Tour de France 2018 and associated Grand Tours


#1861

Skin of their teeth!


#1862

Larry Warbasse signs with AG2R. Will do a great job there.


#1863

Movistar creating echelons in the valley before the final climb. They’ve been bossing the front all day.


#1864

So Quintana can lose 40 secs?


#1865

But a Fuente De scenario would’ve been lovely. Alas


#1866

Must be for Valverde going for a bonus seconds win?


#1867

Yeah of course it is. Was just being facetious


#1868

Quintana obviously on board for any tactic that gives him the excuse to just sit in the wheels.


#1869

Ha ha.


#1870

That’s Yates winning the Vuelta then.


#1871

Why oh why doesnt confrontedbybears still post


#1872

@meths with a very on the nose point about Thomas there.


#1873

You 2 guys and your drugs chat.


#1874

Ha ha

You wouldn’t have liked the post I was originally planning earlier then


#1875

No, dont mind at all! What’s cycling without drugs, after all.


#1876

Something unspeakably creepy about chasing one Yates brother, while the other hovers behind you. Next-level mind games.


#1877

sad


#1878

Massive shame, especially with One Pro and Aqua Blue ending their teams late in the season. There must be loads of out of contract riders in the UK. Are any of yer Canyon Eisbergs or Madison Genesises moving up to pro conti?


#1879

Nope. And Vitus will probably go as well. Ditto Holdsworth. The gulf between 3rd and 4th tier is humongous, BC give zero fucks about racing at this level. All the focus is on dudes racing in circles on the wood, while pretending to support regional events… that have no budget and give up after a couple of years. Once teams at this level stop pretending to be “pro”, and stop wanking away money then maybe they can fund riders entries throughout the year, then head to kermesses in Benelux, instead of dumping it all on equipment and kit. The step-up costs individuals a FORTUNE and there’s no incentive for companies to stump up that cash rn.


#1880

And the youth set up is relatively poor (unless they’re on the track set up) so you’ll see parents dumping huge amounts of cash on road/TT/track bikes. Really like initiatives like the Dave Reyner Fund to help young riders through the system. But they very few and far between. It’s basically Sky, then a load of Conti teams racing at domestic level now