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Old 08-17-06, 03:31 PM   #1
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Who's your favorite Liquigas rider?

I personally like Magnums Backseat better than Eric Aspirator.



From today's CNN:

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- World champion Tom Boonen produced his trademark sprint finish to win the first stage of the Benelux tour and assume the leadership of the ProTour event.

The Quick Step rider won a bunch finish after the 178-km leg from Wieringerwerf to Hoogeveen on Thursday.

The 10-second time bonus that the Belgian received for winning the stage sees him take the overall race lead from Germany's Stefan Schumacher.

Boonen, who rode strongly in Wednesday's opening prologue, now leads Schumacher by four seconds.

He was given a perfect lead out in the closing meters by his Quick Step team and was never seriously challenged by second-placed Simon Adam of the Milram team.

Liquigas tried hard to get their sprinter Eric Aspirator into the thick of the action with former Paris-Aruba winner Magnums Backseat powering to the front in the final kilometer as Aspirator took third.

Gerolsteiner's Schumacher made a stout defense of his leader's red jersey, finishing eighth on the flat stage.

"Before the race we decided to see how my form was before deciding our tactics," Boonen said.

"Well, it seems I always win pretty quickly whenever I come back from a break from racing.

"Winning the first stage is good for the team's moral. Now we can ride the rest of the race without any pressure."

Boonen is determined to win stage five to his home town of Balen next Monday but said he also wanted to reward his team-mates for helping him in so many sprints.

"It can get boring when we always set up the sprint for me, so during the next few stages we'll try and get riders in the breakaways. My team-mates such as Steven De Jongh and Wouter Weylandt also deserve a chance to win a stage," Boonen said.

The first road race stage of the eight-day ProTour race across Holland and Belgium was characterised by a long breakaway by three riders.

Koen Barbe of Belgium and Dutchmen Rik Reinerink and Matthe Pronk opened a five-minute lead after 80 km of the stage but were caught by the main peloton with 10 km to go.

Friday's 194.6 km second stage of the eight-day race takes the peloton from Hertogenbosch to Sittard-Geleen in southern Holland.

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http://edition.cnn.com/2006/SPORT/08...ium/index.html
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Old 08-17-06, 03:34 PM   #2
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Is that serious? Magnums Backseat? As in, "honey... are these your Magnums in the back seat?"

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Old 08-17-06, 03:36 PM   #3
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And Paris-Aruba is one long race. I didn't know them bikes were floaty.
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Who is Eric Aspirator supposed to be?
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Old 08-17-06, 03:43 PM   #5
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Wow. Where are the editors at CNN?
To answer the original question, it's Magnus. One of the best names in the peloton.
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Old 08-17-06, 03:47 PM   #6
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Wow. Where are the editors at CNN?
To answer the original question, it's Magnus. One of the best names in the peloton.
I know, I just couldn't believe that a writer got away with that, or that an editor let that go. Paris-Aruba? Eric Aspirator? Magnums Backseat? Ha!
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Old 08-17-06, 04:16 PM   #7
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Who is Eric Aspirator supposed to be?
3 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Liquigas
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Old 08-17-06, 04:34 PM   #8
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And Paris-Aruba is one long race. I didn't know them bikes were floaty.
I know some people find Paris - Aruba exciting, but personally, I think stages 3 through 67 are all pretty boring.
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Old 08-17-06, 04:56 PM   #9
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Paris-Aruba? Puhahaha
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Is this a trick question?
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It has the air of an article written in another language put through an online translator. Way to be CNN, is there no end to the quality?
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I know some people find Paris - Aruba exciting, but personally, I think stages 3 through 67 are all pretty boring.
ha ha ha ha ha

Stage 36 is an underwater team time trial this year.
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Old 08-18-06, 08:51 AM   #13
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I would say Quinziato (sp?) after what he did today.
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I would say Quinziato (sp?) after what he did today.
I believe CNN has him as "Quesadilla".
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Old 08-18-06, 10:53 AM   #15
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I believe CNN has him as "Quesadilla".
Whatever..quesadilla, backseat, danilo delicious...all a buncha slimy foreigners anyway.

Hard to beleive CNN can possibly get it wrong
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If you're in the backseat with all that leaky gas you might need an aspirator to avoid contemplating using that magnum as a way of ending your suffering.
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Luca Paolini!!!
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Wow, was this article written by someone's kid on "Take Your Child to Work Day"? If I hadn't seen the link to the original article, I would have wondered about someone tampering with the text as a prank. That's truly amazing.
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