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Old 06-16-05, 09:23 AM   #1
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Way to go Chris Horner

WOOOHOOO. Chris smoked em today. I would think his ride today will get him on the Tour team.
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Old 06-16-05, 09:31 AM   #2
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This proves that he's a top-10 TDF contender.

Nice ride by Rogers.
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Old 06-16-05, 09:46 AM   #3
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very nice ride by him
I would still be suprised by a top10 though.
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Old 06-16-05, 09:47 AM   #4
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Screw Top-10, PODIUM BABY!!!!!!
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i bet he could get top 20, but not sure about top 10. Anyways, he rode great today
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Old 06-16-05, 10:27 AM   #6
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I hope he can sustain his riding for the rest of the race. He's not to far from a podium finish.

I've been a fan of Chris since I first saw him ride off the front of the local hammer Wednesday Ride from Encinitas up to San Clemente and back. He was a teenager with a big ponytail and some serious speed. While his hair has receded over the years, his riding has only gotten better.

bravo Chris
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Old 06-16-05, 11:20 AM   #7
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I was being sarcastic.

If included, Horner should be a good support rider for Saunier's GC guy.
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Old 06-16-05, 11:49 AM   #8
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beautiful.

god knows he deserves this too, it was a long time coming.

interesting to note he is in 6th on the GC!

hopefully the SD DS will put him on the tour team...
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Old 06-16-05, 04:02 PM   #10
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From velonews:

Looking back over his shoulder at Nibali, Horner splayed two fingers in an upside-down peace sign and then pointed them up the mountain, indicating that it was the young Italian's turn to take the lead. Nibali didn't respond.

"I said many things to him, some of them not so nice," Horner later joked. "I don't know the riders by face, and I don't know what their abilities are...When [Nibali] attacked us, he looked very strong. When I finally caught him, he wasn't working so much, and I thought he was holding back.

Finally Horner sat up on his saddle and swung his arm in an exaggerated "get-up-here" motion. This time Nibali rose out from his saddle and tried to get in front.



Sounds like Horner
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Old 06-16-05, 04:11 PM   #11
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This should get him in the Tour de France. Chris made some comments today after the stage suggesting he was going. perhaps his director whispered in his ear today after the stage win. I'm not sure he is finished moving up in this race. he's now 6th. There are still some very tough stages to come. No he will not win Tour de Suisse....but a top 5 would be sensational! I said he could do a top 10 in the Tour...and I still stand by that. Chris has not had alot of racing this year. He should still be fairly fresh mentally. Plus...as good as his form seems to be, it should be alot better at the Tour. I'd say he would be hitting his peak at the Tour. He is a monster talent that seems to get better with age. I remember the day that Chris Horner became Chris Horner as we know him today. It was in a stage in the Tour DuPont...when he was in a breakaway with a Postal rider(I think it was Darren Baker). The poney tailed Horner was riding for the lowly NutraFig-Colorado Cyclist team. Anyway...Chris and Darren managed to stay away and Chris outsprinted Baker to take the stage win. That was the birth of Chris Horner and the death of Darren baker. Baker said that he was never the same after that loss. He said that he rode 80 kilometers alone with Horner and knew the entire time that he would beat Horner easily in the sprint. Baker was crushed! I think this must have been 1996?..give or take a year. Horner was soon offered a contract with a European team after that stage win(La Francois des Jeaux).

whoa!...Beloki finished 37th today at 4 minutes. Not too shabby at all. He finished just over two minutes down on Ullrich.....and in a hard mountain stage. That's fairly respectable....and far far better than he managed in the Giro. I would say that this was his best day since his crash two years ago. I think his form is coming...albeit very slowly. Beloki could be very good by the first or second week of the TDF. That's a scary thought! I still to this day believe that he was the strongest man in that Tour de France(2003) before he fell and broke his leg. he was a monster...and even Lance himself said "maybe he is the one!" after watching Beloki attack relentlessly right up to the point of his crash. Beloki had finished on the podium sevral times before...but he was at his all time best in 2003. Not even close to other years! God he looked strong that year. Would love to see him get that back. Lance dodged a bullet that year. Not saying that Beloki would have won...but I would have loved to see that play out to the end. Oh well!
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Go Mick!! Aussie onslaught continues!!
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Old 06-16-05, 06:58 PM   #13
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Horner is one of my favorite riders, great attitude on him. Definitely a competitve attitude, but he balances it perfectly and still comes across as a decent guy. This was the first time (aside from a mag pic) I've seen him in Saunier kit.

