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"Tadej Pogacar is the Most Promising Cyclist Ever?!?" 2020 Tour de France Review - Episode 66

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Hamish once again returns to the topic of cycling with a comprehensive review of the 2020 edition of the Tour de France. 

I cheer settle. Welcome back to the UNDERWALL podcast. This is episode sixty six of the show and today we are back to review the cycling, the final episode of the trilogy. So we've reviewed the action so far in the two rest days and now we're finally at the the races end. So we I thought it'd only be fair to do a round up episode of everything we've witnessed in the last three weeks and we're just going to follow the normal structure of just team by team analysis, go through the performance in each Jersey and stuff like that. But firstly I just want to talk about the too. Overall, I really really enjoyed this to it to France. I'll be honest. I do enjoy most of them, as I do love it, but this one, I think, since I've probably watched everyone since like two thousand and eight this probably sticks out as one of my favorites. This is probably like, yes, I guess if roblet ended up winning, I probably wouldn't be saying this. So I guess you can argue it's just because of one TT that I'm one time trial and I'm saying this, but Um, like, I honestly think it's just one of the closest fought ones I've seen in a while. kind of got sick of all the team's guy innyos domination. We had Chris Froome, wiggins, Thomas and Bernard last year, all winning fairly comfortably, and then before that there was some good additions, you know, Cadel Evans. Then you had the obvious, the famous content or versus Shlex, and those were some great races. But I really love this one and I just did not see this winner coming out like I'll be honest, before this race start I'd heard of his name but I didn't know the caliber of racery was and tad a pocket char stole all the headlines. Really look perfectly set up for promos rock letch and Yambo visma to win yellow, but Taday pockets share really stole the show. And the young Slovenian from you, a team Emirates, finished with the Yellow Jersey in Paris, which is the biggest honor and cycling, and he's only twenty one. So he's the second ever youngest ever writer to do it and it's just insane what he did on that final time trial. It's probably the most intense stage for witnessed my me and myself I prefer, you know, the long, the big mountain climbs like stage seventeen, where it's just the GC favorites attacking each other seeing who's going to break. But yeah, that time, usual time trials are very boring, but this one you just expected promos to come out and just smash pocket Char and pocket Char just smashed everyone like promos. Didn't even ride badly. He just looked bad in comparison to pocket Chah, who absolutely killed it. But yeah, pocket Charre so impressive in pretty much every aspect of it. To think that he lost a minute and twenty seconds. I think it was on something silly like an echelon on a crosswin day, but I think out of mechanical as well On that day and he still made up that time. Just shows how well he wrote. In the last two weeks at the tour he was the best climber by a long way. Miguel Angel Lopez, I guess it's pretty good, especially on stage seventeen, but pocket child was consistently the guy who was pushing the pace in the mountains, willing to attack. We're rubb which obviously he was very strong. The whole tour, but he never really attacked. He was always kind of just defending moves. But I guess that's what you have to do in the Elo Jersey. But yeah, pocket chart definitely deserving of his victory. But yeah, will just go...

...team by team analysis and we'll just talk about you know who, I think it's the rider of the the tournament, the race. Sorry, what I thought about each Jersey as we roll through the team's and yeah, so starting off we've got the the team winner will not the winner of the team classification, but you know that the winners team. So that sounds so dulgy. But you a team Emirates that they had a pretty good team on paper coming into it. They had David de la Cruz, Fabi Arrudavidfamolo or Tadd a pocket Shah for really great climbers, but that their hopes kind of crumbled early. IREU was out stage nine, for my law was out stage ten. Day. La Cruz looked out of shit, out of form early, and pocket child just nothing bothered him really. He put absolute clinics in. He ended up with one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, hundred nine eight, top ten, sorry, which is incredible in itself definitely deserving of the Yellow Jersey. As I was saying before, just the fact that he what did he make? Like a minute and a half on rock which on that time trial is just outstanding riding, and he actually ended up winning the king of the mountains and the White Jersey. Obviously won the White Jersey if you want the yellow, but to win the king of the mountains also shows that he was the best climber in the tour. But yet you should kind of strange that he won the King of the mountains. Usually the you know, the top GC favorites are up there, but usually it's a breakaway specialists two wins it. I think this year, though, less breakaways got away from the Peloton. So I don't know if that was because young Bovismo were very controlling at the front of the Peloton or what that was, but that was bit strange. Be Yeah, he came first. He was eighth in the Green Jersey as well, so he was pretty much there for everything. As a team they ended up coming ninth, but there's not really anyone else as no of note. And then Christophe on the last day you had a fourth. So overall, if I had to give them a rating. You couldn't really do anything