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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby sogood » Sun Jul 21, 2013 10:25 am

Qunitana magic, Jens magic. Rodriguez and Porte were fantastic too! After stuffing up his energy management and going into deficit in the earlier stage, Froome was never going to recover sufficiently to whip everyone else. All he had to do was just to survive and win the Tour. Done for another year!

Now, will Cav win in Paris again? Last question of this tour.
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby jamesn184 » Sun Jul 21, 2013 11:18 am

Hope Cav wins in Paris,
Last night was the most I've seen Quintana face move ever...
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby toolonglegs » Sun Jul 21, 2013 3:07 pm

There was a bit of maneuvering by Froome on that stage ... Not exactly "a gift" but pretty obvious.
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby RobM » Sun Jul 21, 2013 3:40 pm

I'm hoping Sagan wheelies first across the line in Paris. Bum squeezes for everyone!!
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby sogood » Sun Jul 21, 2013 6:14 pm

jamesn184 wrote:Last night was the most I've seen Quintana face move ever...

Botox effect has finally worn off. :mrgreen:
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby jamesn184 » Sun Jul 21, 2013 6:23 pm

sogood wrote:Botox effect has finally worn off. :mrgreen:


He's got a damn good poker face
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby Mulger bill » Sun Jul 21, 2013 9:44 pm

Did I actually see CF honking last night? :shock:
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby clackers » Sun Jul 21, 2013 10:11 pm

Roland getting away with trying to run someone off the road ... come on refs, a little less parochialism, please! :grin:
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby Xplora » Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:52 am

Sharkey wrote:I found this clip of Sagan doing a no-hands wheelie up Alpe d'Huez on YouTube.

PETER SAGAN - Tour de France 2013 - Wheelie on Alpe d'Huez

Obviously he is a crowd favourite for good reason.

His team mate must have been thinking "damn sumbitch, no one even cares I'm here!!" :lol:
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby find_bruce » Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:23 pm

clackers wrote:Roland getting away with trying to run someone off the road ... come on refs, a little less parochialism, please! :grin:

The 100th edition of le tour is all about tradition, and one of those traditions is being parochial towards the French riders :D
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby pentlandexile » Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:39 pm

Great finale. Loved the twilight finish and the lightshow on the Arc. Just not Cav's year was it?
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby g-boaf » Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:53 pm

It was a great Tour. :) Even from cold, dark Sydney - I loved every moment of it.
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby trailgumby » Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:01 pm

"People have a right to their own opinions, but not their own facts. Evidence must be located, not created, and opinions not backed by evidence cannot be given much weight." -- James W Loewen

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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby grantw » Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:49 pm

Yeah, I really enjoyed the tour this year, I'll be glad to get my sleeping back on track though!
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby gabrielle260 » Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:52 pm

grantw wrote:Yeah, I really enjoyed the tour this year, I'll be glad to get my sleeping back on track though!

Me too!
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby AUbicycles » Mon Jul 22, 2013 11:32 pm

With the late finish and sleep deprivation I couldn't wake up in the middle of the night to watch pro-cyclists riding slow and sharing champagne and cigars. The finale on the Champs-Élysées is worth it but I had SBS on when they were hosting a studio forum with a panel sharing opinions on mind-numbing topics like social media (twitter) in the tour and before I knew it, the TV was off.
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby RonK » Mon Jul 22, 2013 11:38 pm

pentlandexile wrote:Just not Cav's year was it?

Yeah - wasn't it great to see somebody else get the money.
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby toolonglegs » Mon Jul 22, 2013 11:47 pm

yet again I stayed away from the Champs-Élysées while in Paris ... Been a long month, after I watched froome on the podium about 10.15pm... I headed off for a 10.20pm showing of world war z.
One day I will put my hand up for the VIP tickets... Anyway apparently the champagne and water ques were very long... Shame on you ASO lol.
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby briztoon » Tue Jul 23, 2013 7:36 am

toolonglegs wrote:One day I will put my hand up for the VIP tickets... Anyway apparently the champagne and water ques were very long... Shame on you ASO lol.


