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Old 07-16-07, 01:54 PM   #1
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Who Will Win the TDF?

A virtual to the first person to predict (or guess) the winner. I'm going with Velverde, because, well, he's not too beat up yet.
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Old 07-16-07, 01:56 PM   #2
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I'll go with jppe.
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Old 07-16-07, 02:03 PM   #4
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Absolutely no Idea but if Rasmussen has another couple of good days in the Mountains- He has a better chance than most.
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Old 07-16-07, 02:11 PM   #5
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I'm going with current leader Michael Rasmussen who will probably then get in trouble because of alleged doping while he trained in Mexico. My theory is that they will disqualify enough people that a Frenchman (probably Christophe Moreau) will finally win..........
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Old 07-16-07, 02:14 PM   #6
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Vino is both healing and playing possum. Rasmussen is being agressive now out of necessity; he can't do as well on TT stages. Velverde's opportunity was yesterday. Levi is too calculating for his own good. When the race gets near the Spanish border; I expect Vino will explode.
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Old 07-16-07, 02:31 PM   #7
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Is it too late for Lance to win?
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Don't really care, it's too political now. Rest assured they will not allow another American to win.
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Old 07-16-07, 04:14 PM   #9
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I'm going to pick Linus, T-Mob has to get behind him now.
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Old 07-16-07, 04:16 PM   #10
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Old 07-16-07, 05:02 PM   #11
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No one if they have another fiasco like last year.

I know, I know, I'm just full of doom and gloom. Sorry but thats how I feel.
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Old 07-16-07, 05:13 PM   #13
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Don't really care, it's too political now. Rest assured they will not allow another American to win.
On a sailing message board that I read a lot I found the opposite!
Since there are (almost) no rules on the nationality of crew in the
Americas Cup there was a lot of grousing that they couldn't feel
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Old 07-16-07, 05:18 PM   #14
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Old 07-16-07, 05:44 PM   #15
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I'm probably wrong, but I'm going to say Iban Mayo. He seems to be close to realizing his potential. Maybe he won't fold later on.
I wish it would be Vino, but he has a lot of ground to make up and his main man, Kloden, is hurting.
Rasmussen probably has a lock on the KOM, but the only way he'll win the GC is if he has a 15 minute lead going into the final Time Trial and even then he'd need a few guys to crash. Chicken would have to get much better just to suck at the TT.
I'm going with Zabel for the Green. He needs to replace the one they just stripped from him.
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Old 07-16-07, 06:02 PM   #16
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After Liephiemer got caught cheating and fined, points deducted, and time penalty

The disgraceful doper Zabel shouldn't even be there IMHO, should have stayed away just like Riijs did.

Then it has to be Moreau, must be time for a frenchman to do well


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Old 07-16-07, 06:21 PM   #17
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Old 07-16-07, 07:17 PM   #18
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Moreau, Mayo, Vino... and Valverde. That will be the top 4--not necessarily in that order. (Levi will be lucky to place in the top 10)

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Cadel Evans, and not just because he's near enough to the only aussie left (the other is a domestique). He was shadowboxing yesterday and don't be put off by the way he looks - he always looks like he's about to cry and looks physically shattered just after getting up in the morning, let alone after a stage.

Rasmussen is looking good too, provided he can keep building up time in the mountains.

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I put all the names in a hat and drew Rasmussen That's about the best I could do in determining who might win this one.

I only hope to see some Discovery members near the top at the finish.
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Old 07-17-07, 09:43 AM   #21
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I'm going with current leader Michael Rasmussen who will probably then get in trouble because of alleged doping while he trained in Mexico. My theory is that they will disqualify enough people that a Frenchman (probably Christophe Moreau) will finally win..........
The French labs will disqualify everyone until they get a Frenchman in the yellow jersey in Paris.
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Old 07-17-07, 09:47 AM   #22
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I rather like the fact that this year's TdF winner is still unknown. It's been exciting racing thus far. I've seen things in the TdF that I haven't seen in a long time... real competition. At this point I haven't picked a favorite, but am watching closely.
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Old 07-17-07, 10:01 AM   #23
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I put all the names in a hat and drew Rasmussen That's about the best I could do in determining who might win this one.
Have you seen this guy on a Time Trial bike? It's not a pretty sight.
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Have you seen this guy on a Time Trial bike? It's not a pretty sight.

+1 One of the commentators said he'd need to gain over nine minutes to hold his lead after the next time trial. BUT, he sure is fun to watch in the mountains. He man seems to float up hills.
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Have you seen this guy on a Time Trial bike? It's not a pretty sight.
I know, I know. That stage was painful to watch but hopefully he can avoid the crashes this year. Maybe they've provided him with an indestructible bike since he went through 4 (?) of them on that ride

I'm hoping he can gain enough time in the mountains and at least avoid another disastrous TT.
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