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woosey
Jul 8th, 2009, 01:37 AM
i'm surprised nobody has started a thread.

anyway, lance is almost in the lead. :banana: 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.:lol:

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

the tour has a youtube page.

bernard hinault's analysis of stage 5:

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rada
Jul 8th, 2009, 03:00 AM
Oh mY!

cynicole
Jul 8th, 2009, 10:37 PM
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.

woosey
Jul 8th, 2009, 11:08 PM
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. :lol: and he did it on more than one occasion.

Kworb
Jul 8th, 2009, 11:10 PM
I had no idea it had already started. :lol: 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.

woosey
Jul 8th, 2009, 11:11 PM
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.

cynicole
Jul 9th, 2009, 02:46 AM
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.

Wannabeknowitall
Jul 9th, 2009, 02:55 AM
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.

woosey
Jul 9th, 2009, 04:19 PM
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. :hearts: best part of the race. where the magic happens.

Vyacheslavovna
Jul 9th, 2009, 08:57 PM
off to the mountains. :hearts: 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?

woosey
Jul 10th, 2009, 04:05 AM
^ 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.

woosey
Jul 10th, 2009, 04:09 AM
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/olympics/2009-07-08-backup-beijing-drug-tests_N.htm

they did fail tests.

woosey
Jul 10th, 2009, 04:13 AM
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he's picking contador and sastre to do well in the first mountain stage. interesting.

Danči Dementia
Jul 10th, 2009, 04:21 AM
come on Contador and Cancellara :armed:

:bounce:

BournemouthBoy
Jul 10th, 2009, 12:00 PM
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

jrm
Jul 10th, 2009, 01:37 PM
American doper is back that's all they have been advertising!!!

woosey
Jul 11th, 2009, 05:43 AM
American doper is back that's all they have been advertising!!!

the only people who probably are 100% not doping is garmin slipstream. i think that's their entire team/company line.

and, lance is being advertised because people want to watch him. you'll probably watch just to see if he'll lose.

Pasta-Na
Jul 11th, 2009, 10:32 AM
only interested if someone took drug. :awww:

cynicole
Jul 13th, 2009, 05:16 PM
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.

The only thing I really appreciate is that we get so much better coverage of the Tour de France now and a lot of that could be attributed to Armstrong's success. Then again, maybe that's just an "emergence of cable sports television" thing.

(I think all I ever saw of Indurain was from weekend highlights programs of ABC's Wide World of Sports. I knew Armstrong's name from write-ups or standings listings on ESPN but never knew what he looked like til he announced he had cancer!)

Vyacheslavovna
Jul 15th, 2009, 04:09 PM
^ 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.

No, never been. I would like to. I've heard that the morning of the race the moutain roads are closed and as a spectator you can try and bike up the climb yourself. I would like to try that, though time is running out for me. A few years and I won't be able to walk up!

Thanks for the link about the Beijing drug testing.

I'll watch again when they get to the Alps.



Contador, "Out of my way, coming through!" :drive:


http://www.franceinlondon.com/media/pictures/FilUserFiles/Tour%20De%20France%20%202007.jpg

KoOlMaNsEaN
Jul 15th, 2009, 09:00 PM
I havent been watching since Pyrenees. I'll start back up on Friday.
Cavendish is taking all the sprints.

Kworb
Jul 15th, 2009, 10:25 PM
The mountain stages are a joke so far, I want more uphill finishes. :o

-Ph51-
Jul 15th, 2009, 10:59 PM
very boring so far.

comfortably.numb
Jul 15th, 2009, 11:41 PM
If I want to watch a bunch of drugged up douchebags riding bicycles, I'll watch the crackheads in my neighborhood after they steal one of the yuppies Treks'. It's so much more entertaining.

mandy7
Jul 16th, 2009, 05:48 AM
The mountain stages are a joke so far, I want more uphill finishes. :o
Yeah, we need more of those to make this tour interesting.
Let's hope the Alps bring more excitement.

And the sprints are way too boring with Cavendish whooping ass all over the place
If I want to watch a bunch of drugged up douchebags riding bicycles, I'll watch the crackheads in my neighborhood after they steal one of the yuppies Treks'. It's so much more entertaining.
good for you.

BournemouthBoy
Jul 16th, 2009, 01:37 PM
The mountain stages are a joke so far, I want more uphill finishes. :o

Tour of Italy was the same, i think the teams are so good these days that they all cancel each other out on the climbs, no one can get away, i miss Simioni/pepoli/the pirate, they knew how to mix it up!

KoOlMaNsEaN
Jul 16th, 2009, 08:46 PM
STAGE 13 Vitell-Colmar 3,2,1,3,2.
STAGE 15 Pontalier-Verbier 3,3,3,3,2,1 Top Finish
STAGE 16 Martigny-Bourg-St-Maurice HC,1
STAGE 17 Boug-St-Maurice-Le Grand Bornand 1-1-2-1-1
STAGE 18 40km Time Trial all around Lake Annecy
STAGE 19 Bourgoin-Jallieu-Aubenas 4-4-FLAT-2
STAGE 20 Montelimar-Mont-Ventoux 3,3,4,3,HC Top FinisH

woosey
Jul 16th, 2009, 09:25 PM
I havent been watching since Pyrenees. I'll start back up on Friday.
Cavendish is taking all the sprints.


not today.

woosey
Jul 16th, 2009, 09:29 PM
No, never been. I would like to. I've heard that the morning of the race the moutain roads are closed and as a spectator you can try and bike up the climb yourself. I would like to try that, though time is running out for me. A few years and I won't be able to walk up!

Thanks for the link about the Beijing drug testing.

I'll watch again when they get to the Alps.