So to were the queues for the toilets. No queues fro soft drinks or water where we we "seated" however. As for seating in the stands, well what a joke. Waaaayyyyy over sold, probably 3 people for every 2 seats.

Funniest event of the evening, doing a drink run for our group and there is an American lady complaining to the staff of the drinks tent about the excess of people in the stands. I mention that all the stands are like that and she says "well it's just not good enough, they should remove people so we can sit down and watch the race". She then asks who's in charge and heads towards an official looking type who's checking peoples entry tickets. I mention the episode to our tour operator as I return with the drinks, and he makes the comment that maybe she'll be the first person removed to allow others to sit.
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby brentono » Tue Jul 23, 2013 2:27 pm

It's over for another year, and the commentators must re-group for next year.
Froome wins the 100th Tour, one that you could say was almost designed for him.
Richie Porte by his side, and possibly the best asset Froome had.
Great win for Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) on the Champs-Élysées topping off
4 great stage wins, and best in this year's Tour. Greipel the only concern on the Champs
Great to see Peter Sagan so consistent once again for the "Green Jersey" and
well deserved. Still young and a long way to go. Great all-rounder.
And Rojas Nairo Quintana a great finishing burst. Great for a young bloke.
If there were more mountain stages, the Tour could almost be designed for him.
Joaquin RODRIGUEZ consistant as ever.
Contador put up a great fight, and deserves acknowledgment for it, but this
year he was unable to change his fate. Never really able to recover from his
questionable suspension, and return to former glory. KREUZIGER was a great ally.
And together a great Team effort, along with the rest.
Another episode of the Greatest show on earth. Looking forward to next year.
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby Zynster » Tue Jul 23, 2013 2:33 pm

If I had a dollar for every time Phil said, "Ritchie Froome"......
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby newie » Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:16 pm

Zynster wrote:If I had a dollar for every time Phil said, "Ritchie Froome"......

Or called Contador, Valverde, or vice versa.

Edit: I don't want to sound mean about him, as their commentary is designed for newbie's to following the sport, and does that successfully. Their explanation of everything that was going on when I first started watching kept me interested and got me in. But there do seem to be an awful lot of mistakes these days. I just don't know whether it is because I am more knowledgeable now, or whether Phil is starting to lose it a bit.
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby warthog1 » Tue Jul 23, 2013 5:31 pm

brentono wrote:Contador put up a great fight, and deserves acknowledgment for it, but this
year he was unable to change his fate. Never really able to recover from his
questionable suspension, and return to former glory. :


Heard a theory today from a current procyclist that the reason Contador tested positive for Clenbuterol was because he had been using it in training.
The blood he took out at that time and reinfused during the tour therefore busted him. Would also explain the plasticisers in his blood. :mrgreen:
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby RonK » Tue Jul 23, 2013 5:34 pm

warthog1 wrote:
brentono wrote:Contador put up a great fight, and deserves acknowledgment for it, but this
year he was unable to change his fate. Never really able to recover from his
questionable suspension, and return to former glory. :


Heard a theory today from a current procyclist that the reason Contador tested positive for Clenbuterol was because he had been using it in training.
The blood he took out at that time and reinfused during the tour therefore busted him. Would also explain the plasticisers in his blood. :mrgreen:

Have you only just realised this? It's how Landis was caught out too.
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Re: 2013 Tour de France

Postby jules21 » Tue Jul 23, 2013 6:06 pm

warthog1 wrote:Heard a theory today from a current procyclist that the reason Contador tested positive for Clenbuterol was because he had been using it in training.
The blood he took out at that time and reinfused during the tour therefore busted him. Would also explain the plasticisers in his blood. :mrgreen:

that's what most people assumed. it's called a 'ghost positive' or something.
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