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Old 07-23-05, 12:02 AM   #1
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Best Tour Ever?

Which year was the best TdF and why?
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Old 07-23-05, 02:43 AM   #2
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2003.

100'th aniversary. Tons of drama and crashes. the only one lance won on guile instead of raw power, and it put him in the 5 time club.
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Old 07-23-05, 03:15 AM   #3
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I agree with 2003. Lance's first victory was also decent as he came really out of nowhere.
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I agree with 2003. Lance's first victory was also decent as he came really out of nowhere. But Lemonds last day TT victory that led to his TDF win was probably the most climatic.
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1989. The yellow jersery changed hands almost everyday. Then the final stage TT was gut wrenching. Lemond was 66 seconds faster then Figion over a 18 miles course, but Figion was only 50 seconds behind at the start. Also a lesson in aerodynamics.
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Old 07-23-05, 08:32 AM   #6
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'69 or '89.
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Old 07-23-05, 09:41 AM   #7
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HAha, are you kidding? One of the most boring Tours.
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Old 07-23-05, 10:04 AM   #8
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Hey, it's impressive to see someone win all three jerseys.
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An impossible question, since most of the prewar Tours weren't/aren't on film. Best Recent or Modern Tour might be the ideal question...
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Old 07-23-05, 11:19 AM   #10
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Hey, it's impressive to see someone win all three jerseys.
So I'm guessing you enjoyed watching Armstrong dominate last year hey?
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Old 07-23-05, 11:24 AM   #11
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Na, he only won one jersey.
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Old 07-23-05, 11:25 AM   #12
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1999. Most incredible comeback story of all time. The turns of speed he had back then were devastating. Just another gear that no one could match.

2003. Close second for reasons already stated.
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Old 07-23-05, 06:40 PM   #13
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Na, he only won one jersey.
So it's the jerseys that matter and not stage wins... right...

I can see how you would enjoy that Tour the most, but in general... how could you call that the best ever Tour?
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Old 07-23-05, 10:10 PM   #14
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'89!

this year will be HISTORIC but not particularly great. as you look back on it, it will seem like lance had the whole thing wrapped up after the second checkpoint of the first stage.
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