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5 minutes ago, neilcvx said:

Two different teams get a rider or crew member testing positive the race is abandoned , it won’t take much .

That's not wholly correct. If two members of the same team test positive then the team is excluded but the race continues.

I for one am enjoying the race and trying to avoid thinking about what might happen. I'd rather it went ahead with clear rules than was cancelled. 

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It will be pasta and rice next, how have they got through the stockpiles from March?

We've a young crowd in here today!

Thanks for asking @jonno No change I’m afraid, felt a little better yesterday but a little worse today. Trying to rest as much as possible. Think the missus is on the mend though, she’s now

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21 minutes ago, Cabin-boy said:

That's not wholly correct. If two members of the same team test positive then the team is excluded but the race continues.

I for one am enjoying the race and trying to avoid thinking about what might happen. I'd rather it went ahead with clear rules than was cancelled. 

Ed

Clear rules that are being ignored but apart from that it’s a good race so far if somewhat lacking in past winners racing it this year.

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3 hours ago, Cabin-boy said:

I for one am enjoying the race and trying to avoid thinking about what might happen.

The ITV4 commentators during todays coverage said much the same thing

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43 minutes ago, Paul said:

The ITV4 commentators during todays coverage said much the same thing

I haven't heard their commentary or analysis but I'm sure it's good.

But perhaps not quite as captivating as what we get over here.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marion_Rousse&ved=2ahUKEwjipp_1h9XrAhVMJBoKHUHLC2AQmhMwDXoECAgQAg&usg=AOvVaw3JCGj5d_3RL95aP-IDuOiY

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5 minutes ago, Cabin-boy said:

I haven't heard their commentary or analysis but I'm sure it's good.

But perhaps not quite as captivating as what we get over here.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marion_Rousse&ved=2ahUKEwjipp_1h9XrAhVMJBoKHUHLC2AQmhMwDXoECAgQAg&usg=AOvVaw3JCGj5d_3RL95aP-IDuOiY

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The ITV coverage is excellent with some of the most knowledgeable cycling nerds out there although it is lacking something by them not being there one of the highlights was the podcast reviews of the sometimes excellent but mostly dodgy hotels , anyway Vive Le tour 

 

 

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Our nearest neighbours are French and they both work in education so they headed off to France at the end of June for the summer. They were due back at the very beginning of August and appeared back the following weekend minus their car. We finally caught up with them this afternoon. They came back to Scotland by train and taxi after the car broke down twice; it and most of the belongings they took with them are still in France and because of the quarantine situation they can't return to collect it. Fortunately a family member has agreed to drive the car over to England and then fly straight back to France. 

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On 06/09/2020 at 19:45, neilcvx said:

The ITV coverage is excellent with some of the most knowledgeable cycling nerds out there although it is lacking something by them not being there one of the highlights was the podcast reviews of the sometimes excellent but mostly dodgy hotels , anyway Vive Le tour 

 

 

Apparently 4 people connected with the TdF have tested positive. None of them are riders but one of them is the director himself - the guy standing up in the lead car for each start. You couldn't make it up! Ed. 

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Oh, and the French PM was in that car with him on Saturday. But they were both masked and not face to face. Now we might find out if wearing masks actually makes the slightest difference in real-world situations. Ed. 

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15 minutes ago, Cabin-boy said:

Apparently 4 people connected with the TdF have tested positive. None of them are riders but one of them is the director himself - the guy standing up in the lead car for each start. You couldn't make it up! Ed. 

It's actually four team members from four teams, plus Christian Prudhomme and a 'technical service provider' that have all tested positive

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2 minutes ago, Cabin-boy said:

Is that a euphemism for 'masseuse'? Or something even more exotic? Ed. 

Who knows.  Could even be one of the staff from the publicity caravan.

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1 hour ago, Cabin-boy said:

Oh, and the French PM was in that car with him on Saturday. But they were both masked and not face to face. Now we might find out if wearing masks actually makes the slightest difference in real-world situations. Ed. 

I can only imagine the socialising he’s been doing , he said in an interview before the race that it wouldn’t be a surprise if he caught it .

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On 06/09/2020 at 18:45, neilcvx said:

The ITV coverage is excellent with some of the most knowledgeable cycling nerds out there although it is lacking something by them not being there one of the highlights was the podcast reviews of the sometimes excellent but mostly dodgy hotels , anyway Vive Le tour 

 

 

Eurosport for me - I must admit I really enjoy listening to Carlton Kirby, and that's the only reason. But if you're a cycling 'purist', ITV4 hands down. 

