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    Le Tour: The Race Thread

    Okay the "It's going to be a looooongggg tour" thread he's devolved into some sort of cross between car talk, bike racing and a debate about Robin Williams v Ben Stiller soooooo...

    Damn good race so far wouldn't you say? I can't remember the last time the big guns had to care so much so early. I still think come this weekend we will see the true contenders stamp their mark but this has been a truely great first week.

    As dramatic as the TTT was the course kind took the beauty of the disciplne. The end result was f'n exciting though!

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    certainly does seem like some people might have to adjust their thinking a little now that they are so far down.

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    Cadel is in serious trouble. So much so, that I actually feel a bit sorry for him. Too bad Chris Horner couldn't have jumped teams after finding out he wasn't in Astana's plans. Cadel could use the support.

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    Yes, I can't remember being this excited about the TdF before the end of the first week.

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    Yeah Sastre is like 3' down already?? Those TT's and the breakaway stage have really mixed things up early. This is a sharp contrast to the Giro.
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    Quote Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post
    Yes, I can't remember being this excited about the TdF before the end of the first week.

    +1. The last time I remember feeling like this was when Cippolini added the fun to the flat stages.
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    Damn.

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    I was just taking to Racer Ex this morning about how these guys have had to race their bikes every day this Tour. The TTT has made that even more important. The "contenders" who lost out yesterday are going to have to go all out starting now to get back into contention.

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    Gesink looks to have hurt his wrist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Diablo Rojo View Post
    I was just taking to Racer Ex this morning about how these guys have had to race their bikes every day this Tour. The TTT has made that even more important. The "contenders" who lost out yesterday are going to have to go all out starting now to get back into contention.
    how is that different from any recent Tour?

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    Gesink is definitely hurting.
    "When you are chewing the bars at the business end of a 90 mile road race you really dont care what gear you have hanging from your bike so long as it works."
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    field is split
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    peloton snaps again.

    make that explodes. 5 groups.

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    Boonen in one of the latter groups thanks to a flat
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    I love the wind, it's like rolling a dice in the middle of a generally flat, boring stage.
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    When the coverage shows place names they have numbers in brackets - what are they referring to? e.g. "Collioure (66)"

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    Phil said it's something like the county (he used a different word) number. I assumed it had nothing to do with the race.
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    national roads, departmental roads, etc.

    like I95, US1, M6, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Diablo Rojo View Post
    I was just taking to Racer Ex this morning about how these guys have had to race their bikes every day this Tour. The TTT has made that even more important. The "contenders" who lost out yesterday are going to have to go all out starting now to get back into contention.
    Who called the TTT as a possible deal breaker BTW.

    Some quick thoughts:

    If you're Columbia, with the fastest sprinter in the bunch, on the eve of a TTT you might win why, would you have your guys destroy themselves to split the field? Oh, that's right, no GC guy. Nevermind.

    You think Hincapie put a bug in someone's ear about that BTW?

    Fabian is looking like Indurain. I agree with Roche. Leanest, strongest, and smartest he's ever been

    We will see how fast Andy can really climb

    I don't think Lance and AC are going on vacation together anytime soon, with Lance going to visit Offthebackistan in a few days, that's just as well.

    Speaking of Lance, anybody see his test results posted? Or am I the only one with a memory longer than 1 week?

    TT bikes go around corners just fine.

    I feel sorry for Cadel then I realize he re-signed with Lotto when he could have bailed. In Flemish I understand "Lotto" means a blank, dumb expression

    Speaking of Cadel, "You don't even give me guys that can sit in?" His riding all but one of his teammates off his wheel at the end of the TTT was raising a white flag with a giant middle finger in it at his team.

    Laugh at Menchov all you want, he's got three Grand Tour wins. Besides, if you are a GT contender on Rababonk, you must crash in a time trial. It's the law
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    Quote Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
    I feel sorry for Cadel then I realize he resigned with Lotto when he could have bailed. In Flemish I understand "Lotto" means a blank, dumb expression
    I had to read this three times before i figured out what you meant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
    Laugh at Menchov all you want, he's got three Grand Tour wins. Besides, if you are a GT contender on Rababonk, you must crash in a time trial. It's the law


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    Quote Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
    Speaking of Lance, anybody see his test results posted? Or am I the only one with a memory longer than 1 week?
    They're posted on the LIVESTRONG blog. http://www.livestrong.com/lance-arms...g/tag/testing/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
    Who called the TTT as a possible deal breaker BTW.

    Some quick thoughts:

    If you're Columbia, with the fastest sprinter in the bunch, on the eve of a TTT you might win why, would you have your guys destroy themselves to split the field? Oh, that's right, no GC guy. Nevermind.

    You think Hincapie put a bug in someone's ear about that BTW?

    Fabian is looking like Indurain. I agree with Roche. Leanest, strongest, and smartest he's ever been

    We will see how fast Andy can really climb

    I don't think Lance and AC are going on vacation together anytime soon, with Lance going to visit Offthebackistan in a few days, that's just as well.

    Speaking of Lance, anybody see his test results posted?
    Or am I the only one with a memory longer than 1 week?

    TT bikes go around corners just fine.

    I feel sorry for Cadel then I realize he resigned with Lotto when he could have bailed. In Flemish I understand "Lotto" means a blank, dumb expression

    Speaking of Cadel, "You don't even give me guys that can sit in?" His riding all but one of his teammates off his wheel at the end of the TTT was raising a white flag with a giant middle finger in it at his team.

    Laugh at Menchov all you want, he's got three Grand Tour wins. Besides, if you are a GT contender on Rababonk, you must crash in a time trial. It's the law
    at your age, i'm surprised you can remember that far back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post

    You think Hincapie put a bug in someone's ear about that BTW?



    Speaking of Lance, anybody see his test results posted? Or am I the only one with a memory longer than 1 week?
    I believe Hincapie tipped off Lance. As for his test results, my wife (an RN) was looking at some blood test of his that was posted online the other day and remarked "his blood levels are completely normal".

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    Phil: "...carrying Cavendish, for what would be a probable certain victory."

    The guy is gold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Second Mouse View Post
    Phil: "...carrying Cavendish, for what would be a probable certain victory."

    The guy is gold.

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