Tour Pool prizes

Hi all, apologies for the delay: it took a little longer than expected to get the Tour Pool prizes together.

A big thank you to The Cyclery, North of 7 Distillery, Gilmour Agencies and Cycling Canada for the prizes!

The prizes are now available for pickup at the Cyclery and will be available for the next 30 days (ie. until Sept. 20). Continue reading

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Final Tour Pool standings after Stage 21

So, the question we all want to know the answer to: who won this year’s Tour Pool?

The final stage on the Champs-Elysées was a reduced sprint-fest so the sprint-focussed entrants did well there, with Sprinty McSprintface finally living up to the name by tying with CassidyTheDog, while McTavish came a respectable third.

When it came time to add all the points for the GC, gretlevrose picked up a whopping 175 points, 27 more than Puffer Pocket Rocket. COOP-Mercier-Mavic was third.

But what really counts is when you add everything up. TUE be or not TUE be was only 18th on the stage and had the 9th-best GC score, but it was more than enough to win the overall with a remarkable 1,053 points and a winning margin of 72. Continue reading

Kristoff, finally

Alexander Kristoff finally snagged a stage, and it was the best one of all: the finale on the Champs-Elysées. He did it ahead of two riders who have already won stages this year: John Degenkolb and Arnaud Demare.

Other than sprint honours, the final stage is as much about parading the overall classification winners in front of the public, so there were no changes to the final standings. Geraint Thomas is a worthy champion, happening into the jersey thanks to a bit of luck, but withstanding everything his rivals could throw at him, and winning atop l’Alpe d’Huez while in yellow to draw a firm line under his leadership.

It could not have been easy for Froome to pass the mantle, but at least the win went to a teammate who has made plenty of sacrifices on Froome’s behalf over the years.

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The Great Unveilering

A tradition in the Tour Pool is to unveil the real names of the entrants at the end of the Tour, after they have lurked in anonymity for three weeks.

Some of the names are creative and funny (The Dead Erythropoeitin Society, Lard Lad), some are prophetic (wish I knew what I was doing!), some are traditional (33 km/h, BringBackJan). The full list is below.

Thanks everyone for participating once again: we raised a little over $1,200 for the National Capital Region bursary! Continue reading

Tour Pool standings after Stages 18, 19 and 20

The Tour Pool resumes service today and TUE be or not TUE be goes into the final stage with a commanding lead over The Dead Erythropoietin Society and DAMDOM.

The results over the last three days have been all over the map with a transition stage, a mountain stage and a time trial.

Stage 18, the transition stage, was won by Cassidy the Dog with 47 points. TUE be or not TUE be was second just one point behind, and We’re Number 1 Too and DAMDOM tied for third with 44 points.

Stage 19 was the last day in the mountains, and BugDoc won with a big haul of 73 points, with The Dead Erythropoietin Society in second on 70 points and DAMDOM third with 68.

And the time trial stage was won by TUE be or not TUE be with 65 points, eight ahead of McTavish and another one point ahead of Les Roues Carrées. Continue reading

Thomas’ lead survives Pyrenees

Service now resumes in the Tour Pool after three days of travelling to Italy via Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Austria.

Geraint Thomas will wear yellow into Paris after a transition stage near the Pyrenées, a final mountain stage, and the individual time trial. The Welshman showed no signs of cracking, and Tom Dumoulin was only able to claw back a handful of seconds in the time trial.

The biggest change to the standings in the last three stages was Chris Froome moving back onto the podium at the expense of Primosz Roglic. The four-time winner struggled in the high mountains and could only manage second in the time trial to Dumoulin. Continue reading

Tour Pool standings after Stage 17

COOP-Mercier-Mavic deciphered the short 65-km Stage 17 the best, taking the win by one point over BugDoc and four points ahead of wish I knew what I was doing.

It was a volatile day for the Tour Pool. TUE be or not TUE be had a mediocre day but increased their overall lead thanks to the misfortune of others: DAMDOM had a “jour sans” and dropped from second to fourth overall. The Dead Erythropoietin Society, on the other hand, jumped from fifth to second, while Lard Lad held steady in third overall. Continue reading