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It TdF time again! (Tour de France)
Velo News ^ | June 27, 2011 | Jason Sumner

Posted on 06/29/2011 9:29:15 PM PDT by Baynative

The American Long Shot

Chris Horner (USA) RadioShack: 50-to-1

Why he can win: After winning the critical Sierra Road stage at the Tour of California, the always-effusive Horner declared to the world, “Nobody can drop me except Contador.” Certainly that was the case in the Golden State, as Horner put on a tour de force, easily dispatching the likes of Schleck and everyone of Team Garmin-Cervélo. On top of that, Horner is a solid time trialist (sixth on California’s tough Solvang circuit this year) and he’s one of the sport’s most cerebral riders. Think coach on the field and you’re on the right track. He’s said a podium finish is the goal, and it’s actually not a totally outrageous proposition.

What could trip him up: For starter’s Horner, 39, is not even the leader of his team. Instead, he’s one among four potential captains in a group that also includes former Tour podium finisher — and recent Tour of Switzerland winner — Levi Leipheimer, former Tour podium finisher Andreas Kloden, and Slovenian climbing sensation Jani Brajkovic. All four will get a chance to show their stuff when the climbing begins. Have a bad day on the wrong day, and you’ll be fetching bottles the rest of the race.

(Excerpt) Read more at nbcsports.msnbc.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: tdf

Seeing Chris Horner on the podium would be just glorious. (I met him while riding at an Arizona event in 1996.) He is one of the genuine good guys in the sport - a rider and athlete we can all be proud of.

But, in reality I think it will take something special to get by the Schleck brothers this year.

It all starts on the first Saturday of July. Sure, there's been a lot of bad publicity about drugs and the Armstrong controversy will overshadow the first week of the event. But, with any luck Ivan Basso, Cadel Evans, Alberto Contador and a pile of new and talented riders will give us all what we want - and event to remember and be proud of.

LET'S RIDE!


1 posted on 06/29/2011 9:29:17 PM PDT by Baynative
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To: nutmeg; whattajoke; Aeronaut; jern; concentric circles; Petronski; Voss; Drango; glorgau; Cecily; ..
For the record; this is the 20th Anniversary of Big Mig's first of five consecutive wins at TdF.


2 posted on 06/29/2011 9:32:29 PM PDT by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: Baynative

The battle of the PED masking agents.


3 posted on 06/29/2011 9:33:17 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Baynative

I haven’t heard. Is Contador in? What happened to all the failed test investigations? Plasticizers and stuff.


4 posted on 06/29/2011 10:44:48 PM PDT by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: Baynative

If there is a ping list, add me to it.


5 posted on 06/29/2011 10:45:07 PM PDT by irishtenor (Everything in moderation, however, too much whiskey is just enough... Mark Twain)
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To: irishtenor; nutmeg; whattajoke; Aeronaut; jern; concentric circles; Petronski; Voss; Drango; ...

I have been trying to discover who might be running a pinglist this year... Please add me to it as well!

I am also pleased to report that in my run-up to TdF couch-potato season, wherein I ride my trusty ‘88 Bottecchia or ‘98 LeMond just a “little harder” than usual, I have dropped many a macho twentysomething wheelsucker with fancy spandex and a ten-thousand-dollar bike.

Contador’s performance in the Giro was impressive.


6 posted on 06/30/2011 1:28:36 AM PDT by golux
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To: Baynative

While I think Contador might take it I’m pulling for Andy Schleck - I think - kinda’ sorta’.

Really I’m pulling for any lead American Team and it’s front rider.


7 posted on 06/30/2011 3:46:03 AM PDT by PeteB570 (Islam is the sea in which the terrorist shark swims. It aids & comforts the shark on it's journey.)
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To: irishtenor

Gotcha!


8 posted on 06/30/2011 7:48:35 AM PDT by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: nutmeg; whattajoke; Aeronaut; jern; concentric circles; Petronski; Voss; Drango; glorgau; Cecily; ..

Sudden, spectacular moments make the Tour de France what it is.

Racing can change in an instant, whether from a rider's quick acceleration, an unseen obstacle in the road, or a cyclist's unscripted emotional finish-line reaction. Great Tour moments are etched in race lore, and they occur in an instant, year after year — always when least expected.

Countless epic battles, horrific crashes, furious sprint finishes,

and curious split-second oddities have occurred in the race's century-plus history.


9 posted on 06/30/2011 8:24:05 AM PDT by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: Baynative

Thanks for the thread.

Will be interesting to see the Schleck Brothers vs Alberto.

Liked you working the jumping devil into the photos...


10 posted on 06/30/2011 8:54:35 AM PDT by patriotspride
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To: Baynative

Great picks, Bay.


11 posted on 06/30/2011 9:08:47 AM PDT by golux
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To: Baynative

In that case, please add me to the ping list.


12 posted on 06/30/2011 9:14:37 AM PDT by jimtorr
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To: Minn

Yes he is. Apparently the officials are satisfied with his explanation of having eaten tainted meat. Seems the public opinion of his involvement is against him.


13 posted on 06/30/2011 9:21:33 AM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would http://see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: Baynative

Hey there. I’m all excited! Go Andy!


