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#93341 - 07/06/14 03:56 PM Tour de France is on and starts in England!
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The tour has started !! and just back in time from Mexico to see it at least. This year starts in Leeds who has become a major center of cycling in the UK

anybody watches it here?
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#93356 - 07/09/14 06:28 AM Re: Tour de France is on and starts in England! [Re: pedmar]
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now back to France, the TOUR
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#93359 - 07/09/14 10:25 AM Re: Tour de France is on and starts in England! [Re: pedmar]
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Yes, I have great memories of spending the hot Andalucian July afternoons watching Le Tour after lunch and usually nodding off to sleep at some point!
Its a great spectacle to see on TV - great scenery adds to the event.
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#93363 - 07/10/14 04:36 AM Re: Tour de France is on and starts in England! [Re: robbieroy]
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Froome is out injuries just like Ocana !
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#93365 - 07/11/14 06:07 AM Re: Tour de France is on and starts in England! [Re: pedmar]
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and my 3 day weekend is now , National Day or the old Bastille day in France. Cheers
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#93368 - 07/12/14 03:36 PM Re: Tour de France is on and starts in England! [Re: pedmar]
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Contador is moving on now...took 3 seconds off !
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#93370 - 07/13/14 02:29 PM Re: Tour de France is on and starts in England! [Re: pedmar]
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1 Tony Gallopin FRA LTB 38:04:38

its been a while a French at the top of the general for the tour de France !
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#93372 - 07/14/14 09:54 AM Re: Tour de France is on and starts in England! [Re: pedmar]
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Thanks for the updates pedmar - although I enjoy watching it ( I can see some of it after lunch here in the UK, I have not been following it closely.
Given that Wimbledon and the World Cup Soccer is finished, I reckon this deserves some of my attention!
Keep the updates coming.
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#93374 - 07/14/14 12:59 PM Re: Tour de France is on and starts in England! [Re: robbieroy]
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Sadly Contador is out fell and could not keep up 77 kms from end. Another year missing the top. Now its up to Valverde...
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#93377 - 07/16/14 05:57 AM Re: Tour de France is on and starts in England! [Re: pedmar]
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getting back on his bike with a broken leg, certainly show football players a thing or 2.
Best chance he will ever get for Valverede to make the podium

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#93378 - 07/16/14 01:21 PM Re: Tour de France is on and starts in England! [Re: eskimo joe]
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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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#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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#93410 - 07/28/14 11:17 AM Re: Tour de France is on and starts in England! [Re: pedmar]
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#93412 - 07/28/14 01:46 PM Re: Tour de France is on and starts in England! [Re: robbieroy]
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I didn't watch any of it this year, but my Mom did. She only watches for the beautiful scenery, though. smile

Can't imagine how much training those guys have to have in order to maintain speed over such a journey and varied conditions.

Saludos, MadridMan
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#93418 - 07/30/14 04:34 AM Re: Tour de France is on and starts in England! [Re: MadridMan]
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If your needing more cycling the Classica San Sebastian one day classic race is on Saturday. Im looking to ride some of the route next week.

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#93419 - 07/30/14 08:03 AM Re: Tour de France is on and starts in England! [Re: eskimo joe]
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I used to go with the family for the Tourmalet near Pau and now last few years nahh , rather watch the scenary.

la Vuelta is another good one for that.

eskimo joe enjoy San Sebastian,nice city.

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