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Tour de France - First rest day - July 15
Velonews Website ^ | 7/15/07 | Aeronaut

Posted on 07/16/2007 2:16:05 AM PDT by Aeronaut

No racing today.


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: bicycle; bike; tour
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1 posted on 07/16/2007 2:16:07 AM PDT by Aeronaut
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To: Aeronaut; whattajoke; CyberCowboy777; jern; concentric circles; Petronski; Voss; stylin_geek; ...

Tour de France ping!

Please FReepmail 'Aeronaut' if you want on or off the Tour de France 2007 list.

2 posted on 07/16/2007 2:16:53 AM PDT by Aeronaut (Hebrews 13:4)
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To: Aeronaut; MoochPooch; Michael81Dus; Vicomte13; az_gila; Experiment 6-2-6; henkster; CT-Freeper; ...

Europe pinglist ping.


3 posted on 07/16/2007 2:47:55 AM PDT by Jedi Master Pikachu ( What is your take on Acts 15:20 (abstaining from blood) about eating meat? Could you freepmail?)
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu

Rest day today, only talk on the TV.

Mountains return on Tuesday.


4 posted on 07/16/2007 4:30:10 AM PDT by PeteB570 (Guns, what real men want for Christmas)
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To: Aeronaut

Phew! Time to catch up on household and mothering duties before Tuesday a.m. :D


5 posted on 07/16/2007 5:27:42 AM PDT by Joy in the Journey (Forgiveness: easier to ask for and receive than permission.)
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To: Aeronaut

For whatever reason, people wanted to cheer for Lance Armstrong. Now that he has gone, thankfully this country has gone back to not caring about bike riding.


6 posted on 07/16/2007 5:32:56 AM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: Baynative

If they had batons that they could hit each other, I think it would be very cool. Perhaps it could be more like roller derby with some speed guys, some enforcers, etc.


9 posted on 07/16/2007 6:36:52 AM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: Rodney King
The best way to appreciate this sport is to take 5 "spinning" classes back to back daily for 20 days.

These guys amaze me. It looks silly, but dang they've got to be in great shape.

10 posted on 07/16/2007 6:50:44 AM PDT by Dick Vomer (liberals suck....... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.,)
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It looks silly, but dang they've got to be in great shape.

Probably some of the best conditioned athletes in the world, period.

I recently started riding my bike to the train station each morning as part of my daily commute. I have to admit that the more I get used to it, the more I like it. I have started riding harder and faster, and have even started taking laps around the block before putting the bike in the garage, its pretty exhilirating. I have even gone as far as purcasing a bike computer and a goofy helmet. Don't care how silly it looks, its great!

11 posted on 07/16/2007 7:09:49 AM PDT by Paradox (Foreign Policy suggestions from Jimmy Carter are like Beauty Tips from Rosie O'Donnell)
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To: Paradox

Do you wear spandex and the gay yellow bracelet?


12 posted on 07/16/2007 7:40:33 AM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: Rodney King
Do you wear spandex and the gay yellow bracelet?

Okay, we get it, you don't like cycling. So why are you on this thread?

13 posted on 07/16/2007 7:44:58 AM PDT by zoso82t
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To: Rodney King
Do you wear spandex and the gay yellow bracelet?

Nope, and I ride a mountain bike, not a road bike. I ride through the city, a road bike would get torn up. Besides, I like the inefficiencies of a mountain bike, makes my body work harder at the lower speeds neccessary in city riding, and I need the exercize, gotta lose about 20 more pounds.

14 posted on 07/16/2007 7:50:27 AM PDT by Paradox (Foreign Policy suggestions from Jimmy Carter are like Beauty Tips from Rosie O'Donnell)
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To: Paradox

“Probably some of the best conditioned athletes in the world, period.”

I wholeheartedly agree with your comment above. Just last month, I visited my hometown in southern West Virginia (heart of the coalfields). For old time’s sake, I walked my paper route just to see what and how much had changed in 47 years. This route was on the side of a mountain and would be a class 1 according to Tour de France standards. I used to be able to run this route. At other times, I could ride my bike on some of those streets with no problem. Last month, I could barely walk those hills and I am in reasonable shape. Now, watching the TDF, I marvel at the strength and conditioning of these athletes. I’ve become a big fan of cycling.

I spent a little time in the area where Stages 6, 7 and 8 of the this year’s Tour are. Incredibly beautiful scenery and makes me want to go visit it again - NOW. Would love to be there during the TDF. I bet you would too.


15 posted on 07/16/2007 8:00:34 AM PDT by miele man (Continually voting against iodine deficient libs for 42 years)
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To: zoso82t; Rodney King
Okay, we get it, you don't like cycling.

