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  1. aveslacker

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    Quintana wins, Froomedog second, Talansky fifth. Probably the best result for a Yank this year.
     
  2. Dead Fingers

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  4. Dead Fingers

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    http://www.velonews.com/2016/11/news/tour-de-france-major-races-pare-peloton-size_425292

    Tour de France and Vuelta a España organizer ASO, along with Giro d’Italia organizer RCS Sport, said they will reduce the number of riders allowed per team at major races. For the three grand tours, teams will go from nine riders to eight. Other major races, such as Ronde van Vlaanderen, which is organized by Flanders Classics, will reduce team sizes by one, down to seven riders each.
     
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    Vaughters was not happy about that! If it cuts down on teams like the totally clean Team Sky bossing the race, I'm all for it.
     
  6. JasonMa

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    JV was fine with the change but not the timing of it. He felt (probably correctly) that the changes should have been announced before the teams signed all their riders for next year. Now he's signed riders planning for 9/8 rider races and will only have 8/7 riders racing. That's going to lead to a change in rider strategy for the races and there's less racing spots to go around for a team signed with the expectation of more racing spots.
     
  7. aveslacker

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    He's got a point there, imo. Apparently ASO/RCS/Flanders Classics didn't consult with anyone when they made these announcements. Lefevre tweeted that this wouldn't be the most effective way to address the issue. Changes like these always have unintended consequences. I'm curious what they'll be.
     
  8. Dead Fingers

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    Tejay wins his first Grand Tour stage.
     
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  10. JasonMa

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    I think the dislike was snobbery more than anything. To be fair Phil has been slipping it recent years but it’s hard to find a commentating duo that has been better ambassadors for their sport for as long as the two of them have done it, in any sport. Paul will be missed.

    We “met” him once at the first year of the USA Pro Challenge, at the Steamboat Springs finish line. We were on the other side of the street early in the stage and saw him. We hurried around the barricades to try to get an autograph but by the time we got over there he was headed back into the trailer. We called his name to get a pic and he turned around and gave us a jaunty wave from a distance as he headed in (my wife got a pic of it). A couple of minutes later Phil came out and we got an autograph and I got a good pic of my wife and Phil. She told him we know it’s summer when we hear him and Paul calling races on TV.

    (The next morning we got Bob Roll's autograph at the start line. This was back before they added Christian and Jens to their Tour coverage so seeing all 3 of them at the same time covered the whole desk)
     
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    I always thought that they were good announcers. They did a good job of relating the sport to the general viewer and making it dramatic, and they had great deliveries. I think you're right about the snobby thing.
     
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  12. KCFutbol

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    Mrs. KCFutbol, who is not a cyclist or cycle racing fan, enjoyed listening to Phil and Paul.
     
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