Poll

Are you watching/following the Tour de France this year?

Yes, avidly
61 (67.8%)
With mild interest
23 (25.6%)
No
3 (3.3%)
No, it's boring
1 (1.1%)
No, they're all on drugs
2 (2.2%)

Total Members Voted: 76

Voting closed: July 28, 2010, 05:35:41 pm

Author Topic: Are you watching/following the Tour de France this year?  (Read 6366 times)

JT

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Re: Are you watching/following the Tour de France this year?
« Reply #25 on: July 15, 2010, 10:58:50 am »
JT's pic of Cancellara followed by Schleck followed by Evans followed by Hushovd followed by (can't see but presumably) Thomas illustrates one of the things that's great about the Tour de France (and bike racing in general) - in what other sport can you get up so close to see the world's top pros in action?

Rallying?

Yeah you can get close but the drivers are in a car with a helmet on.

At bike races you can see in the riders faces and eyes what they're feeling.

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citoyen

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Re: Are you watching/following the Tour de France this year?
« Reply #26 on: July 15, 2010, 11:00:08 am »
Rallying?

Sometimes the racers get <a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/WpX3Fp0h4fA&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/WpX3Fp0h4fA&rel=1</a> to the crowd in rallying.  :-\

d.

Rhys W

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Re: Are you watching/following the Tour de France this year?
« Reply #27 on: July 15, 2010, 11:12:13 am »
Did anyone else get the significance of a flag with a  picture of Homer Simpson's religious neighbour on the cobbled stage?

I saw this, sniggered, then forgot about it until now! I assumed it was a joke, seeing as Flandrians are renowned both for their performance in, and vociferous support for, the Spring Classics.

Mr Larrington

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Re: Are you watching/following the Tour de France this year?
« Reply #28 on: July 15, 2010, 11:13:35 am »
Sometimes the racers get <a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/WpX3Fp0h4fA&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/WpX3Fp0h4fA&rel=1</a> to the crowd in rallying.  :-\

I thought that was going to be the Joachim Santos crash in Portugal in 1986 and am rather glad it wasn't...
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Re: Are you watching/following the Tour de France this year?
« Reply #29 on: July 15, 2010, 12:19:05 pm »
Did anyone else get the significance of a flag with a  picture of Homer Simpson's religious neighbour on the cobbled stage?

I saw this, sniggered, then forgot about it until now! I assumed it was a joke, seeing as Flandrians are renowned both for their performance in, and vociferous support for, the Spring Classics.

Indeedy doody! It was an alternative to the ubiquitous black lion on a yellow background. Much like the way pubs are called the 'Seven Stars' where 'The Plough' is too common.

mattc

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Re: Are you watching/following the Tour de France this year?
« Reply #30 on: July 15, 2010, 12:28:15 pm »
Did anyone else get the significance of a flag with a  picture of Homer Simpson's religious neighbour on the cobbled stage?

I saw this, sniggered, then forgot about it until now! I assumed it was a joke, seeing as Flandrians are renowned both for their performance in, and vociferous support for, the Spring Classics.

Brilliant! I saw Ligget's face on a pole, but not Flanders - gawd bless the fans.
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citoyen

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Re: Are you watching/following the Tour de France this year?
« Reply #31 on: July 15, 2010, 12:33:53 pm »
I thought that was going to be the Joachim Santos crash in Portugal in 1986 and am rather glad it wasn't...

Just the first one I found on Youtube - there are plenty to choose from.

I looked up the Joachim Santos crash. Nasty.  :(

I admit I do kind of get the appeal of rallying but things like that are enough to put me off wanting to go and watch it live.

d.

Re: Are you watching/following the Tour de France this year?
« Reply #32 on: July 15, 2010, 02:23:31 pm »
Yesterdays scenery was some of the best I've seen so far this year  ;D
Surely the French Tourist Board only have to show re-runs of the tour stages to attract people to France.

Re: Are you watching/following the Tour de France this year?
« Reply #33 on: July 15, 2010, 02:54:34 pm »
Yesterdays scenery was some of the best I've seen so far this year  ;D
Surely the French Tourist Board only have to show re-runs of the tour stages to attract people to France.

The best views were of the Massif de Devoluy and from here.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Are you watching/following the Tour de France this year?
« Reply #34 on: July 15, 2010, 03:24:43 pm »
I'd like the poll option of "no, it's not on tv, and barely reported at all, where I am." At least, it probably is on one of FiL's 400+ satellite channels but I have not found which one  and when. But I am hoping to watch the Tour of Poland in the first week of August!
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Re: Are you watching/following the Tour de France this year?
« Reply #35 on: July 15, 2010, 03:40:43 pm »
I'd like the poll option of "no, it's not on tv, and barely reported at all, where I am." At least, it probably is on one of FiL's 400+ satellite channels but I have not found which one  and when. But I am hoping to watch the Tour of Poland in the first week of August!

