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Old 07-23-08, 08:05 AM   #51
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The peloton is getting shredded on the Croix-de-Fer. Cunego is gone.
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Old 07-23-08, 08:17 AM   #52
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Sort of looks like CSC is faltering...
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Sort of looks like CSC is faltering...
seems like all the guys on TV agree. i guess only the final climb will tell us. surely they know they must get time today. later.
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i don't think the hard work by csc on the croix de fer was intended to get rid of evans and menchov, like paul is saying. i think it was intended to isolate them both on d'huez while they have 2 or 3 members there
Agreed, Cancellara is not going to drop Evans on a mountain climb.
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Last climb of the day, someone's got to make a move..
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Agreed, Cancellara is not going to drop Evans on a mountain climb.
If Sastre and Schleck want it, they'll have to prove they are the strongest regardless!
Let the fireworks begin!
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Old 07-23-08, 09:19 AM   #57
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It's on now!!!!!

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THe only option for any of the non csc riders is start attaching now (easier to say than do anyways), at some point the brothers wont be able to respond... csc wants to do 1 and 2 at paris for sure.

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Go Sastre!!!
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Old 07-23-08, 09:39 AM   #61
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This is really turning out to be one hell of a race. I'm loving it.

I know it's said every year, but the spectators running alongside these guys are driving me crazy. I can't even imagine how frustrating that has to be for the riders.
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How Sastre does in the TT??? The TT is the only way Evans can win the Tour. Go Cadel... Damm it!
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How Sastre does in the TT??? The TT is the only way Evans can win the Tour. Go Cadel... Damm it!
Certainly Cadel didn't want to see Sastre put so much time into him. However, I think Evans will take several (3+) minutes into Sastre in the final TT.

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thank goodness. with today's results, i should move ahead of ryanf in the fantasy game. just barely.
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How Sastre does in the TT??? The TT is the only way Evans can win the Tour. Go Cadel... Damm it!
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Guess CSC decided Sastre was the the better TT option than Frank. Got to put your eggs in some basket, and so they have.
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While exciting, I'm not happy that the Tour will likely be won by a guy who made only one tiny attempt to attack... don't like the wheel sucker.
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TT will decide. Christian it is too far now just as kirchen. The only one with real chances in my opinion is still Evans.
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Not a Sastre fan at all. Looked like Andy Schleck certainly had the legs to win today, and I sure would have liked to see him rather than Sastre have a go at it. Damned team tactics!
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Not a Sastre fan at all. Looked like Andy Schleck certainly had the legs to win today, and I sure would have liked to see him rather than Sastre have a go at it. Damned team tactics!
Cycling, to me, is a team sport.

Andy will have his day. He's the third-man on a super team. That's the hand he was dealt. Or accepted.
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While exciting, I'm not happy that the Tour will likely be won by a guy who made only one tiny attempt to attack... don't like the wheel sucker.
I like team tactics, so I'm not a fan of the ITT deciding the tour. That said, Evans did what he had to do, and others didn't do what they had to do. So is racing.
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Not a Sastre fan at all. Looked like Andy Schleck certainly had the legs to win today, and I sure would have liked to see him rather than Sastre have a go at it. Damned team tactics!
WTF. Andy Schleck was 9 minutes down on GC. CSC not only won the stage, but gave CSC a legit shot of winning the TDF.

It was an epic stage, with fantastic tactics by CSC.
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The fact that CSC has their own in-house intense testing/anti-doping regimen makes me much happier to see one of their guys take the yellow in to Paris if at all possible.

Though versus only seems inclined to talk about Garmin-Chipotle and Columbia, those aren't the only folks who are making non-mandated attempts to get things under control.
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