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#93378 - 07/16/14 01:21 PM Re: Tour de France is on and starts in England! [Re: eskimo joe]
pedmar Offline
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indeed he gave his best, but it will be next time; surprise to see Frenchman back in their tour ::)
and four in top 10, it has to be way back to see that.
Valverde is IN for sure.
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#93383 - 07/20/14 04:24 PM Re: Tour de France is on and starts in England! [Re: pedmar]
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indeed the scenary is there but one of the least interesting due to the major contenders falling out.

Nibali could the first Italian in a while to win it,and Valverde is over 4 minutes behind. If not done over the Alps then the race is over unless another accident.

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#93388 - 07/23/14 04:42 AM Re: Tour de France is on and starts in England! [Re: pedmar]
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I wouldnt say its un-interesting, yes Nibali has it basically sown up. but the racing for the other places is very exciting, and I have Valverde and Pinaut in my fantasy team!

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#93390 - 07/23/14 10:18 AM Re: Tour de France is on and starts in England! [Re: eskimo joe]
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I enjoy watching it although I am not a big cycling fan. The final 10km of each stage is usually worth tuning in for but the rest of the race provides great scenery and views of the villages, mountains and chateaux.
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#93391 - 07/23/14 10:34 AM Re: Tour de France is on and starts in England! [Re: robbieroy]
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Oh man! I used to love watching it on TV. Both, Le Tour De France and the Vuelta ciclista de España.

Very exciting watching these races and the developing strategies unfolding as the peloton got closer to the finish line... good times.



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#93395 - 07/23/14 11:06 AM Re: Tour de France is on and starts in England! [Re: Yankaluz]
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I like watching La Vuelta too, yankaluz.
The scenery on today's TDF (Stage 17 Saint-Gaudens to Saint-Lary Pla d'Adet) was outstanding, especially on the climbs.
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#93398 - 07/24/14 04:09 AM Re: Tour de France is on and starts in England! [Re: robbieroy]
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yep Nibali unless an accident will win it. Too bad neither Froome nor Contador was there. took away some of the glamour but if he wins well deserve as well.

the French are coming along nicely 3,4,5 places is not usual in the last few years. That has kept some interest here...

The Vuelta is ok, but Contador won't run it either. will see who is there.

and yes the scenary is always tops, like a travel video on your TV.
now comes the big mountain Tour Tourmalet is a grimpers game, and hold down the descend.
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#93402 - 07/25/14 03:29 AM Re: Tour de France is on and starts in England! [Re: pedmar]
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there is no chance for Valverde, only try to finish in the top 3. However, the French are doing better in this tour. Nibali the Italian will win it,deservently if only the ghost of Froome and Contador stays with him.

1 ita Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) AST
2 esp Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (ESP) MOV +00:05:26
3 fra Thibaut Pinot (FRA) FDJ +00:06:00
4 fra Jean-Christophe Peraud (FRA) ALM +00:06:08
5 fra Romain Bardet (FRA) ALM +00:07:34
6 usa Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC +00:10:19
7 ned Bauke Mollema (NED) BAL +00:11:59
8 ned Laurens Ten Dam (NED) BAL +00:12:16
9 cze Leopold Konig (CZE) TNE +00:12:40
10 fra Pierre Rolland (FRA) EUC +00:13:15

Ciao
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#93405 - 07/25/14 11:22 AM Re: Tour de France is on and starts in England! [Re: pedmar]
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It is good to see Nibali win. Over the last few years, he has always featured strongly in the mountain stages. Provisionally well done to him!
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#93409 - 07/28/14 03:37 AM Re: Tour de France is on and starts in England! [Re: robbieroy]
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Nibali wins fair, and supposely without doping.Its good to see that lately ....
now get ready for the Vuelta ::)
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