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Old 10-12-09, 07:14 PM   #1
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Prudhomme bashing Lance? WTF?!

Not sure why is he bashing Lance. Without him the TDF would be f...ing boring.

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Tour boss praises 2009 race on eve of route presentation

On the eve of the 2010 Tour de France presentation, race director Christian Prudhomme may have ignited the slow fuse to next year's edition by congratulating Alberto Contador for his tactics during this year's event.

Prudhomme commented on the fact Contador "disobeyed" team orders during the seventh stage to Andorre Arcalis, where he attacked in the final kilometres and quickly gapped Astana teammate and seven-time Tour champion, Lance Armstrong.

"The route of the last Tour de France was wonderful, exciting and capable of producing a great race, although we had to wait. Fortunately, Contador disobeyed orders at Arcalis, attacking his boss, so finally I didn't have to wait that long," Prudhomme told the Reuters news agency.

Although Armstrong played down the episode in the moments after the stage finish in Arcalis, by Tour's end the pair weren't on speaking terms, the young Spaniard apparently disobeying orders again on stage 17 to Le Grand-Bornand en route to taking the overall classification, finishing 5:24 ahead of the American by race's end in Paris.

Assuming Armstrong's new RadioShack team and Contador's Astana squad are granted invitations to next year's Tour de France, Contador and Armstrong will line up against each other when the race begins in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on July 3.

And as the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) prepares for its annual unveiling of the Tour route tomorrow, Prudhomme's comments add a little fuel to the fire that may burn brightly when the grand depart in Rotterdam kicks off what should be another intriguing three weeks of racing throughout France.

According to Prudhomme, that racing should include plenty of attacking, if riders play to the strengths of the route - including the surprises he says are in store - and compete in the spirit of the "legends built by riders who attack a hundred kilometres from the finish".

Prudhomme was also pleased with the lack of Tour doping scandals this year; in 2006 Floyd Landis' postive control for testosterone mired the event in controversy whilst a year later the Michael Rasmussen and Alexandre Vinokourov cases stole the headlines and demonstrated the work required to rid the race of the doping scourge.

With the help of the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD), ASO managed to limit the damage done by doping headlines in this year's event, for which the Tour boss expressed his gratitude. "The French Anti-Doping Agency has confirmed that there was no suspect case of doping in the last Tour," said Prudhomme.

"This means that the fight against doping is working; there is more work, but it is obvious that cycling is changing," he added.
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Where was the bashing??
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Not sure why is he bashing Lance. Without him the TDF would be f...ing boring.

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The Tour de France: Boring w/out Lance since 1903.
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Interesting article. I'm sure it'll find a much more interested and interesting audience in Pro Cycling.

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The Tour de France: Boring w/out Lance since 1903.
I know that I never enjoyed it until Sir Armstrong came along.
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So was the lack of testing positives because of better or worse testing?
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More mountaintop finishes!

at least 100km of total ITT, pretty please!
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"The route of the last Tour de France was wonderful, exciting and capable of producing a great race, although we had to wait. Fortunately, Contador disobeyed orders at Arcalis, attacking his boss, so finally I didn't have to wait that long," Prudhomme told the Reuters news agency.
No, this year's route sucked, Monsieur Prudhomme. It's not very exciting to watch a 1 week race with 2 weeks of foreplay.
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No, this year's route sucked, Monsieur Prudhomme. It's not very exciting to watch a 1 week race with 2 weeks of foreplay.
That blame lies on the riders, not the route.
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More mountaintop finishes!

at least 100km of total ITT, pretty please!
Every stage should end in a MOUNTAINTOP FINISH!
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Every stage should end in a MOUNTAINTOP FINISH!
Now that would be awesome ... though it'd mean we won't get to see Cavendish sprinting to the line.

Still, it is pretty clear that the LA's return has revived popular interest in the event Stateside.
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I of course was only joking about MT finishes.
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I think he's just fuelin' the LA / AC battle, not unlike Don King pumps the boxing matches. I'm all for doing away with up-to-the-second telemetry for teams to form up and GO to make attacks more likely to succeed. Doping.... I don't know... it could very well have been, "let's not catch anyone this year" to make it look like controls were working, or maybe they are.
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That blame lies on the riders, not the route.
Does it? I don't think I agree. The riders do what is best for them/their team, the route is supposed to be seperate oft hat.

Prudhomme obviously meant for all the GC action to happen in the last week, and I just don't think that was very exciting for anybody who watched starting from the first week.
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Mountains first...thin the herd. (And it keeps Cav's cocky mouth shut for another week)
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Stage start Jello shots and scavenger hunts. Find your other pedal in the big box of pedals. How about a LeMans start?
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'Jammer - LeMans Start...I like it!
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In road shoes.... hilarity ensues, you should see the messenger alleycat race starts.. when bikes get tangled.
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Does it? I don't think I agree. The riders do what is best for them/their team, the route is supposed to be seperate oft hat.

Prudhomme obviously meant for all the GC action to happen in the last week, and I just don't think that was very exciting for anybody who watched starting from the first week.
There were stages to tempt the GC contenders on other days in the Pyrenees besides stage 7. There was quite a chess match between Astana and Saxo Bank on stages 8 and 9.

The other school of thought here is that the Tour is more than the GC competition all the time. There were stages that made for quite a bit of drama involving breakaways, and the Green and Polka dot jersey competitions. I can't think of a single day where I thought the finish was boring. About the only stage that was painful to watch was the stage where George ended up a couple seconds out of the yellow jersey.
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Every stage should end in a MOUNTAINTOP FINISH!
What no more stages like 17 in 1969? I want the chance for a stage like that, assuming we have some rider with the balls for it.
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