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Snakehips

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Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #100 on: July 02, 2012, 03:16:09 pm »
Who is the Eurosport commentator today , Norman Collier ? or is my Virgin service playing up ?
Mustn't grumble in the circumstances .

Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #101 on: July 02, 2012, 04:37:37 pm »
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Gus

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Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #102 on: July 02, 2012, 04:41:50 pm »

citoyen

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Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #103 on: July 02, 2012, 04:43:29 pm »
Pure class.

The speed of the peloton in the last few km was terrifying.

d.

Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #104 on: July 02, 2012, 04:56:21 pm »
All on his lonesome too.... The look on Griepel's face. He must be really fucked off with him  :P
Those wonderful norks are never far from my thoughts, oh yeah!

David Martin

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Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #105 on: July 02, 2012, 04:57:43 pm »
It's not just his speed but the ability to suddenly be where he needs to be. :)

Great result.
"By creating we think. By living we learn" - Patrick Geddes

fuzzy (retd.) AAGE

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Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #106 on: July 02, 2012, 08:35:05 pm »
Just uploaded my photos from the Liege expedition. Here are a few for your consideration-

Team Sky Pro Cycling at the team presentation on Thursday evening


A stroll around the City led us here-



373 steps to the top! Here is the post ascent view-



SWMBO needed a short rest before continuing-



Fuel was available at the Expo that ran from Wednesday evining to Friday evening. A rumour has it that Belgians produce some of the best beer in the world. We agree-

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We did a recce of the prologue route and picked our spot on the exit to the roundabout on Quai Paul van Hoegaerden between Pont John F Kennedy and Pont Albert 1er. We left the hotel at 8:30 a.m. and were on plot by 9:00 a.m. where we sat and waited. After a while other spectators started to arrive and riders started to do the route to warm up and get a feel for the route-

Wiggo


Spartacus


Cav


EBH


Vino (SWMBO has a soft spot for him)


Graham Watson turned up and doubtless did a far superior job of capturing the moment than I did


A little while later a retired French bloke showed up as well-


They then got down to doing the route for proper-


Though not everyone had luck on their side


Cav on his timed run


Yukia Arashiro (for whom SWMBO has another soft spot)


Some folk seemed to be having a ball


Though I don't think I saw Dave Zabriski smile all weekend (love the Captain America look!)


Vino again


Not sure who (open to suggestions) poss Valverde?


Cadel going for it


SWMBO soaking up the atmosphere


Me doing the same


We then took a walk to where the pit lane had set up earlier. Team Sky have gorgeous vehicles


and if you look carefully, at least one comes with a factory fitted Bradley Wiggins


I'm not posing for this one, honest


Elsewhere, I found a car with Scarponi's bike on the roof (lovely looking machine)


I noticed a nasty gouge on the bottom bracket. I expect it will buff out


There was also a stand set up by a Brussels bike museum which included this beautiful Pederssen (sp)


It was then back to the hotel to nurse our sunburn.

Next morning we set out at 8:30 again and located ourselves on Boulevard d' Avroy on the outside of the turn where the route entered Rue Pont d' Avroy. We waited for a couple of hours, collecting caravan schwag until the peleton arrived-









After they had dissapeared down the route we relocated a few yards away still on Boulevard d' Avroy as they made there way back along the other side of the road and out of the City

Jens contemplating the pain he is doubtless going to cause after uttering the immortal words "Shut up legs!"


Cadel in relaxed mood


but not as relaxed as Tommy V


SWMBO is a diamond for organising the travel etc. I must keep telling her I love her :thumbsup:

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fuzzy (retd.) AAGE

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Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #107 on: July 02, 2012, 09:17:05 pm »
RR, holiday is over. We drovwe back to the ferry as soon as we found a way around the road closures.
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If it ain't bad for you it ain't worth doing

peliroja

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Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #108 on: July 02, 2012, 09:29:44 pm »
Brilliant pics, oh Fuzzy one. There's nothing quite like seeing the Tour.

