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machin05

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Fucking bizarre day yesterday. Brilliant first stage victory for a black African for Biriam Girmay of Eritrea. Unfortunately, he popped the Prosecco and fired the cork straight into his own eye and has to retire from the race.
Devasted for him. His final sprint yesterday was unbelievable. Just out muscled van de Poel, which takes some doing.
 

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Yeah the last 10k yesterday were absolutely fantastic and a great 2 man sprint. Gutted about what happened next but hopefully this means he could go to the Tour as well.
 

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Just goes to show even a couple of fourth cat bumps can blow a peloton apart on the right day. Plus the second last climb wasn’t classified and that was steep enough to damage on.
 

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No Mark Cavendish in this years Tour de France :(.

He deserves a crack at getting the one more needed to break the record.
 

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No Mark Cavendish in this years Tour de France :(.

He deserves a crack at getting the one more needed to break the record.
 

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One of the best stages I have ever seen today absolute GC fireworks from over 60 k out from the finish
 

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great stage. only been able to watch it on highlights though. opens up the race now.
 

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So he is human

or is the Covid outbreak in the team the cause?

Pogacar's team manager leaves Tour after Covid positive

83km to go: This climb up the Col de la Croix de Fer is almost 30km long, and contains some very steep sections.

Meanwhile, problems mount for the UAE team. To follow the Covid outbreak has struck Pogacar’s team, the manager has now been forced to abandon, following Vegard Stake Laengen and George Bennett pulling out while Rafal Majka, who couldn’t rescue Pogacar on Wednesday, able to ride as he isn’t considered contagious.
 

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Well done to Tom Pidcock who claimed his maiden tour victory on Alpe D’Huez.
 

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Fantastic descent off the Galibier to get up to the break and was after that the class of the small group.
 

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That’s Galibier down to the Telegraphe. He caught up way over a minute in just that section.
 

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Vingegaard has broken Pogocar again today so should have tied up the title.

Good sportsmanship between the two earlier on an a descent. Pogocar crashed, Vingegaard let him catch up and they touched hands as they were alongside each other.
 

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I think some of that can be put down to the never ending improvements in bike tech. Aero dynamic frames, wheels, groupset etc. Plus nutrition, recovery and sports science plays such a huge part now. Let's not take away from these guys incredible achievements because the work they put in on fitness, stamina, strength, conditioning etc is better than it's ever been.
 

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Pogacar’s rise has been natural. He’s been a phenomenon from a young age.
 
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