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Post by mathi36 on Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:10 pm

tomorrow'll be le départ!

Tour de France 2008
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étapes: 21
longeur: 3500 kilomètres
Durée: Du samedi 5 au dimanche 27 juillet 2008



the first stage has a total length of 197.5 km.
Départ: Brest
Arrivée: Plumelec



who's gonna rule the tour?

I hope that my favourite team (CSC) will do fine, and hopefully Cancellara will dominate the time trials!

some French words one must know:
le péloton = the mainpack
le maillot jaune = the yellow yersey = the leader
le maillot vert = the green yersey = the best sprinter
le maillot blanch = the white yersey = best youngstar
le maillot à pois = the "pointed yersey" = best climber
une descente = going downhill
une montée = a climb

so yeah, let's look forward to the Tour!!
bonne chance to all riders!
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Re: Le Tour

Post by kakkou on Fri Jul 04, 2008 10:18 pm

I hope Rabobank is going to pull it off! Take revenge for what Rasmussen did... or something... xD... In case, you didn't know. Rabobank --> The Netherlands! Very Happy That's why I'm supporting them! xD
Although that Australian guy Evans is also a favourite. He's been close every time. He might snatch it this time.

And I'll just qoute Mathi31!
so yeah, let's look forward to the Tour!!
bonne chance to all riders!
Indeed!

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Re: Le Tour

Post by mathi36 on Fri Jul 04, 2008 10:44 pm

lol, I'm for Holland concerning soccer/football, but in cycling...GO CSC

but yeah, the thing with Rasmussen was quite a shock.
and hopefully there won't be such cases as Alex. Vinokurov or the t-mobile team this year!

let's hope for a Tour withouth all this doping trash. (but if you look at the tour numbers, it's practically impossible to finish such a race fair...pressure's too high)
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Post by kakkou on Sat Jul 05, 2008 1:46 am

xD! Switzerland...You must know what happened in Bern? So many Dutch fans! xD

A doping free Tour, hopefully they'll succeed this year! I don't think they'll do it though, I think we can trust them this year. Smile

Just filled in a poule! xD

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Post by justam on Sun Jul 06, 2008 9:03 pm

so... first stage's done!

Alejandro Valverde took the yellow jersey, but I'm rooting for Evans.

Aussie, aussie, aussie, OI OI OI!!!

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Post by kakkou on Sun Jul 06, 2008 10:51 pm

Hmm... just have to see how he's going to defend it. I thought it was going to end up into an mass sprint! At the last moment, one rush from Valverde. Great to watch!

I'll have to see how Valverde's going to defend his jersey.
These first stages are quite boring... Can't wait till we arrive at the mountains. That's where the battle is best! xD

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Post by mathi36 on Mon Jul 07, 2008 1:12 am

wahh, cancellara started his sprint way too soon...what a pity!!
Oh boy, Valverde's very strong this year! Let's see if he'll dominate the tour from the very start till the end.
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Re: Le Tour

Post by mathi36 on Wed Jul 09, 2008 7:06 am

hm, congrats to Michael for this awesome time trial! He beat Cancellara by nearly half a minute!
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Re: Le Tour

Post by kid.21 on Wed Jul 09, 2008 10:55 pm

Err...I only know this name recently...Stefan Schumacher? Some people said this person will rule...after Jan Ulrich days are gone...

And I can't watch the live show...I guess Tour de France isn't popular in Indonesia Sad
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Re: Le Tour

Post by justam on Wed Jul 09, 2008 11:04 pm

LOL it's broadcast here on free to air tv. only thing is it goes from like 10:30 pm to 1-2 in the morning -.-"

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Post by kid.21 on Thu Jul 10, 2008 12:59 am

Yup, like all major sports even that broadcasted in Europe, gotta stay awake overnight to watch it.
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Re: Le Tour

Post by kakkou on Mon Jul 14, 2008 8:30 pm

Makes me happy that the Tour de France is in France! xD

Well, the mountains have arrived and here's where I hope the real battle begins! Two mountains from the 1st category .... Quite difficult, so there MUST come some attacking!!

I even thought that the Basque group in the orange shirts, would attack or something. A bit weird, since the group just went in front the peleton.

EDIT:
The race is just over and what a race!! The Australian is in the yellow jersey by 1 SECOND!!!!!! O___O
Unbelievable!! What a great race, although I expected more from Evans. He could have gained a better lead if he just accelerated with Schleck. On the other hand, you can always say.... It's a long way untill you get to Paris!

