What i find interesting is that if Lance armstrong did what Shleck did yesterday everyone would be accussing him of doping. However, in an interview with Evans yesterday he alluded to the samething I am thinking. Evans indicated how could Shleck do what he did today so well and so far in the lead based on his previous days performance.
Why isn't the media going done the road of performance enhancing drug use like they would have so easily with Armstrong?
Just my 2 cents worth.
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Today's stage was really interesting. Why did they let Andy Schleck go on his own? Could it be that they couldn't hang with him or were they letting him poop out for tomorrow's stage. One thing's for sure, they're gonna leave it on the mountains tomorrow. Don't forget that the Schlecks (in the past) have been poor time trialist. If it's close in the standings after tomorrow, I'll go for Cadel Evans. He's a very strong time trialist. Unless something really unexpected happens, Contador will not be on the podium. That's my 2 cents and I'm sticking to it
Not much is really changing in the standings in my opinion. I thought a lot more would occur? It seems like there is little shifting going on but not the drastic swings yet. It seems like there is a huge chess match going on and already certain teams are backing other teams to keep them in the hunt of the race. It appears that Contador may have waited too long to start his run but who knows .... there is still some big climbs left yet and this may now divide the men and the boys from the Tour. I think it is going to come down to the ever exciting TT to shake out the true numbers.
It seems the Shleck brothers are on a vengence, voelkler seems to be holding his and hanging on, Evans is staying in the thick of things.
I think this year is more exciting than the previous 4 since i have been watching closely. I love the cat and mousing that is going on. I do not know how they can climb at the speeds they do .... I wish I had have of their speeds for my local group rides and races;-) LOL
Although I'd love to watch a lot more of the Tour, my time is so pressed these days. Can anyone who is really following the Tour closely give a head's up as to sections, Stages of the race which are particularly notable?
Thx, in advance!
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Andy Schleck will be in yellow, Cadel won't be on the podium, Basso may take third Contador won't be in the top five. Trek has spent way to much money to buy this tour like they did for seven years with some Strong guy (did I say that?) After Specialized bought it last year Trek won't let anyone on Specialized be on the podium. It is known that Trek Radio Shack will team up with Leopard to prevent Contador from winning. Unless all off of the Trek riders consume the same beef as Contador, they won't be banned, even though Contador shouldn't be riding right now. Levi will be working with Frank to help Andy out. Big George will work hard, but won't help Cadel when the gloves are thrown down between Trek and Specialized. Hard for me to say that about Cadel even after all the years I worked with him. But the truth is the truth. SRAM will take all three spots and Campy won't be represented in the top 10, even though Campy is the best.
The Tour started several days ago, but the real Tour begins tomorrow with the start of the climbs in the Pyrenees. Watch how drastically the standings change after the end of tomorrow's stage. A rider to look out for is our own Tejay Van Garderen. An incredibly talented 22-year old from Tacoma, Washington. He is being pegged as the future of US cycling and is riding with HTC High Road. He is currently in 52nd place overall. Who is your pick to win the Yellow Jersey?
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