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09-17-20, 05:24 PM
Replies: 263
Views: 5,273
Posted By USAZorro

Yet this year's tour has been less boring despite...

Yet this year's tour has been less boring despite the tactic being employed.

For me, I think a lot has to do with the rider - and the Director. I happen to think Brailsford is the most arrogant,...
09-17-20, 03:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 102
Posted By USAZorro

Israel start-up seems to be only hiring riders...

Israel start-up seems to be only hiring riders who used to be able to win. :innocent: Richie might still be a year or two away from meeting their criteria.
09-17-20, 02:28 PM
Replies: 263
Views: 5,273
Posted By USAZorro

Wish I could go way back in time and see how 20...

Wish I could go way back in time and see how 20 year old 122 lb me would have fared. I used to get irritated when I had to drop below 52/15 for a hill, but never once entered an organized race.

I...
09-17-20, 12:32 PM
Replies: 263
Views: 5,273
Posted By USAZorro

I was hoping that Caleb would get bounced. He's...

I was hoping that Caleb would get bounced. He's a great sprinter for sure, but he's a joke when there's a gradient added.
09-15-20, 06:42 PM
Replies: 263
Views: 5,273
Posted By USAZorro

He's doing considerably better than he was last...

He's doing considerably better than he was last week, but I'm not sold that he'll be sufficiently recovered in time to make an attack stick. Perhaps if he's riding the Vuelta.
09-15-20, 05:30 PM
Replies: 263
Views: 5,273
Posted By USAZorro

I give that excuse a 0.0001% chance of not being...

I give that excuse a 0.0001% chance of not being BS. I was just asking so that I could offer the sucker who'd buy that bridge a nice insurance policy. :innocent:

Sunday night, I saw someone...
09-15-20, 05:25 PM
Replies: 263
Views: 5,273
Posted By USAZorro

I came so close to picking Richie instead of...

I came so close to picking Richie instead of Pinot, but his history was an obstacle.

Speaking of history, I have Pinot, Le Tour and Chevalier on me team in Tissot. Somehow, after today, I'm in...
09-15-20, 05:10 PM
Replies: 263
Views: 5,273
Posted By USAZorro

I heard speculation tv today that Bernal is...

I heard speculation tv today that Bernal is deliberately losing time so that he can be in it for a stage win tomorrow. Anyone want to buy that bridge?
09-15-20, 05:06 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,988
Posted By USAZorro

FWIW - I have SB1092 - evidently built in the...

FWIW - I have SB1092 - evidently built in the latter part of 1976. According to Neil McGowran, it bears all the characteristics of being a 753 frame - the oversized seat caps, drilled rear dropouts,...
09-15-20, 11:31 AM
Replies: 263
Views: 5,273
Posted By USAZorro

I'm thinking Caleb is going to have to pull one...

I'm thinking Caleb is going to have to pull one out his butt to avoid elimination tomorrow.

Poga/Roglic/Some other GC contender at the finish.
09-15-20, 07:21 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 838
Posted By USAZorro

Is anyone else as sick of seeing Cosnefroy still...

Is anyone else as sick of seeing Cosnefroy still in the KOM jersey as I am? The guy gets shelled out of the peloton on a routine Cat 1. Will be so glad to see an actual climber take that from him.
09-14-20, 08:09 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,841
Posted By USAZorro

That is a tactic more likely to play out within a...

That is a tactic more likely to play out within a single stage's breakaway group, than as a confederacy in a gc battle.

In order to work, the guys who are being targeted have to be plausibly...
09-13-20, 04:50 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,841
Posted By USAZorro

Actually, I was posting about Pogacar.

Actually, I was posting about Pogacar.
09-13-20, 02:43 PM
Replies: 263
Views: 5,273
Posted By USAZorro

I can see them trying for sprint points on stages...

I can see them trying for sprint points on stages 16, 17 and 19, and vying for wins on 19 and 21. It looks unlikely to me, but I'm still hoping.
09-13-20, 09:35 AM
Replies: 263
Views: 5,273
Posted By USAZorro

:thumb: Crash and burn, baby! (been waiting...

:thumb: Crash and burn, baby! (been waiting for this since Wiggo's 100% unbelieveable performance). Nothing against Bernal or Thomas mind you, but maybe Brailsford will finally lose some of his...
09-12-20, 06:39 PM
Replies: 263
Views: 5,273
Posted By USAZorro

Peter's ego rules. They had a plan, but Sunweb...

Peter's ego rules. They had a plan, but Sunweb messed it up.