other than a ten. Ten I don't think it was the greatest team performance. Like I wasn't a team sky or a or a Youngbo visma kind of team domination, but pocket chart ride of right of the tournament race, let's be real. And then Christophe spent a day in yellow and one a stage. So not much else team you am or its could have achieved in this three week block. Next up we've got YOUNGBOVISMA, obviously the team who had the Yellow Jersey for like ten days going into the final stage or something like that. They were the most dominant team of the whole three weeks, but unfortunately they stumbled at the final hurdle, something they're very good at and famous for his time trialing. But ultimately pocket charge just had a freak of a day. We know how good do Milam van art and Rocklit Char at time trialing, and for pocket chart to beat them all by what was it? You know, a minute and a half, shows how freak is his ride was on that day. But ultimately it was a pretty good tour from them. They would be up there for team the tour for me to dominate the race like they did for so long, and none of the like rock which didn't crack. He just got beaten by a better rider, which I think was good, good signs. Although they didn't win the ground tour, which was their main aim, they had four blokes in the top twenty. Rockers in second, a minute back on pocket Chare, Tom Dum Lan in seventh, which I think it's a pretty handy effort for a domestique. Seven minutes, forty eight seconds back on pocket chart. Then you had sept cuss in fifteen. He was over forty minutes back and then went for not actually crept into the top twenty, an hour and twenty back, but just shows how impressive he is to be finishing in the top twenty on GC and also winning sprints. He was five...

...in the Green Jersey. Ended up quite a long way back, but that's obviously because he ended up having to sacrifice himself for Primos, and Rocklitch was third in the King of the Mountains Jersey. Ultimately, the team came second in the teens classification, eighteen minutes behind the eventual winners, mobby star, and in terms of top tens they absolutely smashed it in this last week to be honest. stage seventeen spiked Miguel and Lopez stealing the show. They were probably the other big winners out of that stage. Rocklitch one a lot of time against his rival, set cuss road really well, almost burnt Rocklich actually at one point. And then obviously on the time trial they killed it, with three of them coming in the top five, Dumlan, Van art and rock glitch, and then on stage eighteen, van art, Rock Leitch and Jim Lunt all came top ten. So pretty dominant week. They just got beaten by a better Slovenian on the day or over the three weeks. I guess there's not really much they can be disappointed about. Like I would almost go close to saying they had a ten as well. I don't think there's anything they could have done better. I guess you could say if rock which had anything left in his legs, he should have been more aggressive on the climbs to try and break Poga Cha, because they kind of let pocket chart dictate the pace. But when you're in the Yellow Jersey and defending it, it's pretty rare that they attack like even though for him was so dominant here, only attacked of a couple times on when he was like dominating the tours. But yeah, overall pretty good. I'll give them a nine out of ten. Probably deserve a ten out of ten, but ultimately they didn't get what they aimed for, which was the Llow Jersey. So they were going to nine, but ultimately great ride from young Bos McKay. To see what they can do the next two grand tours. Then third on the prodium we had richie port of Australia, my country. Obviously, Trek Sega Fredo is the team. He was three minutes and thirty seconds back, so he wasn't in the conversation for first let's be real, but he rode really well. I did call the Riggerberto Iran would crack on the last podcast, but I said Miguelano Lopez would take his spot in the podium, which looked like a great call until the time trial and the going go. Lopez had a shocker. I was looking at Lopez for support headhead and time trials and Lopez are beat him every time they had ridden time trials against each other. So I actually tweeted the day of the time trial the PAP was going to struggle and that did not age very well at all because port came out and smashed it. And yet so he finished third. Congratulation to support. He's been very unlucky in his tour de France career, always coming in as like a top five favorite and then always has a crash or a mechanical or something. The ruins his tour. But he climbed really well. Didn't really attack on any of the climbs, but he was always there. Are there about similar to rocklitch. Just probably got rug which kind of just burned to on a few of the final kicks on the climbing stages and port lost time in the cross winds early on, like POC chat did. The rest of his team, they didn't really do much, to be honest. Bakhomolema, he crashed out on stage thirteen. He would have probably been a like a top ten, top fifteen contender. Port ended up eighth in the King of the mountains like that's kind of just part and parcel of being a GC contender. Nicholas Egg was seventh in the White Jersey, but no real threat to the winner. Obviously they came sick in the team classification a minute and for an hour and forty back on Mobbi Star, which is pretty handy effort considering your second GC rider crashed out. If molemo rode the whole time, I'm sure they would have been top three or something for that classification. Overall for track Sega Fredo, great, great tour. I think if you told them they would walk away with a podium, I think they would have been your hand off and they had a lot of stage success. I think they had the most top...

