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The 4 riders who have a legit shot at winning the Tour de France
Business Insider ^ | 6/26 | Daniel McMahon

Posted on 06/30/2017 5:24:21 PM PDT by Baynative

On Saturday, 198 of the world's best cyclists will start the Tour de France. Only four have a realistic shot at winning.

That's according to the highest-ranked American bike racer at the Tour, Andrew Talansky, in a recent interview with Business Insider.


(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


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KEYWORDS: 4; athletes; chitchat; cycling; france; letour; sportschat; tdf
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Of the four riders Talansky mentioned, three have already won multiple grand tours.

Here's a quick look at where those four men stand heading into Saturday's start in Düsseldorf.

1 posted on 06/30/2017 5:24:21 PM PDT by Baynative
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To: Baynative

Is there a ping list for this years tour?


2 posted on 06/30/2017 5:27:35 PM PDT by jimtorr
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To: nutmeg; whattajoke; Aeronaut; jern; concentric circles; Petronski; Voss; glorgau; Cecily; ...

Bike Ping


3 posted on 06/30/2017 5:27:49 PM PDT by Baynative ( Someone's going to have to pay for these carbon emissions, so it might as well be you.)
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I think we can forget Contador; anything he can do, Quintana can do better...between Froome and Porte, I’d take Porte; I say he wins it all...


4 posted on 06/30/2017 5:28:55 PM PDT by IrishBrigade
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To: jimtorr
Yep and now you're on it. Welcome to the peloton.


5 posted on 06/30/2017 5:30:20 PM PDT by Baynative ( Someone's going to have to pay for these carbon emissions, so it might as well be you.)
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To: Baynative

Welcome to the peloton.

it would scare the crap out of me to try and ride in the peloton...


6 posted on 06/30/2017 5:33:11 PM PDT by IrishBrigade
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To: IrishBrigade

Porte has been in top form throughout June. If he didn’t peak too early, he could definitely be the man. I think he has a good shot last year but stuck to his role as a support player knowing his time was coming.


7 posted on 06/30/2017 5:33:16 PM PDT by Baynative ( Someone's going to have to pay for these carbon emissions, so it might as well be you.)
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To: Baynative

Thanks, Baynative. Should be a fun Tour. Maybe Froomie won’t dominate this year.


8 posted on 06/30/2017 5:36:40 PM PDT by jimtorr
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Porte has been in top form throughout June.

indeed; it’s his time, assuming he stays healthy...last year, he was dogged by bad luck; he lost two minutes to a flat tire, and he crashed into a stopped car (Froome did as well)...he won the Tour down Under this year, finished second the in the Criterium, he’s on a roll...


9 posted on 06/30/2017 5:40:31 PM PDT by IrishBrigade
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To: Baynative

and oh yeah...go Talansky; take a stage win...


10 posted on 06/30/2017 5:41:41 PM PDT by IrishBrigade
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To: Baynative

Please add me to the ping list. This old masters class amateur still has fond memories...


11 posted on 06/30/2017 5:45:10 PM PDT by Noumenon ("Only the dead have seen an end to war.")
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"...it would scare the crap out of me to try and ride in the peloton"

It's not as hectic as it looks. Most of the time it's a lot like dancing, everyone tends to keep their lines and move with one another. But it's much different story in the last 200 yards where fighting for lanes combined with lead out men trying to get out of the way as their sprinters go for the line leads to pure chaos.


12 posted on 06/30/2017 5:50:13 PM PDT by Baynative ( Someone's going to have to pay for these carbon emissions, so it might as well be you.)
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To: Baynative
I used to follow this religiously, I fondly remember what Lemond did to win it all at the final TT. Just can't get into it since the Lance scandal thing. I have never been naive about the sport, knowing a thing or two about competitive cycling, but seem to have soured about the Tour.

Perhaps I'll give it a try this season again.

13 posted on 06/30/2017 5:53:31 PM PDT by Paradox ("Donald Trump", the biggest Strawman ever created.)
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To: Noumenon

Grab a wheel and join the fun. We have a bunch of former amateur competitions joining in during the tour. I pounded out a lot of “masters miles” for years on the west coast. -—Living the leisure life in the Idaho Redoubt, now.


14 posted on 06/30/2017 5:56:21 PM PDT by Baynative ( Someone's going to have to pay for these carbon emissions, so it might as well be you.)
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To: Baynative
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15 posted on 06/30/2017 5:57:07 PM PDT by ETL (Obama-Hillary, the REAL Russia-US scandal (UraniumOne Deal, Missile Defense, Nukes) See my home page)
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To: Baynative

Is Lance Armstrong riding this year? :)


16 posted on 06/30/2017 5:59:23 PM PDT by Road Warrior 04 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: Baynative

Raced with the old California Pedaler out of Pleasanton, Ca back in the day. Rode a silver-brazed Columbus tubed Bottecchia for crits (all you had to do was think about turning and you were there), and a Roland Della Santa for road races. Fun times. Been in North Idaho for 17 years.


17 posted on 06/30/2017 6:01:50 PM PDT by Noumenon ("Only the dead have seen an end to war.")
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To: ETL

Dang. That’s better than NASCAR. :)


18 posted on 06/30/2017 6:03:02 PM PDT by Yogafist
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To: Baynative

Like every Tour de Pharmacy from 1981 onward, it will be won by whichever rider dopes best without getting caught or killing himself in the process.


19 posted on 06/30/2017 6:06:24 PM PDT by Paal Gulli
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Lance was a high and a low, no doubt. But the last few tours have been absolutely superb. If you haven't been around for a few years you have missed the emergence of some real super stars. Chris Froome, Marc Cavendish, Richie Porte, Roberto Contador Nairo Quintana, to name a few and then there is full tilt rock star:


20 posted on 06/30/2017 6:10:15 PM PDT by Baynative ( Someone's going to have to pay for these carbon emissions, so it might as well be you.)
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