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    What was the bst single day of racing (Single stage or one day race)?

    In review of 2006 there was some good racing. Which race (or stage) gets your vote? For me, I want to say Stage 17 of the Vuelta, though, my official vote goes for Stage 17 of the Tour. Doping or not, it was the most amazing display of power, and determination of the year in my mind.
    *EDIT And Yes, Roubaix would have been my third choice *

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    Yeah doping or not I'd say that was a great and very dramatic day of racing. However I'll go with Roubaix, with all the drama of the train, and Hincapie's crash then Canellara's great TT to the finish. Besides for the most part the spring classics really are more dramatic than the Tour anyway

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    Another vote for Cancellara and Roubaix.

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    Stage 17 of Le Tour. No question for me.

    Some of the best footage I recall from this year was from the Lombardia while the camera bike was following Bettini on his near death descent into the finish. Other than stage 17, it's the only time this year I've been literally on the edge of my seat, hands clasped in anticipation waiting to see what was going to happen. Good, good times. It was also memorable because it was during my recovery from my knee surgery. I flew my mom down from Iowa to help drive to my physical therapy appointments and such...and when Bettini won and started crying, so did she

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    + whatever.

    stage 17 TdF

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    Floyd's epic, followed by Bettini's Lombardy. Both very emotional days and I'm a pure spring classics kind of guy!

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    floyds was great live, in the AM with Phil and Paul.. I saw the later coverage as well, it was awful and boring my comparison.
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Diablo Rojo
    Yeah doping or not I'd say that was a great and very dramatic day of racing. However I'll go with Roubaix, with all the drama of the train, and Hincapie's crash then Canellara's great TT to the finish. Besides for the most part the spring classics really are more dramatic than the Tour anyway
    Me too.

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    Stage 17, hands down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smoothie104
    floyds was great live, in the AM with Phil and Paul.. I saw the later coverage as well, it was awful and boring by comparison.
    I totally agree. To watch it unfold as the ride went on was truly amazing; especially with all the comments from Phil and Paul.

    I watched their live coverage again later that same day with my father; and it was great to hear their comments already knowing what the outcome out be.

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    Het Ronde is the best day for pro cycling every year, first Sunday in April.

    Nothing comes close to the anticipation and emotion.

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    2001 Paris-Tours.

    The greatest finish I've ever seen.



    Look at that! They're right there!
    Last edited by BananaTugger; 12-26-06 at 07:22 PM.
    Ten tenths.

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    Hell Yeah, Tricky Dick.. I love that guy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smoothie104
    Hell Yeah, Tricky Dick.. I love that guy
    Rofl.
    Ten tenths.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smoothie104
    Hell Yeah, Tricky Dick.. I love that guy
    I saw him launch off the front of the Tour of Britain in 1991 when he was a neo prof.

    Got the sh1ts with the group coz they accelerated when he was stopped for a slash, so he chased and went straight through.

    Gold.

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    Sorry guys. Maybe I was not specific. I was looking for votes for the best race of '06, not all time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrWJODonnell
    Sorry guys. Maybe I was not specific. I was looking for votes for the best race of '06, not all time.
    TDF stage 17, without a doubt. How about setting up one of those vote tabulators?

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    I'd have to go 17 also. For stage race the Vuelta. Textbook attacks and great strategic riding by Astana. Just finished the DVD on the trainer today...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smoothie104
    floyds was great live, in the AM with Phil and Paul..
    My biking bud calls me at 7:00 that morning, "Bob turn on the TV", "no way man, I'm goign to watch it tonight", he says "NO, turn on the tv" in the most quiet serious voice I have ever heard from this man, got to work a few hours late that day but it was well worth it.

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    I think Lemond winning 1989 worlds, capping off his unbelievable comeback from being shot just a couple years earlier..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJSgzHTRg38

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    For 06, then +100 on stage 17 TDF. I just hope it proves to be legit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ed073
    Het Ronde is the best day for pro cycling every year, first Sunday in April.

    Nothing comes close to the anticipation and emotion.
    Yep, the Ronde van Vlaanderen is by far my favorite and most anticipated every year.

    Gotta' give TDF17 the nod though, for its unbelievable drama.

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    got to go with what everyone else is saying too: tdf stage 17. actually the two days - stage 16 and 17 put together was ridiculously dramatic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by socalrider
    I think Lemond winning 1989 worlds, capping off his unbelievable comeback from being shot just a couple years earlier..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJSgzHTRg38
    Yeah, that was my favorite one-day race! And NASCAR/Indy guys won't race in the rain... HAH!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DannoXYZ
    Yeah, that was my favorite one-day race! And NASCAR/Indy guys won't race in the rain... HAH!!!
    NASCAR never raced in the rain, but they did practice!
    Ten tenths.

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