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    Bike shop 3 minutes away is the best way to go:-)...

    Bike shop 3 minutes away is the best way to go:-) Buy the best steel frame you can afford, that fits. Everything else is disposable.
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    Bravo Maillot Jaune, 2013!

    I've waited long enough for someone to post something positive about this fantastic edition of the Tour and it's worthy winner............. and we've had plenty of negative threads to wade through.
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    The key words are 'last year' and...

    The key words are 'last year' and 'Vuelta'.........
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    All the winners you mention had strong teams...

    All the winners you mention had strong teams dedicated to their service (Greg Lemond, notwithstanding........). By the end of the 80s, guys like Fignon and Mottet were struggling for quality depth...
  5. The Tour consistently drew a better field than...

    The Tour consistently drew a better field than the Giro, in the post Merckx era...... and significantly better than the Vuelta.

    The worldwide fanfare began with Lemond bringing 300 million...
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    A thought for Lieuwe Westra

    Having to abandon the Tour, with 39 kilometres to go, is a bitter pill to swallow.
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    Froome deserves better than a coda to the 17...

    Froome deserves better than a coda to the 17 pages of bitterness, ignorance and paranoia in this thread, though, doesn't he?
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    Riders like Hinault and Anquetil don't come along...

    Riders like Hinault and Anquetil don't come along every day............ or every generation.
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    Well, it looks like Froome was the strongest and...

    Well, it looks like Froome was the strongest and his team was the smartest- husbanding their diminished resources and shepherding the Yellow Jersey to Paris.

    If the numerically stronger teams had...
  10. Poll: Are we talking about the same Carlton Kirby who...

    Are we talking about the same Carlton Kirby who described a rider's drug ban as 'sitting on the naughty step'?

    Kelly and Sherwen are worth hearing. Everything else is just waffle.
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    The openness of the racing is probably caused by...

    The openness of the racing is probably caused by uncertainty about Contador's fitness, race stamina and the upper limits of his explosivity and power, if he is riding clean. Can he still time trial...
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    With humility.

    With humility.
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    Well it's a good list- but most of that stuff...

    Well it's a good list- but most of that stuff isn't luck, is it?

    1 The route always suits some riders more than others. Virtually all modern winners are good Time Triallists.
    2 If you are a...
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    I missed the memo about Cancellara, by the...

    I missed the memo about Cancellara, by the way............

    If he hadn't fallen off in the Road Race, I'm assuming he would have been up there with Wiggins. Does that make them both dopers, or...
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    The riders make the race, not the course. Some...

    The riders make the race, not the course. Some of this year's contenders didn't have the legs and some didn't have the tactical acumen to ruffle Sky's feathers.

    Sorry if that upsets some of you...
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    Wiggins has won every TT he has ridden this year...

    Wiggins has won every TT he has ridden this year (prologues don't count), so yes, he was lucky.........
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    Spare tube, Mafac toolkit- with a screwdriver and...

    Spare tube, Mafac toolkit- with a screwdriver and a couple of Allen keys and a chain tool added. Fits in a pocket easily.
  18. Well the teams that were most active- The US, GB...

    Well the teams that were most active- The US, GB and the Netherlands- were represented in the break, which is a reward for organisation, effort and commitment. The Italians were a bit unlucky with...
  19. Your analysis of the race is quite plausible- but...

    Your analysis of the race is quite plausible- but not of it's relative importance. Being the most successful ever sprinter at the Tour (winningest?) is a massive achievement, which no professional...
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    We wait to see what kind of rider Contador is,...

    We wait to see what kind of rider Contador is, without dope; he will certainly be past his 'best'......:-)
    Schleck has had years to improve against the clock. He seems incapable of doing so, or...
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    Too soon to say, isn't it? Sagan has a ton of...

    Too soon to say, isn't it? Sagan has a ton of talent and a killer instinct- but is not going to mature into both a prolific stage racer and classic winner. If he did, we'd be talking Bernard...
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    I think this is the greatest ever single sporting...

    I think this is the greatest ever single sporting achievement by a British person. I wonder if the tabloids would agree with me, were the Sky team not part of the Murdoch image rehabilitation...
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    Look no further than a Spanish winner. Froome...

    Look no further than a Spanish winner. Froome will have trouble maintaining condition, after such a strenuous TDF. Contador has no racing miles in his legs and without the benefit of cheating, may...
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    The very idea of this thread is pure comedy. ...

    The very idea of this thread is pure comedy.

    The sheer range of criticisms levelled at Wiggins on the forum has been more revealing about posters than it ever has about the rider.

    Wiggins is...
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    Bernard just threatened to punch me, for bringing...

    Bernard just threatened to punch me, for bringing his name into this.........

    now, you were saying- 'Implied honour'?
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