The Pro Cycling Thread


#6103

Oops!

LOL at Alaphilippe’s inability to take it easy after Yates stuffs up.


#6104

Somehow MS have twice snatched defeat from the jaws of victory - Alaphalippe was the last rider in that group of six who you would think would get close to Yates on top of the final climb before the last descent - TDF has never been a good race for MS.


#6105

Alaphilippe is a character and a baller of a racer. Like a tiny Sagan.

I hate going downhill on a bike at the best of times. Can’t imagine doing that descent trying to chase one of the best immediately after a crash. Screw that.


#6106

#6107

Far out he fell a long way


#6108

wow thats pretty steep over the ledge.
I had no idea how far he had fallen once he went over the edge.
He got back on and kept riding, but will be able to ride the next stage?


#6109

These guys aren’t human / sane.


#6110

I love Le Tour but am struggling with the thread title as I keep seeing it as Poo Cycling, and am worried that now it too is a thing.


#6111

That’s a serious injury which will be season done for Gilbert. I am struggling to see how today’s stage can be controlled with rider’s all over the road. Last three stages breakaway have won by 18, 13 and 9 minutes. Teams continue to allow Sky to have a Sunday coffee ride in the flat parts of mountain stages and then complain when Sky have numbers for the mountain passes. Anyway breakaway riders must love Sky.


#6112

I keep thinking it’s about prostitutes on bikes.


#6113

Tonight will be crazy from the get-go. Attacks will be going all over the place.
I fail to see how the grid start will make any difference though.


#6114

I keep wondering where the Anti Cycling thread is.


#6115

So the rumours are that Mezgec and Kluge will follow Ewan to Lotto Soudal which may make it tricky to lure a quality sprinter.

By my reckoning out

  • Ewan
  • Kluge
  • Verona
  • Mezgec
  • Hayman
  • Tuft

Off contract

  • Kreuziger who is likely to stay
  • Edmondson who I have no idea
  • Bewley they should retain
  • Power will be lucky to stay in the WT
  • Howson who should stay
  • Durbridge I have a question mark

This indicates that despite the renewals of Yates x 2 there will be money in the budget.


#6116

I’d be very surprised if Power doesn’t re-sign. It might only be a 1 year deal, but he’s started showing something this year.


#6117

There is some chance this may happen - My understanding is Mezgec is contracted for 2019, though if he moves it suggests the info that he was the most disaffected with the TDF decision is correct - Interestingly Ewan has been removed from the start list for Ride London on Sunday. The Klasika race is now on in Spain - MS will be hard to beat with S.Yates.


#6118

Good to see Trentin racing again.
What’s the story with Ride London?


#6119

Trentin resumed in the Italian stage race in the last week of June and rode the Nationals but of course was off the pace - Have no idea with Ride London - It could be a training crash etc - Though if no Ewan in the Tour of Poland then something is up.


#6120

Are we any closer to knowing were Porte is going? Trek would seem the obvious choice, although this Aqua Blue story fails to go away.


#6121

I have no reason to think Porte will go to Aqua Sport - An in-form Porte wins the Vuelta if Ochowitz allows him to ride.


#6122

Assuming his usual bad luck doesn’t get him. And since when has that ever happened?
It could well be that BMC promised the Vuelta to TvJ