...tens in the first week and they continued that run of form into the final two weeks in terms of top tens. Port came third on stage twenty, mounts, Pedison came second on the final stage. Steven came third on stage nineteen and port had two top tens on stage seventeen and eighteen. So there was always a track sec of frado representative up there pretty much, and I'm going to give them a nine out of ten, actually ago eight. They won't as dominant as young movies or where they but they achieved what they wanted to achieve. So very fair play to Trek Sega Fred actually give them a nine because young movers but did not achieve their goal. So yeah, next time I got Barron McLaren, the team of Mickael Ender. He came in fourth, six minutes back on pocket Chare, so once again not that close to third. Port was kind of isolated in that position, a long way behind second, a long way ahead of fourth, but their team rode pretty well across the three weeks. Lander, he came fourth, as I just mentioned. CRUSOE was also top ten, which he came ten, which was pretty impressive given the fact that he supposedly sacrificed himself a lot for the land. I don't know if he did, to be honest. And then pellow build owl, he came sixteen. He was just under an hour back on pocket Chare, so pretty impressive for them to have three riders in the top twenty. It always is. Fanny team, they were third in the team classification, just under an hour back of Mubby star in terms of top tens. In the last week they didn't really have any notable results. Caruso and lander, we're just up there in the in the mountains, and then crusoe did seventh and the TT, which is pretty good effort. But yeah, also ultimately a pretty good tour for Barra McLaren. They seem to get stronger as the tool went on. I don't remember exactly what stage was. It might have been stage eighteen. I'm not sure there was a stage where land up attack the leaders group, met up with one of his teammates, then kicked on to another teammate and look like a move that could have worked, but the pellets on weren't letting him get too far away. But yeah, the high seems like mckael lander would rather a five week to it because he always gets pretty good in the last week. But ultimately good success for by McLaren. If you told them they'd have a fourth then another top ten, I think they would have taken that for sure. So I'll give them an eight out of ten. Next up we've got mobbi. Star will be star. They kind of came in with a few GC contenders. They had enric Mass Ale under of Valverde marks all are but ultimately he was enric mass who really stood out. He was fifth on GC, six minutes back on POCA Chare. Then they had aleander valvert a, just finished outside the top ten, twelve. He was seventeen minutes back on Poca Chare, and Carlos Verona, the mountain specialist. He stuck into the top twenty and hour and twenty minutes behind on pocket Chare. Mass also came second in the White Jersey, six minutes pine pocket Chare. But yeah, ultimately really impressive from mass valvode. Obviously he keeps defying the laws of age, so I guess that's impressive in its own its own self. But yeah, mass really impressive. Kind voice sort marks a lair was the better of the tube, but enric mass showed that he has grunt to a winning ability and he was very impressive in that. Last week always seemed to be. He was kind of on ports level for most of that last weekend lander's level. Those three were kind of in a group of their own for most of it, just chilling with Rocklich didn't quite have the attacking ability that Lopez showed on the stage seventeen. But yeah, enric mass really impressive and it wouldn't shock I wonder what grant to it he's riding out of the voelter and the Juro, because I think he could be a contender for which one everyone he chooses their mass. In terms...

