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Old 07-11-2007, 06:57 AM   #1
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Le Tour De France 2007

After last year's drug debacle involving Floyd Landis, one hopes that this year's tour is drug-free.

It's been a cracking race so far. Cancellara's remarkable 3rd stage victory yesterday was really something. You have to feel for the three Frenchmen and the Belgian who made that breakaway. Chased down with justa kilometre to go. Two of those riders were leading the field for over 230 kilometrers. Extraordinary!

With the Prologue and Stage 1 being situated in England this year, it was certainly a novel change.

There is arguably no more difficult individual sport than road cycling, and some of the tactics used by the teams and their riders never fails to intrigue.

The next 3 weeks will be bliss....
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I love the tour, despite everything that has happened in cycling lately. It just brings out the best in the sport and is so unpredictable. Who would have thought the yellow jersey would beat the sprinters yesterday?

I think Vino is the man to beat this year, although Valverde is dangerous. Schleck and Castre from CSC should do well, and I'm betting that Leipheimer really has a good performance now that he's back with Discovery.
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Boring, boring, boring for me I'm afraid. Who wins the whole thing? The leader at the end? Most points? Best sprinter? Green/Yellow/Pink/Orange/Blue/Mauve jacket?

There's been some gnarly stacks though.
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Boring, boring, boring for me I'm afraid. Who wins the whole thing? The leader at the end? Most points? Best sprinter? Green/Yellow/Pink/Orange/Blue/Mauve jacket?

There's been some gnarly stacks though.
Yeah I used to hate (or fail to understand) the appeal of the Tour de France.

But after watching 2005's edition (when there was a rain delay at the Ashes) and the 2004 Athens Olympic Road Race, it all finally clicked. This is what individual sport is all about...the best and most tactically shrewd athletes competing for the ultimate prize in individual sport
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I think Vino is the man to beat this year
Well, it's going to be tough for Vino now, as he lost time today with that crash, and looks really beat up.
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Vino has hung in there so far, but I don't think he's going to be able to fully recover to contend now.

I'm curious if Leipheimer and Discovery have something planned for the Pyrenees. He purposely didn't make any moves yesterday, and probably won't tomorrow, either.

Rasmussen looked strong. Too bad he can't time trial very well, or else he'd be a lock for winning the whole thing.
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Don't forget Cadel Evans. He always follows in the mountains and is a very good time trial rider.

I don't think Leipheimer is the man to beat. For discovery I have more hopes for Contador (however he is still young)
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Oh, I agree. I don't think Leipheimer will win, either. I'm not even sure if he'll get on the podium, but Discovery seems to have something up their sleeves, I think.

Agreed about Cadel Evans. I think he and Valverde look to be the best right now. Moreau was good as well, but he usually can't sustain it through the whole tour.
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Moreau always has a bad day in the tour.. You can be sure of that.
What do you think of danish dynamite Rasmussen. Do you think he could win? he needs at least a couple more minutes because he's not good in time trial, but once you got the yellow jersey around your shoulders you can always do a bit more..
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Rasmussen needs to open up something like a 10 minute lead over the rest to have a chance, as there are two time trials still, and he sucks at those.

But he's an incredible climber. If he can work on his time trials, he'd be incredible all-around.
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Looks like Vino is out of it now. I can't see him making up that much time.

Your GC contenders are now...

Rasmussen
Valverde
Mayo
Evans
Sastre
Kloden
Leipheimer
Moreau


Unless Leipheimer chokes, I think Contador will assist him in the Pyrenees. I bet that's the plan. Contador will get the white jersey this year.
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Did anyone see that dog wreck that guy? that was so friggin funny!!!
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Contador's a gun....

It seems so long ago now that Cancellara wore the yellow. Now he's ranked in the 100s.
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You can remove Moreau from that list now.
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I told you about Moreau

And you can do the same with Leipheimer after the first stage in the Pyrenees. Contador is stronger.

And, as a belgian, hopefully Boonnen will win the green yersey. Yesterday was a bad day, but I think he will keep it this year untill Paris
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