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7/23/08 1:35 A

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I felt this thread needed to be revied I am getting very excited by Cadel Evans chances of winning for Australia.

With a week to go he is still looking strong.

Did anyone else feel for Augustyn who picked the highest part of the course to cycle over the mountainside. I understand he would have been closed to getting the white jersy if he had not lost his bike in the hills.

He was walking after the crash so i assume he is well and marking this one up to experience.

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that's a real bummer. that's all :(

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T: Yeah I'm with you. I will keep watching Levi, George, and Alberto. I don't know if there are any teams out there that I really enjoy watching besides Discover/US Postal. I don't watch any other sports either. I do keep on coming back to watch the Tour. I didn't really get into it until about 2000. When I was younger I didn't really even know what the Tour was. I must admit that I was out playing so many sports because I wasn't really allowed to watch that much TV. I also didn't care about watching sports on TV then. I only watched when Detroit played. My favorite player was Barry Sanders. I also wanted to be like Isaiah Thomas. After they stopped playing I was done watching. Well thanks for giving me the information on team. I will miss them.
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S: I was really bummed too. I kept checking in anticipation of seeing them announce a new sponsor and to find that....

The Paceline is the Discovery Teams fan site. They do a lot of interviews with the guys and post updates on all of their races. Right now they have a letter posted by Contador about his clean win and the managements response to the disbanding of the team.

Cycling is the only sport that I will actually watch on television and am really bummed that the American Team is gone but will continue to watch it next year and cheer on the Disco boys on their new teams.

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T: That is really depressing. I will go on. I wanted to have an American team and watch Contador's career blow up. He is really going to go some where but just not on Discovery.
What is Paceline? I have never heard of that except as a ride in keeping a paceline.
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Also, the Paceline has information on why they made the decision. I couldn't find any reference to it on the Discovery Team home page though.



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S: Sorry for the confusion. Fox Sports announced that the team was being disbanded, not that they were taking over. If you go to Fox sports and type in just Discovery in their search box you can pull up the couple of articles on it.

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W: I was just going back to the days of when Lance was riding and winning 5, 6 and 7. I didn't actually hear most of the rumors that are out there right now. I was also speaking about the French in general when they don't win. If you watched this Tour then I'm sure you heard the commentators talking about this topic too. I thought it as funny how Bob Roll was talking about the French's attitude.
I'm very happy to see Contador win the Tour. He worked hard and won it fairly. Ras was his own cause for geing kicked off the Tour. If he had followed his own team's rules then he would have been fine. I honestly like watching him ride in the past years and see him really go for it in the mountains.
There are lots of talented riders out there and they only recently have started to crack down on the riders and bust them for doping. I'm sure back in the '80s you could see people that doped or used illegal substances but since the sport didn't care no one worried about it. I have read stories about some of the athletes that did drugs then but it didn't matter then. Arnold used steroids for a while too. It has been around for a long time and is finally getting cleared up. I think Bonds should get kicked out for it since he lied about not knowing what he was getting injected with. If I have ever gotten an injection I have always asked what it was.
Anyway I doubt that Contador has done anything wrong. He's strong and young. The whole Tour is moving to a younger set of riders. They are taking over and doing great. Now with Fox Sports taking over the team it rally should be interesting to see where they go from here. I'm sure that they will do great things to keep their two best on top. I must say that Levi really did me proud this year. He's an amazing rider and keeps himself on top of the game.

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8/10/07 3:54 P

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I don't know if anyone had seen this yet. I had been checking every couple of days about Discovery and a new sponsor. The answer has been answered on Fox Sports.

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I'm not too sure this is totally a French thing. Remember the Contador allegations stem from Operation Puerto after the Vuelta and are now being made by a German anti-doper...

Off the top of my head I can't recall any predominant French cyclist competing on GC for many years (Virenque was multiple KoM) at least since Fignon and Hinault back when I first started watching the Tour in the 80s (maybe Jalabert?)... I also don't recall any anti-LeMond or Indurain bias or, more recently, for Armstrong's early wins. So to blanket-blame the French for being sore losers is somewhat simplistic, IMO.

My take on the allegations is that it's reflective of the drug problem in cycling as a whole and a "guilty until proven innocent" stance. The doping allegations are going to get worse before they get better but I hope that cycling gets its act together and sorts it out, especially now the big spponsors are getting worried (e.g. Discovery Channel). I have big hopes for Slipstream (big names, too but who is going to lead?) and hope they can set an example.

