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Posted: 6/25/2011 2:35:50 PM EST
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http://versus.promo.eprize.com/raceforthepodium/

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Day 1: breakaway
Day 2 : aerodynamic
Day 3: sprint
Day 4: peloton
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Posted: 6/25/2011 2:37:09 PM EST
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Posted: 6/25/2011 2:53:26 PM EST
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Posted: 6/25/2011 2:57:45 PM EST
Always was a Marco Patani fan. God rest his soul
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Posted: 6/25/2011 4:00:52 PM EST
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Posted: 6/25/2011 4:24:56 PM EST
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Posted: 6/25/2011 4:25:38 PM EST
I used to love le tour.
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Posted: 6/25/2011 4:30:26 PM EST
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Posted: 6/25/2011 4:32:27 PM EST

Originally Posted By CAR_16:
That guy with one testicle will win.

didnt One-nut retire?
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Posted: 6/25/2011 11:30:27 PM EST
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Posted: 6/26/2011 9:36:47 AM EST
Originally Posted By _Matt_:

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That guy with one testicle will win.

didnt One-nut retire?


Does not matter. He still always wins. Makes things fairly boring.
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Posted: 6/26/2011 9:51:06 AM EST

Originally Posted By CAR_16:
Originally Posted By _Matt_:

Originally Posted By CAR_16:
That guy with one testicle will win.

didnt One-nut retire?


Does not matter. He still always wins. Makes things fairly boring.

He didn't win last time he rode. He bonked in 2001 on a mountain stage and lost a couple of minutes.

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Posted: 6/27/2011 2:46:26 PM EST
If Andy isn't in shape...


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Posted: 6/27/2011 2:48:25 PM EST
france.........what ??

Not a single fuck was given.
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Posted: 6/27/2011 2:51:18 PM EST
used to love it, but not so much now.

I'll still watch a few stages probably
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Posted: 6/27/2011 3:01:41 PM EST
same here- I only watch the mtn stages
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Posted: 6/27/2011 3:06:08 PM EST
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used to love it, but not so much now.

I'll still watch a few stages probably


That's how it will play out in my house as well. I used to be stuck to the tube for every stage but i t got sooooooo old listening to all of the doping allegations whether they were true or not. It seem to be just a circus now. Hopefully I'll have a change of heart someday and get back into watching the pros.
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Posted: 6/27/2011 3:06:41 PM EST
Whats up with Contodor? Trouble??
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Posted: 6/30/2011 3:54:39 PM EST
For those of you who are interested. Aquaphor le Tour Challenge.
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Posted: 6/30/2011 4:00:05 PM EST

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When the teams were introduced today, Contador was booed by the audience.

Wow

His attack on Schleck last year wasn't a very popular move. Then the whole clenbuterol deal and it not being completely resolved has made him a bit of a pariah. This should be a good year for the race. The Schleck brothers are going to make Contador really earn an overall win
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The free NBC/Versus TDF All Access app is now up in the App store on iTunes.
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Posted: 7/1/2011 2:39:51 PM EST
I think I have decided to take Friday 7/22/11 off of work
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Posted: 7/1/2011 5:13:30 PM EST
going riding in the morning but I'll be watching Sat evening.
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Posted: 7/2/2011 5:44:11 AM EST

Originally Posted By Sylvan:
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contador can eat a dick.


Lance Armstrong is the one that ruined it for me. That lying egotistical f*&k. Him (and guys like him) have ruined the sport IMO. Bring back the days of Greg LeMond, and others of that era and I would watch again.
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Posted: 7/2/2011 7:19:21 AM EST
And this has become interesting on DAY 1
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Team time trials today.

Link to prize giveaway in first post.

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Posted: 7/3/2011 5:17:49 AM EST
I happy to see that they brought back the TTT. Yesterday's stage was pretty exciting. I'm glad Contador is already in the hole and Shleck is only :06 off the lead.
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Posted: 7/3/2011 9:03:57 AM EST
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Originally Posted By DK-Prof:
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I'm glad Contador is already in the hole and Shleck is only :06 off the lead.


