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Re: Tour de France 2009

Post by mkgleeds » Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:54 pm

looks like this year Tour has got off to a decent start - though not for the Brits;

Wiggins gamble backfires on the first stage (prologue)
Cavendish loses out in crash on 2nd. (1st)

Now waiting for Stage 3 (2) - ITV 4 has decided not to work on my tele - so am following Tour via IPlayer except highlights dont seem to appear til nearly midnight each night.

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Re: Tour de France 2010

Post by RITH » Tue Jul 13, 2010 3:08 pm

This tour has me back on the edge of my seat.

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Re: Tour de France 2009

Post by RITH » Tue Jul 13, 2010 3:16 pm

Ooh, there goes Evans!

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Re: Tour de France 2009

Post by Your Funny Uncle » Tue Jul 13, 2010 3:41 pm

RITH wrote:Ooh, there goes Evans!
And then some! He is GONE and out of it! Looks like it will be a Schleck/Contador battle this year!

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Re: Tour de France

Post by andyroo » Tue Jul 13, 2010 3:55 pm

Arse.
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Re: Tour de France

Post by mkgleeds » Tue Jul 13, 2010 8:10 pm

Sad to see Wiggins drop back but looking like a good tour so far - i thought the Pave stage worked well in splitting up the usual sprinters gang early on and made the GC more interesting. Now 2 good mountain stages have sorted it out more. Be fun to watch if Shleck can break Contador in the Pyreenes (but i suspect not).

Beforehand apparently there was a worry that Contadors team might not be that strong - as so many of last years left with Armstrong.
Seem to be the strongest of all at the moment - plenty of yellow and blue shirts at the front.

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Re: Tour de France

Post by Your Funny Uncle » Wed Jul 14, 2010 11:23 am

I thought there must be something wrong with Evans... He was riding with a fractured elbow!

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Re: Tour de France

Post by mkgleeds » Wed Jul 14, 2010 11:44 am

I couldnt work out why Millar finished dead last - 7 minutes behind the autobus either - here's why

"One rider having an even worse time than Wiggins is David Millar, who was the last Briton to wear the leader's yellow jersey in 2000.
He finished Monday's ninth stage in 181st place, 42 minutes 45 seconds behind winner Sandy Casar, after a day plagued by a stomach problem and back spasms.
"Today represents a brand new entry into my top five worst-ever days on a bike," the Team Garmin-Transitions rider said.
"I spent 180 km by myself convinced I was going to abandon or be eliminated. At 100 km to go I was 30 minutes down on the leaders.
"All I could see in my head were the contours of the stage from the maps. I broke it up into five km climbs and kept thinking 'I have to get through this'."

That must take guts

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Re: Tour de France

Post by Your Funny Uncle » Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:02 pm

mkgleeds wrote: That must take guts
There's a fine line between having guts and being utterly mental. I think he might have crossed it... I can't believe he didn't get eliminated!

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Re: Tour de France

Post by mkgleeds » Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:04 pm

Your Funny Uncle wrote:
mkgleeds wrote: That must take guts
There's a fine line between having guts and being utterly mental. I think he might have crossed it... I can't believe he didn't get eliminated!
Commissioner probably thought about eliminating him, but hesitated about telling him whilst he was throwing up all over the finish line (probably)

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Re: Tour de France

Post by andyroo » Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:05 pm

Your Funny Uncle wrote:
mkgleeds wrote: That must take guts
There's a fine line between having guts and being utterly mental. I think he might have crossed it...
Cadel most definitely did. Typical boneheaded Aussie... "I can handle it".
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Re: Tour de France

Post by Your Funny Uncle » Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:06 pm

andyroo wrote: Cadel most definitely did. Typical boneheaded Aussie... "I can handle it".
And he only dropped 8 minutes!

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Re: Tour de France

Post by Your Funny Uncle » Wed Jul 21, 2010 8:24 am

More "it's just a flesh wound" type lunacy. This time from Jens Voigt...

Really looking forward to tomorrow. Schleck got the jump on Contador the other day (although who knows if he'd have stayed away) before his chain came off, and now he has no choice but to attack on the beast that is the Tourmalet. What a great idea to finish on the top!

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Re: Tour de France

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Re: Tour de France

Post by Your Funny Uncle » Wed Jul 21, 2010 10:26 am

mkgleeds wrote:Nico Roche isnt happy

http://www.independent.ie/sport/other-s ... 64978.html
Bloody hell you're not wrong! He's go every right to be pissed off though as team leader... What was going through Gadret's mind?

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Re: Tour de France

Post by mkgleeds » Wed Jul 21, 2010 11:13 am

Your Funny Uncle wrote:
mkgleeds wrote:Nico Roche isnt happy

http://www.independent.ie/sport/other-s ... 64978.html
Bloody hell you're not wrong! He's go every right to be pissed off though as team leader... What was going through Gadret's mind?
Apparently Gadret has made some excuse about trying to protect the team position in the overall. Looks like he was after his own position as top Frenchman though - doubt they'll still be on the same team next season.

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Re: Tour de France

Post by RITH » Wed Jul 21, 2010 11:15 am

Your Funny Uncle wrote:Really looking forward to tomorrow. Schleck got the jump on Contador the other day (although who knows if he'd have stayed away) before his chain came off, and now he has no choice but to attack on the beast that is the Tourmalet. What a great idea to finish on the top!
I took the last two hour off from work tomorrow, so I can see the most important bit! I'm also really curious what Menchov can do, and if Gesink will be able to get into top5/stay in top10. Most exciting Tour in the last few years without a doubt. For all jerseys everything still seems possible.

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Re: Tour de France

Post by mkgleeds » Wed Jul 21, 2010 11:17 am

RITH wrote:
Your Funny Uncle wrote:Really looking forward to tomorrow. Schleck got the jump on Contador the other day (although who knows if he'd have stayed away) before his chain came off, and now he has no choice but to attack on the beast that is the Tourmalet. What a great idea to finish on the top!
I took the last two hour off from work tomorrow, so I can see the most important bit! I'm also really curious what Menchov can do, and if Gesink will be able to get into top5/stay in top10. Most exciting Tour in the last few years without a doubt. For all jerseys everything still seems possible.
I cant really see Shleck taking the 3 minutes or so he'll need off of Contador on the final mountain - but will be fun watching him try.
Those 30 seconds the other day could be crucial.

Annoyingly i've ended up working at home on the rest day and have to be at work tomorrow afternoon

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Re: Tour de France

Post by Your Funny Uncle » Wed Jul 21, 2010 12:50 pm

Luckily at my work they're quite relaxed as long as you get the work done so I'm able to have the Eurosport feed on while working. This has indeed been a really exciting tour so far. I'm really hoping that Schleck takes back the yellow tomorrow to make the final time trial all the more exciting!

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Re: Tour de France

Post by Your Funny Uncle » Tue Aug 31, 2010 7:44 pm

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.

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