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Old 07-16-07, 06:49 PM   #1
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Forget Lance, Where's Bettini?

Probably a dumb question, but I was looking forward to seeing Paulo Bettini in the TDF this year. Anyone know why he isn't there?
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Probably a dumb question, but I was looking forward to seeing Paulo Bettini in the TDF this year. Anyone know why he isn't there?
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Old 07-16-07, 07:36 PM   #3
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He rode the Giro, and was probably not considered a realistic GC hope for the TDF. The TDF is mostly about Boonen for Quick Step.
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Plus, he raced the Giro. Had a respectable showing, for a classics guy.

edit...you beat me to it, m-moon.
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..maybe he didn't want to sign the anti-doping pledge
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Probably a dumb question, but I was looking forward to seeing Paulo Bettini in the TDF this year. Anyone know why he isn't there?
He's back in Italy, eating some of the fruit off the tree that his Grandfather planted when he was a young boy.
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Probably a dumb question, but I was looking forward to seeing Paulo Bettini in the TDF this year. Anyone know why he isn't there?

he's watching the tour on TV just like bobby j .

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He's back in Italy, eating some of the fruit off the tree that his Grandfather planted when he was a young boy.
Definitely took the words out of my mouth.....he's slamming down those figs!
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why the heck would bettini do the TDF?
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He's set to race in the Vuelta and can't imagine it's advisable to race in the Giro, LeTour AND Vuelta and expect to compete.
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why the heck would bettini do the TDF?
Oh hell, I don't know...It's the biggest sporting event in the world and I kind of thought the World Champion would participate....
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He's set to race in the Vuelta
You mean he's set to start the Vuelta and drop out halfway through to concentrate on the World Championship race and then Lombardy?

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