Rig of Jarkness

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Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #109 on: July 02, 2012, 09:36:20 pm »
Excellent photies Fuzzy
Aero but not dynamic

Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #110 on: July 02, 2012, 09:40:00 pm »
Those wonderful norks are never far from my thoughts, oh yeah!

Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #111 on: July 02, 2012, 09:42:57 pm »
Great photos, thanks!

Pingu

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Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #112 on: July 02, 2012, 09:59:41 pm »
... A rumour has it that Belgians produce some of the best beer in the world...

That's not just a rumour  :P

David Martin

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Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #113 on: July 02, 2012, 10:01:00 pm »
It will require extensive study. I enclose my proposal for a 3 year research grant.
"By creating we think. By living we learn" - Patrick Geddes

Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #114 on: July 03, 2012, 07:56:12 am »
Personally, I don't think there's ever a place for arrogance... but that's only my opinion.

Then you'll not like (m)any top prefessional sportsmen. It's the "arrogance" - or total self-belief - that keeps them going, and winning. Robert Millar was one of the most "arrogant" people I've ever met - but I still wanted him to win.
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spesh

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Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #115 on: July 03, 2012, 10:28:54 am »
In the best New Statesman tradition...

I have a lot of self-confidence.

You are full of it.

He's an arrogant bastard.

 ;)
"Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

fuzzy (retd.) AAGE

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Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #116 on: July 03, 2012, 10:32:10 am »


DH mtb required!!

I was looking at the descent thinking about my bike patrol days as well :D
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citoyen

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Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #117 on: July 03, 2012, 10:35:36 am »
Great pics, fuzzy!  :thumbsup:

Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #118 on: July 03, 2012, 12:21:13 pm »
Re- Sagan's victory salute.  Robbie Hunter's view

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Sagan smashed it today but I can’t say I’m impressed with the victory salutes he is giving out. He is the most incredible rider at the moment and being so young makes it even more special. BUT just because he is way above the rest of us there is no need to try rub it in our faces that he wins so easy! Needs to cool the ego I think.

From http://helivac.wordpress.com/ - looks like it may be an interesting blog to follow, even if he can't spell peloton.

Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #119 on: July 03, 2012, 12:32:15 pm »
Re- Sagan's victory salute.  Robbie Hunter's view

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Sagan smashed it today but I can’t say I’m impressed with the victory salutes he is giving out. He is the most incredible rider at the moment and being so young makes it even more special. BUT just because he is way above the rest of us there is no need to try rub it in our faces that he wins so easy! Needs to cool the ego I think.

From http://helivac.wordpress.com/ - looks like it may be an interesting blog to follow, even if he can't spell peloton.

Kinda ironic - I've read that Robbie Hunter is not well liked in the peloton. The reason given? He's an arrogant cock!
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Karla

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Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #120 on: July 03, 2012, 12:56:00 pm »
Cav wasn't exactly the most humble rider on le Tour when he started winning stages in 2008.  If you want a young sprinter, I think a certain amount of arrogance goes with the territory: they won't have got to the top of that particular game by being shrinking violets.

citoyen

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Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #121 on: July 03, 2012, 01:15:39 pm »
< See my avatar.

I think it's fine to have a bit of arrogance if you have the performances to match. That's certainly the case with both Cav and Sagan.

d.

JT

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Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #122 on: July 03, 2012, 02:20:54 pm »
Robbie Hunter is a miserable twat. A daft celebration that is allegedly supposed to be a panda and then a chicken is hardly the height of arrogance. Whereas Hunter is clearly deluded if he thinks he can still win sprints at his age, with his legs, and with that competition.

Anyway, tremendous win yesterday for Cav; again proving that he doesn't need a lead-out train to win. Bloody terrifying to watch that run-in though.
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Karla

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Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #123 on: July 03, 2012, 04:24:30 pm »
Whatever Hobby Runter says, I liked Peter Sagan's victory salute today  :D

citoyen

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Re: Tour de France 2012
« Reply #124 on: July 03, 2012, 04:37:50 pm »
Sagan makes me smile. Robbie Hunter doesn't.

d.