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Old 14-07-12, 11:49 AM   #81
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Four different British stage winners. That's crazy.

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What a cluster fuck for Evans puncture at the top of a c
OMB no car to swap wheels then the next BMC rider comes up he has a puncture as well

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Take it back the groUp are waiting for Evans
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RT @cyclingweekly: French radio is reporting tacks have been thrown on the road at the top of the climb. 28 have reportedly been found #tdf
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Classy move from Wiggins to slow the peloton down. Plenty of riders were affected.
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I heard Rogers say a couple of days ago that some of the fine Australian public have abused him and Porte because they're working for Wiggins against Evans.

Could anyone tell me if this sentiment is prevalent in Australia or just the ravings of a small, blinkered, unpleasantly nationalistic minority?
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Old 16-07-12, 10:47 AM   #87
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I heard Rogers say a couple of days ago that some of the fine Australian public have abused him and Porte because they're working for Wiggins against Evans.

Could anyone tell me if this sentiment is prevalent in Australia or just the ravings of a small, blinkered, unpleasantly nationalistic minority?
Just some small dicked fuckwits mate. Australians are proud of their sportspeople's individual achievements too and this extends to those working with a British rider.

I want Evans to win but fucking hell you have to give respect to the Australian part of the Sky train.

Hansen being a Far North Queenslander gets a special mention
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Old 17-07-12, 08:23 PM   #89
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It was a diuretic apparently - used to mask illegal substances amongst other things.
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Old 18-07-12, 05:49 PM   #92
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Just some small dicked fuckwits mate. Australians are proud of their sportspeople's individual achievements too and this extends to those working with a British rider.

I want Evans to win but fucking hell you have to give respect to the Australian part of the Sky train.

Hansen being a Far North Queenslander gets a special mention
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Old 18-07-12, 05:50 PM   #93
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Old 18-07-12, 05:51 PM   #94
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It was great on the Tourmalet today. About 3km below the summit, we could see it coming up for ages.


And not a cloud in the sky.

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Yes, he's phenomenal. The French really respect him - L'Equipe named him as the best sprinter ever in the Tour de France and they say he's done honour to the Rainbow Jersey. They know he's great. A true great.

I saw him on Wednesday. Shouted support. I like to think it made all the difference today.
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Old 20-07-12, 06:34 PM   #98
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Yes, he's phenomenal. The French really respect him - L'Equipe named him as the best sprinter ever in the Tour de France and they say he's done honour to the Rainbow Jersey. They know he's great. A true great.

I saw him on Wednesday. Shouted support. I like to think it made all the difference today.
Do you think he will emulate Wiggins and win the tour one day? He's lost some weight this year which may indicate he's starting to plan this way.
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This tour has been fantastic viewing, loving every minute.....

I'd love to see a race where it's every man for himself - pure racing...

What's your own views on Frome and how he's doing so much donkey work for Wiggins?

To me, he's been the real star......
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For me this otur has been one of the least interesting in a while. Ther are two main reasons for this.
The first is a purely nationalistic one, there is only one norwegian in it. While Boasson Hagen has had a great tour, watching him set up Cavendish for a sprint or tow Wiggins around France isn`t always that exciting.
The second is that Sky are too good. The have the two best overall riders, and the best sprinter. When you then add the strength of the team they are basically too strong to make it really interesting.
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For me this otur has been one of the least interesting in a while. Ther are two main reasons for this.
The first is a purely nationalistic one, there is only one norwegian in it. While Boasson Hagen has had a great tour, watching him set up Cavendish for a sprint or tow Wiggins around France isn`t always that exciting.
The second is that Sky are too good. The have the two best overall riders, and the best sprinter. When you then add the strength of the team they are basically too strong to make it really interesting.
I can't particularly agree with the last part, Armstrong won it time after time with the best support probably in the history of the event. The Postal team was immense and Lance was on another planet.

Fair play to Wiggins, its not like he's won the event consistently over the last few years so I thinks its a bit early to be complaining. Lets give the guy credit here and respect the Sky team, this is a massive thing for us and nobody in the world has taken to cycling like the UK has over the last 5 years. We deserve this, Britain loves cycling now, the roads are chocca with us.