...of top tens, mass had three top ten stage seventeen eighteen and twenty, and they also won the team classification, fifth time and six years, I believe. So that'll keep the you know, the supporting director is in the CEO is happy because they love to target that team classification. Next up we've got a STARNA, their GC leader, Mig and Lopez, came six, six minutes and forty second, seven seconds back on pocket Char Oh, I didn't give him. Will we star rating? Sorry, I'll give him all be star or I'll get them an eight out of ten, because they probably would have expected at top ten and that's what they got fifth, probably a bit better than they're expecting, but yet ultimately pretty good. A STANNA, it's a tough one with them. They started off very poorly. Lopez didn't really find his form till late in the tour and then, sadly, he cracked on the tip time trial. Not to pigeon hole like a whole nation of cyclist, but the Colombians, because they're small, then light, they often are very in very they're often very variable in their time trial results, some better than others, obviously, but yeah, and go Lopez. He was on the podium coming into the time trial. He walked out of that time trial in sixth. Pretty Disastrous Day for the team and it really sucked because he was one of the best climbers in the tour. So you wanted to see him get reap the rewards for his efforts. But he let himself down a bit coming in sixth, ultimately his first too to France. He's still on the young I think they would have taken sick if you offer to them at the start of the race, but in the way it came to them, the fact that he was on the podium and then slipped up in a pretty major way as well. He gave up three spots. I'm going to have to give them a six out of ten. Probably a bit harsh, but like I think the mood in the camera now would be pretty deflated. But that's stage seventeen win by Miguel Anger Lerpez was so good to watch. He just burned pocket chart and Rocklich, would been the best climbers of the tour at that point, and just showed how good he is in that high altitude, High Mountain, this stage environment. So that got him in fifth in the king the Mountains Jersey. Other things for Starner, Harald to Jada came sixth in the White Jersey over two hours back, though, on POC char, but he was not bout in the mountains. And Yeah, they came seventh in the team classification. They had a stage win with Alex Alexei Loose Tenko on stage six, but yeah, ultimately just a decent tour by a start and nothing special. Next up we've got here for ef pro cycling, another one who, if you told them they were going to get one top ten, they'd probably copy it going into it, but if you told them they were going to be sitting in third till about stage fifteen and then they would drop down to eight thir would probably be a bit disappointed. Obviously, I won't lie. I'm probably gonna have to rate them low like the situations are unfortunate. He eater crashed out on stage fifteen. Danny Martin has crashed on one of the early stages and he was in great form coming into it off the back of a win at the Dolphin a. So kind of left them rigger Bertom with GC hoes and he ended up coming eight, eight minutes behind pogatcha. As I mentioned, he really did crack on one of the must I think was stage seventeen might have been stages beforehand, but yeah, he just showed I think he's kind of shown this in a few tours, to be honest. He's really good in a two weeks race and then three weeks seems to be a little bit too much for him and he often can crack on a big on a big time mountain stage and lose a lot of time to the other guys. But yet Danny Martinez, he still only young, so and he you know, it's crashes. I'm sure a...

...lot of it's like the cyclist fault, but it's always unfortunate. He get he came five fourth in the White Jersey. He also had a stage went on stage thirteen, which was probably the highlight of ef pro cyclings to Nelson Palace as well. He was really impressive in the mountain stages. He was ninth on the White Jersey. As a team they came fourth. That's probably something they could have finished a bit high with if he Gita stayed in the race, because you know, they could have had three high finishes in the mound stages, which would have earned them a lot of time against their rivals. But yeah, ultimately bit of a hit and miss tool for F pro cycling. If five's average, which which I believe it should be in a scale of ten, because it is half, not seven. Come on, fellas, if five's average, I'll give them five because it's probably if you told them like their bare minimum expectation, probably would have been a top ten and that's what they got. So that's probably just like just average performance. They had a bit of bad luck, but you kind of make your own luck. Dat You. Next up we've got Mitchelton Scott. This is a tough one to rate because they kind of came into it not expecting to ride GC, ended up holding the Yellow Jersey for three days, I think it was maybe four, and ended up writing for GC. So their expectations aren't really comparable to the end result. But ultimately they had Adam Yates in ninth nine and it's twenty five back on poget chare similar to Iran. He looked really good to about day fourteen fifteen and then he started to show that he doesn't have the legs of some of the elite GC riders. But yeah, they held the Old Jersey for three days. Given the fact that they weren't coming in with high expectations. They maybe just wanted a couple close stage performances from Yates and SHABS. I think they did pretty well. And lucamasick. I think he had his best tour will grant to ever. He had five top ten performances and quitting a SEC, two seconds. So Sally didn't get the stage win but he did really well. So I'll get this seven. I'll maybe an eight out of ten because Mitchelton Scott, you know, they don't have the biggest budget. So this pretty good effort from them to have five top tens from their sprint two seconds from him and then told the Ether Jersey for three days and have a top ten GC rider when you weren't trying to go GC. It's pretty good effort. Next up coffee. This they had a gear on my huh. He came eleven and look my time. was probably the most impressive rider in the first week. Why? Out of the GC favorites, but ultimately he looked good in the last week, but that Middle Week really just proved to be a lot for him. He kind of continuously got dropped on the steep climbs and he wouldn't lose too much time because he wouldn't just explode. He would kind of just set his own rhythm and then slowly get back or just go at his own pace, which ultimately kept him in eleven. But he was seventeen minutes back on the leaders after being twenty eight seconds after like's the first ten stages. So he did lose a lot of time but ultimately was pretty good signs from him. He's not too old. He's not eligible for the White Jersey, but I don't think he's too much older than that. So he must be twenty six for twenty seven, and there's a bright future of him. I have to be honest. He probably will have more expectation put on him in future tours, given Pino and BARDA's like will not failures, but they they're always the one with the pressure, and bud as had a podium, but ultimately neither of them have won the tour and they probably passed their prime. So now it's probably going to shift to Martin a bit, along with alaphilip. So he will see how he deals with that, because we know the French media is very full on, but yet bit of a quiet set. Third Week from coffee, DIS VIVIANNI had a FIV on the final stage, which is a good...

