7.21.2015

TdF Rest Day: The Rest of the Tour (and my opinion about data sharing)

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Mark Cavendish
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Team Bora
After two weeks, with the Pyrennes over and just the Alps lef before Paris, the rest of the peloton is taking its rest
That's what remains infact. A good number of riders had to quit due to crashes, illness or fatigue.
But what does remain of the Tour? A steril polemic about Froome's performance, an indecent piss stinking Yellow Jersey, an embarrassing dominance by Team Sky.
The route is probably one of the most equilibrated and beautiful in many years but the race is boring for lack of serious contenders. Quintana and Valverde attack for the show - fortunately - but it isn't on the last climb that you can gain minutes or put the leader in some real trouble. 
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Team Movistar
Moreover this Tour lacks of underplots. The fight for Green of Sagan and Greipel is the only one worth a mention. I don't see so far an impressive breaker as it was De Marchi last year, nor a pasionating duel as Bardet/Pinot (they are both under the expectations).
We had some highlights with Qhubeka wearing Polka Dot and winning a stage but we exultated with our head more than with our stomach, because it was fair and good, not because it was fucking great or bloody exciting
Even Froome isn't exciting. I like him and find there is a greatness in dominance... but here he just attacked once, then barely had to move to defend his Jersey. He's so ahead his contenders that they have to contend for the podium. 
Drama is an element, I agree. But Cancellara and Martin crashing in Yellow, Peraud chasing covered on blood, Nibali sinking in a resentful silence ... that's more sad or pathetic than tragic.
To find the sould of this Tour we must probably look to the loyal team workers sacrificing their personal chances everyday for unsuccessful leaders or unlucky mates. 
That said, you can see how Team Sky dominance is democratic: Froome just won a stage and let the other teams fight for stage victories and KOM. He's wearing the Polka Dot Jersey as a consequence of the rules, because the most of the points are on uphill finishes but he doesn't sprint for them. 
Breaks manages to stay away unless sprinters teams chase them down. Ten teams had a stage victory, Lotto-Saudal leads with 4 (all by Greipel!) followed by Etixx-QS with 3. Poor Sagan has got a lot of 2nd  places again but no win, while Cavendish conquered at least one sprint. Big defeated are Kristoff and Degenkolb, both empty handed. And if Katusha can compensate with Puritos's two victories on the mountains, Giant-Alpecin failed to achieve anything. Barguil looked strong though and without the crash... who knows?
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Thevenent vists AG2R
Disappointing and disappointed also Lotto-Jumbo. Very disappointing the French Teams, AG2R excluded because they won a stage with Vuillermoz and put Bardet once on the podium. 
TFR had a bittersweet start with Cancellara's Yellow and abandone. Mollema is doing great defending his top ten and Jungels is in almost every break. I think that, with a bit of good luck, the young Luxembourger could get a stage victory in the Alps, unless the other GC teams work together against Team Sky, in that case no break will stay away and we'll have fireworks at eavery finish.
FINALLY and a part: my opinion about Team Sky and Chris Froome.
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TFR
First of all, as far as Froome's performance on Ventoux: Team Sky showed his data to a selected press during the WC in Florence asking them to not share. Sky staff explained as he attacked in a short flat just increasing his pedaling cadence, keeping a short gear that allowed it to get a gap on the following steep climb.
I agree that sharing all data with everybody isn't a good idea because data must be interpretated and not everybody can do that but there is a lot of people talking about they don't know and making a big damage. I'm not saying data should be secret, they could be authomatically shared with the UCI or WADA or a mixed commission including riders and UCI, BUT competent people
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Team Sky Press Conf
Froome's performance on this Tour are nothing special, Paolo Slongo recently said Nibali's normal VAM on a climb is the same (don't ask me numbers, I don't remember because I can't interpretate them) and if he's skinny Andy Schleck used to be very skinny too (65 kg per 1.86 m). I don't think he's over performing: Nibali and Contador are under performing. And Quintana... is doing what he usually do: waiting. I still have to see a serious attack by this one.
In add Chris Froome has got a terrific team. And YES they are FANATIC. I have see it from close and I can confirm. They spent ALL their time training, or racing, far from home, sharing every seconds. That the way to achieve great results, to waste your health and to ruine your relationships. It works. 

