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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby jules21 » Sun Jul 03, 2011 9:51 am

i wonder if contador is p****d that no one waited for him? :D
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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby wheels46 » Sun Jul 03, 2011 10:40 am

Just want to know if Ligget and particularly Sherwen are on a cash per comments basis for saying "Mark Cavendish" with an extra dollar thrown in for when Sherwen gets a woody in the process? :roll:
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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby brentono » Sun Jul 03, 2011 11:10 am

jules21 wrote:i wonder if contador is p****d that no one waited for him? :D


Nah, and didn't hear him whining about it, either, eh! :wink:
"Today I had bad luck, but the Tour is long," he said. "I'm optimistic and motivated, which is what is important."

Bad-luck-for-Alberto-Contador-but-motivation-is-still-high

Long way to go, and much can happen :)
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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby brentono » Sun Jul 03, 2011 11:15 am

wheels46 wrote:Just want to know if Ligget and particularly Sherwen are on a cash per comments basis for saying "Mark Cavendish" with an extra dollar thrown in for when Sherwen gets a woody in the process? :roll:

+1
Yeah, think they must get doughy, each time they say it. :lol:
Anyway, the new sprint rules, ends the "one-sprint-wonder" and his chances of green. IMO
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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby Aushiker » Sun Jul 03, 2011 12:01 pm

gdt wrote:The letour website now has A Schleck at -:06, Contador remaining at -1:20. I assume that means that A Schleck was seen in the leading bunch after the first accident.


Mmm that is going to make it that much harder for Cadel .. glad he made a dash for the line; every second will count.

Karma for Contador :wink:

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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby Aushiker » Sun Jul 03, 2011 12:03 pm

norbs wrote:- Vanendert's failed bunny hop and subsequent heavy stack about 70kms into the race.

Felt sorry for him ... he did try to do the right thing :(


- The mayhem when the spectator got cleaned up and slowed up Contador.
- Team BMC getting to the front to protect Evans
- Gilbert's finish
- Evans finish


+ 1 ... great to see BMC working as a team.

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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby cherrycam » Sun Jul 03, 2011 1:07 pm

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norbs wrote:- Vanendert's failed bunny hop and subsequent heavy stack about 70kms into the race.

Felt sorry for him ... he did try to do the right thing :(

Andrew


He was trying to do the right thing, and there was also a speed hump from what I could see - he wasn't watching where he was going either.
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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby heay » Sun Jul 03, 2011 1:20 pm

brentono wrote:
wheels46 wrote:Just want to know if Ligget and particularly Sherwen are on a cash per comments basis for saying "Mark Cavendish" with an extra dollar thrown in for when Sherwen gets a woody in the process? :roll:

+1
Yeah, think they must get doughy, each time they say it. :lol:
Anyway, the new sprint rules, ends the "one-sprint-wonder" and his chances of green. IMO
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Not saying he is not a great sprinter but I have always thought that he could not win without the lead train. Look at how quickly he gave up when they went pass him in the middle sprint last night.
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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby Strange Rover » Sun Jul 03, 2011 4:43 pm

heay wrote:Not saying he is not a great sprinter but I have always thought that he could not win without the lead train. Look at how quickly he gave up when they went pass him in the middle sprint last night.


I think if you look back at the TdF last year, Cavendish had to operate with a very weak lead out train (sometimes non existant) once Renshaw got evicted...and he still won. I think last year Cavendish really displayed his incredible tallent where he had to think and fight for himself and follow wheels (not of his train) and win.

Last night was more of a case of his train not being any where near fast enough to launch from...I dont think from lack of horsepower...probably more lack of commitment. I carnt imagine they will make the same mistake again.

Awesome result for Cadel...great work by the BMC boys...really solid.

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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby Vipul » Sun Jul 03, 2011 5:31 pm

Haters gonna hate
Wait until the mountain stages and Contador is going to DESTROY the peloton.



















































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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby chill » Sun Jul 03, 2011 7:03 pm

At least Contador isn't a whinger. Love or hate the bloke he is a superb cyclist.

I really hoped Cadel would get the break on Nancy, I mean, Andy Schleck as well. :P
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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby Chuck » Sun Jul 03, 2011 7:47 pm

Mulger bill wrote:Perfectly ridden final klick by Gilbert.


Covered Fab's attack with ease :shock: What form he has 8)

Strong finish by Cadel :) Good to see him going for the stage win, shame he couldn't get out earlier....

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/evans-p ... ance-gains

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Aushiker wrote:
norbs wrote:- Vanendert's failed bunny hop and subsequent heavy stack about 70kms into the race.

Felt sorry for him ... he did try to do the right thing :(

Andrew


He was trying to do the right thing, and there was also a speed hump from what I could see - he wasn't watching where he was going either.


