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Old 06-26-05, 10:06 PM   #1
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Saturday, July 2 19 km Fromentine > Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile (TT)


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Old 06-29-05, 05:31 PM   #2
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Dodger to win. Custom made for him.
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Old 06-29-05, 05:43 PM   #3
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Winds could be a factor. I hope not. I hate foul weather TTs. I'm on board with Michael Rogers. Definitely custom made for him.
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Old 06-29-05, 05:47 PM   #4
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Winds could be a factor. I hope not. I hate foul weather TTs. I'm on board with Michael Rogers. Definitely custom made for him.

Yay!

Go Aussie!!!!!
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David Millar will win for sure....





DOH!
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Old 06-29-05, 06:57 PM   #6
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DOH!

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Old 06-29-05, 08:30 PM   #7
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Not the typical prologue.

Perfect for Lance would be to come in at one of the top positions but not first. Strong enough to show he's still in charge, but not so strong that he'd have to defend the yellow jersey.
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Not the typical prologue.

no prologue this year....it's listed as an ITT.
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Old 06-29-05, 08:51 PM   #9
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Me says Dekker(is he racing) or Basso..
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Thomas Dekker is not on Rabobank's start list.
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Thomas Dekker is not on Rabobank's start list.
But it's E. Dekker's 11th go around.....
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Old 06-29-05, 10:02 PM   #12
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Thomas Dekker is not on Rabobank's start list.
Well... then add zabriske...
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Old 06-29-05, 11:17 PM   #13
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Armstrong, Cancellara, Rogers,Ullrich, Botero Maybe even Levi.... it will be cool for sure.

its an interesting distance, a bit long for the short prolouge specialists. Its going to be a matter of max sustained wattage for around 23 minutes. I think It favors Armstrong and the other guys who can put out 7 watts per kg for over 20 minutes.

I think Lance will try to win it, they don't have to defend the Jersey, they can let it go on the next stage easy. But any time lost to the favorites may not be the 15 or less second gaps you normally see after a shorter prolouge. This being his last tour, every second counts..

Plus it makes a statement.

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Old 06-29-05, 11:20 PM   #14
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no prologue this year....it's listed as an ITT.
They just call it differently, right?
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Old 06-29-05, 11:22 PM   #15
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They just call it differently, right?
Prolouge is shorter
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Prolouge is shorter
I mean, the number of stages still the same as last year, right?
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Old 06-29-05, 11:57 PM   #17
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My god, look at that hill... 30 m of sheer terror. I'll bet CSC pulls out a Cervelo wonderbike just for the occasion
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Prolouge is shorter
And Prolouge was optional. A common last place time was given if you elected not to run.
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My god, look at that hill... 30 m of sheer terror. I'll bet CSC pulls out a Cervelo wonderbike just for the occasion

I'd put the 26 on, just in case
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I'm rooting for Zabriskie, if only for the post-stage interview.
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My god, look at that hill...
Will someone get the dotted jersey for that 'hill'? Perhaps a sprinter, I remember, that Marcel Wuest once won that Jersey in a similar TT
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How do they determine the start order? My guess is that Armstrong gets to go last (as defending champion) and he will aim to finish ahead of Ullrich, but not necessarily win it.

Michael Rogers has to be the favorite going in.
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Rogers is 75-1 to take the yellow on Saturday. That's what Mr. Bookmaker thinks.

McGee or Botero will be in yellow come Sunday.
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Not the typical prologue.

Perfect for Lance would be to come in at one of the top positions but not first. Strong enough to show he's still in charge, but not so strong that he'd have to defend the yellow jersey.
I don't think they would even try to defend it...they had the same situation last year after an early stage and I recall an interview with Lance where he blantantly said USPS wasn't worried about defending.
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Well... then add zabriske...
Not a bad call there. Not bad at all.
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