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ghost
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on: July 03, 2010, 10:51:17 AM

Just started today with the prologue. 

Will Lance win..........or finally get busted for doping?
Can Contador repeat? 

Should be a good Tour.  Looks like a tough route, but did I only see one time trial?
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Reply #1 on: July 03, 2010, 11:39:02 AM

Stage 3 on the cobblestones should be good for some wipeouts.

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Reply #2 on: July 03, 2010, 06:22:42 PM

It's just the prologue, but Lance looked pretty good today, as did Contador. 

I personally wouldn't mind seeing the Schleck brothers do well, and Vinokourov is back. 
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Reply #3 on: July 04, 2010, 11:08:06 AM

Stage 3 on the cobblestones should be good for some wipeouts.

Today had a ton of wrecks. 

And Alessandro Petacchi's old ass won.  Too bad he wasn't wearing the flayed mansuit.
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Reply #4 on: July 05, 2010, 05:47:15 PM

Even more crashes today. Gallery of blood pics: http://tdf.sbs.com.au/tdf2010/photos
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Reply #5 on: July 05, 2010, 08:12:45 PM

It was definitely a crazy day.  I'm surprised more folks weren't seriously injured. 
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Reply #6 on: July 06, 2010, 04:19:31 AM

Anticipating the tour, the local authorities had that downhill road redone just a few days before the stage. If you look at the photo's of the crashed riders you'll noticed there are no roadmarkings painted yet and the surface is as pristine as tarmac comes. And with pristine I mean extremely slippery when rained upon.

Todays stage takes them over the cobblestones of Paris-Roubaix. That's a pretty harsh environment to recuperate in if you got seriously hurt yesterday. It will be interesting to see if people like Gesink and Farrar can survive this one.
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Reply #7 on: July 07, 2010, 06:25:41 PM

Anticipating the tour, the local authorities had that downhill road redone just a few days before the stage. If you look at the photo's of the crashed riders you'll noticed there are no roadmarkings painted yet and the surface is as pristine as tarmac comes. And with pristine I mean extremely slippery when rained upon.

Turns out the main problem was a motorbike crashed there and spilled oil over the road, then the cyclists came through and hit the oil.
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Reply #8 on: July 11, 2010, 10:42:45 AM

So much for Lance Armstrong. Contador, while good, didn't seem unbeatable either. Could be a fun two more weeks.
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Reply #9 on: July 11, 2010, 11:10:52 AM

Evans has always been the bridesmaid.  I wouldn't mind seeing him win.

Armstrong looked at Michael Jordan and thought he could come back and dominate.  Guess not. 
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Reply #10 on: July 18, 2010, 01:36:17 PM

Lance took it in the pants today, but man it was a hell of a race.

If you didn't see it it would be worth picking up the end of Versus (if you're in the states).  Scheck took everything Contador could throw at him.  It was really great to see them going at it and possibly let Menchov back into the hunt for real. 
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Reply #11 on: July 20, 2010, 09:20:47 PM

Holy fucking balls of steel.

Jens Voigt crashed again at 70km/h, seems to have broken ribs, needed stitches in his arm, shattered his bicycle in the crash and was handed a junior bike with toeclips to catch up with his team car.

On the ground after the crash: http://www.abc.net.au/reslib/201007/r604650_3955908.jpg

On the junior bike: http://www.bicycling.com/tour-de-france/tour-features/saying-no-sag-wagon

Interviewed after the stage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfiBbZJTx9s

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Reply #12 on: July 21, 2010, 08:48:19 AM

Yeah, Voigt is a bad ass. 
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    Reply #13 on: July 21, 2010, 10:33:14 AM

    This sport is a joke. If your competitors fall, or if their bikes fall apart in the middle of the race, it's considered "unsportsmanlike" to not wait for them?

    Quote from http://edition.cnn.com/2010/SPORT/07/20/cycling.tour.contador.fedrigo/index.html#fbid=jTzWwCYoQk6 :
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    Contador apologized to his rival after sprinting ahead when Schleck dropped his chain during an attack on the stage's final climb. The Spaniard ignored the Tour's sporting traditions by refusing to wait and was booed by the crowd.

    After gaining 39 seconds Contador issued an apology on Youtube, while Schleck vowed to take his revenge.

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    Reply #14 on: July 21, 2010, 11:57:48 AM

    Meh, think of it like the caution flag in NASCAR. They stop races when there are crashes as well.

    I think the point is to beat the man, not some freak accident. Still, it does sound very French and pussy to boo the guy because of it.

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    Reply #15 on: July 21, 2010, 12:32:38 PM

    Then again, NASCAR isn't a real sport either... just left-turns all the way ^^

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    Reply #16 on: July 21, 2010, 02:53:54 PM

    There is nothing wrong with displaying some sportsmanship and there is nothing wrong with using a good opportunity to gain some time one a rival either.

    Had he not used the opportunity to attack and then proceeded to lose the Tour with a few seconds, they'd call him a fool for not attacking.
    Had he kept his pace and allowed Schleck to rejoin him only to win the tour on the Tourmalet or the time trial it would have been remember as a great moment of sportsmanship in cycling. Much like when Jan Ullrich didn't take advantage when some idiot supporter made Lance Armstrong fall. Ullrich gained a lot of respect from cycling fans that day.
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    Reply #17 on: July 21, 2010, 03:02:57 PM

    Unwritten rules are kind of silly and Contador did the right thing.  It's not a gentleman's game, by any stretch of the imagination.  And I don't like Alberto Contador.
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