We're also starting to 'get' quite clearly that Mr. King seems to have, er...shall we say, an inordinately obsessive preoccupation with the sexuality of highly conditioned male athletes. ;-)

Um, is there something ya wanna tell us, Rod?

16 posted on 07/16/2007 8:11:35 AM PDT by leilani (!)
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To: leilani
We're also starting to 'get' quite clearly that Mr. King seems to have, er...shall we say, an inordinately obsessive preoccupation with the sexuality of highly conditioned male athletes. ;-)

No, I have nothing agianst the professional cyclists and the gear they where. It's the weekend pretenders that make me wonder.

17 posted on 07/16/2007 8:12:43 AM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: Rodney King
It's the weekend pretenders that make me wonder.

I admit, these guys make me laugh. The guys all done up in the colors of a typical professional cyclist, with all the serious gear (I had a neighbor like that, and I KNOW he was not a real pro, or even a serious rider). My setup is fairly ghetto looking by comparison.

18 posted on 07/16/2007 8:24:45 AM PDT by Paradox (They're simply playing all of us, all of them.)
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To: Paradox

OK, I was just trolling otherwise. I have nothing against your sport, but a few years ago during the Lance Armstrong pehenomena I knew more than one annoying person who got the short haircut, started wearing the bracelet, and riding their bike around in spandex.


19 posted on 07/16/2007 8:26:18 AM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: Paradox

Mine is pretty ghetto too (I just wear regular tees or tank tops) but you have to have the shorts & gloves & (helmet hair be damned) the headgear or else you aren’t going to last very long out there.


20 posted on 07/16/2007 8:28:14 AM PDT by leilani (!)
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To: Rodney King

When I’m in the saddle for 100+ miles, you can be sure I’m going to wear clothes that make sense for the activity. That means spandex shorts, a breathable jersey, gloves, helmet, etc.

As for the team jerseys; I think they’re goofy don’t wear them, but a person riding a bike in bicycle team gear is decidedly less stupid than the 300lb couch potato watching football while wearing his Peyton Manning jersey. At least the bike gear serves a purpose.


21 posted on 07/16/2007 8:38:18 AM PDT by zoso82t
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To: Rodney King
"Do you wear spandex and the gay yellow bracelet?"

You might have noticed that football players also wear tight, unnatural pants. Do you like to stare at their buttocks? Does watching the tackling give you some kind of suppressed homosexual thrill?

Of course I'm being sarcastic, but people who hint that there's something sissified about cycling are clueless. It takes balls to ride down a mountain pass at 60 mph on half-inch tires. And it takes incredible stamina to ride a bike 120 miles at an average speed of about 25-30 MPH. Try riding a bike on level ground at 30 mph for three minutes, and you might appreciate those who can do it for 3 hours.

Of course, no one is under any obligation to take a shine to any particular sport, but I find the TDF mesmerizing, and wish I'd discovered it earlier.
22 posted on 07/16/2007 9:49:17 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle ("Above all, shake your bum at Burton.")
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BANG - You nailed that one zoso82t.

The good ‘ol USA is the land of sports gear on non functional stuff. From NASCAR stickers on rattle buckets belching blue smoke shaking down the road to the 300 pounders on the couch with their favorite team T shirt.

OK, off to check the air in the tires of my under $100 Sears mountain bike that’s about 20 years old that I ride in blue jeans of shorts and a T shirt. Helmet and gloves of course.

23 posted on 07/16/2007 9:54:19 AM PDT by PeteB570 (Guns, what real men want for Christmas)
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To: Steve_Seattle
You might have noticed that football players also wear tight, unnatural pants. Do you like to stare at their buttocks? Does watching the tackling give you some kind of suppressed homosexual thrill?

But that's while their playing. I'll bet that even pro football players, when tossing the ball around with their kids, don't wear the spandex. Yet, there are all these 40 something year old guys who have latched on to the lance armstrong look and wear the gear around.

Of course I'm being sarcastic, but people who hint that there's something sissified about cycling are clueless. It takes balls to ride down a mountain pass at 60 mph on half-inch tires. And it takes incredible stamina to ride a bike 120 miles at an average speed of about 25-30 MPH. Try riding a bike on level ground at 30 mph for three minutes, and you might appreciate those who can do it for 3 hours.

I gave up riding my bike when I got my drivers license, but yes, I know what you mean.

Of course, no one is under any obligation to take a shine to any particular sport, but I find the TDF mesmerizing, and wish I'd discovered it earlier.

It would be better if they carried batons and could hit each other with them.