They have a team full of heroes, but with very spent legs.
09-12-20, 03:26 PM
Replies: 263
Views: 5,273
Posted By USAZorro

And with this said, Stage 15 seems pretty similar...

And with this said, Stage 15 seems pretty similar to stage 13.

Bora will mount full-on assault until the sprint point - breakaway unlikely to succeed before then.
More gaps. Expect the primary...
09-11-20, 05:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 740
Posted By USAZorro

Not quite what I meant. Am thinking to when all...

Not quite what I meant. Am thinking to when all are built and there are noisy parties with cars revving engines and music cranking from a half-dozen nearby units when you're trying to have a less...
09-11-20, 04:26 PM
Replies: 263
Views: 5,273
Posted By USAZorro

Gearing? Timing of effort? Watts/kg don't...

Gearing? Timing of effort? Watts/kg don't always equate to faster.

That quote sums up everything I have despised about Sky/Ineos since the Wiggins/Froome miracle. Slavery to the power meter.
09-11-20, 10:29 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 7,573
Posted By USAZorro

There are stickers in the box.

There are stickers in the box.
09-11-20, 10:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 740
Posted By USAZorro

Cool. Hope the neighborhood stays good.

Cool. Hope the neighborhood stays good.
09-11-20, 05:40 AM
Replies: 263
Views: 5,273
Posted By USAZorro

That was from before stage 12. I think he's got...

That was from before stage 12. I think he's got stages 14 and 19 marked for further escapades. If that gets him KOM, cool. I think he's more after stage wins.
09-10-20, 08:15 PM
Replies: 263
Views: 5,273
Posted By USAZorro

Too early for Bernal to do that. Stage 16 seems...

Too early for Bernal to do that. Stage 16 seems better suited for him.
09-10-20, 08:08 PM
Replies: 263
Views: 5,273
Posted By USAZorro

Stage 13 prognostications: The silent man on my...

Stage 13 prognostications: The silent man on my team, Maxime Chevalier, becomes the man on the horse he always goes around telling people he is and finally gets me a couple points. :innocent:

AG2R...
09-10-20, 03:44 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 7,573
Posted By USAZorro

The box is back on the move. The box liner...

The box is back on the move.

The box liner is back in commission with reinforcement and a generally box-like shape. Here's what took so long.

First, I had to cut out the industrial grade...
09-09-20, 07:41 PM
Replies: 263
Views: 5,273
Posted By USAZorro

Valverde has been doing nothing. Caleb is going...

Valverde has been doing nothing. Caleb is going to get hammered on, or before the final climb. I don't think Kristoff will have the legs if he's in the final sprint. Wout will be used up if this...
09-09-20, 06:22 PM
Replies: 263
Views: 5,273
Posted By USAZorro

I quit watching the Tour that year the stage...

I quit watching the Tour that year the stage after the DQ. He was the only thing that broke the monotony of Froome & Co staring at their power meters.
09-09-20, 12:51 PM
Replies: 263
Views: 5,273
Posted By USAZorro

They'd need to invent an invisible tow-rope to...

They'd need to invent an invisible tow-rope to get Caleb up over anything more than one cat 3 per stage and still have contact to be in the mix for points. Wout or Bennett could upset Peter's cart,...
09-09-20, 10:13 AM
Replies: 263
Views: 5,273
Posted By USAZorro

Rather a BS call relegating Sagan, IMO

Rather a BS call relegating Sagan, IMO
09-06-20, 05:45 PM
Replies: 263
Views: 5,273
Posted By USAZorro

Better for Aru to go than to have someone...

Better for Aru to go than to have someone unreliable riding support. Something is ailing him (physically or mentally). I'm in concurrence about your projected podium. They seem to be the three...
09-06-20, 05:37 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,841
Posted By USAZorro

It has become a very rare thing for there to be a...

It has become a very rare thing for there to be a rider who is consistently strong enough to put in attacks and make them stick. It is even rarer for them to no have a director who dictates that...
09-05-20, 01:07 PM
Replies: 263
Views: 5,273
Posted By USAZorro

Mollema is a bit like Cadel at a certain stage in...

Mollema is a bit like Cadel at a certain stage in his career. Never embarrassing, but all the stars need to line up for him to win the Tour. After stage 8, you can stick a fork in his podium chances....
09-05-20, 01:01 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,817
Posted By USAZorro

Disks are great - until they aren't. They can be...

Disks are great - until they aren't. They can be a massive P.I.T. to change. Until the speed of change issues can be mitigated, I'd not be surprised to see substantial movement back to rim brakes.
09-04-20, 08:38 PM
Replies: 263
Views: 5,273
Posted By USAZorro

Only way it won't be Roglic is a crash or...