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Lotto-Saudal
RESULTS
FIRST WEEK
1 (ITT) - Utrecht › Utrecht DENNIS Rohan GC DENNIS Rohan
2 - Utrecht › Neeltje Jans GREIPEL André  GC CANCELLARA Fabian
03- Antwerpen › Huy RODRIGUEZ Joaquim GC  FROOME Christopher
4 - Seraing › Cambrai MARTIN Tony GC MARTIN Tony
5 - Arras › Amiens GREIPEL André  GC MARTIN Tony
6 - Abbeville › Le Havre STYBAR Zdenek GC  MARTIN Tony
7 - Livarot › Fougères CAVENDISH Mark GC  FROOME Christopher
8 - Rennes › Mûr-de-bretagne VUILLERMOZ Alexis FROOME Christopher
9 (TTT) - Vannes › Plumelec BMC Racing Team FROOME Christopher
SECOND WEEK
10 - Tarbes › La Pierre-Saint-Martin FROOME Christopher GC FROOME Christopher
11 - Pau › Cauterets MAJKA Rafał GC FROOME Christopher
12 - Lannemezan › Plateau de Beille GC RODRIGUEZ Joaquim FROOME Christopher
13 - Muret › Rodez VAN AVERMAET Greg GC FROOME Christopher
14 - Rodez › Mende CUMMINGS Stephen FROOME Christopher
15 - Mende › Valence GREIPEL André FROOME Christopher
16 - Bourg-de-Péage › Gap PLAZA Rubén FROOME Christopher

