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Old 06-24-06, 11:55 PM   #1
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Stage 2: Obernai - Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxembourg)

Stage 2: Obernai - Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxembourg), 223 km

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Old 06-28-06, 06:52 AM   #2
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My first TdF

Moved to Luxmebourg for work late last year - will actually get to visit the tour finish in Esch-Sur-Alzette on July 3 and watch them (for 10 seconds) as they pass through the town I live in, Bertrange.

Can't wait. Next year I'll head down to the Alps for a mountain stage (hoping for de Huez again) and get to Paris for the finish.

Anyone have advice on watching the tour?
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big congrats to thor for sprinting on all the intermediates and finishing 3rd (more time bonuses) on the stage.
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Boonen managed to get second from nowhere after Hushovd lost his footing. Thor look third, Freire fourth, Bennati fifth...
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So Thor is back in yellow?
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So Thor is back in yellow?
Yep. Got it back the way he lost it. Intermediate sprint bonuses.
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These are very tight crowded finishes.
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McEwen might have caused Thor's foot to unclip?
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What an exciting final 20KM or so. I love seeing stuff like that. I really thought Kessler had it, but the sprinters were too much for him.
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McEwen might have caused Thor's foot to unclip?

Thor is responsible for his own front wheel, No fault on McEwen... this time....
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Thor is responsible for his own front wheel, No fault on McEwen... this time....
didn't McEwen go a fair way off his line? Or doesn't it work like that?
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any news on who crashed into the last 3 kilometers of the race?
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Having seen the replay in bird's view and from the finishing line, it's obvious that McE went several meters sideways and into Thor. Anyway. I have also seen footage of McE and Thor shaking hands and smiling after seeing the same replays, so I assume there will be no protest.

What was worse, was the Rabobank rider's move a few hundreds meters earlier, causing a mass pile-up.

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Where's George? Did he crash?
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Robbie McEwen: "Zabel and O'Grady went first and I didn't want to leave it too late like yesterday and so I went for it. At one point I clipped Hushovd with my feet but I just kept going. I felt great in the sprint and my team did an excellent job for me, as always. I lost a little footing in the sprint but I made it despite having Boonen and Hushovd right on my wheel. I didn't want to wait for them. I didn't do any intermediate sprints today to save myself for the finish and the big points and prizes."

Thor Hushovd: "My foot hit McEwen's and it came out of the pedal. But I stayed in there and took back the yellow jersey. I'm going to do my best to keep it. But Boonen too will do whatever he can do to take it from me."

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Why Robbie & not Boonen in green tommorrow?

EDIT: Disregard- McEwen is first in points.


[The official site says Robbie will wear the green tommorrow. Thor leads in green but is also leading in GC so will wear the yellow; Boonen is second in points with McEwen third-why doesn't Boonen wear the green tommorrow?]

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Where's George? Did he crash?
He crashed with 5k to go. He's out of the tour.
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He crashed with 5k to go. He's out of the tour.
You are mean, mean man
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21st in stage in the lead pack.
falls to 4th in GC due to lesser bonus time, 16 sec. behind Thor.
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Yep. Got it back the way he lost it. Intermediate sprint bonuses.
I thought Hindcappie's stunt was relatively lame. Hushovd fighting off boonen for intermediate sprint points is a bit more impressive than sneaking ahead while no one's looking.

On the flatlands, Hindcapie is a woossy boy that shouldn't be allowed on the same road as Hushovd
The tour is pratically over, everyone else should just stop trying
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What an exciting final 20KM or so. I love seeing stuff like that. I really thought Kessler had it, but the sprinters were too much for him.
Am I the only one who thought this was a relatively boring day?
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RRRRROOOBBBIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEE!

It's all boring until the last 2 minutes, which is why I have trouble staying awake through 2-3 hours of dribble a night just to get to it. Mountain stages are better though, and could be real crackers this year with the tour blown wide open. That's what I'm looking forward to.

That and Robbie winning the next 3 stages
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Flat stages are usually pretty boring until the bunch sprint at the end. Today had a bit more drama with Tom and Thor doing their thing.

Is there anything more heartbreaking in sport than seeing a guy run out of gas 200m from the end and get swallowed up like that. Kessler was soooo close and he just blew, then he was just chewed up and spat out. Brutal.
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