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Old 07-04-2011, 07:49 PM   #1
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Do something Cadel!!!!
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Which drug cheat will win this year?
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Old 07-04-2011, 09:14 PM   #3
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Tour De France has been relatively clean in recent years and the drugs never got in the way of an exhilarating contest.

Great position for Evans to be in. Don't think he could have imagined for things to fall his way so fortunately, especially with Contador already being 1.30 or so behind him. Mind you Andy Schleck will also be enjoying this privilege.

Farrar's tribute to Weylandt last night was touching.
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I don't see Evans staying with Schleck and Contador in the mountains. And unless something bad happens for Schleck, or he's in horrendous form, I don't see him losing now. That's way too much time for Contador to make up.

Of course, it wouldn't matter anyway. Pretty certain Contador will be stripped of his title from last year and will have to forfeit anything he's been in since when the appeal ruling comes in. Really stupid that they delayed it until August.

Great job by Farrar to win Stage 3.
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I'll give credit to Evans today though. He looked good pulling out that stage over Contador.

Not sure what Contador was trying to prove - he wasn't going to get much, if any, time back on this one. Perhaps it was more to prove to himself that he's doing ok, but that seemed like a waste of energy.
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I don't see Evans staying with Schleck and Contador in the mountains. And unless something bad happens for Schleck, or he's in horrendous form, I don't see him losing now. That's way too much time for Contador to make up.
That's the problem. Schleck doesn't seem to be in good form.
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Seems fine to me. You can't go by previous races that were essentially glorified training runs - he wasn't trying to win any of those. Armstrong used to do the same thing.
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He looked better today and yesterday so there is still hope.

Awful day today. First Vinokourov and Van den Broeck (our big hope for the GC) and when you think everything is over some loony in a car decides to bring a bit more action to the race.
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That car crashing onto poor Flecha and Hoogerland was horrible to watch. Full credit to the courage of Hoogerland to get back on his bike, finish the stage and wear the polka dots after getting catapulted into barb wire. He was well scratched up must have been agony.
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I love it how no one is interested in cycling.
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Great ride from Schleck today. I really hope he wins now. Evans did a good job too. I'm also glad that Contador won't win a grand tour he enters for the first time in an eternity.
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Yeah, glad to see that Contador bit the dust.

As much as I'd like to see Schleck win, I gotta say I've been very impressed at the resolve in Evans. He's grinded it out and held his own very well. I wouldn't mind seeing him get the 57 seconds back from Schleck in the TT tomorrow.
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I'll be rooting for Schleck tomorrow and I still think he's got the edge even though it will be close. A TT at the end of the Tour isn't a normal TT.
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All about Cadel, what a race. He's had no support when the going got tough. His BMC mates just weren't capable. The energy he has had to exert yesterday and today is just extraordinary. Basso has been a dud. I'm glad he lost significant time last night.
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Will be interesting to see if Cadel can make up the time. Contador was impressive on Alp D'Huez- with a good knee he may have been on top.
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