2013 Tour de France


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Sport climber
Jul 1, 2013 - 02:01pm PT
Nutstory: Great pictures from Ajaccio. After the Corsicans stopped bombing French post offices on the island, Corsica is quite close to heaven on earth.

Darwin: The Norwegian TV2 expert, Johan Kaggestad, had the wrong winner for 10 minutes. Guess if he will hear that afterwards and guess if he is embarrassed? Lol...

Trad climber
East Coast US
Jul 1, 2013 - 02:55pm PT
I work with the Comcast operations folks regularly. They tell me that day 1 of this year's TdF was the least watched day 1 since they began recording viewership of the event, which began around 2005.

I don't necessarily think this means anything, nor do they. In 2005, Armstrong was a living American hero on his way to #6 (?). And Trek was selling new bicycles like they were tech stocks in 1998.

This is just an observation based on two Philadelphia area counties that I thought was interesting.

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Jul 1, 2013 - 03:00pm PT
I think the low numbers are because the low-information cycling viewer likes time trials. TT's are more like reality TV for them, which is something they can understand.

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA
Jul 1, 2013 - 03:10pm PT
Yesterday (Sunday) when Bakelants won Phil Liggett MBE ;-) and Paul Sherwen got it completely wrong on the live TV NBCSports feed and called the wrong winner, mistaking the Spanish rider for RadioShack Markel Irizar Aranburu for Bakelants (also RadioShack).

When the Radio Shack rider initially broke away, Phil and Paul correctly identified the rider as Bakelants. However, the Official Tour de France race radio incorrectly identified the rider as Markel Irizar so they changed their call. This mistake was on the Tour organization and not Phil and Paul.

not much of a
Jul 1, 2013 - 05:19pm PT
On the way to Cham for the July 2012 climbing world cup, i met
a tour de France runner. He said he was happy to be
away from the circus for a day or 2. Was envious when i explained that in climbing
we dońt have this problem (yet). It sounded like cool wind to him.

Arrived in Cham, the circus started however: the death toll in the
Mont Blanc massif had included some of the world cup runners.

Weird coincidence.

On a more positive note though: if you have not seen ´hell on wheelś
Do. Its a documentary about the Tour de France by Pépé
Danquart. The name sounds familiar? Yep. It´s the man who
did ´At the Limit´ with our drinking buddies Alexander and Thomas Huber.


Social climber
From the Time Before the Rocks Cooled.
Jul 1, 2013 - 08:23pm PT
Credit: rmuir

Tony Martin after the first stage of the Tour de France 2013.

Jul 1, 2013 - 08:25pm PT
that's going to sting

Mckinleyville, Ca
Jul 1, 2013 - 09:35pm PT
everybody's seen this, but it's still classic

Credit: internet

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 1, 2013 - 09:37pm PT
Those doods back then were hard. They're such pussies now they don't even
change their own tires.

Trad climber
Jul 1, 2013 - 11:04pm PT
Sans gears!
Dirt roads!

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Jul 1, 2013 - 11:24pm PT
they were real slow too.

too much wine after the race,

and they would saw your frame at night.
not all the way, just enuff to have it break at the col de sac downhill.

the tour, back breaking work but somebody has to do it,

bernard hinault took a tree to the groin to avoid decking out,

grabbed the trunk with his legs after he bailed over the cliff.


"One of the most memorable Hinault victories was at the 1980 Liege-Bastogne-Liege in Belgium. The April race was held in winter conditions which deteriorated during the day. Of 174 starters, only 21 finished. Hinault rode solo for the last 50 miles (80 km) of the 151 mile (244 km) race through a blizzard and won by 9:24."

i bet that's the race that cooked his knee, can't feel the damage you do when it's frozen, no nerves in the knee,

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 1, 2013 - 11:33pm PT
Doc, thatsa no big when yer Le Blaireau.

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Jul 1, 2013 - 11:48pm PT
Fast Eddy, steaks for breakfast, steaks for dinner, wash it down with coke and dehydrating tea>


Near Boston
Jul 2, 2013 - 10:34am PT
I have to say Corsica has some nice looking granite. Some of the helo shots from the past three days have really been impressive.

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Jul 2, 2013 - 10:02pm PT
I swear I can't tell whether anyone is doping or not. Coverage seems to be the same with or without. I guess Zimmerman won't be riding this year what with the trial and all.

Does the winner get a date with Jody Arias?

John Mac

Trad climber
Littleton, CO
Jul 2, 2013 - 10:23pm PT
Great to see an Aussie wearing the yellow jersey tonight!
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Jul 2, 2013 - 10:29pm PT
The incredibly colourful outfits on today's road riders led a friend of a friend of mine to call them:

"Nascar sausage casings"...


Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 2, 2013 - 11:47pm PT
Credit: StahlBro

Trad climber
Jul 4, 2013 - 02:20am PT
A run-O-the-mill sprinters stage.
Nice to see the boys finally got to play with their lead-out train sets.
Sagan continues to impress me. Starts his sprint after Cav, Boasson Hagen (sp?) and Greipel. Strolls around Greipel, who's maxed out in his sprint, and comes within two pedal strokes of taking Edvald's "best of the rest" 2nd place.
Granted, he was better than a bike length behind Cav, but when Cav jumped, Sagan made up at least three bike lenghts before the line.
The kid's strong and savy.
Ian Jewell

Jul 4, 2013 - 11:37am PT
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