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dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 6, 2013 - 10:18pm PT
I would've said Vinchenzo (phonetic spelling)(Nibali) for tomorrow but , oops, he isn't here.


I love where Laurens TenDam drops Contador and Kreuziger!...and pulls through for 5th.
rmuir

Social climber
From the Time Before the Rocks Cooled.
Jul 6, 2013 - 10:44pm PT
For those who follow Strava, the numbers by pro rider Laurens ten Dam during stage 8 of the Tour de France should give you a goal to shoot for. 118.5 miles, over 16,000 feet of elevation and an average speed of 23.4 mph. And BTW, he finished the stage fifth, ahead of past TDF winners Alberto Contador and Cadel Evans. Whoa!

Credit: rmuir

"Hard day"--ya think? Those guys are fooken amazing. I wonder how many beers I'd have to drink to recover all those Calories?
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Jul 6, 2013 - 10:47pm PT
What's the 23 year old Colombians name?

That guy has what it takes, I think.

Freaking eye of the tiger in that climb.
shady

Trad climber
hasbeen
Jul 7, 2013 - 12:13am PT
His name's Quintana.
He could'a been a contend'a, if he was a bett'a descend'a!

Phil, this is how you lay out todays selections. First you take your Contador and put him next to your Evans. Then you take your Valverde and set him next to your Froome. Next you take your....

Paul!.. Don't you think your putting that Porte alittle too close to that Quintana?
Nonsense Phil, I........

BOOOOOM!

Well Paul, let's hope none of our viewers at home were injured in that selection process.
Nate D

climber
San Francisco
Jul 7, 2013 - 01:50am PT
Well that was a nice tour. 8 days in and if the team and guy keep it together its over.

Boy I sure hope not. I want surprises and suspense!
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 7, 2013 - 02:10am PT
I hope there is some challenge from someone. Of the recent tours, I can only picture Sastre's(and the Schleck brothers) and Cadel's wins. I know Contador and Wiggins won in there, but really I can't remember any of the stages.

Oh, yeah, there was Andy attacking while Contador was getting water, slipping a chain, and then whinging like a baby when Contador rode by him.

Dar
(am I going to be sorry about this post?)
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 7, 2013 - 02:10am PT
Still a long way to go. All it takes is one bad day....

http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/07/news/analysis-whoever-has-the-least-bad-day-will-win-the-2013-tour-de-france_294169
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 7, 2013 - 02:50am PT
Yes, there is a long, long way to go.
hb81

climber
Jul 7, 2013 - 08:04am PT
Of the recent tours, I can only picture Sastre's(and the Schleck brothers) and Cadel's wins.

Singular for now, Frank Schleck was banned for a year and is not racing in the 2013 TDF.
shady

Trad climber
hasbeen
Jul 7, 2013 - 11:58pm PT
Really nice stage!
Great riding Dan! Thanks for putting Garmin on the board.
Finding Sky vulnerable after yesterdays big effort should put some wind back in the sails of the other GC contenders. It seems to have done wonders for Andy.

Being the armchair director sportif that I am.........
Moviestar, IMHO, missed a great chance to crush Froome today. Valverde should have sent Quintana on the attack earlier then they did. Quintana can't TT well enough to be a true GC threat, making him more of a stage sniper. Putting him up for sacrifice today, no matter the outcome, with a rest day and flat stages into alps for recovery? Down side?

With stages like todays, How can you not love this sport?
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 8, 2013 - 11:45am PT
Fantastic Stage. I would love to ride with the helicopter. Descents look really wild.
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Jul 8, 2013 - 12:42pm PT
One indication as to the relative doping free racing happening in this years TdF is the fact racers are having bad days. Before the days of EPO/HGH, bad days were not an uncommon fact when racing for 3 weeks.
shady

Trad climber
hasbeen
Jul 8, 2013 - 01:18pm PT
StahlBro I think I'd opt for the moto-photo ride-along. GIDDYUP!... =D
Dr. Christ

Mountain climber
State of Mine
Jul 8, 2013 - 01:19pm PT
zzzzz....


watching this sport was boring enough WITH drugs
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Jul 8, 2013 - 01:22pm PT
That's probably because you tuned in on a rest day.
shady

Trad climber
hasbeen
Jul 8, 2013 - 01:42pm PT
My pick for tomorrows flaaaaaaaaaat stage win.
Cav. (damn it!)

Short TT on Wednesday, so it's a hard call.
I'm bummed.....no Spartacus or Captain America.
I'm hoping.....for TJ to take it.
I'm thinkin.....Martin or Froome.

Anyone else care to make a call....or two?
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 8, 2013 - 10:57pm PT
I was jus' watchin' the highlight show for the first week. Wow, it's good stuff, it's the TOUR DE FRANCE afterall.

The best stage was yesterday, Sunday. Garmin hits hard early on with Tommy D. and David Miller attacking early and winning the first climb. Then they go again for the second and third climb with Dan Martin coming into play.
Moviestar takes over with our little star Colombian Quintana ripping on the front. He kicks again and again. Valverde is waiting just behind for the right time to go. Unfortunately, Quintana doesn't give 110% and drop Froome. Maybe he did and we just couldn't tell. Froome hangs.

Finally...it's the last climb, and late on Daniel Martin goes with almost 40km to go. Fuglesang goes just after, and luckily for Danny.
They both give 110% for ~40 kms, it's awesome to see each rider going for it like that, no bs, no games, just a total commitment for the win. The sprinters teams are going like hell to try and catch, the gap drops by 12 seconds and then grows by 8.
They come into the last km. Danny has perfect position behind Jacob. Jacob doesn't cut to bs, he's in front but he thinks he has a chance, no reason to be a pussy. Danny is thinking of the turn at 500 meters and kicks just before. He goes into the turn in the lead and goes to the end.
YES!

I remember a few years ago when Chris Horner was in the same position and both of them sat up (I can't remember who the other guy was) waiting for the other to lead them out. Neither guy did and the peloton caught them with 100 meters to go. What a disappointment, that was the closest Chris ever came to a stage win and the only time he let us down. Bad style.



Tomorrow, I'm going with Sagan.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 8, 2013 - 11:04pm PT
Dang Dee ee,

If that happens I will really be impressed (except for the Sagan winning part ;-)
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 9, 2013 - 01:06am PT
Tomorrow the wind will wreak havoc and some Belgian team will produce the winner. Note that Cavendish's team is Belgian, so I'm kind of hedging my bets here. I'm not saying that I'll be particularly happy with him winning.
shady

Trad climber
hasbeen
Jul 9, 2013 - 12:31pm PT
Schoolmasters, sprint du jour
Argos/Shimano is showing they are a team to be respected.
Sending the,"powerhouse teams" back to school. Very well done!

Mark Cavendish is the biggest wanker in professional cycling!
I was able to watch the early coverage. Phil and Paul made short mention of it, but there was no mention of his actions post finish.
As I raise my right index finger above my head.... I solemnly swear from this day forward I will only refer to him as "Cavend#@&%e."
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