Contador, "Out of my way, coming through!" :drive:




me thinks contador got a good talkin to after that stunt he pulled. i thought that stunt was a bit immature and silly. he really jumped the gun. and for what?

i'm looking forward to it getting more competitive. i don't know why they don't race more throughout the event. otherwise, it seems a little weird.

mandy7
Jul 17th, 2009, 05:37 AM
not today.
He did win the sprint of the peleton though.

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I hope Menchov has a good day today. Make up some time and then slowly become a contender again in the alps.
So sad he fell in the team time trial :awww:

woosey
Jul 17th, 2009, 05:57 AM
He did win the sprint of the peleton though.

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I hope Menchov has a good day today. Make up some time and then slowly become a contender again in the alps.
So sad he fell in the team time trial :awww:

well yes but somebody else won the stage. and that's good. i suppose it's between cavendish and thor for the green jersey. but, i imagine it's a dream for any cyclist to win a stage in the tour de france, even if they don't wind up winning the war. a single squirmish is good enough. hopefully somebody else will press tomorrow/today.

woosey
Jul 18th, 2009, 04:16 AM
they showed lance going up the mountain at one point and he was puffing air. but later he wasn't.

i won't sit here and try to predict who will win or discount lance. i just hope it's a good race. i do hope lance wins, i can't lie.

contador seems anxious get onto the "real" racing and prove that he is the star and leader of the team and basically, not lance's bitch.

KoOlMaNsEaN
Jul 18th, 2009, 04:24 AM
so fuckin boring. the leaders aren't doing ANYTHING

woosey
Jul 18th, 2009, 04:52 AM
so fuckin boring. the leaders aren't doing ANYTHING

they are "waiting."

they've said so themselves.

i wonder if it's always been this way.

KoOlMaNsEaN
Jul 18th, 2009, 04:58 AM
no it hasn't. i've watched since like 2004.
they're all waiting for stage 16/17/time trial. Before it would start in the Pyrenees and continue with all the mountain stuff

tenn_ace
Jul 18th, 2009, 11:12 AM
2 cyclists got shot from a rifle during 13th stage - one is a Spaniard and another one is a Kiwi. Both are just wounded, but what the's the fuck?

KoOlMaNsEaN
Jul 18th, 2009, 07:46 PM
A 60-year old woman died during the tour de france after being hit by a sponsor vehicle when she crossed the road

KoOlMaNsEaN
Jul 20th, 2009, 02:40 AM
STAGE 15 Pontarlier-Verbier

1-A.Contador ESP ASTANA 5h 03 58
2-A.Schleck LUX SAXO BANK + 00.43
3-F.Nibali ITA LIQUIGAS + 01.03
4-F.Schleck LUX SAXO BANK + 01.06
5-B.Wiggins GBR GARMIN-SLIPSTREAM + 01.06
6-C.Sastre ESP CERVELO + 01.06
7-C.Evans AUS SILENCE-LOTTO + 01.26
8-A.Kloden GER ASTANA + 01.29
9-L.Armstrong USA ASTANA + 01.35
10-K.Kirchen LUX COLUMBIA-HTC + 01.55

OVERALL STANDING
1-A.Contador ESP ASTANA 63h 17 56
2-L.Armstrong USA ASTANA + 01.37
3-B.Wiggins GBR GARMIN-SLIPSTREAM + 01.46
4-A.Kloden GER EASTANA + 02.17
5-A.Schleck LUX SAXO BANK + 02.26
6-R.Nocentini ITA AG2R LA MONDIALE + 02.30
7-V.Nibali ITA LIQUIGAS + 02.51
8-T.Martin GER COLUMBIA-HTC + 03.07
9-C.Le Mevel FRA FRANCAISE DES JEUX + 03.09
10-F.Schleck LUX SAXO BANK + 03.25

CONTADOR 63h 17 56
HUSHOVD 218pts
PELLIZOTTI 109pts
A.SCHLECK 63h 20 22

mandy7
Jul 20th, 2009, 05:32 AM
2 cyclists got shot from a rifle during 13th stage - one is a Spaniard and another one is a Kiwi. Both are just wounded, but what the's the fuck?
The Kiwi was Julian Dean.

The Spaniard was Oscar Freire.
Winner of last year's green jersey
http://reviews.roadbikereview.com/files/2008/07/corvos_oscar_freire.jpg
his leg:
http://www.sportweek.nl/uploads/news/Oscar_Freire_103756_300px.jpg

KoOlMaNsEaN
Jul 22nd, 2009, 11:59 PM
whoever says/said this tour de france was exciting needs to be punched in the face. Boring as shit, Contador's win has never been in doubt

wta_zuperfann
Jul 23rd, 2009, 03:46 AM
TDF is still fun but it is not getting as much publicity as it used to in the USA. We all wanted Armstrong to win but it appears he won't get that yellow shirt. But it sure has been a good run!

hablo
Jul 25th, 2009, 09:53 PM
So glad Lance lost. :lol::o

Daniela-Is-Mine
Jul 25th, 2009, 09:55 PM
going to the arrival tomorrow!!

kris719
Jul 25th, 2009, 10:11 PM
the finish on Ventoux was cool. i haven't watched much of this year's race which is unusual because i used to watch it everyday for several years. idk just hasn't caught my interest as much this year, but it's still cool. Lance has all but secured his podium position as they cruise in to Paris tomorrow. I can't wait till next year when Lance gets his own team and can ride to win again.

KoOlMaNsEaN
Jul 26th, 2009, 12:12 AM
Im just saying Contador is way better this year than the rest and last Sunday just solidified that and Wednesday when he just stayed with Schleck all the way through.