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  • I'd rather watch a TT where the GC contenders have something on the line than a long flat snooze fest which follows the same predictable format: minor teams get into a breakaway for the TV coverage, peloton plays ball and lets them go a decent distance, pulls them back without issue with 15-25km to go, then there's a sprint.

    I also think TTs are a good test of a rider, and should be part of the mix for that reason; it's right that to win the Tour/Giro you should have to be able to TT, climb, and not get caught out on the rolling stages. That said, I'd have 1 TT, not 2, and I'd make it a long and reasonably hilly one.

  • Thinking about things I might enjoy watching in a tour as well as TT’s which I do enjoy I’d say
    -2 up TT just to see specialists smash their leaders and it’d have some tactics in who does what turns etc
    -a long normal hilly stage but ridden as no draft Ironman style and people start at minute intervals maybe- so constant passing, catching etc. Probably wouldn’t work!

    • crits without the Paris stage 3 hour ride to the course, but maybe some novelty time bonus sprints, devil eliminations etc. Maybe you say the top 40 ride the crit and the rest get the same time and a day off- so teams with multiple riders do better potentially. Or the next group of 40 ride in a B race etc. Would be good to watch.
    • Surely given how big gravel bike sales are it can’t be long before we have a full gravel stage or a gravel tt?
  • Wiggins crushing

    Speaking of which, how tight are his jeans today? Jeez.

  • A two-up TT would be brilliant, particularly if you put it midway through/towards the end so some specialists were starting to tire or had crashed out. Also make them do it on road bikes.

  • He’s quite boring isn’t he?

  • Good. Hopefully this'll stop him going the same way as Frank Vandenbroucke.

  • Boonen got the right balance: win classics in the spring, then hammer the ching.

  • Poor Frank just hammered the ching. And anything else he could get his hands on.

    Boonen was still talked up as a potential Tour winner early in his career. The Belgian press are desperate to have a Tour winner and will back anyone who shows a glimpse of talent on the world stage.

  • Its a trend

  • I heard him on Mitch Docker’s podcast and I can’t really make my mind up.

    Sadly I have to finally accept that I’m now a different generation to young sports people which makes it harder to judge them.

  • young sports people

    they are all just looking at

  • composite decking ? golf club thread >>>>

  • Is Sanchez on a road bike became he’s injured or something?

  • Had a puncture. He didn't pay the protection money so there was no spare TT bike on the car.

  • He had a puncture and had to swap bikes. Did fairly well to stay up.

    Personally love a Stage 1 TT - great spectacle for the public and great to get a first GC and sometimes a nice insight into riders' fitness. Bit let down though at how it is not doing much to show off Turin!

    Re the GCN app - love the fact it has no ads and the fact I can switch to Italian commentary when wanted/needed. Can't remember the price but would say definitely worth it. App is a bit clunky but does the job once you're casting.

  • the kind of energy we need @Maj to caption

  • Having Dan Bigham in the commentary box is quite interesting.

  • I like them showing the gear ratios riders are on , but Nibali riding 50- 10 ... ?

  • Pffff. He’s the pound shop @xavierdisley

  • Sock doping watch: Gianni Moscon's socks looking suspiciously long....

  • Hmm. I know you’re joking, but he’s currently involved in coaching the reigning world team pursuit champions.

  • And @xavierdisley involved with the reigning individual pursuit champion.

    Got to be a rather tense battle of sponsor (shimano/most/pinarello) vs boutique TT kit...

  • Someone buy the guy some fucking knee pads.

    Amey. Croundfund.

  • Foss is so fast that he catches his 1-minute man Simon Pellaud (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec).

    Q: is this normal in a pro tt that is less than 10k long? Any chance this guy is going to miss the time cut (if there is one)?

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