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Old 07-03-2008, 08:32 AM   #1
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Tour De France 2008

Starts this weekend.

Victorian lad Cadel Evans is favourite, would be a massive achievement for him to win the thing. Australia's best athlete at the moment bar none.

Love the strategies implemented by teams and individual riders across the tour, will be engrossing to watch unfold. No Contador to defend his title unfortunately.

And some awesome French summertime scenery.....
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Old 07-03-2008, 08:44 AM   #2
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I've not heard from anyone else that Cadel Evans is the favourite. And anyways, the pre-Tour pick to win never does win anyways (unless it's Lance Armstrong). That said there are some great-looking stages this year and it should be wide open, can't wait. Alpe d'Huez
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Old 07-03-2008, 10:28 AM   #3
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Contador should be there. It's a shame they won't give him a chance to defend his title just because he's on a team that by name only had major issues last year. It's not even the same group of people anymore - it's essentially the old Discovery team.

The ASO needs to get their heads out of their asses.

Anyway, yeah, Cadel Evans is definitely one of the favorites. I would say Valverde has a shot, too.

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Old 07-03-2008, 06:53 PM   #4
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I haven't gotten excited about the TDF yet, although I've been a huge fan in the past. I'd feel much better if Leipheimer and Contador were participating.

I don't know who I'll root for yet, but I'll watch the big stages on Vs -- I love the spectacle, and Phil and Paul are such great announcers.
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Old 07-07-2008, 02:10 AM   #5
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Old 07-09-2008, 08:37 AM   #6
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Valverde did very poorly in that time trial yesterday. I was a bit surprised. Evans has a nice little lead on him now.
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Pffft, I was gonna go to bed with about 55 kms to go in last night's stage, but couldn't tear my eyes away from the TV, so I stayed up for another 2 hours. Stage 6 was awesome!
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Bores the absolute shit out of me to be honest, but I hope Cadel Evans wins. I believe he's about fourthish??? I don't know, I don't understand these things. I want that dog from last year to come back and end someone's hopes

Boy, sport's really dead in here this year.
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Stage 6 was indeed entertaining. Valverde couldn't shake Evans, and I don't think he's going to be able to anytime soon.
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I really hope that if anyone in this Tour tests positive, it's the winner of today's stage.

I've already got a few "dirty Sanchez" comments stored in the vault.
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Kind of ironic that you post that, as we've had our first positive of the tour with Beltran.

More alarming was the news of 20 other riders with abnormal results but not high enough to take any action yet.

This could be an ominous sign of things to come.
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What a ride by Riccardo Ricco today. Massive acceleration up that final climb! I didn't think he'd be able to hold onto his 1:15 lead with a long downhill finish, but he did -- great job.

Don't know how much he'll have left in the tank for tomorrow's massive mountain stage, but stage wins are golden.

He looks like he'll be a force in coming years, especially if he can improve in time trialing.

Tomorrow is when the real fireworks will start. Col du Tourmalet! Hautacam! Can't wait!
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I think that after todays race the computers at work might be mighty slow tomorrow afternoon cause of people trying to watch the live stream

Ricco was amazing today
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Cadel!!!!!!!!!!!
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Cadel, by one second.

I doubt he's 100% after that crash the other day, but hopefully with the rest day he'll recover a bit more. I don't think he's too worried about Frank Schleck as he'll easily beat him in the time trial, but obviously he'll have to watch him closely now.

And hey, an American in third place who looks like he can ride with the contenders? Way to go Vandevelde!

On the flip side, it's over for Valverde.
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