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Old July 4 2011, 01:19 PM   #16
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Stage 3 and its one of the flattest stages of the tour. Save a crash splitting the group the question is who can beat the HTC machine and the final bullet that is Cavendish?

Evan's is wearing the King of the Mountain jersey today...makes more sense than Hushovd!

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Old July 5 2011, 04:28 PM   #17
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Fantastic win by Evans. I'm not really a fan, but he's become a very ballsy rider in the last couple years.
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Old July 5 2011, 04:47 PM   #18
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Evans isn't a cuddly bloke, he's got a bit of mongrel in him. Glad to see that Contador didn't pip him after the problems Evans had in the final 20 km, including have to switch out his bike and then get through a big group, in tight roads and back to the front. It was also probably the best result as he didn't end up having to be burdened with the yellow jersey so early.

But you can't overlook Thor effort to not give up any time as well. It wasn't a huge climb but to stay with the big guns in the end is no mean feat.

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Stage 5, a bit of up and down over the day, but nothing major.

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Old July 9 2011, 04:41 PM   #19
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Great stage today, deserved win from the breakaway, courageous attack from an aging legend and some testing of favourites. About as good as could have been expected.
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Old July 10 2011, 02:20 PM   #20
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Van Den Broeck has just abandoned after a major crash, which has also claimed Alexander Vinokourov. Much with the crash that took out Wiggins it happened off camera. Unlike that day the main field have neutralised the race, at least at the moment (which they were criticised for not doing by some back on that day). There seems to be a major crash every other day in this first week and a bit.
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Old July 14 2011, 06:36 AM   #21
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Still hoping Home town rider/racer Ryder Hesjedal can make a good showing despite nursing sore ribs and a bruised back and neck. But he's grateful he's made it through the first nine stages.
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Old July 14 2011, 06:39 AM   #22
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Well, today is the first big test for the general classement guys. If anybody is weak or hurting, there will be no place to hide on the Tourmalet and Luz Ardiden.
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Old July 14 2011, 01:38 PM   #23
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They just started the first climb. Looking forward to see how this stage pans out.
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Old July 14 2011, 04:23 PM   #24
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Contador beaten, wow! Not much time lost for him, but still, he's way off his usual form. I don't think I've ever seen him like that.
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Old July 15 2011, 07:28 AM   #25
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I think Evans was a bit surprised (maybe also a bit annoyed) as it was clearly his tactic to sit on Contador's wheel as he and everyone else knew that Contador would have to go with the Schlecks because of the time he lost already. After Frank broke I think Evans was banking on Contador doing the bulk of the chasing and by the time he realised he'd have to do the work himself Frank had got a good lead, probably more than Evans wanted (though I'm sure even a second would be more than he wanted).

I don't think the stage tonight ends with a climb and that there is a fair gap between the last climb and finish, which probably means we won't see anything major from the general classification riders. However, once we hit more mountain top finishes it will be interesting to see if Contador was just having a bad day or if his falls and Giro have sapped him a bit too much.
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Old July 15 2011, 07:40 AM   #26
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Yeah, today looks like a breakaway stage, although I think it's not impossible for some of the minor GC contenders to take back a little time on the descent (it's practically all downhill after the Aubisque) and certainly there's a chance to lose a lot of time for people who get dropped on the climb. If the breakaway doesn't have a big lead on the peak, maybe Gilbert for the win.
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Old July 16 2011, 05:10 AM   #27
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Glad Thor won, still new to the racing scene, but I became a fan of his back in 2009 when he went out and did the hard yards to win the green jersey.

Today's stage should have plenty of fireworks from the GC riders. It will be interesting to see how that goes, especially with Contador.
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Old July 16 2011, 04:53 PM   #28
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Losers today: Schleckies for being cowardly little shits who make the race boring
Winners today: Evans, Basso, Contador for not losing time to the Schleckies and Samu Sanchez for taking back a little time
and of course Voeckler, who I've always liked but who now gives me a sick feeling in my stomach, because I don't believe in miracles anymore. Non-pharmaceutical miracles that is. If it's too good to be true, it's probably doping, in cycling.
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Old July 16 2011, 05:31 PM   #29
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Losers today: Schleckies for being cowardly little shits who make the race boring
Winners today: Evans, Basso, Contador
I wouldn't say Contador is a winner. He was clearly not at his best, all he could do was following. He showed he was weak.

and of course Voeckler, who I've always liked but who now gives me a sick feeling in my stomach, because I don't believe in miracles anymore. Non-pharmaceutical miracles that is. If it's too good to be true, it's probably doping, in cycling.
Doping is everywhere in cyclism since a long looooong time, it's naive to think it's over and that only a few are doped. I'd rather say that Voeckler found the recipe the others were already using.
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Old July 16 2011, 06:25 PM   #30
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Technically they did lose 2 seconds to Andy. But it was surprising Contador did not attack once, even Evans attacked and he is the GC contender who least needs to do so at this stage. I can only remember one instance where he was the first to go after a move and it was the very first one. Maybe he's saving himself, there is a rest day on Monday so he might hit the Alps with a bit more force.

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and of course Voeckler, who I've always liked but who now gives me a sick feeling in my stomach, because I don't believe in miracles anymore. Non-pharmaceutical miracles that is. If it's too good to be true, it's probably doping, in cycling.
Doping is everywhere in cyclism since a long looooong time, it's naive to think it's over and that only a few are doped. I'd rather say that Voeckler found the recipe the others were already using.
Especially as one rider has already been kicked off the Tour this year for failing a dope test and the fact that there is that very nasty, dark cloud still over Contador from last year. Still don't understand why it hasn't been sorted out. Imagine what a farce it would be if Contador does end up winning only for the cycling body to have to strip him of it in a month's time.
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