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06 Tour De France

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussions' started by ChrisAndNat, Jun 25, 2006.

  1. ChrisAndNat

    ChrisAndNat Well-Known Member

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    Who will be watching this year?

    I'm betting on Ullrich or Basso right now.
     
  2. Banditfist

    Banditfist Well-Known Member

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    Lance will win again just to piss the French off.
     
  3. ChrisAndNat

    ChrisAndNat Well-Known Member

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    I read he was thinking about racing for that very reason, wonder if its true.
     
  4. Pete5

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    If Lance is still in it he will win hands down.
     
  5. Pete5

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    Whoops,:doh: I don't know a thing about biking.
     
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    Ullrich just won the tour de suisse, so he's not out of the running yet! I feel bad for him, because he would have won other tour de frances if not for armstrong (he's never finished worse than 4th in a tour).

    I will watch it because I have outdoor life network now and since I've gotten into cycling I try to watch on it what I can.
     
  7. phillydude

    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    Two words: Floyd Landis
     
  8. phillydude

    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    He wasn't going to be a team leader on USPS... he was actually pretty far down on the depth chart for them (at the time, Ekimov was being groomed to take Lance's place), so when the opportunity to go to Phonak came up, he took it. Then Tyler Hamilton was suspended by the UCI for the "blood doping" thing, and Landis became "the man." He's already won the Tour of Georgia and Tour of California as well as Paris-Nice this year. And he's got Axel Merckx and Nicolas Jalabert on his team for the Tour.
     
  9. Chopaholic

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    nah. floyd's a great contender, but i remain unconvinced that he [edit - has] a major tour in him.

    basso's been my pick as "heir apparent" for years. this is his year. ullrich will podium if he comes in fit. i wouldn't count out vino to at least make a run for it. disco doesn't have a serious contender, usual continental teams will do the points battles. this is a make or break for mayo: if he doesn't show well, he's done. simoni is already cooked. cunego's not a threat this year. i don't think levi's ever going to be a podium finisher. mancebo's my dark-horse pick.

    what about rasmussen? he might impress! valverde?
     
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    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    :eek:

    This is too crazy to believe.
     
  12. Chopaholic

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    amen.
     
  13. phillydude

    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    That's the thing. It went from Lance passing on the crown to a new king to a situation now where the peasants can storm the castle and create a new world order. New superstars and entire careers will be made in the next few weeks. Wh0, if you have any way to get over there and steal a team jersey from someone, this is your chance to live your dream.
     
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    i think popovych, savoldelli, and ekimov are all more likely leaders than hincapie. i just don't see him ever winning a grand tour.
     
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    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    Looks like the VeloNews site has crashed. :mad:
     
  16. Chopaholic

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    :lol:
     
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    This seems a bit ridiculous. They've not even been found guilty. The tour is such a major event, it's like telling an olympian he can't do it just because somebody said he has used roids, with no proof or evidence. How strong is the evidence, btw? Jan has this tour and MAYBE one other one in him. He's waited 7 years for armstrong to go away, to have a final shot. He won the tour de suisse and basso the italia. It would have been a great duel. This is pretty stupid.
     
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    From an article I read, they had evidence that left no doubt. At least that's what it said and that's all I know. If that's truely the case, it's certainly not stupid. Be mad at them for using drugs, not those enforcing the rules.

    -Mike
     
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    What is 'blood doping'?
     
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    You're just figuring this out?! George rules, and at 6'3" 175 lbs he's a nontraditional physique for an elite cyclist.

    Of course, 15 lbs of that is probably balls. :nod:
     

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