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Old 21-07-12, 12:31 PM   #102
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Some of the Armstrong years wasn`t very interesting either, for the reasons you mention.
I don`t have any negative to say about Wiggins or Sky, they are just going the best they can, and it just proves to be far too much for the other teams. I just don`t think it has been a very interesting competition.
Your last point is basically the opposite my first. I think it`s been boring due to lack of norwegian success, you think it`s been good due to british success.
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Some of the Armstrong years wasn`t very interesting either, for the reasons you mention.
I don`t have any negative to say about Wiggins or Sky, they are just going the best they can, and it just proves to be far too much for the other teams. I just don`t think it has been a very interesting competition.
Your last point is basically the opposite my first. I think it`s been boring due to lack of norwegian success, you think it`s been good due to british success.
I think you're probably right there, its great for the UK though, it really is. Would I be liking it this much if Wiggins wasn't winning, probably not.
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Do you think he will emulate Wiggins and win the tour one day? He's lost some weight this year which may indicate he's starting to plan this way.
No, he will never even finish in the top ten of any Grand Tour.

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This tour has been fantastic viewing, loving every minute.....

I'd love to see a race where it's every man for himself - pure racing...

What's your own views on Frome and how he's doing so much donkey work for Wiggins?

To me, he's been the real star......
Froome has been great but he's merely been doing his job. I think some of the coverage here in France has been a bit unfair on Wiggins, saying he's only winning it because of Froome.

It's rather like saying Cavendish has only won the sprints he has because of his teammates. That's true, but it doesn't mean any of them would have won the sprints if the roles had been reversed.

Of course it's not quite the same because Froome has looked to be close to Wiggins but there's no doubt Froome couldn't have won it without someone doing for hm what he has done for Wiggins.

I think that makes sense...
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Old 22-07-12, 01:21 PM   #105
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The way Cavendish won was impressive to see, quite incredible the difference in speed and power and the way he literally flew past those ahead of him.

I understand his team has helped him to conserve energy so he's ready for the finish, but it's still an impressive sight in sport.
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Cav with the stage win again and Wiggins has won le tour.

Cracking effort from team Sky and the British lads.
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Cracking effort from team Sky and the British lads.
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And your point is he's not British?

Hmm.
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Finding myself vaguely interested in this Wiggins shizzle. Can someone answer some questions please? For a no0b?

Got absolutely no idea about anything to do with cycling.

Firstly....Wiggins won "with every rider selfless in their support of their leader" - WTF? Cavendish - "world champion" - was "fetching him drinks"? WTF?

So it's a team sport like F1? What's all this stuff I'm hearing about Froome? Was he a pacemaker or something? How the fuck does it all work?

Also....Cavendish's win was apparently his 23rd Tour stage win in his career - but he's never won it? He's world champion but came 142nd in the Tour? Yet won loads of stages? The fuck?
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Okay, but it repeatedly talks about riders helping each other but it doesn't say how. They "work as units" -WTF? I thought it was a race? What do the supporting team members do to help the no.1 rider (right terminology? )? Block other riders? Bump them off their saddles?



And how come world champion Cavendish is having to support Wiggins and "fetch drinks for him"?

And why did he come 142nd when he won a few stages? How come the world champion did so badly? 142nd is shit. How come he's won so many stages overall and never won it?
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They protect their main asset, prevent them from getting boxed in, provide cover against the wind and rain, lessen the wear on him by taking turns infront of him giving him less wind resistance (until you ride a bike properly, you just can't imagine what a difference this makes), they collect water and energy bars etc for him to allow him to keep his pace up, motivate him at tought times, all sorts.
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Okay, but it repeatedly talks about riders helping each other but it doesn't say how. They "work as units" -WTF? What do the supporting team members do to help the no.1 rider (right terminology? )? Block other riders? Bump them off their saddles?

Cycling is a complex sport. The overall winner of the tour (maillot jaune) is the one who runs the fastest when you add the overall time. You can win the tour without winning a single race, Miguel Indurain was testament to that and he won the tour 5 times.
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They protect their main asset, prevent them from getting boxed in, provide cover against the wind and rain, lessen the wear on him by taking turns infront of him giving him less wind resistance (until you ride a bike properly, you just can't imagine what a difference this makes), they collect water and energy bars etc for him to allow him to keep his pace up, motivate him at tought times, all sorts.
Thanks, that's helpful and fairly interesting.

I haven't ridden a bike since my Dawes handmade mountain bike went all rusty in the shed

Any idea about the Cavendish riddle?

Where was Chris Hoy? I thought he was meant to be shit hot
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