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Old 07-07-2017, 11:53 PM   #21
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I'm hoping Aru makes a charge this stage.
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Old 07-08-2017, 12:41 PM   #22
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Today was a ho-hum mountain stage as far as GC is concerned. Other than the Cramping Calmejane, not much happened. Gesink had nothing left to attack according to his post-race interviews.

I suppose the GC teams are saving themselves for tomorrow, but that hardly explains BMC's tactics; 'm not sure what they're up to.

During Stage 5, they chased down the break-away. Why not let Sky do that?

Today, knowing that tomorrow's stage is more difficult, BMC sent Roche and GVA up the road. For what? Those two are Porte's top lieutenants and to have Roche, in particular, killing himself for nothing doesn't make sense. Caruso was also up the road. Baffling to me.

Great job by Cameljane, though. Lots of incentive. Supposedly, Direct Energie's CEO promised the team a trip to Guadaloupe if they won one stage.
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Old 07-08-2017, 12:45 PM   #23
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I still can't see how they didn't call that finish a dead heat. Not one image was conclusive in my opinion.
http://www.velonews.com/2017/07/tour...stage-7_443075

"Rather than shoot frames that are thousands of pixels wide using some sort of shutter and digital sensor (the modern replacement for film), the finish line camera is a slit camera. Old slit cameras run film behind a lens. In the timing camera’s case, the design exposes a digital sensor.

"A flatbed scanner is a type of slit camera. So imagine pointing one of those at the finish line and scanning the riders coming across. Frame rates can be so high because there is no shutter to close and the cameras only record a one-pixel wide image at a time (10,000 times per second). This type of camera, pointed at a finish line, is guaranteed to show you who or what got to that finish line first, because it shows almost every moment. This is also the source of the distortion we associate with finish line photos. The scanner has a set speed, and anything going slower gets elongated — anything faster gets squished.

"No shutter means nothing is missed (because shutters close, and you miss that part). That’s good when the riders are crossing the line .0003 seconds apart from each other."
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http://www.velonews.com/2017/07/tour...stage-7_443075

"Rather than shoot frames that are thousands of pixels wide using some sort of shutter and digital sensor (the modern replacement for film), the finish line camera is a slit camera. Old slit cameras run film behind a lens. In the timing camera’s case, the design exposes a digital sensor.

"A flatbed scanner is a type of slit camera. So imagine pointing one of those at the finish line and scanning the riders coming across. Frame rates can be so high because there is no shutter to close and the cameras only record a one-pixel wide image at a time (10,000 times per second). This type of camera, pointed at a finish line, is guaranteed to show you who or what got to that finish line first, because it shows almost every moment. This is also the source of the distortion we associate with finish line photos. The scanner has a set speed, and anything going slower gets elongated — anything faster gets squished.

"No shutter means nothing is missed (because shutters close, and you miss that part). That’s good when the riders are crossing the line .0003 seconds apart from each other."
That's cool. I remember they showed that image once briefly and I couldn't tell who was ahead. I guess if you actually had the image you could look way closer at it to make the determination.

It was extremely close, unlike today. Tomorrow should be interesting.
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Old 07-09-2017, 08:43 AM   #25
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Richie Porte with a nasty crash on a downhill.
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Richie Porte with a nasty crash on a downhill.
Didn't see the crash but they just loaded him into an ambulance. This descent is gnarly
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Nasty smash-up. Dan Martin got caught up in it, but he must have got going again. GC is over I'm afraid.
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Porte edged off the left side of the road, lost his bike, slid across the road. Martin piled into him, over him, then Porte smashed into the rock face on the right side.
Martin was back up and riding, just saw him about a minute behind the maillot jaune.
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Did they ever get full footage of what happened? The best I could find was what they showed on the broadcast - and that was with him already in the grass area off the road. I haven't seen anything of how he got there. Porte's recollection of the incident isn't helpful either he just said he locked up his back tire and then he was suddenly in the grass.

I still can't believe Martin finished the stage after flipping over Porte into the rock wall at that speed. Crazy.
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This shows a few seconds before the crash but not much more. 20 or so seconds into the video.
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Kittel's hair stylist must have paid a visit on rest day.

Green Jersey looks all but done now, too. All of the other teams will have to get guys in the break aways to try and win the intermediate sprints.
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My God. Froome makes a mistake and no one tries to take advantage. Unbelievable.
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Theres a new leader. Aru takes the yellow.
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Wow - just read the race recap - seems like it was a pretty good day. While I'd still like Froome to win, it's nice to see a change in the Yellow Jersey for the simple fact that it's more exciting to watch. Also developing a soft spot for Bardet so seeing him win was nice.
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Old 07-13-2017, 10:34 AM   #35
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That was a good finish. I'm amazed at how quickly and how large the gap opened in the last 200 or so m. I think I remember Aru being not all that great at the TT though, so that could give Froome a chance to get back in yellow.
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Wait, I just realized the TT is the second to last day? That isn't usually done, is it? Seems an odd way to end the tour.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_Tour_de_France
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Yes a TT at the end is pretty standard. I want the Team Time Trial brought back.
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Team time trial was awesome. The entirety of the Tour is how your team works together, so I don't understand why they wouldn't want the team time trial in the race.

Just looked it up and they are bringing it back for 2018!

http://pelotonmagazine.com/racing/te...our-de-france/
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Right, I remember the Team TT as being great. I think the individual is a weird way to end because if riders are really close you don't get the excitement of a full stage of jostling for supremacy. A good or bad TT can easily win or lose the tour.
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I like the TT's. The race of truth. Just the cyclist on the road against the clock.

You cycle in to work, yes? Keep track of how long it takes you? Know your best time? Your worst? Most guys I know keep track. They are riding two TT's everyday.

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