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Old 07-25-04, 10:20 AM   #1
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An Invitation

An invitation to all to stick around for the rest of the year. There's a lot of good racing to come. The Vuelta, San Sebastian Classic, Tour of Lombardy and the Worlds to name a few.

I know most of you will soon be gone until the next TDF. Stay for awhile!
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Old 07-25-04, 10:29 AM   #2
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An invitation to all to stick around for the rest of the year. There's a lot of good racing to come. The Vuelta, San Sebastian Classic, Tour of Lombardy and the Worlds to name a few.

I know most of you will soon be gone until the next TDF. Stay for awhile!
My favorite classics approach: San Sebastian, sunny, hilly, romantic Spain, and the Tour of the Falling Leaves, the Tour of Romandy, my favorite time of the year to ride.
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Old 07-25-04, 10:31 AM   #3
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The Tour spectacle has been popular this year.
I mean, Sportscenter highlighted every stage! On most US centered sports stations and shows, I've been seeing much more talk than in the past.
As people begin to watch the Tour, they can begin to learn and understand bicycle racing better, and become a fan.

As Laggard said, there will be some more great racing this year.
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Old 07-25-04, 10:33 AM   #4
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Don't forget Athens!
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I was just thinking about what we'll be doing for the upcoming races. Can't wait for the Olympics too!

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Old 07-25-04, 10:53 AM   #6
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OLN hasn't posted their fall cycling schedule yet.

Not that we need them.
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Old 07-25-04, 11:23 AM   #7
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Clasica San Sebastien is going to be good, but the races I'm really looking forward to now are the Vuelta and the Tour of Lombardy. Paris - Tours too.
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Laggard,

You mean there are races other than the Tour day France?

I'm stunned!

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There's racing all year round. I watch as much MTB coverage as I can too. I even try and follow the cyclocross races.
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too bad the Coors Classic isnt still alive, bet we could have a great forum about that one
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I wish Lance Armstrong read Laggard's posts..........

He always did well at San Sebastian.

Hinault won the Vuelta/Tour double in '78, Anquetil in '63 (I know that was in the early season calendar slot, I just had to mention it.)

Eddy only won the Vuelta once (the same year-'73-as one of his five Giro wins). He did, however, win the Tour/Giro double three times, compared to Hinault's twice and Anquetil's once.

The media might tell us that the Tour is the only race worth winning but we don't have to agree.
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Back in my younger days I used to read Velo News to follow the races, is this still a good magazine to keep track of the bike racing scene?
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Yes. VeloNews is excellent.

CycleSport is also good.
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Laggard,

You mean there are races other than the Tour day France?

I'm stunned!

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Wait... it's only one day?



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I'm waiting for the classics to kick back into action. Definetly want to see the cricket, bettini, try and win some one. It would be really awesome if rebellin, well rested, could peak again and take another classic or at least take the world cup overall. The Vuelta I think this year, with many TdF contenders not having the rides they wanted should be even better than normal. I love the vuelta, seems more attacking and the climbs are always exciting to watch. The olympics too should be really good. Julich is riding very well in the TT. Will Jan defend his gold? I don't think so but I am going to love watching him try. I'm also going to try and catch some track cycling, never seen that before.
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The Vuelta is my favorite grand tour.
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Does OLN cover these as well? I pulled down each stage of the TdF from supernova.org torrents (Don't have cable). I'd like to watch whatever I can even if I have to download stuff.
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An invitation to all to stick around for the rest of the year. There's a lot of good racing to come. The Vuelta, San Sebastian Classic, Tour of Lombardy and the Worlds to name a few.

I know most of you will soon be gone until the next TDF. Stay for awhile!
True, there's plenty more racing to come. Perhaps a chance for the rest of the USPS team members to shine (I wonder which channels will actually cover the lesser known races?). I'm also looking forward to the Olympics cycling events.

Interesting how I FIRST saw LA in the 1992 Olympics road race. I think he finished in the top third. NOW look at Lance: 6 times Winner of the TdF!!!