14 posted on 06/30/2011 9:22:31 AM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would http://see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: Baynative
Safe!

Wait, wrong sport.

15 posted on 06/30/2011 10:33:31 AM PDT by SouthTexas (You cannot bargain with the devil, shut the government down.)
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To: Baynative; Vision; leilani; Mom MD; luv2ski

Thanks, Bay!

So, anyone just hellbent for leather to ‘run’ the Tour thread on FR this year, or shall I continue?


16 posted on 06/30/2011 12:54:15 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy (I fight gangs for local charities and stuff.)
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To: Baynative

Thank you for the email—I have to say that I am not excited about the race at all this year. I haven’t even purchased the VeloNews special edition mag. :(


17 posted on 06/30/2011 1:20:58 PM PDT by Joy in the Journey (is not the lazy man's checkbook)
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To: Ready4Freddy

Hey. I’m not sure what you mean by “leather”, but go for it; you do a great job. Unless Bay wants it.


18 posted on 06/30/2011 1:28:07 PM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would http://see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: Ready4Freddy; Baynative; Vision; leilani; Mom MD; luv2ski

Are you Ready? (Lots of us’d be very grateful...)


19 posted on 06/30/2011 1:28:27 PM PDT by golux
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To: golux; Vision; Baynative; 21stCenturion; Aeronaut; alfa6; BaBaStooey; big ern; Blue Jays; bwteim; ..

I’ll dig up my templates, download the usual Stage graphics, and get ready for the Live Thread.

Prolly post it tmw sometime to get it started.

Also tune up the TdF Ping list w/ this post; I took over the list from nutmeg a few years ago, but Bay has his own. Maybe we’ll look into consolidating them?


20 posted on 06/30/2011 6:09:20 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy (I fight gangs for local charities and stuff.)
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To: Joy in the Journey
"I have to say that I am not excited about the race at all this year."

Let not your heart be troubled. Like all great traditions, le Tour never fails to surprise us.

This could just turn out to be something that we will all be talking about next year.

21 posted on 06/30/2011 7:48:58 PM PDT by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: Baynative

Rare photo, Tour de France, 1941
22 posted on 06/30/2011 8:22:15 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Ready4Freddy

Thanks for doing this! Despite all the drug scandals, the Tour is still a great event.


23 posted on 06/30/2011 8:37:01 PM PDT by drew
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To: LibWhacker

What a pic - just at the moment of attack! I wonder if he got away...


24 posted on 06/30/2011 8:43:05 PM PDT by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: Ready4Freddy; Baynative

It is not possible to be any less interested in observing or following this year’s TDF or any future occurrence of this ‘event’.

After watching the spectacle of everyone and his brother, including former team-mates, dumping upon LA to portray him as a doper / PED consumer / ‘cheat’ and worse, I have lost any taste, pleasure or interest in the TDF.

Liars !!! Cannibals ! Ingrates ! Poseurs ! Backstabbing headline hounds ! Bastards ALL !

Please take me off any TDF ‘ping’ list( s ).

21stCenturion


25 posted on 07/01/2011 12:39:56 PM PDT by 21stCenturion ("It's the Judges, Stupid !")
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To: nutmeg; whattajoke; Aeronaut; jern; concentric circles; Petronski; Voss; Drango; glorgau; Cecily; ..

Are you ready for the prologue TT?


Well, FUGGETABOUTIT!

This year the tour is throwing in a little twist. This from the Director:

JEAN-FRANÇOIS PESCHEUX’S ANALYSIS : A change of custom
“It has been a kind of tradition since 1967 that the Tour starts with a prologue. But, as in 2008, we will start with a road stage. We wanted to shake up the teams’ plans a little bit and change the way they operate. Only 10 riders can realistically contend for victory in a prologue. But each one of the 198 riders could win this stage and pull on the yellow jersey. Three years ago, the race started in Brittany, and this time we’re starting in the Vendée. The route will follow the coast before turning inland towards Les Herbiers and the Mont des Alouettes. This is not an ‘hors catégorie’ test, but even so it’s a finish for the strong men. The pure sprinters will struggle. It will suit someone like Thor Hushovd or a puncheur like Thomas Voeckler.”

Well whattdya know a 198km curveball to start the game...
LET THE FUN BEGIN!


26 posted on 07/01/2011 7:23:26 PM PDT by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: Baynative; Ready4Freddy; nutmeg; whattajoke; Aeronaut; jern; concentric circles; Petronski; Voss; ..

Watching now on Eurosport. (Am I looking at one of those new DuraAce wireless gruppos?) Vive le Tour, vive Ready, Bay, et Nutmeg!


27 posted on 07/02/2011 5:34:41 AM PDT by golux
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To: golux; nutmeg; whattajoke; Aeronaut; jern; concentric circles; Petronski; Voss; Drango; glorgau; ...
The thing I like most about July is waking up to Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwin. I don't think there are any color commentators in any sport who can compare with them for talent, knowledge and pure viewer enjoyment. Liggett calling a pack sprint is a delight.

...and speaking of pack sprints -
The first significant sprint of the tour goes to our local boy Tyler Farrar who snuck up on Cavendish, Bonen and Pataki while they were watching each other!
GO YANKS!

28 posted on 07/02/2011 6:40:59 AM PDT by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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