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Old 07-18-06, 08:51 AM   #451
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Schleck........what a stage. Just feckin awesome.

best TDF stage in 10 years I reckon.....& there's still 2 more days in the alps!!!
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Old 07-18-06, 09:02 AM   #452
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Menchov and Dessel were pulling some faces and yo-yoing too. Awesome gutsy stuff. Excellent stage. Shame Evans couldn't quite mix it.
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Old 07-18-06, 09:33 AM   #453
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Periero didn't do too badly, only lost MJ by 10 seconds, if he can hang
tomorrow I think we can see a top 5 finish for him (provided he doesn't blow
in TT).
Trikes? reportedly very difficult to ride, countersteering and counter intuitive and
very easy to dump over.
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Old 07-18-06, 09:40 AM   #454
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Trikes? reportedly very difficult to ride, countersteering and counter intuitive and
very easy to dump over.
I think the word your looking for is either 'pointless' or 'stupid'.

Probably make sense if you are missing limbs or are an eccentric pom or something.
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Old 07-18-06, 03:58 PM   #455
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Hey! Lay off big Tom ya bastids - he's got a cute smile.

Now he's dropped out it's enough to make a girl lose all interest in the TdF.

Brilliant stage though. We actually managed to stay up till the end last night.
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Old 07-18-06, 04:12 PM   #456
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What, Floyd doesn't float your boat Matagi?

What a perfect stage to stay up and watch live instead of watching the last two hours replay at 6am. I am just totally jealous of one of my colleagues who is staying in the village at the base of l'Alp d'Huez this week.

Can you believe tomorrow's stage, Col du Galibier, 42km of 4.5% climbing. I think the longest climb I have ridden is the Kopu Hikuai hill, 14km from sea level to 425m.

It'll be another late one I think.
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Old 07-18-06, 04:19 PM   #457
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should be great again tonight, as much as I want Cadel to pick up his game, Landis looks like keeping yellow.
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Old 07-18-06, 05:10 PM   #458
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should be great again tonight, as much as I want Cadel to pick up his game, Landis looks like keeping yellow.

With his TT, I would say so. Lots in the top ten close enough to reckon they could podium, IMO.

Fellas....help me out.

help needed!
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What, Floyd doesn't float your boat Matagi?

What a perfect stage to stay up and watch live instead of watching the last two hours replay at 6am. I am just totally jealous of one of my colleagues who is staying in the village at the base of l'Alp d'Huez this week.

Can you believe tomorrow's stage, Col du Galibier, 42km of 4.5% climbing. I think the longest climb I have ridden is the Kopu Hikuai hill, 14km from sea level to 425m.

It'll be another late one I think.
Got a text msg from a mate (one of your cuzzy bros too) who was actually on l'Alp d'Huez during the race last night. Bastid!

Longest climb for me has been Mt Donna Buang 16.8kms and a total rise of 1080m which is about 6.4% av gradient (according to cycle2max webiste). Bluddy hard work
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Longest climb for me has been Mt Donna Buang 16.8kms and a total rise of 1080m which is about 6.4% av gradient (according to cycle2max webiste). Bluddy hard work

Good work...tough berg, that. Only ever climbed it a couple of times myself....snow on the ground on both occasions.
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Saw a Sun Tour stage in late 80's where it snowed at Donna Buang. Incredibly some riders finished with icicles hanging from their hair. Pom Cayn Theakson won. Good rider, rode for Portugese teams and Fagor. Nice bloke too. The old man yapped to him for about 10 minutes in the sub zero temps!

Also saw the awesome sight of Sid Patterson sinking pots in the Warburton pub. Truely frightening stuff
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Saw a Sun Tour stage in late 80's where it snowed at Donna Buang. Incredibly some riders finished with icicles hanging from their hair.

Also saw the awesome sight of Sid Patterson sinking pots in the Warburton pub. Truely frightening stuff

I remember that...seeing Bulldog Besanko on Sports Tongiht with hypothermia in the back of a team car under about 4 blankets.

Patto....classic!
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Old 07-18-06, 06:20 PM   #463
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No snow on the ground the couple of times I've done it. I'm keen to have another crack when the weather warms up a bit. Previously I've only had a 21 as the largest cog on the back and now I have the luxury of a 23 and even got a 25 in the shed that I might get around to putting on by the time the weather improves....

Speaking of the Sun Tour anyone seen the route for this year? ITT on the Kew boulevard. Might have to slip out of the office and head down and have a look at that one. Be great if they re-surface the road for it.
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Old 07-18-06, 06:24 PM   #464
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Here you guys, anyone with a bit of spare cash to splash?

Robbie McEwen's Bike
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Old 07-18-06, 07:45 PM   #465
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nice bike if you're gnome sized
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Old 07-18-06, 07:49 PM   #466
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Fark that!

Guys, you're not going to believe this, but I can get the 2007 Campy Ultra-Torque groupsets RIGHT NOW.

If anyone still doubts the power of the internet, they're got rocks in their head. This is awesome!
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Old 07-18-06, 07:58 PM   #467
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The hardest climb I've done is much shorter though, 300m in about 4km or so, some of it well over 10%. And this year it's in the last 20km of a 200km ride, with the aforementioned 14km climb half way through.

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Robbie McEwen's Bike
Did Robbie race it with the saddlebag attached?
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Old 07-18-06, 08:13 PM   #469
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Looks like a tough day in the saddle vette.. Definitely one that would require some serious training for. I suppose our equivalent would be the Audax Alpine Classic in January. My biggest days have been the 210km Around the Bay rides but there are no climbs on those.
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"Boo-hoo"nen...what a big girl! (sorry Matagi)
Breathing difficulties? Thats what happens to me everytime i swing my leg over the bike
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Yep, the event is the end of October, and training starts in the next couple of weeks. A bunch of us are having a four day training camp three weeks out to top up on hills.
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i mite have.... and that bike would fit me as welll.... hmmmmm
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Any tipsters for tonights stage..?
Will Cadel finally show some form?
Is Floyd doing it too easy?
Is Menchov a real GC contender?
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Floyd floats my boat
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Cadel will ride in the autobus, Floyd will win by 30 minutes doing wheelies like Robbie over the line. Menchov will go over the line in tha back of the team car drinking vodka after abondoning on the first climb.

Now after showing my intelligence I need another dumb question answered. Last night they were making a big thing of Merkx coming back and helpping Floyd get up the hill, pacing him or whatever. I don't get that. How can someone help someone ride up a hill. It's not like he's breaking the wind they're going so slow. It gives me the ****es havign some nob ride in front of me what I'm trying to get up big hills.
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