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Old Sep 2nd, 2020, 07:51 AM
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Boring. More boring. Even more boring. Really, really boring. And a sprint at the end. Meh.
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Old Sep 3rd, 2020, 06:40 AM
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Sorry you were bored, AJP. The I hour UK highlights prog did a pretty good job of making even yesterday interesting with several inserts about the history of the tour, discussions of tactics, and technical details provided by David Millar [ex TdF rider] - did you know that when the domestiques are coming through the peleton with drinks for the team leaders up the front or bringing through a GC contender who's got stuck at the back they shout "Service"? No, neither did I. And woe betide the domestique who does it unnecessarily - the peloton will exact its punishment one way or another.

And then the excitement at the end, of which they gave nary a clue so there were no spoilers.
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Old Sep 4th, 2020, 07:25 AM
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Classic flat stage! Inexplicable tactical mistakes by many classement riders, Peter Sagan included. Crazy speeds on the last stretch of 70+ km/h. Sprint at the finish, expertly judged by the Jumbo Visma team. Tom Dumoulin launched Wout van Aert to a stage win. 2nd for him, 3rd win for Jumbo Visma and a shake up of the classement. Excellent stage imo.
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Old Sep 4th, 2020, 09:29 AM
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Great race. Always surprised by experienced riders who still get caught-out. Loose your focus and chaos happens. Still trying to find riders to cheer for. Remember when Cavendish was unbeatable and loved seeing him leave other sprinters in his wake, then Sagan who was absolutely amazing and although still in Green Jersey just doesn’t seem to be quite as good as in the past, but early days. I have a new sprinter...Aert. Love him and he has overcome so much in the last year. Still holding out on G.C. ( wish Geraint and Froome were there ) but like Yates.

The French countryside so beautiful. It never fails to impress.
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Old Sep 4th, 2020, 12:26 PM
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Aerial coverage of the bikes on the tour provides a lot of interesting visuals but some of my favorite visuals are things like this. The time and effort it takes to create the bike and coordinate these 20 tractors slowly driving in circles is something else. All for hopefully 10 or 15 seconds of air time to display the name of the tiny little commune of Lacaze (population 298 in 2017). Gotta love the people that come up with this stuff.


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Old Sep 4th, 2020, 12:31 PM
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john, you are so right. It also tells one how much the French love the tour.
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Old Sep 4th, 2020, 02:20 PM
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I love ariel views. That is great as I am always trying to catch the names of the villages they go through. I google search a lot. Very smart PR. .
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Old Sep 4th, 2020, 04:49 PM
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Even though Thursday was slow, I enjoyed seeing villages such as Vogue, Balazuc, St Ambroix which we visited in 2018. We walked up to the Fort de Banne with wonderful views. The commentators did not mention the restored stables at the fort. Last night with the Millau viaduct was lovely. We visited Peyre with the troglodyte church in 2014, and Castelnau Pegeyrols in 2018. It is always a thrill when we see places we have visited. There are some gorgeous villages to be seen. The aerial views give a new perspective.
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Old Sep 4th, 2020, 06:47 PM
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Another great stage. The speed maintained was amazing and there would have been some very tired men at the end. The scenery was beautiful and Castres looked gorgeous.
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Old Sep 5th, 2020, 04:09 AM
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Rhon, you're getting more than most of us out of the tour since you've already been in these areas, and I know you would have seen all there was to see at that time--just not from above.

When the tour shows places we've been, it hits that nostalgia button, which in a way is good and in a way hurts a little.

