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Tour de France 2020

Discussion in 'off topic' started by andrew d, Aug 23, 2020.

  1. andrew d

    andrew d pfm Member

    Starts in Nice next Saturday, 29th August . The tour is normally watched by between 10 and 12 million at the roadside. ASO state that there will be restrictions in place. Normally the big mountains, e.g. Ventoux, are closed very early in the morning but vast crowds think nothing of spending 9-12 hours waiting for the race to by.
    The caravan that precedes the race has been reduced in size and is 60% of what it is normally. Many spectators are attracted by the caravan freebies.
    Two positive COVID tests per team, staff and riders will mean elimination.
    In a normal year teams take precautions to limit the possibility of infection, e.g. using their own chefs, bedding etc. The tour however dictates which hotels they stay in, it's determined by lottery. Some of these places are very basic and will probably have been in public use up until the teams arrive.
    Roglic and Bernal are the bookies favourites. Ineos will face stiff competition from Jumbo-Visma. Already no Froome, Thomas or Cav.
    Hoping that this year's Tour is one to remember for all the right reasons.
    On ITV4 for those who prefer their TV terrestrial.
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  2. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    Yes, looking forward to it. I should have plenty of time to watch it this year while recovering from surgery.

    My worry is that teams could get ejected due to positive testing. Most pro cyclists appear to have respiratory conditions;)
  3. fegs

    fegs pfm Member

    A friend of mine is a director of one of the Grand Tour teams, it's been a mare so far for them with all the planning etc

    He was telling me about the "two strike" system and the amount of testing there will be, there'll certainly be potential for a number of teams to have to withdraw and also the tour itself finishing early

    let's hope not and as you say, one to remember for the right reasons

    FWIW my money is on Bernal (again)
  4. gavreid

    gavreid pfm Member

    Should it be taking place at all? I love the Tour and have been watching since I was 14 or so but this isn't the year
  5. fegs

    fegs pfm Member

    I think you could be right
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  6. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    I have mixed feelings about the Tour going ahead but it is pretty vital to the cycling coffers.
  7. sq225917

    sq225917 Bit of this, bit of that

    I think we'll see both riders and staff 'dissapearing' during the tour to avoid team expulsion.
  8. PhilofCas

    PhilofCas pfm Member

    Oh, thought it’d been cancelled, that’s a welcome surprise, now looking forward to it, thank you.
  9. gavreid

    gavreid pfm Member

    I'd like to see the Tour go back to national teams - the current funding model is broken anyway and maybe this is the catalyst
  10. cutting42

    cutting42 Arrived at B4 Hacker Erg \o/

    I love the tour and am looking forward to it but surprised it has gone ahead.
  11. peter bj

    peter bj pfm Member

    no Thomas or Froome will be a shame but neither looked fully fit on the cicuit de dauphine
  12. scotty38

    scotty38 pfm Member

    Brings up the age old problem of loyalty to who is paying you and putting food on the table.

    Same sort issue in the Worlds and if memory serves me correctly I think it was the Italian team, quite some time ago, that tried to work on incentives for their riders to work as a nation rather than having one eye on their trade teams.
  13. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    National teams would still need funding, I am not a fan of it personally.
  14. mikemusic

    mikemusic pfm Member

    Watching the Dauphine I was not happy to see the riders taking huge gulps of air going through unmasked spectators.
    Hoping for the best and fearing it will fizzle out or be stopped early.
    The calendar is crowded to put it mildly.
    The major tours in France, Spain and Italy are an unfortunate place to be with their Covid cases.

    Wish the boys well of course and hope they stay safe
  15. lilolee

    lilolee pfm Member

    I can't wait.

    It'll be really interesting to see the clash between Jumbo Visma and Ineos. It is a shame, but it did look the right decision to drop Froome and Thomas

    And will Sagan have a fight on his hands from Wout Van Aert?
  16. sean99

    sean99 pfm Member

    On the other hand the current system tempers any nationalism, which, at this time in history, is a good thing.
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  17. mikemusic

    mikemusic pfm Member

  18. gavreid

    gavreid pfm Member

    I've not witnessed overt nationalism at the world champs. I prefer those races to the one sided races that favour the rich teams
  19. andrew d

    andrew d pfm Member

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  20. robs

    robs pfm Member

    Looking forward to this though I guess it may be a little different to previous years.

    I suspect there will be huge crowds as normal.

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