Some Olympics road race history:

OLYMPIC CYCLING MEDAL WINNERS
(Men's individual road race)


SYDNEY 2000:

Gold - Jan Ullrich, Germany
Silver - Alexandre Vinokourov, Kazakhstan
Bronze - Andreas Kloeden, Germany

ATLANTA 1996:

Gold - Pascal Richard, Switzerland
Silver - Rolf Sorensen, Denmark
Bronze - Max Sciandri, Britain

BARCELONA 1992:

Gold - Fabio Casartelli, Italy
Silver - Erik Dekker, The Netherlands
Bronze - Dainis Ozols, Lativa

SEOUL 1988:

Gold - Olaf Ludwig, East Germany
Silver - Bernd Grone, West Germany
Bronze - Christian Henn, West Germany

LOS ANGELES 1984:

Gold - Alexi Grewal, United States
Silver - Steve Bauer, Canada
Bronze - Dag Otto Lauritzen, Norway

MOSCOW 1980:

Gold - Sergei Sukhoruchenkov, Soviet Union
Silver - Czeslaw Lang, Poland
Bronze - Yuri Barinov, Soviet Union

MONTREAL 1976:

Gold - Bernt Johansson, Sweden
Silver - Giuseppe Martinelli, Italy
Bronze - Mieczyslaw Nowicki, Poland

MUNICH 1972:

Gold - Hennie Kuiper, Holland
Silver - Keven Clyde Sefton, Australia
Bronze - Bruce Biddle, New Zealand

MEXICO CITY 1968:

Gold - Pierfranco Vianelli, Italy
Silver - Leif Mortensen, Denmark
Bronze - Gosta Petterson, Sweden

TOKYO 1964:

Gold - Mario Zanin, Italy
Silver - Kjell Akerstrom Rodian, Denmark
Bronze - Walter Godefroot, Belgium

ROME 1960:

Gold - Viktor Kapitonov, Soviet Union
Silver - Livio Trape, Italy
Bronze - Willy van der Berghen, Belgium

MELBOURNE 1956:

Gold - Ercole Baldini, Italy
Silver - Arnaud Geyre, France
Bronze - Alan Jackson, Great Britain

HELSINKI 1952:

Gold - Andre Noyelle, Belgium
Silver - Robert Grondelaers, Belgium
Bronze - Edi Ziegler, West Germany

LONDON 1948:

Gold - Jose Beyaert, France
Silver - Gerardus Petrus Voorting, Holland
Bronze - Lode Wouters, Belgium

BERLIN 1936:

Gold - Robert Charpentier, France
Silver - Guy Lapebie, France
Bronze - Ernst Nievergelt, Switzerland

LOS ANGELES 1932:

Gold - Attilio Pavesi, Italy
Silver - Gugliemo Segato, Italy
Bronze - Bernhard Britz, Sweden

AMSTERDAM 1928:

Gold - Hanry Hansen, Denmark
Silver - Frank Southall, Great Britain
Bronze - Gosta Carlsson, Sweden

PARIS 1924:

Gold - Armand Blanchonnet, France
Silver - Henri Hoenvenaers, Belgium
Bronze - Rene Hamel, France

ANTWERP 1920:

Gold - Harry Stenqvist, Sweden
Silver - Henry Kaltenbrun, South Africa
Bronze - Fernand Canteloube, France

STOCKHOLM 1912:

Gold - Rudolph "Okey" Lewis, South Africa
Silver - Frederick Grubb, Great Britain
Bronze - Carl Schutte, United States

LONDON 1908:

not held

ATHENS 1906:

Gold - Fernand Vast, France
Silver - Maurice Bardonneau, France
Bronze - Edmond Luguet, France

ST. LOUIS 1904:

not held

ATHENS 1896:

Gold - Aristidis Konstaninidis, Greece
Silver - August Goedrich, Britain
Bronze - E. Battel, Britain

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Does OLN cover these as well? I pulled down each stage of the TdF from supernova.org torrents (Don't have cable). I'd like to watch whatever I can even if I have to download stuff.
Their coverage of the single day races in the fall is usually a bit low. But maybe we will see some hour highlight shows.

I would assume that they will have daily live coverage of the Vuelta though. They did in 2002 and 2003. (although tape delayed on weekends)
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Does OLN cover these as well?
This past spring OLN covered the Giro and last fall they covered the Vuelta, in both instances w. daily live coverage with tape-delay on weekends. They also covered serveral shorter stage races and one-day races, albeit with much less extensive coverage which was generally delayed for a week or 2 or more.

I hope OLN continues to cover these races, although from reading some posts on other threads here I imagine OLN might get the impression that a majority of the US viewing audience would not bother to watch a race unless Lance was in it
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Hope not. They'd have to drop all the classics and every bike race they've ever done except the Tour de Lance... I mean France! Let's hope they pick up more on the fact that we'd like to see more cycling races run on OLN, and more information about all the riders... including and especially the American ones!

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Old 07-26-04, 08:43 AM   #22
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Thanks for the invite. If I may suggest, Lotek and don d. did a great job setting up the sub-forum for each stage (Many Thanks). That was a fantastic idea and I found it extremely useful. I typically can't get any of the stage races or the Vuelta, but I would love the commentary found here on the forum. You may do this and I didn't notice, but the same format for the other races this year would be great. Also, like the 'post no spoilers' request.

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