...effort from him, because he wasn't in the greatest of for me, he had two top tens but wasn't really looking at like whinnie winning any stages, lucky normally does, and yeah, golf it is. I don't think anyone was expecting martime to be a top three contender for over half the race. So I'll give them a seven out of ten, and they probably would have been expecting a little bit more from Viviani. But yeah, I think martime exceeded expectation and they'll take an eleventh. I reckon with him. Next up we've got any OS grenadiers, formerly team sky, famous history with the race in the last decade, but sadly their leader, the defending term Egan, burn all. He cracked on one of our don't remember what stage it was, to be honest. I was before the last rest day, so I must have been something like stage twelve or thirteen. But yeah, just seemed a little bit too much from this year. Kind of came a little bit under cooked, you'd say, and yet that proved in the last week. He is continuously kept getting dropped from the lead packs and ultimately he abandoned the race on Stage Sixteen and Jonathan crashed to via her also banded on eighteen. So they ended up only with six men, but that didn't stop them from having their highlight of the tour on stage eighteen. But Coal Quierkovsky winning carap Haz in behind him is a pretty beautiful stage, to be honest, not to you know, get to stoppy on you now, but they rode in arm in arm and then quick carap has like quiet coofsky go, because carap Hazz is obviously gone for the Polka dots. If Pack Carap Haz came away with the pokadots, square cosky got that stage when that and maybe maybe have saved their to a little bit. But if five's average, look they've got such lofty expectations I think I'm going to give them a below average school. I'm probably going to give them a three out of ten. It must be the first time they've been at the top ten. GC ride us since like, I don't know, two thousand and eleven, or I don't even know when team sky was founded, to be honest, with Carapaz in at thirteen. I do think if carap Haz roade for himself the whole tour. He would have done better than thirteen. So we can't really judge him off that. But that's ultimately where he finished and he came second in the Polka Dot, so he had quite an awesome second half of the tour after starting slow. But yeah, it's a bit of a disappointment with Bernard crashing out. will not crashing out but quitting after some pain, some pain when he was getting dropped. Civicov also had a bit of a shock at shocking tour. Lots of crashes, lost a lot of time and he was someone who was interested in seeing how he went coming into it. But that's a shame we didn't really get to see him in full stride. And they did come fifth overall, though, in the GC, which isn't teens classification, which isn't too shabby. Next up we've got our case, Sam Sick, the team of Nara Kintana, and once again I've said this about Yates, I've said about Iran. Three weeks just seems to be too much for Kintana. I love him so much. It's probably my favorite writer at the last decade, but he just really struggles to put in three weeks of consistent riding and on one day he can be right up there with the best GC climbers and even pushing them, and then the next day will rock up and he'll lose ten minutes on those guys. So he came seventeen, an hour behind POC chare. So he didn't just lose little time like Martin Gall Martegue, he lost big time in that last week and yeah, just really hurt to see him get dropped early on pretty much every climb. Warren Bargiel actually finished higher than him in GC. Came Fourteen and it would have been interesting to see how bar Gil went if Kintar I wasn't there. To be honest, bark you'll kind of looked in better form than Kintana. If I'm completely honest with you, I think you could have had a top ten. But he because you know, he he finished fourteen, nith, but he sacrifice a lot for...

