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post #61 of 87

So yesterday I was thinking the Tour needs to add a downhill TT. Remember the TT up Alpe' d'Huez. How's bout they do it the other way? See what happens when it's mano a mano and no hiding in the pack.

post #62 of 87

As of today I am totally cheering for

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Voeckler.

 

 

Evans is more impressive than I've seen him in years.    He's almost as exciting to watch as Jan Ullrich was when he rode for Bianchi.

post #63 of 87

+1

 

 finally an exciting climbing stage....yesterday and the day befores downhills were fun to watch as well..

 

somebody needs a big helping of Spainish beef after todayeek.gif

 

I'm officially on the Tommy V bandwagon....dude left his heart and icon14.gifguts on the Alps today

post #64 of 87

Is it just me or was part of that sag altitude-related?

post #65 of 87

If Stage 18 didn't do it for you, go back to watching extreme lawn bowls.  Another late night coming up here, thank <insert diety of choice> tomorrow is Saturday.  Masterful by A Schleck and LeOpard Trek, gutsy by Evans for TT'ing with no support and kudos to Vockler for hanging in there (he deserves a podium finish).

post #66 of 87
Thread Starter 

Looking forward to reviewing today's stage this evening.  I'm developing a reluctant admiration of el Pistolero.  He's had a tough tour, but he didn't leave anything on the Alpe today.  And perhaps he's clean.  He at least looks human.

 

Mike

post #67 of 87

What a stage.  So it comes down to the individual TT, unless something unusual happens on the Paris parade (Schlecks get run over by a bus).

post #68 of 87
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Looking forward to reviewing today's stage this evening.  I'm developing a reluctant admiration of el Pistolero.  He's had a tough tour, but he didn't leave anything on the Alpe today.  And perhaps he's clean.  He at least looks human.

 

Mike



I found myself pulling for Contadork too. I couldn't help it. I was also on the edge of my seat watching Tommy D., and wondering how far he can go.

 

So did Europcar get their money's worth, or what? They were hours from folding up their tents last fall. Now they have pretty much owned the Tour De France.

post #69 of 87
Thread Starter 

Voelkler, what a performance.  That guy may be the next Jens Voigt.

 

Mike

post #70 of 87

Wow.  Normally hard to get excited about the TT, but with so many in contention.  Contadore almost stole a podium, but Evans blitzed it.  Maybe the Schlecks will be looking for a bus to take out Evans in Paris.

post #71 of 87
Thread Starter 
Wow is right. Tony Martin's ride was amazing. Then to watch Cadel threaten to take the stage while obliterating the brothers Schleck had me on the edge of my seat.

Contador earned my respect. He never gave up, and he fought like a true champion, even though he knew there was virtually no chance of getting on the podium, let alone winning. Much different than Leipheimer, who seems to have only been going through the motions yesterday, and indeed for much of the last week or so. I lost a lot of respect for Leipheimer, who was one of my favorites prior to this tour.

And Voelker? That guy has heart. Amazing tour for him. And great first result for our "loca," Tommy D.

I'm sorry it's over.

Mike
post #72 of 87
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Wow is right. Tony Martin's ride was amazing. Then to watch Cadel threaten to take the stage while obliterating the brothers Schleck had me on the edge of my seat.

Contador earned my respect. He never gave up, and he fought like a true champion, even though he knew there was virtually no chance of getting on the podium, let alone winning. Much different than Leipheimer, who seems to have only been going through the motions yesterday, and indeed for much of the last week or so. I lost a lot of respect for Leipheimer, who was one of my favorites prior to this tour.

And Voelker? That guy has heart. Amazing tour for him. And great first result for our "loca," Tommy D.

I'm sorry it's over.

Mike

 

 

The last week was great before that ehhh.  Congrats to Cadel he deserves every bit of it.   He destroyed that time trial.  Andy was not as good as last year.  He basically didn't drop anybody of importance on a single stage ending climb and on the one stage where they let him get away he gave up close a minute and half of his advantage on the final climb of that day.  Still  a great tactical stage though by Leopard that day though.  For a guy who fancies himself being the the best climber of the GC guys Andy didn't do much on the climbs....

 

Wish Horner hadn't crashed out.....I think he could have lit up some stages...
 

 

post #73 of 87
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Much different than Leipheimer, who seems to have only been going through the motions yesterday, and indeed for much of the last week or so. I lost a lot of respect for Leipheimer, who was one of my favorites prior to this tour.


Maybe he just didn't have any legs. It happens sometimes.

 

post #74 of 87
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Maybe he just didn't have any legs. It happens sometimes.

 


Could be.  And the crashes could've taken a toll on him as well.

 

As for Andy, I think the real issue is tht he only attacked that one stage in the Alps.  Had he taken the risk in the Pyrenes, he might have put enough time into Evans that he could've won.

 

Mike

 

post #75 of 87

Yo Bush.   Got a link for Vuelta fantasy challenge yet?

post #76 of 87
I'm still catching my own breath after this TdF. What a great Tour it was!

For anyone who needs a few visual reminders of some of the 2011 Tour's great moments, follow these links to a few spectacular photo galleries:


ESPN: http://espn.go.com/oly/photos/gallery/_/id/6787969/2011-tour-de-france#1

Boston.com Pt. 1: http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2011/07/2011_tour_de_france_part_1.html?camp=obinsite

Boston.com Pt. 2: http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2011/07/2011_tour_de_france_part_2.html?camp=obinsite

ONev.com blog: http://blog.onev.com.au/



Enjoy!

Best regards,
Bob
post #77 of 87

Thanks for the photo links Bob.

 

bp4.jpg

 

I've known a lot of cyclists...  I don't know anybody who would ever even think of trying this.  The bike handling skills of these guys are unreal.

 

And that this guy finished...  I am in awe.  I think he's in the running for the Toughest SOB Alive Award.

 

bp23.jpg

 

 

post #78 of 87

Thanks for the imagery links, Bob. icon14.gif

post #79 of 87

Funny 2011 TdF image and comments from SI.com:

All kinds of high drama during this year's race. Here, Cadel Evans of Australia (left) and Thomas Voeckler of France were pursued by what appears to be an escapee from a local asylum somewhere between Pinerolo and Col du Galibier Serre Chevalier.

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post #80 of 87

What's up here?

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post #81 of 87

 

His team couldn't afford full-size compression socks?

He's really 10 years older than his certificate says?

 

 

Seriously, I expect its from having to stand around all day and schmooze whilst waiting for the start.   Reckon his blood just is that thick and his legs haven't started helping pump the vein flow back to the heart.    Kerpop presto:   varicose veins to embarass a hairdresser.


Edited by cantunamunch - 8/6/11 at 11:18am
post #82 of 87

Is that Cadel's leg? Reminds me of Phil Anderson. Maybe it's because they spend so much time upside down.

post #83 of 87
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 Maybe it's because they spend so much time upside down.



Wouldn't that help drain the vein?

post #84 of 87
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Wouldn't that help drain the vein?


seems like it, maybe it's the beer then or some other Aussie stereotype I can't think of that causes this.

 

post #85 of 87

Hey, I spend most of my time upside down, but my legs don't look like that - thank <insert diety of choice>.

 

I recall retired aussie basketballer Andrew Gaze (he did some NBL time with the Timberwolves) has a similar thing with his arm, caused by blood vessels regenerating following a DVT/clot.

post #86 of 87

its actually hinciape's leg.

post #87 of 87

So its not a vein at all.   

 

Just skin wrinklâge from years and years of podium girls.

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