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citoyen

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Re: TdF 2011 general discussion thread - likely to contain spoilers
« Reply #100 on: July 09, 2011, 01:18:05 pm »
Anybody else notice that David Millar is almost invisible despite being very high up in the GC all week?  

Consequence of riding to keep Thor in yellow, innit? Good to see. Imagine he might gain one or two more places today - will probably overtake Thor, I expect.

I'm anticipating Cadel being in yellow tonight though.

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gonzo

Re: TdF 2011 general discussion thread - likely to contain spoilers
« Reply #101 on: July 09, 2011, 04:24:54 pm »
Oooo, It looked like G made it into the lead group for the finish while Gresink dropped back. That boy might just come good in a big way yet. I'll bet he's more than 4 points in the fantasy TdF next year though!

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Re: TdF 2011 general discussion thread - likely to contain spoilers
« Reply #102 on: July 09, 2011, 05:36:39 pm »
The thing I keep thinking is Contador playing mind games or is he just not as "beefed " upthis year in case he gets tested for bovril contamination .As an aside I do like the Movistar jersey and have had to use a lot of willpower when hovering over the buy it button. ::-)
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Re: TdF 2011 general discussion thread - likely to contain spoilers
« Reply #103 on: July 09, 2011, 05:56:23 pm »
It's a three week race - Contador won't be interested in yellow yet, just not losing time against <whoever>, and not crashing out.

citoyen

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Re: TdF 2011 general discussion thread - likely to contain spoilers
« Reply #104 on: July 09, 2011, 08:23:46 pm »
Oh, he was interested today all right. He's definitely not as turbocharged on the climbs as in previous years...

I'm reserving judgment until after stage 12 to Luz-Ardiden, but Cadel definitely looks like the favourite now.

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Re: TdF 2011 general discussion thread - likely to contain spoilers
« Reply #105 on: July 09, 2011, 08:57:42 pm »
He's definitely lacking a bit of his usual firepower, Shleck cruised up to him very easily at the end of todays stage.
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Re: TdF 2011 general discussion thread - likely to contain spoilers
« Reply #106 on: July 09, 2011, 09:12:05 pm »
Contador's definitely not got the gumption, though he's talking a good game.  The long climbs might see it come back, but I'm not betting on it.

Meanwhile, big up the big Viking.  Holding onto the lead bunch was a great job of work on his part.



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Re: TdF 2011 general discussion thread - likely to contain spoilers
« Reply #107 on: July 09, 2011, 10:22:12 pm »
It's a very big shame that Wiggins is out. I was really looking forwards to watching how he went in the mountains. I reckon he had a good chance of getting on the podium. On the other hand, I'd like to see how Geriant Thomas gets on. I guess that Team Sky will try and get him the white jersey back and see how far they can get him up the GC, which might make him a stronger team mate for Wiggins next year.

Not sure about Contador yet. I agree that he doesn't look too good at the momoent, but wonder if the last few stages were better for the more powerfull classic riders rather than good climbers. He seems to have had a bit of bad luck too. Maybe this is Schleck's year? I won't write off Contador until I've seen him in the big mountains going head to head with Schleck.

Good to see a good side to Cavendish too. He's not really a bad guy, just a bad loser, which I guess is what makes him such a good winner. I hope he gets more stage wins and a green jersey in Paris.


Re: TdF 2011 general discussion thread - likely to contain spoilers
« Reply #108 on: July 09, 2011, 10:36:19 pm »
What struck me most today was the terrible riding style of Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar.  He was throwing his bike all over the road and he was only riding in a straight line !!  Compared to everyone else he was a mess.

citoyen

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Re: TdF 2011 general discussion thread - likely to contain spoilers
« Reply #109 on: July 09, 2011, 11:15:04 pm »
Not sure about Contador yet. I agree that he doesn't look too good at the momoent, but wonder if the last few stages were better for the more powerfull classic riders rather than good climbers.

I'm sure there's an element of that. He needs a long, steady climb to do the damage to his rivals, and we've only had short, steep hills so far. And of course he showed great form in the Giro. But I do wonder if the Giro has sapped his strength a bit. I also wonder if the numerous falls he's had so far have left him a bit tender. He looked very heavy-legged today.

Cadel appears to be on top form - he only attacked at the finish today in a bid to get the couple of seconds he needed for yellow, rather than to distance himself from Contador et al, but he's looked very comfortable on the hills we've seen so far.

