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Old 07-05-08, 10:13 AM   #1
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stage 13 - Narbonne Nīmes 182 km Spoiler






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Old 07-17-08, 11:30 AM   #2
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Well, I will go against common sense and pick differently for this stage. For me the top 3 at the line will be;

Thor Hushovd
Oscar Friere
Leonardo Duque

I think I'm still way ahead of Phil Liggett.
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Old 07-17-08, 11:34 AM   #3
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Since he's most likely riding in his last Tour, I'd really like to see Zabel win.

He's been right there at all the sprint stages, but he just can't close the deal.

If not Zabel, then I hope Robbie the Rocket McEwen bags this stage.
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vandevelde!

...then again, i feel he might not wanna blow a load tomorrow and save some for the bigguns in the alps

maybe csc will begin the shock and awe tomorrow, and slingshot cancellara in for the win
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How are the categories of the climbs determined? That last climb in this stage, the Pic Saint-Loup, looks really short compared to the other two. Is it an elevation threshold? I'm confused.
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Since he's most likely riding in his last Tour, I'd really like to see Zabel win.

He's been right there at all the sprint stages, but he just can't close the deal.

If not Zabel, then I hope Robbie the Rocket McEwen bags this stage.
I'd like to see that too, but hard to think Cavendish wouldn't out-sprint the field yet again.
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How are the categories of the climbs determined? That last climb in this stage, the Pic Saint-Loup, looks really short compared to the other two. Is it an elevation threshold? I'm confused.
because it's probably really effin steep. %grade is calculated by rise over run. i've suffered more on short steep climbs than long gradual ones, and you probably have too.
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Everyone gets popped for this new EPO except for Vansummeren. He wins this and all other stages and jerseys.
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McEwan sadly does not seem to have it this year, he's been down on all of the sprints so far. Zabel has been very consistant but just doesn't have that little zip right at the end.

I thinks it's time for Thor to bring down the hammer again. Cavendish has to screw up one sprint...doesn't he?
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I thinks it's time for Thor to bring down the hammer again. Cavendish has to screw up one sprint...doesn't he?
Good point! I'm going with the gut feeling based on what Cav said during the interview today, that he was feeling the effects of all the racing. So maybe he's at 98% in stage 13 and the other guys take advantage!
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Robbie Hunter will take it because it's Nelson Mandela's birthday.
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another sprinter's stage. gotta go with cavendish. i know he's talking about being tired, but let's be honest; he's not winning sprints by half a wheel, he's pulling away from the best sprinters in the world. if he's tired, he may only win by half a wheel. gotta go with cav tomorrow, and then he goes home.

i think the bigger question is - who's gonna test positive tomorrow?
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Old 07-17-08, 11:06 PM   #13
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i think the bigger question is - who's gonna test positive tomorrow?
Geezus, let's hope it's not Cav, or I'm packing up my things and going home! I think he'll stick around until the first stage in the Alps. That's a lot of misery to put yourself through for the off chance that he might win on the Champs.
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I'm picking Gilbert for this one.
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Holy crazy crash!
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That had to hurt.
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he picked himself up pretty quick, despite the bike being in two pieces ..... crazy
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How'd that happen? Collision or part failure?
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How'd that happen? Collision or part failure?
Looks like he hit a little tiny island in the middle of the road with a street sign on it.
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Cavendish is just a MONSTER.
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Cavendish. The guy's unstoppable.
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Cavendish is too good.

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Yup, he's fast. I wonder who's faster, him or Chris Hoy?
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mods, lets kill this thread, please.
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Yup, he's fast. I wonder who's faster, him or Chris Hoy?
him after 200km, Hoy from standstill
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