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Old 07-18-08, 07:09 PM   #1
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weird/funny things seen in the tour

Well first off I have no pictures so sorry.....

I am watching the recap of le tour on TV. I can only watch video with no sound at work so I make up for it now. So far in this stage I have seen 2 cars which were burnt to a crisp on the tour route and also a rider passing a coke to a guy on a moto bike (now thats sportsmenship).

besides the usual costumes (please no borat) what other moments in this years tour did you laugh at or just say "wtf was that??" ??
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Old 07-18-08, 07:11 PM   #2
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saw a dropped motorbike in one frame
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Two days ago, a few boys mooned the cameras.
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ONe of the break away riders today, the guy in blue. Flipped the bird to a fan after the fan splashed him with water.
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Old 07-18-08, 08:20 PM   #5
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ONe of the break away riders today, the guy in blue. Flipped the bird to a fan after the fan splashed him with water.
That was Terpstra; I saw it, too. Very funny.
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Nothing specific, but I like watching the spectators diving for the ejected water bottles and musette bags. I can just picture myself there at the Tour, in a wrestling match over a $3 water bottle.
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Old 07-18-08, 10:59 PM   #7
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Today, with about 15K to go Ciolek decides to stretch his right leg out - unclips, twists leg and rests top of foot on saddle. More amazing was that he did this at about 35 MPH, IIRC.
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Old 07-19-08, 05:57 AM   #8
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It wasn't this year's tour, but about three years ago I saw the cameraman on the back of a motorbike smack a fan around. The fan had gotten in the road to get close to the cyclists and had not seen the motorbike which managed to run into the fan and nearly fall over. The camerman popped him in the head a couple of times really hard. I wish there had been sound!

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Old 07-19-08, 06:07 AM   #9
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Saw charred burned vehicles on side of road as riders were climbing. Most of the rescue workers were motioning for the riders to stop or pull over. Uhhh...pull over in the TDF.
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It wasn't this year's tour, but about three years ago I saw the cameraman on the back of a motorbike smack a fan around. The fan had gotten in the road to get close to the cyclists and had not seen the motorbike which managed to run into the fan and nearly fall over. The camerman popped him in the head a couple of times really hard. I wish there had been sound!

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How's this........BOOF..BAASH...THUMP THUMP.
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After a number of days in the yellow jersey, Cadel Evans still doesn't know which side of the podium girl to kiss first.
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A couple years ago, possibly on one of the major climbs, one of the riders got behind and then next to one of the genius fans that think running in front of a cyclist is grand. The rider got close and stiff armed him in the back and he fell flat on his face. Good move. The next stage, same crap. The really dumb ones never learn.
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Old 07-19-08, 11:30 AM   #13
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How's this........BOOF..BAASH...THUMP THUMP.
Let me guess, you've been watching Batman reruns today?

I wanted to hear what the cameraman said, it was very obvious the wayward fan was getting a tongue lashing to go with his head bashing.

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Last year someone hit a golden retreiver and taco'd their front wheel.
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Hmmm...Cadel swatting a cop comes to mind as weird/funny.

But that is just me.
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Old 07-19-08, 11:53 AM   #16
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Couple times have seen a riderless horse running in the road with the peloton. Probably was one of those doping french horses.
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Old 07-19-08, 12:03 PM   #17
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Couple times have seen a riderless horse running in the road with the peloton. Probably was one of those doping french horses.
Yeah, EPO in the hay. It is rough.


I have had horses run next to me while I ride before. It is actually kind of cool.
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The boys in the peloton having fun yesterday... namely Jens Voight pretending to do a hard sprint in front of the camera, then putting out a big grin for us all. What a guy.
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The year Landis sort of won the tour, a dude was clapping along side the road as the peloton flew by and someone tossed a water bottle and hit him in the nuts. he went down like the titanic. I laughed till i nearly went into convulsions. i must have rewound that 20 times.
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This is my first year with VS, so I'm enjoying things I'd never seen before:
* The elbow flick - I know it's standard but it's interesting whatching some of the different styles. I also like seeing the flick and the next guy in line looking at the guy like "what...I'm not pulling".
* Race Doctor - LOVED that segment with him working on Cadel, especially as they reached the roundabout, parted ways and then were back together almost immediately afterwards.
* "Road Furniture" - The traffic splits, roundabouts and all the other stuff these guys have to go around...and most of them towards the rear don't see coming. You'd think they could put extensions on those little two-foot signs at the front of the islands to the guys could see them coming!
* Bunny hops - Yesterday as the peleton went around a roundabout, several of the guys cut really close and had to bunny hop onto and off of the inner circle. Smooth as silk.
* The human side - Every stage winner's expression as he crosses the line. Good natured conversations within the peleton. Suffering. Not many places for these guys to hide during a stage.
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Nice pics Devil, thanks!! Gawd, some of those fans are really dumb mofos...
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i saw some guys mooning the peloton, a couple of days ago.
There was a stage early on where a bunch of guys were having a 'nature break' and it actually caught one of valverde's teammates with his shlong out and spraying!

some guy on the roof of a castle (in narbonne?0 riding around on a horse with a flag, like a knight...goobers must love france.
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Last year, the van carrying the Reuters photo crew to the end of the stage caught fire and the smoke was so intense the Tour organizers quickly altered the route so the peloton could avoid riding through the noxious smoke.
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Nothing specific, but I like watching the spectators diving for the ejected water bottles and musette bags. I can just picture myself there at the Tour, in a wrestling match over a $3 water bottle.
I watched the tour yesturday, and 60 year old women do battle it out for key rings thrown from the caravans that passed two hours before the tour. When the free stuff (crap) had finished being thrown into the crowds. alot of the spectators went home! Unfortunatly the ejected water bottle landed 2 meters away and I decided not to wrestle for it
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