Last edited by USAZorro; 06-25-10 at 02:16 AM.
In search of what to search for.
hardest tdf stage 2 that i can remember. may be the best of the first week's racing.
So, should we expect some serious attacks on climbs of this stage, or will the strategy be to hold out for the later mountain stages?
I'm not sure there will be serious attacks...the climbs aren't long or steep enough for that just yet but it maybe interesting.
Tuesday is where the real fireworks will be...
****. Andy Schleck out? He's losing time I think and he looks like he really hurt himself so I'm suspicious if he can even start tomorrow.
What the **** happened there? Tomorrow will be a bloodbath if the weather is anything like today.
eta: 4 minutes 20 for Andy Schleck...
Saxo must send a rider back to help Andy Schleck!! He's 4 min down and all alone.
edit: ok, he's got help now, but that took way too long.
Last edited by Slater4545; 07-05-10 at 09:47 AM.
It's crazy, I can't remember when there was so little information available on such a crucial point in the Tour de France the last time.
I hope the peloton+the Armstrong group+the Schleck group arrive in the finish together. It would suck for something as stupid as this to take out the #2 contender this early.
did i miss it? i didn't see any video of the big crash. don't understand how armstrong/contador ended up behind the cancellara group, and also how the schlecks went down. maybe versus was on commercial, but you'd think they'd still be filming to do a playback if something big went down like it did.
Looked like a Lampre rider went down on the wet roads. Since it's so narrow, others went down as they came upon the scene and blocked the road. All of this caused the splits.
Some sort of pithy irrelevant one-liner should go here.
Good win for Chavanel, but what a weird stage, I didn't expect anything like that to happen today. I hope Schleck is ok, that looked painful.#
eta: Is this a strike?
Cancellara is definitely the boss of the peloton.
I don't really understand why the field decided to neutralize the stage. Crashes are part of it. Andy Schleck was not the overall leader. In fact he was trailing the other main GC contenders. Jeez, its a race after all. These things happen in races. A crash is hardly an unusual event. Not crashing and avoiding crashes is part of winning the race. Its funny when you compare it to this year's Giro. The Pink jersey changed over a couple of times as a result of crashes on stages with rain, cobbles, and other road conditions. None of these guys were complaining then.
Everyone has a right to an opinion. However, this does not mean that one's opinion is right.
That was not a stage you want to ride 3 days into a grand tour.
Tomorrow is going to be brutal. Not many have much to gain overall tomorrow, but lots of them have a lot to loss.
Arguing with ignorant people is an exercise in futility. They will bring you down to their level and once there they will beat you with their overwhelming experience.
Seems the organizers of the major tours are putting more and more PR into both designing treacherous routes and unveiling said routes. A little game of who can push the envelope the most. I don't really understand having these stages that look like classics on a 3-week tour. Just asking for trouble, and ultimately getting it. Trying to get ratings/attention for parts of the race (individual stages) instead of the race in its entirety.
I don't blame the riders at all for neutralizing. Who is going to look out for them if not themselves? Clearly not the promoters.
Vande Velde +9:49. Done before he gets a chance?