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Old 07-06-05, 10:17 AM
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It's funny; Cipo obviously had an OUTRAGEOUS ego, but everyone seemed to like him (me included), but Robbie seems to piss people off.

Anyway, Robbie's nothin' -- anyone remember the Aussie track sprinter Darren Hill?
WOW! Talk about "confidence"
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Old 07-06-05, 10:33 AM
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He needs to go back to BMX
People might think that all ozzies are ugly midgets sleeping in oxygen tents and violating the rules and jepordizing their friends only to win the sprint.
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Old 07-06-05, 10:38 AM
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Originally Posted by stewartp
GRRR! I hate making mistakes when fingers type fatser(1) than brain.

And I also have a chip on my shoulder about Assies(2) because the win bloody everything. <snip>

Darn those bloody fatser Assies.
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Old 07-06-05, 10:42 AM
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Robbie's pointing to the guy who was sucking Boonie's draft. Ah, well. Sometimes it's the craftiest who take the stage.
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Old 07-06-05, 10:43 AM
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Originally Posted by jbonus
Robbie's pointing to the guy who was sucking Boonie's draft. Ah, well. Sometimes it's the craftiest who take the stage.
Yeah he did the dirty to Boonen there, drafting off of him. ****ing Aussies will do anything to win
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Old 07-06-05, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by jbonus
Robbie's pointing to the guy who was sucking Boonie's draft. Ah, well. Sometimes it's the craftiest who take the stage.
Drafting???!!! How DARE he -- that NEVER happens
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Old 07-06-05, 10:53 AM
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I agree, without Boonen or Ali-jet to draft off of McEwen would struggle to win himself. He only seems to be able to come around at the very end in a quick burst. If he starts the sprint, he isn't able to maintain the speed necessary to keep guys like Boonen, Petacchi, and O-Grady from blowing by him. Then he tries using his head to keep faster guys from passing him and wines when he gets blatently caught. Good race though, I still think Boonen is obviously faster and he is only going to get better.
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Old 07-06-05, 11:13 AM
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Old 07-06-05, 11:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Mirage-t
I agree, without Boonen or Ali-jet to draft off of McEwen would struggle to win himself. He only seems to be able to come around at the very end in a quick burst. If he starts the sprint, he isn't able to maintain the speed necessary to keep guys like Boonen, Petacchi, and O-Grady from blowing by him.
Putting my previous joking aside... it's very difficult to pass a sprinter like that when they are up to full speed. To be able to fight through that huge 'wind' after pulling out from behind and getting the power to accelerate is amazing really. It's not like one is easier than another. Some sprinters just sprint differently than others, and like to start earlier than others.
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Old 07-06-05, 11:27 AM
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Looked to me like Boonen went a little too soon. And what's wrong with McEwen drafting off of Boonen? That's great strategy, not dirty racing. There are some brains involved in this, so the fastest man doesn't always win. That's what makes it so interesting to watch.

I hate to bash OLN some more, but the whole pre-race show was about DZ's crash and they didn't even show him or mention him until the stage was almost over. I was wondering if he was in the front of the peloton somewhere or if he might have been going slow due to his injuries. When they showed him it looked like he was pretty far back in the peloton, but they didn't show him long enough for me to tell if he looked uncomfortable or anything like that.
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Old 07-06-05, 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by DXchulo
I was wondering if he was in the front of the peloton somewhere or if he might have been going slow due to his injuries. When they showed him it looked like he was pretty far back in the peloton, but they didn't show him long enough for me to tell if he looked uncomfortable or anything like that.
Position in the 200 rider peloton on a flat stage is hardly ever a way to judge how strong that rider is feeling.
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Old 07-06-05, 11:33 AM
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Originally Posted by DXchulo
When they showed him it looked like he was pretty far back in the peloton, but they didn't show him long enough for me to tell if he looked uncomfortable or anything like that.
I thought they showed a glimplse of him chatting with LA.. He seemed to be smiling and had a long sleeve under shirt on.
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Originally Posted by Dolomiti
To be able to fight through that huge 'wind' after pulling out from behind and getting the power to accelerate is amazing really.
Absolutely. I read that parts of Thor's training this year has been tailing a moped doing 70(?) kmh, and then pull out and pass. I'm sure the others are doing exactly the same.

Unfortunately, Thor did not have the margins on his side today. First when his teammate crashed right in front of him with 3 km left to go. Even if he managed to avoid going down also, he lost a lot of ground. Then his foot came off the pedal in the last turn. At least he managed to secure the 3rd place points, but he didn't sound very optimistic about the green jersey in his post-race interview.

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Old 07-06-05, 11:42 AM
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Originally Posted by DXchulo
I hate to bash OLN some more, but the whole pre-race show was about DZ's crash and they didn't even show him or mention him until the stage was almost over. I was wondering if he was in the front of the peloton somewhere or if he might have been going slow due to his injuries. When they showed him it looked like he was pretty far back in the peloton, but they didn't show him long enough for me to tell if he looked uncomfortable or anything like that.

they're just rolling with whatever the french feed is picking up
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Old 07-06-05, 12:21 PM
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I find it odd that the tour isn't being hosted by none other than the Discovery Channel. Is OLN the only US station with rites to the Tour?
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Old 07-06-05, 12:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Dolomiti
Yeah he did the dirty to Boonen there, drafting off of him. ****ing Aussies will do anything to win
DRAFTING?? that damn sleazy aussie was bike racing? shameful
 
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Originally Posted by 531Aussie
It's funny; Cipo obviously had an OUTRAGEOUS ego, but everyone seemed to like him (me included), but Robbie seems to piss people off.
I didn't! And McEwen is the same guy, but talks funny.
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Originally Posted by skinnyone
I thought they showed a glimplse of him chatting with LA.. He seemed to be smiling and had a long sleeve under shirt on.
That was a highlight from a previous stage.
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Old 07-06-05, 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by gsteinb
they're just rolling with whatever the french feed is picking up
But still, they could have mentioned him. They mention other guys who aren't on screen.
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Robbie shouldn't have been relegated. That kind of tussle happens but it was clean. Kills the green jersey competition now

Glad Robbie came back on top today, he deserves it. His team deserves it.

As for HOW he sprints- SO WHAT. I dont hear anyone whining that Lance doesn't try to win the TdF by going for sprint stage wins. Yeah it's called strategy, using your skills. What is wrong with some of you?
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Old 07-06-05, 05:23 PM
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The sprints would not be near as much fun to watch without Robbie in it. Glad to see him get the win.
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Old 07-06-05, 07:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Mirage-t
I find it odd that the tour isn't being hosted by none other than the Discovery Channel. Is OLN the only US station with rites to the Tour?
One of the networks has coverage this weekend.
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Old 07-06-05, 07:22 PM
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Ill probably get flamed for this but anyways..... i bet if Robbie was American none of this would be an issue and would be brushed off as "just the proud american way" or some other excuse.

Personly, i think hes great, and is my 3rd fave rider out there at the moment. the world needs sports people with massive egos on dispaly to make it interesting. whether you choose to like or dislike said athlete is what makes it interesting. im tired of all the corporatised toned down BS we get fed from other sports. Dont ever change Robbie.
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