Sports Tour de France Discussion

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  1. benjo0101

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    I may be the only one but I fucking love cycling. The sport has had its demons but in it's purest form on the road it is so watchable. Well the highlights packages are.

    Haters gonna hate, but if you a cycling fan check in here for the tour.

    Who you picking?

    I got Richie Porte to win with Chris Froome a close second/third with Aru/Fulsang/Dan Martin taking a stage or two and really animating the race. Valverde is gonna be on a mission, that man seems in incredible shape and holding something back. Contador wont feature, I feel his time has passed and he is dreaming, I hope not as his climbing style is just incredible.

    Watch out for Tibot Pinault and Pierre Roland for Bastille day.

    Sprint wise I dont know, I think Peter Sagan is gonna be a nearly man again, that boy can ride a damn bike but he cant win many sprints. Not sure if Kittel is racing the tour but his former lead out man has been in form, Degenkolb. Arnauld Demare looked strong at the Dauphine but I dont think he has the legs to compete with the likes of Griepel, Kittel etc.

    Thoughts on a postcard...
     
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  2. Yossarian

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    I think Marco Pantani is going to take it.
     
  3. Grateful Dude

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    I'll be watching the TDF.
    I keep up with the mountain biking events much more than road cycling, but I always follow the TDF.

    The course doesn't favor Froome as much this year, but I imagine he will still be somewhere near the front again this year. Agree with you about Contador - he will likely have a few good moments, but won't hold up through the duration.
     
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  4. benjo0101

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    Put some small dollars on Porte. The guy is in incredible form. Best GC climber and tting very very well. His team is a tiny bit suspect, Frome has a way way stronger team.
     
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    Agree with you about Froome's team.
     
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  6. HEATH VON DOOM

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    How do you think Floyd Landis will do this year?
     
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  7. Kaladin Stormblessed

    Kaladin Stormblessed "Am a what, son" is code for...

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    when does it start? ive only watched it in full once, but i loved it that time...id like to follow it this time
     
  8. benjo0101

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    It's basically all of July.
     
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  9. benjo0101

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    Isn't he still fighting Lance for money? That is also an interesting battle

    I read a great book about that man. So so sad. My heart broke a little
     
  10. Yossarian

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    Great battles between him and Armstrong, that was right before the sport imploded. Exceptional climber also. What a sad ending. Could not handle the public shame, and especially in Italy. One of my favorites.
     
  11. benjo0101

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    He was a poster boy that just wanted to ride a bike as fast as he could. A prime example of a man who needed a manager who didn't want to squeeze him for pennies. Such a talent, epo or not.

    Matt rendell is a great Bible of info on that man. He's done some great work describing his struggles.

    I've been reading loads of cycling books. The struggle is real in the pro peloton, how more people don't quit or commit suicide I have no idea. Especially from the pre festina/cofidis affair era. That shit was the wild West.
     
  12. Yossarian

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    The Pride days for cycling. Grew up having it on TV every summer. War Indurain!
     
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  13. benjo0101

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    That's a very apt way of putting it
     
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  14. Yossarian

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    Fucking legend... rip
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    I'll give you back your thread now lol.
     
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  15. benjo0101

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    Nah you good. Amazed anyone replied with anything resembling normality. I was expecting a beat down.

    Plus to bring up such a cultural icon in a time of interesting cycling is a great idea. Bradley Wiggins scandal has animated cycling culture to a new fever pitch. Pantani is a great comparison
     
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  16. Yossarian

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    Tour De France is for fags.
     
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  17. Yossarian

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  18. Yossarian

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    Well, he can't say he didn't try to win that sprint lol
     
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    The Pink Panther I like sausages

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  20. Yossarian

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    So I didn't spoil it for you? I waited, it was all over the media though. Yeah, too reckless, they made the right call. Others fell as well.
     
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  21. The Pink Panther

    The Pink Panther I like sausages

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    Not at all. I was watching this afternoon but decided to go riding myself. It would be my fault going in a TDF thread not expecting spoilers.
     
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  22. Lord Vutulaki

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    Can someone explain what the deal is with watching a bunch of dudes in lycra pedal around fucknig France? Also men's swimming, why do people watch that repetitive crap?

    Im guessing with the tour de France there's some kind of team strategy at play im missing?
     
  23. Yossarian

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    Yes.
     
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    Yes to the team thing? so some riders are better at certain types of roads?
     
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