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The sprinters must be feeling left out with all these uphill finishes in the first week.Stage 7 is a pancake flat stage for the pure sprinters. Sprint points available at 192km.

 

My money will be on Cav. Even though the HTC lead out train has shown to be not as bulletproof as everyone thought Cav has shown that he can win without them. I'm hoping Ali-jet starts showing why his there... he's been absolutely nowhere and another finish in the top 3 for Farrar.

 

Still hoping for Voeckler to make a break away stick, though today won't be that day. I'm sure he knows that...

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I wonder if the sprinters are going to pull another Giro trick and leave halfway through or do they stick out for the last day in Paris.

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I wonder if the sprinters are going to pull another Giro trick and leave halfway through or do they stick out for the last day in Paris.

 

And not stand a chance to win on the Champs Elysees? That's what the Tour got right, the biggest prize in sprinting is right at the end, so you have to drag yourself through the mountains.

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3rd straight day on pancake racing. Terrible stuff when the most important events in 400+km are crashes and watching riders fight back after sidewind gaps.

 

Hopefully today will not follow the standard 3-5 man day long break caught in the last 10km then 30 seconds of action to cap off a yawning day of riding.

 

I really think ASO should cut down on sprint days or make them a bit more lumpy to add excitement (they have this year so semi thumbs up guys) - barring a bit of time lost by riders and an interesting TTT we won't see the "real" TdF until Stage 12...

 

Throw out the radios I say! Let the riders be riders again instead of DS drones.

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3rd straight day on pancake racing. Terrible stuff when the most important events in 400+km are crashes and watching riders fight back after sidewind gaps.

 

Hopefully today will not follow the standard 3-5 man day long break caught in the last 10km then 30 seconds of action to cap off a yawning day of riding.

I really think ASO should cut down on sprint days or make them a bit more lumpy to add excitement (they have this year so semi thumbs up guys) -

 

Yeah agree, I generally fall asleep long before the 30secs of sprinting so I usually miss that too, I PVR it in case but so far it hasnt been worth rewinding for.

 

The tour really needs to relook at its formula, they appear scared to change things too much for some unknown reason, as everyone I have spoken to, or every comment in forums etc echo the same point........the first 10 days are dead boring.

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The tour really needs to relook at its formula, they appear scared to change things too much for some unknown reason, as everyone I have spoken to, or every comment in forums etc echo the same point........the first 10 days are dead boring.

 

 

I wonder if those actualy taking part would agree, i.e. that the first days are boring (dead)?

 

Fabian Cancellara tweet the other day:

f_cancellara Fabian cancellara

I have done a few #tdf but until know the parcours and specially the last kilometers has nothing to do with racing.it is so dangergous.

 

Ive seen a few complaints from riders regarding that other big race in Italy being to hard (yet most spectators rave about it being much better than the TDF).

 

What do you reacon needs to be done to liven it up?

 

Shorter stages, more hills or ??

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3rd straight day on pancake racing. Terrible stuff when the most important events in 400+km are crashes and watching riders fight back after sidewind gaps.

 

Hopefully today will not follow the standard 3-5 man day long break caught in the last 10km then 30 seconds of action to cap off a yawning day of riding.

 

I really think ASO should cut down on sprint days or make them a bit more lumpy to add excitement (they have this year so semi thumbs up guys) - barring a bit of time lost by riders and an interesting TTT we won't see the "real" TdF until Stage 12...

 

Throw out the radios I say! Let the riders be riders again instead of DS drones.

 

You obviously weren't paying attention. This is only the second pure sprint finish in this year's tour. This is the best first week in yonks!

 

They got the balance perfect this year - 7 pure sprint flat stages (incl champs elysees), 6 intermediate/hilly stages, 6 big mountain stages. Sounds about right to me.

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You obviously weren't paying attention. This is only the second pure sprint finish in this year's tour. This is the best first week in yonks!

 

They got the balance perfect this year - 7 pure sprint flat stages (incl champs elysees), 6 intermediate/hilly stages, 6 big mountain stages. Sounds about right to me.

 

 

Ye, course seems pretty well balanced this year. Any more hills and Cav would really start throwing his tampons.

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Ye, course seems pretty well balanced this year. Any more hills and Cav would really start throwing his tampons.

 

 

 

and cav-ity can throw a really good vloer-moer when he has been "wronged" ..... poor little diddums. I wonder if he is related to lewis hamilton in any way?

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You obviously weren't paying attention. This is only the second pure sprint finish in this year's tour. This is the best first week in yonks!

 

They got the balance perfect this year - 7 pure sprint flat stages (incl champs elysees), 6 intermediate/hilly stages, 6 big mountain stages. Sounds about right to me.

 

You obviously didn't read me post - perhaps the part that said 400km of boring racing or thumbs up to the organisers for adding lump stages might have given you a clue...

 

Personally I think there should be one or two pure sprint stages. Pure sprinters already have a place to ply their trade - it's called a track. All 7 "pure sprinters" stages will be the same boring formula. Who really wants to watch 7 x 200km of "racing" where the total amount of action is less than 5mins? Why not make the pure sprint stages 60km long - results would be the same - seems a waste to ride 1400km for 7km of action. It would certainly save the viewer 5 hours a day of the french history of chateaus!

 

You might enjoy the 4 guys escape and the DS' tell their teams how far the break is for 5 hours but I don't.

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I wonder if those actualy taking part would agree, i.e. that the first days are boring (dead)?

 

Fabian Cancellara tweet the other day:

f_cancellara Fabian cancellara

I have done a few #tdf but until know the parcours and specially the last kilometers has nothing to do with racing.it is so dangergous.

 

Ive seen a few complaints from riders regarding that other big race in Italy being to hard (yet most spectators rave about it being much better than the TDF).

 

What do you reacon needs to be done to liven it up?

 

Shorter stages, more hills or ??

 

My opinion is that having 2 races in one at the Tour will always end up in controversy. The GC (and their support) riders will complain that the sprint stages are too dangeours, the sprinters will claim that the hills are too hard.

 

Any compromise will dilute the fun of both - reducing hills will detract from the GC race, less sprint stages will detract from the (very short) sprinting entertainment.

 

Perhaps it's time to seperate the races? A radical idea but I still think that pancake flat stages don't provide enough entertainment to warrant the additional danger to the GC race.

 

Me - I'm all for the lumpy, intermediate stages - dropped riders chasing the peleton, GC riders getting involved in the dash for the line, less organisation and more work for the DS - these are the things that excite me!

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Well thats why they must make sure the mountain stages are over the weekends (which they pretty much do).

 

Have to say they did well with Tomorrows stage which should be exciting even though they are not "officially" in the mountains yet.....

 

These flat stages offer something different. Yesterday was exciting enough........

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Well and umm IMHO :D thats the problem with these tours:

 

Will only be won by a mountain specialist aka Contadoris and Co.

If you cannot climb like the preverbal mountin goat forget it....

 

When last did a world champion win a major tour aka TDF,Giro -Now if a forking WC cant do it then there's something wrong....

 

Only in road cycling do they care about a mountains jersey, points jersey, young jersey, overall jersey.... hello hello.....

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Actually the tour is so boring, they should allow the cyclist to hit each other with chains as well... not enough crashes

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