• 'Constant stream' of bikes in the New Forest scares horses, says equestrian association1 year 8 weeks agoI’m more than happy to slow

    I’m more than happy to slow down for horses, and it has nothing to do with the usual nice young ladies in jodhpurs. Honest Big Grin

    It's just polite

  • Price inflation1 year 8 weeks agoTomorrow is another day in

    Tomorrow is another day in the Tour that I wish I had more space in my budget...

    Let me say this, which is obvious, having the same (!) domestiques as everyone else does (!) make teams more similar on day's like tomorrow. That's why I advocate having so more riders at the 3.0 level!

    When you're planning for a 3 week tour, on the very flat stages you'll want the top point getters on this list, because the scoring table is so heavily skewed towards the top:

    Mark Cavendish
    Peter Sagan
    André Greipel
    Alexander Kristoff
    Marcel Kittel

    That's a lot of credits right there... You really can't fit in much more in there if you don't want to lose out on too many points! Thinking

    In the the mountains the same thing probably happens with (maybe not this year! Smile ) Contador, Froome and Rodriguez...

    So, if that's what you want on your team, then to fit them in maybe you'll have space for 3 or 4 domestiques and maybe another decent rider...

    But (!) if you have many (!) choices to make (!) at the 3.0 level, then (!) who (!) you choose at that level will stick with you for along time, and could be (!) significant in the long run, 'cause you can't overhaul your team overnight!

    It's too bad there weren't so many choices this year.

    In a way it's actually proof the valuation process is working, maybe too well, because the 3.0 riders have hardly contributed anything to the scoring, but because of the pricing and their few quantity and the abandonment, we've been stuck with them and there've been few, if any, surprises at that level of value (!).

    I mea, I think El Fares has scored 9 points, Bonnet scored 34 points and abandoned and maybe the best (!) value has been Riblon (!) who at 8 credits has scored 191 points! But I think that's it.

    So I'm partial to creating a structure rather than relying so heavily on formulas... Not trying to insult anyone here...

    So yeah, I really believe it's a good idea, for next year, of course, to have many more riders at the 3.0 level or thereabouts...

    enrique wrote:
    I imagine that tomorrow everybody will have Froome, Contador, Quintana and the same 4 or 5 domestiques.

    Well, I wish we could see actual figures for the managed teams telling us what percentage of the 'active' teams brought in what rider... Thinking

    I bet that, of course, 98% of the "still-managed" teams will bring in Cavendish, 75% will bring in Greipel, 80% Kittel and more than 65% will bring in Sagan... But it'd be nice to see the actual figures, but, please, don't get me wrong, I don't expect them tomorrow Thinking

    And I don't expect to see them any day soon, either, and I know I'm the only one thinking it would be cool to see that, and I don't want to create more work for Dave, either... Wink It's just a thought! Wink

  • Most Disappointing Rider - Tour de France1 year 8 weeks agoenrique, you're my biggest

    enrique, you're my biggest let down, you misspelled disappointing...

    Also Gkam is right, riders do loads of work for their team and often don't get a chance to ride for themselves. They may be disappointing in fantasy terms but only when compared against your own expectations. In many cases the riders have been valuable team members that have contributed to their teams success (think every Sky rider other than Froome).

  • 'Constant stream' of bikes in the New Forest scares horses, says equestrian association1 year 8 weeks agoSangharaja1 wrote:notice the

    Sangharaja1 wrote:
    notice the horse lot havent complained about the 41 animals killed in the last 6 mths by motor vehicles

  • Tour de France Stage 201 year 8 weeks agoFroome is expensive for his

    Froome is expensive for his 14 points (that's all he'll score). For 40 credits you get Sagan, or you get Greipel and credits to upgrade a cheap rider.

    Drop Froome and Quintana and you can automatically afford Cavendish and Kittel. That's possibly a max of 65 points plus standings and you've lost 33 so a 32ish point boost. If Cav and Kittel get 3 & 4 instead of 1 & 2 then that's at least 47 points and still an extra 14 over Froome/Quintana.

    For me its all about balance, I had 6 transfers and used them all although had to leave in Bonnet, could have used another but c'est la vie.

    The winner of tomorrows stage though will end up having the break rider for the extra 20 points at the intermediate sprint. Unfortunately that's just luck.

  • Tour de France Stage 201 year 8 weeks agorcorbin wrote:Now I've got 8

    rcorbin wrote:
    Now I've got 8 transfers for tomorrow with 70 points to first place!

    Load with sprinters?

    Froome guaranteed 14, Quintana has 19 so would need to pick the top 6.

