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MMCC

climber
New Zealand
Jul 17, 2013 - 12:02am PT
"Not normal". Who knows...
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Jul 17, 2013 - 12:13am PT
he is using bio-pace chain rings rotated 72 degrees, totally illegal

Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Jul 17, 2013 - 10:12am PT
One thing I would do to improve the TV coverage would be to totally disable the ZOOM lenses on all the motorcycle cameras.

What's gained by an extreme close shot looking into the vents on the back of a racer's helmet? Or by an extreme close shot into someone's ear canal?

Shitcan the zoom already. Pull back, so we can see the rider's position on the bike, the bike itself, the gears being used, the other racers, the fans lining the course, and the scenery. That's all part of the race too, but we're missing out on it to see yet another tight shot into someone's ear canal.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 17, 2013 - 10:07pm PT
OH, I was so bummed for Peraud.

He crashes in practice and breaks his shoulder (I did that this year).

Then he goes for it anyway, big time, not holding anything back, in the tt
and crashes again, on the same shoulder around 1 km. from the finish.

I have a feeling he won't start for the double Alpe d'Houez stage.
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Jul 17, 2013 - 10:49pm PT
So who scored the winning goal?

Is it over yet?
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 17, 2013 - 11:03pm PT
Hey climbski2, why do you post on this thread? Do you just rotate through and put in your worthless $0.02 on all threads?
Srbphoto

climber
Kennewick wa
Jul 17, 2013 - 11:12pm PT
Hate to say it but the last time we saw a performance like Froome's so far in this tour, it was the guy pushing yellow bracelets.
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Jul 18, 2013 - 12:47am PT
I'll tell you who's not doping. Cadel Evens. WTF. He must be sick or something.
As for all the armchair doping experts. Give it a rest and enjoy the show. Tomorrow should be awesome!
highcamp

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Jul 18, 2013 - 01:29am PT
I think tomorrow would be truly awesome if it was a race amongst equals. Whether Froome is clean or not, his dominance this year is akin to Mike Tyson boxing against Jerry Seinfeld. He's got 4 minutes. Four!! That makes for a boring ass race. Especially when everybody knows that if he lays the hammer down tomorrow like he did on the other key stages that he could realistically stretch that 4 minute gap to 20 minutes... and that's no joke, he's that head and shoulders above everyone else. The rest of them might scrap for podium spots, but c'mon.

As to whether Froome is clean or not, I definitely have my suspicions. But, maybe that pre-2010 parasite really did affect his abilities that much. Maybe he is a late blooming, better-than-Merckx natural talent.

Still, I'm curious to see how Sky plays it tomorrow. I wrote about this on another site, but Thursday's stage should be interesting. With so many press agencies around the world publishing articles calling Froome's performance into question - e.g., making note that if he won these stages by a handful of seconds nobody would really think much of it - I wonder if Sky will take this into account in how they let Froome race. Maybe hold Froome back, have him ride defensive and/or win by just a small margin (sandbag it until the final switchback up the Alpe, give RP a win, etc). Or, if they are fully confident in his 'pane e acqua' performance, let him fly and push out the same wattage and VAM that he did on AX3 or the upper slopes of Ventoux. Basically saying "F you!" to all the doubters. We shall see.
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Jul 18, 2013 - 02:36am PT
About the only positive that Froome has in my book is that considering the current microscope that racing is under, if you are doping the absolute stupidest thing you could do right now is call that much attention to yourself. I don't think he's that much of an idiot, but I have zero trust and very little respect for bike racing right now.
fluffy

Trad climber
Jul 18, 2013 - 07:00am PT
I'll say it for him: 'FU to all the doubters.'
imo Froome is racing clean. unfortunately for them, his main rivals are too.
what's that Cadel? couldn't hear you from the bottom of the standings.
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Jul 18, 2013 - 08:13am PT
I really hope he is racing clean. But now, anytime I see an other worldly performance I have my doubts, given the history of the sport.
mcreel

climber
Barcelona
Jul 18, 2013 - 09:04am PT
Reinhold Messner can count the number of clean Tour victories in the last 20 years on his toes, no problem.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 18, 2013 - 10:31am PT
Oh god! What a nail biter!


Go Tejay!
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 18, 2013 - 11:03am PT
Tejay might do it! Starting to struggle, but he has time!
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 18, 2013 - 11:09am PT
Amazing...It just might happen...Go Tejay.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 18, 2013 - 11:28am PT
Damn!!
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 18, 2013 - 11:45am PT
Ohhhhh.....

At least France got a (big) win.
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Jul 18, 2013 - 12:25pm PT
What a fantastic race!! While I wish that TJ had won, I'm glad France claimed the hardest stage.

Froome momentarily bonking today made him seem vulnerable and human. This alone gives me hope he's racing clean. I wonder what the outcome would have been if Porte had played by the rules and hadn't gone back to the team car for food?
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Jul 18, 2013 - 12:36pm PT
I don't know how it gets better than that!

Just the crowd lining the course made for a great stage. Everybody old enough to tie his own shoes was higher than a kite from the cheap red wine they'd been drinking since they woke up this morning, and when the race came by they did their best to act like it. I saw T.J. backhand one guy who was bothering him.

And then it turned into a real race.

rrider writes:

"If NBC is all there is, it might be pathetic, like the Olympics coverage."

I was worried about the same thing, too. But NBC could not have done a better job. The whole stage - start to finish - LIVE. I waited 35 years for this. Maybe NBC will do the Olympics like the bike race.
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