Naro Barki or had a sixth on stage sixteen, but yet probably wasn't the greatest tour. They sacrifice so much just for Kintana and ultimately he cracked once again and yeah, they didn't have much stage success because of that. They didn't really go for any other Jersey. So I'm probably going to have to give them a below pass score and I'll give them a four out of ten. They aren't the biggest team, but when you're putting in so much for Naro Kintana, you probably want a bit more than a seventeen back, don't you, because you've kind of jeopard as the rest of your tour for him. Next I got bemb hotels vital concept. Their main on GC was Perre Rolng. He came eighteen, an hour and eight minutes behind pogacha. Brown cock card finished fourth on the Green Jersey on a hundred and eighty one point. Pierrel on also finished seventh on the king of the mountains classification. I think I did predict him to win that. To be honest. He had a crack at it, but he didn't get can get too close in the end. If I'm completely honest, they finished sixteen a team. They were bit more quiet in the mountains. To be honest. Cock card was kind of their guy on the on the flat stages, and apart from roll on and Pashhere, they didn't offer too much in the mountains. They had two nights on the final week. It's a tough one because they probably would have been praying for a top a stage win with cock card. He had so many top tens. I think he had eight top ten performances. Yet they didn't really get too close to win. They're the best he did was third. They actually got closer to a when p a roll on, who came second on stage twelve. It's a tough one. I'll just give them bang average FIV. I think this is probably what they're expecting. A lot of near Mrs from Cockard. If he had a stage win or even a second, probably would have pushed them above average, but the fact that he just had a a lot of near Mrs probably what they were expecting. And Roller, although he was pretty good in the mountains, nothing crazy. So I'll give them bang on average five. We're rolling through the French teams now. Next time we got group Harmer FDJ, obviously famously tbl Pinots team had a bit of a shocking tour, didn't he? Ultimately their top GC man with Sebastian rich and back, who actually rode really well in the last week after Pino had basically given up on GC. He had a third on stage sixteen, eight on the stage twelve and he looked very impressive in the mountains. But yeah, ultimately not too much going for this team. To be honest. Belluntin matter was came third in the White Jersey, but he was over an hour and thirty minutes behind Poga Chah. They're eleven and the team classification and because they had such high hopes for Tibo Pinot. I'm going to be brutally honest here, I'm going to need them are too. They had a bit of a stinker of a tool really. They threw similar to rks SAM sick. They threw everything in it for Tibo Pino and that jeopardize their ability to do anything else in the tour. So yeah, it wasn't really a great tour in the end for them. I feel bad. I feel bad for Tibo Pino, but yet they've got to do better, if I'm completely honest. Next year'll be interesting to see what they do, or even the GRUND tours coming up this year. You'd think I knew. Demand gets a crack at one of the two grunt tours and we'll see if they have more success on the flat stages, because they might come back to the next year's tour, preferring the flats over the mountains, because although Pinos had some great, memorable tours, they haven't had that success that they've been vuying for in the last, you know, five six years. Next up, similarly, we've got another French team, as you deserve, La Mondial, the team of Roman Barde, who crashed down on stage thirteen. Similarly, I keep...

...saying it, but not much really happened for them this tour because they were well, they claim they weren't going for GC, but but I was kind of always going for GC, to be honest. They Mikhel, she'll l twenty six hour and forty behind pot art Chah. They had the king of the mountain right through to stage seventeen, I think it was, and then but Ben White caused and of why, coughed it up after holding it for like two weeks. So I guess that's a bit of a highlight, but a shame you didn't come away with it, Herod really well, all of non's peters had his win on stage eight, which was a highlight of their too olive and ass and had quite a few top tens, but nothing outrages. They were eight in the team classification. So look, if that I guess if they weren't running for GC, you can't really doubt question them for not doing well in GC. But ultimately I think they would have been hoping for a Roman by day top ten even if they weren't out and out going for the Yellow Jersey. So I'm going to give them a for they did have the King of the Mounds Jersey for a long time, a stage win. So not the worst tour, but yeah, sadly, but a crashing out nuke to their chances of having a decent gf see finish. So yeah, I get them before, but it's probably a bit harsh if I'm honest. Next up we've got total direct energy. Look, I'll be honest. Has Teamed it upsolutely. Nothing. It sounds very harsh, but can't really argue with the stats. They were twenty one and the team classification they and they had two top tens for the whole race. Romans a card was thirty one on GC, two hours and ten minutes behind poget chare no one else in the top ten of any other classification. So look, they probably didn't have the highest expectations going in it. They weren't really writing for ANY JERSEY. They'll probably just gone for breakaways and TV time. Lillian Kalma John crashed out stage eight. He's probably the most famous right wall, like highly rated rider. But Yeah, look, without being too negative of probably just have to give them a for I don't think they had great expectations, so it's probably not too below average for the team, but they didn't really cause much carnage or do anything like that. So pretty boring tour for them. Next up we've got Bora UNs grow. They had opposite to total direct energy. Bore arms grow. I had a crazy tour. They were at the front of it pretty much every breakaway. They were there for every intermediate sprint, every sprint finish. They weren't in it in all senses of the word, all senses of the phrase. They were going for pretty much every Jersey at once, which might have come back and hurt them, but at the end of the race they had let it come. Now thirty three on GC Peter segance. Sadly second on Green Jersey, lost out to the man will talk to next, but he's streaked. He streak ends. I don't think he's ever been been in the twitter France in the points classification the year Michael Matthews won and I think he crashed out early in the race and yeah, that's sad. I think he's won seven or eight. True Legend this sport. I would put him up there with the goats, with the goat obviously I didn't see like Eddie merks and butter, you know, and stuff like that, but yeah, peanut Peter Sagan is an absolute star. Just to show how good he was, I was doing my top ten athletes of the twenty one century before or the two ten decades. Sorry, and I was legitimately considering putting Peter segon in there because he was just so awesome over that last decade. But sadly it looks like he's lost his turn Apace. To be honest, he's still a freak. To come second in the tour to France and the points classification with being out of form, and I quote, that pretty impressive. But yeah, ultimately it was just beaten by the better man. Lena Camna also came ten on the king the mountains and fifth in the...

