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Anybody Watching the Tour de France?

i'm surprised nobody has started a thread.

anyway, lance is almost in the lead. stage four was so exciting. team astana is pretty bad ass.

i always thought that it was the job of the people on the team to support the "leader" which in this case is technically contador. i wonder how this will work. lance keeps referring to contador as the best cyclist right now.

if folks are in the states, it's on versus/vs http://www.versus.com/tdf/.

the tour has a youtube page.

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Re: Anybody Watching the Tour de France?

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team astana is pretty bad ass.
I would be shocked if someone not on that team won the TdF, what with Armstrong, Contador, Leipheimer, Kloden and Johan Bruyneel behind it all. They keep referring to "possible ego problems" on Versus and I can't help but think they keep mentioning it to try to keep it suspenseful.

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Re: Anybody Watching the Tour de France?

i do find it interesting to watch a team so loaded with talent and ability and potential winners work together.

we'll see what happens in the mountains. people will peel off then. i would like to see contador and lance in the mountains trying to beat each other. that would be great competition.

but, i have to say that lance stirs the pot when he says contador is the number one cyclist right now. nobody told him to say it like that. and he did it on more than one occasion.

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I had no idea it had already started. I used to keep track of all the results and watched some of it but I don't care that much anymore. It's not even the doping, I'm just bored of the sport itself.

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i didn't realize it started until wimbledon was done. surprising there wasn't more promotion given lance was returning. but then, i don't much watch vs much. i'm not sure how i stumbled upon it - it's way up in the 600s on directtv.

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i didn't realize it started until wimbledon was done. surprising there wasn't more promotion given lance was returning. but then, i don't much watch vs much. i'm not sure how i stumbled upon it - it's way up in the 600s on directtv.
Because you tuned in so much when it was Outdoor Life Network?

The abundance of commercials for Versus-produced programs like "Fanarchy" and their "Talk Soup"-ish show almost makes me wish for the old shove-Lance-down-your-throat "Tour de Lance" commercials. (I'm not a Lance fan at all.)

We had so many celebrity deaths, odd political news (Franken, Palin, Sanford) and the 4th of July holiday contending for our attention.

Nice to see someone from a breakaway succeed, BTW. Nice that it was Voeckler too.

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I'm not a Lance fan at all.
I'm happy he beat cancer and dominates his sport but overall I think he's a jerk.
Part of me wants to see him actually have a legitimate failed drug test and another part of me wants him to stick it to the French.
Usually the stick it to the French part prevails.

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Because you tuned in so much when it was Outdoor Life Network?

The abundance of commercials for Versus-produced programs like "Fanarchy" and their "Talk Soup"-ish show almost makes me wish for the old shove-Lance-down-your-throat "Tour de Lance" commercials. (I'm not a Lance fan at all.)

We had so many celebrity deaths, odd political news (Franken, Palin, Sanford) and the 4th of July holiday contending for our attention.

Nice to see someone from a breakaway succeed, BTW. Nice that it was Voeckler too.

i don't remember. i forgot that it was the outdoor life network. since i moved and got direct tv, vs is not one of the channels i skim over so much.

you're not a lance fan?
well, i'm a competition fan. and he makes it more exciting and competitive. i'm sure he both intimidates and gets the competitive juices of the other racers going.

i was sad for millar today. that whole god of thunder reference to thor was so funny.

off to the mountains. best part of the race. where the magic happens.

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off to the mountains. best part of the race. where the magic happens.
I love the mountain stages too.

Painting the old timer's names on the road, sprinting alongside the riders waving your flag, a wall of people 10 deep on either side, parting like the red sea as the rider's ride up. All good stuff.

For me one of the best sight's in sport, is when there's a break away group of about five riders, high in the GC; it's a baking hot day, and you can see the sweat dripping off the rider's chins, almost a heat haze, you can read the pain on their faces. Suddenly a rider jumps off the back and zig zags up the road and opens up a gap, the other riders look up after him for a few moments, think about chasing him, then sit back in the saddle ... because they're broken.

It looks to be a wide open tour, should be fun. Astana could have a situation like Mclaren in F1, when they had Hamilton and Alonso.

I have to give respect to cycling. They've decided they don't want drugs in the sport, so they're going to do thorough testing, even if they get a lot of positive tests and bad publicity. The NFL and MLB do in-house testing. That's a joke; if Jeter or either of the Manning's test positive, (unlike Manny, boy scout face-of-the-league type stars), will they come out with it or have a quiet word in the player's ear and sweep it under the carpet. I don't get worked up about PEDs, but why put on a charade.

I don't follow cycling closely; do any of the cyclists test positive when they compete at the olypmics?

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^ have you been there?

it sound like you have and in that event, i'm jealous. so jealous. i'll have to put the tour de france on my list of things to see and do. i wish i had been paying attention this year and more focused on vacation cuz i might have tried to go for vacation.

ia about the cyclists as real athletes. i prefer endurance athletes, runners, etc. to others... i've never considered nfl players to be among the greatest of athletes.

i thought there was a cyclist in this past olympics that tested positive. or maybe that was one of the walkers? now i'm curious; i'm gonna check. usually i cyclists test positive - lol.

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http://www.usatoday.com/sports/olymp...ug-tests_N.htm

they did fail tests.

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he's picking contador and sastre to do well in the first mountain stage. interesting.

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come on Contador and Cancellara


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Kloden to take the lead after today, Astana will send him up the road so Astana dont have to do the donkey work on the front of peleton

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