2018 Tour de France

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Logreid [JohnGadretPartykjepp] Thursday 19.Oct 23:51, 2017
It's just about time for a black swan to upend the apple cart, like in 2014. Cobbles and ultra short stages is at least token gestures in that direction plus slightly harder to keep everything under wraps with eight-man teams.

The issue the past few Tours have been Skybots setting such a hellish pace at the front that they silently whip all other contenders silently into submission. Why try to attack when Poels, Thomas, Landa is setting the pace so high that you'll pop within three minutes? I still can't see who'll be brave and strong enough to give it a proper go unless similar incidents which caused Froome to withdraw in 2014 occur.

Koronin [Koronin] Wednesday 18.Oct 23:31, 2017
Hey finally an English language media source that got the translation correct. Amazing. Yes Valverde has said a couple of times he does not want to race the Tour next summer and doesn't think he should have to go it. Plus his idea of his schedule makes a lot of sense esp with his main goals being the Ardennes, Worlds and chasing history at the Vuelta. Plus he's right, that that should be the reason why they signed Landa....to race the Tour.

Tomas [Second Coming] Wednesday 18.Oct 18:53, 2017
Btw, I fucking love TTT. Best stage of the tour back in 2009 with all-star Astana vs Cancellara.

LosBrolin [JuhaMieto] Wednesday 18.Oct 10:45, 2017
Dumoulin vs Dawg (+slippery cobbles option Nibali)

Tomas [Second Coming] Tuesday 17.Oct 22:49, 2017
So apparently they don't need Bardet to be a 'challenger" to the end this edition.

sylvainm [sylvainm] Tuesday 17.Oct 22:18, 2017
First week is 2 levels over this year's Tour de France, really like it

Koronin [Koronin] Tuesday 17.Oct 22:05, 2017
Quintana is going to the Tour. The question is does Valverde get the Giro/Vuelta double he's already specifically stated he wants and which GTs do they send Landa to. Valverde will be leader for the Vuelta. Landa has apparently made some comments about preferring the Giro/Vuelta double this year. I'd be a surprised if Movistar lets them both have that double.
Last time there was a good crosswind battle Quintana and Movistar lost about 2 minutes to the other GC contenders.

goon1221 [BMC] Tuesday 17.Oct 21:28, 2017
Yeah ... Just thinking in the same direction .... but Quintana is this kind of athlets that feels he belong among the biggest guys of this sport, so a decision like that will sit deep with him i'm sure .... with that being said, i have already predicted Landa as next years winner of TdF, and if it wasn't for the Roubaix stage, this couldn't suit him better .... with the hilly ITT and all ... :)))

Andy [Luxembourg Finest] Tuesday 17.Oct 21:22, 2017
I'm not surprised if Quintana goes for Giro-Vuelta double after seeing the cobbles stage here. Then Landa would be captain here, not that he has showed anything on cobbles yet either

goon1221 [BMC] Tuesday 17.Oct 21:21, 2017
I think you underestimates Quintana again Koronin ... thats your thing apparently :D ... he is maybe a small light guy, but pretty smart and alert ... I think he will be good in the echelons ... much more worried about him on the Roubaix stage ...

Koronin [Koronin] Tuesday 17.Oct 21:09, 2017
If we're already taking bets on when G crashes, how about bets on how much time Quintana and Movistar loose in the crosswinds.

goon1221 [BMC] Tuesday 17.Oct 20:57, 2017
I'm sorry ... I was mislead by a norwegian news paper .... stage 10 got no mtf ... Plateau des Gliéres will be mid stage ... Even earlyer than that .... a tough stage though ... alot of climbing :)))

Tomas [Second Coming] Tuesday 17.Oct 20:29, 2017
@Bart: my guess: the uniqe race-year-id for Tour de France 2018 didnt exist when the thread got created. Fixing it now.