I bet all of us are getting ideas of places we'd like to go, when we have the chance once again. Wouldn't it be funny if the second day France was open to outsiders that a bunch of Fodorites showed up at the same village.
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Old Sep 5th, 2020, 04:35 AM
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Even though Thursday was slow, I enjoyed seeing villages such as Vogue, Balazuc, St Ambroix which we visited in 2018. We walked up to the Fort de Banne with wonderful views. The commentators did not mention the restored stables at the fort. Last night with the Millau viaduct was lovely. We visited Peyre with the troglodyte church in 2014, and Castelnau Pegeyrols in 2018. It is always a thrill when we see places we have visited. There are some gorgeous villages to be seen. The aerial views give a new perspective.
One of the reasons why I loved yesterday's stage so much was that it went through areas that I know really well, and the start at the Viaduct de Millau was an added bonus.
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Old Sep 5th, 2020, 05:02 AM
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A followup to the picture I posted of the bicycle visual above. When researching Lacaze, I found a web site where I could send a message so I sent a quick message in English and French (thanks to google translate) on Friday saying I really enjoyed their creation and asked who came up with the idea and how did they make it happen. I also said if we can ever travel to France again from the USA I will certainly try to visit their commune. I said it would be fun to meet the people that came up with this great display.

Here is the reply I received Saturday morning. I hope I can eventually get there. It would be fun to meet the mayor and a few of the farmers.

Good morning, John,

Thank you for your message on the Friends of the Château de LACAZE website. It's nice to see that our little village was known on the other side of the Atlantic thanks to this animation during the Tour de France !!!
The idea was proposed by the farmers of the municipality. They all repaired and restarted their old tractors to complete this project.
I hope you will have the opportunity to come and visit our beautiful region and the village of LACAZE; I will be happy to welcome you there!

Best regards,

Alain RICARD

Maire / Mayor

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Thanks, John - that photo really made me smile.

I love the tactics too - interesting even on a "slow" day.
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Loved last nights stage, and really enjoying this race. One of the things that calls me back to France is the Pyrenees We have nothing like them here in Aus, and I just love looking at them.

Pau is a beautiful town and we spent a week there in 2013 arriving on a day that their was a race of old Grand Prix cars. We hadn’t booked anywhere to stay, and on the way up to the town talked to a gentleman who took us to a lovely hotel, that was very reasonably priced. We felt very lucky as you should never go with someone who says ‘ I’ve got the place for you’.

Sadly the transport strike started the next day, and we spent the whole seven days exploring every inch of this beautiful town. The people were so friendly and we were made so welcome. It was on my list for consideration to spend the first six months (winter) if my husband had been agreeable, however, he thought it would have been too cold.

John what delightful response.
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Old Sep 6th, 2020, 04:30 AM
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rhon, thanks for the info on that church they showed. I was wondering about that. It's hard to understand what the announcer is saying sometimes.

John, very nice reply.
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Old Sep 6th, 2020, 12:15 PM
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Cheska - I think you missed a treat there, not spending those 6 months in the mountains. Yes, it would probably have been cold but a crisp cold, most of the time. Still even a week would have been great and how lucky to find someone who took you to such a nice place to stay.
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Old Sep 6th, 2020, 05:26 PM
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At one point today I saw a couple of dozen riders coming out of the fog and it looked kinda spooky - a word I have never thought to associate with the Tour de France. I'm always amazed at the crazy descents even in dry weather but wet roads like today make it even crazier - which is a word I do associate with the Tour. I'm just as amazed at the people on the motorcycles with TV cameras that are right beside the riders.

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Old Sep 6th, 2020, 07:02 PM
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annhig I would have stayed in the area in a heartbeat as the winter may have been similar to where we live here in Aus. Minus temps, fog and beautiful sunny days. Sadly my husband really feels the cold and hour house has great insulation, double glazed windows, and our heater still runs at 23c. We also get full winter sun into the house, and I do turn the heater off from about 10.00 am especially if he is not home.

I loved the stage yesterday although was pretty nervous on the descent in that weather. Thank goodness today is a rest day an I can go to bed at a more reasonable hour. Getting up at 8.30 am I feel half the day is gone.
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Old Sep 7th, 2020, 05:43 AM
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John/Cheska - yes, that descent was really hairy wasn't it? Shame Hirshey couldn't hang on to get the stage win. Love that message you got John - perhaps we should honour them with a Fodors Tour de France GTG when we can all travel again. i agree about the motorcyclists but I wish they would do more about the spectators. Yesterday was better but Friday was dreadful and I have no idea how someone wasn't knocked off his bike by the flags.
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Old Sep 7th, 2020, 10:32 AM
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Macross, Using closed captions will often give you a fair approximation of town names.
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