2007 Tour de France Chat

Jul 16th, 2007, 06:20 AM
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<The commentators on the Versus channel have mentioned several times the slow pace of some of the stages.>

headwinds or stringent doping testing?

anyway i heard of the story of a Danish, Swedish or Germany i think rider who, at the pinnacle of his chances to do well in the Tour was not allowed to compete because he has sleep narcoplexy (sp?) and has to take medication for it to literally prevent falling asleep on his bike (!) which well could happen. Yet the medicine is on the list of banned substances. So this is a hard call - much like the British 400-yr dash guy with artificial legs who wants to compete in the Olympics. At least i think he's British.

I feel sorry for the sleep narcolepsy bloke though understand the reason for the ban - at least i think he was banned - he had an appeal just before the start.

Anyway this year's tour has excited me as much as any - the countryside doesn't change and the photo finishes are great.
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Jul 16th, 2007, 07:12 AM
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There was also a rider whose name escapes me who has to take medication for his as asthma. The drug is legal in proper amounts, but his was just over the limit,so he was unable to participate in the tour. It's highly doubtful that this was intentional. Most likely a case of medication not being absorbed in the usual manner.

What a tour! I'm going to miss it today. I felt so bad about Mick Rodgers and Stuart O'Grady.

The tactics are such fun to watch. Are Vino and Levi still a bit out of sorts or pacing themselves for the Pyrennes? Or both? A great ride by Linnus when the prognosticaters expected him to lag behind after Sunday's win. Another interesting development is the race between Kloden and Vino. Kloden looked the stronger yesterday even though Vino is the race leader. I still remember the year Vino was so strong on team T-Mobile ,yet the team left him on his own in order to support the somewhat questionable Ullrich.

This is certainly an excellent tour.
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Jul 16th, 2007, 08:30 AM
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I look forward to Le Tour every year and am fortunate to live in a time zone that permits me to watch it live!
Like Kerouac & others I love to see the French countryside from the helicopters and scribble down notes furiously as an interesting Chateau or town comes into view.
PS. Little Linus has stolen my heart!
His mannerisms are just wonderful.
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Jul 16th, 2007, 08:52 AM
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Frankie was humorously dissing the French police for not seriously trying to keep folks from running onto the course.

Donnow bout that but it seems that idiots running into the tiny guantlet at times is dangerous and did i believe cause a crash that Lance was in a few years back.

I guess yesterday the Devil himself intruded into the race!
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Jul 16th, 2007, 10:09 AM
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You're certainly right, it couldn't have been much worse considering the accidents during and after the race. It's the end of the Tour for Patrik Sinkewitz who collided with an 78-year old spectator from Luxembourg. Sinkewitz ended up with a fractured nose and facial injuries; the spectator is still in a coma. This accident occurred on the way to the hotel after the race.

Arroyo was lucky after his spill off the road. Not so O'Grady, who is seriously hurt and fell already during the Prologue in London. He's out of the race. Bad day for the Aussies all around with Rogers' exit from the Tour also. How terribly disappointing for him - 30 km before the finish line.

Good thing they have a break today to recuperate somewhat. Tomorrow's stage is brutal with the climb of three passes and the final 7% approach to Briançon; never mind the Pyrenees looming in the distance.....It sounds as though the favorites are saving themselves for that segment of the Tour but that strategy could backfire IMO. For us, there's some great "traveling" ahead in the days to come.
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Jul 16th, 2007, 10:11 AM
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<much like the British 400-yr dash guy with artificial legs who wants to compete in the Olympics. At least i think he's British.>


Oscar Pistorius is South African.
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Jul 16th, 2007, 10:28 AM
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Frankie finally said something profound:

"What a refreshing race where there are no stars acting like stars"

paraphrased - yes it seems refreshing that they are no stars really and no bigshots.
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Jul 16th, 2007, 12:33 PM
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Arroyo was REALLY luck that his accident took him down into grass and trees rather than cliffs.
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Jul 16th, 2007, 12:42 PM
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Casual fans like me may not realize how extremely dangerous this type of cycling in this terrain can be
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Jul 16th, 2007, 01:01 PM
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What a sight to see Arroyo emerge from that steep hillside admist the trees and shrubs. He apparently wasn't seriously injured,and yet it was Rogers who at first looked fine who had to abandon the race.

And, what about Contador? Bike trouble in the last kilometers kept him from an excellent finish.

One had only to watch yesterday's tour to realize that cycling is far more than sitting on the bike seat and pedalling.
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Jul 16th, 2007, 01:11 PM
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Sad day for the Aussies yesterday for sure. Rogers suffered a dislocated shoulder and O'Grady was "diagnosed with five fractured ribs, three fractures of his lower back, a fractured shoulder and a punctured lung." And McEwan was eliminated.
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Jul 16th, 2007, 11:47 PM
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Big tip for Australians: Cadell Evans will finish on the podium in Paris.
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Jul 17th, 2007, 06:16 AM
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Phil Liggitt said something the other night that i wonder about

He said that tomorrow was an off-day and that riders hated that - they just wanted to keep going and could stiffen up

Well thinking a bit that surprised me - i thought some riders, especially those not in the upper tier of riders, would want a day to rethink, retool, etc.

And for the stiffening up - i'd think they could just do a light ride to solve that problem.
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Jul 17th, 2007, 07:21 AM
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As I said in an earlier post, Phil's comments aren't always accurate. I doubt that all the riders "hate" a day off. It will give those with injuries a bit of a respite and teams a chance to regroup (T-Mobile losing their team leader). All riders will ride on rest day, but I imagine distance/difficulty will vary.
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Jul 17th, 2007, 07:32 AM
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What a terrific Tour so far, new teams, new riders and such fantastic young riders. I know they are monitoring the heart rates of several of the riders, wish there was a way to monitor the heart rates of the viewers A Super day of the racing. Deborah
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Jul 17th, 2007, 07:58 AM
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Sarkozy on the podium!
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Jul 17th, 2007, 09:07 AM
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You're so right, Deborah. I'm so nervous when they race down the mountains. It's a miracle that there aren't any more accidents. What a day and what a surprise with Soler from Colombia! How nice for his team Barloworld since this is their first Tour de France participation.
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Jul 17th, 2007, 09:19 AM
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Very entertaining, that's for sure. Not having a clear favorite is one reason.
 
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Waggis, last August we stayed in Briancon and drove up and down some of the climbs. I can't believe the racers actually bike down faster than we felt comfortable driving down While we were driving I just kept thinking "there is nothing between us and the bottom of the ravine". Absolutely terrifying.

Beautiful scenery today but I don't want to spoil anything for the people on the West Coast who haven't watched the stage yet. Today's race should bring lots of comments from the Tour's faithful followers . Deborah
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Every time Paul says undulation today (or a derivative thereof) - make sure to drink
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