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Old 07-03-2009, 08:51 PM   #1
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Tour de France 2009

Here we go again...

Obviously, the story is the return of Armstrong, and whether he can win this thing again at 37. The odds are against him, and Contador has to be viewed as the favorite. But it makes for a compelling storyline.

I have a feeling it is going to be a very interesting Tour.
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And you know, I don't use Twitter, and would probably never join, but reading Armstrong's tweets are a joy.

And look who stopped by to wish him luck today...

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Old 07-03-2009, 09:30 PM   #3
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Awesome !!!



My heart is saying Cadel, but Contador will be very hard to beat.
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Contador and Armstrong 1 and 2 imo.
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I saw Armstrong at the Tour Down Under this year. OK from the back. Riding past really fast. But I saw Lance honest!!!!!

I'd like Cadel to win it too, but realistically Contador will be hard to beat. And maybe Sastre again?
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1. Contador
2. F. Schleck
3. Evans

Just hope Cancellara can be the exhillarating rider he always seems to be...
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Evans got 5th in the time trial
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It was fun to watch that. They are all of course really close together, except for Sastre and Menchov. Sastre wasn't surprising, as he's never been good at the TT, but Menchov was a shocker. Perhaps he's a bit tired from his Giro win.

Contador looked really good, although it was a hilly TT that was better suited for him. Still, he looks dangerous.
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Great tour so far.
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It feels like a two-man race now -- Armstrong and Contador. And I don't see Armstrong being able to keep up with Contador in the mountains.

Cadel Evans, Carlos Sastre and Denis Menchov are now miles back. Even Andy Schleck is 1:41 off the pace.
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Evans will never win while he's in a weaker team unfortunately. But Armstrong second already
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Evans is screwed after last night. Quite simply, his team isn't strong enough, and when you've got an Astana team comprising of Leipheimer, Kloden, Popovych, Armstrong and Contador, good luck to anyone who is not one of those riders.
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What a crash-fest today. And Denis Menchov lost another minute.

Can't wait until Friday's stage -- I'll be very excited to see how well Armstrong can hang on Contador's wheel up the huge climb. I'd expect Contador to open up a good gap, but we'll see what Armstrong has left in his 37-year-old legs.
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Why doesn't Evans just ditch if his team's been shit for the past 3 years?
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