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Re: Tour de France 2009

Posted: Thu Jul 09, 2009 09:37
by Your Funny Uncle
I love cycling and especially the Tour, which was about the only cycling you could easily see on TV here for a long time. It could have to do with the fact that my gran was Belgian...

I have great childhood memories of trips to France going over the Galibier et al in the car and seeing the names still painted on the road. I also remember some great dutch riders from that time like Theunisse and Breukink. It' seems a while since the Netherlands have had such good GC contenders...

Re: Tour de France 2008

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 14:54
by Paquito
Paquito wrote:I do this every year but I get strangely annoyed at the diddies who go on the attack on the mountain stages and last out front for ages before getting reeled in by the group containing all the GC riders. It's a strange predilection I have for sure.
Just thought I'd wheel out this quote from last year as the breakaway are currently 12 mins clear with 50k left.

Maybe I should become more of a romantic and I know it's only the first mountain stage but I like seeing the main GC guys having a go at each other at the head of the race. Hey ho...

Re: Tour de France 2009

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 16:30
by Your Funny Uncle
Great kick from Contador there! And Wiggins in the group with the other favourites! Do we have a realistic British GC contender? Probably not, but that was a great ride...

Re: Tour de France 2009

Posted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 12:30
by holdy paws
Your Funny Uncle wrote:Great kick from Contador there! And Wiggins in the group with the other favourites! Do we have a realistic British GC contender? Probably not, but that was a great ride...
Without sounding far too much like Phil Liggett, where did that come from?!

I am cheering on Brad, due, in part, to:

Image

= NOT SEXY

Re: Tour de France 2009

Posted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 13:46
by mkgleeds
Seems it all went a bit wrong for Columbia at the end of the yesterdays stage.

They could have ended the day in yellow and green - yet Hincapie missed Yellow by seconds and in attempting to win a slow sprint Cav obstructed Hushovd and got demoted to the end of the field. Probably too big a gap between and Green now - with only really Paris left for the sprinters.

Lets hope the big boys get a bit more busy in the mountains today.

I think a few more mountain finishes would have made this year more interesting

Re: Tour de France 2009

Posted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 15:20
by holdy paws
mkgleeds wrote:Seems it all went a bit wrong for Columbia at the end of the yesterdays stage.

They could have ended the day in yellow and green - yet Hincapie missed Yellow by seconds and in attempting to win a slow sprint Cav obstructed Hushovd and got demoted to the end of the field. Probably too big a gap between and Green now - with only really Paris left for the sprinters.

Lets hope the big boys get a bit more busy in the mountains today.

I think a few more mountain finishes would have made this year more interesting
True - Cavendish won't get 18 points before Paris. Ah well, would be nice to see him win there... Hushovd isn't coming across as a massive hero this yr, particularly when the ITV4 highlights show repeated his rather hilarious outburst at Peter Velits when he outsprinted him for 5th or something the other day.

Tuesday will funs.

Re: Tour de France 2009

Posted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 16:41
by Rimbaud
Today was awesome, Contador is just unstoppable. It was so great to see Wiggins up there too, ahead of Armstrong.

Re: Tour de France 2009

Posted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 00:04
by mkgleeds
Rimbaud wrote:Today was awesome, Contador is just unstoppable. It was so great to see Wiggins up there too, ahead of Armstrong.
Contador looks a nailed on winner now - but Wiggins was astonishing - attacking the bunch and leaving Sastre, Evans and Armstrong in his wake. How on earth has he managed up from 4000m on the track to TdF must be like Usain Bolt running a marathon.

Re: Tour de France 2009

Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 16:29
by Rimbaud
Armstrong showing he still has some fight left in him today. Anyone see Voigt's fall? Absolutely horrible stuff.

Re: Tour de France 2009

Posted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 19:52
by Rimbaud
Didn't go to well for Wiggins today, hopefully he can still pull something back. The Schlecks will lose some time on the TT tomorrow then it looks like everything will go down on Mt Ventoux.

Re: Tour de France 2009

Posted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 22:13
by This Is Helena
It was disappointing to see Wiggins losing time but great to see some action compared to last week.

Re: Tour de France 2009

Posted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 22:36
by mkgleeds
This Is Helena wrote:It was disappointing to see Wiggins losing time but great to see some action compared to last week.
But astonishing to think to think that we are disappointed that he came 7th on the biggest mountain stage on the tour.
Although i think he'll get some time back on the TT - i'm not sure he'll overtake many, Astana boys can all TT and the Schlecks are a bit too far ahead - and there's a fair chance he'll lose more time on Mont Ventoux on Saturday. Still i think he'll manage Top 10 which is a great achievement.

Re: Tour de France 2009

Posted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 22:50
by This Is Helena
mkgleeds wrote:
This Is Helena wrote:It was disappointing to see Wiggins losing time but great to see some action compared to last week.
But astonishing to think to think that we are disappointed that he came 7th on the biggest mountain stage on the tour.
Although i think he'll get some time back on the TT - i'm not sure he'll overtake many, Astana boys can all TT and the Schlecks are a bit too far ahead - and there's a fair chance he'll lose more time on Mont Ventoux on Saturday. Still i think he'll manage Top 10 which is a great achievement.
I agree. It's been great that he's had the big contenders worried and was probably partly the reason for today's attacks.

Re: Tour de France 2009

Posted: Sat Jul 25, 2009 16:09
by Rimbaud
Woo! Fourth for Bradley is really outstanding. The Ventoux looked so difficult.

Re: Tour de France 2009

Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 00:04
by Rimbaud
Gutted it's over now...

Re: Tour de France 2009

Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 00:22
by mkgleeds
Rimbaud wrote:Gutted it's over now...
Not for me - due to Indietracks i've still got the last 2 stages to watch on video.

Re: Tour de France 2009

Posted: Thu Dec 10, 2009 11:32
by mkgleeds
Wiggins has moved to the British Sky Team.

Wonder if they can get enough decent riders to give him a shot at next years tour

Re: Tour de France 2009

Posted: Thu May 20, 2010 12:47
by RITH
Floyd Landis finally admits using "EPO, testosterone, human growth hormone and frequent blood transfusions, along with female hormones and a one-time experiment with insulin, during the years he rode for the U.S. Postal Service and Switzerland-based Phonak teams".

http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/cycling/n ... id=5203604

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142 ... TopStories

Re: Tour de France 2009

Posted: Thu May 20, 2010 12:55
by caramarydaisy
that is a lot of stuff to be pumping around yr body O_o

Re: Tour de France 2009

Posted: Thu May 20, 2010 13:24
by Your Funny Uncle
In other news, bear admits to defecating in forest.