Still, you're right - it would be insane to write Contador off until we've seen how he performs in the proper hills.

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Re: TdF 2011 general discussion thread - likely to contain spoilers
« Reply #110 on: July 09, 2011, 11:16:15 pm »
My first chance to post since yesterday afternoon.

Gutted for Bradley- he was looking very strong this year and a podium spot was well on the cards.

I think the UCI should insist all riders get morphine or whatever it was that Braders was on before they are allowed to give an interview ;D

Great result for Cav.

Shocking video of Horner :o All the danger signs there. He was in the sort of condition where I would have dragged a fight victim to hospital.

As for today. Thor Hushovd is turning in some awesome performances to stay in yellow. His training regime has obviously changed and it shows.
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Re: TdF 2011 general discussion thread - likely to contain spoilers
« Reply #111 on: July 10, 2011, 12:42:13 pm »
Wiggins last couple of tweets

"Being operated on Monday morning to put plate in. My 2 dogs are also having there balls chopped off Wednesday morning"


and later

"Hoping my drugs don't confuse me and end up at the wrong appointment"

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Re: TdF 2011 general discussion thread - likely to contain spoilers
« Reply #112 on: July 10, 2011, 02:08:56 pm »


I think the UCI should insist all riders get morphine or whatever it was that Braders was on before they are allowed to give an interview ;D



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Re: TdF 2011 general discussion thread - likely to contain spoilers
« Reply #113 on: July 10, 2011, 02:18:08 pm »

Big crash again :Vino ended in the woods and is out, so is Van Den Broeck.  :(


gonzo

Re: TdF 2011 general discussion thread - likely to contain spoilers
« Reply #114 on: July 10, 2011, 02:20:40 pm »
Are there any contenders other than the schlecks and Evans that haven't been involved in any of the crashes?

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Re: TdF 2011 general discussion thread - likely to contain spoilers
« Reply #115 on: July 10, 2011, 02:26:48 pm »

Big crash again :Vino ended in the woods and is out, so is Van Den Broeck.  :(



Why do these things always happen in the ad break?

Vino looked like he'd wrapped himself round the tree, I wouldn't be surprised if he's broken his leg.

citoyen

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Re: TdF 2011 general discussion thread - likely to contain spoilers
« Reply #116 on: July 10, 2011, 02:37:33 pm »
Zabriskie's out as well.

Think you're right, Rhys - seemed to be Vino's leg that was bothering him.

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Re: TdF 2011 general discussion thread - likely to contain spoilers
« Reply #117 on: July 10, 2011, 02:45:04 pm »
Garmin are not having a good day - In addition to Zabriskie, Millar was involved (but is back on his bike) and Vande Velde may have abandoned..

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Rhys W

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Re: TdF 2011 general discussion thread - likely to contain spoilers
« Reply #118 on: July 10, 2011, 03:11:31 pm »
I am a doctor, but not a medical one - Vino's just been confirmed as broken his femur.

citoyen

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Re: TdF 2011 general discussion thread - likely to contain spoilers
« Reply #119 on: July 10, 2011, 03:43:19 pm »
Femur and pelvis. Ouch ouch ouch!!!

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citoyen

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Re: TdF 2011 general discussion thread - likely to contain spoilers
« Reply #120 on: July 10, 2011, 03:47:12 pm »
Did he fall or was ge pushed?

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Re: TdF 2011 general discussion thread - likely to contain spoilers
« Reply #121 on: July 10, 2011, 03:55:18 pm »
Femur and pelvis. Ouch ouch ouch!!!

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Rhys W

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Re: TdF 2011 general discussion thread - likely to contain spoilers
« Reply #122 on: July 10, 2011, 03:59:04 pm »
Flecha has been run over by a TV car, sending Hoogerland flying over a fence. Flecha is back on the bike though, bloodied and torn.

Re: TdF 2011 general discussion thread - likely to contain spoilers
« Reply #123 on: July 10, 2011, 03:59:57 pm »
 :o

The French TV car just took out the lead riders in the breakaway. Clumsy sod. Looked pretty bad for the two who were taken out.

Edit: Rhys beat me to it.

Re: TdF 2011 general discussion thread - likely to contain spoilers
« Reply #124 on: July 10, 2011, 04:00:47 pm »
Flecha has been run over by a TV car, sending Hoogerland flying over a fence. Flecha is back on the bike though, bloodied and torn.

That was absolutely outrageous!!!!