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Endpoint
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Occam’s razor people... most likely answer is he pushed the limits with the puffer he had a TUE for. Inrng has what seems to be a pretty reasonable take on it.

I see no reason to suggest Sky is “clean” but a bag of blood in final 1/4 of the Vuelta? Come on. The risk of getting a hit on jacked blood values is about as high as taking EPO (especially because these days they know exactly what a bag of blood looks like near the end of a grand tour).

Amateur as fuck. Especially considering it’s the Vuelta not LeTour.

I just don’t see Sky/Froome taking that particular risk.

Now it’s use as a masking agent for something newer / harder to test for / more sinister? Sure. We can go down that conspiracy rabbit hole.

If it is an effective masking agent for something new, then that would be more the Sky MO. Get a TUE for a masking agent. The near perfect crime.

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 08:42
Tail Hook Lengthener
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Was there really any doubt that sky was flying close to the sun with their near-universal diagnosis of asthma, and all their other "marginal gains"? I'm just surprised that it took this long for one of their guys to TRULY get popped.

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Thu, 12/14/2017 - 09:50
jamesacklin
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I hate looking at Chris Froome so I’m glad he got popped

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 07:01
Perlhammered
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Bring back the elegance shartmo

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 08:56
ryanoceros
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True believers makin' me LOL so hard with this video.

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 12:31
TimArchyLime
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Damn what a battle between Cant and Compton at cross worlds today.

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Tarckbike- Where mile 11 means you're on a long ride.

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 21:58
liquify
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Managed to make it the whole day without spoilers.
Had to download a torrent, because UCI inexplicably didn't have it on youtube (but had both u23 races).

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 23:03
TimArchyLime
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Elite races are blocked in the US because someone (NBC maybe?) has the rights but won't broadcast them. You can watch them on UCI's YouTube with a VPN.

Snarky Varking wrote:
Tarckbike- Where mile 11 means you're on a long ride.

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 11:11
ryker

Yeah no problem watching on Youtube from Canuckistan.

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 11:14
liquify
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I understand the rights thing. And NBC does broadcast worlds.
The Opera VPN that worked for the World Cup last week didn't work.
For some reason the latest update of opera for Mac just offers Asia, Europe, and Americas as options instead of choosing Canadia like I used to do.
Alas, I watched it on NBC Olympics just to be frustrated by fucking commercials at random/crucial times. After it was obvious what was happening the commercials were less of a concern, but seriously, way to meet expectations of shitty coverage, NBC.

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 14:12
TimArchyLime
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Opera has a VPN? For the mobile or desktop? I pay for a VPN that gives me lots of options, but it would be nice to not pay.

Snarky Varking wrote:
Tarckbike- Where mile 11 means you're on a long ride.

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 16:52
liquify
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It is built into opera on desktop.Had worked for world cup UCI feed last week.

Not sure what the mobile vpn deal is, because it is separate from the browser on my iphone.

I was still able to peep Sporza feed live. Found out it was 2 minutes ahead of NBC. But Could check in on commercials and stuff.

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 19:36
cousinmosquito
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A bit of luck here for Sam Blenkinsop at Oceania DH champs.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BfC4bGMHDpS/

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Sun, 02/11/2018 - 12:54
b-roll
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Yikes.
#groinstrong

"Long story short: I'm stupid, but stupid like a fox."

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 20:08
DaFROG
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balls of steel?

We have assembled an international voltron of geometry, marketing and metallurgy experts working around the clock and have determined that your bike sucks

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 21:08
Todd
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been following things for the last couple of weeks.
Stoked to see wout VA at the classics, and on his performance today.
Strada Bianchi is a rad race (I would love to ride the course), but the finish this year was meh.... he won it from 10k.
Interesting to see all the big guns playing games in the last few races...
Also, fuck.. astana with 3 riders in the finish at oomloop? Since when did they go all Mapei

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 09:57
TimArchyLime
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Well thanks for the spoiler since I read this while watching a replay that is 8km from the finish. j/k
That last km is still one of, if not the best, last km in cycling. Even if it's only watching someone go up it alone.

As much as I was not a WVA fan in cross, I'm stoked to see him race a classics season. Especially if can have more days like this.
Isn't MVdP doing a MTB season this year? That will be fun too.

Snarky Varking wrote:
Tarckbike- Where mile 11 means you're on a long ride.

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 12:08
Todd
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Also... how fucking great are the slipstream kits this year.
Im stoked on their team again, Phinny, Uran, Vanmarke...
Im gonna get a hat. Kinda want a jersey, cuz they are popping, but probably not 100$ popping.

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 19:32
Todd
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Terino is going to be good. The field is stacked, all the classics dudes, and the big gun GC racers.

Interesting stuff at P-N today, I wonder if Direct Energy is gonna put in work for Astana later, cuz that looked like LLS handed the guy the stage.

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 12:51
lukasz
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(Reply to #9320)

Todd wrote:
Also, fuck.. astana with 3 riders in the finish at oomloop? Since when did they go all Mapei

like in terms of PEDs or?

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 17:44
Todd
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Like putting half their team in the elite select in classics races.