BartVelo [BartVelo] Tuesday 17.Oct 20:24, 2017
Why does this topic doesn't have a topic title?

johnjackjoe [JohnJackJoe Racing] Tuesday 17.Oct 15:49, 2017
I think they will be generous with the time cut on that stage, depending on how it runs.

goon1221 [BMC] Tuesday 17.Oct 15:10, 2017
Stage 10 will be a classic ... a mtf on Plateau des Gliéres a 6 km 11% with 2 km gravle road towards the finish line :)))

goon1221 [BMC] Tuesday 17.Oct 14:10, 2017
65 km ... the shortest mass start in a GT ever if i got it right ... I guess that leaves out everybody but Sagan and Matthews for green jersey .... well, of course EBH could be there, but I saw Cav in the audience :D

johnjackjoe [JohnJackJoe Racing] Tuesday 17.Oct 13:43, 2017
It's 65km. Not 165km. I'm hyped. This course is so much better than 2017, but that's not difficult :D

Andy [Luxembourg Finest] Tuesday 17.Oct 13:29, 2017
One other who should be happy about parcours is Fuglsang. But he has still never been there in the fight for GC for 3 weeks yet, although he looked really good this year before crashing out.

zKobalt [FruitnOats] Tuesday 17.Oct 13:13, 2017
65km, surely it's 165km. Only way Froome loses is if it rains on the cobbles.

Andy [Luxembourg Finest] Tuesday 17.Oct 12:56, 2017
Correct, and still unpaved roads to Col de Portet also, likely to be paved though before TdF. Great parcours, only negative is maybe La Rosiere because it is never really steep, but short stage so a lot can, and of course the TTT is not something I like, but I know many disagree with me about that.

goon1221 [BMC] Tuesday 17.Oct 12:43, 2017
That 65 km stage :D wow .... :))) and was it some gravle roads as well on one stage ?

goon1221 [BMC] Tuesday 17.Oct 12:40, 2017
Wow .... they are REALLY making up for "boring as hell" 2017 edition :D

Andy [Luxembourg Finest] Tuesday 17.Oct 12:32, 2017
21.7 km cobbles. Nibali just turned his attention to TdF I think and Quintana to Giro again

Logreid [JohnGadretPartykjepp] Tuesday 17.Oct 11:14, 2017
We can start the 2018-bingo: where will G crash this time?

Andy [Luxembourg Finest] Tuesday 17.Oct 11:12, 2017
I don't think I ever will get my dream stage. Col do Solude - Alpe d'Huez - Col de Sarenne - Col du Jandri. But I take single Huez every day since Froomie has never done well there. Also Romme + Colombiere-combo is great, one of my best cycling memories from there in 2009.

goon1221 [BMC] Tuesday 17.Oct 10:53, 2017
2018 course representation coming up guys .... I vote for a roubaix stage :))) that should shake up SKY a little bit :D

goon1221 [BMC] Tuesday 25.Jul 21:08, 2017
Well, it would be a boost though .... I always welcome great sport in our country :))) Olympics AND TdF :)))

goon1221 [BMC] Tuesday 25.Jul 21:03, 2017
I'm sorry ... bad link for foreigns ... Just push menu and sport ... the scrol down a couple of cases and google translate ..... for those interested ...

Theres some plans for Statoils 50th anniversary ....

Andy [Luxembourg Finest] Tuesday 25.Jul 21:00, 2017
Hopefully not, the Tour doesn't belong to Norway, it should be France only and sometimes in their neighboring countries. Agree with Kristoff, better to use the money on cycling teams.

goon1221 [BMC] Tuesday 25.Jul 20:50, 2017
Three stages in Norway 2022 ??

http://www.dagbladet.no

goon1221 [BMC] Monday 24.Jul 16:06, 2017
BMC is not exactly known as a slow TTT team .... so actually Porte should smile the widest of this .... but then again, Porte and TdF ..... doesn't exactly match :D

goon1221 [BMC] Monday 24.Jul 16:01, 2017
A stage like this on the opening day is really cool .... all teams with ambitions weither it's gc or sprint needs to be alert and well prepeared. ... sounds to be one HELL of a action packed start to the tour :)))

Assassin [TheTrueAssassins] Monday 24.Jul 15:56, 2017
35KM TTT, ah Froome No 5 is on the way.

johnjackjoe [JohnJackJoe Racing] Monday 24.Jul 15:47, 2017
Lets hope the start of stage one doesn't kill a GC rider. Could be wet as it's covered by the ocean depending on the tide. The rest of that stage looks amazing.

A 35km TTT with a 800m long climb towards the end.. Don't know if I like that, as it will kill the weaker teams. Many teams have problems anyway to get 5 guys to the finish line in an appropriate time on 35km. The big teams will gain a lot already.

Erythropoietin [Erythropoietin] Monday 24.Jul 15:11, 2017
The 2018 Tour de France starts in Vendée.
http://www.letour.fr/le-tour/2017/us/grand-depart-2018.html

Stage 1 looks great. CROSSWINDS!
Stage 2 looks like a sprint stage.
Stage 3 is a 35 km TTT!
Stage 4 is still in the making.