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Old 07-15-11, 10:33 AM   #26
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Somehow I have the feeling that I'm going to remember this year's Tour as Thor's Tour - no matter what the expected big guns end up doing in the remaining days. Or, at least, the Hushvod/Voeckler Tour. It's absolutely wonderful to watch riders that nobody bets on riding well beyond everbody's expectations.
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Four more DNFs today. Peloton reduced to 86% original size.

Abandoners:
Van de Walle.............DNF 4
Kern.....................DNS 5
Brajkovic................DNF 5
Murillo..................DNS 6
Kiryienka................HDD*6
Boonen...................DNF 7
Wiggins..................DNF 7
Pauriol..................DNF 7
Horner...................DNS 8
Intxausti................DNF 8
Garate...................DNS 9
Poels....................DNF 9
Brutt....................DNF 9
Vinokourov...............DNF 9
Zabriskie................DNF 9
Willems..................DNF 9
Van Den Broeck...........DNF 9
Txurruka.................DNF 9
Popovych.................DNS 10
Kolobnev.................DNS 10
Gadret...................DNS 11
Feillu...................DNS 12
Galimzyanov..............DNF 12
Steegmans................DNS 13
Boom.....................DNF 13
Kloden...................DNF 13
Isaichev.................DNF 13

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Old 07-15-11, 10:47 AM   #28
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+1 Great stage. It was awesome to watch the tactics at the end also. Moncoutie knew that if he finished with Thor, it was over, so he just sat in and rode Thor's TT. Thor periodically looks back and Moncoutie just shakes his head. I've got to think that Thor wasn't surprised at having to go it alone. Then he just blows them away anyway. Awesome.

It had to be distressing for Roy and Moncoutie see the world champ coming over the mountain with them.
Smart race by Thor. With the longish flat ending, that's what I would have done as a sprinter in that stage. If you could somehow get over the mountain with some minutes over the peloton, then you can rest on the way down. Then drop the hammer and make them eat your vapor trail in the flat! Once they got into the flat section, each one of the 3 leaders knew who the winner was going to be.
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It had to be distressing for Roy and Moncoutie see the world champ coming over the mountain with them.


I hadn't thought about it that way, but now that you point it out, I think that probably qualifies for Understatement of the Year honors .
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A critical reading error on your part. I didn't say today was boring. I said the climbs specifically were boring because of the lack of attacks, which I stand by, because the GC guys are making it look like a group ride so far.

Thor rode in the spirit of Merckx today, with no understanding of the term "achille's heel". He should feel free to rethink his abilities and role as a cyclist after today, and that's saying a lot for a guy currently wearing rainbow stripes. Even as a world champ, he outdid himself today.
I must have read you post wrong but the general tone of your post was negative. Do you not count all of the escape attempts and successful escapes(including Thor's) as attacks?
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The only real attack on a climb today was when Thor pulled off the front of the break, but it's not the same as the fireworks of GC guys battling it out on a mountain top finish.

Don't get me wrong, Thor's was an awesome attack but my reaction wasn't "it's about to get serious!" as much as "Thor what are you doing you crazy ba*^ard!". I think the guys he attacked probably thought the same thing.
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The only real attack on a climb today was when Thor pulled off the front of the break, but it's not the same as the fireworks of GC guys battling it out on a mountain top finish.

Don't get me wrong, Thor's was an awesome attack but my reaction wasn't "it's about to get serious!" as much as "Thor what are you doing you crazy ba*^ard!". I think the guys he attacked probably thought the same thing.
I must agree with you about the GC contenders. In fact, I think this is why the average traditional American sports fan does not care about cycling. Their attitude is "well the leaders/favorites aren't even trying to win the race." You try to explain it but it just doesn't register.
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I must agree with you about the GC contenders. In fact, I think this is why the average traditional American sports fan does not care about cycling. Their attitude is "well the leaders/favorites aren't even trying to win the race." You try to explain it but it just doesn't register.
And thats too bad because the beauty of the Tour de France and other stage races is the fact that while the overall lead didn't change today, there was the intermediate sprint, the race for the stage victory, the kom battle, the combative award (well earned by Roy by the way), and more. Today was an interesting day to follow if you care anything about the Green Jersey.
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That was awesome planning and execution by Thor. Roy looked pretty beat before Thor caught him and even more so after he flew by. Impressive rides by all three today.
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Are there bad vibes between Thor and Vaughters? Everytime Thor does good on a stage he(JV) is like: "offcorse he does good. He is world Champ". He has this negative tone. He looks way happier when the other garmin boys succeeds.

Am I over analyzing? Or what?

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Am I over analyzing? Or what?
Probably. Nobody likes talking to journalists.
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+1 Great stage. It was awesome to watch the tactics at the end also. Moncoutie knew that if he finished with Thor, it was over, so he just sat in and rode Thor's TT. Thor periodically looks back and Moncoutie just shakes his head. I've got to think that Thor wasn't surprised at having to go it alone. Then he just blows them away anyway. Awesome.

It had to be distressing for Roy and Moncoutie see the world champ coming over the mountain with them.
+1... That was a really fun stage to watch! And Roy also wins even after being run down by Thor.
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Are there bad vibes between Thor and Vaughters? Everytime Thor does good on a stage he(JV) is like: "offcorse he does good. He is world Champ". He has this negative tone. He looks way happier when the other garmin boys succeeds.

Am I over analyzing? Or what?
I don't care for Vaughters and find him to be smug and way too egotistical about his team.
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Impressive classy win. Just awesome. Felt terrible for Roy.
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Another great ride was by Petacchi today. A true sprinter like him finishing in the top 8 was a big effort.

Did anyone here why Lars Boom withdrew today?
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Did anyone here why Lars Boom withdrew today?
I didn't hear or read anything, but it's possible he's just exhausted. He tried that monster attack the other day, and he's never entered a grand tour before.
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