    Hmmmm

    i reckon the leader has 3 subs for the last day. death or glory time

  • Tour de France Stage 20: Quintana wins stage, Froome set to win Tour, Contador loses podium place1 year 8 weeks agoSuper Domestique wrote:Love

    Super Domestique wrote:
    Love the idea (mentioned in commentry) of an older riders (35 plus) jersey. The vets deserve some credit.

    It should be a brown cardigan with leather patches on the elbows.

  • Top ten GC Tour de France1 year 8 weeks agoHi all well, as the GC is not

    Hi all

    well, as the GC is not going to change now I've totalled up the points. The winner got 45 points unless something strange happens tomorrow (I got 20) but all will be revealed when it is absolutely finalised.

  • L'Equipe analyses Froome's climbing data, finds it 'normal' and 'consistent'1 year 8 weeks agostumps wrote:Decster, 1:

    stumps wrote:
    Decster,

    1: Leinders was hired by Sky on a freelance basis after the death of Gonzalez during the 2010 Vuelta and the accusations did not come to light until after this.

    So you swallowed that! Why would they need a guy who specialises in doping riders as a doctor, especially after saying they would not hire any Doctors from cycling. That they didn't know about Leinders past is pure lies from Sky. Rasmussen and Rabo were off the TdF when Leinders was their doctor. Pro cycling is a very small community, not hard to find out someones past.

    stumps wrote:

    2: Wiggins does not like Kimmage - simples !

    So. Why did Brailsford not put his foot down and say it is for the good of transparency, the good of the team and the good of the sport?

    stumps wrote:

    3: They gave the data to the L'Equippe to analyse after L'Equippe approached them NOT the other way round. They cant be held responsible for who then discusses it can they ?

    Again an unlikely story. That Brailsford, the so called master of attention to detail, although he never bothered to check Leinder's past, wouldn't enquire to who they wished to analyse the data? Again what is with Sky, they are either attention to details freaks or they are liars.

    stumps wrote:

    4: You obviously assume that EVERYONE is still doping but Sky have a "super dope" which no other team has and which they only give to their team leader. Correct ?

    I have not seen anything to make me believe the sport has changed since Armstrong stopped. The same people control the sport then and now.Blood tests are down. UCI control the results of tests. McQuaid tried to hide Contador's positive till a German reporter was leaked the information. When did McQuaid become the the head of a sport that suddenly clean up its act so natural talented riders can beat dopers?

    stumps wrote:

    5: Your next 2 points contradict themselves with the previous one. Make your mind up ARE the other teams doping or not ??

    The sport is full of contradiction, deceit, dopers and cheaters and i wish someone would come and clean it up. I wish Sky were doing this naturally but I just dont see how that is possible with what we know about the people who run the sport, the other teams and their histories.

    stumps wrote:

    6: Its called training, commitment and natural ability.

    And only Sky can do it and only riders on Sky can do it? USPS said the same thing, Lance was on his bike 6 hours a day, what are you on? No doubt Sky are on their bikes for 7.

    stumps wrote:

    (for instance - i was a decent rugby player who played on a saturday but very rarely trained. Our club got a new coach and i was employed by the Police. Both gave me added confidence and a training regime resulting in me playing rugby at county level.)

    Is there where i put in my personal ancedote? Wink

    stumps wrote:

    Finally where do you get the idea that to train harder you need to dope. FFS this getting bloody repetitive with you without you giving any proof whatsoever about the multitude of allegations your throwing about.

    Who needs proof in a sport that has not changed since Hein Verbruggen wa running it like his personal fiefdom. Unless you can prove it has changed.

    We know the sport was dirty all the way up to the UCI. Now when did it change? Armstrong came back in 2009, McQuaid welcomed him back with open arms and so did Wiggins. ASO aswell were happy to see Armsrong, they even got rid of Patrice Clerc for Lance. So where did McQuaid clean up the sport? McQuaid has taken over Hein's place at the head of the table.

    Here endeth the lesson Monsieur Stumps. Nerd

  • Tour de France Stage 201 year 8 weeks agorcorbin wrote:... I've got 8

    rcorbin wrote:
    ... I've got 8 transfers for tomorrow with 70 points to first place!... Froome guaranteed 14, Quintana... 19... Hmmmm

    rcorbin, you've been playing incredibly well! but I think we both know you probably can't make up the 70 points Sad Barring a crash or some unfortunate incident! ... Your choices? Well! Are you defending your spot? Then keep Froome... Want to get as close as possible for the glory? Drop (!) Froome! I'm saying this and I haven't checked to see how many points are between you and 3rd, though, if it's too (!) close, well, you might as well drop Froome regardlesss! Smile

  • Tour de France Stage 201 year 8 weeks agoI've kept Quintana, dropped

    I've kept Quintana, dropped Froome. I've not picked Sagan though and have put in some of the cheaper sprinters in the hope it gives me a slight edge.

