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Phil and Bob are hosting the Tour this year and they've had a couple of spots with Lance Armstrong. They never mention Lance during the Tour at all so I was wondering what changed this year. Any thoughts?
 

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Phil and Bob are hosting the Tour this year and they've had a couple of spots with Lance Armstrong. They never mention Lance during the Tour at all so I was wondering what changed this year. Any thoughts?
First, Bob is doing a heck of a job replacing a guy who really can't be replaced.

I think, with Lance, reality has to start to come to bear - the entire sport is an exercise in experimental chemistry and they were acting as if Armstrong was the sole offender.

In this instance, though, it's really just NBC airing some clips. I think he's still completely unable to do anything in any official capacity with cycling - I'm not even sure he can be onsite with his podcast.
 
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First, Bob is doing a heck of a job replacing a guy who really can't be replaced.

I think, with Lance, reality has to start to come to bear - the entire sport is an exercise in experimental chemistry and they were acting as if Armstrong was the sole offender.

In this instance, though, it's really just NBC airing some clips. I think he's still completely unable to do anything in any official capacity with cycling - I'm not even sure he can be onsite with his podcast.
Phil and Paul were incredible together. A big part of the presentation is the scenery and the history, and together they did a great job with that. Chris is doing OK as Bob's replacement in the studio, but Bob was really the best part of the studio. I think he has to be more reserved as Phil's sidekick.
 
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Great stage Tuesday; enjoyed watching and now rooting for the Belgian Dylan; won’t share today’s result

Not micro-analyzing announcers, but prefer Eurosport over NBCSN blabbering blabbers
 

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I actually half-watched this morning - I usually rewatch it again at night.

I actually enjoy NBC’s coverage.

Phil Liggett is great - some of his sayings, particularly “and the elastic has snapped”, have been staples of our group rides for years.
 
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Beauty’s in the ears of the beholder. Ligget’s OK, I just enjoy Eurosport more than NBCSN’s other talking heads.
 
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Question for those who watched on Saturday. Why couldn't the two chasers working together catch the lone leader who was in front from the start? Was it just a super ride from the leader?
 

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Question for those who watched on Saturday. Why couldn't the two chasers working together catch the lone leader who was in front from the start? Was it just a super ride from the leader?
What De Gendt did was extraordinary - it was basically a 200km breakaway that somehow stayed away. He shed all of the folks in the breakaway, finally soloing when they hit the foot of the last climb.

When the two chasers break out of the peloton near the top of the climb, they're about 50 seconds back; Alaphillipe and Pinot work together for two reasons...one, to catch De Gendt and two, to put time into the rest of the field. Alaphillipe is within spitting distance of the race lead and he can get back in yellow.

Time yo-yos between De Gendt, the first chase and the peloton for the last six kilometers. De Gendt just put in a historical effort - that win makes a career - he really is toast in the last kilometer. but the two chasers just can't quite get him.

At the line, Alaphillipe doesn't contest the sprint and let's Pinot take second and the time bonuses. Alaphillipe's end of the bargain is that he has enough time in hand to wear yellow the next day on Bastille Day - a huge deal for a Frenchman.
 
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What De Gendt did was extraordinary - it was basically a 200km breakaway that somehow stayed away. He shed all of the folks in the breakaway, finally soloing when they hit the foot of the last climb.

When the two chasers break out of the peloton near the top of the climb, they're about 50 seconds back; Alaphillipe and Pinot work together for two reasons...one, to catch De Gendt and two, to put time into the rest of the field. Alaphillipe is within spitting distance of the race lead and he can get back in yellow.

Time yo-yos between De Gendt, the first chase and the peloton for the last six kilometers. De Gendt just put in a historical effort - that win makes a career - he really is toast in the last kilometer. but the two chasers just can't quite get him.

At the line, Alaphillipe doesn't contest the sprint and let's Pinot take second and the time bonuses. Alaphillipe's end of the bargain is that he has enough time in hand to wear yellow the next day on Bastille Day - a huge deal for a Frenchman.
Stage 8 - I'm a day behind watching the dvr in the evening, usually fast forwarding through most so I can finish watching before midnight. I believe this was the stage where they were questioning Trek, Sunweb, and maybe Bora for riding somewhat aggressive during the opening moments of the breakaway. I only heard some of the commentary and haven't had a chance to follow up. I'm assuming it was related to Ciccone?
 

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Stage 8 - I'm a day behind watching the dvr in the evening, usually fast forwarding through most so I can finish watching before midnight. I believe this was the stage where they were questioning Trek, Sunweb, and maybe Bora for riding somewhat aggressive during the opening moments of the breakaway. I only heard some of the commentary and haven't had a chance to follow up. I'm assuming it was related to Ciccone?
If they did, I missed it - the initial breakaway of four was allowed to move out pretty easily.
 

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