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Re: Tour de France

Post by mkgleeds » Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:02 pm

Your Funny Uncle wrote:Sad to see that Laurent Fignon has died. The finish of the 1989 tour where he lost by just 8 seconds to Greg LeMond is one of the greatest moments in cycling history.
I saw that he'd died and had forgotten that he was ill - so my initial reaction was "Uh Oh another early death due to amount of drugs taken during his career" - i was almost relieved when it said he'd died of cancer.

How screwed up is cycling that it makes you think like that.

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Post by Your Funny Uncle » Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:09 pm

When they die due to drugs it tends to be during or soon after their career I think, but yeah I know what you mean...

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Re: Tour de France

Post by RITH » Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:55 am

I can't help myself. I'm still looking forward to this immensely, again.

L'Alpe d'Huez at the very end!

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Re: Tour de France

Post by RITH » Mon Jul 11, 2011 3:53 pm

Did everyone see Johnny Hoogerland fly into the barbed wire after Juan Antonio Flecha was hit by that car? Completely bizarre.


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Post by Big Nose » Mon Jul 11, 2011 6:29 pm

Aye I did. It was horrifying. What most freaked me out though was that he got straight back on a finished the stage! The doctor was leaning out of a car window patching him up on the move. Seriously those fellas are made of steel.
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Post by a layer of chips » Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:08 pm

I was in the pub at dinner time trying to ward off a meeting by drinking heavily for half an hour and The Guardian had the most horrific photo of his arse cheek. I had to keep looking at it to check it was actually his arse cheek and not a piece of seared pork. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

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Re: Tour de France

Post by This Is Helena » Sun Jul 24, 2011 10:57 pm

Well, I really enjoyed that. Probably the best Tour I've seen. Not sure what I'll do for five hours a day now.
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Post by Your Funny Uncle » Sun Jul 24, 2011 11:49 pm

Yes it was a wonderful tour. I feel so sorry for Wiggins as it seems he might have had a great chance. I think it was the fact that no one was super-strong that made it so exciting!

An ex colleague of mine was in Paris for the last stage today and he said he bumped into Cadel Evans in his hotel. Apparently he was really rude and wouldn't have his photo taken, which kind of reinforces his reputation as a bit of an arse, but he rode brilliantly and was a worthy winner.

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Re: Tour de France

Post by mkgleeds » Mon Jul 25, 2011 12:11 am

Agreed - i thought it was great - never really sure who would win. Wiggins would definitely have been in with a shout - but ironically his absence gave the rest of Team Sky an opportunity to show what they can do.

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Post by Your Funny Uncle » Mon Jul 25, 2011 12:30 am

mkgleeds wrote: Cav remains the Best British Sportsmen in the World - will probably comes 43rd in Sports Personality
Cav is just amazing. There's never been a sprinter like him. If a Frenchman had won 20 stages in four years including three in a row on the Champs Elysées they'd be putting up statues to him.

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Re: Tour de France

Post by RITH » Sat Jun 30, 2012 11:34 am

I won't be seeing a ton of this live this year, but I'm still looking forward to it again. Wiggins this year?

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Post by sideburnsjim » Sat Jun 30, 2012 12:08 pm

Everything in terms of prep has gone his way, so you've got to think so. And with the better Schleck brother out it could just be a race between him and Cadel.

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Re: Tour de France

Post by mkgleeds » Thu Oct 11, 2012 12:18 am

I guess whoever came 26th in 2001 has now won the Tour de France

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Post by This Is Helena » Thu Oct 11, 2012 9:15 am

mkgleeds wrote:I guess whoever came 26th in 2001 has now won the Tour de France
Ha! That's what I was just thinking.
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Re: Tour de France

Post by RITH » Fri Oct 19, 2012 10:14 am

Rabobank quits after decades of sponsoring. A shame.

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Re: Tour de France

Post by RITH » Wed Jul 10, 2013 10:47 pm

Anyone watching? It's too bad Chritopher Froome is so good, I was hoping for a more exciting Tour. I'm still enjoying watching to see how the Dutch guys (Mollema and Ten Dam) are doing, and there are some good mountains still coming, up until the very last day (well, the last day before Paris). I don't see Froome losing though.

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Post by Big Nose » Sun Jul 14, 2013 8:53 pm

RITH wrote:Anyone watching? It's too bad Chritopher Froome is so good, I was hoping for a more exciting Tour. I'm still enjoying watching to see how the Dutch guys (Mollema and Ten Dam) are doing, and there are some good mountains still coming, up until the very last day (well, the last day before Paris). I don't see Froome losing though.
Very impressive performance up Mont Ventoux today. I am sure he wanted to win that stage to send a huge signal out. And I agree, only catastrophe will stop him winning.
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Re: Tour de France

Post by graysonscolumn » Sat Jul 05, 2014 9:45 am

Soooooo... anyone in Sheffo coming out to see this tomorrow?

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