Tour de France 2014 - Au revoir Yorkshire and the south, bonjour les montagnes et les côtes!!

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Panwearsjaune Sun 13-Jul-14 15:01:11

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Photo finish!!!grin

ariadneoliver Sun 13-Jul-14 15:06:48

Thanks pan. Without giving anything away to those who are going to watch the highlights, I'm watching this through my fingers. I can't bear the tension. bike bike

Panwearsjaune Sun 13-Jul-14 15:13:24

Race Commissar's stage result announcement:

MN Peloton 44 days 6 hours 22 mins 15 secs
Andrei Greipel....00
Marcel Kittel......00
Peter Sagan......00

Chapeaux to us!grin

Panwearsjaune Sun 13-Jul-14 15:23:44

Okay, Stage 9 and we are wandering into the very 'lumpy' bits of the 3 week Tour, the Alps and the Pyrenees mountains.

Any newbies at all curious, check anything out. Though the tv commentators do a good job of explaining things as we go along. The overall race winner is likely to be either Vicenzo Nibali from Team Astana, who ride in a light blue (electric marine thing?) kit or Alberto Contador who rides in the Tinkoff-Saxo Team, who ride in a disgustingly bright yellow kit that means they'll never be ridden over by a snow plough.
Sky has Richie Porte from Tasmania stepping in for Chris Froome who 'stepped off' after crashing whilst watching C'BBes on his app screen, though surely ambitions will be to get a podium place in Paris in two weeks time. bike

Panwearsjaune Sun 13-Jul-14 15:30:12

You may also have missed out on the "Welcome To Yorkshire" 3 min video of "When the Tour de France came to Yorkshire" that Endo posted yesterday here which is just fantastically edited, imho.

ariadneoliver Sun 13-Jul-14 15:33:01

Oleg Tinkoff must have got a good deal on some left over Vini Fantini kits from last year. grin

SeaShellsMyDogTrulySmells Sun 13-Jul-14 15:33:11

Hello! Entertaining friends - back later!!

EndoplasmicReticulum Sun 13-Jul-14 15:34:51

Marking place.

Have switched off live Eurosport as can't stand it - will watch highlights later and try to avoid finding out if he stayed out front or not!

When the weather moved in on them yesterday it was only Tinkoff-Saxo who remained visible!

As commentators said yesterday I suspect Porte will be aiming for third, can't see him beating the other two really. I'm glad there will at least be something of a battle for the win, don't like it when it's a foregone conclusion.

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I'm just back from IKEA (ohhh I know how to live the high life), and I am going to tip No2 son off the sofa, where he is watching the cricket, so I can watch my recording of today's stage.

Lovely, shiny new thread - thank you Pan!

Panwearsjaune Sun 13-Jul-14 15:40:32

I am going to grin and bear this stage out. Can't leave him on his own.hmmsmile

ariadneoliver Sun 13-Jul-14 15:45:12

Still watching through fingers Dr Who style. bike

ariadneoliver Sun 13-Jul-14 16:31:19

Squee. That is all. bike

canutesauntie Sun 13-Jul-14 16:42:56

Phew, good for him especially after last year

HowGoodIsThat Sun 13-Jul-14 20:37:02

<limps into thread in sprinter's group , several hours minutes off the pace>

I still have to catch up on yesterday's stage let alone today. DH rode the Dunwich Dynamo last night and watched yesterday's stage in Look Mum No Hands. He is unbearably smug. I may stab him

<grabs enormo-ironing pile for placing in living room while I Watch TV so I look like I am doing something>

<comes back for bread knife>

<eyes Aggressive jersey>

<heads for living room>

DramaAlpaca Sun 13-Jul-14 20:51:01

<brings up the rear after being swept up by the broom wagon>

Thanks for the new thread, Pan.

Really enjoyed today's stage, was cheering the winner on all the way bike

Panwearsjaune Sun 13-Jul-14 22:07:10

Community footie last Sunday after the peloton passed..question was "Can we do this every Sunday please?"

breward Sun 13-Jul-14 22:08:51

I hope Porte aims for more than 3rd. Who would be Sky's number 1 rider then for next year?

ariadneoliver Sun 13-Jul-14 22:25:24

Luca Paolini takes a relaxed view of today's stage

Panwearsjaune Sun 13-Jul-14 22:30:59

yes, saw that! He claims he didn't know it was in his pocket! Really? In a skin suit?smile

HowGoodIsThat Sun 13-Jul-14 22:51:28

All caught up - very happy with results from yesterday and today. Much as I loved the dominance of Sky for the last two years, this has been a much more exciting tour. More so than for a while now.

Tis all good....

EndoplasmicReticulum Sun 13-Jul-14 23:04:42

I need not have worried earlier as they were never going to catch him, were they?

Germany doing well at things in general, it seems.

I agree with HowGood - the Sky method of relentless riding up mountains and not really attacking was getting a bit dull.

DramaAlpaca Mon 14-Jul-14 11:15:14

Also agree, that despite being a Sky fan, I am enjoying that this Tour is more exciting because it is less predictable. I'm looking forward to lots of attacks in the mountains.

Luca Paolini needs a good spanking for that phone! I volunteer. winkgrin

MirandaWest Mon 14-Jul-14 12:42:53

Hell

Great result yesterday, what a ride. I'm harbouring a bit of a soft spot for OPQS since their loss of Cav (who I gather is due back on a bike shortly according to this excerpt from Cycling Weekly: Cavendish crashed on day one of the Tour in Harrogate, ruptured the ligaments around the AC-joint and separated his shoulder. He underwent surgery on Wednesday in Manchester to fix his ligaments. “We don’t know when he can train again. It could be a few days off the bike,” Holm continued. “I think a few more days and he has to get over the pain.”).

Few days off the bike - when I had that surgery I was wandering about in a haze of painkillers and self pity for a good few weeks!

I'm sticking to the highlights at the moment as I really can't watch the full racing so am imposing MN silence until this evening!

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