Much as it hurts me to root against the Danish team, I really want Contador to lose - ideally in some ironic way.


While Saxo Bank might be a Danish company, the team is almost all Spaniards, so it's okay to hate them.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if Contador had a mechanical on one of the climbs and got dropped?
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Posted: 7/3/2011 9:16:07 AM EST
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I'm glad Contador is already in the hole and Shleck is only :06 off the lead.


Much as it hurts me to root against the Danish team, I really want Contador to lose - ideally in some ironic way.


While Saxo Bank might be a Danish company, the team is almost all Spaniards, so it's okay to hate them.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if Contador had a mechanical on one of the climbs and got dropped?


Yes! It would be perfect if he was in yellow, and had a mechanical on the day before Paris - and Andy took (and kept) the yellow as a result.


Andy's ITT game will need to be improved for that scenario. He'll need some good time on Evans too. The ITT as the second to last stage keeps things interesting.
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Posted: 7/3/2011 9:18:23 AM EST
Originally Posted By DK-Prof:
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Originally Posted By DK-Prof:
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I'm glad Contador is already in the hole and Shleck is only :06 off the lead.


Much as it hurts me to root against the Danish team, I really want Contador to lose - ideally in some ironic way.


While Saxo Bank might be a Danish company, the team is almost all Spaniards, so it's okay to hate them.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if Contador had a mechanical on one of the climbs and got dropped?


Yes! It would be perfect if he was in yellow, and had a mechanical on the day before Paris - and Andy took (and kept) the yellow as a result.


Two days before Paris –– while climbing Alp D'Huez The penultimate day is an individual TT at Grenoble. More fun to watch him get passed.
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Posted: 7/3/2011 9:37:17 AM EST
Originally Posted By BatchelorGroda:
I could not care less about the TDF, but here's some music for you to enjoy while perusing this thread.

BTW...If you want to see a REAL competition, make each rider ride the *exact* same bike...exactly the same.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ps6wRHFdKdA&feature=related



Loved TDF by Kraftwerk.

Here is the "Hip hop" version that was in Breakin' (Movie)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UXpQt3A9E8&playnext=1&list=PLC9305C0200FB7A4B

And here is the modern version of TDF:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQz-CZvkY8k

I am starting to like the newer version better.


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Posted: 7/3/2011 9:39:26 AM EST

Originally Posted By FMJ3:
Originally Posted By DK-Prof:
Originally Posted By Max_Power:

Originally Posted By DK-Prof:
Originally Posted By Max_Power:
I'm glad Contador is already in the hole and Shleck is only :06 off the lead.


Much as it hurts me to root against the Danish team, I really want Contador to lose - ideally in some ironic way.


While Saxo Bank might be a Danish company, the team is almost all Spaniards, so it's okay to hate them.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if Contador had a mechanical on one of the climbs and got dropped?


Yes! It would be perfect if he was in yellow, and had a mechanical on the day before Paris - and Andy took (and kept) the yellow as a result.


Andy's ITT game will need to be improved for that scenario. He'll need some good time on Evans too. The ITT as the second to last stage keeps things interesting.

Schleck is only 4" back while Contador is 1'42" back. That's a lot of time to make up. The large time gap is going to give Schleck a little bit of cushion for the ITT. Of course after only 2 stages any wild speculation is exactly that.

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Posted: 7/3/2011 10:00:35 AM EST

Originally Posted By DK-Prof:
Originally Posted By Max_Power:

Originally Posted By DK-Prof:
Originally Posted By Max_Power:
I'm glad Contador is already in the hole and Shleck is only :06 off the lead.


Much as it hurts me to root against the Danish team, I really want Contador to lose - ideally in some ironic way.


While Saxo Bank might be a Danish company, the team is almost all Spaniards, so it's okay to hate them.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if Contador had a mechanical on one of the climbs and got dropped?


Yes! It would be perfect if he was in yellow, and had a mechanical on the day before Paris - and Andy took (and kept) the yellow as a result.

