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Team Sky man's chances of winning race disappear, Carlos Betancur finishes third to extend overall lead...

Tom Jelte Slagter of Garmin-Sharp has won his second stage of this year's Paris-Nice, beating world champion Rui Costa of Lampre-Merida to the line at Biot-Sophia Antipolis, with race leader Carlos Betancur third. Team Sky's Geraint Thomas, who was second overall this morning, crashed heavily with 5km remaining and lost several minutes.

Yesterday, it had been Slagter, who moved to third overall after taking Wednesday's Stage 4 in Belleville, who saw his hopes of fighting for the win evaporate as he crashed on the final climb of yesterday's Stage 5 in Fayence.

Today that unhappy fate fell to Thomas, who earlier in the week spent two days in the race leader's yellow jersey.

The crash that dashed his chances to follow Sir Bradley Wiggins and Richie Porte and become the third Team Sky rider in a row to win France's second biggest stage race happened with 5km left to ride of the 195.5km stage from Mougins.

Other riders brought down included Trek Factory Racing's Fränk Schleck, but Thomas looked the worst hurt as he lay alongside a roadside crash barrier. The Welshman was able to remount his bike, however, and crossed the line several minutes after Slagter.

For Costa, it's the second day running he has crossed the line with just the stage winner in front of him. It's early in the season, but inevitably that is already giving rise to talk of the of the Portuguese rider falling victim to the "curse of the rainbow jersey."

He now lies second overall, 14 seconds behind Betancur. With Thomas out of the equation and 10 seconds on offer to the stage winner tomorrow, the Colombian looks increasingly secure in the race lead aheadf of its conclusion tomorrow on a stage that includes an ascent of the Col d'Eze before the finish in Nice.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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carytb [70 posts] 1 year ago
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Thomas seems to making a habit of crashing.

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Welsh boy [266 posts] 1 year ago
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carytb wrote:

Thomas seems to making a habit of crashing.

My thoughts too. I think it is make or break season for him as far as being a top road rider goes, if he doesn't do it this year I think he will always be a super domestique who was a world class track rider.

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Some Fella [890 posts] 1 year ago
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I blame the logo for his crash.

In football someone who gets lots of bookings is euphemistically called 'committed' when really they are just 'dirty'.
Is there a equivalent polite cycling term for someone who rides with gusto but crashes in the process?

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Him Up North [235 posts] 1 year ago
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Some Fella wrote:

In football someone who gets lots of bookings is euphemistically called 'committed' when really they are just 'dirty'.
Is there a equivalent polite cycling term for someone who rides with gusto but crashes in the process?

Gritty?

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Simon_MacMichael [2442 posts] 1 year ago
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Some Fella wrote:

In football someone who gets lots of bookings is euphemistically called 'committed' when really they are just 'dirty'.

Seem to recall if it was Paul Scholes, the commentators and pundits laughed it off as a "forward's tackle."

Except every bloody match against my team he'd make sure someone had to go off injured. Now and again, he'd get a yellow card for it.

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Welsh boy [266 posts] 1 year ago
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If you want to post football comments then piss off to a football site, this is a cycling forum.

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captain_slog [322 posts] 1 year ago
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That's a little brusque.

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Miles253 [198 posts] 1 year ago
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Really though you had it Thomas, bad luck

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Simon_MacMichael [2442 posts] 1 year ago
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Welsh boy wrote:

If you want to post football comments then piss off to a football site, this is a cycling forum.

You're not going to like this story I just wrote, then  3http://road.cc/114017

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Some Fella [890 posts] 1 year ago
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Welsh boy wrote:

If you want to post football comments then piss off to a football site, this is a cycling forum.

Sorry to be pedantic but it isnt a 'cycling forum' - it is the comments section under a news story on a cycling related website.
I believe there may be a 'cycling forum' on this site - under the heading 'Forum'.

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Welsh boy [266 posts] 1 year ago
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Some Fella wrote:
Welsh boy wrote:

If you want to post football comments then piss off to a football site, this is a cycling forum.

Sorry to be pedantic but it isnt a 'cycling forum' - it is the comments section under a news story on a cycling related website.
I believe there may be a 'cycling forum' on this site - under the heading 'Forum'.

Whilst we are being pedants, the dictionary definition of Forum is: A meeting or medium where ideas and views on a particular issue can be exchanged.

Since we are exchanging views on an issue I think that makes it a forum.

So there  1 And i still hate football!