24 posted on 07/16/2007 9:54:45 AM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: Rodney King
"I knew more than one annoying person who got the short haircut, started wearing the bracelet, and riding their bike around in spandex."

That kind of thing is hardly unique to cycling. I ride a bike, but I don't wear spandex, just regular shorts.

Sports garb is big business, and for every spandex-wearing cyclist there's ten paunchy middle-aged men wearing a Brett Favre jersey.

I think adult cyclists who ride around kitted out in a pro-tour outfit look silly, but they're no different from the football fans wearing a team's jersey.
25 posted on 07/16/2007 9:54:52 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle ("Above all, shake your bum at Burton.")
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To: zoso82t
When I’m in the saddle for 100+ miles, you can be sure I’m going to wear clothes that make sense for the activity. That means spandex shorts, a breathable jersey, gloves, helmet, etc.

fair enough.

As for the team jerseys; I think they’re goofy don’t wear them, but a person riding a bike in bicycle team gear is decidedly less stupid than the 300lb couch potato watching football while wearing his Peyton Manning jersey.

I agree. Actually, I was talking with someone about this the other day. The "Lance Armstrong Look" has been adopted by mostly professionals, who look with disdain upon the guy that wears the football jersey to the stadium, yet they do the same basic thing with their biking stuff. And of course, that does not include anyone like you who actually had dedicated yourself to it.

26 posted on 07/16/2007 9:57:05 AM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: Steve_Seattle
hink adult cyclists who ride around kitted out in a pro-tour outfit look silly, but they're no different from the football fans wearing a team's jersey.

I agree.

27 posted on 07/16/2007 9:58:50 AM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: Rodney King

On the other hand, there are local bicycle clubs that have their own competition outfits, and they really do race, so some of the people you see might be legitimate amateur racers. But I won’t deny they’re showing off a bit if they’re wearing their racing gear around town.


28 posted on 07/16/2007 10:03:06 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle ("Above all, shake your bum at Burton.")
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"but you have to have the shorts & gloves & (helmet hair be damned) the headgear or else you aren’t going to last very long out there."

I'll swear to that. I wouldn't be here if I hadn't been wearing a helmet when I crashed last summer; and I wasn't even going fast or doing anything macho.
29 posted on 07/16/2007 10:07:56 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle ("Above all, shake your bum at Burton.")
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On a sad note Robbie McEwen was cut from this years Tour de France for finishing outside the 40 minute time limit for the last stage.

The race went from 189 down to 172 riders in the first full week.

Two more weeks to go.

30 posted on 07/16/2007 10:13:20 AM PDT by PeteB570 (Guns, what real men want for Christmas)
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To: Steve_Seattle

I’ve not always been good about wearing it for short & quick morning rides, but I had a close call in a bad crash about a year & a half ago, & very nearly killed myself on some very sharp rocks. (As it was, I broke a couple of ribs). Ever since then, I wear it religiously & nag everybody else I see without one to do so as well. A ride isn’t so “short & quick” if it requires an ambulance to the morgue in order to help you finish it.


31 posted on 07/16/2007 11:09:40 AM PDT by leilani (!)
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The race went from 189 down to 172 riders in the first full week.

Eight riders dropped yesterday, and I think we'll see more tomorrow. I was sorry to hear McEwen didn't finish within the cutoff time yesterday, but I don't believe he ever really recovered from his crash in Stage 1.

The sprints won't be as gripping now, 4 major sprinters out in the last two stages.
32 posted on 07/16/2007 12:02:33 PM PDT by Texas2step (<><)
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To: Aeronaut
Any predictions now? Were you surprised any with yesterday's stage?

I was very impressed with Contador from Discovery. I think I'd rather see him as the Discovery team leader than Levi. I've never thought Levi had the legs to be "the man".

About the only "favorite" that showed any real form was Valverde. It's going to be an interesting day Tuesday and the ITTs will be huge...
33 posted on 07/16/2007 12:07:27 PM PDT by Texas2step (<><)
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The sprints won't be as gripping now, 4 major sprinters out in the last two stages.

And this is even before the 3 cols tomorrow! And after that we still have the Pyrenees. Aye carumba. They'll be lucky to have anybody left at all to sprint in Paris.

34 posted on 07/16/2007 12:21:05 PM PDT by leilani (!)
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They'll be lucky to have anybody left at all to sprint in Paris.

Boonen and Zabel will be there. They looked really good yesterday, particularly Zabel.

Tomorrow should be an epic day. I really is time for the GC riders to come out an play and who us who is in form. This may be a year for a relative unknown to win. Or, maybe Vino and Kloden will have recovered enough from this crashes to take control.