Jens Voigt has an interview with the Schleck brothers in this month's Bicycling. This is from the article:

JENS: How did the events of that day change you? Did you learn anything?
ANDY: Well, I learned for Alberto's action to attack when a rival drops a chain. I mean, you've never seen that before from a big champion. Armstrong waited for Ullrich when he fell in a ditch [in the 2001 Tour] and Hamilton and Ullrich waited for Armstrong when he crashed on Luz-Ardidin [in 2003]. So what can I say? I learned that day that you've got to be an asshole sometimes. And if the same thing happens to certain riders in the future, I won't wait. You can forgive someone, but I won't forget that he attacked while I was standing there with a mechanical.

I was shocked when Contador looked back at Schleck and then took off last year. Based on past rulings by the Arbitrators Contador is going to be stripped of his '10 Tour win and this year's Giro win. After getting booed at the opening ceremony I'm sure he's wondering to himself what the point is. Anyone who is an avid cyclist understand just how easy it is to block yourself mentally. Contador is under some pretty intense pressure. I think everyone knows the c"ontaminated meat" defense is pretty slim since the EU banned the use of Clenbuterol for cattle fattening several years ago. He has got to have a little voice nagging him as rides. Come the mountains we'll really see what he's got.

Andy Schleck is certainly going to be gunning for Contador and will not show him any mercy. Nor I think will anyone else. Tour history is filled with people who did things that weren't really up and up as to the unspoken etiquette of the Tour. Those people have generally been given some sort of payback by the peloton for their indiscretion.

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Posted: 7/3/2011 10:04:07 AM EST

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I'm glad Contador is already in the hole and Shleck is only :06 off the lead.


Much as it hurts me to root against the Danish team, I really want Contador to lose - ideally in some ironic way.


While Saxo Bank might be a Danish company, the team is almost all Spaniards, so it's okay to hate them.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if Contador had a mechanical on one of the climbs and got dropped?


Yes! It would be perfect if he was in yellow, and had a mechanical on the day before Paris - and Andy took (and kept) the yellow as a result.


Andy's ITT game will need to be improved for that scenario. He'll need some good time on Evans too. The ITT as the second to last stage keeps things interesting.

Apparently Andy spent some major time in the wind tunnel over the winter. Also his TT bike has been improved. The scary thing is him throwing the chain in the Swiss Tour ITT, ala the 2010 Tour. He had to finish the TT on his road bike since there wasn't a backup TT bike on the chase car for him. I bet they won't make that mistake again but still...
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Posted: 7/3/2011 10:47:58 AM EST

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Jens Voigt has an interview with the Schleck brothers in this month's Bicycling. This is from the article:

JENS: How did the events of that day change you? Did you learn anything?
ANDY: Well, I learned for Alberto's action to attack when a rival drops a chain. I mean, you've never seen that before from a big champion. Armstrong waited for Ullrich when he fell in a ditch [in the 2001 Tour] and Hamilton and Ullrich waited for Armstrong when he crashed on Luz-Ardidin [in 2003]. So what can I say? I learned that day that you've got to be an asshole sometimes. And if the same thing happens to certain riders in the future, I won't wait. You can forgive someone, but I won't forget that he attacked while I was standing there with a mechanical.







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Posted: 7/3/2011 2:28:57 PM EST
Garmin/Cervelo kicked major ass in the TTT today. Thor Hushovd is in yellow. C. Evans is 2nd +00:01, F. Schleck is 6th +00:004, A Schleck is 10th +00:04, Contador is 75 +01:42

Top American is George Hincapie in 13th +00:04.
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Posted: 7/4/2011 10:13:01 AM EST
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Posted: 7/4/2011 11:15:54 AM EST
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Garmin/Cervelo kicked major ass in the TTT today. Thor Hushovd is in yellow. C. Evans is 2nd +00:01, F. Schleck is 6th +00:004, A Schleck is 10th +00:04, Contador is 75 +01:42

Top American is George Hincapie in 13th +00:04.


Thor Hushovd in what must be the largest polka dot skinsuit ever made.

DZ's Captain America aero helmet.

Nice job by the G-C team today driving the pain train to the line.

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Posted: 7/4/2011 11:29:36 AM EST
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