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Tour de France Stage 3 - Vejle to Sønderborg (182km)

  • 03-07-2022 1:03pm
    Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 8,946 Mod ✭✭✭✭

    I don't see a thread and we are well underway in the Magnus Cort Classic. Almost certainly a sprint finish today. Not sure of the betting but take your pick - Jacobsen, Ewan, Groenwegen, Philipsen, Van Aert. I'll go for Pedersen since he's on my Velo Games team.



  • Registered Users Posts: 335 ✭✭AxleAddict

    Hats off to the Danes - yet another superbly supported stage so far - must be some experience for Magnus this early in the tour...

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    It's like a lap of honour for Magnus there today.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,288 ✭✭✭✭Dodge

    Well deserved too. Always gives everything

    Backing Ewan to win today

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,827 ✭✭✭griffin100

    Van Poppel for the win (just to be different)........but I’d like to see Ewan win.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,840 ✭✭✭Mefistofelino

    "Can I ask a practical question at this point? Are we gonna have a huge bridge today"?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 20,054 ✭✭✭✭neris

    Carltons getting very excited

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,054 ✭✭✭✭neris

    thought van aert had that looks like gronewegan

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,054 ✭✭✭✭neris

    Sagan not a happy bunny

  • Registered Users Posts: 21,684 ✭✭✭✭Squidgy Black

    Wout needs to practice his bike throws, or he’ll be stuck in 2nd place for the rest of his career

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 20,407 Mod ✭✭✭✭Weepsie

    He was very happily and warmly giving wout a tap on the back thinking he'd won.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,840 ✭✭✭Mefistofelino

    Memo to Groenewegen: Don't force your sprint rivals into the barriers, almost killing them and you won't have deal with two years of mental anguish.

    The revisionism from the GCN crew on this is disappointing.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,342 ✭✭✭Daroxtar

    Genuinely happy for Groenewegen. He's had plenty to deal with and doesn't seem like a bad chap.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,534 ✭✭✭at1withmyself

    Agreed, he's had an awful time since the incident so glad to see him win again!

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,298 ✭✭✭✭retalivity

    Sagan got Sagan'd

    Uran, Caruso, Haig all lost 39s

  • Registered Users Posts: 30,085 ✭✭✭✭odyssey06

    He's ruining the sprint finishes for me... he gets 'very excited' about 100m out from the finish and then starts screeching! Condition seems to be getting worse...

    "To follow knowledge like a sinking star..." (Tennyson's Ulysses)

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,772 ✭✭✭✭dahat

    He seems to get a lot wrong these days for me, even Kelly corrected him today.

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 24,872 Mod ✭✭✭✭CramCycle

    They didn't did they, I never listen to the "show" cast as it's a tough listen.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,840 ✭✭✭Mefistofelino

    Robbie McEwen is Groenewegen's sprint coach and has been working with him to get his mojo back since the incident, so there's some objectivity missing there. Orla made a comment which made it sound as if the incident was like some 50:50 call and both Dylan and Fabio were somehow both the victim.

  • Registered Users Posts: 21,684 ✭✭✭✭Squidgy Black

    Yeah it was very much aimed towards “poor Dylan who’s had such a hard time the past 2 years, what a comeback from such an awful crash”.

    Don’t get me wrong, some of the abuse he got to the extent that he had to have armed police outside his house for 2 months was outrageous, but I’ve certainly no sympathy for him in regards to everything else, he created the situation himself with such an awful move

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,772 ✭✭✭✭dahat

    The discussion after each stage is far too short for me, nothing of note discussed after a brief rundown of the result.

    Not a fan of Orla & her screeching either.

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    I didn't mind her in previous years but they've all become overly pally there from the looks of it and it's irritating at times. I've just been leaving it on the multi audio stream with JHB covering the podium and introducing different bits. Also no sign of Brian Smith this year?

  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 8,946 Mod ✭✭✭✭mewso

    Yeah too much friendly laughing and slagging each other to the point we can't hear whats been said sometimes. Another annoyance for me was during the race they showed an analysis of yesterdays finish and it was only on the left hand side while the live race continued on the right. They kept switching from a wide shot of Blythe and back to a close up of the finish but with half the screen we don't need to see Blythe just hear him. They need to just leave the close up shot of the sprint full screen for the entire analysis or any analysis like that.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,346 ✭✭✭Melodeon

    I fully agree with this!

    In this house, we watch the first few minutes of the Breakaway to see what sort of clown outfits Orla and Adam are wearing today, and then it's over to the 'normal' coverage for the entirety of the rest of the day.

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    My wife summed it up nicely, what's needed is a management boot . It would happen the rest of us at work.

    Anyway absolutely gutted for Denmark after a fantastic weekend for them that some nutter had to go shooting up the place in Copenhagen, terrible thing to happen.

  • Registered Users Posts: 87 ✭✭MyDarkArts

    Haven't seen any of The Breakaway coverage this TDF as I'm abroad at the moment*, so might need to reserve judgement, but generally I enjoy their pre- and post-race analysis, and I don't have any issues with the outfits or "banter", prefer that to something overly dry. Though I suppose there's a happy medium.

    *though GCN should probably have an option whereby I can select my preferred language rather than being geo-locked.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,288 ✭✭✭✭Dodge

    I defo prefer the loose approach. It’s not like they don’t have good punditry too, particularly with McEwan on sprints now.

    I don’t like Wiggins on TV at all but the rest of them are all fine and looks like he won’t be in the studio at all

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,442 ✭✭✭Macy0161

    I really don't mind the coverage, the dress or the "banter". Easy enough to ignore if you don't like it.

    It was a sh!t move, but the actual finish set up and the barriers collapsing have kinda been forgotten about, and also contributed massively (maybe more so) to the injuries. Stage 2 of this years Tour had a downhill sprint ffs!

  • Registered Users Posts: 335 ✭✭AxleAddict

    I went to school with Orla and happen to know she's fairly handy with the business end of a camogie stick - so choose your next words carefully 😂😂😂

    That said, the one thing that does irritate me a bit when watching cycling coverage is the inconsistency between commentators in the pronunciation of cyclists names - I feel like the media should be provided with some sort of guide which provides a phonetic spelling of every rider to help them (and ultimately the viewers) get the pronunciation right - or more consistent at least... Surely its not too much to ask that if your profession is to speak about these people on a regular basis you could learn how to say their names!

  • Registered Users Posts: 542 ✭✭✭Morris Garren

    This is an interesting point; lots of weird and frankly irrational pronunciations going on at times which can be annoying. Speaking of things Danish, the two that really drive me nutty are when Kirby starts warbling.... 'Mikkel MEER-COW' and worst of all 'Yonis VING-YA-NGO...' this is utterly ridiculous and a not -untypical English faux-intellectual attempt at understanding culture. Or that's just my take on it.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 335 ✭✭AxleAddict

    Yep - those are two which immediately spring to mind. Or Tadej POG-A-CHAR instead of PO-GAT-CHA! (Sorry Sean!)