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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby MichaelB » Thu Jul 28, 2011 12:48 pm

Now, back to cycling - stolen from Cyclingnews forum. Apparently a cartoon from L'Equip

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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby wagr1213 » Thu Jul 28, 2011 1:55 pm

martinjs wrote:I think I saw something in another tread or website where Cadel thanked the Collingwood army (there supporters) for there support, that would suggest to me he has a bit more than a passing interest in AFL, but really Collingwood? :roll: :lol:


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PPPPfffffftttttttt!!!!! a passing comment !
Seriously taken out of context, off Cadels website, in relation to Aussie supporters in general due to someone seen in a Colliwobbles jumper spectating roadside along with the Koalas, crocodiles etc and assorted other standout Aussie icons.

See comment below and note the * footnote. (*) I don't have anything against supporters, you just stand out like dogs ..... In Europe.

From Cadels Website
"A huge thank you to everyone involved in this project, from team mates on the road, my teammates in the cars/trucks plane and bus around the race, the engineers at BMC, the management in the offices in Switzerland, Belgium, Australia, California. My coaches past and present, and all those who helped me to get here today; masseurs, physio's/osteopaths, orthopaedic surgeons (!), all the Aussie flag bearers; kangaroos, koala's, surflife savers, Collingwood supporters (*) and that nutty 'Crikey Cadel' crocodile (very original). I hope you enjoyed the ride thus far. I know I have! (*) I don't have anything against supporters, you just stand out like dogs ..... In Europe. We can be proud of it, Julia told me herself! "

Anything for the aerial ping pong brigade to try and bring cycling into their own little world and try and make leather kicking look good and give football some credibility when its outshone by a greater sporting achievement!!!
Footy players are not even close to comparing with cyclists in sports athleticism.
AFL GF - "Oh my god ive pulled a hammy" gotta get off the field quick" theres at least half an hour till the buzzer. bugger that!
TDF - Damn that barb wire fence was a bit bit of a rasp and that blasted Alp was a bit tough - Oh well back on the bike an keep goin!!! Only a few more days to go

Well done Cadel - You are the man - Ably supported by a great Team
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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby Gassy » Thu Jul 28, 2011 2:28 pm

Went into Bicycling Superstore at lunch time to fill in some time, noticed they had hardly any road bikes. Asked what the go was. Apparently they have sold something like 50 bikes just since Cadel won. They were pretty happy as you might expect.

So watch out on the roads..
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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby ni78ck » Thu Jul 28, 2011 2:36 pm

Gassy wrote:Went into Bicycling Superstore at lunch time to fill in some time, noticed they had hardly any road bikes. Asked what the go was. Apparently they have sold something like 50 bikes just since Cadel won. They were pretty happy as you might expect.

So watch out on the roads..

this happens with most sports. years ago it was golf, when greg norman played in australia i heard sales would triple! :shock:
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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby CommuRider » Thu Jul 28, 2011 2:55 pm

MichaelB wrote:Now, back to cycling - stolen from Cyclingnews forum. Apparently a cartoon from L'Equip

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Cadel isn't bucktoothed!!!! Lovely, I'd frame that.
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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby JV911 » Thu Jul 28, 2011 2:59 pm

Cadel Evans won the Tour de France, but kept thanking his team and pointing out that he couldn't have achieved victory without them. Marcus Burghardt was one of the riders who helped the Australian get the first Tour win for his country. Burghardt, a classics specialist, was extremely important in the first week, on narrow roads with wet surface. He helped Evans stay clear of all trouble and set the foundation for the successful overall win.

Read more: http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/9212/ ... z1TNBkALks
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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby JV911 » Thu Jul 28, 2011 3:31 pm

Gassy wrote:Went into Bicycling Superstore at lunch time to fill in some time, noticed they had hardly any road bikes. Asked what the go was. Apparently they have sold something like 50 bikes just since Cadel won. They were pretty happy as you might expect.

So watch out on the roads..


Two-wheeled champion Cadel Evans broke all Australian cycling records when he pedalled into Tour de France history, but the win has also cemented a record of another kind for Melbourne entrepreneurs Jason Wyatt and Sam Salter.

