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Mr. Teeny
July 10th, 2011, 11:14 AM
Anyone following le Tour this year??

Crazy carnage today, with a lot of guys out of the race. Standings got shaken up on a day with 8 climbs, a breakaway that didn't get caught, and bad crashes in the main field (and the breakaway group).

Tour de France 2011 (http://www.letour.fr/indexus.html)
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Crazy_Ivan
July 10th, 2011, 01:34 PM
I swear by it, it is one of, if not the toughest sports in the world. I am rooting for anyone but the spaniard.

Crazy_Ivan
July 10th, 2011, 01:51 PM
Not that I needed to prove it, but Hoogeland is proof of how tough cyclists are.

http://a.yfrog.com/img737/466/fszaz.jpg

Mr. Teeny
July 10th, 2011, 07:55 PM
For those that didn't see it, that dude finished the race today with blood pouring down his legs. I think he had like 21 miles left to race after that accident.

IceBat
July 10th, 2011, 09:25 PM
He is intense! Did you notice not only the numerous lacerations but also the lumps of stuff (asphalt?) buried under his skin?!
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wheels49
July 11th, 2011, 12:00 AM
It's been a crazy tour. Weird to me has been the how the dopers of the past have had a terrible tour. Vinakourov, Contador. Karma? Hmmm.........

Crazy_Ivan
July 11th, 2011, 02:44 AM
For those that didn't see it, that dude finished the race today with blood pouring down his legs. I think he had like 21 miles left to race after that accident.

Finished, then went on to the podium to wear the King of the mountain jersey and then gave one of the nicest interviews I have ever seen. To completely shrug off the stupidity of that driver too and hold no malice(Even temporarily) was amazing on his part.

When you look at it again you just realise there are so many ways this could have ended in a fatality.

YouTube - ‪TOUR DE FRANCE 2011 stage 9 - car crashes into Juan Antonio Flecha and Johnny Hoogerland‬‏

chaingunsofdoom
July 11th, 2011, 07:11 AM
The legs are near impossible to watch live since they're so long, so catching highlights is the best I can usually do.

Finding news about what happened to Cyclist X is sometimes hard too, like how did Mark Cavendish win 2 legs and then finish near-last yesterday.
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Cross Traffic
July 11th, 2011, 07:41 AM
Would be alot more interesting if they didn't have chase cars.

Crazy_Ivan
July 11th, 2011, 07:43 AM
The legs are near impossible to watch live since they're so long, so catching highlights is the best I can usually do.

Finding news about what happened to Cyclist X is sometimes hard too, like how did Mark Cavendish win 2 legs and then finish near-last yesterday.
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I am not sure how much you know about the sport so appologies if I am teaching you to suck eggs.

There are cyclists who are better at mountains and time trialling and they tend to be the one who challenge for the overall lead. They do tend to have to be good(Or better) at both fields to challenge for the overall GC. A mountain goat who can't time trial will only really have a chance at winning mountain stages or he might just be the helper for his team leader in the mountains, someone who can pace the leader or even help him maintain the pace with another race favourite. A time trialer who can't climb too well will only have a chance at doing well in time trial stages.

Cyclists like Cavendish who are sprinters will only really challenge on the flat stages and specialise in bunch sprints on the flats. Put them on a mountain and they just fade away. Some will even retire from the race once they hit the mountains but some will try and finish the mountain stages in order to try and win more flat stages particularly the finale in to Paris.

Puncheurs are cyclists who tend to be fighters and can attack on sharp hills or smaller mountains kind of like the 3 guys who finished on the breakaway victory yesterday. Hoogerland and Flecha who are on that video being hit by the car also fall in to this category.

There are domestiques too, basically dogs bodies who look after the team leaders, fetch water for them, chase down attacks or pace the leaders back up to the group if they have fallen or had a puncture. On the odd occasion a domestique might be allowed to attack or might be told to join an attack and might every now and then snatch the odd win.

There are other specialists but there is no point confusing the issue even more.

shab
July 19th, 2011, 10:24 PM
http://cdn4.media.cyclingnews.futurecdn.net//2011/07/06/2/bettiniphoto_0085033_1_full_600.jpg

Mr. Teeny
July 19th, 2011, 10:44 PM
That ISN'T good for you...

Mr. Teeny
July 19th, 2011, 10:45 PM
In other news, they're about to head into the Alps for some huge mountain stages. The winner will be made over the next handful of days.

Crazy_Ivan
July 20th, 2011, 11:21 AM
The Schleks will be beaten if they both keep trying to win the race together.

Mr. Teeny
July 20th, 2011, 11:26 AM
Agreed.

The crazy thing to me is that their team is still trying to decide who they're riding for...

Who's in the best form? I don't know. I guess we'll decide in the Alps. Well, guess what? You're there! Make a decision and fight for that one guy. Stop trying to go 1-2.

Crazy_Ivan
July 21st, 2011, 12:07 PM
Andy grew a set today and it paid off, bravo to that man.

Mr. Teeny
July 22nd, 2011, 01:53 PM
Stop trying to go 1-2, I said...

They're now sitting 1-2.

I am a strategic genius.
(Of course, the time trial will make or break their ultimate position.)

Crazy_Ivan
July 22nd, 2011, 03:59 PM
An epic day today, one of the very best I have ever seen in the TDF.

Mr. Teeny
July 24th, 2011, 11:26 AM
Congrats to Cadel, Andy, and Frank. Great tour for all of them.

I keep forgetting that this is only Andy's 4th tour. I guess that's what happens when you're hanging out around the podium each year.

Crazy_Ivan
July 25th, 2011, 12:43 PM
Congrats to Cadel, Andy, and Frank. Great tour for all of them.

I keep forgetting that this is only Andy's 4th tour. I guess that's what happens when you're hanging out around the podium each year.

A cracking Tour, action packed and possibly one of the cleanest Tours for a long time, I say clean because a lot of people were in the mix this year, and the fact Rolland and Voeckler managed to hang on in the mountains seemed to indicate a lot of people were closer this year.

Waitsfan
July 20th, 2012, 10:47 AM
Crazy Ivan......you following the tour this year??

Not nearly as interesting as last year.....I wish some of the other teams would have tried to attack in the Pyrenees! I like Peter Sagan....I wonder if he'll someday end up a GC contender....or remain a sprinter? Bad tour for Cadel. Can't believe Frank Schleck tested positive.

Looking forward to the cycling in the Olympics!

Crazy_Ivan
July 21st, 2012, 03:13 AM
Crazy Ivan......you following the tour this year??

Not nearly as interesting as last year.....I wish some of the other teams would have tried to attack in the Pyrenees! I like Peter Sagan....I wonder if he'll someday end up a GC contender....or remain a sprinter? Bad tour for Cadel. Can't believe Frank Schleck tested positive.

Looking forward to the cycling in the Olympics!

I am yes, not a cracker at all but Voekler and a few others have tried to keep us entertained. There just were not enough contenders this year to put enough pressure on Sky. Cadel broke down, Nibali tried but there was not enough to really have a go.

Waitsfan
July 21st, 2012, 05:07 AM
Will the time trial this morning change anything in the top 10?? For some reason I would love to see Froome take it! Don't know much about Wiggins, so my feeling may be completely off! I'd love to see Tejay Van Garderen move up as well!

Here's hoping for a more competetive tour next year! At least King of the Mountain was exciting. The green and yellow jerseys were locked up so early.