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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby g-boaf » Mon Jul 28, 2014 1:33 pm

The women's race was brutal - some nasty crashes in that.

As for the whole tour, I think this is about as extreme as I saw:

http://static.businessinsider.com/image ... /image.jpg :shock:

Don't try that at home... :lol:
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby Robinho » Mon Jul 28, 2014 2:16 pm

g-boaf wrote:The women's race was brutal - some nasty crashes in that.

As for the whole tour, I think this is about as extreme as I saw:

http://static.businessinsider.com/image ... /image.jpg :shock:

Don't try that at home... :lol:

It's fine, his brakes had just failed so he was using his knees....
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby pauls51 » Mon Jul 28, 2014 2:35 pm

looks like Jack Bauer the day he got robbed!... Poor bloke.
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby toolonglegs » Mon Jul 28, 2014 3:11 pm

Bauer rode the whole way up Hautacam on the back wheel ... Awesome skills :-)
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby g-boaf » Mon Jul 28, 2014 7:35 pm

pauls51 wrote:looks like Jack Bauer the day he got robbed!... Poor bloke.


It is. :( I was cursing the at the TV that day.
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby RonK » Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:21 pm

Team Pursuit team on the right - who could that be on the left?

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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby g-boaf » Tue Jul 29, 2014 7:17 am

Sir Bradley I think...
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby RonK » Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:57 am

g-boaf wrote:Sir Bradley I think...

Hehe - not a difficult guess...you don't need to be Alan Pearse to read the body language... :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby Xplora » Tue Jul 29, 2014 10:00 am

Wiggins knighthood is a great example of why you don't give the honours quickly. He's been a terrible ambassador for the Empire outside that magic few months.

Btw GoAussiesbwahhaahahaSuckeggsEngland
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby Dirty32 » Tue Jul 29, 2014 11:25 am

You could look at solely the shoes and have a good guess... Or that poxy Mod symbol on the fore of his helmet and over his laces. Or that tattoo poking out from under his jersey arm and on his hand. Or even that newly embraced beard that he seems keen to rock these days.

I dont know why I expected different, and as they say everyone is different and fits things differently - but does anyone else find it interesting that they are all wearing completely different shoes?
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby AndyRevill » Tue Jul 29, 2014 1:44 pm

Xplora wrote:Wiggins knighthood is a great example of why you don't give the honours quickly. He's been a terrible ambassador for the Empire outside that magic few months.

Btw GoAussiesbwahhaahahaSuckeggsEngland


Not defending him, and certainly not picking a fight, especially as you sold me that very nice trainer :D but for once I don't think this was one of those quickie knighthoods, rather the magic few months were actually the icing on the cake:

Since 1998 between Olympic, world and commonwealth games he managed to amass (I think) 10 Gold, 10 Silver and 3 Bronze medals.

However, probably no medals in the personality stakes :)

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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby Xplora » Tue Jul 29, 2014 3:56 pm

:lol:

I didn't know he was so successful on the track. I thought Hoy was the whole story in British track riding. Maybe they all turn evil once they get a free hub?
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby AndyRevill » Tue Jul 29, 2014 4:53 pm

Xplora wrote::lol:

I didn't know he was so successful on the track. I thought Hoy was the whole story in British track riding. Maybe they all turn evil once they get a free hub?


Not the whole story, just 90% :D

You're right, Maybe it's the tick tick tick that does it :lol:
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby bigfriendlyvegan » Tue Jul 29, 2014 5:00 pm

Xplora wrote::lol:

I didn't know he was so successful on the track. I thought Hoy was the whole story in British track riding. Maybe they all turn evil once they get a free hub?


Wiggo had mutliple track olympic golds and world championships. He came through the British system at about the same time as Cav and they rode lots of 6 Day events together and were world champion madison riders in 2008. Geraint Thomas was another rider who went through the British system at the same time and rode pursuits with Wiggo and Cav.

British cycling was a factory for a long time and they produced the best cyclists in the world. It doesn't seem to have held based on these Commonwealth games results.
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2014 Tour de France

Postby cyclotaur » Tue Jul 29, 2014 5:15 pm

Dirty32 wrote:... Or that poxy Mod symbol on the fore of his helmet and over his laces.....

Steady on there.
http://www.hardandsmart.net/2013/05/history-of-mod-target.html?m=1

Certainly no worse than waving a flag around. In fact a lot better, IMO.

And don't forget his dad was an Aussie.

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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby RonK » Tue Jul 29, 2014 5:15 pm

AndyRevill wrote:
Xplora wrote:Wiggins knighthood is a great example of why you don't give the honours quickly. He's been a terrible ambassador for the Empire outside that magic few months.