I originally thought his injury was more serious, he implied it was just his leg but others said it was his hip. Either way, great to see him back now and look forward to seeing him in the tDAYf
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Old 06-16-05, 07:31 PM   #14
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The Postal rider that Horner beat was Nate Reiss, the year was 1996. Chris was a SoCal local until that year. In 1997 he went to Europe to ride for FDJ for three years. I remember noticing Chris when I raced against him at the USD Grand Prix in 1992. Chris won against a pretty stacked pro field that included riders from Chevy-LASD, Subaru-Montgomery, and Lance Armstrong riding as an amateur for Motorola.
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Old 06-16-05, 07:57 PM   #15
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Nate Reiss...I stand corrected! Sorry about that.
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If Horner can hang tough for the rest of the TdS he's a shoe in for the TdF squad, but there are still two absolutely brutal days left... if he makes it though them without blowing up he's in for sure after today, but he still has to show he can he can do it... and that won't be any easy task with all these guys just getting their legs and coming into form... I don't see his DS making that decision before Sunday's death stage. You don't want a guy who can have a few good days, but only ride half a race because he blows up... looking good so far though.
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Old 06-16-05, 11:12 PM   #17
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he looks great and he has made a strong recovery from his stress fracture (i think that's what it was). I think that he is an enormous talent and could make top 20, MAYBE top 10 in the Tour, but he won't. I don't know who the team leader for the tour is, but it's not him if his place on the tour team hasn't even been decided until late June. Hopefully he will at least go to the tour, and hopefully he can do some great work for his leader and maybe, just maybe, they'll let him go for, and get a stage win. Until then, i hope he keeps riding strong and makes top 5 or even podium in the tour de suisse.
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Maybe top 10 but isn't there another S-D rider ahead of Horner in the GC? Horner said it himself the only reason he got away was because no one gave a damn. He's a pipe dream for the top 10, maybe he'll grab a stage win but I don't see him remaining truly competitive through 3 weeks of ass kicking after a screwed hip and only a half-season of prep. That said, all power to him, but I ain't putting money on the guy, least not this time round.
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Maybe top 10 but isn't there another S-D rider ahead of Horner in the GC?
Yeah, it would probably be Josť Angel Gomez, who placed 8th overall at the Vuelta last year riding for Paternina.
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Not to pick nits, but he won going today because he was several minutes down on GC and the leaders didn't care to give chase. Good win, but not a sign of the second coming.
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I know I'm going to get bashed for this, but did you ever notice he tends to bash other riders in interviews? I'm glad he got a win, but he needs to keep his mouth shut regarding the mistakes he sees other riders make. Most of the riders he criticizes are far more experienced than him. He could learn some things from them.
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Old 06-17-05, 07:25 AM   #22
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i just read on the Velonews site that Chris will be starting the Tour this year. Also his SD team will not have a specific GC team leader with the team looking for stage wins and high GC placings instead.
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Congratulations Chris Horner! You will be doing your first ever grand tour...the big dance! The Tour de France! Awesome!

I have never really heard Chris Horner attack other riders personally. I have however heard Horner criticise the tactics of other riders. Chris is avery solid tactician...and he knows the euro and the domestic tactics very well(which are very different). Chris always works when he should work. I've never heard anyone call Horner a wheel sucker. Yes Chris is rather outspoken...but I've never really heard him say anything that really crosses the line...if you know what I mean. I do know that he has the respect of those that race with him ...as well as current and former team mates. But he is extremely smart, competitive, talented and a bit outspoken.

A very hard two days left in teh Tour de Suisse...then it's Tour time.

I can't wait for the Tour! It should be a good one this year!

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I know I'm going to get bashed for this, but did you ever notice he tends to bash other riders in interviews?
I agree... he may be a talented rider, but I'm not keen on his personality. Ever since he criticized US Postal for letting Jason McCartney get away last year and grabbing the Olympic Team spot, I view him as bit of a whiner.
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