I hope that the allegations against Contador are unfounded and that he's going to lead the next generation of dope-free riders!


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It is true that when the winner is not French then they are going to have problems with them. The French seem to hate anybody that isn't French. This is especially true when it comes to their Tour. We had problems loosing the American Cup but we didn't accuse people of doping. I don't believe that anybody on team Discovery Channel would even dare do anything that has to do with doping or anything illegal. I hate that the sore losers can't just let the better man win. Contador worked hard to get where he is. If the second place were to be first (I forgot his name right now but he is from Australia) then they would say stuff about him. This just sounds like a bunch of sore losers chomping at the bit.

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I AGREE!

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I think that no matter who wins, if they aren't French, there will be rumors. I'm disappointed about the rumors regarding Contador, and hope there is nothing to support them.

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I know this is post TdF but what are everyone's thoughts about the allegations against Contador that are starting to swirl? I'm just asking as I'm reading "Lance Armstrong's War" right now and it got me thinking...

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I am more supportive of the tTour for holding cyclists accountable. Now if the cyclists would all start playing by the rules, that would be a great thing. Then maybe the other athletes would follow?

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You put that better than I ever could. I never once thought of 'turning away' because of a few idiots. I am actually having tour withdrawls and can't wait for next year. I was watching some of the mountain stages two or three times on Versus. Also, right now on Versus TV schedule they are showing a TDF Wrap-Up on Sunday 8/5 between 3-4.





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I find it interesting that people are saying that they are turned off or pissed off because a few racers were busted and kicked out for doing something illegal. I haven't heard that argument being made by fans of the NFL after Michael Vick was caught running a dogfighting ring. Living here in Cincinnati we've seen a few players busted for various illegal acts. There hasn't been a great fan uprising to boycott the games or keep them from being aired. I haven't heard that argument made when Bonds denies drug use and hides behind the player's union to keep from having to take a drug test.

Unfortunately there are liars, cheaters, and people only out for their own interests in every sport. I'd say that cycling is one of the few sports willing to hold their athletes up to a standard. They may sometimes do a clumsy job at it and get bogged down in the bureaucracy, but at least they're making an attempt to clean up the sport.

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Well lets hope they can bring the people back. With what went on this year alot of people have turned away from watching it anymore.

I loved Barry Sanders, it was a shame when he retired early. I was just watching a special on him on the NFL network. Man that guy could cut back like nobodies business!

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D: I was also very upset with the DQs. However, there were only two doppers and one guy pulled (by his team) for suspicious behavior and the Tour said that he shouldn't have even started! I think that two out of 189 isn't that bad. With that in mind it doesn't seem so bad. Another thought to keep is that teh tests are working now. Last year Floyd wasn't even said to have failed until almost two weeks after the Tour was over. Doesn't that seem kind of strange? I have my doubts about the testers.
Now on the other hand there were great individuals and great teams. One thing that you can count on is that the sprinters will not get popped for dopping. Thor Hushovd was very upset and made it clear that he was against anyone who dopped or cheated being in the Tour. There are many out there that share his feelings. Again the good thing is that the tests are working.

Yeah I think Bonds is full of it. Barry Sanders quit early so he wouldn't beat someone's record. I can't remember who it was but that something that I deeply respected. I thought that he was going to be the last true hero but more have arisen and Alberto Contador may be my next hero. He has proven himself and shown great desire to excel. Levi and George have done great things. I'm very proud of all of Team Discover Channel. Our American team has shown great promise and strength.

The reason I say that this was a great Tour was for people like Fabian who rode with great strength. His victory on stage three really got me excited for the Tour. I held onto that victory through the termoil even though the sadness was able to rech me I was able to quickly over come it. This over coming was party due to Team Discover, Fabain and various other riders but a lot due to the strength that I have seen from the Cycling team. There are so many wonderful people on there that I have to believe in the future of things to come for the sport. If people keep demanding a clean Tour and sport then hopefully the players will hopefully overcome their own greed and stop when they come of age. Many sports are not what they used to be but they are not going to be what they are now for very much longer. When we truly want something new then we will have it.

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Personally I found this race to be worse than last years. Honestly I got so discouraged from all the doping allegations and riders getting DQ'ed and kicked off teams that I just lost interest.

Lets hope they get this stuff flushed out and dealt with this year because I personally don't think the Tour can afford another race like this.

As for Barry Bonds I keep praying he is going to break something and I'm not talking about the record. Hank Aaron is a true legend and to see his mark overtaken by Bonds with all the questions and allegations of steroid use just sickens me.

