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Re: TdF 2011 general discussion thread - likely to contain spoilers
« Reply #650 on: July 25, 2011, 08:01:46 pm »
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why "Cuddles"?

Sorry, I believe I started this. ::-)

In the 1980s, my team-mate Warwick Rowe had a younger brother called Cadel.  That was his nickname!! ;D

You're making that up surely, it's like the Welease Wodderwick scene in Life of Brian.

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Re: TdF 2011 general discussion thread - likely to contain spoilers
« Reply #651 on: July 25, 2011, 08:02:23 pm »
Less than that - they start early next year

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« Reply #652 on: July 25, 2011, 08:40:37 pm »
Sigh, I'm missing it already.  :(

Still, only 49 weeks to go before it starts again  :thumbsup:

I had to buy a copy of L'Équippe this morning in WHSmiths in Victoria Station.  It'll take me at least a couple of days to read it at the speed I read French - dictionary to hand.

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Re: TdF 2011 general discussion thread - likely to contain spoilers
« Reply #653 on: July 25, 2011, 09:19:48 pm »
Sigh, I'm missing it already.  :(

Still, only 49 weeks to go before it starts again  :thumbsup:

Cheer up, the week after next it's the Tour of er, Poland!  ;D

Re: TdF 2011 general discussion thread - likely to contain spoilers
« Reply #654 on: July 25, 2011, 09:43:45 pm »
Some nice photos, including one of Contador lamping a prick

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2011/07/2011_tour_de_france_part_2.html#photo27

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Re: TdF 2011 general discussion thread - likely to contain spoilers
« Reply #655 on: July 25, 2011, 09:49:52 pm »
Another thought, in what other sport would you have to suffer so much just to win a stuffed toy ?



(I hope he keeps it safe from Molly)
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« Reply #656 on: July 25, 2011, 10:02:58 pm »
One of the high points of the race was that bit ..................... the short-haired woman on the left!! ;D ;D ;D
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« Reply #657 on: July 25, 2011, 10:04:55 pm »
Well - that was nearly all pretty amazing.  Pity about the crashes.  Let's hope the bubble of high drama isn't burst by a wad of lab results. 

I googled it and the only thing I could come up with was that it's similar to how the French pronounce his name. Whatever the reason, it does kinda suit him.

Also, his great-grandfather was Welsh. Cadel may sound Welsh (especially with the addition of Evans), but my first language is Welsh and I've never heard of anybody else with that name - but there were a few kings many centuries ago with the name Cadell.
Welsh names seem to be phonetic and the spelling varies with region and down to valleys.

... except that Welsh "l" and "ll" are completely different phonemes ("ll" shared with Zulu and no other language ...)

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Re: TdF 2011 general discussion thread - likely to contain spoilers
« Reply #658 on: July 25, 2011, 10:06:25 pm »
Another thought, in what other sport would you have to suffer so much just to win a stuffed toy ?



plus a lions share of the 493, 990 euros that BMC won

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« Reply #659 on: July 25, 2011, 10:08:21 pm »
Some nice photos, including one of Contador lamping a prick

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2011/07/2011_tour_de_france_part_2.html#photo27

The real reason Contador got the combativity award for that stage.  ;D  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #660 on: July 25, 2011, 10:14:12 pm »
The podium girls have gone downhill since Julie Blanc back in 2009:

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« Reply #661 on: July 25, 2011, 10:35:57 pm »

... except that Welsh "l" and "ll" are completely different phonemes ("ll" shared with Zulu and no other language ...)

(Very OT) Not quite (the 'no other language bit, not the "l" and "ll" distinction).

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« Reply #662 on: July 25, 2011, 10:38:58 pm »

... except that Welsh "l" and "ll" are completely different phonemes ("ll" shared with Zulu and no other language ...)

(Very OT) Not quite (the 'no other language bit, not the "l" and "ll" distinction).

Hmmm.  I knew that linguistics lecturer was no good ....

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« Reply #663 on: July 25, 2011, 11:08:48 pm »
Another thought, in what other sport would you have to suffer so much just to win a stuffed toy ?


plus a lions share of the 493, 990 euros that BMC won

I think they share it equally among the team. The winner make his money later. That's what Phil and Paul always said back in the day anyway (when Channel 4 started showing the Tour).


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« Reply #664 on: July 25, 2011, 11:13:01 pm »
Except Cadel Evans is a bit of a sponsorship nightmare, unlike the advertisers wet dream that was Lance.

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« Reply #665 on: July 26, 2011, 07:16:50 am »
The podium girls have gone downhill since Julie Blanc back in 2009:

I disagree...

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« Reply #666 on: July 26, 2011, 11:17:09 am »
Is this the first time the Tour has been won by a ventriloquist's dummy?  Still, my evenings now have a big Tour-shaped hole in them.
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« Reply #667 on: July 27, 2011, 06:56:23 am »
Robert Millar seems to sum it up pretty well
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In the end, confidence was probably the difference. The whole race, Cadel Evans looked like he was riding to win the Tour, while the Schleck brothers looked like they were trying not to lose.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/blogs/robert-millar/why-evans-beat-the-schleck-brothers
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Re: TdF 2011 general discussion thread - likely to contain spoilers
« Reply #668 on: July 27, 2011, 08:40:34 am »
I think you are right on that one Rig,

I caught up with highlights of the TT last night. On the start ramp, Cadel was completely "In The Zone", a picture of concentration. Andy Schleck on the other hand was uncomfortable and fiddling with his new yellow gloves and looking around. As far away from The Zone as it is possible to get.
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Re: TdF 2011 general discussion thread - likely to contain spoilers
« Reply #669 on: July 27, 2011, 09:54:16 am »
I think you are right on that one Rig,

I caught up with highlights of the TT last night. On the start ramp, Cadel was completely "In The Zone", a picture of concentration. Andy Schleck on the other hand was uncomfortable and fiddling with his new yellow gloves and looking around. As far away from The Zone as it is possible to get.

Didn't Sherwin comment that the french call him 'Andy Rubberneck'

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« Reply #670 on: July 27, 2011, 10:11:41 am »
Another thought, in what other sport would you have to suffer so much just to win a stuffed toy ?


plus a lions share of the 493, 990 euros that BMC won

I think they share it equally among the team. The winner make his money later. That's what Phil and Paul always said back in the day anyway (when Channel 4 started showing the Tour).



The cuddly toy's the 'lions share' ;)

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« Reply #671 on: July 31, 2011, 06:00:34 pm »
Is it really only a week since it ended seems loke ages ago.
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« Reply #672 on: August 01, 2011, 09:11:24 am »
Only 48 weeks to go to the next one. And Vuelta and World Champs to look forward to.  And contract/transfer speculation to fill in the gaps.

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« Reply #673 on: August 01, 2011, 09:42:13 am »
1st August so now contract speculation can become fact..
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