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Old Aug 30th, 2020, 10:00 AM
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Just watched. Love the scenery around Nice. We were there last in Nov. 2019 and the views bring back many lovely memories.
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Old Aug 30th, 2020, 12:13 PM
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I was quite nervous on that descent. Iím sure my leaning on my sofa helped some riders stay upright. Good first stage and made more memorable because we spent time in the area.
When the Astana team decided to be the dimwits I was shouting "what are you doing!??!!?" at the TV
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Old Aug 30th, 2020, 12:14 PM
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Dry roads today. That's a relief.

What happened yesterday was something that happened every year when I lived in Los Angeles. A very fine oil film builds up on the pavement during the dry season, just from the passing traffic. The first time it rains -- bingo! -- the road becomes a skating rink. In LA it meant that anybody putting on their brakes a bit too hard would keep sliding into the car in front.
Hence Jumbo Visma's statement after the stage, addressed at the Tour directors
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Old Aug 30th, 2020, 01:25 PM
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The nice weather, a variety of gorgeous scenery and a fairly exciting finish all combined to make this second stage very enjoyable to watch. It's a nice break from the monotony I seem to be stuck in right now.

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Old Aug 30th, 2020, 03:33 PM
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It was wonderful scenery. We have not been to Nice itself but did stay in La Brigue for a week. During that week we drove over to Sospel and Luceram. Looking at the early part of the stage has given us food for thought when and if we are able to travel to France.

Looking forward to the next three weeks.
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Old Aug 31st, 2020, 06:15 AM
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The leader out, broken collarbone. So sad.
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Old Aug 31st, 2020, 06:46 AM
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The leader out, broken collarbone. So sad.
Ouch. Was working today, so couldn't watch. Thanks!
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Old Aug 31st, 2020, 07:06 AM
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Is "sad" the new replacement for "unfortunate" or other more appropriate terms? Did you weep?
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Old Aug 31st, 2020, 11:33 AM
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Kerouac, no but bet he did. A punctured tire. Yes, I am sad for him. Tons of work to be in this race and a tiny object in the road just force you out. On top of the world one moment, gone the next. Yes, I am sad for him. Jesusjosephandmary. The guy who crashed into the hedge was good from yesterday.
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Old Aug 31st, 2020, 12:58 PM
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The crash out today was multiply sad. He was King of the Mountains on the road, with a lock on it if he finished the stage. Instead he flatted, crashed into his own team car, and broke his collarbone. It would have been his first TdF champion jersey.
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Old Aug 31st, 2020, 02:35 PM
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<< Yes, I am sad for him. Jesusjosephandmary. The guy who crashed into the hedge was good from yesterday.>>

Yes, poor chap. But there are often early exits by top riders - it seems to go with the territory. I was watching when that rider hit the hedge and my DS rushed into the room to ask what was wrong as I'd just screamed. [doesn't happen often].
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Old Aug 31st, 2020, 04:48 PM
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Annhig, I love watching the team medic treating them from the car window. I never did see the video of Perez's crash. Just the after photos. Glad I didn't if he hit the team car.
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Old Aug 31st, 2020, 07:32 PM
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Is "sad" the new replacement for "unfortunate" or other more appropriate terms? Did you weep?
Are you always this grumpy at 8 am, kerouac?
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Old Aug 31st, 2020, 07:33 PM
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What a final to this stage though.
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Old Aug 31st, 2020, 10:26 PM
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Another fabulous stage and really happy for Caleb Ewan. We are definitely going to spend more time in the area next trip.
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Old Sep 1st, 2020, 07:07 AM
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Four riders have dropped out so far and 172 riders are still in the course. "Sad" doesn't happen until the last week when someone has to abandon after having been through so much. They basically haven't done much yet other than delighting our eyes with the landscapes.
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Old Sep 1st, 2020, 08:19 AM
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The roads of the arriere-pays nicois are treacherous even in good weather, let alone after a rain. Today's route through to Sisteron passes along one of my favorite routes out of the City and onto the route de Napoleon.
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Old Sep 1st, 2020, 04:18 PM
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gooster thanks for that information. I will now have a look at this route. Another great stage, although starting to feel a little weary. Working in the garden all day, and then watching the race is taking its toll. I am really helping the cyclists by pedaling on my sofa up the mountains😂
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Old Sep 1st, 2020, 05:55 PM
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One disadvantage of watching the tour is it adds new areas to the list we would like to visit!! We have had very little to do with the area around Sisteron, but watching last night has made us realise we could easily spend a week in the area. So it goes on the list. P even had a quick look for gites!!
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Old Sep 2nd, 2020, 07:07 AM
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Very easy stage today for the Tour de France. I quite like those from time to time because I do not enjoy watching people suffer (too often).
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