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    Chris Froome: I?ll see Alberto Contador in Spain | The Sun |Sport|Tour De France

    Froome definitely wants a crack at Contador in Spain... Let's really hope both of them are healed enough, although I really have doubts about Contador's injury, as I would think a shin would be hard considering it's a pressure point for pedaling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gpsblake View Post
    Chris Froome: I?ll see Alberto Contador in Spain | The Sun |Sport|Tour De France

    Froome definitely wants a crack at Contador in Spain... Let's really hope both of them are healed enough, although I really have doubts about Contador's injury, as I would think a shin would be hard considering it's a pressure point for pedaling.
    I find your use of the word "crack" strangely fitting in this context.
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    Spoiler Alert!!!

    Learn to use Google....geeesh, most of this stuff is faster to find than to start a thread like this.

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    The images are superb, most of the comments are dumb in english or french, but watching all these cyclists that are doped or drugged up so they can finish in Paris?

    How can a normal human being run a marathon every day for 21 days without some assistance from some form of drugs?

    Armstrong and so many before him are the best to answer that question--at least they knew what to do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VNA View Post
    The images are superb, most of the comments are dumb in english or french, but watching all these cyclists that are doped or drugged up so they can finish in Paris?

    How can a normal human being run a marathon every day for 21 days without some assistance from some form of drugs?

    Armstrong and so many before him are the best to answer that question--at least they knew what to do!

    Top cyclists are not normal humans. Their skill and endurance levels are abnormal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerryattrick View Post
    Top cyclists are not normal humans. Their skill and endurance levels are abnormal.
    Skills are one thing, super human endurance is where drugs are a great help!

    Anquetil use to say that one cannot win without "doctoring oneself" to win! He would add that he would not die from one cancer but many and he was right he died with 5 different forms of cancer! How soon we forget about Tom Simpson on the Ventoux and very likely Laurent Fignon and so many others!

    Sorry I am spoiling the thread, but lets be real: it is not cycling that we watch on TV.

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    Glad to see team ******-***** salvage this stage win out of this today. I'll have to wear my ******-***** T shirt down to shop at the hardware store this afternoon .
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    I can't believe that ************ fell today and was dropped off the peloton. You have to know********was thinking of stomping on the gas to pass him on the podium.
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    The Tour ended yesterday; the Italian guy won. I think. Didn't pay close attention this year.
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    Italian guy, what Italian guy?

    That was a pretty enjoyable tour to watch. Having some of the top contenders knocked out spiced it up and I the number of crashes were really high (not that would wish either on anyone). I am now inspired to go see it in person in a year or two.

    [rant] I sure hate the fact that NBC sports took over the bicycling channel (I believe it was still the OLN channel). They covered a TDF day of rest in prime-time but not one of the stages (because of a soccer game), and they don't cover other tours anymore - I expect they only bought the channel for the TDF rights and for more channels to play more homogenized and marketable sports. And their online video feed had horrendous quality - riders faces were smeared blobs. And the video feed kept dropping out (and I have an excellent high performance computer and network connectivity at 56 Mbps) [/rant]

    As for the doping, it is what it is right now and hopefully things will get better. But for the naysayers, these are still over the top athletes (let see you complete one or two stages of the TDF, even with fresh blood).

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    I watched the race again this year. I'll admit that I don't follow it as closely as I did years ago… I don't recognize most of the names of the riders anymore. But it's still exciting.

    I have to wonder how these riders would do in a race such as the Tour Divide, though. 2700+ miles along the Continental Divide. Over mountain passes of 12,000 feet, through wilderness areas with primitive paths, contending with moose, bears, snakes, sleeping in temps close to freezing, crossing streams several feet deep, carrying your bike through snowdrifts, not seeing another rider for days, getting to a town every two or three days. You have no support team and must carry everything you need on your bike. If your bike breaks, you have to fix it.

    Amazingly enough, this year's winner finished in 17 days. Some riders take more than twice that long. Around 140 riders started the race this year. It may be the only race where men and women race together.

    Somehow, rain and cobblestones don't seem like that big a deal after being chased by a bear.

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    Amazing. Never heard of this race before but just Googled it, and pleasantly surprised that Mike Hall from my home city of Cardiff won this in 2013 in 14 days, averaging close on 200 miles per day the hard way, on tracks & trails.

    I would imagine that should TDF riders ever feel crazy enough to do this ride, many of them would do extremely well, once they had had a bit of time on MTBs. They've got the stamina, but then again, there's no money in it.
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    Re: Tour. Saw a first for me. Rider changed shoes and maintained contact with the back.
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    Nibali won.

    Sorry if I spoiled it...

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