If you have a good internet server you may be able to follow it here

http://www.cyclingfans.com/

They show all stages LIVE via various links, also show other cycling events !

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Are you watching/following the Tour de France this year?
« Reply #36 on: July 15, 2010, 03:52:31 pm »
Thanks for that. Unfortunately something has gone AWOL in my laptop and we have no sound...  :(
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Re: Are you watching/following the Tour de France this year?
« Reply #37 on: July 15, 2010, 05:18:24 pm »
Watch out there is a nasty little root kit virus that enters via flash videos that buggers your sound up (amongst other things). It keeps turning it down without it looking like its turned down. Try muting then un-muting it a few times or resetting the mixer levels. It's called the Black Internet virus for some reason.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Are you watching/following the Tour de France this year?
« Reply #38 on: July 15, 2010, 06:58:26 pm »
Thanks, but I think what has actually happened is that I've accidentally deleted the audio software.  :-[  :(
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Re: Are you watching/following the Tour de France this year?
« Reply #39 on: July 15, 2010, 07:02:34 pm »
Thanks, but I think what has actually happened is that I've accidentally deleted the audio software.  :-[  :(

Oops :)
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

eck

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Re: Are you watching/following the Tour de France this year?
« Reply #40 on: July 17, 2010, 03:26:59 pm »
Tim Wainwright posted this link on the AUK list* to some superb photos:  :thumbsup:
http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/07/2010_tour_de_france_-_part_i.html

I hope he doesn't mind me posting it here.

*See, it does have its uses.  ;)
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toekneep

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Re: Are you watching/following the Tour de France this year?
« Reply #41 on: July 17, 2010, 05:00:46 pm »
Some stunning shots there. Thanks Eck and Tim.

Re: Are you watching/following the Tour de France this year?
« Reply #42 on: July 17, 2010, 05:18:54 pm »
I'm even more convinced that Cavendish is working pro-Pettachi and anti-Hushovd - no other real reason to go for the sprint or to ride it how he did.

(PS- I'm totally in favour of this move; gain friends and show Hushovd who's boss after last year's protest)

andygates

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Re: Are you watching/following the Tour de France this year?
« Reply #43 on: July 17, 2010, 07:01:25 pm »
Great pics! It's a gory one this year..!
It takes blood and guts to be this cool but I'm still just a cliché.
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citoyen

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Re: Are you watching/following the Tour de France this year?
« Reply #44 on: July 17, 2010, 07:07:22 pm »
I thought Cav was just making a point about his supposed over-reliance on Renshaw. That was an awesome display of power. The stage result was of secondary importance.

Hushovd was miles behind Petacchi anyway.

d.


Re: Are you watching/following the Tour de France this year?
« Reply #45 on: July 17, 2010, 07:58:46 pm »
Cav said that 'Vino's ride was incredible.  The power he took off with on the climb was incredible"
I hope not too incredible??????  :facepalm:

Cav said he also misses Renshaw in the bedroom and then smiled and laughed "That doesn't sound right, does it?"  All the reporters laughed too.

mattc

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Re: Are you watching/following the Tour de France this year?
« Reply #46 on: July 18, 2010, 07:28:08 am »
Errr .... I appreciate your comments have all been carefully phrased, but surely we can discuss actual race events in the other thread?!? TdF 2010 - Comments and possible spoilers

[I've already had yesterday's stage ruined by a tweet - so that's something else I have to turn off for 4 hours every night!]

Oh well, it was a more interesting stage than I expected - roll on the big one this 'avo.
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citoyen

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Re: Are you watching/following the Tour de France this year?
« Reply #47 on: July 18, 2010, 10:08:21 am »
Sorry, I was distracted by the previous post and forgot which thread I was posting in... Will try not to do it again.

d.

mattc

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Re: Are you watching/following the Tour de France this year?
« Reply #48 on: July 18, 2010, 10:17:56 am »
 :-*
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mattc

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Re: Are you watching/following the Tour de France this year?
« Reply #49 on: July 18, 2010, 11:18:47 am »
Cav said he also misses Renshaw in the bedroom and then smiled and laughed "That doesn't sound right, does it?"  All the reporters laughed too.
Best line of the tour - I hope they don't gag Cav any further :)
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