  • Tour de France Stage 20: Quintana wins stage, Froome set to win Tour, Contador loses podium place1 year 8 weeks agoAt Froome interview post

    At Froome interview post race, loved it if he had said "Up yours wiggo you cocky dick"
    Love wiggo, froome is great, lets hope that the pair come back for a brit hat trick at the tour Smile

  • Tour de France Stage 20: Quintana wins stage, Froome set to win Tour, Contador loses podium place1 year 8 weeks agoLove the idea (mentioned in

    Love the idea (mentioned in commentry) of an older riders (35 plus) jersey. The vets deserve some credit.

    Congrats to Froome. I hope that my trust in his clean racing stands the test (excuse the pun) of time.

  • Tour de France Stage 20: Quintana wins stage, Froome set to win Tour, Contador loses podium place1 year 8 weeks agoCyclingDan wrote:Froomey!!! A

    CyclingDan wrote:
    Froomey!!! A much better champion than Wiggins with this win, where Sky were weaker this year, A harder route, and also stronger competition. So Cath Wiggins should have just kept her mouth shut last year!!
    +1 on Contador (drug cheat) losing a podium, I loved that moment when he was dropped by the trio.

    This now leaves Wiggins in a even weaker position with his place at Sky

    Oh well done, you've managed to insult Wiggins AND his wife, you must be quite proud of yourself?

  • Tour de France Stage 201 year 8 weeks agoNow I've got 8 transfers for

    Now I've got 8 transfers for tomorrow with 70 points to first place!

    Load with sprinters?

    Froome guaranteed 14, Quintana has 19 so would need to pick the top 6.

    Hmmmm

  • Video: The madness of l'Alpe d'Huez's Dutch Corner1 year 8 weeks agowhen i rode the Alpe the day

    when i rode the Alpe the day before the Tour went up they gave me a beer hand-up, classy

  • Tour de France Stage 20: Quintana wins stage, Froome set to win Tour, Contador loses podium place1 year 8 weeks agoQuote:What a shame we now

    Quote:
    What a shame we now have yet another boring procession tomorrow with about a minute of interesting riding in the sprint.
    Come the revolution I will have the tour finishing with an evil hill or why not a time trial again?

    Disagree. The final 10 laps of the Champs Elysees is amazing - attack after attack, the leadout trains and the final sprint, a reward for the sprinters after struggling through the Alps all week.

    A TT now would be pointless, no-one is going to get 5 minutes back, all it might do is shake up the lower positions a bit.

  • Most Disappointing Rider - Tour de France1 year 8 weeks agoLampre as a team have been

    Lampre as a team have been useless.

    But you cannot pick riders just on the game score vs points.

    Voeckler did ALOT of work for Rolland.

    Taaramae hasn't been on form at all. But as happens to alot of riders, they sometimes have a bad tour

  • Tour de France Stage 201 year 8 weeks agoNormal points, So Froome will

    Normal points, So Froome will get 10 for yellow

    Quintana will get 10 for White and Polka dot....

  • Tour de France game - Pick three Frenchmen1 year 8 weeks agoNot 100% sure but I

    Not 100% sure but I think
    Ghedebrav has 315
    I have 310
    with Rolland due to pick up 3 in the Mt class. tomorrow I am two points short unless Vichot or Rolland can pick up a couple of points elswhere.
    Oh well, close.

  • 'Constant stream' of bikes in the New Forest scares horses, says equestrian association1 year 8 weeks agoNever had a problem with

    Never had a problem with horses - although their riders tend to look down on you a bit. Big Grin

    Agree with all the above concerning motorists. I passed two horse riders last week on a narrow twisty lane near Rivington. Two corners later I met the usual Audi driver gunning 45mph and waved my hand down to warn him of danger around the corner. No effect.

    Most horse riders are more concerned with cars than bicycles.

  • Cyclist hit by train was warned by walkers, inquest hears1 year 8 weeks agoConversely we all know that

    Conversely we all know that plenty of pedestrians cross the road using just their ears. So many have stepped out in front of my bikes.

  • Tour de France Stage 20: Quintana wins stage, Froome set to win Tour, Contador loses podium place1 year 8 weeks agoCongrats to Froome for

    Congrats to Froome for securing the yellow jersey (despite breaking the rules on stage 18). The real winner of this TdF is Quintana though. No serious help from team mates and not bending the rules.

  • Tour de France Stage 201 year 8 weeks agoHow many points will the

    How many points will the Jersey holders get 2moro?

  • Tour de France Stage 20: Quintana wins stage, Froome set to win Tour, Contador loses podium place1 year 8 weeks agoYou guys are really going to

    You guys are really going to regret trashing the drug cheats whilst cheering on Froome.

    Just warnin'. Plain Face