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The Tour has ended. Today is as I'm sure Shakespear would say, "sweet sorrow." I'm happy to see this Tour end with it's present winner. I don't want to say who it is just in case someone reads this who has not seen the race. It was a great ride to watch and I loved see the presentation of the awards. It was a Tour of ups and downs. I hope you all have been able to watch this years Tour. I have to say that there were some moments where I was sitting at the edge of my seat cheering and screaming at my TV even though I know the riders couldn't hear me. As far as I was concerned the TT yesterday really sealed my decision about the young rider Alberto Contador. He is a force that will continue to dominate in the future. His comparision to so many past greats shows that this man will be in yellow again before the end of his career. I'm sure that Levi's TT is a show that he is also a great rider that will wear the yellow jersey. Cycling's black eyes shows proof that their testing is working. The future of cycling shows promise despite these marks against it. With some of the hard hitting individuals that we have seen this year. Congrats to all the riders of the Tour. Also I would like to say to all of you that are out there riding and meeting your goals that I am proud of what you have accomplished and will accomplish. We are fighting against all that is holding us back to succeed where we once failed. I am a better person everyday just for knowing you. I know that there is only great things to come for us. Good luck on all your goals!

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P: I'm sure you don't mean to be a downer with that last line but I'm sure you are right that there is a lot that goes unnoticed. It kind of bumbed me out though. Ok now that the bumbing is over I'm really glad for your son. I'm sure that you are really proud of him.
Oh on Barry Bonds I really think he should have been kicked out. Pete Rose was squashed for betting. I am sure that Barry knew that he was getting injected with illegal stuff. If I get an injections I ask all about it. Being military I get injections all the time. I still ask what it is (even though I already know), what will it do to me, why do I have to have it, etc. I don't believe his ignorance at all!
I don't think that Cadel Evans did anything less then what he had. I heard the commentators say that he gave 110%. I absolutely hate that sahying. He gave his all and fell just short of where he wanted to be. If I were there I would be a little upset but at the same time I would be very proud to have come from no where to step up into second place. He did great! Levi did great too! I was actually surprised that he didn't take it after that time trial! Oh my goodness that was a great show. I was hurting and I wasn't even riding! Alberto was amazing too. I don't know where that guy pulled it all from. I don't like calling him a young guy even though he is. This is because when I was that age I was in charge of a division and steering a ship through war time situations so calling me a kid or saying that I was just a youngin' was totally insulting to me. So that man has really earned his reward! I'm glad that he got the youngest rider and Tour champion all in the same shot. If I'm right this was his first ever Tour. I know that there have been four people that have won the younr rider's jersey and then eventually went on to win the Tour. I don't know if any of those have actually done both in the same Tour. I'm actually looking forward to what will happen for this man in the future! Vive le Tour!

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Yeah, the Barry Bonds thing is kind of silly. However, Hank Aaron will always be a legend.

I really like that Contador is in the yellow for the ride to Paris, I am all for the U25 riders, I am also glad Levi won the stage today. he deserves it. But I really think Cadel Evans did a remarkable job this year amidst the circus. My son starts a 6 day Stage race in France this tuesday, he tells me the Continetnal Pro teams in Europe are incredibly fast compared to US Continental teams, but you got to wonder how much "enhancment" goes on in the lower ranks that goes undetected.

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Wow, I just finished watching the time trial. That was so exciting. To see Contador, Evans and Leipheimer battle it out like that was so much fun. I think they should just oust the leader somewhere around the 16th or 17th stage every year. That would definitely keep all the riders on their toes!

As far as the teams and individuals being kicked because of doping and illegal activities maybe it's will turn out to be a good thing. If the doping controls are working, and the dopers are getting caught hopefully things will turn around. Only time will tell, but I'm not giving up. At least cycling is doing something about it. There are athletes here in the States that seem to be able to do what they want and break record...ahem..Bonds.

