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RBR TdF 2017 Predictions! Post by Start Time 2017

Hello, everyone. Since we are all so smart about road racing, let's show it off: post your predictions before start time for the 2017 Tour de France. Talk is cheap. Can you call it a month before the final stage? A year?

At the end of the 2017 TdF, I will review how well we did. Historically, we have been pretty lousy, with some moments of brilliance.

Once the 2017 schedule is announced, I will note the deadline for posting predictions. Bon chance!

Call first, or try first, second, or third-
Yellow/Podium/GC:
Green/points:
Polka-Dot/climber:
White/youth:
Red/combatif:
Team:

Lantern Rouge:
DNF:
Brown/Douche:
Honorable Mention:
 

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OK, no one else wants to start so I will: LA!!
Hahaha! 8/1 will be interesting, when guys can announce next year. I'll say it now, as much as it makes throw up a little... Groomed repeats. Sky stays pretty much the same and the machine rolls on.
 

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Bump!!
First day is July 1! A short time trial. I don't see the start time posted yet.
 

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rosters mostly out now I think

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Yellow/Podium/GC: Froome. then Porte, third Quintana
Green/points: Sagan - I mean who else??
Polka-Dot/climber: Bardet
White/youth: don't care
Red/combatif: don't care
Team: don't care
 

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Most teams have put out line ups at this point so here goes:

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Yellow/Podium/GC: Froome, Contador, Valverde
Green/points: Sagan (is there really another choice?)
Polka-Dot/climber: Pinot
White/youth: Yates
Red/combatif: Talansky
Team: Movistar

Lantern Rouge: a domestique for someone
DNF: 20 riders
Brown/Douche: possibly Aru
Honorable Mention: Landa
 

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Froome wins a very boring tour.

Here's what Froome has to say -
"What kind of race are you expecting this year?

I hope it will be a very exciting edition but with only three summit finishes and a really small amount of time trialling, there will be very few opportunities for the riders who are contesting the overall classification"


Read more at Tour de France 2017 power rankings: #1 - Chris Froome | VeloNews.com
 

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1st: Porte, Second: Froome 3rd: Aru
Green: Sagan (lets be real he might take yellow, just kidding woud be awesome though)
Team: Movistar
Polka-Dot: Pinot
Red: Talansky
White: no clue sorry

I will throw this in most sprint wins: Kittel (Cav not himself due to illness if he shows up)
 

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First: Froome
Second: Valverde
Third: Quintana
Green/points: P. Sagan
Polka-Dot/climber: Majka
White/youth: Yates
Red/combatif: Contador
Team: Movistar
Lantern Rouge: Cavendish
DNF: Talansky
Brown/Douche: Sky Team
Honorable Mention: Porte
 

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First: Quintana
Second: Porte
Third: Froome
Green/Points: Sagan or Mathews or Demare
Polka Dot: Majka or Meintjes
White: Yates
Red: De Gendt or Tony Martin
Team: BMC
Most Bunch Sprint Wins: Kittell
Guys that will animate the races and make them fun: Cummings, Gilbert, Van Avermaet, Tony Martin, and Valverde.
 

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Call first, or try first, second, or third-
Yellow/Podium/GC: 1.Porte 2.Quintana 3.Contador (Froome crashes out)
Green/points: Sagan
Polka-Dot/climber: Majka
White/youth: Yates
Red/combatif: DeGendt
Team:BMC
 

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Yellow/Podium/GC: Porte, Froome, Quintana
Green/points: Sagan
Polka-Dot/climber: Pinot
White/youth: Keung
Red/combatif: Valverde
Team: BMC

Lantern Rouge: Contador
DNF: TVG
Brown/Douche: To Be Determined
Honorable Mention: Fuglsank
 

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If I am figuring this out correctly, start time is 3:15pm, Dusseldorf time, which is in CEST, which I think is same time zone as Paris. CEST is 6 hours before U.S. Eastern time, so a 3:15 start time in Dusseldorf might be 9:15 Eastern; then 8:15 central, 7:15 mountain, and 6:15 pacific.
 

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I'm still trying to figure out what's wrong with Sky's kit. I'm not a fan and typically don't defend them. But what exactly is different from their kit to what Movistar's TT kits have been like since last year?
 

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I will soon review how well we did.
--Here, on Friday, I don't believe 2nd and 3rd for overall podium will stand after tomorrow's time trial is over.
 
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