loss could have been managed down below the 30s it was sitting at the time, instead of the 50 it ended up being.
 
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Simurgh said:
To really find out whether Matthews should be penalized, just ask yourself "what if Bouhanni did the exact same thing?" :p :D
This...

Having said that, there should be no reviews at all IMO. You throw someone in the barriers one day, what goes around comes around. One day, there will be pay back. So behave yourself. And if you are clean, you're treated as such. The only other option is to stop the sprint finish designs, get a murito as a finish of a flat stage, or two three small climbs to skim the bunch. I hate rules, juries, that's BS. You can't legislate mayhem.
 
Sunweb executed their gameplan perfectly from start to finish it and Matthews delivered in spades. It was textbook stuff in how they controlled that stage perfectly to set it up for Matthews and it keeps the contest for green alive which adds another angle to the race for spectators. If Sunweb can keep that team together they will have a strong support for Dumoulin if he wants to have a go at next years GC.
 
Great if obvious plan, perfectly executed by sunweb. So looks like green might really come down to Friday. If Sunweb can drop Kittel on the opening climbs and stop them getting back Bling might be able to get enough of a lead even if Kittel takes the final stage. If Kittel wins there pretty much over
Could make it really interesting if Kittel needs to win and Matthews needs at least a 5th or something like that
 
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rick james said:
Ricco' said:
Alexandre B. said:

Well, Degenkolb must be thrown out of the race after this.

Wasn't Degenkolb the one who throw water to another rider at the WCh last year? Seems that he cannot manage his anger. If that it's not acceptable in a cyclist, surely it isn't acceptable in a policeman.
i'm sure he squirted a bidon at him

Degenkolb seems to be one of the biggest crybabies in the peloton. Always complaining and whining, going after people who are better them him. No wonder that Boonen also called him a coward for his passive riding in Paris-Roubaix.

I have a feeling that Bling will also steal some points in the itt. He can perform well in this discipline, when it is needed.
 
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Ricco' said:
Alexandre B. said:

Well, Degenkolb must be thrown out of the race after this.

Wasn't Degenkolb the one who throw water to another rider at the WCh last year? Seems that he cannot manage his anger. If that it's not acceptable in a cyclist, surely it isn't acceptable in a policeman.

Hard to see how they could throw Degenkolb out if they didn't disqualify Bouhanni for punching another rider. lol
 
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France_En_Marche said:
Ricco' said:
Alexandre B. said:

Well, Degenkolb must be thrown out of the race after this.

Wasn't Degenkolb the one who throw water to another rider at the WCh last year? Seems that he cannot manage his anger. If that it's not acceptable in a cyclist, surely it isn't acceptable in a policeman.

Hard to see how they could throw Degenkolb out if they didn't disqualify Bouhanni for punching another rider. lol

Throwing a punch that makes contact is fine. The issue is if he throws a fist/elbow that doesn't connect which gets you DQ'ed (see Sagan incident).
 

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