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Re: Le Tour

Post by mathi36 on Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:28 pm

did you see yesterday's etape?? CANCELLARA rules!
Poor Schleck, 1 second behind Evans...CSC`s coming^^. But what a race!
3 favourites beaten!
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Re: Le Tour

Post by kakkou on Wed Jul 16, 2008 12:49 am

Indeed! It was a nice race.
One thing is certain though. CSC will attack! They'll most likely do that in the Alps! And CSC is really good in the tactical stuff, so yeah... they did good!

Although I don't think the favourites are beaten, they only lost some time. I think they didn't expect that or thought that Schleck wasn't as dangerous as Sastre.

Still, I'd like to see if Schleck is going to hold the yellow or not... I'm hoping to see some more fireworks in the Alps!

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Re: Le Tour

Post by mathi36 on Wed Jul 16, 2008 2:35 am

same here!
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Re: Le Tour

Post by jaelee on Wed Jul 16, 2008 10:50 pm

dang youtube. removed my videos regarding tour de france. said it was copyright infiringement. well, still lucky enough they don't suspended my account.
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Post by kakkou on Sat Jul 19, 2008 12:55 pm

... soo.. The flat stages before we go to the alps..

I say Cavendish = Lord of the Sprints!
That guy can't be beaten in a mass sprint!! O__O

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Post by mathi36 on Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:04 pm

I'm not a fan of mass sprints...
too dangerous and the race is somewhat more boring...
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Post by kakkou on Sun Jul 20, 2008 9:45 am

Yeap! I don't like it as well, but it only happens on the flat stages. The sprint itself is quite cool though...

And YAY! Freire from the RABOBANK won! Very Happy Quite happy to see that he won a stage. I wonder why Colombia didn't help Cavendish out. : /
He would have probably won this stage if he could follow the peleton.

Tomorrow there's mountains for the yellow jersey competitors. I really like to see what CSC is going to do.... Knowing them, they have a plan. That's for sure!

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Re: Le Tour

Post by mathi36 on Sun Jul 20, 2008 5:12 pm

naturally Wink
today's race's gonna be exciting.
Schleck and Sastre...who'll attack the Yellow Yersey
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Re: Le Tour

Post by mathi36 on Mon Jul 21, 2008 1:14 am

what a great race! What a finish! CSC's barely made it! Congrats to F. Schleck. But I've to say that I feel pity for Evans too since he tried and tried till the very end and you know, 8 seconds aren't the end of the world. The fight will go on.

Oh, and naturally: Congrats to the winners! It was an amazing escape.
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Post by kakkou on Mon Jul 21, 2008 1:36 am

Indeed! Great race!
CSC stepped up, just as you would expect from them. Now they'll be riding in yellow. They got a real good team. This will be tough!

I thought Menchov had a great opportunity ... if he didn't fall! >___<
Oh well, he got some time back and is now 4th at 38 seconds, so he's in range. xD

Evans was only following Schleck.... I say he is being a coward. At times like these, you should attack! The commentators here say he's a "calculating" cyclist and I support their opinion. Way too defensive... : /
Although I say that, he's an Australian and thus never give up. I wonder how he will attack, because he has to come out now.

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Post by mathi36 on Mon Jul 21, 2008 2:46 am

yeah, that was really bad luck for Rabobank...he got away and then fell so unlucky in a curve. Andy Schleck impressed me. That man had stamina till the end and leaded his two captains nearly till the finish line.

And yeah, Evans is a coward. Or maybe he didn't have the needed energy left.
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Re: Le Tour

Post by kakkou on Mon Jul 21, 2008 3:18 am

Yeah, he didn't have the energy to follow Schleck in the end. Too defensive. He didn't fight from his own strength, he fought from the strength others showed and reacted to that. That just takes more energy. : /

Also Pereiro fell hard, or so I heard. I didn't really see it, but I heard he fell down a cliff or something?

Also have to give credit for the smiling third that one. I really laughed hard when he won the stage. Let the first fight it out and win from them in the end! BRILLIANT!

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Post by mathi36 on Mon Jul 21, 2008 4:47 am

yeah, it was before a U-turn during the long descent. He crushed against the street borders and fell down 5-7metres (roughly estimated) onto the "backcoming" street.
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