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Old 07-14-12, 01:58 PM   #1
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2012 Tour de France - Stage 20 - Rambouillet → Paris Champs-Élysées - Sunday July 22



Vive la France! Merci!
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greipel certainly seems like the man this year...gotta go with him...
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Sky will lead out Cav for the win.
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I am rooting for Cav, after yesterdays massive win, he sure seems to be in top shape.
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Cav skips the intermediate sprint and saves it all for the stage victory. Sagan and Greipel place 2nd and 3rd, maybe not quite that order.
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Does anyone else think this stage is needlessly long?
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Nice to see the yellow doing a strong pull in the lead out on the final stage. I was thinking Cav launched to early. But he just to fast. Sagan had a nice close, but got into it to late. Next year's race for the green should be pretty good. With no Olympics, we'll have all of the sprinters really into. Can't wait to see Sagan defend it against the likes of Cav, Boonen, and Hushovd.
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Interesting interview with Cavendish on Eurosport at the finish, with him describing how difficult a finish the Champs is. Too far to jump right out of the final corner, too short to wait. Just decided to use his acceleration and let them catch him if they could. They couldn't.

I've never seen the like of him, really, he delivers with astonishing consistency. Quite remarkable.
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Outstanding finish to an enjoyable Tour de France. Wiggins, Cavendish and Sky are the epitome of a Team effort for my thinking. Sagan has so much potential as does Froome. Next few years will be great to watch and enjoy. .J. Vangarderen sure looked good as the youngest rider, great finish for the American riders.

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Who was the black gentleman on stage with TJ?

And NBC did the same thing they did last year. Interview someone and get the usual cliches rather than show the green jersey presentation.

And talk about a horrible version of God save the queen.

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today was a perfect excuse for 9 old farts between 50 and 60 to drink a lot of beer by 8 am this morning... eHarmony was voted "most intrusive ad of the stage" and somebody just left to get more beer.. Congrats, Cav... I need to get out of this bloody kitchen
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Who was the black gentleman on stage with TJ?

And NBC did the same thing they did last year. Interview someone and get the usual cliches rather than show the green jersey presentation.

And talk about a horrible version of God save the queen.
That's "Network" coverage for ya... and we were all hoping for a wardrobe malfunction
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The highlight for me today was seeing the peloton ask George Hincapie to cross the finish at Champs de Elysee first. Truly a class move by Sky and all his ex-teammates. No matter how the Armstrong nonsense turns out, Hincapie will always be one of my favorite cyclists, and I'm not sure I can think of another professional athlete who was such a responsible and dedicated teammate.
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Who was the black gentleman on stage with TJ?
Phil said he was the ambassador to the US, which I interpreted as ambassador *to* France *from* the US.
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Phil said he was the ambassador to the US, which I interpreted as ambassador *to* France *from* the US.
I heard that as well, but I thought the US ambassador to France was Charles Rivkin... That wasn't Charles Rivkin.

If he is a DOS employee, you'd think someone at that level would be smart enough to wear some slacks and a button down before presenting a winner's jersey.
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I thought Bosen hagen could have given Cav a bit more a lead out, Cav went a bit early and for a second I thought he was going to be caught, but it was good enough.

Now for the bad; the UK anthem......ugh what was Lesley Garrett wearing and what a cheesy version; the guy who presented the White Jersey was dressed for a cook out; Wiggins didn't shake hands with Nibali or more interestingly Froome. I think Froome will be looking to break his 2 year Sky contract.

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I heard that as well, but I thought the US ambassador to France was Charles Rivkin... If he is a DOS employee, you'd think someone at that level would be smart enough to wear some slacks and a button down before presenting a winner's jersey.
Phil gets everything wrong.......I'll add another bad thing about the TdF, Phil Liggit's stupid commentary; he gets names wrong, race order, just about everything.
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Maybe Lesley Garrett should have sung this (instead of God Save the Queen) as a tribute to Chris Froome.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGAcH5KADGs
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Anyone know what happened to the two riders who went down near the end? One looked like he was knocked out.
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Nice sprint, nice win for Cavendish.
Sagan was the fastest after the last turn though.
Looking forward to the Olympics!
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Phil gets everything wrong.......I'll add another bad thing about the TdF, Phil Liggit's stupid commentary; he gets names wrong, race order, just about everything.
Yea, but he's got personality, and that helps pass the time when you have a stinker of a Tour like this.
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Yea, but he's got personality, and that helps pass the time when you have a stinker of a Tour like this.
Does that mean you will be going away for good now? *crosses fingers*
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Does anyone else think this stage is needlessly long?
Yes, me. I got a little bit sunburned waiting for almost 5 hours at Place de la Concorde for them to show up.



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