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Old 01-16-2015, 04:27 PM   #1
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Pro Cycling 2015 thread: Le Tour, Giro, Vuelta, etc.

I started last year's cycling thread with a kit video. Might as well do that again:



Here's the pro tour calendar. Season starts tomorrow!

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Old 01-16-2015, 05:15 PM   #2
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Re: Pro Cycling 2015 thread: Le Tour, Giro, Vuelta, etc.

Biggest off-season news includes:

* Alberto Contador is going to go for the Giro/Tour double.
* Bradley Wiggins is leaving Sky after Paris-Roubaix
* Cadel Evans has retired
* Peter Sagan has moved to Tinkoff-Saxo

Also, important for American cycling fans, the UCI World championship will be held in Richmond, Virginia in September. Details here: http://richmond2015.com/
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Old 01-16-2015, 07:13 PM   #3
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Re: Pro Cycling 2015 thread: Le Tour, Giro, Vuelta, etc.



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Old 01-19-2015, 01:59 PM   #4
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Re: Pro Cycling 2015 thread: Le Tour, Giro, Vuelta, etc.



cav speaking his mind. 1:32 particularly good
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Old 01-19-2015, 10:07 PM   #5
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Re: Pro Cycling 2015 thread: Le Tour, Giro, Vuelta, etc.

This has to win an award for the worst coverage ever. The camera angles are terrible. The camera quality is 2 decades old. The audio would have sounded better if they recorded on a laptop in a moving car. And the announcers--

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Old 01-20-2015, 10:16 AM   #6
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Re: Pro Cycling 2015 thread: Le Tour, Giro, Vuelta, etc.

A round-up of the bikes used in the pro tour:

http://cyclingtips.com.au/2015/01/20...e-pro-peloton/
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Old 01-20-2015, 10:42 AM   #7
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Re: Pro Cycling 2015 thread: Le Tour, Giro, Vuelta, etc.

From what I've read, Cav is blaming the lack of visibility of the distance markers in the finishing straight. He was waiting for the 200m marker before launching his sprint, never saw it and therefore went too late.

You'd think a pro as experienced as Cav would be able to judge straight finishes by instinct however.
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Old 01-22-2015, 05:06 PM   #8
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Re: Pro Cycling 2015 thread: Le Tour, Giro, Vuelta, etc.

Stage 3 of the Tour de San Luis



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Old 01-26-2015, 01:12 PM   #9
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Re: Pro Cycling 2015 thread: Le Tour, Giro, Vuelta, etc.

Armstrongs first interview since Opera.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/30981609
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Old 01-26-2015, 02:42 PM   #10
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Old 01-26-2015, 04:55 PM   #11
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Re: Pro Cycling 2015 thread: Le Tour, Giro, Vuelta, etc.

Stage 7 of the Tour de San Luis

More bad coverage. Either they covered the last kilometer in 26 seconds, meaning an average speed of 138 km/hr (86 mph) or they cut off a bunch of it.

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Old 02-04-2015, 08:29 PM   #12
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Re: Pro Cycling 2015 thread: Le Tour, Giro, Vuelta, etc.

Dubai Tour stage 1:



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Old 02-06-2015, 10:11 PM   #13
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Re: Pro Cycling 2015 thread: Le Tour, Giro, Vuelta, etc.

just got round to watching some the tour down under highlights. pretty good stage.
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Old 02-07-2015, 09:35 PM   #14
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Re: Pro Cycling 2015 thread: Le Tour, Giro, Vuelta, etc.

Forget I ever said anything bad about the Etixx-QS lead out train; they absolutely killed it today:

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Old 02-18-2015, 11:30 AM   #15
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Re: Pro Cycling 2015 thread: Le Tour, Giro, Vuelta, etc.

First stage of the Vuelta Andalucia and crashes have destroyed the field
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Old 02-21-2015, 07:56 PM   #16
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Re: Pro Cycling 2015 thread: Le Tour, Giro, Vuelta, etc.

Vuelta Andalucia has been a great race with Contador out time trialling Froome and then dropping him on the first mountain finish stage before Froome fought his way back to limit the damage.Then yesterday's mountain finish had Froome drop Contador to turn a 27 second overall deficit into a 2 second lead.
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Old 02-22-2015, 01:08 AM   #17
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Re: Pro Cycling 2015 thread: Le Tour, Giro, Vuelta, etc.

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Vuelta Andalucia has been a great race with Contador out time trialling Froome and then dropping him on the first mountain finish stage before Froome fought his way back to limit the damage.Then yesterday's mountain finish had Froome drop Contador to turn a 27 second overall deficit into a 2 second lead.
That end was amazing.

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Old 02-22-2015, 09:17 AM   #18
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Re: Pro Cycling 2015 thread: Le Tour, Giro, Vuelta, etc.

Wow nice. I was worried Contador was going to run away with everything this year - good to see it's still competitive.
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Old 02-23-2015, 12:29 PM   #19
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Re: Pro Cycling 2015 thread: Le Tour, Giro, Vuelta, etc.

Het Volk and KBK next week, official season start IMO.
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Old 02-24-2015, 07:35 PM   #20
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Re: Pro Cycling 2015 thread: Le Tour, Giro, Vuelta, etc.

Stages 3 and 4 of Vuelta Andalucia were fantastic to watch. It was a real treat to watch what's in store for us this season with the Froome vs Contador rivalry. It's really fun to see them go head to head with their vastly different styles.
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Old 02-26-2015, 04:15 AM   #21
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Anyone know the price on Contador doing the double?
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Old 02-27-2015, 09:36 AM   #22
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Re: Pro Cycling 2015 thread: Le Tour, Giro, Vuelta, etc.

Team Astana is losing its UCI license! No defending the TdF title for Nibali?

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/201...tiur-de-france

Shocked that a team involved with Alexander Vinokourov could be doping!
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Old 02-27-2015, 01:53 PM   #23
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Re: Pro Cycling 2015 thread: Le Tour, Giro, Vuelta, etc.

And saxo tinkoff managed by Riis for years / Sky with lol wiggins becoming a climber are as clean as holy water
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Old 02-27-2015, 05:12 PM   #24
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Re: Pro Cycling 2015 thread: Le Tour, Giro, Vuelta, etc.

It'll be interesting to see who swoops up Nibali. Presumably, the other Specialized teams won't be interested in him (EQS concentrates on classics/sprints and Tinkoff has Contador).
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Old 02-27-2015, 05:48 PM   #25
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Garmin, Belkin sucks in mountains, BMC will probably ride for Gilbert stages win, Movistar is stacked

AG2R, Katusha, Lampre are the only realistic teams capable of supporting him in mountain stages.
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