Traffic to their bike website, bikexchange.com.au, spiked 50 per cent on Sunday night alone. The site, which sells bikes, accessories and holidays, is well on track to break its own records with a predicted 520,000 visitors for July.

Wyatt predicted Evans' win would be a turning point in the Australian industry.


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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby JV911 » Thu Jul 28, 2011 3:41 pm

Why Evans beat the Schleck brothers by Robert Millar

So why did Cadel Evans win this year's Tour de France over the Schlecks? Leopard Trek had the two of them to use tactically. They had numerous mountaintop finishes suited to their climbing abilities more than the gutsy Australian. On paper, the new team looked a stronger unit than BMC. There was even less time trialling than usual for the brothers to worry about. So what went wrong?

Well maybe that's not quite the right way of asking the question, because when you finish second and third, not that much went wrong. I think it's better to ask, what did Cadel do right that Andy and Fränk Schleck didn't quite match?


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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby Kenzo » Thu Jul 28, 2011 4:22 pm

JV911 wrote:Why Evans beat the Schleck brothers by Robert Millar

So why did Cadel Evans win this year's Tour de France over the Schlecks? Leopard Trek had the two of them to use tactically. They had numerous mountaintop finishes suited to their climbing abilities more than the gutsy Australian. On paper, the new team looked a stronger unit than BMC. There was even less time trialling than usual for the brothers to worry about. So what went wrong?

Well maybe that's not quite the right way of asking the question, because when you finish second and third, not that much went wrong. I think it's better to ask, what did Cadel do right that Andy and Fränk Schleck didn't quite match?


http://www.cyclingnews.com/blogs/robert ... k-brothers

Great blog/post by Millar.
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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby CommuRider » Thu Jul 28, 2011 4:34 pm

As an aside, quite what the yellow jersey wearer thought he was doing in no-man’s land was beyond me, his DS needed to either tell him to wait for his teammates in the chasing group behind or talk to the Saxo Bank guys about getting Contador to knock off the pace and let him get up to the front. If that had happened and they all rode in the front until the base of the last climb then there might have been a panic at BMC. As it was, Voeckler lost his podium place by continuing to chase on his own for too long.


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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby goneriding » Thu Jul 28, 2011 4:40 pm

Personally, I think they spent too much time worrying about Bertie in the early stages and, as per last year, didn't really consider Evans that much of a threat. That played nicely into Cadel's hands because he already had an advantage and just had to follow wheels with the advantage he already had.

When it became clear that Bertie wasn't the challenge, it was too late and Evans had plenty of gas in the tank to finish the job as evidenced by his mini attacks when he was chasing down the Schlecks. That and the fact that the BMC team was very slick and protected him. It makes you wonder what the podium in 2007 might have looked like had the team been better. 2008 might have been the same.
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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby martinjs » Thu Jul 28, 2011 4:50 pm

I just pre ordered the Tour de France 2011 highlights DVD from out supplier, means I get 10% of the purchase price. :D 8) Now I only have to wait, not coming out until September. :(

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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby CommuRider » Thu Jul 28, 2011 4:55 pm

martinjs wrote:I just pre ordered the Tour de France 2011 highlights DVD from out supplier, means I get 10% of the purchase price. :D 8) Now I only have to wait, not coming out until September. :(

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SBS still has videos of the Tour here

http://www.youtube.com/sbstourdefrance

am sure you can download them all, compile them for your very own TdF DVD
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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby JV911 » Thu Jul 28, 2011 5:02 pm

martinjs wrote:I just pre ordered the Tour de France 2011 highlights DVD from out supplier, means I get 10% of the purchase price. :D 8) Now I only have to wait, not coming out until September. :(



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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby roller » Thu Jul 28, 2011 5:08 pm

JV911 wrote:
martinjs wrote:I just pre ordered the Tour de France 2011 highlights DVD from out supplier, means I get 10% of the purchase price. :D 8) Now I only have to wait, not coming out until September. :(



linky?


i too would like to know where the 10% off place is!