Really, really looking forward to tomorrow's stage. We should see some major attacks from the very beginning of the stage with the race starting on an HC climb!
35 posted on 07/16/2007 12:29:02 PM PDT by Texas2step (<><)
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This may be a year for a relative unknown to win. Or, maybe Vino and Kloden will have recovered enough from this crashes to take control.

I think you're right that if ever there were a year for un unknown to snatch up the yellow in Paris, this is it.

I still haven't seen yesterday's stage (have been travelling, hope to see the replay tonight) but have read that Kloden stayed back to help Vino & gave away a lot of time. If this is true, does this mean Kloden has just given up trying for GC for himself?

36 posted on 07/16/2007 12:42:56 PM PDT by leilani (!)
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I don't think an unknown will win it; most of the pre-race favorites are lurking near the top. Valverde is in good shape, so are Evans and Menchov, and - who knows? - with Kloden and Vino banged up, maybe Kashechkin will emerge as "the Man" for Astana. Most people thought he was a year or two away, but he's hanging right up there. But I'm not prepared to write off Kloden and Vino at this point.

Tomorrow will be very interesting; no one will win it tomorrow, but expect one or two of the favorites to fall off the pace. I fear that Leipheimer might be one of them.
39 posted on 07/16/2007 2:29:52 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle ("Above all, shake your bum at Burton.")
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I wonder if Discovery deliberately held back Hincapie and Popovych to possibly lead a breakaway tomorrow, or if they just fell off the pace because they didn’t have the legs.


40 posted on 07/16/2007 2:35:08 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle ("Above all, shake your bum at Burton.")
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To: Baynative

And like Hincapie in the Tour of California, and Landis during last year’s tour, with the degenerative hip. Even if he did mess around with some testosterone supplement, and I’m not convinced he did, it was quite a feat. It’s too bad that effort has been overshadowed by everything else.


42 posted on 07/16/2007 5:30:55 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle ("Above all, shake your bum at Burton.")
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...For whatever reason, people wanted to cheer for Lance Armstrong. Now that he has gone, thankfully this country has gone back to not caring about bike riding.

It's unfortunate you feel like that. I'm an American and I set the alarm to view the 2007 TDF at 06:00 am.. What really stinks is that the finish is in the timeframe I need to be in the office, so I get to watch it again that night, and pray I don't read the results before that evening.

Lance was....special... 7 TDF's and the best from you is "for whatever reason"

Lance isn't there this year, nor is Landis. Nonetheless, the TDF is a special month long event....regardless of who is in it. If you don't / can't / won't appreciate it, that's fine. That's your business.

I love it....

43 posted on 07/16/2007 5:41:34 PM PDT by SGCOS (\\)
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To: SGCOS

It is a cool race through great scenery, no doubt about it.


44 posted on 07/16/2007 6:24:36 PM PDT by Cecily
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To: Paradox

I love watching the TDF. I ride a mountain bike and I know those guys are incredible athletes. I could never do even a fraction of what those guys do, even though I am a relatively good bike rider and in pretty good shape.

Even for non-bicyclists I imagine it’s thrilling to watch guys zooming around hairpin turns at 30-40 miles per hour.

Seeing all the bicycling-haters come on threads that talk about bicycling is like watching Macintosh-haters come on the Mac threads and rant about Macs...if you don’t like soemthing, then don’t post to threads that chat about those things!

Ed

Ed


45 posted on 07/16/2007 6:39:08 PM PDT by Sir_Ed
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To: Cecily; leilani; Baynative
Well, some of the scenery, anyway... ;>)

Borat is expanding his cultural horizons,
taking a trip to France. We hear he's hoping
the lessons he learns on Le Tour will make benefit
glorious nation of Kazakhstan.

47 posted on 07/16/2007 9:51:55 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy ("Everyone knows there's a difference between Muslims and terrorists. No one knows what it is, tho...)
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Eeew, R4F! Here's a 4 second video of his icky self:

Borat at TDF 2007

(Hat Tip to bwteim!)

48 posted on 07/17/2007 4:52:01 AM PDT by leilani (!)
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To: leilani

Hey, come to think of it, we haven’t heard from Eurotwit lately, have we? You don’t think maybe he......?


49 posted on 07/17/2007 5:10:19 AM PDT by leilani (!)
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To: leilani
LOL, thanks, leilani (I think :). Take a close look at the pic again - note that the rider 2nd from our right is looking at the south end of a north-bound Borat, and appears to be losing control of his bike.
50 posted on 07/17/2007 6:47:01 AM PDT by Ready4Freddy ("Everyone knows there's a difference between Muslims and terrorists. No one knows what it is, tho...)
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