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**2018 TdF** Spoiler Alerts
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Probably don’t need another TdF post but ongoign Classics and Giro posts were on point, so deal wid it!

Yeah, the Tour is typically a snoozer but I think this year will be a good one. Hard, classics-style week 1 stages with plenty of peril, cobbles, short on TT kilometers and arguably strongest GC field in years.
Last edited by: Carl Spackler: Jul 6, 18 7:16
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Re: **2018 TdF** Spoiler Alerts [Carl Spackler] [ In reply to ]
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thanks for starting this - looking forward to the surprises; does an extra week prove beneficial to those that rode the Giro, or not, and to those that tried it before but not this year (Quintana). How does Moviestar make it work, Sky train, which French rider shines ? So many others to mention (Roglic, Soler etc)
oh boy here it comes plus World cup
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It'll be interesting to see how the Tour plays out this year with many new factors. It could be conservative boring tour; or be wide open, changing of the guard with new sprinters claiming wins and many first-timers donning Yellow. If it's wide open it'll be due to some of the changes such as:

The reduction of 1 rider per team bringing the total peloton down from 198 to 176. Will this equal less crashes? Probably not. But if a team has a few injuries, it will definitely change that teams dynamics and race strategy.

15 cobble sections traversing 13 miles on Stage 9 will also be interesting. Especially if it ends up raining!

The NASCAR-esque grid start on stage 17 of a short (39-miles) but hilly race will make for some interesting drama if the Yellow Jersey is at Pole Position with there team in the back.

Love to see Taylor Phinney in Yellow again in the early stages! And maybe Tejay gets his first win in the Pyrnees?!?!
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Re: **2018 TdF** Spoiler Alerts [BT_DreamChaser] [ In reply to ]
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I cannot wait for stage 17.....
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Re: **2018 TdF** Spoiler Alerts [ridenfish39] [ In reply to ]
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Still bummed about Velogames, we had so many teams registered for the Slowtwitch league.

Here are my predictions:
Who I want to win: Uran or Tom D
Tom D has impressed me in the last 2 Giro's, I hope he has recovered fully & can give it a go.

I think the cobbles will add excitement and we may not see a Froome victory lap like the past.

Its funny Geraint Thomas thinks the leader will be decided. Froome will always be the leader, he needs to change teams.

Top 3:
Froome
Tom D
Bardet

Porte will have a great first 2 weeks with a strong team, but he will fall in Week 3.

Dark House:
Dan Martin
Fulsang
Watch out for Bernal from Sky- he is the future

I think we are going to have a lot of great stages with riders like Roglic, Alaphilippe, Benoot, Kwiatkowski, Stuyven, Jungels

Green Jersey: Sagan. Cobrelli may give him a challenge
White Jersey: Not sure of the age of riders so I am putting Bernal
Polka Dot- Barguil/Martin
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Re: **2018 TdF** Spoiler Alerts [ChrisC42780] [ In reply to ]
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The TTT on stage 3 will be the first test. Gc riders can lose a lot of time with not so good TTT effort.
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Re: **2018 TdF** Spoiler Alerts [jellybelly] [ In reply to ]
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With teams starting only 8 riders this year, the TTT could look a little different

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Re: **2018 TdF** Spoiler Alerts [RandMart] [ In reply to ]
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Will be interesting to see how/if 8 riders opens racing up. With this route GC teams have to have a couple classics guys to get through first 1/3 of race. Subtract 1 more domestique and the mountain stages could get interesting.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see GT finish higher than Froome.
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Re: **2018 TdF** Spoiler Alerts [Carl Spackler] [ In reply to ]
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C. Spack!
We will populate this thread.
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Re: **2018 TdF** Spoiler Alerts [Carl Spackler] [ In reply to ]
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The sprinter field is super deep. Can’t wait to see the fight to the finishes.
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Re: **2018 TdF** Spoiler Alerts [KingMidas] [ In reply to ]
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French in yellow. Calmejean in an upset.
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Re: **2018 TdF** Spoiler Alerts [Carl Spackler] [ In reply to ]
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Just flipped the TV on and looks like they've had a nasty crash already. Didn't hear who the rider was but someone riding back to the peleton with the aid of a teammate while bleeding from up around the cheekbone and his kit all torn.



"You can never win or lose if you don't run the race." - Richard Butler

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Re: **2018 TdF** Spoiler Alerts [Brian in MA] [ In reply to ]
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what channel are you watching on?

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Re: **2018 TdF** Spoiler Alerts [ericMPro] [ In reply to ]
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I got 10/1 on Cav winning this 1st stage, I'm fuming this is going to clash with England v Sweeden!
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NBCSN



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Brian in MA wrote:
Just flipped the TV on and looks like they've had a nasty crash already. Didn't hear who the rider was but someone riding back to the peleton with the aid of a teammate while bleeding from up around the cheekbone and his kit all torn.

yeh lawson craddock from ef drapac. Riding, favouring his left shoulder, looks like a collarbone or scapula fracture. Still sitting in at the moment, not sure if he turns up tomorrow.

Gaveria looks strong if he gets a run to the line
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gold app or regular app?

Brian in MA wrote:
NBCSN

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Re: **2018 TdF** Spoiler Alerts [ericMPro] [ In reply to ]
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Just the regular channel on my TV



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Re: **2018 TdF** Spoiler Alerts [McNulty] [ In reply to ]
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Ha! Those French are creative.

What a *boring sprint stage* — GC carnage. Interestingly, looked like the weaker TTT squads all got the minute back that they’ll lose Monday.

There’s going to be ST pandemonium in another thread considering 1-2 were on disc bikes...
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What happened to Cav?
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Re: **2018 TdF** Spoiler Alerts [ericMPro] [ In reply to ]
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Gold app works really well and is only like $40 for a year. Well worth it, because it also replays stages in case you miss in am. Mathew Keenan and Robbie McEwen also do the announcing.
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Thank goodness, I really dislike the Phil’s

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Re: **2018 TdF** Spoiler Alerts [McNulty] [ In reply to ]
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McNulty wrote:
French in yellow. Calmejean in an upset.

And I was thinking that Roglic was a ballsy pick! This is waaaay out there
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Re: **2018 TdF** Spoiler Alerts [Carl Spackler] [ In reply to ]
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Good to see Degenkolb in the top 10, that makes him my favorite for Stage 9.

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