Got up and did a mountain of work for the team and Gilbert, respect 8)
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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby heay » Sun Jul 03, 2011 8:55 pm

Does anybody know the start times for the teams tonight? I don't want to watch the whoel thing as I have to go to work in the morning. :(

It's alright I found it.....

14:30 Saxo Bank-SunGard

14:37 Euskaltel-Euskadi

14:44 Vacansoleil-DCM

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14:58 Saur-Sojasun

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15:12 FDJ

15:19 Liquigas-Cannondale

15:26 Garmin-Cervélo

15:33 Europcar

15:40 Quick Step

15:47 Movistar

15:54 Astana

16:01 Katusha

16:08 Team Sky

16:15 Lampre-ISD

16:22 Cofidis

16:29 RadioShack

16:36 HTC-Highroad

16:43 Leopard Trek

16:50 BMC

16:57 Omega Pharma-Lotto
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Re: 2011 Tour de France

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Re: 2011 Tour de France

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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby Fresh » Sun Jul 03, 2011 11:22 pm

Those new 3T wheels look very nice on those Cannondales!
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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby igstar » Sun Jul 03, 2011 11:56 pm

We are having a good chuckle at the "golf ball" helmets of the Eurocar team. Something from the Spaceballs
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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby DaveOZ » Mon Jul 04, 2011 7:01 am

So far so good. Cervelo doing really well (almost rode mine to work today in celebration) and Cadel in the hunt. I really hope Cadel does it this year. He has worked so hard. I know they all have but I like Cadel.
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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby Chris249 » Mon Jul 04, 2011 8:09 am

I think I'll have to take my Cervelo (old P2K TT bike) for the commute today! I just with I could get it to go that quickly instead of always finishing dead in the middle! :D :D

Would it be putting the mockers on to say that Cadel could now be the favourite? If he can do so much work on the front and still beat the Schlecks, who were looking strained just sitting on Cancellara's wheel, surely he has to be in superb form and will be able to take considerable time off Andy in the individual TT. Cadel seems to have a loyal team and is attacking whenever possible. Not that I know anything but surely this could finally be The Year.

After all that time hearing people blame Cadel's leadership for Lotto's TTT woes of earlier years, it was interesting to see that they failed to defend the yellow jersey when it was worn by someone else.
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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby MichaelB » Mon Jul 04, 2011 8:40 am

What a great 1st stage (aside from the injuries).

Go cuddles, and BMC did really well in the TTT as well.

Brilliant.

Looking fwd to the next few stages in seeing how the green jersey comp shapes up.

Had to laugh about Greipel's stack in the neutral zone as well as his 100m of aqll out effort onm the front when they hit the climb - even the Liggett/Sherwin duo had a laugh.
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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby jules21 » Mon Jul 04, 2011 10:51 am

cuddles is in the box seat. he's got 1:20 on dertie, he's rid himself of the useless Lotto team, has had a light racing schedule and (touch wood) he has no broken bones. if it's gonna happen, it will be this year!
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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby MichaelB » Mon Jul 04, 2011 1:09 pm

jules21 wrote:cuddles is in the box seat. he's got 1:20 on dertie, he's rid himself of the useless Lotto team, has had a light racing schedule and (touch wood) he has no broken bones. if it's gonna happen, it will be this year!


Lets hope !!!

Pity that last crash on Stage 1 didn't happen 200m earlier !! Then he really would have been in the box seat :D

I was really surprised at how well the guys did in the TTT. Lets hope that lady luck is on his side for a change and the haters stop and focus on someone else for a while.
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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby brentono » Mon Jul 04, 2011 1:16 pm

heay wrote:
brentono wrote:
wheels46 wrote:Just want to know if Ligget and particularly Sherwen are on a cash per comments basis for saying "Mark Cavendish" with an extra dollar thrown in for when Sherwen gets a woody in the process? :roll:

+1
Yeah, think they must get doughy, each time they say it. :lol:
Anyway, the new sprint rules, ends the "one-sprint-wonder" and his chances of green. IMO
:mrgreen:


Not saying he is not a great sprinter but I have always thought that he could not win without the lead train. Look at how quickly he gave up when they went pass him in the middle sprint last night.


"The elastic has snapped." as Phil would say. :roll:
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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby igstar » Mon Jul 04, 2011 1:20 pm

jules21 wrote:cuddles is in the box seat.


Although most others are still breathing down his neck. Both Schlecks and Wiggins are only 3 seconds behind and the others are not much further back.
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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby jules21 » Mon Jul 04, 2011 1:31 pm

MichaelB wrote:I was really surprised at how well the guys did in the TTT. Lets hope that lady luck is on his side for a change and the haters stop and focus on someone else for a while.

evans' popularity seems much higher nowadays. his new attacking style is a winner with the tifosi - he won't die wondering, which is good. dertie has demonstrated that it's not all about winning - his palmares are great, but he is unlikely to be remembered fondly.
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