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Old 07-22-06, 04:04 PM   #1
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Has any other country got 8 in a row? SPOILER

Does anybody know if this is a new record? I dont think any other countries have won eight in a row. Looks like Belgium and America both won 7 in a row, but can anyone clarify?

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Old 07-22-06, 04:15 PM   #2
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Mods- I tried to edit and put spoiler in the title but couldnt get it - Please fix it, Thanks
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detaile...France_winners
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A country does not win the Tour. A person wins the Tour. If that person is from Belgium, Spain, or Italy, he wins with the support and encouragement of most of his countrymen. If that person is an American, he must overcome the lack of support providing to cyclists by high schools and colleges in the USA, and the lack of support from the general public.

The key to an American becoming successful at a world-class level in cycling is to leave the USA at the youngest possible age, and race on a team where most of the cyclists are NOT Americans.
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A country does not win the Tour. A person wins the Tour. If that person is from Belgium, Spain, or Italy, he wins with the support and encouragement of most of his countrymen. If that person is an American, he must overcome the lack of support providing to cyclists by high schools and colleges in the USA, and the lack of support from the general public.

The key to an American becoming successful at a world-class level in cycling is to leave the USA at the youngest possible age, and race on a team where most of the cyclists are NOT Americans.
tell all THAT to the french .

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Have any other contries got three times the wins of the US? Oh yeah. The French.
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A country does not win the Tour. A person wins the Tour.
It's clear that the OP was asking if in the history of The Tour. the winners for eight straight years came from the same country.
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Have any other contries got three times the wins of the US? Oh yeah. The French.
Bravo euro...you were able to get one last dig in...good for you.

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Have any other contries got three times the wins of the US? Oh yeah. The French.
Because it was so easy for foreign riders to travel to France in the early 1900's right?
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A country does not win the Tour. A person wins the Tour. .
Actually for the better part of a 25 year period starting 1930, a member of a National team won the tour, when it was raced by national teams, intstead of trade teams. So from 1930 to 1956 it would have been more approriate to talk about a Country winning the TDF.
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Have any other contries got three times the wins of the US? Oh yeah. The French.
And which countries have more winners of the TDF than England? France,Luxembourg, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Netherlands, Ireland, Germany, United States. Sorry to be so wordy, should have just said every country that's ever had a winner.
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To answer the question originally asked.

NO

However the U.S. does not have the longest streak and the current win streak by the U.S. also would fail in terms of most dominant.

Belgium won 7 Tours in a row, with WW I breaking them up. Thus a longer streak in terms of years. Also one of those years they took the top 3 places which depending on how you count 1947 has never been duplicated.
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Belgium won 7 Tours in a row, with WW I breaking them up. Thus a longer streak in terms of years. Also one of those years they took the top 3 places which depending on how you count 1947 has never been duplicated.
Plus weren't those tours over 5000km whereas modern tours are 3500 or so. That's a burly race.
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Does anybody know if this is a new record? I dont think any other countries have won eight in a row. Looks like Belgium and America both won 7 in a row, but can anyone clarify?
No, but then again, how much does the "country" matter in this particular pro event?

The US hardly supports cycling as a sport either by event or by individual rider. Europe has far more pride of their cyclists.

Neither Floyd nor Lance will ever have the name recognition of football or baseball players in the US... sadly... Well Maybe Lance, but I doubt Floyd.

It is truly sad as with all this positive cycling energy... one might hope to see kids all over practicing to be the next TDF champion. Not hardly. Of course Little League and Pop Warner football will get the usual attention.
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