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Old 06-06-09, 01:36 AM   #1
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Dauphine Libere 2009

Needs a thread. If we can have ones on the Tour of Belgium or the Olympia Tour we definitely need one for this.

Arguably as good a field as the Giro. Who will win?
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Old 06-06-09, 01:39 AM   #2
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I will pick Valverde, because he is going to go all out for this.
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returning 2008 winner valverde is a great pick since he will be extremely motivated by likely missing the tour de france. i liked basso's form in the giro; he never blew up and was usually in the thick of things. since both he and valverde are likely to skip/miss the tdf, both can go all out for the overall. with the stages being relatively compact, it should make for fast, exciting racing. have to think that contador, evans & valverde would be considered the podium favorites. may be some sandbagging between evans & contador; neither one wanting to show too much this close to july. if they play that game, we could see a dark horse or two on the podium such as efimkin, devolder, nibali, dessel, van den broeck, gesink or zubeldia.

i like evans to win the big tt stage, contador to win atop ventoux & valverde to take the gap to briancon stage win. despite liquigas' questionable tactics in the giro, i'll go out on a limb and pick basso for the overall.
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Valverde. Remember when he outsprinted Hushovd?
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Versus will likely have daily highlights at the very least.
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looks like basso's aerobars were slipping.
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Did you hear one of the announcers (don't remember which one) say that bladed spokes weren't legal in road races because they're too dangerous?

WTF?

I'm watching it on VS now.

World champ there doesn't know how to not use a rear brake apparently, almost wiped out.
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Wow. Evans just put some ridiculous time into everyone else.
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Versus lists two Sunday showings only. You get to see a bunch of TT'ing, highlights of some stages and a lot of the last day.
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That is pretty crappy coverage from VS. But what do you expect, the TdF is the only race that actually exists according to this country.

I'll follow it online, and then next Sunday I'll watch the final stage on VS. Shaping up to be a good looking race, based on that TT. Evans just destroyed that field.
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The Eurosport blokes sounded like they'd had a few extra at lunch. Very strange coverage, I must say! Good on Cadel Evans. I hate to say it, but if he didn't have such an awful voice I might be a bit of a fan.
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That is pretty crappy coverage from VS. But what do you expect, the TdF is the only race that actually exists according to this country.

I'll follow it online, and then next Sunday I'll watch the final stage on VS. Shaping up to be a good looking race, based on that TT.
Evans just destroyed that field.
Doesn't matter, he'll probably just does what he usually does and end up on the second step. I love that Versus commercial that labels him as the bridesmaid.
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I postponed my ride by about an hour to watch this race on VS today. It sucked. It was a TT, which IMHO is the very worst sorta race to watch on TV. Give me a good mountain stage any day. Even the flat stages don't have much suspense, save the over/under on how far the breakaway gets before it's caught, and the final mad sprint. But the mountains are where it's at, make for the most suspense and most excitement, and are the best to watch on TV because the entire race is in doubt.

We'll get it all in about a month !
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Does anybody have any still shots of Contador's new Prototype TTX he was riding? It looks like Trek did a good job of painting it in a way to take a away from seeing the shape. The head tube/downtube/top tube/stem looks like one big piece of carbon.
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I postponed my ride by about an hour to watch this race on VS today. It sucked. It was a TT, which IMHO is the very worst sorta race to watch on TV. Give me a good mountain stage any day. Even the flat stages don't have much suspense, save the over/under on how far the breakaway gets before it's caught, and the final mad sprint. But the mountains are where it's at, make for the most suspense and most excitement, and are the best to watch on TV because the entire race is in doubt.

We'll get it all in about a month !
You know that, on occasion, those breaks actually stick, right?
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CADEL Evans won the time trial prologue at the Dauphine Libere race today as his Tour de France rival Alberto Contador of Spain finished second.

Defending champion Alejandro Valverde of Spain finished in third place - as he did last year.

Contador pushed Evans hard over the 12.10km route around Nancy, but the Australian was eight seconds quicker.

Valverde trailed Evans by 23 seconds.

The eight-stage race is a traditional warm-up for next month's Tour de France and, as usual, has attracted many of the riders who are expected to be contenders for overall honours.

Results of the 1st stage of the Dauphine Libere cycling race, a 12.1km time trial:



1. Cadel Evans (AUS/SIL) 15min 36sec

2. Alberto Contador (ESP/AST) at

0:08s

3. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/GCE)

0:23.

4. Sbastien Rosseler (BEL/QST)

0:33.

5. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/LIQ)

0:34.

6. Frantisek Rabon (CZE/THR)

0:34.

7. Christian Knees (GER/MRM)

0:34.

8. Benot Vaugrenard (FRA/FDJ)

0:36.

9. Ivan Gutierrez (ESP/GCE)

0:36.

10. David Millar (GBR/GRM)

0:37.
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Awesome finish today! Except for the roundabout at 500m...

Was that Millar or Cozza off the front? I didn't have audio
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That is pretty crappy coverage from VS. But what do you expect, the TdF is the only race that actually exists according to this country.

I'll follow it online, and then next Sunday I'll watch the final stage on VS. Shaping up to be a good looking race, based on that TT. Evans just destroyed that field.
Were you hibernating through the spring? Versus may not be perfect but we get whole hell of lot more cycling coverage in the US than we did 10 years ago. Remember they wanted the Giro but RIA was asking too much for the rights.
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Old 06-08-09, 08:54 AM   #22
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It was Millar. He went with about 5K to go and got caught about 15m from the line. sucks to be him
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Are they showing the Dauphine?
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Old 06-08-09, 01:35 PM   #25
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Are they showing the Dauphine?
i don't think so..but it seems like there is cycing on there a couple of times a week from cross to MTB to repeats of road races.

either way it's still a way to get your fix
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