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 17:56
cousinmosquito
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(Reply to #9322)

Todd wrote:
been following things for the last couple of weeks.
Stoked to see wout VA at the classics, and on his performance today.
Strada Bianchi is a rad race (I would love to ride the course), but the finish this year was meh.... he won it from 10k.
Interesting to see all the big guns playing games in the last few races...
Also, fuck.. astana with 3 riders in the finish at oomloop? Since when did they go all Mapei

It looks waaay more brutal in some of these cell-phone vids.
I will be there for Eroica in May but I am struggling to see much cross-over in the courses. I would really love to ride that shit too.
Will try and do a deal with the mrs. Shopping while biking deal often works out.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qHcmFu0bj8

More wonderful than you can believe it

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 18:52
Todd
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Him falling over and failing at the remount on the final climb? Good on him,

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 19:27
TimArchyLime
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Holy crap. I had no idea that happened. He was so destroyed. That's awesome.
Another reason why that is the best finish in cycling.

Snarky Varking wrote:
Tarckbike- Where mile 11 means you're on a long ride.

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 00:28
NOVELTYNAME
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that kid is 23 years old

"Folks want options!"

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 15:37
cousinmosquito
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FY ! Sam Gaze, first kiwi to win a world cup in XC!
His dad, Chris and his buddy came to town to stay with us years ago and we took out the top 3 places in a local mini tour (in B-grade). Chris still punches above his weight in the open class XC at times. Sam has been growing up in the shadow of Anton Cooper but it just goes to show the different trajectories riders take in their careers. Slow burner. Anton was a phenom from day 1. Watching it on Redbull TV now.

More wonderful than you can believe it

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 01:17
liquify
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First dude not named julien absalon, Nino shurter, or jaroslav kulhavy to win a world cup in 5 years! That race was fun to watch, and looked tough.

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 09:53
cousinmosquito
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(Reply to #9328)

It was a cracker. I wonder if he can back it up. George Bennett 3rd in Tirreno Adriatico too.

More wonderful than you can believe it

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 13:34
TimArchyLime
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(Reply to #9329)

liquify wrote:
First dude not named julien absalon, Nino shurter, or jaroslav kulhavy to win a world cup in 5 years! That race was fun to watch, and looked tough.

I'm excited to see how VdP does with a front row start instead of having to struggle through 30 people.

Snarky Varking wrote:
Tarckbike- Where mile 11 means you're on a long ride.

Sat, 03/17/2018 - 11:21
Todd
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HY: MSR was rad. Watched the last 15 minutes after getting done with my ride. was great.

Sat, 03/17/2018 - 19:36
TimArchyLime
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Thanks for the reminder. Holy shit that crash at 10km.

Snarky Varking wrote:
Tarckbike- Where mile 11 means you're on a long ride.

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 00:53
Larry Winget
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Just watched. That was pretty good.

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Sun, 03/18/2018 - 01:48
cousinmosquito
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Mofo. Watched half of it. Went under the house to swap a couple of derailers and now it's been pulled !

More wonderful than you can believe it

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 03:15
ryanoceros
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Sun, 03/18/2018 - 07:58
Todd
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Dude is gonna retire this year.
That's too much.

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 10:18
ICU81MI
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Cavendish is the new Tyler Farrar

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 11:54
b-roll
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“ligamentous ankle injury”

sufficient to rip a shoe off, fling it high into the air, only to land neatly atop said bollard.
But who needs ankles to win TDF sprint stages, right?

ref Cosmo vid....

"Long story short: I'm stupid, but stupid like a fox."

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 20:32
NOVELTYNAME
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I went to Nairo quintanas hometown today. A bunch of junior (jrjr? Like 12-14yo) racers laughed at me when I took a photo of the giant statueS of him, but then cheered when I gave a thumbs up

"Folks want options!"

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 20:37
Larry Winget
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After yesterday it seems pretty likely we'll lose Wout to road racing. At least he beat Stybar.

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Mon, 04/02/2018 - 12:34
Tail Hook Lengthener
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After Strada Bianche and top 10 in a Flanders debut? From here on, he'll dip in for an occasional national championship or charity race, but this kid is now is a road racer.

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Mon, 04/02/2018 - 12:38
TimArchyLime
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7 hours of Flanders? Yes please!

Cool to see the early climbs that are usually never shown.

Check 3:25 for Wout climbing the Oude Kwaremont no handed while loading his pockets. I'm kinda starting to love this kid.

Snarky Varking wrote:
Tarckbike- Where mile 11 means you're on a long ride.

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 00:47
Larry Winget
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I love how he looks like the fredly kid who shows up at the fast group ride and schools everybody.

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Wed, 04/04/2018 - 00:54
TimArchyLime
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Got my fingers crossed that he doesn't become an asshole. Pretty sure he's thrown a bike once. Please please please don't ever do it again.

Snarky Varking wrote:
Tarckbike- Where mile 11 means you're on a long ride.

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 01:02
Todd
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Is he racing on Sunday?

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 09:11
liquify
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yes.

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 12:31
b-roll
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Someone shoop in 'Wout' and we've got a winner.

"Long story short: I'm stupid, but stupid like a fox."

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 20:20
NOVELTYNAME
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OH SHIT

(Actually there was a group called “95 south” that did a song called “woot there it is” at the same time tag team did their song)

Edit:

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Wed, 04/04/2018 - 23:05
Viggen
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Road racing is really getting old, this is where the riding is at.

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Thu, 04/05/2018 - 08:30
Todd
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My buddy from Flagstaff got 76th at that race!
Also, you wrong, classics are always good, dont be a fuddy duddy.

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 10:23
liquify
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Yeah, Classics are fun. Other stuff is hit or miss.
EWS highlights are usually a blast. The strider bike sections were funny/too real for me. But Sam Hill opening a 25 second lead on that stage is nutty (with Cecile's nearly 30 second, too).

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 12:02

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