White Jersey. The reason he was so high and all those standings. He came first on stage sixteen. But yeah, I'm going to write them pretty highly to be honest. They didn't really achieve what they probably want them, which was first on the Green Jersey and probably a little bit higher with Maddie Bookman in the GC. But he came in with three days notice, so probably inside the team they probably didn't have too much expectation of him personally. But yeah, I'm going to have to give them a I'll give them a six out of ten because they didn't win the Green Jersey, they didn't have a high performing GC guy, but they cause a lot of carnage. They had a stage win and a lot of top threes in stages. So I think they had a pretty good a pretty good tour. Next up we've got to kernel quickstep. Probably be well, they won the Green Jersey, but this team probably had a quieter race the normal usually they're causing a lot of habit. But all fleet wasn't at his best. He was trying but he just wasn't in top form. He was their top GC guy thirty six, over two hours behind pockets charre. But the men for to Kurney quickstep, who turned this tour from a failure to a success. Sam Bennett three hundred eighty points. He Beats Saga by almost a hundred points in the end. So he actually did a quite comfortably and he won the Queen Stage at Seams Elisa. Well, I think. I think they like key called the Queen Stage, the stage that Sige GC. But he won the premier stage on the SHOM's lease in Paris. It's a dream of every sprint sprinter in the world and he added that to his stage win on stage ten. So great to it for Sam Bennett. First Person Ever beat Peter Saga in the points classification on the tour to France. And yet he just looked better and said than Peter Sag on and pretty much every aspect of the tour, maybe barring climbing, but they were pretty similar there to be honest. But I don't think Benet lost a sag on on too many of the sprints. Just look faster them and faster than him every day of the tour. But yet any teaming comes away the Jersey they've had a pretty good tour. So I'll get them a eight out of ten just because they might have hoped a little bit more. Would have come out of Julian ail fully heap and some of the other riders, but in terms of like, you know, the mountains and the and the GC like. They weren't going to win GC, obviously, but maybe a little bit of a high performance and thirty six, but they successfully won the Green Jersey, as Peter Sagon and that's enough for an eight out of ten. And Stud to stage wins. Probably a bit harsh, but they have pretty lofty expectations of the team. Next up we've got Israel, start up nation, new riders to the team, to the tour. I believe this was their first appearance. The top GC man was den Martin. Forty one, two and a half hours part pot at Chah and then they didn't really have anything else going in any other jerseys. But quick shout out to Hugo hostead up. Don't know much about him but he had six. I had five top tens on the flat stages, including an eighth at the Sean's Lea say, and he was probably one of the stars of the tour. For me, I can't lie. I didn't notice him much. He was kind of just in the bunch of every sprint, but he was just somehow stuck into that top ten and I've never heard of him, don't know much about him, but that's very impressive. Five top tens from a guy who, I'm saying, I don't know who he is, so fair play to him. But ultimately pretty mythical tour from Israel, start up nation. They didn't have much expectation going into it. However, they did have seven top tens, which isn't bad for a mythical team. I'll give them a five just because it's probably exactly what they're expecting. Our next we got CCC. Probably one of the quieter tours of witnessed of this team. Who will formally BMC. They usually pretty good but they were pretty irrelevant this tour. Top on GC. They'd Simon Simon gest Gart in forty eight, over...