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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby Hangdog98 » Thu Jul 28, 2011 9:13 pm

I think you can get the tour de France highlights DVD for 10% off, but only as an add-on to the full package set of the 2010 AFL complete games DVD collectors edition set. :lol:
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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby CommuRider » Thu Jul 28, 2011 9:17 pm

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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby martinjs » Thu Jul 28, 2011 9:28 pm

roller wrote:
JV911 wrote:
martinjs wrote:I just pre ordered the Tour de France 2011 highlights DVD from out supplier, means I get 10% of the purchase price. :D 8) Now I only have to wait, not coming out until September. :(



linky?


i too would like to know where the 10% off place is!

edit: http://www.jbhifionline.com.au/default. ... 3&P=652275 $32.98


Sorry, my bad :oops: I work in a retail Electronics shop as a computer tech but we also sell DVD's and such. As a staff Member I get 10% but can't get it for others. :(
Helps that I order the DVD's as well. Nope never bothered getting a DVD for the AFL Grand Final and definitely not Colliwobbles. :roll:
This TDF outcome is far greater than the Grand final any way, not sure if I ever said anything different. First ever Australian win can never be repeated so I want an original copy for my DVD collection. :D 8)

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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby DavidS » Thu Jul 28, 2011 10:36 pm

JV911 wrote:Why Evans beat the Schleck brothers by Robert Millar

So why did Cadel Evans win this year's Tour de France over the Schlecks? Leopard Trek had the two of them to use tactically. They had numerous mountaintop finishes suited to their climbing abilities more than the gutsy Australian. On paper, the new team looked a stronger unit than BMC. There was even less time trialling than usual for the brothers to worry about. So what went wrong?

Well maybe that's not quite the right way of asking the question, because when you finish second and third, not that much went wrong. I think it's better to ask, what did Cadel do right that Andy and Fränk Schleck didn't quite match?


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I think that was a great summary. Cadel Evans has, in the past, probably been guilty of the same thing: trying not to lose the Tour rather than riding to win. This year he rode to win and it showed, and it ended up with the best result of all. His, and his team's, tactics were also spot on especially when the situation was difficult. Sure, there was also a bit of luck, but you need that to win and you also make your own luck by doing things like riding at the front of the peleton.

I also think his point about the Schlecks was very well made. They came second and third, that is a massive achievement and what they learned this year will help them in the future. I think Andy will win one day and he may well reflect on the 2011 Tour and how Cadel won as a real learning experience which helped him improve that one spot he so desires.

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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby CommuRider » Thu Jul 28, 2011 10:45 pm

Thinking about pivotal moments of le tour, one stood out for me and that was Cadel crossing the finishing line ahead of Contador. It was a psychological blow which AC never recovered from. Imagine how he must have gotten ribbed bout his premature victory salute.

Of course this was still before the mtn stages but Cadel effectively neutered Contador as an opponent/contender in that early stage.

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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby David_G » Thu Jul 28, 2011 11:47 pm

The most memorable stages for me was the chase after Andy did the big escape, late night, heater going, house silent, I could count off the seconds that he was catching up.
Then the time trial, what else can be said? My brother in law who is a cross fit junkie, but not a cyclist rang me to make sure I was awake and watching, he subsequently woke the entire house up, but hey small price to pay for that days racing.
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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby CommuRider » Fri Jul 29, 2011 8:25 am

David_G wrote:, it just proves that a champion team will beat a team of champions nearly every time.


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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby pauls51 » Fri Jul 29, 2011 4:20 pm

Was driving into Geelong early this morning and noticed a big sign just before the city centre exit that read "Geelong Salutes Cadel"! .... 8)
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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby Joeblake » Fri Jul 29, 2011 6:15 pm

MikeyD360 wrote:Umm.. WT??

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That's probably what Phil L and Paul S are referring to when they say "... and it looks like the elastic's broken ..."


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Re: 2011 Tour de France

Postby Joeblake » Fri Jul 29, 2011 6:17 pm

ni78ck wrote:
Gassy wrote:Went into Bicycling Superstore at lunch time to fill in some time, noticed they had hardly any road bikes. Asked what the go was. Apparently they have sold something like 50 bikes just since Cadel won. They were pretty happy as you might expect.

So watch out on the roads..

this happens with most sports. years ago it was golf, when greg norman played in australia i heard sales would triple! :shock:



I wonder how many 12 metre yachts sold after Australia II won the America's Cup? :lol:

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