GC after stage 16
FOR VICTORY
1 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 64:47:16  
FOR PODIUM
2 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:03:10  
3 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:03:32 
4 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:04:02  
5 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:04:23  
FOR TOP TEN
6 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:05:32  
7 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:06:23  
8 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:07:49  
9 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing 0:08:53  
10 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:11:03  
11 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal 0:12:02  
12 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:13:10  
13 Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:14:23  
14 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team 0:15:18  
15 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 0:15:55  
16 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling 0:17:04
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17 Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 0:23:15  
18 Serge Pauwels (Bel) MTN - Qhubeka 0:24:18  
19 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:31:54  
20 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:36:29
FOR STAGES
21 Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team 0:38:43  
22 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:38:54  
23 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:39:34  
24 Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 0:42:12  
25 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:46:22  
26 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:47:46  
27 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:48:30  
28 Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team 0:49:46  
29 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:53:41  
30 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal 0:55:55  
31 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 1:00:01  
32 Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo 1:01:00  
33 Jan Barta (Cze) Bora-Argon 18 1:01:30  
34 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step 1:03:12  
35 Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:07:24  
36 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 1:09:28  
37 Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar 1:10:16  
38 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling 1:10:33  
39 Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 1:10:39  
40 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek Factory Racing 1:11:28  
41 Daniel Martin (Irl) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 1:11:44  
42 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar 1:12:27  
43 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar 1:12:38  
44 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team 1:12:44  
45 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky 1:13:12  
46 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team Katusha 1:14:16  
47 Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 1:14:18  
48 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge 1:18:46  
49 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Lampre-Merida 1:23:07  
50 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:24:26  
51 Nelson Oliveira (Por) Lampre-Merida 1:24:33  
52 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN - Qhubeka 1:24:52  
53 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 1:25:14  
54 Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka 1:25:19  
55 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team 1:26:53  
56 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:28:32  
57 Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka 1:28:37  
58 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement 1:28:41  
59 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 1:29:13  
60 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky 1:30:28  
61 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha 1:30:38  
62 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 1:31:13  
63 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 1:32:33  
64 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 1:32:55  
65 Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling 1:33:18  
66 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ.fr 1:33:40  
67 Michal Golas (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step 1:35:29  
68 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 1:37:38  
69 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18 1:38:04  
70 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team 1:38:35  
71 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 1:40:36  
72 José Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team 1:44:25  
73 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step  
74 Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 1:45:00  
75 Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement 1:45:07  
76 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 1:45:27  
77 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida 1:45:31  
78 Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:45:47  
79 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team 1:46:11  
80 Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek Factory Racing 1:46:44  
81 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling 1:47:33  
82 Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka 1:48:01  
83 Stef Clement (Ned) IAM Cycling 1:48:05  
84 Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky 1:48:29  
85 Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18 1:48:55  
86 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement 1:49:55  
87 Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team 1:50:36  
88 Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar 1:51:15  
89 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:51:35  
90 Stephen Cummings (GBr) MTN - Qhubeka 1:51:51  
91 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky 1:52:51  
92 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step 1:53:25  
93 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 1:53:37  
94 Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling 1:56:14  
95 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Alpecin 1:57:36  
96 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka 1:58:30  
97 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 1:58:57  
98 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Bora-Argon 18 1:59:13  
99 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar 1:59:53  
100 Brice Feillu (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement 2:01:19  
101 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 2:01:37  
102 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team 2:02:57  
103 Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek Factory Racing 2:03:02  
104 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Lampre-Merida 2:03:06  
105 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha 2:03:07  
106 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin 2:03:20  
107 Julien Vermote (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step 2:04:44  
108 Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team 2:04:48  
109 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step 2:05:11  
110 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ.fr 2:05:54  
111 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar 2:06:44  
112 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr 2:06:50  
113 Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement 2:07:12  
114 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge 2:08:14  
115 Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling 2:08:54  
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Tinkoff with Sagan and Contador
116 Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement 2:09:44  
117 Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team 2:11:15  
118 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 2:11:18  
119 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 2:12:36  
120 Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka 2:12:39  
121 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 2:15:22  
122 Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 2:15:36  
123 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida 2:15:46  
124 Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha 2:15:54  
125 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr 2:16:46  
126 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal 2:17:50  
127 Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 2:17:53  
128 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team 2:19:10  
129 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.fr 2:19:40  
130 Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 2:23:11  
131 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement 2:23:49  
132 Jose Rodolfo Serpa (Col) Lampre-Merida 2:24:30  
133 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar 2:24:41  
134 Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky 2:25:26  
135 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal 2:25:28  
136 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal 2:26:04  
137 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Etixx - Quick-Step 2:26:17  
138 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo 2:27:30  
139 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Merida 2:28:47  
140 Julian Arredondo (Col) Trek Factory Racing 2:29:24  
141 Nathan Haas (Aus) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 2:30:10  
142 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 2:30:47  
143 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal 2:30:54  
144 José Mendes (Por) Bora-Argon 18 2:31:16  
145 Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 2:33:38  
146 Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky 2:34:59  
147 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha 2:35:14  
148 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team 2:36:30  
149 Damien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 2:37:28  
150 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 2:37:44  
151 Frédéric Brun (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement 2:38:40  
152 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal 2:39:04  
153 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 2:39:15  
154 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 2:40:59  
155 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEdge 2:41:11  
156 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 2:44:50  
157 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Etixx - Quick-Step 2:45:13  
158 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing 2:45:20  
159 Tyler Farrar (USA) MTN - Qhubeka 2:46:44  
160 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida 2:50:11  
161 Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 2:50:16  
162 Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 2:51:41  
163 Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling 2:51:48  
164 Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 2:55:39  
165 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 2:57:52  
166 Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Team Europcar 3:02:03  
167 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica GreenEdge 3:02:20  
168 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ.fr 3:11:11  
169 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18 3:27:13  
Points classification
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Andre Greipel
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo 405 pts
2 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal 316  
3 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin 264  
4 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Etixx - Quick-Step 192  
Mountains classification
1 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 61 pts
2 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 52  
3 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 41  
4 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky 40  
5 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 38  
Young rider classification
1 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 64:50:26  
2 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:07:53  
3 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:10:00  
4 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:28:44  
5 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:44:36  
6 Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 1:07:29  
7 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge 1:15:36  
8 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 1:28:03  
9 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18 1:34:54  
10 Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka 1:44:51  
Rest day for me too: by the sea!
Teams classification
1 Movistar Team 195:23:31  
2 MTN - Qhubeka 0:20:50  
3 Tinkoff-Saxo 0:29:36  
4 Team Sky 0:32:48  
5 Astana Pro Team 0:36:11  
6 AG2R La Mondiale 0:45:54  
7 BMC Racing Team 0:55:29  
8 Team Europcar 1:06:17  
9 Trek Factory Racing 1:19:34  
10 IAM Cycling 1:19:48  
11 Team LottoNL-Jumbo 1:19:50  
12 Lotto Soudal 1:38:46  
13 Team Giant-Alpecin 1:55:38  
14 Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 2:06:09  
15 Team Katusha 2:14:26  
16 Bretagne-Séché Environnement 2:25:59  
17 Cofidis, Solutions Credits 2:29:11  
18 FDJ.fr 2:32:05  
19 Bora-Argon 18 2:46:20  
20 Lampre-Merida 2:50:47  
21 Etixx - Quick-Step 3:03:31  
22 Orica GreenEdge 5:26:40

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