...two and a half hours behind pocket char. I guess they're most like valued US set was Mateo Trent in this tour, third on the points classification, but he was fairly comfortably behind Peter Sagun, almost a hundred points behind him, almost two hundred points behind Bennett. So he had a crack but ultimately, oh no, he wasn't that far back. Sorry, it was twenty points back on Sagum. I'm dogging you a bit. They're so not a bad effort, to be honest. Almo beat, almost beat saga, but he was a hundred and twenty points behind Bennett. And they didn't get that stage when they were looking for. So I'll get them eight for just because they probably would have liked to cause a little bit more carnage on stages than they did. Zacharin crashing out probably hurt them on stage twelve. He would have been looking to attack in the high mountains. But yeah, three teams left. We got lot too. So dull. They had three guys crass out very early on in the race, so they were down to five for most of it. But the star of the show for them was Caleb and probably in the top ten riders of the of the race. They're man. Man Was Thomas to gain. He came fifty second in the GC. But yeah, Caleb, you and sixth on the Green Jersey. However, he did have to stage wins, second, seventh and an eighth. So for someone who hardly had a lead out train because they only had four of the riders, pretty good effort. So I'm going to give them a six. They probably would have been expecting you and to win a stage, if I'm completely honest going into it, but for them to do it in such fighting circumstances, I think they would be pretty happy with how they did in the end. Next up we've got subwab and for me these guys probably win team of the tour. They didn't have anyone up there for GC. Their high stool was mark here. She in fifty four over almost three hours behind pocket child. But they caused absolute cans on every stage. Like I said about Bora hands grow, they were just in there every day. They had people in the break, people on the bunch prints, people on the mountains. They just cause chaos. You couldn't go what to this tool without noticing some web. A lot they had. What they had a lot of stage wins, to be honest. Mark her she had one sign, Kraig Anderson had to and they also had a couple podiums with her. She having a second case bowl having two podiums her she had another third. So they just really impressed all the way through the the race and I'm going to give them a night out attempt. I'll be honest, I didn't really have any expectations going into it for this sum web team didn't know much about case bowl as a sprinter. Only bike I really knew about was Nicholas Rowe and tears tes Bernot. But yeah, mark her she really stepped up. Sign Kraig Anderson had the race of his life her. She's a young rider. He was eighth in the White Jersey four and the king of the mountains. He's won to look out for the future. I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up being a GC rider with his climbing prowess and all around abilities. But yet absolute star tour from somewhere. Well done to the team directors. They seem to be very smart tactically as well. And yet probably next to Yamovismer, they'll probably team of the tour. But given their limited resources compared to Yamovisma and you know, they didn't have the big names or the big expectations, I'll probably give team the tour to somewhere and mark here, she is probably right up there for rider of the tour, and Seign Kraganson next to you know your will Vanarchi Tatt a pocket chars. So well done to them. Finally, we've got antt pro cycling. Michael Valgren came seventy three like. Look, I'll be honest, no offense to this team. They're pretty mythical. They did absolutely nothing all three weeks. Their main hope, Yuckamo Nitzlo, crashed out on stage eight after having to top ten finishes in the first three...

...stages. So yeah, after he crashed out, they didn't really have much hope. Bosn Hargen copped a second and then gibbons and Bolshid had two tents, but they weren't really relevant to to be honest, like total direct energy. I didn't really notice them at all and it's probably the quietest to this team has had since it's introduction to the Tour de France. They normally quite active for such a small team, but yeah, a little bit disappointing. Pots of EVO crashed out as well, so who knows, he might have done stuff in the mountains, but yeah, that's it for the team's ultimately, it was just a cracking tour. I'm really looking forward to the upcoming cycling events and know we've got the world champs. Might even be this weekend. I don't know when it is to be honest, I don't know the schedule exactly, but I think it's something like the World Champs. Then we've got three weeks classics, including like Pariu Bay and the age best on the Asian then we've got both grand tools. I think there's an overlap of like a week, so it's going to be absolute chaos. Hopefully SPS cyclings turns it on for us and might come to you with more cycling content, because I'm loving it at the moment. But yet great tour. Really enjoyed these three cycling episodes, but stay tuned to the POTTY. If you're still listening. Congratulations for getting here. I really appreciate it. If you would like, feel free to subscribe and liked the Youtube Channel and the Youtube video rate and review us on the listening platforms and stay tuned. There's going to be AFL and NRL content coming out soon. Bit Nfl, bit of French Open. So yet plenty more content coming away, but thanks for tuning in. Really appreciate it. Enjoy it the rest of your week. Peace.

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