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Old 07-09-2014, 08:41 AM   #1
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Old 07-09-2014, 11:37 AM   #2
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Such a great stage today. Today proved once again that the Spring classics are much more exciting than most TDF stages. Truly heroic stuff.

It's a shame Froome is out but I think there'll still be a nice duel between Contador and Nibali, now that the latter has an advantage of 2,5 minutes. However, I reckon Contador will win it in the mountains. He looked untouchable in the Dauphiné.
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I have never watched Paris-Roubaix before but I definitely will next year after watching yesterday's stage. That was the most exciting non-mountain stage I've seen in years, if ever. An instant classic for sure.

Today was pretty dull though. Now that Froome is done I'm pulling for Contador (although I was rooting for AC to win over Froome anyways), and I think the Pyrenees will be exciting.

I feel very bad for Andy Schleck, and am wondering whatever happened to him (obv fracturing his sacrum was the beginning of the end for him but it's amazing that it affected him so much, similar to what happened to Joseba Beloki after the infamous crash on the Col de Manse in 2003).
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If Nibali is on form in the mountains, I'm not sure if Contador will catch him.

I'd like to see Talansky get on the podium. He looks like the real deal.
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I have never watched Paris-Roubaix before but I definitely will next year after watching yesterday's stage. That was the most exciting non-mountain stage I've seen in years, if ever. An instant classic for sure.
You should definitely do that. And the Tour of Flanders as well. I always think it's sad when many people say cycling is boring after watching a few flat stages of the Tour de France. The classics, and especially the ones I've mentioned, are usually a lot more fun. They're the only races in which the leaders actually race against eachother for more than the final 200 metres or the final climb. In this year's Roubaix, Tom Boonen, who was the big favorite along with Cancellara and Sagan, actually attacked 70km before the finish. He didn't win but it was exciting. I'm only slightly biased here.

Contador is the only Tour rider who would dare to do something similar. I hope he has to try something like that at one point to take time on Nibali.
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You should definitely do that. And the Tour of Flanders as well. I always think it's sad when many people say cycling is boring after watching a few flat stages of the Tour de France. The classics, and especially the ones I've mentioned, are usually a lot more fun. They're the only races in which the leaders actually race against eachother for more than the final 200 metres or the final climb. In this year's Roubaix, Tom Boonen, who was the big favorite along with Cancellara and Sagan, actually attacked 70km before the finish. He didn't win but it was exciting. I'm only slightly biased here.

Contador is the only Tour rider who would dare to do something similar. I hope he has to try something like that at one point to take time on Nibali.
I want to try riding on those cobbles, I never will have the chance I'm sure but it would be amazing to just go for a ride around those historic paths.

I think Contador will try at some point in the Alps to gain at least the time lost back, so that he will be as close as possible to Nibali once the Pyrenees come. At that point it's anybody's race, and I hope to see a similar showdown to the Contador/Schleck duel in 2011, hopefully this time without any broken chains.
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I'm enjoying the glut of new teams in this year's race, it's nice to have some variety. Although I was starting to get used to teams like Sojasun and Vacansoleil, I remember being annoyed when they first started racing the Tour because I liked the older teams. It does seem completely strange to not have the familiar orange of Euskaltel-Euskadi in the peloton though, they've been in every single Tour I've ever watched.

I do still miss some of the teams from back in the day though like CSC, Liquigas, and T-Mobile.
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CSC = Saxobank, Liquigas = Cannondale. T-Mobile is actually gone though if I'm not mistaken.
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Oh of course I know that the teams evolve but I still enjoy the familiar sound of hearing a Tour involving the previous names. I almost lost my shit when I thought Paul and Phil weren't announcing the race this year, but they just had someone else describing the opening ceremonies before stage 1 on Canadian TV.


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Well, so much for that. Can't see Nibali losing this now, unless he crashes too.
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I would disagree if Talansky, Van Garderen, or Rodriguez had smaller time gaps, but with the lead Nibali has and the strength Astana showed over those climbs yesterday I think you are probably right that the Tour is Nibali's to lose.

This year has some real monster stages once they hit the Pyrenees though so really this Tour has shown that anything is possible.
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I think Nibali could lose if his challengers attack him early and isolate him as Astana doesn't seem too strong. But yeah, he'll probably win.
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I think Nibali could lose if his challengers attack him early and isolate him as Astana doesn't seem too strong. But yeah, he'll probably win.
I disagree, Astana in general have shown that they will work hard and well together. The way they pushed the pace and pulled back the time on Kwiatkowski when he was up the road yesterday and in the virtual maillot jaune showed that they can put a stamp down on the race just as much as Sky when necessary.

The only true challenger I think could be Valverde but only if Movistar really organize themselves. He'll have to attack very soon, as will anyone who hopes to win the Tour.
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Former Tour de France winners say give Armstrong his victories | Cyclingnews.com

Interesting that the only "recent" winners to say Lance should get his jerseys back are Schleck and Pereiro, who both were given their yellow jerseys when the winner on the road tested positive

I agree though, it's ridiculous to have "no winner" for seven straight years in such a huge event. I've never agreed with the "Lance is a fraud" line of thinking because even though he did the PEDs of course, he still had to beat the field seven straight years, a field which we know was almost totally saturated with users (contenders and domestiques both). Roche I think is correct in saying that it's bullshit that guys like Virenque, who we also know for a fact was doping, get to keep their jerseys. There are many others who were obviously doing it but never tested positive who get to keep theirs too. There are so many stories of how easy it was to beat the tests back in the day that "I never tested positive" doesn't really mean much.

I think not only should Lance get his jerseys back, but they should also give Landis and Contador theirs as well (name them co-winners with Pereiro and Schleck) and then just be done with it - everyone gets to keep their jerseys, allow past racers to come clean and then I think cycling can say it's made a break from the past.

EDIT: Holy shit, what is happening with Talansky today?
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Hell of a ride today by Tony Gallopin.
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