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Postby Triangle » July 19th, 2018, 6:12 pm

Geraint Thomas looked excellent in the Alps yesterday and today. He now leads Froome by about a minute and a half. Will Sky continue their tactic of two GC contenders or will they pull the rug from underneath Geraint. The last 15 minutes of today’s stage was great.
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Postby pembsexile » July 19th, 2018, 7:45 pm

Thomas said himself after the race that he hopes to keep the yellow jersey for a few more days but that he is still riding for Froome. I think there is your answer.
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Postby Triangle » July 20th, 2018, 3:43 am

He rode for Froome today. Froome broke and Thomas stayed on the wheel of the 3rd placed GC rider, so he wouldn’t pull him back to catch Froome. The 3rd placed GC guy pulled Thomas back onto Froome.

It is a very unusual situation. With public pressure on Froome at the moment, he could do his reputation the world of good by helping Geraint. I think Sky are just not sure if Thomas has what it takes for the 3 weeks.
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Postby pembsexile » July 20th, 2018, 6:43 am

Yes, so are a lot of other people. He was leading the Giro earlier this year almost until the end but ran out of steam. This will be interesting but his mindset is key. He still feels Froome is the boss and unless he buckles the team will support him all the way, Thomas included.
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Postby OLDCROMWELLIAN » July 20th, 2018, 8:34 pm

pembsexile wrote:Yes, so are a lot of other people. He was leading the Giro earlier this year almost until the end but ran out of steam. This will be interesting but his mindset is key. He still feels Froome is the boss and unless he buckles the team will support him all the way, Thomas included.

Whatever happens during the rest of the tour, fantastic to see a Welshman winning a tour de France stage and wearing yellow. It may even come down to the individual time trial a week Saturday. Everyman for himself then with no team tactics
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Postby Triangle » July 21st, 2018, 3:50 pm

OLDCROMWELLIAN wrote:
pembsexile wrote:Yes, so are a lot of other people. He was leading the Giro earlier this year almost until the end but ran out of steam. This will be interesting but his mindset is key. He still feels Froome is the boss and unless he buckles the team will support him all the way, Thomas included.

Whatever happens during the rest of the tour, fantastic to see a Welshman winning a tour de France stage and wearing yellow. It may even come down to the individual time trial a week Saturday. Everyman for himself then with no team tactics


Agree on that!
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Postby rncfc » July 22nd, 2018, 8:35 am

Good stuff. Both of these guys deserve massive credit for pumping their bodies full of drugs to a greater extent than the competition.
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Postby jollysuperstar » July 22nd, 2018, 2:11 pm

rncfc wrote:Good stuff. Both of these guys deserve massive credit for pumping their bodies full of drugs to a greater extent than the competition.

Pathetic comment
Clearly clueless.
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Postby rncfc » July 24th, 2018, 12:59 pm

jollysuperstar wrote:
rncfc wrote:Good stuff. Both of these guys deserve massive credit for pumping their bodies full of drugs to a greater extent than the competition.

Pathetic comment
Clearly clueless.


Go and have a conversation with your aliases you boring old goat.
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Postby penycwm county » July 25th, 2018, 12:43 pm

Nice to see the French farmers doing their bit too !
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Postby Triangle » July 26th, 2018, 2:19 am

Thought Froome had it, son today’s short but steep 65k stage, when he broke away and left Thomas behind Dumoulin. Thomas was unable to directly chase Froome as he would be pulling Dumoulin back to Froome. Dumoulin had to reel in Froome and in doing so pulled Thomas back to Froome. Froome told Thomas he wasn’t feeling super. Great move by Thomas at the end to get the bonus seconds and increase his lead to nearly 2 mins. The Time trial is now key.
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Postby pembsexile » July 26th, 2018, 6:52 am

Some wierd and unacceptable things happening on this year's Tour. Photo's are emerging (via BBC website links) of Froome being pushed off his bike by a French Gendarme and a spectator attempting to hold back Thomas by the arm as he passes.

ITV Wales did a good news item about Thomas yesterday. There is a depth of feeling in France against Froome. The French spectator they interviewed said Thomas yes, Froome no. It is his to lose now. All on the time trial I reckon. Damoulin is second and is the World time trial champion. Tricky. Absolutely great to see a Welshman leading at this stage of the Tour.
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Postby OLDCROMWELLIAN » July 28th, 2018, 5:01 pm

Fantastic performance Geraint Thomas. Never envisaged a Welshman winning . Da iawn i fe
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Postby pembsexile » July 28th, 2018, 6:26 pm

First British born winner of the Tour and he's a Welshman. Absolutely brilliant. Hope he gets sports personality of the year as well. All bets should be off for Wales sports personality of the year. Seems like a nice bloke as well.
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Postby mad norm » July 28th, 2018, 7:09 pm

pembsexile wrote:First British born winner of the Tour and he's a Welshman. Absolutely brilliant. Hope he gets sports personality of the year as well. All bets should be off for Wales sports personality of the year. Seems like a nice bloke as well.

Can't see the fuss myself :bounce:
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