Btw GoAussiesbwahhaahahaSuckeggsEngland


Not defending him, and certainly not picking a fight, especially as you sold me that very nice trainer :D but for once I don't think this was one of those quickie knighthoods, rather the magic few months were actually the icing on the cake:

Since 1998 between Olympic, world and commonwealth games he managed to amass (I think) 10 Gold, 10 Silver and 3 Bronze medals.

However, probably no medals in the personality stakes :)

cheers, Andy

Not to mention he beat Cavendish (albeit narrowly) for 20 gold medals in the IA. :wink:

But he's obviously much more famous and recognisable than Sir Chris Hoy, who was denied entry into the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. :lol: :lol: :lol:

It must have been a pleasure (and a relief) to the ASO and sponsors to have gracious gentlemen riders on the TdF podium once again...
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby Dirty32 » Tue Jul 29, 2014 7:07 pm

cyclotaur wrote:Steady on there.
http://www.hardandsmart.net/2013/05/history-of-mod-target.html?m=1

Certainly no worse than waving a flag around. In fact a lot better, IMO.

And don't forget his dad was an Aussie.


Your right... It isn't. But why does he have to do it?
No one else on the team has it (or a flag on their helmet / shoes, or anything else than standard team issue kit, for that matter).
I thought it was a Team pursuit... Not an individual one.

He has them plastered all over his road bikes too. In the paintwork and on the headseat cover. On the arm of his Sky Team jersey etc.
Perhaps he is just trying to create a bit of a 'brand', but I just dont really understand it.

How could I forget about his Aussie father... The one that was never there for him. Seemed like a real good bloke!
I read Wiggo's book and he spewed hate and vitriol for his Dad throughout the whole thing...
What was your point there?
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2014 Tour de France

Postby cyclotaur » Tue Jul 29, 2014 7:25 pm

Just that you seemed to be annoyed by a small symbol of his English-ness. Maybe it's part psychological denial of his father, who knows?

I don't mind a bit of individuality myself, even within a team. It seems to work for Wiggo, anyway.
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2014 Tour de France

Postby singlespeedscott » Tue Jul 29, 2014 7:26 pm

RonK wrote:
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I would be sitting away a bit myself too. Nothing worse then being jammed up against someone, in their personal space, when you need to focus.

Notice the other boys are trying to make room for each other as well.
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby bigfriendlyvegan » Tue Jul 29, 2014 7:58 pm

cyclotaur wrote:Just that you seemed to be annoyed by a small symbol of his English-ness.


His Belgium-ness, you mean.
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby cyclotaur » Tue Jul 29, 2014 8:11 pm

bigfriendlyvegan wrote:
cyclotaur wrote:Just that you seemed to be annoyed by a small symbol of his English-ness.


His Belgium-ness, you mean.

I'm sure he regards himself as British, irrespective of his birthplace, though that may explain his liking for the spring/cobbled classics.
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby AndyRevill » Tue Jul 29, 2014 8:56 pm

cyclotaur wrote:
bigfriendlyvegan wrote:
cyclotaur wrote:Just that you seemed to be annoyed by a small symbol of his English-ness.


His Belgium-ness, you mean.

I'm sure he regards himself as British, irrespective of his birthplace, though that may explain his liking for the spring/cobbled classics.


Born in Belgium, British Mother, Australian father probably doesn't qualify him to be Belgian (it wouldn't in Australia). His father left them when he was two and he and his mother moved to England. I'm sure he feels English - supported Arsenal as a kid but we won't hold that against him :D
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2014 Tour de France

Postby cyclotaur » Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:11 pm

AndyRevill wrote:
Born in Belgium, British Mother, Australian father probably doesn't qualify him to be Belgian (it wouldn't in Australia). His father left them when he was two and he and his mother moved to England. I'm sure he feels English - supported Arsenal as a kid but we won't hold that against him :D


Up the Gunners!!
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby sogood » Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:17 pm

AndyRevill wrote:However, probably no medals in the personality stakes :)

Is personality a criteria of assessment for these honours?
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Re: 2014 Tour de France

Postby sogood » Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:23 pm

singlespeedscott wrote:I would be sitting away a bit myself too. Nothing worse then being jammed up against someone, in their personal space, when you need to focus.

Notice the other boys are trying to make room for each other as well.

This is like one of those public toilet urinal problem... I think the rider second on the right was the one who fouled the etiquette. He should have sat to the left of the photo with one empty seat b/n him and Wiggo.
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