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    TDF 2010 stage 3 - Wanze - Arenberg Porte du Hainaut 213 km, Tue. Jul 6

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    I am going to be late for work for this one, I think it will be the first time for a "flat stage".

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    Yeah, the pave really has a chance to spice things up, doesn't it? This stage seems to have Boonen or Hushovd written all over it. I hope Boonen's knee problems don't knock him out of the race.
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    cobbles! 4 big stretches in the last fourth of the race. team armstrong...er...radioshack will be looking to pressure contador here.
    another potential 'survive & advance' day for the gt contenders should provide breakaway/specialist opportunities.

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    Now they're saying Boonen is out. Bummer.
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    will the big teams let their strong men go for the win or will they save them in case of problems? although i'd love to see FC solo away to add time onto his yellow jersey lead.

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    I think this is a good stage for a rider like Boasson Hagen. He's proven himself to be a good classics rider, and he's a very respectable sprinter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by USAZorro View Post
    I think this is a good stage for a rider like Boasson Hagen. He's proven himself to be a good classics rider, and he's a very respectable sprinter.
    I really like Boasson Hagen and hope he can do the same...what about Spartacus?

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    I'm seeing Fabian all over this one. I just keep seeing him go Paris-Roubaix all over again. And no Boonen to try and ride with him this time. Maybe Hushovd.
    Everyone has a right to an opinion. However, this does not mean that one's opinion is right.

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    This will be exciting. I hope the cyclists don't stage some BS protest like they did in the finish today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogwilco View Post
    This will be exciting. I hope the cyclists don't stage some BS protest like they did in the finish today.
    Seriously, if they regulate it AGAIN because of a crash, that would suck. Its not like these roads have never been raced on before.
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    Tough, tough course. Let's just neutralize it now and move on to Stage 4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlashBazbo View Post
    Tough, tough course. Let's just neutralize it now and move on to Stage 4.
    Seems to me it was the oil slick they were protesting. The riders are resigned to the wet cobbles, but oil? I'd rank that before shards of glass and just after spectators throwing flaming bags of their own poop on a list of things I didn't sign up to ride through.

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    Prediction: Pain

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaDan View Post
    Prediction: Pain
    Clubber Lang is going to throw some mohawk grenades at the riders tomorrow.

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    I'm predicting Boasson Hagen.
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    My prediction for stage 3?


    ..............PAIN!

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    I'll guess Spartacus. there will be pain, lots of pain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 40 Cent View Post
    Seems to me it was the oil slick they were protesting. The riders are resigned to the wet cobbles, but oil? I'd rank that before shards of glass and just after spectators throwing flaming bags of their own poop on a list of things I didn't sign up to ride through.
    I know right? With the attitude of some posters here you would think the tour riders were a bunch of lazy pansies having an extremely relaxed tour so far. To the morons who haven't figured it out...their race so far has been the exact opposite of easy.

    To hell with the promoters trying to organize the race so that the riders face unreasonable dangers just so they can increase ratings.
    But the riders being gung-ho competitors as they are will probably race their hearts out tomorrow. I hope nobody gets killed this time. It's a miracle no one got killed in stage 2's disaster.
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    Oh please. It's just ****ing pavé. You make it sound like the organisers are chasing the peloton down the wrong way of a busy Autobahn.

    It's ok that the cyclists are standing up for themselves, I almost always approve of that kind of solidarity (although pro cyclists have an ugly history of standing up for causes that don't deserve it...), but a little bit of danger and unpredictability is just part of cycling's appeal. Nobody wants to see cyclists get hurt, but people do want races to be on the edge, so sometimes crashes are inevitable.

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    I say cut their brake cables and let them go at it like proper men.

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    Thor.
    He didn't go down yesterday and will be in better shape than most.
    Spartacus would love to get back into yellow.
    Both of them are previous winners of Paris Roubaix and know how to win on
    the cobbles. I predict an epic battle and I'm praying for rain.
    As for yesterday, I think given today's stage and the carnage on the descent of the Stockeu
    it made sense. I do not think the stage was 'too difficult' nor do I think the organizers were
    risking the rider's safety. Take out the oil from the crashed moto and you had a wet descent which
    these guys all deal with all year round.

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    Wow, enormous crowds today.

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    For the benefit of those of us who will not be watching until we get home today, how is Andy Schleck looking today?

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    Frank Schleck is out.

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