Only way it won't be Roglic is a crash or mechanical, or there's a breakaway that survives. About the only rider who may have the chops, and be far enough back to be given space to make it on a...
09-04-20, 08:08 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 7,573
Posted By USAZorro

Definitely not Zeek the barber, lol. USAZorro...

Definitely not Zeek the barber, lol. USAZorro dates back to the 1994 World Cup. I've been a soccer player since High School (can anyone set me onto an over 60 or over 50 league on the east coast)? My...
09-04-20, 07:51 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,841
Posted By USAZorro

You didn't watch the same stage 6 that I did. The...

You didn't watch the same stage 6 that I did. The organizers created a masterful stage, but only a handful of riders with no Grand Tour ambitions took the bait. You can't blame that on TJL.

This...
09-04-20, 06:55 PM
Replies: 263
Views: 5,273
Posted By USAZorro

Good news for Richie. He didn't crash out on...

Good news for Richie. He didn't crash out on stage 7, he merely crashed and burned. With Mollema taking the same hit, do you think Trek Segafredo will shift its sights to contesting the team title...
09-03-20, 10:16 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 7,573
Posted By USAZorro

Box Update: In my excitement - no - make...

Box Update:

In my excitement - no - make that my frenzy to select and post, I failed to notice how out-of-sorts the metal liner had become (no doubt as a consequence of postal folks feeling...
09-03-20, 08:15 AM
Replies: 263
Views: 5,273
Posted By USAZorro

Ineos is not impressing me. The apathy was...

Ineos is not impressing me.

The apathy was overwhelming today. Imagine what an amazing stage it could have been if more than 4 riders had tried to win the stage.
09-03-20, 06:20 AM
Replies: 263
Views: 5,273
Posted By USAZorro

I suspect Sepp will stay one more year at JL as a...

I suspect Sepp will stay one more year at JL as a soldier before he makes bigger demands.
09-02-20, 10:48 PM
Replies: 263
Views: 5,273
Posted By USAZorro

If it were a technical descent, I'd buy this. ...

If it were a technical descent, I'd buy this. But it isn't. It is dead straight. This said, I'd put money on Roglic keeping pace with Julian on a technical descent when he's motivated to. I saw...
09-02-20, 05:07 PM
Replies: 263
Views: 5,273
Posted By USAZorro

Richie doesn't usually come to grief until stage...

Richie doesn't usually come to grief until stage 7. :innocent: I'm not predicting he'll crash tomorrow, but I think he'll lose a little time.

When I look at the elevation profile, my first thought...
09-02-20, 09:51 AM
Replies: 263
Views: 5,273
Posted By USAZorro

Question. Is it fair game to change captain from...

Question. Is it fair game to change captain from stage to stage?
09-02-20, 09:46 AM
Replies: 263
Views: 5,273
Posted By USAZorro

1-3-4 today. Wout! Wout!

1-3-4 today. Wout! Wout!
09-01-20, 11:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 297
Posted By USAZorro

Part of growing up. :innocent:

Part of growing up. :innocent:
09-01-20, 11:23 AM
Replies: 263
Views: 5,273
Posted By USAZorro

I tried a new selection strategy this year. I...

I tried a new selection strategy this year. I deliberately didn't pick a couple people that I really hoped would do well. That way, if my team falls a bit short, I have another chance to be happy...
08-31-20, 07:36 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 7,573
Posted By USAZorro

Ka-Thump! Only a week later than initially...

Ka-Thump!

Only a week later than initially projected, but it came today. The carrier even was nice enough to bring it around to the covered porch so it wouldn't get rained on.

Obligatory photo...
08-29-20, 07:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 570
Posted By USAZorro

I think it's odd to see the top tube cable guides...

I think it's odd to see the top tube cable guides on a bicycle with pump fittings and a light bracket mount. Those rear dropouts are distinctive. Any idea if they're forged or stamped? Know the...
08-28-20, 07:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 337
Posted By USAZorro

That's going to be a sweet rider. (never been a...

That's going to be a sweet rider. (never been a fan of the fastback stays). A bit sad to see the original livery lost, but have agonized over the same decision multiple times, and an attempt at...
08-27-20, 08:43 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,395
Posted By USAZorro

Some of what you see as lower is the effect of...

Some of what you see as lower is the effect of tire and fender size. This said, when I got the "old" style rack, it simply would not line up to be mounted. The LBS applied judicious force that was...
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