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"The Big One in the TdeF."

Posted by kingfish on 07-07-15 at 10:12 AM
I lost interest after the doping investigation fiasco and dual standards judging, but this caught my eye. 20 or so involved in a massive pile up, and Cancellara broke bones in his back.

http://tinyurl.com/crashTdeF

Apparently one rider's (William Bonnet's) bike collapsed on a straight flat run with riders all at full speed, and a whole pile of riders just kept piling into him and each other. It's a wonder that Bonnet, who was hit repeatedly and who seemed to be at the bottom of the pile, wasn't killed. Or maybe the verdict is still out on that.

I guess now my only interest is to watch the crashes.

As to the dual standards, I read where this year a number of riders were tested positive for banned drugs, but weren't banned, and were actually allowed to participate.

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"RE: The Big One in the TdeF."
Posted by AyaK on 07-08-15 at 02:59 PM
Cancellara's crash brought back memories of Armstrong's ride over a field to avoid a similar disaster in the 2003 TdF:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr89ku-K2WU

But of course the Armstrong witchhunt has consigned all of those great moments to the dustbin of time and fading memory.

Unlike Armstrong, when Cancellara (who, like Armstrong, was in the yellow jersey at the time) went into the field, he almost immediately flipped over his handlebars and broke a couple of bones -- see from 2:18 in this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44D43ttvkNA.


"RE: The Big One in the TdeF."
Posted by kingfish on 07-08-15 at 07:26 PM
Reading where today was a pretty good day for crashes too. Another pileup, this time, 30 or so involved.

Those roads are treacherous enough when dry, but wet? Suicide.


"RE: The Big One in the TdeF."
Posted by AyaK on 07-09-15 at 05:01 PM
Well, earlier this week, the problem was the cobblestones (or the pave, as the French call it).

http://www.wsj.com/articles/tour-de-france-here-come-the-dreaded-cobbles-1436205756 (sorry, may require subscription)

But the truth is, the field is just (as a whole) physically weaker without the blood doping, and so the riders are exhausted at the end of a stage. That is what accounts for a stage-ending crash like today's, which took out the second yellow jersey holder in a week:

http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/cycling/33466631


"Wrap-up of 2015"
Posted by AyaK on 08-27-15 at 03:57 PM
Chris Froome of Britain (who grew up in Kenya) won his second TdF, although he had to hold off a furious challenge from Colombian rider Nairo Quintana on the closing stages -- since the race didn't have an individual time trial (except for the very short prologue), Quintana's weakness in that event didn't hurt him, and he finished just 72 seconds behind.

After that was over, the focus of international cycling moved to the US (where it has become invisible). In the two major one-week US stage races in August, American Joe Dombrowski of the American team Cannondale-Garmin won the Tour of Utah and Australian Rohan Dennis of the American BMC Racing Team won the US Pro Challenge. Nobody noticed.

Now we're on to the three-week Vuelta, the last of the three Grand Tours, as of August 22. Froome and Quintana both entered, and they have to be considered the favorites, although Colombian Esteban Chaves of the Australian Orica-GREENEDGE team has jumped off to the early lead.


"RE: Wrap-up of 2015"
Posted by kingfish on 08-30-15 at 11:03 AM
Cycling in the US has become invisible.

No TV coverage that I've seen. And it would help if/when it ever is on TV that camera direction be sync'ed with the US commentators. Too often are the US commentators left to comment on whatever camera shots the European TV people wish to show.

A bigger (IMO) problem with F1 racing.