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TDF, anyone following?

Like the title says, anyone following Le Tour this year? I gotta say, it's been a completely unexpected and exciting year this year. Lots of big names dropped out, Chris Froome didn't even start the race as he was in a big accident during the Paris-Roubaix.



That left the field pretty much wide open and in stepped a Frenchman named Julian Alaphillipè. I have but one thing to say about him. Heart like a Lion. He's defended the yellow jersey in fine style and proven worthy of wearing it. Honestly, though it was unexpected by many, he won it in fine style too. Two stages left, and he pulled on the yellow jersey again today for the 14th time this Tour.



If you have the chance to catch replays of the stages, I recommend the watch. I mean, if you're into bicycles anyway. Even if you aren't, it's been a pretty good year, many different stage winners and no domination of the peloton by a single team like it has been in the past. All good for cycling in my book. It's all made the outcome of Le Tour completely unpredictable and anyone of the top four or five could win by the time the peloton rides to Paris.........sean


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Amazing! Shades of 1989 all over again!
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Well....that's the 2019 version of Le Tour done and dusted for the most part. Feeling badly for Julian Alaphillipè today. He is without doubt, the reason for this year's tour being as exciting as it was. Heart like a Lion. He fought hard to stay in yellow but that climb and circumstance put paid to that.


Yesterday the race was called at the top of the next to last climb due to severe weather. Only the race was called after the lead groups went over the top. Julian was easily catching the riders ahead of him on the descent.



If he were left to make his run on the leaders, he likely would have gained back much more time than he was behind at the top. The group he caught was around a minute ahead of him on the climb. He'd have still been in yellow today had that been the case. As it were, he ended yesterday 45 seconds behind. Having started the day 1:30 ahead, that's a big loss.



Today however, he was dropped. Big style. He went from 45 seconds behind the yellow jersey, to over 3 minutes back. Tomorrow is a largely ceremonial ride into Paris. There is for sure, a sprint on the Champs Elysee but that isn't going to affect the overall general classification, just how many points Peter Sagan wins the green jersey by.....sean


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Watched the final day with the sprint finish on the Champs today. What a finish. Caleb Ewen!! Where the hell did he come from to take that sprint? That was amazing. Kinda made Sagan look....ordinary? He blew right by several great sprinters. Boasen-Hagen, Richeze, Sagan and Viviani were all passed in the last 25 meters by both Ewen and Groenewegen but Ewen was just phenomenal. I couldn't believe it and I watched it happen.


Great finish to Le Tour this year. Congrats to Egan Bernal being the first Colombian to win the GC. Chapeau to Julian Alaphillipè for making this years tour such fun to watch. I hope he takes home the overall GC next year.



He rode like a man deserving of the yellow jersey. He did it proud while he wore it and defended it in style with heart. Heart like a lion. ...sean


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