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Today's stage was absolutely amazing. The TT (Time Trial) almost always is. I must say that I have had my ups and downs during this tour. I was very upset during the time when two teams withdrew because of individuals failing their drug test, and the leader being taken out because he was suspected of doing something illegal and not following the rules of his team. However, a great young rider stepped up to show that guts alone can do it. Alberto Contador is that rider's name. He is only 24 years old and has shown remarkable strength. This rider can be the future of racing. Levi Leipheimer has helped this rider to win. As a team leader it is rare to see them help another rider win however, Levi really did some duty to Alberto and helped him tremendously. This has renewed my faith in the professional riding community.
On the other hand the riders of this Spark team has strengthened my faith in the non-professional riders. I have seen people that really wish to give their all to make themselves better. If you are anything like me then you have been doing most of this on your own. We all can't afford coaches nor ride as much as we would like. We have families, jobs, and weight that we don't want to keep on us. Everyday you are out there making strives to be a better you. I hope that along your trials you remember that you do not have to be perfect. If there are things about yourself that you don't like then that's OK. Don't kill yourself over something that in the long run doesn't really matter. I hope that losing 10% of your overall body weight is great. IE If you weight 200lbs and you go down to 180 then that is 20lbs or 10% of your initial body weight. I just realized that I have lost about 5% of my initial body weight. I was very happy when I realized this fact. I'm halfway to where I wanted to get. My true goal was to lose at least 10%. For my health however, I need to lose more but I'm vary happy with getting those first few pounds off.
I hope that we continue to share jokes, experiences, dreams, success and failures. We need to continue to be a strong community. When I don't hear from anybody on here I actually feel kind of lonely. I like reading about how you guys are doing. It is what I look forward to when I'm sitting on my computer at the end of the day. Keep the posts coming and lets continue to support each other.

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Those were funny. Thanks.

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Go ahead, people need to laugh

 
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Those are great! Some much needed humor in all this crap. Do you mind if I pass the link along to some friends? I love that top one of Vino.

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i had some photoshop fun posted on another board, the first 3 should give you a good laugh, the last 2 are inside jokes.

http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/showt
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It's that kind of indomitable spirit that makes him so great. What seems so absurd about this situation is that they always test the stage winners, or at least I would think the likelihood would be greater to get tested as a stage winner. So, you get a transfusion the day of the race. Probably done by a doctor that is knowledgeable about doping tests. Wouldn't that doctor say, hey if you get tested this is going to show up. Maybe you should come in second today.

These don't seem like stupid people.

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Vinokourov did manage a joke about his situation. "I heard that I made a transfusion with my father's blood," Vinokourov said. "That's absurd, I can tell you that with his blood, I would have tested positive for vodka."

 
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I hope it's not true, but unfortunately I guess it wouldn't be a surprise. What really sucks is the press jumps all over the initial story, but most likely won't do any follow up. So, if it turns out to be false it doesn't matter. The Tour has another black eye in the eyes of much of the public.

This just sucks.

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Vino.... Blood doping. When will the stupidity end?

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My favorites are always the summit finishes. So I am really looking forward to tomorrow.

Does anyone know how long the last ITT is? Curious about what Contador will need to do tomorrow to break loose from Rasmussen...

Thanks Adam--I feel a little like an idiot for missing that! lol...

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Saturday is the last ITT and then Sunday I believe is the ride into Paris. I just wish it could go on in the mountains for a few more weeks. The last 2 stages have been awesome and I can't wait to see what Contador and the Discovery boys do tomorrow.
Go Discovery!

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thank you..........

I will definitely check out the site. When is the tour over?



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you can choose English as well. Just click the little England flag on the upper right corner.

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I checked that, but it was all in french. I can read spanish, but...

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Hats off to Vino once again.

“Yesterday, I admit, was a terrible day. It really affected my mind and that’s one of the reason I finished so far behind the peloton at Plateau de Beille. When I got back to the hotel last night I realized that the hope of victory in the Tour de France was over for me. The team asked me if I wanted to abandon but I told them I’d never give up. I spoke with the guys and they all said they’d support me with my new goal, a stage victory.

“Since the crash, I haven’t been able to fully recover but I’m always optimistic. Today was indeed a good day. It’s no time for regrets about the general classification I just had a bit of bad luck but that’s race.” - Alexandre Vinokourov

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I'm taping today's stage to watch after work, but if you want up to the minute updates, www.versus.com is excellent.

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what's the latest scoop?

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Is it the year of the Chicken? Rasmussen is looking strong. He could walk away with the yellow jersey and the king of the mountains.

Then again Soler is gunning for the king of the mountains and may well steal it away.

I'll predict:

Rasmussin in yellow
Soler in polka dot
Contador in white

Discovery Channel team 1st? That would be sweet.



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Interesting discussion that has been going on here, considering how today's stage just ended. I like Contador, but I think Leipheimer is playing it right for the long road. I'd love to see them both on the podium, and I hope the US finds a replacement sponsor for Discovery--Contador is definitely a rider for the future, and I'd hate to see him go to another team.

