OT - Tour de France stage 8 (Sunday)

Submitted by jmblue on July 8th, 2012 at 12:25 AM

Some prime breakaway territory today:


Many short, but steep, climbs.  As yesterday, the toughest climb is last - the Category 1 Col de la Croix:


The breakaway specialists should be out in force.  Will Cancellara try to make a move to get back yellow, or save his energy for tomorrow's time trial?  I'll be interested to see how Sagan fares today.  

Will any GC contender who lost time on Friday try to make it up today?



July 8th, 2012 at 2:58 AM ^

Are you a douche nightly, or only on cycles? Does almost every thread about the Tour have to contain at least one post accusing everyone of doping?

Anyways, Sky put on an impressive showing yesterday and I'm interested to see if they'll be right back at it today. Should make for an interesting race. Does Cancellara try to make back the time he lost today, or does he try to conserve for the TT coming up?

Looks like a pretty difficult stage with 4 cat 2 climbs and a cat 1 climb to end it. Definitely a stage that could see some movement.




July 8th, 2012 at 8:31 AM ^

My head says team Sky looks too strong right now.  Evans all by himself yesterday on the last climb.  I think the blistering pace set yesterday hits a lot of the riders hard today.


July 8th, 2012 at 8:53 AM ^

For 1 minute, was instantly bored and grossed out by all the camera shots of men's assed in bicycle shorts. I was also instinctively making a pushin motion where my horn would be in my car and yelling at them to get out of my lane and they are not a car!


July 8th, 2012 at 9:14 AM ^

So are you grossed out by all camera shots of men's asses in footpall pants?  Cyclists essentially wear the same outfits as football players minus shoulder pads, though there is one notable difference: football pants are the Capri version of bicycle shorts


July 8th, 2012 at 10:17 AM ^

Bicycling is for kids and fags that wear racing gear and aren't in a race. Yes I am talking to you. I ride my bike with normal shorts and a shirt on. I also don't pretend I am a car or in the Tour De France. You look ridiculous going down the road in a racing suit. I don't wear a Dale Earnhardt fire suit when I drive to work, because I know I would look like a jackass. So please cut it out!


July 8th, 2012 at 11:38 AM ^

But when you watch football, half the time you are watching men lay on top of or underneath other men. So either football players are gross and nasty, or your comments regarding cyclists are totally fourth grade gay.


July 8th, 2012 at 3:24 PM ^

s of you are going to post an OT about a bike race you have to be consistent and post an OT about every NASCAR related race their is.

Actually, I don't. But someone who cares about NASCAR can feel free.

BTW, if you hate these threads so much, why do you keep on posting in them and bumping them up to the top of the board?


July 8th, 2012 at 10:22 AM ^

To celebrate those that wear the ridiculous looking bicycle suits while not in a race I have an idea. Monday everyone should wear a NASCAR fire suit to work. If you walk to work please wear runners shorts, number placard and a lycra tank top shirt.


July 8th, 2012 at 3:25 PM ^

That was hilarious.  I'd hate to be the driver of the car with him going nuts right behind me.

I can't blame him though - FDJ doesn't get too many stage wins.  Pinot's a guy to keep an eye on for the future - only 22 years old.  


July 8th, 2012 at 1:17 PM ^

Wiggans has been annoying to me in the past but this is pure gold.


In response to a question  - to win the Tour de France riders must be doped “to the gills. 

"Honestly they’re just fucking wankers. I can’t be doing with people like that, It justifies their own bone idleness… because they can’t ever imagine applying themselves to anything in their lives. And it’s easy for them to sit under a pseudonym on Twitter and write that kind of shit rather than get off their arses and apply themselves and work hard at something and achieve something.”

He paused, tossed the table and left.

snarling wolverine

July 8th, 2012 at 3:44 PM ^

Cool stage - I love when there are lots of climbs.  

Terrible break for Samuel Sanchez.  He's out of the Tour and can't defend his Olympic medal either.  What exactly happened there?  We never got a good angle - we just suddenly see guys flying to the left.


July 8th, 2012 at 4:02 PM ^

...any footage, but Cycling News describes it thusly.  Awful:

"The crash took place in the 60th kilometre of racing on stage eight on a short uphill section, and initial reports say it was apparently caused by a elderly male spectator sitting at a table too far out in the road. Team-mate Jorge Azanza - who was mainly responsible for protecting Sánchez in the pack - tried to avoid the spectator, who was moving out of the way at speed, but instead ended up colliding with him, with Valverde slamming into Azanza and Sánchez crashing into the two Spaniards, and somersaulting into the tarmac..."


July 8th, 2012 at 4:55 PM ^

I am starting to wonder why Froome isn't on another team as a serious GC contender.  If it weren't for the flat on stage 2 (I think) he would be right there with Wiggins/Evans. 

I'm guessing he'll have his own team next year.

Sons of Louis Elbel

July 8th, 2012 at 5:10 PM ^

Phil and Paul kept talking about what a great ride Evans had. Not sure I see it that way: 2nd day in a row he used up energy trying to drop Wiggins, 2nd day in a row it failed. Tomorrow should be pretty interesting.


July 8th, 2012 at 10:57 PM ^

In 2008 Evans was excoriated for never attacking and lost the Tour in part because he allowed himself to be neutralized by CSC; he's a different rider now, and he's trying to make something happen. If it doesn't work, too bad--but he won't be criticized for not trying. 

It's not like he was trying to win the race in a day. He was looking for a few seconds on a flat at the end of a hilly stage, when Wiggins had only one teammate with him; seems like a smart move to me, even if it doesn't work. The fact is that if Evans wants to win, he probably has to gain time in unconventional places or by dropping Wiggins on climbs; he is not going to gain time on him in either time trial. We do know that Wiggins is under some considerably psychological pressure, because he is dropping strong-even-for-him reactions at the end of stages, and Evans is wise to keep the pressure on him. 


July 8th, 2012 at 7:39 PM ^

Still 2 weeks left. Evans will have to put time on wiggins in the mountains. Wiggins is slightly better at TT's and not known to be a great climber. Evans had no help last year. And if he can still on team sky's wheel he will be fine.

MMB 82

July 8th, 2012 at 9:45 PM ^

from OLN and the constant "Runaway Shoes.com" commercials. Amazing to think that back in the Armstrong era it was difficult to get any live coverage, and now it's on NBC for the next 10 years. I just wish I could find a YouTube or something of Bobke discussing the differences (complete with Bobke-style double hand gestures) between schluges and schmenges......!