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Old 07-27-11, 12:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Keith99 View Post
Rather interesting as some attribute the invention of that technique to a much more recent American. (I do not know of that American making the claim he invented the technique however and in fact would bet that if someone dug they could find that he at some time credited a former rider as his source).
I remember recent American crediting not-so-recent Navarreño with that discovery. The strong rider but non GC contender lost weight and learned to spin uphill, seemed like a good recipe to follow.
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Old 07-27-11, 09:15 PM
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MOST IMPRESSED:

It's always the people of France - the fans of the race. Imagine LA or NYC shutting down major roads for a bike race - haha forget about it. Not even LA or NYC would have shut down a major road for a bike race. No major bike race for LA or NYC!

VERSUS - the camera work was AMAZING. Too many people take for granted the high angle shots of racers streaming around a curve with a church statue or castle in the foreground. Versus were freakin Goliaths with the angles and aerial shots. People should thank Versus to encourage them. The TdF aint the Super Bowl despite popularity here. I saw more complicated camera work than any Super Bowl ( and I LOVE football)

DISSAPOINTMENTS: Team Radio Shack of course. Two years in a row they were whacked. But - If people still think of Team Radio Shack for its efforts to advance bike racing and thank them then that's cool stuff. I give props to any US biz supporting le TdF.

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Old 07-27-11, 09:38 PM
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Originally Posted by hudsonbay View Post
VERSUS - the camera work was AMAZING.
Versus runs the same official
video feed as everybody else gets... great shots but zero credit to the Versus channel
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Old 07-28-11, 06:44 AM
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
Versus runs the same official
video feed as everybody else gets... great shots but zero credit to the Versus channel
Yup. All VS really adds is the stimulating commentary from Phil and Paul.
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Old 07-29-11, 09:13 AM
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OK, no credit to VS...but that doesn't mean the camerawork isn't still amazing and impressive. I'll go along with everything hudsonbay said about it.
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Happy about:
BMC - Cadel and George
Europcar and Voeckler
Garmin Cervélo - especially Tom and Ryder
Leopard Trek
FDJ
Jens
Alberto Contador


Saddened by:
Janez and RadioShack in general
Vino
Wiggo
Stage 4 and 9 crash involving the motorbike and car

All in all, this is my first ever complete tour that I've ever watched and I absolutely loved it.
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Old 08-01-11, 11:46 PM
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Highlight:
Cadel/Thor/Contator/Sanchez on the bad weather stage to Gap.
New scoring for green and pokadot.
Tommy giving it his all.
Johnny giving it his all.

Lowlight:
Bad lighting drop into Pinerolo.
First week crashes.
Schleck taking 2 seconds out of the gc crowd on a Pyrenees mountain finish
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Impressed by Liam McHugh. As soon as he said "I'm not doing predictions, since nobody cares what I think anyways" I knew he was going to be an improvement over the previous two guys.
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From a strictly purist's point of view, at least my purist's point of view, I would like to see a winner who attacks and crushes his opponents in the mountains. But he also has to be a good ITT rider or someone could scoop the title from under him. I have never been a Contador fan till now but his actions in the 2011 TDF has won me over. This is the kind of guy who should win the TDF. Nothing against Cadel, he is a good chaser and an inveterate limpit mine and came up big in the ITT, but chasing is not the same as continually springing offensive attacks and demoralizing the opposition ... not in my book anyway. If you disagree that is fine. It's just that I like knock out punches as opposed to rope a dope strategies.

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Thor was amazing, simply amazing. Cav as usual. RS was dismal. Hoogerland is tougher than nails. Garmin was great. Motorcycles and TV cars were really bad this year. The climbs were slower and more labored than previously. Maybe the anti doping is finally beginning to level the playing field and there will be no more overwhelmingly dominant riders. I fear this was Cadel's swan song, despite his recent contract extension and upbeat plans for winning in the future.
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From a strictly purist's point of view, at least my purist's point of view, I would like to see a winner who attacks and crushes his opponents in the mountains. But he also has to be a good ITT rider or someone could scoop the title from under him. I have never been a Contador fan till now but his actions in the 2011 TDF has won me over. This is the kind of guy who should win the TDF. Nothing against Cadel, he is a good chaser and an inveterate limpit mine and came up big in the ITT, but chasing is not the same as continually springing offensive attacks and demoralizing the opposition ... not in my book anyway. If you disagree that is fine. It's just that I like knock out punches as opposed to rope a dope strategies.

Random thoughts:

Thor was amazing, simply amazing. Cav as usual. RS was dismal. Hoogerland is tougher than nails. Garmin was great. Motorcycles and TV cars were really bad this year. The climbs were slower and more labored than previously. Maybe the anti doping is finally beginning to level the playing field and there will be no more overwhelmingly dominant riders. I fear this was Cadel's swan song, despite his recent contract extension and upbeat plans for winning in the future.
i feel he has one or two more years of being a solid podium contender. much *at least tdf-wise* will depend on prudhomme's courses the next few years. shorter flat or rolling tt's and/or no ttt"s take away some of cadel's advantage.

we lost more than a few potential gc contenders this year that could have forced evans/bmc to work even more *and he was fantastic in reeling back the attacks that mattered*, resulting in a different outcome possibly. hopefully, some of the younger, emerging climbers plus some of the established ones *the schlecks, gesink, et al* will be proactive in trying to create a cushion of 2+ minutes to evans before any late tt stage. it is simply not good strategy to hope that your opponent crashes, has a mechanical, bonks, has a non-negative, et al...
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