As for the publicity caravan, I'd be intrigued to see how many vehicles are in it this year. I did read a little while back that the usual distribution of freebies this year wasn't going to go ahead as it doesn't really fit into the COVID "gestes barrières". Unless they are giving away free 50ml bottles of hand sanitiser, of course.

I was meant to be in Paris in July for the final day again this year... that's been shunted to 2021.

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1 hour ago, Millsy said:

Unbelievable stupidity

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-54085369

in so many respects.

You do wonder what is wrong with some people.  This morning people are asking why the new rules are coming in on Monday instead of immediately, common sense would say you know the new rules so follow them as soon as you can, has it got to be made a crime before you follow the rules?

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My feeling is that 90% of the population are obeying 90% of the rules 90% of the time (as I'm sure we've all done something incorrect or interpreted the rules to suit our needs in the last 6 months). Unfortunately,  the selfish people who repeatedly flout those rules are just making life harder for the rest of us. Ed. 

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I have a feeling that this latest move is the last throw of the dice for the 'government' (I use the term purely in it's technical sense) too. As usual the exceptions make the whole thing seem futile anyway. They know really - despite the rhetoric - that all these restrictions are completely unenforceable as stories like this show. When the Speaker starts to make significant  noises about a lack of scrutiny  of orders of this kind, made by The Leader of the Conservative Party and his pals off their own bat with no real debate, you know it won't be long before some large hamstrung business asks for Judicial Review of something or other too. Truth is sooner or later they'll just have to let this thing take it's natural course. There is now obviously no alternative.  We're still doing all the right things - but if you were to ask me what I felt and wanted an honest answer I'd tell you I am now fed up to the back teeth. That doesn't mean I'll pop over the Prague but it does mean I am tired of nor being allowed to see my father who, as he puts it, has been a prisoner in his care home now for seven months. 

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8 minutes ago, Cabin-boy said:

My feeling is that 90% of the population are obeying 90% of the rules 90% of the time (as I'm sure we've all done something incorrect or interpreted the rules to suit our needs in the last 6 months). Unfortunately,  the selfish people who repeatedly flout those rules are just making life harder for the rest of us. Ed. 

My father-in-law has alzheimers and lockdown was very difficult for my mother-in-law because the lack of social contact meant his condition deteriorated markedly. Until the beginning of February we lived a 5 minute walk from them but we are now 12 miles away so lockdown said we couldn't have any physical contact with them (previously we could have gone for a walk and talked to them from outside the garden gate. After a number of weeks, my husband took the decision that he needed to go and offer his mum some moral support and he went and sat in their garden; had he been questioned he would have argued that he was providing respite for a carer. Our area is been threatened with reintroduced restrictions which would affect them and us and when they were here earlier in the week, hubby told his mum that if the restrictions are introduced, he will be going and sitting in their garden (even if they have to sit in their conservatory) because it is actually a medical need.

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41 minutes ago, Cabin-boy said:

My feeling is that 90% of the population are obeying 90% of the rules 90% of the time (as I'm sure we've all done something incorrect or interpreted the rules to suit our needs in the last 6 months). Unfortunately,  the selfish people who repeatedly flout those rules are just making life harder for the rest of us. Ed. 

The couple that caused the outbreak near me done nothing wrong came back from Turkey infected and spread the virus 2 people caused over 200 to have to isolate, no matter what we do the virus will spread.

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1 hour ago, Millsy said:

you know it won't be long before some large hamstrung business asks for Judicial Review of something or other too.

That's already happened - https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/law/high-court-throws-out-jr-bid-and-rules-lockdown-legal/5104902.article

The judicial review was thrown out in July, but the Court of Appeal has since ruled that there should be another hearing at the end of the month to decide if a full appeal should be heard - https://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/judicial-review-into-government-lockdown-to-proceed-to-next-stage/

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3 hours ago, Cabin-boy said:

My feeling is that 90% of the population are obeying 90% of the rules 90% of the time (as I'm sure we've all done something incorrect or interpreted the rules to suit our needs in the last 6 months)

Right from the start I've used my own judgement without drawing attention to it. I fully accept that there are many who aren't able to do this and will add that I did not drive the length of the country whilst showing symptoms on the pretext that, as a senior government worker, my children would be at risk if i did not do so.

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