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2016 Tour de France stage 15

Ouchie! Yesterdays stage 15 had 13,000 feet of climbing in it! Thats a lot! The final climb the riders tackled twice! For the GC men the stage was, more or less, business as usual. Up the road however two riders managed to stay clear to the end. Rafael Maijka and the Columbian rider Pantano battled all the way to the end with Pantano taking the win after a harrowing descent where he took major risks to catch back on after being dropped the last time up the climb. 

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2016 Tour de France Stage 16

Today Mark Cavendish established himself as one of the most successful Tour sprinters of all time. He has now won enough stages that he only trails the legendary Eddy Merckx in Tour wins. This is an amazing accomplishment and one he can be proud of. Cav also has returned to prominence as one of the best sprinters of his time.

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2016 Tour de France Stage 13

Another impressive day at the Tour de France! Tom Dumoulin with the Giant/Alpecin squad slayed all with a time trial that put the time to beat in the stratosphere. The only other rider to get close was the yellow jersey Chris Froome. All other riders lost minuted to Dumoulin. Of course, the GC contenders were only ever concerned with the positions of their close competitors. 

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2016 Tour de France, Stage 12

Wow! Just wow! Todays stage at the Tour was total chaos! With cross winds throughout the race and then completely out of control crowds todays race was unlike anything we've ever seen. 

The winds persisted again today. The last several days have been windy and it has been tough on the field. Today was no different. As per usual th early break went away. The men in the break were no threat to the overall GC so they were allowed to go free. Behind the echelons came together and the group was further split. 

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2016 Tour de France

Blahoželanie is how you say congratulations in Slovak! Peter Sagan went into the final sprint of todays stage of the Tour de France head to head with the yellow jersey Chris Froome. In a remarkable attack Sagan and his teammate Bodrogi, Froome and his teammate Gerraint Thomas went clear in the closing kilometers and managed to hold off the peloton. This was one of the most unbelievable moments in the Tour de France I've ever seen. Even Sagan himself was quoted as saying you can't "plan this."

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2016 Tour de France

Ooooh so close! Peter Sagan and Michael Matthews went to the wire together today at the finish of todays stage of the #TourdeFrance. Matthews edged Sagan after repeated attacks from his Orica/Bike Exchange teammate Daryl Impey. This was text book bike racing 101. Great ride today out of the Orica/Bike Exchange riders!

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2016 Tour de France

Hah! I missed the call totally on todays stage! I had predicted that the race favorites would arrive first to the finish. Instead, a breakaway, or it could even be considered a split in the group, went away relatively early in the proceedings. The big favorites missed the initial move that  contained riders who were far down on the GC already. In the "main field" were Froome, Quintana and, eventually Contador. The breakaway was highly motivated and with the composition the was it was, the group had minimal concerns about giving them their head. 

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2016 Tour de France

Today provided the first shake down of the GC at the 2016 Tour de France. With 4 climbs culminating with the Col de Peyresourde, the climbers asserted themselves for the first time. 

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2016 Tour de France

Today was the kind of racing I like to see! Aggressive, unpredictable and exciting! There were multiple breakaways the yellow jersey was on the attack and the peloton was split into multiple groups. The final acceleration by Steve Cummings with Dimension Data put the final nail in the coffin for the breakaway and he managed to stay clear to the line swooping down the descent and crossing the line arms aloft! What a race!

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2016 Tour de France

Another victory for Cavendish today! In another group gallup to the line Cav and Kittel arived togeher but this time Cav had a bit more decisive advantage than his last finish against Griepel. 

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