TdF 2009 Course announced - Ruhroh !! for Cadel

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TdF 2009 Course announced - Ruhroh !! for Cadel

Postby gsxrboy » Thu Oct 23, 2008 9:43 am

Many hilltop finishes and less ITT kms for 2009, though there will be a TTT. Evans will need all the best his team can drag out of their sorry asses.


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Postby Chuck » Thu Oct 23, 2008 9:51 am

Thanks for posting, straight into my favourites for further perusal.
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Postby toolonglegs » Thu Oct 23, 2008 5:29 pm

Which means if I can get into the etape I will be riding the stage to Ventoux! :D ...which is also pretty easy compared to the ride 2 weeks earlier on the Marmotte!...good times!!!.
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Postby chris641 » Thu Oct 23, 2008 7:22 pm

No Alpe d'Huez :( my favourite climb!! Ah well.. guess the Mont Ventoux will make up for it.. plus i love the Col du Tourmalet... but no Col de la Croix de Fer, which i love for some reason!

Poor cadel!
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Postby Tom Marius » Thu Oct 23, 2008 7:27 pm

chris641 wrote:No Alpe d'Huez :( my favourite climb!! Ah well.. guess the Mont Ventoux will make up for it.. plus i love the Col du Tourmalet... but no Col de la Croix de Fer, which i love for some reason!

Poor cadel!


I reckon if they had the Alpe d'Huez every year no-one would turn up any more, such is the brutality. :lol: :P
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Postby jamierk » Fri Oct 24, 2008 6:32 am

In this current climate of riders testing positive, team time trials would make me nervous. If a rider in a TTT was found positive would all riders in the team be disq?

No love for Cadel in 09 it seems. Pity bout Alpe d'Huez, awesome to watch. Mountain stage finish will be exciting though.
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Postby JV911 » Fri Oct 24, 2008 7:32 am

"only 55 kilometres of individual time trialling" :(

the TTT will be cool to watch though
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Postby itsaghostcar » Fri Oct 24, 2008 9:38 am

Love the idea of Ventoux on the penultimate day.

I do wonder if the team time trial favours Astana a little too much though
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Postby RICHARDH » Fri Oct 24, 2008 11:24 am

Evans is going to have a hard time of it. Lost a good domestique, and hasnt found a replacement. Wrong time of year too as most of the good riders have already signed. Course really doesnt suit, the TTT could be a total disaster ( image Cadel looking over shoulder trying to find were his teammates are). Looks like Cadels best chance was last year, ASO seem bent on low TT ks lots of mountain top finishs all of which are against Cadel.
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Postby lukas » Fri Oct 24, 2008 12:46 pm

The Monaco opening should be cool... and Ventoux. Otherwise I'm a bit disappointed.
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Postby toolonglegs » Fri Oct 24, 2008 2:40 pm

I heard that when Lance announced his comeback that ASO rushed in some major changes to the route for next year...mainly to make it harder with less TT time.They don't want him to win!...but even thou he probably won't ride now they resulting changes do not suit a rider like cadel at all.His chances of ever winning a tour I think are gone...last year was his best chance but he let the pressure get to him way too much.
I am not worried about no Alpe D'Heuz as it dosen't need to be used every year.
Real time results on the team TT will be scaring alot of people!...except Astana of course.
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Postby Redbull » Fri Oct 24, 2008 10:07 pm

TTT - Astana who?

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Postby X-wing » Sun Nov 02, 2008 7:07 am

The return of the TTT! Awesome stuff... I really love watching these, seeing the whole team working together.
I also really like the chance to see the different national jerseys mixed in with the standard jerseys; it gives you a chance to see who is who.

It's a shame for Cadel, but I think the best chance he had was this year.
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