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Posted on 07/04/2009 8:09:14 AM PDT by Mom MD
Today is day one! Armstrong riding. Astana is back! Predictions? Other comments? Does someone have the ping list from last year?
The walrus sings at midnight.
TDF = Tour de France. Big professional bike race. (the biggest)
Best of luck to the Texan.
ARmstrong already in the house with 20:12, 3rd place, :10 seconds back of another American, Levi something.
I wish he hadn’t done this. I dont think he has it in him to place well, and I dont want to see him turn his great career into a laughingstock (ala Brett Favre) We’ll see how it turns out.
Levi Leipheimer. One of the good guys.
John has a long mustache.
Broke his collar bone as you know back in march. He may have some struggles in the mountains.
I don’t expect him to win, but probably will end up in the top 10 if the lack of training due to injury doesn’t hurt him and he drops out.
Love to see the Red White and Blue back up on the stage in Paris. That would really torch some arses there.
See replies up thread. Biggest professional bicycle race in the world. Lance Armstrong attempting a comeback. Astana = best team in the world, banned from the race last year due to antics of some team members the year before (not the ones riding this year) Wide open race, looks exciting this year (if you are a fan of course, if not it is like watching paint dry!)
You got that right. I am also pulling for Contador. It was a shame he got aced out of the tour last year, and I think he will have something to say about it this year. I am expecting fireworks on the course!
I would love to see him do well enough to ruin the day for the French - we will see what happens. The collarbone injury is a painful one - my husband did that on is bike several years ago. Hopefully the plate they put in will speed healing.
Wide open race, looks exciting this year (if you are a fan of course, if not it is like watching paint dry!)
OK, you understand.
Well, I’m gearing up for an SDR test on MABAS, but that wouldn’t make a good headline, either. Thanks for the clarification.
Haven’t watch the tour in a few years since Lance’s departure. Started watching because of Greg Lemond and I was getting into cycling. He could have won more than 3 if he didn’t have to support Bernard Hinault.
Thank you for the ping!!
I probably am in the minority but I don’t like seeing Lance in the Tour again. His time has come and gone, and I say the same thing about egomaniacs that come out of retirement for any sport (yes, even Favre.)
So it probably goes without saying that I was pleased with Stage 1 result.
Yay Phil & Paul, Bob; yay for Astana (let’s go CONTADOR), and let’s hear it for three weeks of High Definition French countryside footage. Yay!!
Vino "plans to return to his cycling career with Astana." I hope Bruyneel says "no, thanks." And I say this as someone who really liked Vino for years.
Astana had 5 riders in the top 10-11 today. The team TT will be killer!
Thank you, Mom and Baynative!
Starts in Monaco, and makes a jaunt into Espana? Intersting
When’s the last time the Tour went to either, or went into 3 different countries, ftm?
He and Lance will form another team in 2010 if Vino comes back. No way will he get involved with him.
Thanks for the ping! All the anticipation, and I almost forgot to tune in! Very enjoyable, and any F1 fans (like me) also enjoyed seeing the riders on much the same course as the Monaco GP. Great pics, too! I love the mountain stages, and have really come to appreciate the ITTs, too. I agree, I, too, think we’re in for a great race this year!
Every year I say it, but one day I'd like to have my chalk graffiti decorating the road!
Well, you make some good points. But even though it’s hard to walk away after dedicating his entire life, he’s already met the goal. Seven times. So my attitude is, you retired, now stay gone; it’s someone else’s turn. I dunno. Maybe I’m too quick to judge.
Either way, as you say, there are plenty of other guys to watch. It’s gonna be a great Tour.
No problem, glad to help. The stages look, to quote Bob Roll, “diabolical.”
Not bad to place 10th over all and just be 00:40 seconds behind the leader in the time trials.
Great for Lance.
Lance thread from a few years back -- which I took heat regarding
psst, are you watching????
NO, I’M WATCHING WIMBLEDON!!! But no tea and crumpets though....
Nobody posted the results yet, so here are the top ten:
[Standing| Rider | Team | Time]
1. CANCELLARA Fabian TEAM SAXO BANK 19' 32"
2. CONTADOR Alberto ASTANA 19' 50"
3. WIGGINS Bradley GARMIN - SLIPSTREAM 19' 51"
4. KLÖDEN Andréas ASTANA 19' 54"
5. EVANS Cadel SILENCE - LOTTO 19' 55"
6. LEIPHEIMER Levi ASTANA 20' 02"
7. KREUZIGER Roman LIQUIGAS 20' 04"
8. MARTIN Tony TEAM COLUMBIA - HTC 20' 05"
9. NIBALI Vincenzo LIQUIGAS 20' 09"
10. ARMSTRONG Lance ASTANA 20' 12"
Noting Roman Kreuziger (Czchechoslovakia?) finish for Liquigas yesterday [#7], Lance tweeted that he used to race against his Dad! Ouch!
So here is the guy whose Mom generously let him enjoy his right to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness after the TT yesterday, back at the hotel watching coverage (snapped by Mark Higgins of Austin):
Speaking of cool threads, searching just now for today's I see that somebody else here made a very nice one for TdF the other day with links & graphics and all which we aren't using but maybe we should invite him/her here because they've done a really nice job & maybe they'll help with our dailies? FLAttorney didn't have our ping list, so here's that thread:
What a beautiful set up by Team Columbia. Cavendish will be the dominant sprinter for a while, but his team lead out was a thing of beauty.
Mr. Mom notes that Cavendish was pulling away from the riders in his slipstream!
I followed the Giro and I think Bryneel said Armstrong worked well as a Domestique.
So, from that aspect, it looks like Lance is also an outstanding team player.
How would you like to be racing against a team that has a past Tour winner that is willing to work as a Domestique? Especially if that someone is Lance Armstrong?
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