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Old 07-19-05, 10:00 AM   #1
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Tour's over:wife bonks on stage 16

She was holding on fine until the Pyrenees, but it was at Bowflex commercial #3,455.

"aRRRgggHH!!!..how can you watch that mindless drivel from that trout wig guy and those Bowflex commercials want to make me burn this mother****er to the ground..."

She was last seen two towns over buying shoes...

This year, I really though she could make it to the Champs in Paris....sigh.
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Old 07-19-05, 10:10 AM   #2
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AHAHAHAAAA!! Excellent Thread, My wife was dropped a few days ago, and plummented down the GC, but found her legs this morning, as she was watching it downstairs all by her self this morning, un beknownest to me, while I was reading the live updates....
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Old 07-19-05, 10:11 AM   #3
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LOL! That's killer.

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Old 07-19-05, 10:22 AM   #4
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I was shocked last night when my wife called to me from the living room, "Tell me now why Lance's team isn't with him." I thought she was watching The Young and the Restless that she had taped while she was at work, but she was really getting into the replay of Sunday's race. I sat down with her and answered a whole slew of her questions about racing tactics. That was fun.

I should have known something was up when she put one of the photos I had taken of Lance in Alpharetta on the refrigerator.
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Old 07-19-05, 10:25 AM   #5
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My Woman in Charge has been lurking in the pack, just barely making the time caps each day. She showed up in an early break in the mtn stages over the weekend, but I think she's done for after the second rest day. Sad thing is it's been her best Tour so far (her 3rd)... I'm hoping she finishes next year....
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Old 07-19-05, 10:31 AM   #6
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I caught The Boss reading my latest issue of Pro Cycling, but that's as good as it gets. A single sprint finish. Still, I don't get TV coverage so I can't complain.
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Old 07-19-05, 10:33 AM   #7
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My wife shows signs of promise...Takes off in a breakaway...naming all the T-Mobile guys, making me pause the stage when she leaves the room...

Then she falls right off with comments like "I've noticed that Stuart O'Grady's package really stands out with the white shorts...maybe he should wear black."

I thought she was paying attention, but really she was just evaluating which colour shorts makes your nuts stand out more!
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Old 07-19-05, 10:34 AM   #8
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My wife is the one who turned me onto the TdF 4 or 5 years ago, when we realized we could follow it live on OLN.

She also gets more cycling and race magazines than I do.
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Old 07-19-05, 10:35 AM   #9
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My better half is doing well -- despite the fact that I changed over both tires for her Sunday and didn't quite get the rear wheel seated correctly. She went for a hellish training ride Monday with one of the brake pads rubbing, and as Bob Roll would have put it, "sufferered like an animal". But she's back in the peleton now steaming towards Paris...
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Old 07-19-05, 10:38 AM   #10
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Get Tivo and never watch a commercial again.
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Great thread. My wife seems to enjoy watching it more and more each year as well. Her confusion over how Lance can stay in the lead without being in front is long gone now.
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If only that also got rid of the stupid promos for Survivor and the BBQ Showdown. There's nothing like skipping three minutes to ads only be bombarded by a minute of the yellow screen and then during the race (covering the riders sometimes!) - poups for Survivor
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Old 07-19-05, 11:09 AM   #13
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My hubby actually sought me out the other day to tell me that Hincapie won the Stage ... I couldn't believe it!!! Of course I had already seen the details on line, but still ... and he actually finds the team support and strategy aspects interesting. It's not just the first guy there wins. Whaddayaknow. Now, will he ride his bike? I'm not counting on it.
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Old 07-19-05, 11:14 AM   #14
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Then she falls right off with comments like "I've noticed that Stuart O'Grady's package really stands out with the white shorts...."
The old pickle-in-the-tin-foil trick.
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Old 07-19-05, 11:18 AM   #15
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anyone know what "bonking" can mean in Aus and Britain?
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When the Tour cuts to commercial, I usually put the White Sox game on.
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Old 07-19-05, 11:32 AM   #17
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anyone know what "bonking" can mean in Aus and Britain?
and Canada...that's what we do when we're not watching the tour..hee hee

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Old 07-19-05, 11:33 AM   #18
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that's right, 'guv'
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My wife has been hanging in great, right up there in the top ten of the G.C. Every once in a while she gets spat out the back of the peloton when she sees Chef Emeril making something tasty by the side of the road, or one of our little domestiques starts crying, but she's usually able to sprint the gap and rejoin.
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Better watch she doesn't fall too far back of the peloton or the sweeper willl pick her up and drive her to the nearest, "Old Navy".
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My wife is sitting comfortably towards the front of the peloton. She flips on OLN in the afternoon when she gets home from work. Her favorite race is Paris-Roubaix. She wants LA to win, although she thinks this year's Giro was more interesting (so far). She convinced me that Vino's attacks in the mountains were part of a (failed) strategy to break apart DC and CSC and not a selfish attempt to take over from Jan. She almost stood up and cheered when that idiot got himself run over by the camera motorcycle. And she insisted on a subscription to Velonews.
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My wife is sitting comfortably towards the front of the peloton. She flips on OLN in the afternoon when she gets home from work. Her favorite race is Paris-Roubaix.....
Sounds like we have a polkadot, perhaps even yellow jersey in the works.
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Sounds like we have a polkadot, perhaps even yellow jersey in the works.

White jersey, maybe. We're certainly new to the sport of being fans of professional bike racing. Save the mountains and the GC jerseys for more seasoned veterans.
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Old 07-19-05, 02:43 PM   #24
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Like Ulrich, my wife is getting stronger as the race progresses. She still has her moments of difficulty, but after a few early crashes she is hammering. She was downstairs in front of the TV before I was on Sunday.

But then, she's a veteran. She's a Domestique goddess.
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Old 07-19-05, 03:10 PM   #25
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My wife went down like Beloki. She was going strong in the '01 and '02 Tour and crashed out. She did not watch any of the '03 Tour... but I do not think she has really watched a stage since than she has watched things like the one hour summary that cbs does (which is horrible) but I hate to say it, kind of like Beloki's career, he just is not the same since his wreck, I wish him well...
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