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    Paris-Nice 2013

    Dramatic day yesterday with race leader Nacer Bouhanni crashing out on a corner.

    Kittel won the stage in a sprint finish.










    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/oth...ashes-out.html

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    It had been raining. Looked as if the white line was slick and he just lost his front wheel in the turn. Unfortunate that his face made first contact with the ground. Ouch.

    Kittel immensely steong in the sprint. I was surprised by Petacchi, though, he went for the line far too early. Maybe he underestimated how demanding that uphill finish would be.

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    Garmin has the best looking kit in the race. That is all.

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    yes, the announcer gave us a real fashion show during the race. i was surprised.

    and i was also surprised that the commentators didn't immediately point out that it had been raining and as was obvious, to me anyway, that Bouhanni was leaning heavily and passing over a painted line at the time he lost traction. they seemed to be very uncertain as to what caused the crash.

    eventually, they mentioned that it HAD been raining, and even later on someone mentioned something about the line...

    maybe they haven't gone down, twice, in the last year on a wet white line, like i have.

    update: announcers said today that Bouhanni's wheels lost traction due to sand on the roadway...
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    Spoiler

    Talansky wins today's stage in bunch sprint of breakaway group. Race leader Viviani had a bad day.

    Talansky in yellow by 3 sec.
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    I'm just going to say that I'm glad the mountains are gunna start (i'm saying this as I have yet to watch stage 3).
    Yesterday it seems that as they were getting closer to the finish, I was yelling from my couch "ATTACK! ANYBODY!"

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    Very entertaining stage today, Jens Voigt off the front, lots of little attacks on the climbs, terrific ride from Richie Porte. Poor judgement from Talansky, used himself up too early.

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    yeah...i was puzzled by Talansky's repeated mini-attacks in the last 3km...Richie Porte was really smart and picked the perfect time to attack...the Sky train looked really strong in the last 10km...preview of tours to come?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eduardo76 View Post
    yeah...i was puzzled by Talansky's repeated mini-attacks in the last 3km...Richie Porte was really smart and picked the perfect time to attack...the Sky train looked really strong in the last 10km...preview of tours to come?
    Yes, if Porte can win Paris-Nice, and given his TT ability I think he can, Sky look awfully strong. You've got to think that both Froome and Wiggo will be well ahead of him. Interesting to see how Froome, Uran and Henao go in the climbs in Tirreno-Adriatico tomorrow, and I saw a report last week in which Sky said Wiggo was putting out better numbers than at this time last year - when he was winning Paris-Nice, as it happens.

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    Is anyone else SICK of the little tune NBCSports plays before and after every commercial break? They did the same thing last year for the entire TDF. It is HORRIBLE and they need to come up with a few new options and alternate them.
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    Porte looking solid for the GC. Chavanel looking good for the Classics.

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    Porte practiced that climb, Talansky didn't and had nearly zip help (team). Local knowledge ruled. That 41 year old dude (name?) was tough...briefly.
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    Sky's teamwork is like a boxer working the body, by the end of the stage the opponent's hands are down, his legs are slow, and he's open for head shots.
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    Porte crushes the TT, just four seconds slower than Wiggo over the same course last year. Nice win for him, easily the biggest of his career.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LDB View Post
    Is anyone else SICK of the little tune NBCSports plays before and after every commercial break? They did the same thing last year for the entire TDF. It is HORRIBLE and they need to come up with a few new options and alternate them.
    Seriously.
    Also, does it not seem that NBC uses cycling to get their quota of commercials out? I mean, two minutes of racing, six commercials, 5 minutes of racing, commercials. Also, if they go to commercial with 5 km to go again, I'm going to throw **** at my television.

    This has been a rant.

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    Somebody has to pay the 15 minutes of footage they bought, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by humansaretrash View Post
    seriously.
    Also, does it not seem that nbc uses cycling to get their quota of commercials out? I mean, two minutes of racing, six commercials, 5 minutes of racing, commercials. Also, if they go to commercial with 5 km to go again, i'm going to throw **** at my television.

    This has been a rant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jseis View Post
    Porte practiced that climb, Talansky didn't and had nearly zip help (team). Local knowledge ruled. That 41 year old dude (name?) was tough...briefly.
    That's the thing about Garmin, they pick the opportune person who's ahead in the standings and usually put him out on his own due to Vaughters' ****ty tactics.
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    I was a bit surprised there were so few aero wheels in the final TT. I know it was uphill, but they still averaged 20 mph .... I was expecting a light rear and 40mm front
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