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What an amazing time trial by Vinokourov today. Moving up 10 places from 19th to 9th. He is the Terminator. You can knock him down, but he'll just stitch up and keep riding. I'd love to see him finish well.



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I like Contador, but I think Leipheimer is still the team leader. That doesn't mean that Contador shouldn't aspire to that position, just not yet. I really expect Levi to shine when the Pyrenees come up next week.

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Any thoughts on Contador vs Levi for leader of Team Discovery?

I kind of like Contador, he is very good for such a young rider, plus Levi seems to get a little whiny when things don't go perfectly...

But then for GC I guess I am cheering for Cadel Evans, he has been such a good rider through out the years.

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He was getting a little push from the mechanic? It's interesting how they try to push it to get a little push ahead. I forget the rider, but one was using the pace car to draft off to move back up to the peloton this year. In the movie doc Hell On Wheels you could clearly see when the domestiques would go back to get water bottles foir the team. They would hold on to the water bottle with the person in the car for a little longer than necessary during the exchange to catch a rest. They're bound to get knocked for it every now and then.

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I hadn't heard about the penalty, but I saw the episode that you refer to. I am not quite sure the mechanic was really fixing the seat--I'm inclined to agree that it was help getting back with the group after other mechanical issues.

I got DVR from my cable company to record every day's stage...

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Did you hear that Levi was fined and penalized 10 seconds for the mechanic fixing his seat while riding after the bike change?

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The announcers said the Pyrenees are more suited to Levi's strengths. From what they said the riders who don't ride well in the Alps tend to ride well in the Pyrenees and vice versa. Let's hope!

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I was disappointed to see Levi fade towards the end - but, the Pyrenees are yet to come!!

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KJ.. Yeah I went and watched some yesterday.. Man did you see where Rogers and the other guy crashed in Stage 8? That one guy was like 10 feet down that hill. That could NOT have felt good!

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Did you see the tucked position the lead rider took on his downhills in the first day in the Alps? That was amazing! Could have been painful if he hit a rough spot in the road.

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I don't get the VS channel so I can't watch it although I have been catching it at the gym where they do.

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I caught the last 45 minutes of the coverage from stage 8 this morning. It was a great stage. If you get a chance to catch this evening's coverage on Versus I would recommend it. Things are getting interesting in the Alps.

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Our paper doesn't say much either. We tend to watch versus at night until it is over. www.versus.com or www.tdfblog.com does a great job of giving you the details you need.



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Hope you guys don't mind a little vent here. Since the start of the race I have read about each stage race in the morning paper. Its good to see who won, where the yellow jersey is and just the details about the race itself. However I am getting tired of them taking up at least a quarter of the article to remind us about all the doping scandals that went on. OK OK OK!! We get it! But how about they stop focusing on crap thats happened in the past and just tell me about the damn race!!

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ouch. Hope she gets well soon.

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Thanks Adam I'm going to try and catch up. My daughter took a flier on a tube and broke and arm so I am kept busy helping her this week. She was wondering how me and the dh have gone this long riding bikes without breaking a bone...hahaha...I'm afraid she didn't have control on that tube, the driver of the boat did. Perhaps he'll slow down a bit more from now on, there is just so much thrill you can stand.

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www.versus.com has excellent coverage of the TDF. If you're into podcasts you can go to www.thefredcast.com and subscribe to "The Daily Tour" at the top right of the page. He is posting reports shortly after the stage ends. It's pretty nice. As I was riding this morning I listened to yesterday's re-cap. (with only one earbud in of course for safety)

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is there a place on the web to see the video of highlights of the race?

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How about yesterday's crash so close to the finish? (I can't talk about today yet...I'm just about to watch it)

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That was an amazing performance. I don't think anybody, except Robbie, thought that it was possible for him to get through that peloton to compete for the sprint, especially with a hurting arm. It was even better than when Kevin Harvick came from seventh place on the last lap to win Daytona 500 this year by mere inches over Mark Martin. But, Hincapie is still in third place and the mountains are still to come!! Where's Levi?

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Seriously, with the pace that Quick Step was pushing while he was trying to catch the main group, then getting through the main group to the front and then having enough gas after that and 126 mile to pass boonen and co. at the line as if they were standing still is simply mindboggling.

 
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Both. . . also a dude with a seriously hurting arm. . . but watching him come out of he back after the crash and take stage one was awesome!

 
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Lets discuss the TdF.

Question 1: Robbie McEwen is ___________ .

A. A freak of nature

B. A machine.

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