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Re: Professional cycling 2020

Posted: Mon Oct 05, 2020 2:49 am
by Kenickie
He was quite unnecessarily rude about Campenaerts' complaints about the road.

Feel very sorry for Lopez.

Re: Professional cycling 2020

Posted: Mon Oct 05, 2020 9:22 pm
by smalex
So disappointed for Geraint :cry:

I absolutely cannot bear the eurosport coverage, whichever commentator is doing the ridiculous flourish on any foreign name is driving me mad. we're going to try the quest highlights tomorrow.

Re: Professional cycling 2020

Posted: Mon Oct 05, 2020 9:29 pm
by Beatrix
Have you seen a video of the accident? It looked really nasty. I’m not sure he was a likely winner for the Giro but it’s a real shame he’s not in contention now. Also what’s up with Yates?

Sadly the Quest highlights is more of the same as it’s still the Eurosport coverage... although you get to see Sir Brad - he’s an odd fellow, I’ve always thought it.

The Vuelta is usually ITV4 though, isn’t it? I need Boulting and Millar doing the commentary - they’re just so much better.

Re: Professional cycling 2020

Posted: Mon Oct 05, 2020 9:34 pm
by smalex
Yeah, the vuelta is on itv4. I agree. Its miles better.

Wiggins is ....yeah. I’ve never found him totally likeable either. I bet he's a fucking nightmare to know.

Re: Professional cycling 2020

Posted: Mon Oct 05, 2020 10:28 pm
by Kenickie
ITV4 is definitely better.

I hate Wiggins now. I always found the mod thing really affected but I really dislike him doing punditry. He can't even say Geraint's name properly FFS.

I haven't seen the accident video but it seems like he'll pull out. It's such a shame.

I feel like there must be a reason for Yates dropping back but maybe he's just out of condition.

Re: Professional cycling 2020

Posted: Tue Oct 06, 2020 7:52 pm
by rosy
I like the itv4 coverage (mostly) but Eurosport is awful. It’s such a shame for Thomas, though how he managed to ride with a fractured hip is amazing!

Re: Professional cycling 2020

Posted: Sat Oct 10, 2020 8:53 pm
by smalex
Kenickie wrote: Mon Oct 05, 2020 10:28 pm
I feel like there must be a reason for Yates dropping back but maybe he's just out of condition.
Got the 'Rona

Re: Professional cycling 2020

Posted: Sat Oct 10, 2020 11:09 pm
by Kenickie
I'm kind of a bit ago at that! How did he get it, and how come the rest of the peleton haven't been struck down when they're shoulder to shoulder for hours?!

Amazing for Alex Dowsett. I've always liked him so I'm really pleased.

Re: Professional cycling 2020

Posted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 6:52 am
by smalex
Would there not still be time for others to start testing positive? I'm never sure how accurate immediate negatives are. I guess otherwise, they are still outside moving quickly? And maybe he's not a 'super spreader''? Hard to say. As for where he got it, they move hotel to hotel, it only requires one point of failure i guess (including himself). The general public come very close to them at times on the race (though that doesn't seem as bad in the giro as some stages of the tour, and it would seem to be quite difficult to catch it off someone when you pass them so fleetingly).

Dowsett was great. Really good win.

Re: Professional cycling 2020

Posted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 9:32 am
by Kenickie
Yeah, that's a good point. Although you'd think even outside, being that close and breathing out all over each other would be a huge risk. I guess if no one else/hardly any others get it is really good evidence for outside being so much better than inside.

Re: Professional cycling 2020

Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:06 pm
by smalex
Yeahhh, 4 of them have it now, I've just seen, MS have pulled out. Interesting to see if it spreads further in the peloton.

Re: Professional cycling 2020

Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 1:35 pm
by Kenickie
And Jumbo Visma! They must all be gutted.

Re: Professional cycling 2020

Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 1:39 pm
by Kenickie
I'll be devastated if they decide the Vuelta isn't viable now.

I mean, I know it's not the most important thing in all this but if we're going to be in and out of lockdowns and I can't see my family then a bit of cycling is pretty cheering and distracting.

Re: Professional cycling 2020

Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 1:56 pm
by smalex
I hadn't seen that. BBC says Michael Mathews has it too (Sunweb). I wonder if there'll be more, seems likely, doesn't it? I'm really sceptical they'll finish it now, or start the Vuelta. We'd be really disappointed too, I thought a few times how I hope professional sports can carry on in the winter, because they'll be precious little else to entertain anyone. Specially given the situation in Spain.

Re: Professional cycling 2020

Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 2:35 pm
by rosy
I guess once the virus gets into the bubble, it’ll spread whatever they do. It’s all a bit rubbish for us armchair spectators, though.

In F1 they’ve had only one driver test positive so far and he didn’t pass it on, but I doubt it’ll be the last positive test among the drivers now that several mechanics for Mercedes have had positive tests.

Re: Professional cycling 2020

Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 2:40 pm
by smalex
I think other sports are easier to contain though, as Ken said with the peloton being so close together for hours, support staff close in cars, racing day after day, moving hotel to hotel.

Re: Professional cycling 2020

Posted: Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:20 pm
by smalex
I know I keep moaning about it, but this coverage is spoiling it for me. If that bloke over pronounces Phil-leeepO GanNA one more time I might strangle him.

Re: Professional cycling 2020

Posted: Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:25 pm
by Kenickie
:lol:

I'm not really feeling it this year for some reason. I think the coverage isn't helping.

Re: Professional cycling 2020

Posted: Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:26 pm
by smalex
And if bradley wiggins wears one more version of the same top I'll happily strange him, too.

Re: Professional cycling 2020

Posted: Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:26 pm
by smalex
Kenickie wrote: Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:25 pm :lol:

I'm not really feeling it this year for some reason. I think the coverage isn't helping.
Its a strange old race, for sure.